Round 5 of Equity Response Grant Awards

Congratulations to the 20 organizations who are recipients of the fifth round MRAC Equity Response grant awards. On March 16, 2021, the MRAC board approved $48,900 in funding for the following organizations to receive grant awards in the fifth 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 by Xiaolu Wang from Don’t You Feel It Too?


ASH: Sacred Arts

Funding to develop and launch an online teaching/engagement initiative that will build community support and interest in the BIPOC performance project ‘Invisible Cities.’

DisabiliTease Festival

Funding for 2021 DisabiliTease Virtual Festival in July, which will provide a platform for talented people with disabilities to perform in the areas of burlesque, cirque and drag.


Funding to purchase video and audio equipment to expand access for new work development and performance for intergenerational artistic team and audience.

Midtown Farmers Market / Corcoran Neighborhood Organization

Funding for an arts entrepreneurship program that will allow youth to sell, brand, and market their arts/crafts at the Midtown Farmers Market with support and stall space from market management.

Poetry for People

Funding to work with Mike Hoyt to engage in two creative visioning sessions. We will emerge with a fresh mission statement and an articulated vision of our purpose and immediate future.

Public Functionary

Funding for online marketing and digital shop developed by artists in the PF Studios program so that they can maximize their potential sales and commissions over the art-focused weekend.

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment

Funding to support capacity building, staff development, and permanent purchase of storytelling equipment.

Sanguine Arts

Funding to develop a website, social media presence and online arts events.

She Rock She Rock

Funding to hire instructors for the Girls Rock n Roll Retreat.

The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts

Funding to adapt Semilla Center’s mosaic studio in a multidisciplinary art studio and classroom, to increase access by serving participants in more art forms and create a better learning environment.

Vivid Black Paint

Funding for 2nd annual Summer 2021 “We Must Breath” Minneapolis Circus & Arts Pop Ups artist and coordinator/organizer stipends to allow Vivid Black Paint to continue to connect artists and community.

Saint Paul

Ballet Co.Laboratory

Funding for “Peter & the Wolf”, an outdoor production performed by the virtual pre-professional students of The School of Ballet Co.Laboratory.

Center for Hmong Arts and Talent

Funding for the Peace, Love and Unity Concert II to bring together Black and Hmong artists to share the stage and promote positive messages and inspirational performances in these unsettling times.

Exposed Brick Theatre

Funding for Exposed Brick leadership to expand and deepen their knowledge of decolonization in theater, and deeply question what it means to create theater on stolen land.

Flip the Script Festival

Funding for Flip the Script Fest: an LGBTQIA2S+ film festival.

Grace Minnesota dba Don’t You Feel It Too?

Funding for our new project, Body, Land, and Movement. We solidify new partnerships and create programming focused on the themes of land acknowledgement, Land Back, and decolonizing.


Funding for MIXTAPE 5G: Sounding at the Speed of Movement that brings the Collective together in ways that reflect the future of interaction in cypherspace.

Suburban Hennepin

Great Northern Union Chorus

Funding will help cover the costs of our responsibilities to staff and contractors for adapting the basic operations of the chorus during the pandemic, so as to emerge stronger than ever.

Make a Scene Scenario Festival

Funding to distribute two MAS anthologies to creators and low-income community members, costs of date and venue changes, and health and safety measures at the festival to ensure access post-pandemic.

Suburban Ramsey

Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective

Funding for a professionally-led Board Development workshop, followed by a planning retreat, at which the board will identify goals and priorities for the next 18 months.

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