Recent Arts Activities Support Grant Awards

FY 2017 Arts Activities Support- Round 2

On June 13, 2017 MRAC awarded a total of $740,272 to 77 organizations/projects in the second round of the FY 2017 Arts Activities Support grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a community connection. The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by the county where the activity will take place and includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees’ website. Note that Suburban Hennepin and Suburban Ramsey counties are listed separately from the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Carver County

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum                       $9,790.00
www.arboretum.umn.edu
Funding to partner with the Somali Museum of Minnesota to host a nature-inspired art exhibition and accompanying educational opportunities from December 2017 – March 2018 in the Arboretum’s Reedy Gallery in Chaska.

River City Theatre Company                     $9,500.00
http://rivercitytheatrecompany.org
Funding for its 21st community production, The Curious Savage.  Six performances will take place at the Watertown-Mayer Primary School Auditorium in October 2017.

Dakota County

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community                 $10,000.00
http://mendotadakota.com/mn/
Funding for the 18th Annual Traditional Wacipi, a three-day Native American celebration and social gathering. Activities will take place on the St. Peters Church grounds in Mendota in September 2017.

Minneapolis

Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs               $10,000.00
http://www.angelicacantanti.org
Funding to support free Winter and Spring Choral Concerts by the 270 youth participating in Angelica Cantati Youth Choir’s five ensembles. The Winter Concert will be held at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in December 2017, and the Spring Concert will be held at the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul in May 2018.

Art Shanty Projects             $10,000.00
http://www.artshantyprojects.org
Funding to curate and present the 2018 Art Shanty Projects, 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 2018.

ArtiCulture               $10,000.00
www.articulture.org
Funding for the Youth Arts Collaborative, a program to help urban youth develop skills in creative design, leadership and community activism. In partnership with the Audubon Society of Minnesota, teens will pair with teaching artists to create up to eight community public art installations on utility boxes while addressing issues of tagging and blight.

Bakken Trio             $10,000.00
www.bakkentrio.org
Funding for Sunshine Concerts in the Parks, a series of 12 chamber music concerts at Minneapolis Park and Recreation centers as part of the Park Board recreation and day care program for kids aged 6 to 12. Concerts will take place in late July and early August 2017.

Black Storytellers Alliance                       $10,000.00
http://www.blackstorytellers.com
Funding for 26th 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 2017.

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL)                   $9,302.00
www.ctul.net
Funding to bring together diverse constituents, neighbors, local emerging artists, and partner organizations to design and paint a mural on the south wall of the organization’s center for worker and community organizing. Activities will take place between fall 2017 and spring 2018.

Community Involvement Programs                    $10,000.00
www.cipmn.org
Funding to collaborate with Upstream Arts on its Art of Working program, using performing arts practices to develop social and communication skills for individuals who have struggled to be contributing members of their communities due to challenges with social interaction, communication, and other social skills as a function of their disabilities.

Ebenezer Society Foundation                   $8,200.00
Funding for the Life Long Learning “Talking Suitcases” program, a visual arts, mixed media sculpture program that will provide seniors residing at Ebenezer Ridges and Minneapolis campuses with the opportunity to create mixed media projects that reflect their story and legacy. The program is designed for all artistic, physical, and cognitive abilities, and will culminate in a public community exhibit.

Exposed Brick Theatre                  $10,000.00
www.exposedbricktheatre.org
Funding to produce CLOTH, an original play by Aamera Siddiqui which explores the relationship between women across cultures to cloth, covering and choice and the many factors that influence this choice. CLOTH will be presented at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis in December 2017.

Fortune’s Fool                     $9,000.00
Funding to produce the world premiere of The Lady with a Lap Dog, a musical with book and lyrics by Daniel Pinkerton and music by Robert Elhai, adapted from Anton Chekhov’s short story of the same name. Performances will take place at Open Eye Figure Theatre in September 2017.

Friends of the Mill District                       $6,500.00
milldistrictneighborhood.org
Funding for five, six-week cycles of choir rehearsals and performances under the direction of J.D. Steele for residents living in downtown Minneapolis’ Mill District. Activities will take place between September 2017 and May 2018.

Gender Reel              $7,500.00
www.genderreelfest.com
Funding for the 7th year of Gender Reel, a film festival featuring 30 or more independently made media programs focusing on the experiences of trans people from around the world. Gender Reel will take place at the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis during October 2017.

Hennepin Health Foundation                   $10,000.00
http://www.hcmc.org/foundation/index.htm
Funding for ArtCare Mosaic, a 12-month participatory arts activities program to cancer and pediatric patients and their families at Hennepin County Medical Center to introduce creative expression and optimize healing. The activities will culminate in a public exhibition of works in April 2018.

Hopewell Music Cooperative North                    $9,350.00
www.hopewellmusic.com
Funding to support the second year of the Hopewell Orchestral Achievement Project, a series of rehearsals and performances to elevate the artistic skills of students, as well as to engage and stimulate audiences. Students will study challenging curriculum through side-by-side performance and mentorship in sectionals with professional musicians from the Minnesota Sinfonia beginning in September 2017.

Indian Music Society of Minnesota (IMSOM)                 $10,000.00
www.imsom.org
Funding to support four chamber concerts and one community festival of Indian classical music in its Fall Concert Series 2017. The four chamber concerts, to be held between August and October, will feature internationally renowned artists from India. The November festival will feature local community artists.

Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project                      $10,000.00
www.reconciliationproject.org
Funding for Iraqi Voices at the Guthrie, a weekend of Iraqi immigrant and refugee visual art, theatre, and film at the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio. The project will present three nights of theatre performances, with each night concluding in a community engagement activity. Activities will take place in October 2017.

Jawaahir Dance Company              $10,000.00
http://www.jawaahir.org
Funding for the 2017 Jawaahir Studio Theater Show, an intimate, cabaret-style evening that features an eclectic mix of Arab dance and music from among regional styles of the 22 Arab-speaking countries. Performances will take place at the Jawaahir Studio Theater in November 2017.

JLR Foundation                    $10,000.00
jlr-foundation.org
Funding for Summer Music Camp 2017, a six-week intensive for 25 youth ages 10-18 to learn instrumental and vocal composition, multi-media digital creation, recording technology, and performance skills. The camp culminates in an outdoor live performance. Activities will be held in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood in Minneapolis from June – August 2017.

Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra                        $10,000.00
www.lhco.org
Funding for the orchestra’s 37th season, featuring nine free, classic concerts at churches, parks, nursing homes, and hospice care centers.

Mizna             $10,000.00
http://www.mizna.org
Funding for the 12th Arab Film Festival, a five-day festival featuring 25 to 30 films by Arab and Arab-American emerging, independent, and established filmmakers. The event will open at the Walker Art Center and continue at the Film Society’s screen at St. Anthony Main Theatre. The film festival will occur in September – October 2017.

Movement Architecture                 $10,000.00
www.jinzadances.com
Funding for All Hail the Queen, a dance piece which delves into women’s experience. Using movement, voice, visual and architectural elements, this work explores the multi-faceted complexities of the vagina. Movement Architecture will create a performance installation in collaboration with visual artist Amelia Biewald which the audience will move through, as if traveling through a vaginal, or creative, space. The performances will be presented over two weekends in the early summer of 2018.

Nimbus Theatre                  $10,000.00
http://www.nimbustheatre.com
Funding to produce and present Ludlow, a new play portraying the events surrounding the Ludlow Massacre, which took the lives of 66 men, women, and children, and ultimately led to labor reforms in the mining industry. Performances will take place at The Crane Theater in November 2017.

Our Circo Book Truck                   $10,000.00
Funding for a mobile arts and literacy program that aims to support, engage, and empower children to read, learn, and grow in English and Spanish. The program will take place alongside a traveling 1978 circus-themed motor coach at three public sites between May and July 2018.

Patrick’s Cabaret                 $10,000.00
www.patrickscabaret.org
Funding for the 2017-2018 Cabaret season, including 10 Cabarets featuring over 60 performances of new, experimental works from artists on the edge of culture.

Platform                    $10,000.00
Funding for Platform, a new Minneapolis-based alternative space, to open in September 2017 with an inaugural solo exhibition by the Lino Lakes-based artist Pao Houa Her.  The artist will premier a major installation examining the controversial Hmong General Vang Pao (1929-2011), who led CIA-trained Hmong forces in the Vietnam War and played a central role in was the subsequent Hmong immigration to the United States.

Redeemer Center for Life              $10,000.00
redeemercenter.org
Funding for H-Cubed, an artist-led, community-driven, family-centered, grassroots series created to cultivate healing and harmony in North Minneapolis. Each monthly gathering will host a catered meal and event with both featured artists and an open mic to share art, music, poetry, and stories.

Right Here Commissions              $10,000.00
http://righthereshowcase.weebly.com/
Funding to support the presentation of The 4th Annual Right Here Showcase, a juried mini-festival of mid-career Minnesota-based performing artists who create original contemporary performance work, to be presented in Minneapolis at The Art Box in May 2018.

Singers in Accord               $10,000.00
www.singersinaccord.org
Funding to present Global Windows: How the World Sings, a concert led by guest conductor Angela Broeker highlighting approaches to group singing done in countries and cultures outside the Western European and American traditions. Performances will take place in November 2017.

Soo Visual Arts Center                   $10,000.00
http://www.soovac.org
Funding for the 14th annual Untitled exhibition series, featuring world renown guest curators to select artists from submissions. The exhibition will be held at the Soo Visual Arts Center between March and April 2018.

Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater                      $9,600.00
http://www.stuartpimsler.com
Funding for Moving with Cancer, a new community project that will reach patients, family members, and caregivers through a series of movement and story workshops. The workshops will culminate in a public event in November 2017.

The DIAL Group                  $8,000.00
www.thedialgroup.org
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 service-learning projects.

The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts                $10,000.00
http://www.stpaulschurchmpls.org
Funding for two issues of the Phoenix of Phillips literary magazine, a collection of writings and visual works made for and by members of the Phillips community in Minneapolis. Each publication will be supported by community workshops with activities taking place between July 2017 and June 2018.

Theatre Coup d’Etat                        $10,000.00
www.theatrecoupdetat.com
Funding to produce Moby Dick, an original adaptation from the novel by Herman Melville. Performances will take place at Fallout Arts Initiative in Minneapolis in November 2017.

Theatre Pro Rata                 $10,000.00
http://www.theatreprorata.org/
Funding to produce The Minotaur, by Anna Ziegler, a retelling of the Greek myth that juxtaposes the ancient concept of fatalism against the modern concept of free will. Performances will take place at the Crane Theater in Minneapolis in October 2017.

Threads Dance Project                  $10,000.00
http://www.threadsdance.org/
Funding for Tapestries 3.0, an emerging choreographers’ showcase providing opportunities for artists, particularly choreographers of color or female choreographers, to present work in a professional setting. Activities will take place from Summer 2017 – Spring 2018 and culminate in a performance at the Cowles Center for Dance in Minneapolis.

TigerLion Arts                     $10,000.00
tigerlion.org
Funding to present Nature, an outdoor walking play about the lives of Emerson and Thoreau highlighting the importance of nature in our daily lives, while providing audiences with lasting tools to connect with their own environments. Free performances will take place at Minneapolis’ Washburn Fair Oaks Park in September 2017.

Wakemup Productions                  $10,000.00
Funding to support the development and presentation of a performance piece incorporating the historic Native American art form “Ledger Art.” Community workshops, historical presentations, and additional youth activities will culminate in public performances at the Minneapolis American Indian Center’s pow wow and a march from the Little Earth housing project during the Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in October 2017.

WLDRNSS                  $10,000.00
www.wldrnss.org
Funding to support the creation of a world premiere devised play, WHEN I NOD MY HEAD YOU HIT IT WITH A HAMMER, a work set in the depths of an antique theater exploring themes of lost potential, self-doubt, personal anxiety, wonder and hope. Performances will take place at The Southern Theater in September 2017.

Young Dance, Inc.                $10,000.00
http://www.youngdance.org
Funding for Looking Back, Leaping Forward, a 30th anniversary season to celebrate the past and propel the company into a future that elevates social justice as a focus of continued programming. Guided by guest artists Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, Marcus Young, Marylee Hardenbergh, and H. Adam Harris, Young Dance will remount past repertory and create new dances that prod the intersection of dance and social justice and present a season culminating concert at the Lab Theater in May 2018.

Saint Paul

Advocating Change Together                    $10,000.00
http://www.selfadvocacy.org
Funding for an integrated monthly singing group open to all people with developmental disabilities and their allies, to build leadership, social connection and disability awareness by singing together. The project consists of nine monthly rehearsals and three public performances.

BareBones Productions                $10,000.00
http://www.barebonespuppets.org/
Funding to stage the 24th Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a free outdoor pageant and performance that will take place at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul in October 2017.

Border CrosSing                 $10,000.00
Funding for Puentes, a year-long series of concerts held by choral ensemble Border CrosSING at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. The project integrates Latino audiences, culture, and artists with the Minnesota choral scene to be accessible and relevant to Latino audiences, allowing for a fundamental change in the traditional choral landscape. Performances will take place between September 2017 and May 2018.

Combustible Company                   $10,000.00
combustiblecompany.org
Funding for the world premiere of local playwright Brian Vinero’s original verse translation of Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid, a farce about pharmaceutical addiction and the rising cost of healthcare. The performances will be held at the Gremlin Theater in St. Paul in April 2018.

CRASH                       $10,000.00
www.maryellenchilds.com
Funding for Sight of Hand, a live musical event at a St. Paul Saints baseball game, using coaching signals as inspiration for creating percussion performance art. The event, which includes audience participation, will take place in September 2017.

Crossroads Panorama                   $10,000.00
www.crossroadspanorama.com
Funding to present the 8th annual production of Scrooge in tha Hood, an adaptation of the renowned classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens addressing greed in the context of current social issues including violence, drug abuse, and broken relationships. Performances will take place at Ober Community Center in December 2017.

Flying Forms                       $10,000.00
www.flyingforms.org
Funding to support the 2017-18 concert series of baroque chamber music. Four concerts will be presented at the Baroque Room in Lowertown Saint Paul from December 2017 – May 2018.

Frank Theatre                      $10,000.00
http://www.franktheatre.org
Funding to present the area premiere of British playwright Alice Birch’s Revolt She Said, and Revolt Again. Performances will take place at Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul in September and October 2017.

Green T Productions                      $10,000.00
www.greentproductions.org
Funding to develop and produce A Modern Promotheus using Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Promotheus as a launch pad from which to explore themes of outsider status and abandonment. Performances will take place at the Historic Mounds Theater in St. Paul in September 2017.

Highland Friendship Club             $6,476.00
www.highlandfriendshipclub.org
Funding to retain Cow Tipping Press (CTP) to provide two literary arts classes for 20 people 14-45+ years old with physical and cognitive disabilities. The classes will run for five weeks each and explore a different literary genre during September and October 2017. The project will culminate in a public reading of new work at the Show Gallery in Lowertown St. Paul in November 2017.

Hill House Chamber Players                    $8,849.00
schubert.org/hillhouse
Funding for chamber music concerts featuring compositions that involve life experiences in times of war. Performances will be at the Veteran Administration Hospital and the James J. Hill House in St. Paul, where the group is based. The VA Hospital performances are be free and open to the public and take place in November 2017 and March 2018 with 2 Saturdays performances in between. Four concerts will take place at the James J. Hill House in October 2017, February 2018 and March 2018.

Hmong Arts Enrichment Program Committee             $10,000.00
Funding for traditional music, dance, art, embroidery & folktale classes for youth at the Hmong Village shopping complex in St. Paul during the summer of 2017.

In Progress               $8,000.00
http://in-progress.org/
Funding for the North End Arts Initiative which presents 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 2017 – May 2018 in St. Paul.

Katha Dance Theatre                      $10,000.00
http://www.kathadance.org
Funding for the summer production of Ritu – The Seasons, featuring classical and contemporary dance and music by international and local artists. Based on classic poetry by ancient and contemporary poets of India, the free performances will take place at Como Pavilion in St. Paul during July 2017.

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute             $10,000.00
www.moi-msp.org
Funding to continue the Writer’s Table with the Writer in Residence within the After-School Homework Help program. After students complete their homework, they will explore a creative writing prompt from the Writer in Residence and the works will be created into a chapbook. The program will run the 2017-2018 academic year at MOI’s site in St. Paul.

Minhua Chorus                    $10,000.00
www.minhuachoir.org
Funding to produce a full-length concert featuring songs and dances of Northern Chinese culture. The concert will be held at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul in November 2017.

Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater                      $10,000.00
Funding to produce its 25th annual concert featuring Chinese classical and folk dances. The concert will take place at Brady Educational Auditorium at the University of Saint Thomas in January 2018.

Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women                     $10,000.00
www.mcbw.org
Funding for the “Real Love Is…” arts engagement project, creating an interactive and mobile art project to engage youth in discussions on healthy relationships, culminating in an art installation that reflects the youth’s stories about relationships. Activities will occur from July 2017 – May 2018.

Oratorio Society of Minnesota                 $10,000.00
http://www.oratorio.org
Funding for the concert “Better is Peace, The Music of Karl Jenkins” which seeks to honor the sacrifices of many through appeals for peace. The concert will include a high school choir from Prior Lake along with Twin Cities premiers of two Karl Jenkins works, and will be held at the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul in November 2017.

STYLUS                      $10,000.00
stylusexpo.com
Funding for a live model exhibit and runway styled show featuring beauty artists of color. STYLUS Cultural Renaissance will help educate attendees about cultural differences in the beauty industry and cultural appropriation in mainstream media. The event will be held at Midpoint Event Center in St. Paul in September 2017.

TaikoArts Midwest             $10,000.00
www.taikoartsmidwest.org
Funding for Taiko Tuesdays, a monthly taiko concert series, free and open to the public, designed to increase the accessibility, appreciation, and awareness of taiko as an art form. Performances will held at various locations in St. Paul between September 2017 and August 2018.

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library                $10,000.00
www.thefriends.org
Funding to produce the 24th season of the Fireside Reading Series, a program featuring Minnesota writers who have published a new work in the past year. Each season is curated to feature authors working in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and memoir genres, with additional attention to ensuring a diversity of voices. The 2018 series will take place on six consecutive Wednesdays in the fireside room of the Hamline-Midway Library in Saint Paul in January – February 2018.

Twin Cities Media Alliance                       $9,900.00
www.tcmediaalliance.org / www.tcdailyplanet.net
Funding for Our Space Is Spoken For, a multidisciplinary storytelling project to foster awareness, dialogue, and engagement around the untold narratives of how marginalized communities in St. Paul redefine and negotiate space. Spoken word poets, performance, and visual artists will adapt residents’ essays into performance pieces that will be done in the geographic locations the stories are based. The project will culminate in a public screening of a film showing all new pieces.

Urban Roots MN                  $10,000.00
http://urbanrootsmn.org/
Funding for the 3rd and Maria Community Mural Project led by the Urban Roots Youth Council to bring visual art to the East Side by creating a mural on the wall of Phoenix Market. A community-led design process will result in a mural that speaks to the experiences of those in the immediate area and promotes healthy living while breaking down stereotypes of the East Side. Activities will occur from July 2017 – April 2018.

Wonderlust Productions              $10,000.00
http://wlproductions.org/
Funding to stage a community-driven play with music and dance about and at the State Capitol, centered on stories shared by a diverse cross-section of people who work at the Capitol. Performances will take place at the Capitol building in January and February 2018.

Zeitgeist                    $10,000.00
http://www.zeitgeistnewmusic.org
Funding for the 2017-2018 Eric Stokes Song Contest program, which includes the Song Contest and Zeitgeist’s annual Playing it Close to Home concerts. Activities include conducting the contest, rehearsing the winning works, and presenting concerts featuring the winning works through 2 performances at Studio Z in St. Paul in February 2018 and one concert at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis in April 2018.

Suburban Hennepin County

Alive & Kickin                      $10,000.00
http://aliveandkickinmn.org
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 2017 and June 2018.

Minnesota Masonic Home             $5,065.00
www.mnmasonichomes.org
Funding for the Intergenerational Masonic Homes Story Telling Through Art Project, which will bring youth and seniors together to learn new art skills while creating garden sculptures and an indoor mosaic art piece. Classes will take place at Masonic Home sites in Bloomington in July and August 2017 and will culminate in an art show in August 2018.

Zenith Services                    $5,240.00
www.zenithservices.com
Funding for “On the Job: A Creative Exploration” to engage teaching artists from Upstream Arts for a 12-week residency for up to 20 people with disabilities served by Zenith Services. The residency will take place over two 6-week sessions in July – August 2017 and September – October 2017 at Zenith Services in Hopkins.

Suburban Ramsey County
Dark & Stormy Productions                     $10,000.00
www.darkstormy.org
Funding for the closing production of Dark & Stormy’s 5th season, a revival of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, ‘NIGHT, MOTHER. The performances will be held in December 2017.

Rain Taxi Inc.                       $10,000.00
www.raintaxi.com
Funding to produce its 17th 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 2017.

Washington County

ArtReach St. Croix               $10,000.00
www.artreachstcroix.org
Funding for ArtReach St. Croix to “take the show on the road” during the fall art fairs in the St. Croix Valley. ArtReach’s Mobile Art Gallery will present free Pop-up Performances featuring a trio from the St. Croix Jazz Orchestra surrounded by a series of paintings depicting jazz musicians on three Sunday mornings in September 2017. The roaming tour will culminate with a free concert by the St. Croix Jazz Orchestra’s full Big Band at Stillwater Fall Colors Art & Jazz Fest in October 2017.

Merrill Community Arts Center              $10,000.00
www.merrillartscenter.org
Funding for a new Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Series as part of the 2017-2018 Performing Arts Season. Two productions adapted for youth, Junie B. Jones – The Musical and Madagascar – A Musical Adventure will be presented in August and October 2017 at Merrill Community Arts Center in Woodbury.

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop                $10,000.00
www.mnprisonwriting.org
Funding to bring five ten-week introductory creative writing classes to state prisons in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Students will have the opportunity to complete several pieces of writing through classes offered from July – December 2017 at Minnesota Correctional Facilities in Stillwater, Shakopee, Lino Lakes, and Oak Park Heights. All classes will culminate with in-facility readings in December 2017.

Washington County Jail                 $10,000.00
https://www.co.washington.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=943
Funding for the Women’s Writing Program for women incarcerated in the Washington County Jail. Activities will take place beginning July 2017 and culminate in the publication of of selective works in an anthology that will be placed in libraries.


FY 2017 Arts Activities Support- Round 1

On September 27, 2016, MRAC awarded a total of $773,439 to 80 organizations/projects in the first round of the FY 2017 Arts Activities Support grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a community connection. The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees’ website.

Anoka County

JOYA! Chamber Music Series   $9,680
facebook.com/joyachambermusic
Funding for four chamber music concerts at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka. Concerts will take place October 2016 through April 2017.

Carver County

Watertown-Mayer Community Education   $10,000
wmcommunityed.com
Funding for a seven-week Youth Summer Theatre Program featuring an original script and musical score.  The program will take place during the summer of 2017 at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center and will culminate with three public performances.

Dakota County

Eagan Art Festival  $10,000
www.eaganartfestival.org  
Funding for the 23rd Annual Eagan Art Festival, a free two-day outdoor festival featuring a broad range of artists, entertainment, and hands-on art activities for all ages.  The festival will take place on the Eagan Festival Grounds adjacent to the Eagan Community Center in June 2017.

Exultate   $10,000
exultate.org
Funding for three performances of Brahms’ Requiem, sung in English. Concerts will take place in March 2017 in Maple Grove, Minneapolis and Columbia Heights.

Youth Dance Ensemble   $9,400
ydeschool.com
Funding for Modern Dance Project, an eight-week, after-school program for underserved 6th-8th grade youth from Burnsville. The project will culminate in a community dance concert at Burnsville High School’s Mraz Center in March 2017.

Minneapolis

20% Theatre Company   $10,000
tctwentypercent.org
Funding for the 4th annual Q-STAGE: New Works Series, an experimental series dedicated to providing a stage and resources for LGBTQ artists to create, develop, and premiere new work. Performances will take place at Intermedia Arts in May 2017.

African American Center of Minnesota   $10,000
aacomn.org
Funding for an eight-week instructional workshop series on the techniques of African Dance and Drumming from the country of Ghana in West Africa. Activities will take place at the Oak Park Community Center and Waymen A.M.E. Church in North Minneapolis in October and November 2016.

Alternative Motion Project   $10,000
alternativemotionproject.org
Funding for Alternative Motion Project’s Sixth Annual Performance, including the production of five dance works, a rehearsal process and audience engagement activities. Performances will take place at The Lab Theater in April 2017.

Ananya Dance Theatre   $10,000
ananyadancetheatre.org
Funding for Shyamali: Sprouting Words, the fourth piece in the Ananya Dance Theatre’s five year series, Work Women Do. Performances will take place as part of The O’Shaughnessy Women of Substance series in September 2017.

Art Buddies   $9,554
artbuddies.org
Funding for the Art Buddies program pairing 35 creative mentors one-on-one with 35 low-income students ages 8 to 11 in the Community Education After-School program at Bancroft Elementary School in Minneapolis during the 2017 winter/spring season.

BodyCartography Project   $10,000
bodycartography.org
Funding to develop and present the felt room, a performance installation dance utilizing sound and light to invite a viewer’s authentic engagement with their bodies themselves in the context of the museum. Performances will premiere in summer 2017 in Minneapolis.

Bollywood Dance Scene   $4,310
bollywooddancescene.org
Funding for the Hot Indian Dance Off, a juried, bracket-style choreography challenge in four rounds in which teams compete by performing original choreographies in any style of dance to an Indian song. The competition will take place at Midtown Global Market and Powderhorn Park in March and May 2017.

Breanna’s Gift   $10,000
breannasgift.org
Funding for an arts program for children with cancer and other serious illnesses offering classes in dance, theater, visual arts and music at four Twin Cities health related facilities. Activities will take place between January and August 2017.

Cleveland Neighborhood Association   $10,000
clevelandneighborhood.org
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 2017.

Ethnic Dance Theatre   $10,000
ethnicdancetheatre.com
Funding to produce a series of concerts entitled Carpathia, representing dances and music from the central European region of the Carpathian Mountains. Performances will take place at Concordia University’s E.M. Pearson Theater in St. Paul.

Fire Drill   $10,000
fire-drill.org
Funding to create and present Bill: The Musikill, a multimedia performance piece with Los Angeles-based sound poet Tom Comitta. The evening-length performance will premiere at the Southern Theater in July 2017 as part of Momentum: New Dance Works.

Flying Foot Forum   $10,000
flyingfootforum.com
Funding for the premiere of The Mystery of Pig’s Eye, an interactive dance and theater piece to be performed as part of the Ordway’s Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. Performances will take place in the Landmark Center in St. Paul in May 2017.

Girl Friday Productions   $10,000
girlfridayproductions.org
Funding for the production of Idiot’s Delight, the rarely produced Pulitzer-winning play by Robert E. Sherwood.  Performances will take place at the Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre in June and July 2017.

Hip-Hop, History and The Arts   $10,000
theavantgardeis.com
Funding to present four multi-disciplinary concert events that honor the legacy of African American arts in the diaspora, while bringing that legacy forward and supporting the next generation of African American artists. The concerts will coincide with a series of monthly Cultural Socials between November 2016 and December 2017.

Kulture Klub Collaborative   $10,000
kultureklub.org
Funding to host a series of workshops for youth experiencing homelessness to create and record content for a full-length album commemorating the organization’s 25th year anniversary. Teaching artists will guide youth in content creation, performance skills, and train youth in studio engineering, culminating in an album release event open to the public for youth to perform and celebrate their work.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance   $10,000
Funding for the 2016 Winter Showcase, a performance of completed work developed between October and December 2016 by Les Jolies students. A final public performance will be held at Fridley Community Theater in December 2016.

Longfellow Community Council   $10,000
longfellow.org
Funding for a community mosaic art project, including four, free workshops for the community and the creation and installation of mosaic art on 14 city-owned trash bins along Minnehaha Avenue from Lake Street to 46th Street. Activities will take place between November 2016 and June 2017.

Metropolitan Symphony Orchestral Association   $10,000
msomn.org
Funding for the 2016-2017 season, featuring a series of five orchestral music concerts. Performances will be free of charge and take place in a variety of accessible neighborhood venues across the Twin Cities between November 2016 and May 2017.

Midtown Global Music Festival   $10,000
midtownglobalmarket.org
Funding for the 7th Annual Midtown Global Music Festival, featuring a lineup of global entertainment including live music, ethnic dance and drumming, and spoken word performance. The festival will take place in July 2017 at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis.

Midtown Greenway Coalition   $10,000
midtowngreenway.org
Funding to create a new mural in the Midtown Greenway, created by a Minneapolis-based artist of color and informed by the broader community through engagement activities. The final mural will be installed in September 2017.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association   $10,000
mplspops.org
Funding to perform six Free Concerts for Seniors during July 2017. 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. Community concerts will also be held in Elliot Park and at Como Park Pavilion in St. Paul.

Minnesota Guitar Society   $10,000
mnguitar.org
Funding to present eight concerts and two masterclasses with guitarists from Minnesota, the United States and abroad. The concerts will be held at Sundin Music Hall between October 2016 and June 2017.

Minnesota Shakes   $5,400
minnesotashakes.org
Funding for Minnesota Shakes, a nine week teen acting program providing an opportunity to produce a Shakespearean play in the round and learn the fundamentals of Shakespearean acting from the highest caliber teaching artists in a safe, diverse environment.

Obsidian Arts   $9,900
obsidianartscenter.org
Funding for Phase Two of the Afro-Mexican Odyssey project, a series of joint cultural activities bringing together members of the Mexican and West African communities. The project features dance workshops, community celebrations, a teacher training, and public discussions to be held between January and July 2017.

Off-Leash Area   $10,000
offleasharea.org
Funding for the creation and performance of Dancing on the Belly of the Beast, a dance and theater production about the life stage of becoming an adult orphan, created and performed by dancers and the broader community of people who have reached the stage when all parents have passed. Performances will take place in summer 2017.

Open Eye Figure Theatre   $10,000
openeyetheatre.org
Funding to present the Driveway Tour, offering family-friendly puppet theater to more than 100 communities in the Twin Cities area during summer 2017. Performances will take place at host sites throughout the metro area.

Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association   $10,000
ppna.org
Funding for the 26th annual Powderhorn Arts Festival, a two-day public event featuring juried art by local and national artists, performances and art making. The festival will take place in Powderhorn Park in August 2017.

Public Functionary   $10,000
publicfunctionary.org
Funding for The Feminist, a solo exhibition by Charles Philippe Jean Pierre, featuring a selection of acrylic and mixed media paintings and installations exploring issues of feminism, privilege, and power. The exhibition will be shown in November and December 2016.

Red Eye Collaboration   $10,000
redeyetheater.org
Funding for NEW WORKS 4 WEEKS 2017, 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 winter 2016 and culminates in the presentation of new works in May and June 2017.

Salsa Fiesta   $7,825
charangatropical.com
Funding for One Night In Cuba, a music and dance collaboration and celebration featuring live salsa ensembles and Latin dance performance groups. The event will take place at the Cedar Cultural Center in April 2017.

Sandbox Theatre   $10,000
sandboxtheatreonline.com
Funding to develop and produce two new ensemble-created shows, Big Money, to premier at Park Square Theater in January 2017, and Wanda Gág, to premier at The Southern Theater in August 2017.

Savage Umbrella   $10,000
savageumbrella.org
Funding to produce The Awakening, an ensemble created adaptation of Kate Chopin’s landmark 1899 novel investigating themes of sexuality, gender roles, and societal constraints that are still poignant today. Performances will take place at The Southern Theater in February and March 2017.

Simply ArtAble   $10,000
simplyjanestudio.com
Funding to host monthly Pizza Paint Parties for often-isolated persons with cognitive and physical disabilities and friends. Each event is a three-hour painting class and social event where day program participants, group home residents, and others with disabilities can learn to paint while socializing with volunteers from the broader community. Activities will take place between October 2016 and September 2017.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum   $10,000
somalimuseum.org
Funding to present an exhibition of traditional Somali artworks in 10 locations, targeting Somali youth and segments of the Somali community that lack access to studying traditional Somali arts and culture.

St. Stephen’s Human Services   $9,500
ststephensmpls.org
Funding for the annual Fall Roadshow, a collection of scenes, songs and exercises designed to engage community audiences in a creative dialogue about homelessness. The Roadshow will be presented at five diverse locations in the Twin Cities metro area during National Hunger and Homelessness Week in November 2016.

The Oddfellows   $10,000
Funding to produce The Red Shoes, an all ages adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale mixing live-action and object-theater. Performances will take place at Open Eye Theater in February and March 2017.

The Theater of Public Policy   $10,000
t2p2.net
Funding for a series of eight weekly improv shows in spring 2017, featuring a local thought leader who will discuss an important issue, followed by a team of comedic improvisers who will present unscripted scenes about the issue.

Time Track Productions   $10,000
timetrackproductions.org
Funding to create and present Invisible, an evening length movement, theater and media work that explores the narratives and perspectives of women navigating the aging process. The work will integrate a performing company of six core women, with an additional group of six elder women performers, and will premiere as part of the Women Of Substance series at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in September 2017.

Twin Cities Carifest   $10,000
carifest.org
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 2017.

Twin Cities Jazz Workshop   $10,000
tcjazzworkshop.com
Funding for the Twin Cities Jazz Workshop, a summer experience offering professional Jazz music instruction to local students with a culminating local performance opportunity at professional jazz venue. The program will take place in summer 2017.

Twin Cities Women’s Choir   $10,000
twincitieswomenschoir.org
Funding for the 20th Anniversary Concert, featuring the voices of up to 200 women and repertoire from throughout the choir’s history. The Concert will take place in February 2017 at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University.

Vega Productions   $8,000
vegaproductions.org
Funding for Make Music Twin Cities, an interactive music event taking place throughout the Twin Cities on International Make Music Day, June 21, 2017.

Walking Shadow Theatre Company   $10,000
walkingshadowcompany.org
Funding to present the regional premeire of the play Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti. Performances will take place at the Southern Theater in May 2017.

Weavers Guild of Minnesota   $10,000
weaversguildmn.org
Funding for the Winter/Spring 2016 Class Series, featuring 18 weeks of educational programming with beginning to advanced-level arts activities that focus on the arts of weaving, spinning, and dyeing.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre   $10,000
zorongo.org
Funding to produce Siempre Flamenco, a new work in the flamenco tradition of southern Spain featuring international and local artists. Performances will take place at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in April 2017.

St. Paul

Casa de España en Minnesota   $10,000
casadeespanamn.org
Funding for Casa de Espana en Minnesota’s second International Music Festival, a celebration that uses music to bring people together and improve cross-cultural understanding. Activities will be held in February 2017 at various Twin Cities venues.

Center for Irish Music   $10,000
centerforirishmusic.org
Funding for the 2017 Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, a traditional music and cultural festival in St. Paul. Activities will take place in June 2017 at St. Paul’s Celtic Junction.

ComMUSICation   $10,000
commusicationmn.org
Funding for Cuentame un Cuento, a Mexican music choral program at the Mt. Airy Boys & Girls’ Club for youth who live in the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood.  A final performance will be presented in November 2016 at The Wellstone Center on St. Paul’s west side.

Dangerous Productions   $10,000
dangerousproductions.org
Funding for Cold, an original, collaboratively-devised production that will expose the icy realities of white privilege. This project will be workshopped and shared via a public reading at the Southern Theater in March of 2017, with a premiere performance during the November 2017 Twin Cities Horror Festival.

East Side Arts Council   $10,000
eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding for Artmobile, a mobile art project offering free drop-in art classes for inner-city youth. Artmobile will be held at public spaces around the east side of St. Paul in the summer of 2017.

East Side Freedom Library   $10,000
EastSideFreedomLibrary.org
Funding to produce and host the play Down in Mississippi. Performances will take place at East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul in February 2017.

India Association of Minnesota   $10,000
iamn.org
Funding for the 44th annual IndiaFest, a free event showcasing the arts and cultural contributions of India’s 29 states and seven territories. IndiaFest will take place in August 2017 at St. Paul at the State Capitol grounds.

Irish Music & Dance Association   $9,000
irishmusicanddanceassociation.org
Funding for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Day of Irish Dance. Activities will take place at the Landmark Center in St. Paul in March 2017.

Jazz at Studio Z   $10,000
jazzatstudioz.org
Funding for Jazz at Studio Z, a series of jazz workshops, student performances, and professional concerts featuring local musicians. Workshops and performances will take place monthly at Studio Z in downtown St. Paul between November 2016 and June 2017.

Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area  $10,000
stpauljcc.org
Funding for the JCC Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Concert Series, Past, Present, Future.  Performances will take place in April and June 2017 in the St. Paul JCC Auditorium.

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health   $10,000
macmh.org/fidgety-fairy-tales
Funding for Fidgety Fairy Tales – The Mental Health Musical, a performance using familiar fairy tales to raise awareness and reduce the fear and misunderstanding that surrounds children’s mental health disorders. Performances will take place between April and May 2017 in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company   $10,000
mnjewishtheatre.org
Funding for The Whipping Man, a play by Matthew Lopez which explores issues of enslavement, exploitation, and the lesser-known history of Jewish slaveholders during the Civil War. Performances will take place in February 2017 in at Highland Park Community Center in St. Paul.

Minnesota Music Coalition   $10,000
mnmusiccoalition.org
Funding for the 6th annual MN Music Summit, a music festival and conference featuring workshops, mentoring sessions, a national keynote speaker and concerts. Activities will take place in St. Paul in April 2017.

Nautilus Music-Theater   $10,000
nautilusmusictheater.org
Funding for Rough Cuts works-in-progress presentations of new music-theater. Activities will take place between October 2016 and June 2017 .

Pan Asian Arts Alliance   $10,000
panasianartsalliance.org
Funding for the Pan Asian Arts Festival, a one-day Pan Asian arts showcase that includes craft making, exhibition, dance/music performances and story-telling. Activities will take place in May 2017 at the Mall of America.

People Incorporated   $10,000
peopleincorporated.org
Funding for the 2017 Artability, a program that engages artists with mental illness through a year-long workshop that will culminate in an art exhibit. Activities will be held at The Great Hall in St. Paul in November 2017.

Sample Night Live!   $10,000
samplenightlive.com
Funding for Sample Night Live’s 2016-17 season. Activities will take place in the Landmark Center.

Selby Ave JazzFest   $10,000
selbyavejazzfest.com
Funding for the 2017 Selby Ave Jazz Fest, featuring jazz musicians, family activities, interactive artist displays, health screenings and food offerings. Activities will take place in September 2017 on Selby Avenue in St. Paul.

Songbird Music   $10,000
Funding for the 2016-2017 season of Songbird Young Women’s Choir. Performances will take place in January 2017 and May 2017 at the Hallie Q. Brown Center, Danish American Center, and Landmark Center.

Transatlantic Love Affair   $10,000
transatlanticloveaffair.org
Funding to develop a new work reimagining the story of Hansel and Gretel as a tale of immigration. Performances will be presented at the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio as part of the 2016-2017 season.

Young Artists Initiative   $10,000
youngartistsmn.org
Funding for the 2017 Winter Theater Experience, a theater program based on St. Paul’s East Side, which will engage youth in rehearsing and fully staging Annie. Performances will take place at The Wellstone Center on Saint Paul’s West Side in March 2017.

Suburban Hennepin County

Cross Community Players   $10,000
crossplayers.org
Funding to produce performances of the musical State Fair. Performances will take place in July 2017 at Osseo Senior High School.

Minnesota Cambodian Communities Council   $10,000
m3c-group.org
Funding for The Traditional Cambodian Storytelling: Preservation & Perpetuation Project including cambodian storyteller apprenticeships, storyteller circles, and storytelling & folktale preservation. Activities will take place between September 2016 and September 2017.

Prime Productions   $10,000
Funding for the Minnesota premiere of Little Wars by Steven McCasland. Performances will take place at Park Square Theatre in St Paul in November 2016, and Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis in May 2017.

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council   $9,080
rimonMN.org
Funding to produce a four-event Artist Salon series, engaging Jewish artists from numerous disciplines in dialogue with local audiences. Activities will take place at various venues throughout the Twin Cities between November 2016 and April 2017.

Sabes JCC Performing Arts Department   $10,000
Funding for the eighth annual Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival. Activities will take place at the Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park and the St. Paul Jewish Community Center in January 2017.

Suburban Ramsey County

Brownbody   $10,000
Brownbody.org
Funding to remount an expanded version of Quiet As It’s Kept, a blend of Afro-modern dance, figure skating, theater, live vocals, and excerpts from the speeches of Ida B. Wells. Performances will take place in the spring of 2017 at Highland Ice Arena in St. Paul.

Contempo Physical Dance   $10,000
contempophysicaldance.org
Funding for the creation and performance of Balacobaco, a contemporary Afro-Brazilian dance work. Performances will take place at The Cowles Center in Feburary 2017.

Johanna Shores   $3,790
johannashores.com
Funding for four arts programs for the residents of Johanna Shores. Activities will take place at Johanna Shores in Arden Hills between November 2016 and August 2017.

Ramsey County Correctional Facility   $8,000
ramseycounty.us/residents/public-safety-law/detention-correctional-facilities/adult-correctional-facility-rccf
Funding for creative writing programs for women in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility. Activities will take place in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility from October 2016 through January 2017.