Round 7 of Equity Response Grant Awards

Congratulations to the 12 organizations who are recipients of the seventh round MRAC Equity Response grant awards. On May 18, 2021, the MRAC board approved $29,810 in funding for the following organizations to receive grant awards in the seventh 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.

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Dakota County

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community

Funding for a series of informative Dakota Arts, Culture, and History panels. These panels will be the centerpiece of all our Arts, Culture, and History presentations going forward.


Serpentina Arts

Funding for Serpentina Arts Talks to mitigate the challenge of exclusionary practices by hosting meetings/workshops designed by & for Latinx artists to strengthen their artistic production.

The Dancing Body

Funding for Ranee Ramaswamy to collaborate with Carole Bruns to design and create five new costumes to suit the needs of an older Bharatanatyam dancer’s body

826 MSP

Funding to support stakeholder engagement (such as focus groups and interviews) with community members as part of 826 MSP’s upcoming strategic planning process.


Funding to pilot the streaming studio at our space, which will help us gather info on future directions and next big projects.


Funding for a professional recording of the original score for Haven’t I Hidden Your Name?—a dance work illuminating Spain’s Golden Age Jewish poets through the living language of Bharatanatyam.

The DIAL Group

Funding for the Artist-intern Support Project to assist young working artists recovering from the pandemic by offering art-related work, stipends and mentorships with professional artists.

Aparna Ramaswamy and Musical Ensemble

Funding to present a performance of Aparna Ramaswamy’s As the Ocean is Infinite—a multidisciplinary, multilayered project of word, music, and movement—at the Cowles Center (Minneapolis).

Saint Paul

The Victoria Theater Arts Center

Funding to expand the capacity of VTAC’s Community Coordinator to manage the new Community Trauma Response Program.

Full Circle Theater Company

Funding for a consultant to lead 4, targeted planning sessions for FCT’s Board, Core Artistic Leadership Group, and Staff; to re-evaluate our mission, values, and create a vision statement.

Ambiance Theatre Company

Funding for Black and Asian Theatremakers Collective, a group of 8 theatremakers who are committed to having critical conversations to dismantle white supremacy in American Theatre.

Suburban Hennepin

Journey Productions

Funding for Bloodline – Journey to the Dream, a virtual showcase that will be streamed live to provide a first-hand account of what it means to dare to dream.

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