Recent Arts Learning Grant Awards

FY 2018 Arts Learning Round 2

On April 24, 2018 MRAC awarded $197,504 to 20 organizations/projects in the second round of its FY 2018 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding through the arts for children, youth, and adults by engaging people in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. The Arts Learning grant program is a direct result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. Geographic listings represent the county where the arts learning programming will take place; note that Minneapolis and Saint Paul are listed separately from the Suburban Hennepin and Suburban Ramsey counties.

Minneapolis

ArtiCulture               $10,000.00
www.articulture.org
Funding for visual arts education programming for elementary-aged students. Activities will take place at 7 Minneapolis public elementary after school programs in the fall 2018 and running through spring 2019.

Heritage Park Neighborhood Association                     $10,000.00
www.hpnampls.org
Funding for an intergenerational one-month workshop and a summer-long photography learning project, led by two local photography artists, for 40 teens and adults, culminating in a summer’s end showcase. 

Inverted Arts                       $10,000.00
www.invertedarts.org
Funding for an Art Exploration Program for 95 middle and high school students in partnership with Hope Academy in South Minneapolis during the summer of 2018 in which students choose one of five artistic disciplines taught by professional Artist Mentors.

Jawaahir Dance Company             $10,000.00
http://www.jawaahir.org
Funding for a four-day teaching residency presented by two Arab dance master artists. Residencies will build Jawaahir’s repertoire in Lebanese and North African dance forms and will take place in Minneapolis in August and September 2018.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance                        $10,000.00
https://www.facebook.com/LJPschoolofdance/
Funding for an 8 week summer intensive ballet workshop from July to August 2018. Activities will take place in Minneapolis. 

Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop              $10,000.00
www.monkeybear.org
Funding for a series of workshops to train Native and People of Color in contemporary puppetry. Activities will take place in spring through fall 2018 in Minneapolis.

Oratorio Society of Minnesota                  $10,000.00
http://www.oratorio.org
Funding for the Oratorio Society Summer Chorus to learn and present works of Leonard Bernstein, as part of a worldwide celebration of his 100th birthday. Activities will take place in July and August 2018 at the University of Minnesota.

Savage Umbrella                 $8,500.00
www.savageumbrella.org
Funding for Night of New Works, a learning program that provides local new work makers with mentorship in an ensemble-based setting. Activities will take place during the summer of 2018.

Soo Visual Arts Center                   $10,000.00
http://www.soovac.org
Funding to educate Walker Methodist Health Center residents about contemporary art through gallery tours and and instructional art workshops. Activities will take place May 2018 through February 2019 in Minneapolis.

Technical Tools of the Trade                    $10,000.00
http://www.techtoolstraining.org
Funding to produce 7 months of educational opportunities for the public, teaching technical skills and design for performing arts from May to November 2018.

The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts                $10,000.00
http://www.stpaulschurchmpls.org
Funding to teach mosaics to 100 youth and adults, and guiding them to create public art.  Activities will focus on three groups: English Language Learners, people with MS and other degenerative diseases, and the largely immigrant community of Phillips and will take place summer 2018 to spring 2019.

Saint Paul

APIA MN Film Project                    $10,000.00
Funding for a four-week intensive to improve the screenwriting of Asian Pacific Islander American filmmakers in July 2018.

CAAM Chinese Dance Theater                  $10,000.00
http://www.caamcdt.org
Funding for art learners to join the summer camp and fall 2018 dance classes in locations across the Twin Cities with tuition free programming to learn Chinese dance and related cultural, language, and arts.

Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education               $9,425.00
http://www.dfje.org/
Funding for 16 Experience Jazz sessions and performance opportunities for Twin Cities youth in grades 7-12 from July 2018 through July 2019.

East Side Arts Council                    $10,000.00
www.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding for Creative Connections for Seniors 62+, poetry, painting and drawing, and bilingual storytelling classes taught by professional artists. Classes and activities will take place from May 2018 to April 2019 in East St. Paul.

Highland Friendship Club             $10,000.00
www.highlandfriendshipclub.org
Funding to provide an extended arts learning program for 15 low-income young adults and adults with disabilities to explore and develop their points of view through mobile phone photography in summer 2018.

In Progress               $10,000.00
http://in-progress.org/
Funding for an 8 month arts mentorship program for newly developing artists to explore digital learning opportunities through small group mentorship, individualized coaching, and goal planning with youth ages 12-22. Activities take place in Saint Paul from September 2018 to April 2019.

Keane Sense of Rhythm                 $10,000.00
http://www.tapcompany.org
Funding to provide free tap classes for students in grades 6-12 in two special programs held at public schools in Saint Paul in summer of 2018.

Minnesota Youth Media                 $10,000.00
http://mnyouthmedia.org
Funding for a Screenwriting and Media Production Workshop for 8th grade students at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus in Saint Paul. Activities will take place place in the Spring of 2019.

Suburban Hennepin County

Drama Interaction              $9,579.00
http://cokartscenter.com/dramainteraction501c3.html
Funding for a 12-week performing arts exploration program for adults with special needs. Classes take place in summer 2018 in Burnsville and Eden Prairie.

FY 2018 Arts Learning Round 1

On January 23, 2018 MRAC awarded $280,370 to 29 organizations/projects in the first round of its FY 2018 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding through the arts for children, youth, and adults by engaging people in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. The Arts Learning grant program is a direct result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. Geographic listings represent the county where the arts learning programming will take place; note that Minneapolis and Saint Paul are listed separately from the Suburban Hennepin and Suburban Ramsey counties.

Minneapolis

Alive & Kickin $10,000.00
www.aliveandkickinmn.org
Funding for a monthly vocal education series for underserved and disabled senior citizens aged 65 to 90+ at Cora McCorvey Health & Wellness Center. Activities will take place March 1 – December 31, 2018.

Ananya Dance Theatre $10,000.00
www.ananyadance.com
Funding for a series of 67 Choreographing Identity Workshops for 150 students at three Minneapolis high schools during 2018.

Copper Street Brass Quintet $10,000.00
www.copperstreetbrass.com
Funding for a 10-week residency at Minneapolis’ South High School in the Spring of 2018 that will teach musicianship and peer-to-peer communication skills using chamber music as the medium.

Emerging Curators Fellowship $10,000.00
www.emergingcurators.org
Funding to support five emerging curators through a year-long fellowship program comprised of research, professional development, critical exchange, and public exhibitions, from October 2018–October 2019.

Grace Minnesota $10,000.00
https://www.dyfit.org/
Funding to teach “Radical Community Care—Dance, Body, and Action,” a curriculum for community resilience using improvisatory public dance as a tool for self-expression, body awareness, healing, and activism. Activities include 15 community workshops which will take place from April to August 2018.

Kairos Alive! $10,000.00
www.kairosalive.org
Funding for Intergenerational Performance Project, an intra-Latino, Latino/Anglo and multi-age cultural exchange, based in intergenerational interactive participatory dance/music/story/theater approaches. Activities will take place at Centro Tyrone Guzman Community Center in Minneapolis in the Summer of 2018.

Kulture Klub Collaborative $5,000.00
www.kultureklub.org
Funding for a twelve-week dance and movement class series taught by Roxane Wallace at Zenon Dance in Minneapolis for youth ages 16-23 who are experiencing homelessness.

Little Earth Residents Association $10,000.00
www.littleearth.org
Funding for Ziigwan (Ojibwe for “it is Spring”), a series of arts based workshops for teens in the Little Earth community focusing on storytelling and renewal. Activities will occur from March through May 2018.

Minneapolis American Indian Center $9,200.00
www.maicnet.org
Funding for workshops for twenty youth and adults to learn to make hand drums, drum sticks, hear the teachings behind the drum, and learn how to sing in Ojibwe and Dakota, during Winter/Spring 2018.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association $9,200.00
www.mplspops.org
Funding for Kids Play, a music education program for band and orchestra students at South and Southwest High Schools in Minneapolis.

Patrick’s Cabaret $10,000.00
www.patrickscabaret.org
Funding for a three-month Teaching Artist Residency focused on “performing social justice” with Southside Family Charter School (SFCS) students in 2nd and 4th grade reading and writing classes, culminating in a performance and zine. Activities will take place from March through May 2018.

She Rock She Rock $10,000.00
www.sherocksherock.org
Funding for four weeklong sessions of Girls Rock n Roll Retreat during the summer of 2018. Participants will learn an instrument, form a band, write original songs and perform in two live shows.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum $10,000.00
www.somalimuseum.org
Funding for classes in Somali traditional dance and nomadic finger-weaving, targeted towards Somali-American youth. Classes will take place at various locations in St. Paul/Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs from February through October 2018.

Somali Arts Language and Leadership Institute $10,000.00
Funding for Saved by Faith & Verse, a year-long series of writing workshops that will teach via multiple literary forms to build skills for emerging and experienced Somali writers. Activities will take place at the Opportunity Center and The Loft throughout 2018.

The DIAL Group $10,000.00
www.thedialgroup.org
Funding for In Focus: Digital Media Arts & Youth Leadership Program, a program that provides at-risk, low-income youth of color with an after-school media arts program. Activities will take place at Olson Middle School in North Minneapolis in the winter and fall of 2018.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre $10,000.00
www.zorongo.org
Funding for a series of workshops featuring master artist-teachers Antonio Hidalgo Paz and Fanny Ara for the Zorongo (Majas) apprentices, company members, and the wider flamenco community of dancers. Activities will take place in July and December 2018.

Saint Paul

Alternative Motion Project $10,000.00
www.alternativemotionproject.org
Funding for a eight-day dance education residency at Como Park Elementary School in St. Paul in January/February of 2018. Students will also attend a performance by Alternative Motion Project at The Lab Theater in Minneapolis in March 2018.

Art Buddies $10,000.00
www.artbuddies.org
Funding for Art Buddies at Riverview Elementary West Side School of Excellence in St. Paul, where 20 students, ages 8 to 11, will be paired with 20 creative adults during an artist-led after-school program during the 2018 winter/spring season.

ArtStart $10,000.00
www.artstart.org
Funding to implement Pollinator Particulars: Of Bees, Birds, Bats, and Butterflies in five Twin Cities schools. The 5-day integrated arts residency focuses on the challenges 4 different kinds of pollinators face with loss of habitat, pesticides, and disease.

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop $10,000.00
www.mnprisonwriting.org
Funding to provide four high-quality introductory creative writing classes in four Metropolitan Area prisons.

Threads Dance Project $7,650.00
www.threadsdance.org
Funding for nine weeks of modern dance classes and creative exploration of self-identity through dance for Hazel Park Preparatory Academy students, grades 6th-8th, from January-March 2018.

Young Artists Initiative $10,000.00
www.youngartistsmn.org
Funding for Disney’s MULAN, Jr., with rehearsals on St. Paul’s East Side and performances on St. Paul’s West Side. Thirty youth will learn and develop skills in singing, acting, and choreography, along with teamwork and leadership, culminating in five public performances at the Wellstone Center Theater in August 2018.

Zeitgeist $10,000.00
www.zeitgeistnewmusic.org
Funding for Lowertown Listening Sessions (LLS), a performance and discussion series for adult listeners hosted by Zeitgeist and featuring a diverse array of new music performing artists. Sessions are held at Studio Z, Zeitgeist’s performance space in the Lowertown neighborhood of downtown St. Paul. Zeitgeist will present 12 75-minute sessions from March to December 2018, and will engage 20-25 participants per session.

Suburban Hennepin County

Eclectic Edge Ensemble $9,400.00
www.eclecticedgeensemble.com
Funding for the Educational Outreach Program, teaching Jazz Dance at Anoka Middle School, Northwestern University, and holding open company classes with visiting guest artists. Activities will take place from February through July 2018.

Givens Foundation for African American Literature $10,000.00
www.givens.org
Funding for two K-12 literary residences in Roseville and St. Louis Park schools, taught by experienced African American literary teaching artists. Activities will take place in the Spring and Fall of 2018.

Suburban Ramsey County

City of Maplewood $10,000.00
www.ci.maplewood.mn.us
Funding for a free outdoor summer arts learning series that features family-friendly participatory performances and hands-on arts learning activities. Maplewood youth and their adults will learn to make puppets, use visual art to express viewpoints about the world, and explore fundamental performance skills of voice, physical and facial expression.

Contempo Physical Dance $9,920.00
www.contempophysicaldance.org
Funding for Contempo Summer Dance Intensive 2018, a rigorous week of technique learning, repertoire exploration, and creating, culminating in a public showing and samba party. The Intensive introduces professional and pre-professional dancers to a fusion of Afro/Brazilian dance, capoeira, and contemporary dance, creating work that explores cultural dynamics of the Afro/Brazilian diaspora.

Washington County

StoryArk $10,000.00
www.theshireonline.com
Funding to support St Croix Valley students in writing, performing, and recording a series of podcasts throughout the Spring and Summer of 2018.

Valley Friendship Club $10,000.00
www.valleyfriendshipclub.org
Funding for The Art of Me, a six week program for children, teens and young adults with disabilities to create and showcase short vignettes, poetry, songs and dance. Activities will take place in Stillwater, MN in the summer of 2018.