Congratulations to the 17 organizations who are recipients of the fourth round MRAC Equity Response grant awards. On February 16, 2021, the MRAC board approved $42,500 in funding for the following organizations to receive grant awards in the fourth round of the Equity Response program for FY21. Note that the county designations indicate where the organization is located; Minneapolis and Saint Paul are listed separately from their counties.
The Equity Response grant program was created to serve the flexible needs of groups and organizations that are led by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), People with Disabilities (PWD), and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+) individuals. There are multiple future deadlines for this grant program and we encourage you to visit the grant page to learn more.
Photo from the Lower Phalen Creek Project
Emerging Curators Institute
Funding to move from a funding restrained fiscally sponsored model to grow into a nonprofit organization.
Open Flame Theatre
Funding to go through a strategic planning process towards the goal of hiring ensemble members as administrative staff in the coming year.
Funding for two remote recording kits to allow actors to record high-quality audio in their personal spaces. These recordings will be used in upcoming remote, interactive programming.
Praxis Photo Arts Center
Funding for the creation of a new program that features 3D virtual tours of gallery exhibits.
Taja Will Ensemble
Blood Language, originally a sensorial live performance premiering at the Cedar Cultural Center in 2021 will pivot into an imagery dense dance film, shot in studio and nature Summer/Fall 2021.
The SEECCAA Group
Funding to hire a website designer and for social media SEO.
Theatre Coup d’Etat
Funding for an online workshop of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, lead by Rich Remedios (script adaptation by Gary Briggle). The workshop will culminate in a series of live online readings.
Funding to support The Hoya Project, a series of conversations with local Asian American artists/culture bearers on issues related to cultural production in Minnesota.
Funding to support an emerging artist with Latin American roots at CLUES’ Latino art gallery in 2021, along with community engagement programming.
Funding for an emotional and mental development exercise where youth participants will write poetry that will be recited through a paint/draw exercise.
Leslie Parker Dance Project
Funding for the costs of consultant fees to adapt, manage and sustain, including strategic planning for coalition building of arts institutions.
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Funding for planning of V-Fest, which is scheduled for July 2021 in Saint Paul.
Lower Phalen Creek Project
Funding to work with a development consultant to expand support for our programs with the new development of Wakan Tipi Center.
Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
Funding for “Family Fun Nights with Fidgety Fairy Tales,” interactive experiences that include online adaptations of our live performances, a Q&A with youth performers, and an arts-based activity.
New Plays Inc
Funding to purchase recording equipment to facilitate online streaming of productions in order to maintain connections to existing audiences.
Funding to support time for strategic planning around shifts that need to be made due to the pandemic.
Lao Culture Dance and Fashion Show, LLC
Funding for culturally specific backdrops and supplementary materials for streaming and live performances.