Recent Arts Activities Support Grant Awards



On September 25, 2018, the MRAC board awarded $878,950.00 to 90 organizations/projects in the first round of its FY 2019 Arts Activities Support grant program. The Arts Activities Support projects chosen will provide high-quality arts events and programs for Minnesotans of all ages to experience and enjoy arts in a variety of disciplines. From workshops to theater productions to festivals and more, the Arts Activities Support grants provide quality engagement with the arts at a variety of entry points.

The Arts Activities Support grant program is made possible with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. Geographic listings represent the county where the arts programming will take place; note that Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from the Suburban Hennepin and Suburban Ramsey counties.

Anoka County

10th Wave Chamber Music Collective $10,000
Funding to perform two interdisciplinary chamber music series, Transcending Conflict and Unfree, each to be performed twice in educational and music store auditoriums between November 2018 and May 2019.

Northern Starz Theatre $10,000
Funding for the company’s Social Issues Troupe’s second production, Just Kidding, Just Fine, and Other Lies. Performances will take place in January 2019.

Carver County

Watertown-Mayer Community Education $10,000
Funding for a seven-week Youth Summer Theatre Program featuring an original script and musical score. This is will be the thirty first anniversary of the start of Summer Youth Theatre. The program will take place during the summer of 2019, at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center and will culminate with four public performances.

Dakota County

(lumin)theater lab $10,000
Funding for an original stage adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Performances and related talk-back sessions will be at the Hastings Courthouse in February 2019.

Caponi Art Park $10,000
Funding for the 2019 Summer Performance Series, three immersive performance/experiences that take place June – August 2019 in park’s Theater in the Woods Amphitheater in Eagan.

Chamber Music Lakeville $6,286
Funding for the 2019 season of coffee concerts at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. The January 2019 concert features Minnesota Opera Resident Artists; Uptown Brass will perform in the February 2019 concert; the April 2019 will feature OboeBassFluteCello! with Julie Johnson, flute, & Jacqueline Ultan, cello of J2J; and the June 2019 concert will be a MacPhail Spotlight with Mischa Santora conducting.

Youth Dance Ensemble $9,680
Funding for the MODERN DANCE PROJECT, an eight-week after-school program for economically disadvantaged and academically at risk 6th – 8th grade youth from Burnsville. The project occurs in January – March 2019 and culminates with a Community Concert at Burnsville High School.


20% Theatre Company $9,900
Funding for the 6th annual Q-STAGE: New Works Series, an experimental series dedicated to providing a stage and resources for queer & transgender artists to create, develop, and premiere new work. Performances will take place at The Phoenix Theater in May 2019.

Alternative Motion Project $10,000
Funding for Alternative Motion Project’s 8th Annual Performance, including the production of four dance works, a rehearsal process and audience engagement activities. Performances will take place at The LAB Theater in March 2019.

Ananya Dance Theatre $10,000
Funding for Sutrajaal: Revelations of Gossamer, an original, full-length work for premiere in The O’Shaughnessy’s Women of Substance series at St. Catherine University in September 2019.

ARENA DANCES, Inc. $10,000
Funding to present CANDY BOX Dance Festival, an eclectic annual festival of featured artist performances, workshops, public showings, and dance community panel discussions. Activities will take place at the Southern Theater in April 2019.

Balkanicus Institute for Balkan Art Culture and History $10,000
Funding to produce two free public concerts of the Balkanicus Ensemble, featuring contemporary Balkan chamber music. Concerts will be held at Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall on the U of MN campus in April and October 2019.

Cleveland Neighborhood Association $10,000
Funding for Live On the Drive, a free concert series held on Victory Memorial Drive in North Minneapolis featuring high caliber musicians and celebrating the diverse talents of the community. The series will consist of three concerts held on the second Thursday of June, July, and August 2019.

Full Circle Theater Company $10,000
Funding to produce the award winning play Caught, by Christopher Chen. Performances will take place at the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio in May and June 2019.

Grace Minnesota $8,800
Funding for Don’t You Feel It Too?, a participatory practice of dancing one’s inner life in public spaces. The 2019 season of activities will include more than 80 public sessions, three large-scale events, and an expansion of the cohort to 30 members, between March and August 2019.

Hope Community, Inc. $10,000
Funding for The Power of Vision, a community mural program that will engage at least 35 indigenous people and people of color to design and produce two distinct public murals. The project will take place between June and September 2019, and will culminate in a public mural unveiling ceremony and community celebration.

Human Combat Chess $10,000
Funding for Human Combat Chess, an annual theatrical production grounded in teaching and increasing the level of Stage Combat in the Twin Cities. Performances will take place at Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis in June 2019.

Indigenous Peoples Task Force $10,000
Funding for the Ikidowin Program, a theater program for Native teens to develop trust, improve theater skills, maintain meaningful relationships between adults and teens, create and perform theater that is relevant to community concerns and culture, and educate and inspire audiences. The program will take place between October 2018 and April 2019.

Inverted Arts $10,000
Funding for a 13-15 minute documentary film featuring multi-generational stories of the Little Earth Native American community in South Minneapolis, co-produced by three Little Earth student interns. The film will be in production winter – summer 2019 with a screening at the Pow Wow Grounds Arts Gallery in Minneapolis during fall 2019.

Kairos Alive! $10,000
Funding for the creation of Finding Friends, a new community dance work, developed through a cultural exchange project, and utilizing the organization’s Intergenerational Dance Hall model. The collaborative project will partner with Centro Tyrone Guzman, Minneapolis American Indian Center, Volunteers of America Park ElderCenter, and Orchestra Hall, with culminating community dance work in spring 2019.

Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra $9,357
Funding to support three, free orchestral programs as part of the orchestra’s 38th season. Each program will be performed twice, once at an elder care facility and again at a Minneapolis church or park. Performances will take place between February and June 2019.

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Association $10,000
Funding to present with soprano Clara Ozowski and flutist Linda Chatterton the world premieres of two recently commissioned works by Minnesota composer Mary Ellen Childs and Afro-Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. Performances and additional workshops will take place in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and White Bear Lake in May 2019.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association $10,000
Funding to perform five Free Concerts for Seniors during July 2019. Four coffee concerts will be held at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis, with listeners bused in from senior care facilities throughout the Twin Cities. A fifth community concert will be held in Elliot Park in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis County

Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop $10,000
Funding for the New Puppetworks Project, a contemporary puppet theater program, offering Native/POC the opportunity to create a short puppet performance, and to gain skills in contemporary puppet theater production and artistry. The project will culminate in the presentation of new works in June 2019.

MPLS (imPulse) $10,000
Funding to present two, ninety-minute thematic choral programs in the Twin Cities in diverse, nontraditional performance venues. Performances will take place in January and April of 2019.

Nokomis East Neighborhood Association $10,000
Funding for the 2019 Minneapolis Monarch Festival, a celebration of the monarch butterfly’s migration from Minnesota to Mexico. The bilingual festival blends artistic programs, environmental education and community building and will take place in September 2019.

Open Eye Figure Theatre $10,000
Funding for the 17th annual Driveway Tour program that brings family-friendly puppet shows to over 100 neighborhoods in the Metro Area. Performances will take place in summer 2019.

Oratory Bach Ensemble $10,000
Funding for two performances of J.S. Bach’s masterwork, B Minor Mass. Performances will take place in Minneapolis and St. Paul in summer 2019.

Public Functionary $10,000
Funding for a solo exhibition by Minneapolis-based visual artist, Jose Domingues. The exhibition, presented in an effort to better understand and leverage the unique contemporary art platform Public Functionary provides through mentorship, vital resources and one-on-one support for emerging artists of color, will take place in November 2018.

Red Eye Collaboration $10,000
Funding for NEW WORKS 4 WEEKS 2019, a multidisciplinary performance festival that serves as the culmination of Red Eye’s artist development programs, which provide space and technical support for the creation of new work. The project will begin in fall 2018 and culminates in the presentation of new works in May and June 2019.

Rhythmically Speaking $10,000
Funding for Rhythmically Speaking: The Cohort, a new program supporting the shared development of new work by local and national choreographers. This project will culminate in a production at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis during August 2019.

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council $10,000
Funding to produce four Artist Salon series, engaging Jewish artists from various disciplines in dialogue with local audiences. The Artist Salons will take place at various venues in St. Paul and Minneapolis between October 2018 and April 2019.

Salsa Fiesta $10,000
Funding for Minnesota Salsa Fiesta, a music and dance collaboration and celebration featuring live salsa ensembles and Latin dance performance groups. The event will feature a series of open rehearsals concluding with a final event at the Cedar Cultural Center in May 2019.

SEALIT Center $10,000
Funding to present a 20-year retrospective of the Laomagination arts movement with roots in the Twin Cities, engaging interdisciplinary refugee speculative arts in post-war reconstruction and intercultural harmony. The exhibit will run for four weeks in a North Minneapolis location.

Shakespearean Youth Theatre $10,000
Funding for a 5-show run of the tragicomedy The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. The production will be performed by youth ages 13 – 19 who do not attend a traditional school. The five performances will occur in March 2019 at the JSB Tek Box Theater in Minneapolis’ Cowles Center.

Singers in Accord $10,000
Funding to work with guest conductor Ahmed Anzaldua to present Phenomena: The Awe and Mystery, a concert of three important choral works, including the Minnesota premier of Oceana by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov. Performances will take place in April 2019.

Soo Visual Arts Center $10,000
Funding for the 15th annual Untitled exhibition series, featuring world renown guest curator to select artists from submissions. The exhibition will be held at Soo Visual Arts Center between February and March of 2019.

Southside Family Nurturing Center $6,000
Funding for the Our Drumming and Dancing Across Cultures project, a series of lessons on traditional drumming representing Continental African, Latin American, and Native American cultures. Each series of lessons will actively engage Southside Family Nurturing Center children, parents and families, between October 2018 and May 2019.

TaikoArts Midwest $10,000
Funding to produce a taiko concert featuring Ensō Daiko and guest artist Tiffany Tamaribuchi. Performances will take place at the Southern Theater in November 2018.

Thanksgiving Celebration Pow-wow Committee $10,000
Funding for the 2018 Thanksgiving Celebration Pow-Wow, a high-caliber artistically-sound, yet accessible community pow-wow that engages dancers, drummers, and community members as a strategy to promote, maintain, and transmit the indigenous traditions of dance and drum. The event will be held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center in November 2018.

The DIAL Group $10,000
Funding for the Media Arts Apprenticeship Program, an arts and creative professional development program for young artists of color with an interest in exploring media arts and new media as a potential career. The program will give emerging media artists a first-hand look at the working life of professional artists, creative organizations, and businesses through apprenticeships, mentorships, training, and community-focused projects.

The Theater of Public Policy $10,000
Funding for a series of eight weekly improv shows featuring a local policy expert who will discuss an important issue, followed by a team of comedic improvisers who will present unscripted scenes about the issue. Performances will take place at the Bryant Lake Bowl in April and May 2019.

Theatre 55 $10,000
Funding for community members age 55+ will work with and learn theatre skills from theater veterans to fully produce the theatrical production HAIR. Performances will be held in January – February 2019 at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis.

Threads Dance Project $6,100
Funding for Threads’ Fall 2019 performance season, including a premiere of a new work, Objet Petit (an unattainable object of desire) in November 2019.

Tru Ruts Endeavors $10,000
Funding to present Khephra: A Hip Hop Xmas, an innovative approach to the traditional medium of theater with puppetry and urban music forms such as hip hop, yiri, gospel, and highlife, to honor the culture, ancestry, and ritual of the holiday season. Performances will take place at Open Eye Figure Theater in November and December 2018.

Turtle Theater Collective $10,000
Funding to present Larissa Fasthorse’s play, What Would Crazy Horse Do? Performances will take place at Mixed Blood Theatre in July 2019.

Twin Cities Carifest $10,000
Funding for Carifest, a family-friendly festival featuring Caribbean music, storytelling, dance, cuisine, and a Carnival-style parade that will take place in Minneapolis in July 2019.

Twin Cities Jazz Workshop $10,000
Funding for the Twin Cities Jazz Workshop, a summer experience offering professional music instruction to local students with a culminating local performance opportunity at a professional jazz venue. The program will take place in summer 2019.

Umbrella Collective $10,000
Funding for the production of Velvet Swing, a new theater work inspired by the life of Evelyn Nesbit. Performances will take place at Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater during April 2019.

Vibrant and Safe Downtown $10,000
Funding to launch Fringe Presents: Beyond the Box, a series of free, public performing arts events at the new Nicollet Theater in the Round amphitheater outside the Minneapolis Central Library. Performances will take place in spring and summer 2019.

Scott County

APIA MN Film Project $10,000
Funding for the APIA MN Film Collective’s On-Set Training Program, providing on-set and on-the-job training to emerging APIA filmmakers from the Twin Cities to produce an original short film written by Naomi Ko. Activities will occur March – May 2019.

Saint Paul

Bach Society of Minnesota $8,950
Funding to present two “Bach with Friends” workshops that will engage amateur musicians in the process of rehearsing and performing Bach’s music while working alongside professional musicians. Activities will occur at Hamline United Methodist in St. Paul during March 2019 and at St. John Evangelical Lutheran in Corcoran during September 2019.

Brownbody $10,000
Funding to research, rehearse, and perform Tracing Steps, an evening length on ice work focused on 17th through 19th century Black Social Dance in the United States. Performances will be held at Highland Ice Arena in St. Paul during fall 2019.

CAAM Chinese Dance Theater $10,000
Funding for the annual dance production exploring Chinese cultural and artistic themes around the Tea Culture in China to launch the Chinese New Year. Performances will be at the O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul during January 2019.

Center for Hmong Arts and Talent $10,000
Funding for the Arts Saves Us (ASU) Music Program, an after-school enrichment program that will teach music to Hmong youth ages 14-18 from October 2018 – January 2019.

ComMUSICation $6,960
Funding for CMC Choir to expand to include ukulele as part of fall programming. Performances will be held in November 2018 and January 2019.

Consortium Carissimi $10,000
Funding for Alma Gentil (translation “Sweet Soul”), the last performance of Consortium Carissimi’s 2018-2019 season. The program will create a bridge between early Italian baroque music and contemporary jazz with performances during May 2019 at the new performing arts center of the St. Paul Conservatory of Music.

Contempo Physical Dance $9,500
Funding to present Bahia/Minnesota (working title), about Afro-Braziilan history and themes, at The O’Shaughnessy for three performances during February 2019.

East Side Arts Council $10,000
Funding for Artmobile, a mobile art project offering six weeks of free drop in art classes for inner city youth. Artmobile sets up in outdoor community spaces around the East Side of St. Paul in the summer of 2019.

El Arco Iris $10,000
Funding for a seventeen week program offering 25-35 youth an opportunity to learn about the traditional Afro Puerto Rican folkloric rhythms, songs and dance (Bomba & Plena) through art, dancing and music classes. Activities take place at the Dunning Recreation Center in St. Paul and will culminate with a family showcase in March 2019.

Frank Theatre $10,000
Funding to present Marc Blitzstein’s labor-opera CRADLE WILL ROCK. Performances will take place at the Gremlin Theatre in March and April 2019.

Gremlin Theatre $10,000
Funding to produce the play THE FATHER (winner of the 2014 Moliere Award for France’s best play), about a daughter attempting to care for her failing and difficult father as he descends into dementia. Performances will be in January 2019 at the Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul.

Her Voice Productions $10,000
Funding to present Be the Change, a collaborative concert and workshop with Emma’s Revolution, dedicated to the empowerment of women’s voices. The concert will take place at The O’Shaughnessy in February 2019,

India Association of Minnesota $10,000
Funding for IndiaFest 2019, which will present 90 Indian-Asian artists during its one-day event. IndiaFest will be held in August 2019 at the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul.

Irish Music & Dance Association $10,000
Funding for the 38th consecutive annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and the 17th consecutive annual Day of Irish Dance. Both events will be held at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, on separate days, during March of 2019.

Lower Phalen Creek Project $9,840
Funding to hire filmmaker John Kaul to create an original 4-5-minute documentary video about cultural healing to be featured in a community discussion at East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul during December 2018.

Lowertown Blues Festival $10,000
Funding for the 2019 Lowertown Blues Festival which will showcase 85 Minnesota blues artists performing for 30,000 attendees in Lowertown St. Paul’s Mears Park during June 2019.

Midwest Special Services, Inc. $10,000
Funding for adults with disabilities to work with a Textile Center teaching artist to create collaborative wall hangings as well as individual textile pieces while learning about Shibori fabric dyeing methods and expanding their knowledge of embroidery. Activities will culminate in an exhibition at The Show Gallery Lowertown in St. Paul and the Textile Center’s Library Gallery during winter 2019 and spring 2020.

Million Artist Movement $10,000
Funding for six interactive art-making community workshops from October 2018 – May 2019. Workshops will be held at various St. Paul and Minneapolis venues.

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health $10,000
Funding for Fidgety Fairy Tales – The Mental Health Musical, a 40-minute performance using familiar fairy tales to raise awareness of children’s mental health disorders. Fidgety Fairy Tales will be performed 10 times at sites throughout the Twin Cities metro area during April – May 2019.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company $10,000
Funding for Actually by Anna Ziegler, a new play that tells the story of two students at Princeton as they recount their evening together to a university panel charged with assessing if sexual assault took place. Performance will occur in February and March 2019 at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s theater in St. Paul.

Minnesota Music Coalition $10,000
Funding for the 8th annual MN Music Summit, a music festival and conference for artists, fans and those working in the music industry. The summit will feature workshops, mentoring sessions, a national keynote speaker and concerts showcasing emerging bands and Minnesota acts. MN Music Summit will take place in St. Paul and Minneapolis during April 2019.

Funding for 29 jazz concerts focusing on the music of African American hard bop composers, with a brief oral explanation of the song’s and composer’s history given between song performances. The free concerts will be held in breweries between October 2018 and June 2019.

More Than a Single Story $9,500
Funding for More Than A Single Story, a series of four events including three interactive readings and community conversations with indigenous writers and writers of color reading from their own original works, and one day-long experiential workshop that will engage communities in creative exploration with IPOC writers and other artists. Activities will take place between October 2018 and September 2019.

Musical Offering $10,000
Funding for three concerts in 2018 and 2019 to present chamber concerts at Sundin Music Hall in St. Paul. Performances will occur in November 2018, March 2019, and June 2019.

Oratorio Society of Minnesota $9,525
Funding for “Victoria – A Life in Music,” an evening of stories and music from the Victorian era to celebrate the bicentennial year of Queen Victoria’s birth. The production includes actors, soloists, a chorus, orchestra and organ, will focus on milestones from the Queen’s almost 64 year-reign in England. Two performances will take place in April 2019 at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis and Hamline Church United Methodist in St. Paul.

Selby Ave JazzFest $10,000
Funding for the 2019 Selby Ave JazzFest, an annual free event featuring jazz performances, family activities, interactive artist displays, health screenings and cultural food offerings. The event will take place during September 2019 at the intersection of Selby Avenue and Milton Street in St. Paul.

Sounds of Hope, Ltd. $10,000
Funding to support two weeks of concert performances in July 2019 in various venues in the Twin Cities area.

Theatre Unbound $10,000
Funding to present Ellen McLaughlin’s play Iphigenia and Other Daughters. Performances will take place at the Gremlin Theatre in February and March 2019.

Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center $10,000
Funding to produce “The Grace of Colorful Lane”, a full-length dance performance that demonstrate the unique characteristics of the culture of southern China. The show will be held at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul during February 2019.

Young Artists Initiative $10,000
Funding for the 2019 Winter Theatre Experience, an eight-week audition-based theatre program which will engage 35 youth in rehearsing and fully staging eight public performances. Performances will take place at The Wellstone Center Theater in Saint Paul during March 2019.

Suburban Hennepin County

4 Community Theatre $10,000
Funding for a February 2019 production of six performances of The Glass Menagerie and a July 2019 production of six performances of the musical The Addams Family to be staged at Orono School auditoriums.

ArtStart $10,000
Funding for Arte de la Tierra (Art From the Land), a 5-day experiential art and nature project for 30 Latinx youth ages 6-12 working with four artists and two naturalists at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington during summer 2019.

Cross Community Players $10,000
Funding to produce seven performances of the musical Mary Poppins in July 2019 at Osseo Senior High School.

Ebenezer Society Foundation $8,552
Funding to support the Life Long Learning “Poetry for Life” program, an intergenerational poetry and storytelling workshop series for residents of Ebenezer Ridges and Martin Luther campuses and youth from area schools. Activities will take place in Burnsville and Bloomington from September 2018 to October 2019.

Reach for Resources $10,000
Funding for Art Abilities, a quarterly, six-session series of workshops that offers youth and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore a variety of art media. Workshops will be held at the Adler Graduate School at their new location in Minnetonka starting in November 2018 and finishing in mid-September 2019. The program will culminate in an art exhibition.

Washington County

Bakken Trio $10,000
Funding to create a series of free Listening Parties in collaboration with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, featuring puppetry and live musical selections of From the Monkey Mountains, by Pavel Haas. Performances will take place at the Stillwater Public Library in Spring 2019.

East Metro Symphony Orchestra $10,000
Funding to support three major concerts, two full-orchestra Senior Living Community concerts and five small ensemble Senior Living Community concerts during the 2018-2019 season. Major concerts will be held in December in Woodbury; March 2019 in Lake Elmo; May 2019 in Stillwater; Senior Living Community concerts at Boutwell’s Landing in Oak Park Heights, Stonecrest in Woodbury, St. Therese in Woodbury, Sholom Home in St. Paul, and Oak Meadows in Oakdale.

Square Lake Film & Music Festival $10,000
Funding for the 2019 Square Lake Film & Music Festival, a daylong, outdoor celebration of Minnesota-made music and film held on a scenic 25-acre hobby farm near Stillwater. The festival will take place in August 2019.

StoryArk $10,000
Funding to support students in grades six through twelve write, perform, and produce episodes for the audio podcasts HUSH and Carnation and the webisode Shush while also working together to expand and engage their audience. Activities will take place in Stillwater from October 2018 – January 2019.


FY 2018 Arts Activities Support- Round 2

On June 26, 2018, the MRAC board awarded $771,040 to 80 organizations/projects in the second round of its FY 2018 Arts Activities Support grant program. The Arts Activities Support projects chosen will provide high-quality arts events and programs for Minnesotans of all ages to experience and enjoy arts in a variety of disciplines. From theater productions to camps to classes and more, the Arts Activities Support grants provide quality engagement with the arts at a variety of entry points. The Arts Activities Support grant program is made possible with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. Geographic listings represent the county where the arts programming will take place; note that Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from the Suburban Hennepin and Suburban Ramsey counties.

Dakota County

Children’s Castle Theater              $10,000.00
Funding for Disney’s Newsies, the organization’s 48th production. 8+ performances will be held at the Lakeville Area Arts Center during March 2019.

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community                $10,000.00
Funding for the 19th Annual Traditional Wacipi, a three-day Native American artistic and cultural celebration and social gathering. Activities will take place on the St. Peters Church grounds in Mendota in September 2018.

Minnesota Productions, Inc., DBA Theater NOW                     $10,000.00
Funding for “Storytelling with Puppets,” free weekly classes for seniors culminating in a final performance. Activities will take place at The Wilder Foundation Community Center for Aging in St. Paul from November – December 2018.


Alive & Kickin                      $10,000.00
Funding for 15 on-site musical performances at several venues in the metro area and a two-hour performance at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, all featuring performers between 60 and 90+ years of age. Activities will take place between July 2018 and June 2019.

Art Buddies              $10,000.00
Funding for the fall 2018 Art Buddies after-school art mentor program at Bancroft Elementary School in Minneapolis, where 30 students ages 8 to 11 will be paired with 30 creative adults during 8-10 weekly artist-led sessions.

Art Shanty Projects            $10,000.00
Funding to curate and present the 2019 Art Shanty Projects On Ice Program, a free four-week interactive exhibit of performance and visual art on frozen Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. The exhibit will be on display in January and February 2019.

Avivo              $9,838.00
Funding for the Avivo Art Garden, a year-long project that will engage people living with mental illness in four group art activities to strengthen social connection and promote recovery. Participants will create a mosaic bird bath, two art benches, five floral garden images on wood, recovery-focused signs, and a 4 foot by 8 foot mural on wood near the intersection of Franklin and Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Black Storytellers Alliance                       $10,000.00
Funding for 27th Annual Black Master Storytellers Festival, Signifyin’ & Testifyin’, a three-day, family-friendly, free event that invites all persons and families to become actively engaged in the art of oral storytelling as audience participants. The festival will take place at metro area locations in September 2018.

Black Table Arts                  $10,000.00
Funding for six Free Black Table open mic events, merging the artistic practices of presentation; community gathering and sharing; and entrepreneurship. The events will be held at Illusion Theater between July 2018 and May 2019.

Bollywood Dance Scene                 $9,000.00
Funding to present MinneUtsav: a Bollywood Performing Arts Festival for all ages, featuring a Bollywood dance “dramedy” of original storytelling and choreography, Bollywood improv shows, dance and acting workshops, live Indian-fusion music, and several spotlight performances by partner arts organizations and artists. The festival will take place in August 2018.

Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis                $10,000.00
Funding for a series of eight free concerts across three metro venues featuring a variety of classical music. Performances will underscore the talent sitting in our Minnesota community, building on Civic’s reputation for promoting local artists well-deserving of attention and multiple performances.

DaNCEBUMS             $10,000.00
Funding to create and present It’s all real, It’s all fake, It’s all DaNCEBUMS, an evening-length immersive performance combining dance, live music, scenic design, and social gathering. Performances 

Exposed Brick Theatre                  $10,000.00
Funding to produce the play Freedom Daze at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis during November and December 2018.

Four Humors Theater                    $10,000.00
Funding for the original theatrical production “The Last Days of Commodus.” Performances will take place at the Strike Theater in Minneapolis during April 2019.

Friends of the Mill District                        $8,000.00
Funding for a season of choir rehearsals and performances under the direction of J.D. Steele for residents living in downtown Minneapolis’ Mill District, to bring diverse community members together to share the joy of singing. Activities will take place between September 2018 – June 2019.

Gadfly Theatre Productions                     $10,000.00
Funding for 60 Queer Plays in 90 Queer Minutes, bringing ten artists together to create sixty new, one-minute plays to be performed in ninety minutes. All plays will be comprised of content pressing and urgent to LGBTQ+ people, with final performances taking place in March 2019.

Haunted Basement             $10,000.00
Funding for the Haunted Basement, an annual immersive haunted theater experience. The production will take place at the Hennepin Art Block in Minneapolis in September and October 2018.

Indian Music Society of Minnesota (IMSOM)                 $10,000.00
Funding to support the 2018 Fall Concert Series, including four chamber concerts featuring internationally renowned artists from India, and one community festival of Indian classical music. The concerts and community festival will take place at metro venues in September and October 2018.

Jawaahir Dance Company             $10,000.00
Funding to present Our Mother, an Arab music and dance performance based on the work of iconic Arab Singer, Oum Kalsoum. Performances will take place at Jawaahir’s Studio Theater in December 2018.

Jones-Harrison Residence            $3,814.00
Funding for a partnership with COMPAS’ Artful Aging program to introduce residents to Carnatic music, a 2000-year-old musical form from South India. The free activities include an opening performance, 5 weekly learning workshops, and a final presentation event and will take place at Jones-Harrison Residence in Minneapolis during February – March 2019.

Katha Dance Theatre                      $10,000.00
Funding to remount the 1994 dance-drama “The Hungry Stones” with new choreography and set design. Performances will be held at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis during November 2018.

Kenwood Symphony Orchestra               $10,000.00
Funding for four live symphony orchestra programs, including a soloist competition, designed to bring concerts of classical music to a diverse audience. Performances will take place at metro area venues and assisted living facilities between October 2018 and May 2019.

Kulture Klub Collaborative                       $10,000.00
Funding to host a 16-week visual and performing art series for youth experiencing and transitioning out of homelessness. Workshops will take place at four different transitional housing sites during the fall and winter of 2018.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance                        $10,000.00
Funding for the 2018 Winter Showcase, a performance of completed work developed between October and December 2018 by Les Jolies students. A final public performance will be held at Fridley Community Theater in December 2018.

Metropolitan Symphony Orchestral Association                     $10,000.00
Funding for the 2018-2019 season, featuring five orchestral music concerts, one of which is performed twice. Performances will take place in a variety of neighborhood venues across the Twin Cities between October 2018 and May 2019.

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute             $10,000.00
Funding for Writers’ Table at After-School Homework Help during the 2018–2019 academic year. Activities will run from September 2018 – May 2019 at Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute in Minneapolis.

MN Interfaith Power and Light                $10,000.00
Funding for the All in the Circle Arts and Nature Camps, featuring a pair of two-week camps exploring themes of arts and nature, to be held in summer of 2019.

Morgan Thorson & Company                    $10,000.00
Funding for Public Love, a dance project redefining power through physical tenderness and the human need for touch as queer alternatives to might and control. Rehearsals, a technical residency, and informal community gatherings will all culminate in performances at the Walker Art Center’s McGuire Theater in December 2018.

Motionpoems, Inc.              $10,000.00
Funding to support the commission and creation of 12 poetry films, and their dissemination through a film festival and on the web. The films will premiere in spring 2019.

New Arab American Theater Works                  $10,000.00
Funding to develop and present the staged reading of a new work based on the stories of 100 years of Syrian and Lebanese immigration to the United States. The project will be built upon interviews and workshops with local community members with a final presentation in May 2019.

North Suburban Chorus                $3,000.00
Funding for 32 performances from August – December 2018 at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, senior clubs, and senior housing locales in the metro area.

Off-Leash Area                     $10,000.00
Funding for BARK ART! A Dog & Art Festival, to take place at the Off-Leash Art Box in August 2018.

Red Bird Theatre                 $10,000.00
Funding to present A Bright Room Called Day, by Tony Kushner. Performances will take place at Pillsbury House Theatre in March 2019.

Right Here Commissions              $9,874.00
Funding to support the presentation of The 5th Annual Right Here Showcase, a juried mini-festival of mid-career Minnesota-based performing artists who create original contemporary performance work. Performances will take place at The Art Box in Minneapolis in May 2019.

Riverside Plaza Tenants Association                 $10,000.00
Funding for Somali poetry translations and poetry workshops that will culminate in a December 2018 reading at Mixed Blood Theatre.

Rosy Simas Danse               $10,000.00
Funding for “no known word”, a performative sharing of the act of creation. Made in collaborative and solo practice, a weaving of movement, paper and fabric sculptures, film, sound, and text will evolve over a month-long residency at All My Relations Arts in the heart of Minneapolis’ Native community in June 2019.

Sandbox Theatre                 $10,000.00
Funding for WordsDoMove, an original play inspired by the empathic power of language, how words have the ability to motivate us, to connect us, and to drive us apart. Performances will take place at The Crane Theater in November 2018.

Skewed Visions                   $10,000.00
Funding for Moving Time, a new, interdisciplinary solo performance work created anew in front of each audience using disruptive practices and dystopian images to examine how representation — a fundamental principle of communication and political efficacy — is possible in contemporary culture. Performances will take place in May 2019.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum                $10,000.00
Funding to present the Mobile Culture Show, a hands-on program of Somali traditional art, targeting Somali youth and segments of the Somali community that lack access to studying traditional Somali arts and culture. The exhibit will be shown at 10 metro area locations through December 2018.

SPARK theater + dance                  $10,000.00
Funding to present the children’s show The Supercilious Ways of Walter Wading. Performances will take place in four metro area locations from January through September 2019.

Theatre Novi Most              $10,000.00
Funding to create and produce a new play in collaboration with the University of Minnesota and playwright Savannah Reich about the history of denim jeans and American ideas about democracy. Performances will take place in December 2018.

Tlalnepantla Arts                $10,000.00
Funding for CalaFest18, a 4-week multimedia and interdisciplinary Latinx arts festival celebrating the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead. The festival will feature approximately 150 Latinx artists that explore media art, dance, music, spoken word, theater, painting, installation art, traditional folks arts, and other artistic expressions related to Day of the Dead. The festival will take place at metro area venues between September and November 2018.

Weavers Guild of Minnesota                     $10,000.00
Funding for a year-long arts program including 16 classes in historical spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques plus ten free public outreach events, a film screening, and other activities to take place between September 2018 and August 2019.

Young Dance, Inc.                $10,000.00
Funding for Intersect, a season of workshops and performances for young dancers, exploring the crossroads of dance with other art forms. Activities will take place between September 2018 and May 2019.

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz                 $10,000.00
Funding to develop and premiere Tabletop Exodus, a new participatory puppetry performance with live music by Greg Herriges. Performances will take place at the Z Puppets studio in South Minneapolis in February 2019

Saint Paul
Advocating Change Together                   $10,000.00
Funding for a monthly singing group open to all people with developmental disabilities, their allies, and the general public. Activities will include nine monthly rehearsals and three public performances.

BareBones Productions                $10,000.00
Funding to stage the 25th Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a free outdoor pageant and performance featuring giant puppets, live music, and communal singing, followed by a reception of free food, live music, and opportunity for remembrance and contemplation. The event will take place at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul in October 2018.

Border CrosSing                  $10,000.00
Funding for Puentes, a series of concerts held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. The project integrates Latinx audiences, culture, and artists with the Minnesota choral scene to be accessible and relevant to Latinx audiences, allowing for a fundamental change in the traditional choral landscape. Performances will take place between September 2018 and May 2019.

Center for Irish Music                    $10,000.00
Funding for the 11th annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, an immersive music education festival of music instruction and public performances. Activities will occur at Celtic Junction in Saint Paul during June 2019.

Dangerous Productions                 $10,000.00
Funding to produce THE CANDIDATE, a satirical slapstick comedy about the importance of voting rights for all. Performances will be paired with “get out the vote” activities and other opportunities for civic engagement at Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul during October 2018.

Flying Forms            $10,000.00
Funding for the 2018-19 concert series of baroque chamber music. Concerts will be at the Baroque Room in St. Paul in November & December 2018 and January & March 2019.

Gender Reel              $8,350.00
Funding for Gender Reel’s 2018 Film Festival, the Twin Cities only film festival dedicated to enhance the visibility of trans and gender diverse people. Gender Reel will take place in October 2018 at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul and the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis. 

Girl Friday Productions                 $10,000.00
Funding for the production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Skin of Our Teeth, by Thornton Wilder. Performances will run on the proscenium stage at Park Square Theatre in February and March 2019.

Highland Friendship Club             $8,214.00
Funding for two sections of Cow Tipping Press writing workshops. The first will occur in October – November 2018; the second during January – February 2019. 

In Progress               $10,000.00
Funding for the North End Arts Initiative, offering digital art making activities for youth and their families living in the north end neighborhood of Saint Paul. Activities include music creation, family portraiture sessions, digital photography in parks and more, and will be presented from August 2018 – April 2019 in St. Paul.

Japan America Society of Minnesota                   $7,000.00
Funding for a Japanese cultural entertainment program, featuring local musicians, singers, and dancers performing a program of Japanese music, drums, and cultural entertainment at the Como Park Obon Festival in August 2018.

Jazz at Studio Z                    $10,000.00
Funding for Jazz at Studio Z, a series of jazz workshops, podcasts, and professional concerts featuring local musicians. Events will take place monthly at Studio Z in downtown St. Paul between September 2018 and May 2019.

Jenson Dance                        $10,000.00
Funding for “Sketch Mythology 2,” blending dance theatre with short poses for the audience to sketch. Created by Matt Jenson in collaboration with over twenty artists – choreographers, composers, visual artists, writers, directors, and designers – there will be six performances at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul during Spring 2019.

Latvian Organization Association of Minnesota                       $10,000.00
Funding to produce a full-length concert featuring songs and dances of the Latvian culture, as well as a fine arts exhibition. The events will be held at the Landmark Center in St. Paul in November 2018.

McDonough Recreation Center                $10,000.00
Funding for the McDonough Performance Art Project consisting of multiple dance and spoken word workshops for middle-school and high-school aged participants. Activities will occur from July 2018 – early 2019 at the McDonough Rec Center in Saint Paul.

Minhua Chorus                    $10,000.00
Funding to produce a full-length concert featuring songs and dances that demonstrate the unique characteristics of the culture of southern China. The concert will be held at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul in November 2018.

Minnesota Chinese Music Ensemble                   $10,000.00
Funding for a concert, performances, a music seminar, a master class, and private lessons of traditional and contemporary Chinese music. Activities will occur in September 2018 at Kang Le Adult Daycare in St. Paul, Legacy Adult Daycare in Golden Valley, and Sundin Hall in St. Paul.

Mizna             $10,000.00
Funding for the winter 2018 publication of Mizna, a special issue marking 70 years of occupation of Palestine. The only journal of Arab American literature in the country, the issue features both emerging and established authors in a platform for Arab Americans to narrate their own stories. The issue will be published in November 2018 and a journal release event will be held at the Twin Cities Public Television Street Space in St. Paul in January 2019.

Rain Taxi Inc.                       $10,000.00
Funding to produce the 18th annual Twin Cities Book Festival, featuring Minnesota authors, publishers, booksellers, and book artists, as well as select writers from across the nation, with an all-day book fair, Children’s Pavilion, Middle Grade Headquarters, Teen Tent, and author readings and book signings. The Fair will be held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in October 2018.

Rondo Family Reunion                  $8,000.00
Funding for “The Rondo Family Reunion: Pictures and Poems for our People” to capture photographs and stories of the “Rondo Diaspora,” people of African descent who have lived and/or currently live in the Rondo neighborhood. Activities will include a photo and poetry project via an interactive, mapped lawn sign display, banner displays at the Rondo Library, a book, and a final performance at Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul.

Skylark Opera                      $10,000.00
Funding for six performances, in English, of an immersive, updated production of Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutte, exploring modern gender power relationships through the lens of an 18th century masterpiece. Activities will occur in October 2018 at the Mounds Theatre in St. Paul.

St. Paul Art Collective                     $8,900.00
Funding for the Spring Saint Paul Art Crawl in April 2019.

Teatro del Pueblo               $10,000.00
Funding for the bilingual (Spanish/English) presentation of The Blackout (“El Apagon”), part of the company’s 17th annual Political Theater Series. Activities include workshops and performances to be held in spring 2019. 

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library                $10,000.00
Funding for the 25th anniversary season of the Fireside Reading Series, a six-week program featuring Minnesota writers who have published new work in the past year. Activities will occur at Saint Paul’s Hamline-Midway Public Library in January and February 2019. 

Theatre Pro Rata                 $10,000.00
Funding to produce Isaac’s Eye, by Lucas Hnath, a play that blends the facts of Isaac Newton’s life with an equal dose fiction to explore what great people are willing to sacrifice to become great people. Performances will take place at The Gremlin Theater in January and February 2019.

Wonderlust Productions               $10,000.00
Funding to support community engagement, story-gathering, and script development for a new play about – and developed in collaboration with – people in and affected by Minnesota’s incarceration system. Public readings will occur in July 2019.

Yogavaram                $10,000.00
Funding for an evening-length performance by dancer/choreographer Alarmél Valli with live musical accompaniment at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul during November 2018.

Zeitgeist                    $10,000.00
Funding for the 2018-2019 Eric Stokes Song Contest program, including the Eric Stokes Song Contest and Zeitgeist’s annual Playing it Close to Home concerts. Activities include conducting the contest, rehearsing the winning works, and presenting concerts in St. Paul. Two concerts will be held at Studio Z and one concert at Ras Ethiopian Restaurant and Lounge during February 2019.

Suburban Hennepin County

Hammer Residences                      $10,000.00
Funding to partner with Cow Tipping Press to provide three free six-week literary arts sessions for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The writing sessions will be held at the Minnetonka Community Ed building in October/November 2018, February/March 2019, and June/July 2019 along with Writer’s Reception and Book Release events at the Wild Rumpus Bookstore in St. Paul and The Depot Coffee House in Hopkins. 

Wayzata Symphony Orchestra                 $8,575.00
Funding to present four musical programs in the 2018-2019 season. Concerts will take place in Wayzata and Minneapolis in October and November 2018 and February, March, and April 2019.

Suburban Ramsey County

Merrick, Inc.             $10,000.00
Funding for “The Art of Me,” a 12-week program for 15 adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities to work with Upstream Arts artists in each one-hour session. Activities will take place at Merrick’s Vadnais Heights location between September 2018 and May 2019, culminating in a final performance. 

Washington County

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop                $9,675.00
Funding to expand MPWW’s one-to-one mail Mentor Program to 50 additional students incarcerated in one of the four Metropolitan-area state correctional facilities. The Mentor Program will take place from January – April 2019 in Stillwater, Lino Lakes, Oak Park Heights, and Shakopee prisons and will culminate in a public reading at Hamline University in May 2019.

Sample Night Live!              $10,000.00
Funding to produce the September Sample Night Live highlighting artists and arts organizations across the Metro, as well as featuring East Metro-based groups. The September show will be presented at Merrill Arts Center in Woodbury during September 2018. 

Sod House Theater              $8,800.00
Funding to present four performances of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at Vermillion Falls Park in Hastings during September 2018.

Washington County Jail                 $10,000.00
Funding for the Women’s Creative Writing program for women in the Washington County Jail. Classes will begin in July 2018 in Stillwater.