Second Round Equity Response Grant Awards

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On November 17, 2020, the MRAC board approved funding for 11 organizations to receive funding in the second round of the Equity Response grant program for FY21. $27,500 in awards were granted to the organizations listed here. Note that the county designations indicate where the organization is located; Minneapolis and Saint Paul are listed separately from their counties.

Minneapolis

Accessible Joy
$2,500.00

Funding to plan a program to launch public-facing arts programming led by people with disabilities for people with disabilities to present work.

Dark Muse Performing Arts
https://darkmusearts.org/
$2,500.00

Funding to produce the second installment in The Uprising series of peaceful protests and performances. The Uprising Volume II: Black HERstory will focus on the experience of Black womxn then and now.

Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project
www.reconciliationproject.org
$2,500.00

Funding to inform and plan accessible and safe arts programming to the Iraqi Minnesotan community in this unprecedented crisis.

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop
www.mnprisonwriting.org
$2,500.00

Funding to purchase keyboards for special, prison-specific tablets for MPWW students and mentees. Because typing access has been suspended during the pandemic, keyboards will increase arts access.

MOVO SPACE
www.movospace.wixsite.com/movo
$2,500.00

Funding for BRIDGE, a new residency for one BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ mid-career performance based artist. This residency provides 150 hours of space for one year.

Red Eye Collaboration
www.redeyetheater.org
$2,500.00

Funding to pilot OMNIVERS, a new program that will provide radically flexible, multifaceted support to BIPOC multidisciplinary performance-based artists over two years

Revolution Dance Works
www.aprilsellers.com
$2,500.00

Funding to create a prototype dance touring rider for RDW-sponsored project Rumble Strips, addressing company safety and production needs, for queer artists.

St. Paul

ComMUSICation
https://www.commusicationmn.org/
$2,500.00

Funding for launching a fundraising campaign for a new headquarters space.

Eastside Stories Production Group
$2,500.00

Funding for an online weekly video series that highlights Eastside BIPOC residents and business owners. The purpose is to amplify marginalized voices and to create a deeper sense of community.

Suburban Hennepin

Maia Maiden Productions
$2,500.00

Funding for two day planning session to address virtual programming.

Placebo Records
placebo-records.com
$2,500.00

Funding to purchase video equipment and software for the purpose of adjusting to the current atmosphere.

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