Congratulations to the 83 individuals who are recipients of the MRAC Arts Impact for Individuals grant awards. On April 25, 2023, the MRAC board approved $412,442 in funding for the following individuals to receive grant awards in the Arts Impact for Individuals program for FY23. Note that the county designations indicate where the individual’s primary address is located.
The Arts Impact for Individuals grant provides up to $5,000 in funding to support artistic projects in Minnesota led by individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color (BIPOC); and/or a Person with Disabilities (PWD); and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+) and have primary addresses in the seven-county metro area.
This grant is designed to support individuals leading efforts to create access to the arts for Minnesotans. Projects must center enhancing Minnesotans’ access to the arts through projects that: connect Minnesotans with arts and arts experiences; and/or integrating arts into community efforts and projects; and/or connecting Minnesotans with arts learning opportunities.
Prior to the application deadline, 67 individuals requested and received applicant services (i.e. meetings with MRAC staff, assistance via email, application eligibility reviews), 220 individuals viewed the Grant Information Webinar, and 21 individuals attended two Question & Answer sessions. Grant guidelines and documents were provided in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole and in accessible formats. MRAC received 147 applications from all seven counties in our region, including two in audio-recording format.
Funding for producing a South Asian Ghazal performance and choreographing a dance interpretation.
Funding to build a platform where Liberian women elders and community, can begin to rebuild their identity and lineage.
Funding to take photos/videos of Minnesota’s beauty and interpret the vision through cultural vocal/instrumental expression.
Funding to establish new relationships within the special needs community and provide artistic exposure to adult individuals with physical, mental and developmental needs.
Funding for production and publication of a Native American Graphic Novel.
Funding for a workshop and staged reading of a new musical examining addiction. Members of the creative and recovery communities will give feedback on the show, and network at a post-show reception.
Funding to bring the documentary, “Forgotten Souls,” to local audiences in various settings, and invite them to explore further through a memorial website.
Funding for two lecture-demonstrations on Hindustani (North Indian classical) percussion, covering the art of Tabla drumming in solo and in accompaniment.
Funding to compose original music and produce an album featuring six queer South Asian diaspora, deepening my own creative capacity while promoting the diversity of the MN music community.
Funding to teach introductory wirework jewelry-making as a tool for exploring creativity, expanding artistic inspiration, and strengthening connections through art.
Funding to create a new choreographic methodology called ‘Sacred Axis,’ which manifests from deep research on the aesthetic, historical, and philosophical principles of Bharatanatyam.
Funding for Minnesota Rainbow Ink, an online creative writing class by and for LGBTQIA2+ Minnesotans.
Funding to host free ”storytelling through paint” classes with BIPOC youth within North Minneapolis around using art as a tool for coping with emotions.
Funding to organize and present the 11th installment of the MinnAnimate festival, an annual showcase of animated films by Minnesota-based artists with a focus on diversity.
Funding for Writing Against Absence will support two offerings of a weekend long workshop where participants will build a vocabulary around disappearance.
Funding for ceramic arts pop up sessions: Clay, boards, wheels, tools, and for a central kiln to fire pieces.
Funding for a new music show at the Veterans Home.
Funding for the composition and performance of 4 new collections of original music and multidisciplinary works to be debuted at The Temple in Saint Paul.
Funding to film, edit, and distribute a documentary exploring Minneapolis Ballroom Scene (an African-American and Latino underground LGBTQ+ subculture) centered around the Minneapolis Is Burning Ball.
Funding for Reel Lab will support an advanced filmmaking and media arts training program for under-served BIPOC youth. The goal is to increase the number of BIPOC represented and employed in media.
Funding to research, develop and produce a pilot episode of a late-night show style show. The project will exist both as an in-person event with an audience and digital content on social media.
Fund to create a dance workshop series that integrates rigorous and explorative dance classes and accessible healing practices.
Diver Van Avery
Finding for Grieving the Glaciers: A self-guided, immersive audio story walk at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center on the shore of Gitchi Gumi.
Funding for creating sacred spaces in nature and at home through ancient and new rope sculptures and community teach-ins.
Funding for a free in person, 4 sessions instructional art course for people of minority communities. The art course is also an art learning opportunity for people within the community.
Funding to form a new ensemble and perform music of my father, Cuban composer Niño Rivera. The resulting live concert would be filmed and recorded to secure future performance opportunities.
Funding for an art gallery showing and performances in my basement during the Art In The Basement 2023 – 2024 season.
Funding to present 6 concerts featuring music written by LGBTQIA+ composers for solo violin.
Funding to support myself, a black trans queer screenwriter/director to produce my first independent short film and work with an all LGBTQAI2+ BIPOC cast and crew.
Funding to develop a performance and community discussion led by 4 young adult spoken word artists. Themes will center exploring ideas of family legacy and reconciling different identities.
Funding to increase awareness of minority authors through podcasts.
Funding for “Solo Perspectives” provides residency for marginalized dance makers interested in solo research by eliminating financial burden and providing access to new audiences.
Funding to engage existing and new audiences in workshops, in the lead up to a full show in August 2024.
Funding for an art activity that unites participants living with mental illness, honors the history of the individual, and underscores the commonality of the collective experience.
Funding to produce 16 performances of my new play “Only Ugly Guys” during Pride Month 2023. This will serve as a community gathering event and provide comedic relief for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Funding to run two separate sections of a virtual, five-week writing workshop lead by the artist, open to writers of poetry and creative prose and visual artists.
Funding to support a traveling exhibition to outstate locations, of Queer History seen through photographs of the LGBTQIA+ Tretter Archive at The University of Minnesota.
Funding to develop and perform world music programs for senior living communities in the 7-county area, providing seniors with an opportunity to connect with new and familiar music and instruments.
Funding for an art exhibition and event on the theme of La Cucaracha, an artistic satirical commentary of historical and contemporary political and social issues of Mexicans and Mexican diaspora.
Funding for a Weaving Wellness basketry class utilizing art and art-based interactions to benefit the mental health of members of Vail Place.
Funding to create and present an original music performance for in-person audiences.
Funding to provide resource-limited individuals and communities access to traditional rug making techniques in the format of group workshops.
Funding to enhance skills established by previous workshops in Storytelling Photography Jewelry-Making.
Funding for a short film.
Funding for workshops to teach the community how to document their life and heritage through photography.
Funding to offer engaging and impactful Spanish Storytime’s in community based organizations to increase accessibility to native Spanish literature, art, and community.
Funding for A Half Century will support Patrick Scully in creating this new work. Illusion Theater will premiere the work.
Funding to present a series of four workshops for beginners, concluding with a recital, covering four different Hindustani (North Indian classical) vocal forms.
Funding for Haudenosaunee raised beadwork workshops with master Oneida beadworker Karen Hoffman. Participants will also gather throughout the year for 16 practice sessions.
Funding for the first Dream Chambers Film Festival, is a week-long event centering Juneteenth, that supports underrepresented filmmakers in a queer black centered space.
Funding to offer free after-school Flamenco classes to the inner-city youth at Modus Locus Art Gallery for the duration of 16 weeks in Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
Funding for The Entering Aniam Dance Residency, a dance program for Native and BIPOC artists in Minnesota.
Funding to produce a short doc film highlighting the social importance of shopping malls as spaces for Somali women in Minneapolis to cultivate identity and construct sites of cultural remembrance.
Funding to share a grieving composition developed in community through a series of curated collaborative workshops, especially with and for Black and other marginalized artists.
Funding to offer clay arts access to the GFS community. Supporting this community in an effort to offer a healthy creative release.
Funding for this project will help me create a community dance class in which we focus on connecting to our bodies and healing through movement.
Sydney Parisa Naini
Funding for a Kids Persian Dance Summer Camp.
Funding to create a series of pop artist workshop sessions involving elements of performance, music creation, and community.
Funding to form and facilitate a screenwriting group for BIPOC LGTBQAI Screenwriters to write their first feature film script.
Funding to support a series of theatre mask improvisation workshops, offered low or no cost to local performing artists. Workshops will deepen my capacity as a teaching artist and expand my practice.
Funding to facilitate a community facing project to visually express the strength of the Lake Street community following the events during the Protests for George Floyd in the Summer of 2020.
Funding for VASTNESSESS, a dance project.
Funding for the CENTERPLAY interactive series of Film Screening and discussions for Black women and Femmes will go toward screenings, facilitator compensation and materials.
Funding for 5 moderated events where groups of 8-15 people read books, make heating pads and share perspectives on care, disability and chronic illness from intersectional/interdependent standpoints.
Funding to develop two modules for the training and continued development of advanced movement practitioners and BIPOC Creatives.
Funding to produce, print and publish Tence: A Collection, a free newspaper about queer Minnesota artists featuring up to 25 artists. Funding will make this a free, accessible community resource.
Funding to bring Dances of Universal Peace leaders to 5 communities in Greater Minnesota.
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs
Funding to develop an in-person workshop for Korean adoptees to explore Korean folk histories and practices, and to write/present creative pieces inspired by these indigenous ancestral frameworks.
Funding for an intensive, 15-day residency at the Sejong Academy Korean Immersion School in St. Paul to teach Indonesian gamelan music to K – 6 graders.
Kabir (Legal Name: Nasreen) Mohamed
Funding to hold conversation with past organizers focused on art objects, images, and performance recordings that made up the Queer BIPOC organizing history in the Twin Cities
Funding to pilot a Creative Puppetry Camp for children (Pre-K – Grade 5) at indoor and outdoor sites in the Twin Cities. The experience will include a puppet performance, and a make-and-take craft.
Katie Ka Vang
Funding for phase 1 of a community driven theater production that highlights Saint Paul’s 7th Street as a major cultural corridor amplifying stories of resilience, abundance and traditions.
Funding to produce and record new musical settings for the lyrics in Shakespeare’s plays. These settings will address the disproportionate lack of roles and speeches for women in Shakespeare’s work.
Funding for a series of 3 screening events showcasing local artists’ experimental moving image works in a non-traditional setting.
Funding to develop a new dance performance project that will engage BIPOC and queer artists.
Funding for , musician compensation, promotional material, music compositions, rehearsal costs, travel expenses and website.
Funding to provide a unique sound healing experience for Black Minnesotans to experience and engage with music as a healing practice.
Funding for creating a series of a New Triptych (3 paintings) to exhibit in the community to bring a sense of transition from survival to wonder through the painting of Avian and Astronomical motifs.
Funding to present ‘yeh Chaman hamaara’ (this Garden is ours) – a musical performance in collaboration with South Asian elders and survivors of elder abuse.
Funding for a public screening of They Didn’t Deserve to Die, a documentary of six Native families across Turtle Island sharing their heart-wrenching stories of loved ones lost to police brutality.
Funding to create and deliver “Nritya Laya Samvaada – Conversation between Dance and Rhythm,” a workshop to introduce audiences to South Indian vocal percussion and how it integrates with movement.
Funding to conduct a 15-day dance residency for K-6 graders at the Sejong Academy Korean Immersion School in St. Paul that culminate with a performance.
Funding for this project is to share and preserving our lao rich heritage culture dance for our youths, communities and passing on to the next generations.