Recent Arts Activities Support Grant Awards

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.

FY 2018 Arts Activities Support- Round 1

On September 26, 2017, the MRAC board awarded $697,219 to 72 organizations/projects in the first 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 festivals to concerts to writing workshops 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.

Carver County

Watertown-Mayer Community Education                     $10,000.00
Funding for a seven-week Youth Summer Theatre Program featuring an original script and musical score. This is will be the thirtieth anniversary of the start of Summer Youth Theatre. The program will take place during the summer of 2018 at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center and will culminate with four public performances.

Dakota County

Chamber Music Lakeville              $6,016.00
Funding for three of the four concerts in the 11th season of Coffee Concerts at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. The 2018 Coffee Concerts will be presented at the Lakeville Area Arts Center from January – May 2018.

Eagan Art Festival               $10,000.00
Funding for the 24th Annual Eagan Art Festival, a free two-day art festival featuring a broad range of artists, entertainment, and hands-on art activities for all ages. The Festival will to be held on the grounds of the Eagan Community Center during June 2018.  

Twin Cities Catalyst Music, Inc                $10,000.00
Funding for the Young Artist Empowerment series, an opportunity for diverse underserved young artists to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to further their self-sustaining career in the music industry. Twelve events will take place at the alcohol-free, all-ages venue THE GARAGE in Burnsville from October 2017 through September 2018.

City of Minneapolis

20% Theatre Company                  $10,000.00
Funding for The Naked I: 5.0, a company- and community-created production that will feature over 75 local LGBTQ artists and allies. Performances will take place at Intermedia Arts in February 2018.

Alternative Motion Project                       $10,000.00
Funding for Alternative Motion Project’s 7th Annual Performance, including the production of six dance works, a rehearsal process and audience engagement activities. Performances will take place at The Lab Theater in March 2018.

Aniccha Arts            $10,000.00
Funding for There/Here, a durational public performance project investigating the impact of systematic information gathering on the body, in our everyday lives, and through our communities. The performance, which will feature 100 performers, will take place at a parking garage as part of the Northern Spark Festival in June 2018.

ARENA DANCES, Inc.                       $10,000.00
Funding for Candy Box, an eclectic annual festival of local dance artists’ performances, workshops, and public showings presented by Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES. Activities will take place at the Southern Theater in April and May 2018. 

Breanna’s Gift                      $10,000.00
Funding for an arts program for children with cancer and other serious illnesses offering classes in dance, theater, visual arts and music at three Twin Cities health related facilities. Activities will take place between January and August 2017.

Brownbody              $10,000.00
Funding for its spring 2018 stage performance featuring work from Artistic Director, Deneane Richburg and Associate Artistic Director/FlyGround founder, Lela Aisha Jones. Performances will be held in April 2018.

Cleveland Neighborhood Association                $10,000.00
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 2018.

Contempo Physical Dance             $10,000.00
Funding to present a reignited choreographic exploration of Vulcao at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis for two evenings and one student matinee during February 2018.

Full Circle Theater Company                   $10,000.00
Funding for the world premiere production of the play “Under This Roof” written by Barbara Kingsley and directed by James Austin Williams. Performances will be at the Dowling Studio of the Guthrie Theater in May 2018.

Givens Foundation for African American Literature              $10,000.00
Funding for Culture Matters: Writing Within Community, which takes writing out of the classroom and into the neighborhood, offering skill-building workshops and public presentations that use literary arts as a catalyst for community engagement. The ten-week series of intergenerational creative writing workshops and public reading events are grounded in African American literature. The program will be presented in four Twin Cities  communities during summer 2018.

Grace Minnesota                 $10,000.00
Funding for Don’t You Feel It Too?, a participatory practice of dancing one’s inner life in public spaces. The 2018 season of activities will include more than 40 public sessions, three large-scale events, and an expansion of the cohort to 20 members, between March and August 2018.

Hennepin Health Foundation                   $10,000.00
Funding for the second installment of ArtCare Mosaic, a 12-month participatory arts activities program with teaching artists Michèle Coppin and Holly Nelson for cancer and pediatric patients and their families at Hennepin County Medical Center. The program will feature several concurrent art projects and group installations.

Junior Composers              $10,000.00
Funding for Junior Composers Summer Programs, a two-week residential summer music composition camp for students ages 14 through 20. The program will be held at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in July 2018.

Kairos Alive!                        $10,000.00
Funding for a collaboration with guest artists Kevin Washington Quartet and Tom Johnson to choreograph and mount a new, all-ages-and-abilities community participatory dance, music, and story theater performance work. Activities will take place at five social service and community sites in the metro area between November 2017 and March 2018.

Midwest Special Services, Inc.                 $10,000.00
Funding for 16 Midwest Special Services participants to engage in classes with teaching artists from Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center. Participants will explore the medium through workshops from February – April 2018. The completed works will be installed at MSS’s St. Paul site and will culminate in a public unveiling celebration in spring 2018.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association                     $10,000.00
Funding to perform six Free Concerts for Seniors during July 2018. 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.

MPLS (imPulse)                   $10,000.00
Funding to present two, ninety-minute thematic choral programs in the Twin Cities in diverse, non-traditional performance venues. Performances will take place in January and May of 2018.

Nokomis East Neighborhood Association                     $10,000.00
Funding for the 2018 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 2018.

Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association             $10,000.00
Funding for the 27th 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 2018.

Red Eye Collaboration                   $10,000.00
Funding for NEW WORKS 4 WEEKS 2018, 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 2017 and culminates in the presentation of new works in May and June 2018.

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council                 $10,000.00
Funding to produce a four-event Artist Salon series that engages Jewish artists from many disciplines in dialogue with local audiences. The Artist Salons will take place at various venues throughout the Twin Cities between November 2017 and April 2018.

Salsa Fiesta               $7,825.00
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 2018.

Savage Umbrella                  $10,000.00
Funding for a site-specific production of The Ravagers, a performance piece exploring the complex and devastating effects of self-righteous political leadership, cultural isolation, and the precipice between obedience and resistance. Performances will take place at the Haunted Basement’s Minneapolis venue in February and March 2018.

Simply ArtAble                    $9,878.00
Funding for Pizza Paint Parties, an arts activity for 20 persons with cognitive and developmental disabilities and 20 volunteer “paint buddies”. Events will be hosted monthly from October 2017 through September 2018.

St. Stephen’s Human Services                   $10,000.00
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 premiere at Salvation Army – Harbor Lights during National Hunger and Homelessness Week in November 2017, then tour faith institutions, community events, shelters, and corporations through January 2018.

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library                $9,670.00
Funding for the Minneapolis Art Lending Library, a program that allows patrons to browse a collection of artworks and select one to borrow for three months, to display and enjoy in their homes. The Library will host three lending events at Minneapolis Parks and Recreation centers between October 2017 and April 2018.  

The Theater of Public Policy                    $10,000.00
Funding for a series of eight weekly improv shows in spring 2018, 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. Performances will take place at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.

The West Bank Business Association                $10,000.00
Funding for information sessions, workshops, and a Community Convening and Pop Up Exhibit to rally community support and share proposals for the Cedar Avenue Arts Walk, a public arts installation on Minneapolis’s West Bank. Activities will take place between October and December 2017.

Toneworks Community Foundation                  $10,000.00
Funding for Learning Through Music, a group music therapy program for children enrolled in 22 Early Childhood Special Education classrooms in Minneapolis. The program will run for 28 weeks beginning in October 2017.

Tru Ruts Endeavors                       $10,000.00
Funding to produce 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 2017.

Turtle Theater Collective              $10,000.00
Funding to produce Thorton Wilder’s play, Our Town, reinterpreted through a Native lens. The production, the third in the company’s inaugural season, will be performed at The Division of Indian Work in May 2018.

Twin Cities Carifest                        $10,000.00
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 2018.

Twin Cities Jazz Workshop                      $9,040.00
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 a professional jazz venue. The program will take place in summer 2018.

Walking Shadow Theatre Company                    $10,000.00
Funding to present the regional premiere of the rock musical Hatchet Lady by Savannah Reich. Performances will take place at Red Eye Theater in December 2017.

City of Saint Paul

Ananya Dance Theatre                   $10,000.00
Funding for Shaatranga: At the Edge of New Worlds, the fifth and capstone iteration of the company’s five-year series, Work Women Do, that explores and celebrates the physical, emotional, intellectual, philosophical, and political labor of women in global societies of color to sustain their communities. Performances will take place at The O’Shaughnessy in September 2018.

CAAM Chinese Dance Theater                  $9,970.00
Funding for the annual production “Our Dance, Our Dreams,” celebrating CAAM CDT’s 25th anniversary and 2018 Chinese New Year, to be presented at the O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul in January 2018.

Consortium Carissimi                   $5,500.00
Funding for the first program of the 2017-2018 season, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation. The program will feature the Franco-Flemish composers of most significance to Martin Luther. Performances will be held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Paul and First Lutheran Church in Crystal during October 2017.

East Side Arts Council                    $10,000.00
Funding for Artmobile, a mobile art project offering seven weeks of 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 2018.

India Association of Minnesota               $10,000.00
Funding for IndiaFest 2018, a free festival that celebrates the arts and culture of Minnesota’s Asian Indian community. IndiaFest will take place at the state capitol grounds in St. Paul during August 2018.

Indigenous Roots                $9,860.00
Funding for the Mexica Nahua Cultural Preservation Project, which includes a two-week residency by Mexico City-based master artist Teo Santin Martinez to teach dances and songs, open workshops for community members, and a public performance by community members and Kapulli Yaocenoxtli artists. The residency will take place in fall 2017; workshops and performances scheduled for spring 2018 in St. Paul.

International Friendship Through the Performing Arts                    $10,000.00
Funding for “Blending Ancient Souls from Syria and China” featuring Syrian oud master Issam Rafea and Chinese pipa master Gao Hong. Performances will be in May and June 2018 at Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University, Mizna, and Sholom Home East in St. Paul; Kang Le Asian Day Care in Richfield; and Yinghua Academy and Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. 

Irish Music & Dance Association            $8,000.00
Funding for the 37th consecutive/annual St. Patrick Day Celebration and the 16th consecutive/annual Day of Irish Dance. Both events will be held at the Landmark Center in St. Paul during March 2018.

Lowertown Blues Festival                        $7,825.00
Funding for Lowertown Blues Festival’s fifth annual outdoor festival, to be held in Mears Park, located in downtown St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood, during July 2018.

Lyra Baroque Orchestra                $10,000.00
Funding for a program of “Music for a King,” featuring the music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach with local musicians and international guest soloists. The performance will take place at Sundin Hall in St. Paul in April 2018.

Million Artist Movement               $10,000.00
Funding for six interactive art-making community workshops from October 2017 – April 2018. Workshops will be held at various St. Paul and Minneapolis venues.

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health             $10,000.00
Funding for Fidgety Fairy Tales – The Mental Health Musical, a 40-minute performance using familiar fairy tales to raise awareness and reduce the fear and misunderstanding that surrounds children’s mental health disorders. Fidgety Fairy Tales will be performed 10 times by youth ages 8 – 18 throughout the Twin Cities metro area in April and May 2018.

Minnesota Guitar Society              $9,660.00
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 2017 and June 2018.

Minnesota Music Coalition                       $10,000.00
Funding for the 7th 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 2018.

Mixed Precipitation                        $10,000.00
Funding for 10 metro area performances of the annual Picnic Operetta, Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County, an adaptation of Otto Nicolai’s 1849 German opera re-set on Lake Superior. 10 site-specific performances at various Minneapolis and St. Paul venues will occur during August and September 2018.

More Than a Single Story              $10,000.00
Funding for More Than a Single Story, a series of six panel discussions and community conversations that feature writers of color and indigenous writers on a wide range of issues that they experience in their lives and explore in their work. The series will take place at several Twin Cities venues between October 2017 and September 2018.

Musical Offering                  $10,000.00
Funding for three concerts in the 47th season. Concerts will be held at Sundin Music Hall in St. Paul in November 2017, February 2018, and April 2018.

Nautilus Music-Theater                 $10,000.00
Funding for six ROUGH CUTS works-in-progress presentations of new music-theater plus two “special edition” ROUGH CUTS presented during the Saint Paul Art Crawl. Activities will take place between October 2017 and July 2018.

Rhythmically Speaking                  $9,975.00
Funding for Rhythmically Speaking’s tenth annual production featuring new and reconstructed dances created by five to nine emerging and established local choreographers working in jazz and American vernacular dance. The show will be held in the Twin Cities during August 2018.

Selby Ave JazzFest               $10,000.00
Funding for the 2018 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 in September 2018 at the intersection of Selby Avenue and Milton Street in St. Paul.

Shakespearean Youth Theatre                  $10,000.00
Funding for a 5-show run of Twelfth Night performed by youth ages 13 – 19 who do not attend a traditional school. Performances are scheduled in the Gremlin Theater and Vandalia Tower in St. Paul during March 2018.

Theatre Unbound                $10,000.00
Funding to present eleven performances of A Wive’s Tale, a science fiction drama written by Christina Ham and directed by Kate Powers. Performances will take place at the Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul in March and April 2018.

Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center                       $10,000.00
Funding to produce the annual production, a full-length Chinese arts performance featuring Chinese classical imperial dance and ethnic dances of the southeastern mountain area of China. Performances will take place at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium and the Chinese New Year Carnival at the Mall of America in February 2018.

Universal Dance Destiny                $10,000.00
Funding to remount Universal Dance Destiny’s largest production, African Roads, American Streets (ARAS1). The remounted production, ARAS2, is a multi-disciplinary theater production with a cast of 25 performers that explores the traditional African roots of today’s urban dance movement and blends the two with music, spoken word, beat-box.

Young Artists Initiative                  $10,000.00
Funding for the 2018 Winter Theater Experience, an eight-week, audition-based theater program based on St. Paul’s East Side, which will engage 30 youth, ages 8 – 18, in rehearsing and fully staging a full-length Broadway musical. Performances will take place at The Wellstone Center on Saint Paul’s West Side in March 2018.

Suburban Hennepin County

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra                     $10,000.00
Funding to perform two concerts in Winter/Spring 2018 and the orchestra’s appearance at the Bloomington Orchestra Festival. The winter concert will feature repertoire for the first-time concertgoer and the spring concert will be made up of French favorites. These concerts will be held at the Masonic Heritage Center in Bloomington in February and April 2018. The Bloomington Orchestra Festival will be held at Jefferson High School in Bloomington during March 2018.

Cross Community Players            $10,000.00
Funding to produce seven performances of the operetta “Pirates of Penzance” at Osseo Senior High School during July 2018.

Drama Interaction              $10,000.00
Funding for a 10-week creative arts performance program for seniors living in three Sholom Community Alliance care facilities in St. Louis Park. The program will take place from October – December 2017.

Reach for Resources                      $5,000.00
Funding for Art Abilities, a 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 Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins and French Regional Park in Plymouth in November 2017 – January 2018 with an art exhibit taking place in the Spring of 2018.

Sabes JCC Performing Arts Department             $10,000.00
Funding for the 9th annual Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival at the Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park and the St. Paul Jewish Community Center in January 2018.

Twin Cities Jewish Chorale                      $9,100.00
Funding for TCJC’s 2017-18 season featuring three concerts and six outreach events. Concerts are scheduled for January 2018 and May 2018.

Washington County

East Metro Symphony Orchestra             $10,000.00
Funding to support four major concerts and two Senior Living Community concerts during the 2017-2018 season. Major concerts will be held in October 2017 at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Woodbury; December 2017 at East Ridge High School in Woodbury; February 2018 at Lake Elmo Event Center; May 2018 at Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul; Senior Living Community concerts will be held at Boutswell Landing in Oak Park Heights and Stonecrest in Woodbury.

Square Lake Film & Music Festival                     $9,900.00
Funding for the 2018 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 2018.

StoryArk                   $10,000.00
Funding for 40+ student artists from various secondary schools in the east metro to write, produce and perform three sci-fi podcasts: #HUSHpodcast, Shush! and HUSH Jr. Podcast. Episodes are aired monthly on the radio show Voices in the Valley on KLBB 1220 before being uploaded to iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. Activities will take place at Stillwater Area High School from October 2017 – February 2018.