Recent Arts Project Support Grant Awards

Arts Project Support is a new program in MRAC’s FY20 and as such, there is just one awarded round of APS grants. Also shared here are the most recent awarded Arts Activities Support and Community Arts grants as these are the closest to the Arts Project Support grant program. Do read the new grant guidelines to assure you are responding to the most recent requirements for this grant program.

Arts Project Support FY20 Round 1 Awards

On October 22, 2019, the MRAC board awarded $806,429 to 84 organizations/projects in the first round of its FY 2020 Arts Project Support grant program. The Arts Project Support projects chosen will provide arts events and programs for Minnesotans of all ages to experience and enjoy arts in a variety of disciplines and at venues across the region. From theater productions to camps to classes and more, the Arts Project Support grants provide quality engagement with the arts at a variety of entry points. The Arts Project Support grant program is made possible with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. Geographic listings represent the county where the arts programming will take place; note that Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from the Suburban Hennepin and Suburban Ramsey counties.

Anoka County

Anoka-Hennepin Community Education Project Power             $9,250.00
Funding for Get In the Act, a variety of performing dramatic arts experiences for individuals with developmental disabilities. Activities will take place between November 2019 and November 2020 in Coon Rapids and Minneapolis.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance             $10,000.00
Funding for its 2019 Winter Showcase during December 2019 at Fridley Community Theater.

Carver County

Watertown-Mayer Community Education                    $10,000.00
Funding for Summer Youth Theatre offered through Watertown-Mayer Community Education during May-July 2020.

Dakota County

CommonBond Communities                      $10,000.00
Funding for four 10-week art classes at four East Metro senior housing communities. The classes will take place between January and April 2020.

Eagan Art Festival                 $10,000.00
Funding for the 26th Annual Eagan Art Festival taking place in June 2020.

Eagan Parks and Recreation                       $10,000.00
Funding for Art Block 2020 in Eagan during September 2020. Art Block 2020 is a 2-week collaborative arts event, featuring over 20 collaborators, presenting over 40 arts activities within a one square mile area in the heart of Eagan.

Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater             $7,000.00
Funding for a new project, Oh, the Places I’ve Been! / Life Stories told through movement and music, for low-income seniors at Oakwoods and Oakwoods East residences in Eagan during spring 2020.

Youth Dance Ensemble                   $9,844.00
Funding for the Modern Dance Project, an eight week after school program for economically disadvantaged and academically at risk 6th-8th grade youth from Burnsville.  The project takes place January-March 2020 and culminates with a Community Concert at Burnsville High School’s Mraz Performing Arts Center.


10th Wave Chamber Music Collective                  $10,000.00
Funding for three concerts featuring classical chamber music by Asian American composers with ballet dance in March 2020, at the Tek Box at the Cowles Dance Center in Minneapolis.

20% Theatre Company                    $10,000.00
Funding for The Naked I: 6, a company- and community-created production featuring 75+ local LGBTQ artists and allies. Performances will take place at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis during April 2020.

Alive & Kickin            $10,000.00
Funding to support a collaborative performing arts senior citizen ensemble who work alongside theatre professionals to create, rehearse, and perform across the metro from November 2019 – May 2020, culminating in June 2020 with an original two-week/eight-show run (two-hour fully staged performance) at the Bloomington Center for the Arts.

Alternative Motion Project             $10,000.00
Funding for Alternative Motion Project’s 9th annual performance, to take place at The LAB Theater in Minneapolis during March 2020.

ARENA DANCES, Inc.                        $10,000.00
Funding to present the Candy Box Dance Festival, an annual festival featuring artist performances, workshops, public showings, and dance community panel discussions. The Festival will take place in Minneapolis at the Southern Theater in April 2020.

Balkanicus Institute for Balkan Art Culture and History             $10,000.00
Funding to produce two free public concerts of the Balkanicus ensemble, featuring contemporary Balkan chamber music in Minneapolis during April 2020 and October 2020.

Breanna’s Gift                       $10,000.00
Funding for Breanna’s Gift programming in Minneapolis and St. Paul during January – June 2020.

Cleveland Neighborhood Association                   $10,000.00
Funding for Live on The Drive Community Concert Series in Minneapolis during June – August 2020.

COLLIDE Theatrical               $10,000.00
Funding for Romeo and Juliet, a new Dance Musical retelling of a Shakespeare classic, to be performed in 5 shows at the Cowles Center for Dance in February 2020.

DJ-U                $7,000.00
Funding for DJ-U 2020 intro and advanced courses at Pinwheel Movement and Arts in Minneapolis from January – June 2020.

Four Humors Theater                      $10,000.00
Funding for the original theatrical production Hobo-Sapien. Performances will take place at Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis during May – June 2020.

Full Circle Theater Company                       $10,000.00
Funding for a fully staged production of the play ATACAMA from May 9 – 24, 2020 at Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis.

Hatchery Arts Initiative                   $7,220.00
Funding for Outpost, an interdisciplinary concert series taking place in January and June 2020 at The Hook and Ladder in Minneapolis.

Her Voice Productions                     $10,000.00
Funding for three concert programs: Enough, a two-concert series in December 2019 in St. Paul; Songshare, a collaboration concert in March 2020; and Found in May 2020 in Roseville.

Jawaahir Dance Company               $10,000.00
Funding for Ancient Roots/Emerging Choreographers in Minneapolis during February or March 2020.

Kairos Alive!              $10,000.00
Funding for Language of Dance Spoken Here, where older adults participate in weekly dance/music/theater experiences to develop community performance works shared in a culminating performance. The final performance will be at American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis during spring 2020.

Kevin Kling & Co.                  $8,000.00
Funding to host award-winning Native storyteller Dovie Thomason (Lakota/Kiowa Apache) for a one-week residency honoring Indigenous history, arts, and culture. The residency includes four performances of Thomason’s How the Wild West Was Spun, an opening night reception, nightly post-show talkbacks, a gallery exhibit, artist talk, and reception. Activities will be held at Open Eye in Minneapolis during January 2020.

Key Words Collective                       $6,959.00
Funding for creative writing workshops with survivors of gender-based violence during February – March 2020 at the Tubman Center in Minneapolis.

Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra                $8,750.00
Funding for three free, accessible concerts during their 39th season. Concerts will be held in November 2019, Spring 2020, and May/June 2020.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association             $10,000.00
Funding for Free Concerts for Seniors, consisting of eight outreach visits by small groups of musicians to senior activity centers and day centers during January – May 2020 in Minneapolis, and five orchestra concerts during July 2020.

Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop                  $10,000.00
Funding for New Puppetworks, a program for Native/POC to create short puppet theater pieces in Minneapolis during January – June 2020.

Nokomis East Neighborhood Association             $10,000.00
Funding for the 2020 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 during September 2020 at Lake Nokomis Park in Minneapolis.

Off-Leash Area                      $10,000.00
Funding for their 2020 Mainstage Production, a dance and choral production in collaboration with See Change Treble Choir to be performed in Minneapolis in fall 2020.

Queertopia                $10,000.00
Funding for the 15th annual production of Queertopia in Minneapolis during June 2020.

Red Eye Collaboration                     $10,000.00
Funding for Red Eye Theater’s New Works 4 Weeks 2020 Festival during May – June 2020 at the TEK BOX in Minneapolis.

Right Here Commissions                 $10,000.00
Funding for the presentation of the 6th annual Right Here Showcase, a juried mini-festival of mid-career Minnesota-based performing artists and original contemporary performance work, to be presented at Off-Leash Area Art Box in Minneapolis in June 2020.

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council                     $10,000.00
Funding to produce a four-event Artist Salon Series that engages Jewish artists from many arts disciplines. Salons will be held in November 2019 at Studio Z in St. Paul; in February 2020 at the Textile Center in Minneapolis; in April 2020 at East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul; and in May 2020 at HUGE Theatre in Minneapolis.

She Rock She Rock               $10,000.00
Funding for the three-day Women’s Rock n Roll Retreat, culminating in a showcase, during April 2020 in St. Paul.

Simply ArtAble                      $10,000.00
Funding for Pizza Paint Parties at Simply ArtAble Studio in Minneapolis from November 2019 – December 2020.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum                   $10,000.00
Funding to present the Traveling Exhibit, featuring Somali traditional art, targeting Somali youth and segments of the Somali community who lack access to traditional arts and culture. The exhibit will be shown at 10 metro area locations from December 2019 –  December 2020.

SPARK theater + dance                    $10,000.00
Funding for the Colors in Motion creation process during February – April 2020 at Off-Leash Art Box in Minneapolis.

Sprig of That              $9,950.00
Funding for Sprig of That’s Metro Blend: Twin Cities Composer Commissions in Minneapolis during October 2019 – June 2020.

Stevens Square Community Organization                        $10,000.00
Funding for the Red Hot Art Festival in Minneapolis during July 2020.

The DIAL Group                    $10,000.00
Funding for the Media Arts Apprenticeship Program (MAAP), an artistic and creative professional development program for emerging artists of color interested in exploring media arts and new media as a potential career. The program will give media artists a first-hand look at the working life of professional artists, creative organizations, and businesses through apprenticeships, mentorships, training, and community-focused projects. MAAP will run in the Twin Cities from January – December 2020.

Theatre 55                 $10,000.00
Funding for Rent (55+), performed by actors 55+ years of age in March of 2020 at Illusion Theater in Minneapolis.

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 2020.

Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir                    $7,000.00
Funding for the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir spring concert at Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis on May 2, 2020. 

Twin Cities Jazz Workshop              $10,000.00
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 Minneapolis during summer 2020.

Umbrella Collective              $10,000.00
Funding for production of A Squid Has Three Hearts in the Twin Cities during July 2020.

Viva La Pepa              $6,950.00
Funding for the next season of free Drag Story Hour performances in Minneapolis and St Paul.

Voices for Racial Justice              $10,000.00
Funding to engage a cohort of formerly incarcerated people and families of people affected by incarceration in learning about, exploring, and creating Ancestral Visionary writing. Workshops will be held twice monthly in Minneapolis from March – September 2020 and will culminate in a print anthology and showcase in October 2020.

Walker Methodist Health Center               $10,000.00
Funding for Kairos Alive! dance program at Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis during January-April 2020.

Wonderlust Productions                 $10,000.00
Funding for production of a new play about and starring the community of people impacted by incarceration, to be presented in May 2020.

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz                   $10,000.00
Funding to produce Through the Narrows: A Watch it, Make it, Take it event in their South Minneapolis studio in March 2020.

Saint Paul

Ananya Dance Theatre                    $10,000.00
Funding for Āgun, during which choreographer Ananya Chatterjea and her team of collaborators will create a full-length, original dance theater work for premiere at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul during September 2020.

Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac                    $10,000.00
Funding for Saint Paul Almanac Anthology 2020, including a book release party and a series of eight community-based reading events throughout Saint Paul, in Fall 2020.

Art Buddies               $10,000.00
Funding for the Winter/Spring 2020 Art Buddies after-school art mentor program at Barack & Michelle Obama Elementary in St. Paul, where 20 students ages 7-11 will be paired with 20 creative adult mentors during 9 weekly artist-led sessions. Sessions will run from March – May 2020.

Border CrosSing                    $10,000.00
Funding for the third season of Border CrosSing’s Puentes concert and community singing series in Minneapolis and St. Paul between December 2019 and June 2020.

CAAM Chinese Dance Theater                   $10,000.00
Funding for the 2020 annual production at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul during January 2020.

Camp Masala            $7,000.00
Funding for Camp Masala, a South Asian heritage camp that focuses on the Southern region of India. The camp will take place at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul during June 2020.

East Side Arts Council                      $10,000.00
Funding for Artmobile, a traveling art van with professional artists in community spaces during the summer of 2020. Artmobile will travel to ten outdoor sites over seven weeks in July and August on the East Side of St. Paul.

Flying Foot Forum                $10,000.00
Funding to premiere Bully World (working title), a dance/theater fable collaboration between Twin Cities choreographers Joe Chvala, Susana di Palma of the Zorongo Flamenco Dance, and the African/Caribbean-based dance styling of Patricia Brown. Bully World will be presented at Park Square Theatre in Saint Paul through 18+ performances during fall 2020.

India Association of Minnesota                  $10,000.00
Funding for the 47th annual IndiaFest to be held during August 2020 at the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul. 20,000 Minnesotans are expected to attend this free event showcasing the arts and cultural contributions of Asian Indians.

Indonesian Performing Arts Association of Minnesota dba  Sumunar  $10,000.00
Funding for the project Exploring Islam in America through Hip-Hop and Gamelan at the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul on February 9, 2020.

Irish Music & Dance Association                $10,000.00
Funding for 39th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and 18th annual Day of Irish Dance held at Landmark Center in St. Paul during March of 2020.

Maia Maiden Productions               $10,000.00
Funding for ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening at Park Square Theater in St. Paul during June 2020.

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health                 $9,879.00
Funding for Fidgety Fairy Tales – The Mental Health Musical, a 40-minute performance using familiar fairy tales to raise awareness of children’s mental health disorders. Fidgety Fairy Tales will be performed 10 times at sites throughout the Twin Cities metro area during April – May 2020.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company                    $10,000.00
Funding for Significant Other by Joshua Harmon. A new play about Jordan, a young Jewish gay man in his 20s living in NYC, explores identity and the human desire for connection. This project will take place at the Highland Park Community Center in St. Paul during February – March 2020.

Minnesota Music Coalition             $10,000.00
Funding for the 2020 Minnesota Music Summit, entitled MUSIC – A Voice for Climate Change, to be held in Saint Paul and Minneapolis in April 2020.

MN HARD BOP COLLECTIVE                        $10,000.00
Funding for Music of African American Composers Series in breweries located in St. Paul, Minneapolis and Minnetonka between November 2019 and June 2020. This concert series hosts 6 free concerts per month focusing on the music of African American hard bop composers.

More Than a Single Story                $10,000.00
Funding for a series of 6 interactive readings and community conversations and 4 hands-on experiential writing workshops led by IPOC writers. The series will be presented in 6 neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities during 2019 and 2020. 

Pan Asian Arts Alliance                    $10,000.00
Funding for the Southeast Asian Festival in St. Paul in April 2020, to increase arts participation among Southeast Asian youth in St. Paul, create community-wide economic impact and promote a broad range of cultural offerings.

Selby Ave JazzFest                $10,000.00
Funding for 2020 Selby Ave JazzFest in St. Paul taking place September 12, 2020.

Shakespearean Youth Theatre                   $10,000.00
Funding for a 6-show run of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The production will be performed by youth ages 13 – 19 who do not attend a traditional school. The six performances will occur in March 2020 at SYT’s Vandalia Tower theatre space in Saint Paul.

Sounds of Hope, Ltd.                       $10,000.00
Funding for Songs of Hope global youth concerts in various Metro cities during July 2020.

Spitting Image Collective                 $10,000.00
Funding for concerts of new works performed by 10th Wave Collective at Sudio Z in St. Paul and Antonello Hall in Minneapolis during May 2020. 

Theatre Unbound                 $10,000.00
Funding for Girl Shorts 2020: Theatre Unbound’s 20th Season Celebration of Women’s Stories at the Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul during March 2020.

Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center             $10,000.00
Funding to produce a showcase featuring drum dances and traditional dances & songs to celebrate Chinese New Year. The production will be held at the O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul in February 2020.

Twin Cities Stepper Association                 $5,710.00
Funding to offer free weekly stepping classes at Western U Plaza in St. Paul from April to July 2020. The program will culminate in a stepping performance at Rondo Days in St. Paul in July 2020.

U Partner Dance                   $10,000.00
Funding for the 7th annual U Dance Fest, a two-day ballroom dance event featuring competitions, social dancing, and workshops. U Dance Fest will be held at Union Depot in St. Paul during March 2020.

Young Artists Initiative                    $10,000.00
Funding for the 2020 Winter Theatre Experience, an eight-week audition-based theatre program which will engage 35 youth in rehearsing and fully staging eight public performances of Matilda. Performances will take place at The Wellstone Center Theater in Saint Paul during March 2020.

Suburban Hennepin County

ART MEDIA US-CHINA                     $10,000.00
Funding for a full-length concert, entitled The Voice of Spring – Jiang Nan Love, featuring Chinese folk songs and dances, Chinese Kunqu Opera and selections of Western Opera. The concert will be held at Minnesota Masonic Cultural Heritage Center Auditorium in Bloomington on February 8, 2020.  

Crossroads Panorama                      $10,000.00
Funding for the 10th annual presentation of Scrooge in Tha Hood, a holiday classic with an urban twist. Performances will feature youth, amateur and professional performers, and will take place at Hub Shopping Center in Richfield during December 2019.

Edina Singing Seniors                       $9,000.00
Funding for the 2020 Edina Sining Seniors rehearsal and performance year.

Suburban Ramsey County

Sonora Winds                       $6,917.00
Funding to perform two concert programs entitled Explorations and French Pictures, each to be performed at Maplewood Good Samaritan Center, Maplewood Care Center, Southview Acres Health Center in West St. Paul, and Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck in New Brighton during March 2020 and October 2020.

Washington County

StoryArk                     $10,000.00
Funding for a film camp run by high school students for high school students supported by professional artists, held in Stillwater during Summer 2020. Working together with teaching artists and peer mentors, each student will create a two minute short film.

Arts Activities Support FY19 Round 2

On June 11, 2019, the MRAC board awarded $909,431 to 93 organizations/projects in the second round of its FY 2019 Arts Activities Support grant program. 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

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community                $10,000.00
Funding for the 20th 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 2019.

TigerLion Arts                     $10,000.00
Funding to present Nature: A Walking Play, in partnership with the School for Environmental Studies in Apple Valley and Dakota County Parks. Five Performances are slated for October 2019 in Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. 

Twin Cities Catalyst Music, Inc                 $8,562.00
Funding for the Young Artist Empowerment series to support the opportunity for a diverse audience of underserved young artists to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to further their self-sustaining career in the music industry. Young artists will participate in 24 events to take place June 2019 – June 2020 at THE GARAGE, an alcohol-free all-ages, state-of-the-art music venue, recording studio, and educational facility located in Burnsville.


Arbeit Opera Theatre                     $10,000.00
Funding to present a new production of Benjamin Britten’s opera The Rape of Lucretia in March 2020 for 7 performances at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. 

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 2020.

Black Storytellers Alliance                       $10,000.00
Funding for the 28th annual Signifyin’ & Testifyin’ Festival, a three-day, family-friendly, free event inviting showcasing Black storytelling as an oral tradition in all of its styles. This year’s festival will be held in September 2019. 

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 in Minneapolis between June 2019 – April 2020. 

BRKFST Dance Company               $10,000.00
Funding to collaboratively choreograph an extended version of a work-in-progress into a full evening production which will premiere at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis, June 4-7, 2020. 

Chronofon Productions                 $10,000.00
Funding to present ten multi-media cabaret performances about the lives and work of Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht and their un-credited co-creator, Elisabeth Hauptmann, at Open Eye Theater in August 2019.

Classical Actors Ensemble            $9,400.00
Funding for Shakespeare’s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, and the anonymous tragedy, Arden of Faversham, performed in repertory at the LAB Theater in Minneapolis in September 2019.

Collective Unconscious Performance                 $10,000.00
Funding to produce and present the world premiere of Maiden Voyage, a new, ensemble-driven play. Performances will take place primarily at SpringHouse Ministry Center in Minneapolis for three weeks in May 2020.

COLLIDE Theatrical            $10,000.00
Funding to produce Skol, an original feature-length dance musical retelling of Norse Mythology, to premiere at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis in spring 2020.

Dark & Stormy Productions                     $10,000.00
Funding to produce John Patrick Shanley’s play DOUBT with performances in October – November 2019.

Dear Gaza                  $10,000.00
Funding to produce the Dear Gaza Block Party celebrating Palestinian culture, held in September 2019 at 24th and Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. 

Exposed Brick Theatre                  $10,000.00
Funding for the world premiere production of EDGES by Ashawnti Sakina Ford. EDGES is an original play that explores the hair stories, past and present, of African American women. This production will be preformed from April 17 – April 26, 2020 at the Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis.

Freshwater Theatre                        $9,900.00
Funding for the main stage show Immaculate Heart and repertory show Eventually, Epiphany during September 2019 at the Crane Theater in Minneapolis.

Gadfly Theatre Productions                     $10,000.00
Funding for The Final Frontier Festival, an annual one-act festival highlighting the stories of queer and feminist voices. Performances will take place in November 2019.

Hennepin Health Foundation                   $10,000.00
Funding for two teaching artists to lead pediatric and cancer patients in visual art activities. Artists will provide art activities to adults and children who have limited opportunities to participate in the arts. Activities will take place in Hennepin Health Services’ Comprehensive Cancer Center and Pediatrics units for eight hours a week from July 2019 – April 2020. 

Hopewell Music Cooperative North                    $10,000.00
Funding to bring multi-sensory concert experiences to seniors at Victory Care Center and two other care centers in Minneapolis during June 2020.

House of Charity                  $10,000.00
Funding for a community mural to be created by residents and diners who use the Food Centre, where a free community meal program is offered to those experiencing homelessness. The project is in collaboration with Juxtaposition Arts and will culminate in a mural unveiling in November 2019. 

International Friendship Through the Performing Arts                    $10,000.00
Funding for seven multicultural concerts in public libraries performed by Syrian oud player Issam Rafea and Chinese pipa master Gao Hong. Concerts will take place September 2019 – May 2020.

Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project                       $10,000.00
Funding for two performances of BIRDS SING DIFFERENTLY HERE during July 2019 at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis.

Journey Productions                      $10,000.00
Funding for the 2019 Theater Experience, audition-based performing arts program in Minneapolis for youth between the ages of 9 and 18. The program will culminate in the performance of Clinton 12, a play centered on the 12 heroic youth that were the first students to desegregate their high school in the Jim Crow south. The performance will be at the Ritz Theater in December 2019.

Katha Dance Theatre                      $10,000.00
Funding to create a new dance work titled Shaamya – Of Equality inspired by the poem Of Equality by Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Asian Indian choreographer Rita Mustaphi, Katha Dance Theatre, and African American composer JD Steele will collaborate to present a work-in-progress showing in January 2020 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis.

Kenwood Symphony Orchestra               $10,000.00
Funding for four live symphony orchestra programs, including a soloist competition. Performances will take place at metro area venues and assisted living facilities between October 2019 and May 2020.

Kulture Klub Collaborative                       $10,000.00
Funding for a 12-week improv theater class series at HUGE Improv Theater in Minneapolis during July – October 2019 for youth aged 16-24 who are experiencing homelessness.

Metropolitan Symphony Orchestral Association                     $10,000.00
Funding for the 2019-2020 concert season, featuring five orchestral music concerts, two of which will be performed twice, for a total of seven performances. The MSO will perform these concerts in a variety of venues in the Twin Cities and greater metro area between October 2019 and May 2020.

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute             $10,000.00
Funding for the Writer’s Table to take place in the fall 2019 semester of the After-School Homework Help program. The project consists of workshops for youth grades K-12, visits from an author mentor, and culminates in the printing of a chapbook. Activities will occur in Minneapolis from September – December 2019.

Mila Vocal Ensemble                      $10,000.00
Funding for a holiday concert featuring traditional instrumental and vocal music from the countries surrounding the Black Sea in December 2019 at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.

Mizna             $10,000.00
Funding for the 14th 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 take place at the Film Society’s screen at St. Anthony Main Theatre and will occur in September 2019.

Morris Park Players                       $10,000.00
Funding for nine performances of Big Fish in the fall of 2019 at Edison High School in Minneapolis. 

Native Youth Arts Collective                     $10,000.00
Funding for Ziigwan (“spring” in Ojibwe), where members of the Native Youth Arts Collective program arts activities for children who attend the Little Earth Youth Development Center. There will be 10 weeks of programming January – March 2020. 

New Arab American Theater Works                  $10,000.00
Funding to present the play Zafirah the Olive Oil Warrior and community dialogues on the theme of Arab and Muslim American internment camps. The play will be presented at the 9th floor Guthrie Theater space during October 2019. 

Nimbus Theatre                   $10,000.00
Funding to produce Lost in the Taiga based on the story of the Lykov family, to be presented at the Crane Theater in Minneapolis during November 2019. 

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association                       $8,000.00
Funding for the 25th Art-A-Whirl Open Studio Tour in May 2020.

People Incorporated                      $10,000.00
Funding for the 25th year of Artability, offering free multi-disciplinary workshops to individuals with a diagnosis of mental illness throughout the Twin Cities from July – September 2019. 

Prime Productions             $10,000.00
Funding for the second PRIME Voices: A Staged Reading Series, three plays to be presented at three separate venues on three Mondays in September, October and November 2019. The three plays to be presented are THREE FORKS by Staci Swedeen, THE CITY OF CONVERSATION by Anthony Giardina and WAITING IN THE WINGS by Noel Coward.

Sandbox Theatre                 $10,000.00
Funding for the production of a new play called Bone Mother, an original work inspired by the Slavik folklore tales of Baba Yaga. The play will run two weekends at two different venues: September 2019 at The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis and October 2019 at The Crane Theater in Minneapolis.

Speaking Out                        $10,000.00
Funding to provide six free community events that include a performance of the play School’s No Place for Kids and an interactive arts-based workshop. Performances and workshops will occur August – November 2019.

Swandive Theatre               $10,000.00
Funding to produce the absurdist play The Canopic Jar of My Sins, a new work by Justin Maxwell, about Ralph Wiley, the creator of plastic, and mankind’s culpability in the destruction of our environment. It will be presented at The Crane Theater in Minneapolis in October 2019.

Take-Up Productions                     $9,900.00
Funding for the Volunteer Picks film series, in which volunteers will choose the films that are screened. Screenings will occur at the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis from September 2019 – May 2020.

The BAND Group                 $10,000.00
Funding for IN THE SPIRIT – a new rock opera in collaboration with Venus DeMars and inspired by her life story from childhood to gender confirmation surgery. IN THE SPIRIT will have public workshop readings at The Playwrights’ Center in Summer 2019, Rogue Buddha Art Gallery in Fall 2019, and a performance run at The Southern Theater in March 2020.

The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts                $10,000.00
Funding for the Phoenix of Phillips Literary Magazine, a journal by and for the Phillips neighborhood, which is sent to every household in Phillips. The project consists of writing workshops and two issues of The Phoenix from July 2019 – May 2020. 

The White Page                    $7,500.00
Funding for Activity Room at The White Page Gallery presenting visual art, performance, literary arts, and time-based media from October 2019 – April 2020. 

Theatre Coup d’Etat                        $10,000.00
Funding for Rogue/Prince, an original adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. 11 performances will be presented at Calvary Baptist Church in Minneapolis during October 2019. 

Theatre Pro Rata                 $10,000.00
Funding to present the world premiere of The Ever and After by Minneapolis playwright Rachel Teagle in December 2019 at the Crane Theater in Minneapolis.

Toot               $10,000.00
Funding for Toot’s February 2020 theatrical production of Tweezer Burn.

Twin Cities Iranian Culture Week                       $7,435.00
Funding for a weeklong program of events highlighting Iranian arts and culture during August 2019 at Jackson Flats in Minneapolis.

United Festival Group                    $9,500.00
Funding for Twin Cities Horror Festival VIII, an 11 day live-performance festival featuring theater, music, dance, and visual arts exploring the genre of horror from October – November 2019 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis.

We Win Institute, Inc.                    $10,000.00
Funding to partner with Heart of the Beast and master storyteller Nothando Zulu to provide a summer puppet making program for 30 youth from June – August 2019, culminating in a public performance at the Northside Arts Crawl in Minneapolis.  

zAmya Theater Project                  $10,000.00
Funding to produce the Annual Fall Roadshow: zAmya Zone, a 90-minute theatrical event that will build understanding about homelessness and inspire action for housing justice. Five venues – which include Pohlad Auditorium at Hennepin County Library and Plymouth Congregational Church – will present the event in November 2019.

Voices of Hope Prison Choir                     $8,165.00
Funding for the  fall 2019 quarterly project “From Darkness to Light.” A concert will be given at Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee during November 2019. 

Saint Paul

BareBones Productions                $10,000.00
Funding for the 26th annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza,  a nighttime, multimedia, spectacle performance that celebrates Fall and honors the dead. Performances will occur at Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul during October and November 2019 and includes giant puppets, live music, and communal singing, followed by a reception with free food and opportunity for remembrance and contemplation.

Center for Irish Music                    $10,000.00
Funding for the 12th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend in Saint Paul in June 2020.

CLUES            $9,900.00
Funding for “(Inter)Conexiones“, an indoor mosaic mural project with CLUES community members, led by two Minnesota-based Latina mosaic artists. The artists will engage Latino seniors, adult immigrants, and youth in an intergenerational design and co-creation process that will enliven the space, promote mental health, and improve social services. The mosaic will be installed in the newly‐expanded headquarters on East 7th Street in Saint Paul by December 2019.

Dangerous Productions                 $10,000.00
Funding to create a collaboratively-written play about displacement in Saint Paul’s Frogtown community.

District 1 Community Council                  $10,000.00
Funding for The Highwood Performance Series, featuring 4 weekly, outdoor, family-friendly performances and make-and-take arts activities based on “up-cycling”. The series will encompass master storytellers, Taiko drumming, Somali and South Asian dance and a physical clown artist. Performances will take place during July and August 2019 near the Highwood Hills Recreation Center in St. Paul.

Face to Face Health and Counseling, Inc.                       $10,000.00
Funding to support music training and to host a showcase featuring youth artists from the community served by Face to Face Health and Counseling at SafeZone Homeless Youth Drop-in Center in St. Paul from July 2019 – June 2020. 

Fortune’s Fool                     $10,000.00
Funding to present the Midwest premiere of the award-winning play DOG ACT, a post-apocalyptic vaudeville by Liz Duffy Adams. Performances will be at Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul during December 2019. 

Frogtown Tuned-In             $9,899.00
Funding for Frogtown Summer Walking Tour, an audio tour of businesses and organizations along University Avenue between Lexington and Rice Aves in Saint Paul. Each 2-5 minute audio piece will air on WFNU radio and be available via web and podcast in multiple languages.

Funny Asian Women Kollaborative (F.A.W.K)             $10,000.00
Funding for the Super Ratchet Clapback Cabaret, a one-night showcase featuring Minnesota’s finest emerging Asian and Asian Pacific Islander American female-identifying comedians, comedic artists, and comedic storytellers at the Ordway Performing Arts Center in October 2019.

Gender Reel              $9,800.00
Funding for Gender Reel’s 2019 Film Festival taking place during October 2019 at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul and The St. Paul Jewish Community Center.

In Progress               $10,000.00
Funding for “McDonough”, a digital arts and exhibition program supporting 10 youth using digital art-making to tell stories of families that live in the McDonough Homes. Youth work with teaching artists to develop skills in photography and video, and then create artwork that depicts the culture of the North End neighborhood housing complex. Artwork will be exhibited at the McDonough Homes, the Rice Street Library, and City Hall in St. Paul from February – April, 2020.

Japan America Society of Minnesota                   $10,000.00
Funding for the Obon Festival at Como Park in August 2019, consisting of the Festival and related Bon Odori workshop in July 2019 at Spring House Ministry Center in Minneapolis.

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 2019 and May 2020. 

Lyra Baroque Orchestra                $10,000.00
Funding for production and promotion of six Twin Cities performances of the 2019-2020 season, Lyra’s 35th Anniversary year of performances. Concerts feature local musicians and internationally-renowned guest soloists, performing music from the Baroque and Early Classical eras at Sundin Hall in Saint Paul.

Minhua Chorus                    $10,000.00
Funding to produce a full-length concert to showcase the Chinese moon’s cultural and its historical values, featuring songs, dances and poems from both East and West. The concert will be held at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul in November 2019.

Minnesota Chinese Music Ensemble                   $10,000.00
Funding for five Singapore musicians to perform and give instruction in traditional and contemporary Chinese music. In September 2019, there will be a master class and performance at Kang Le Daycare Center in St. Paul, a concert at Sundin Music Hall, and a performance at Legacy Adult Daycare Center in Golden Valley. 

Minnesota Guitar Society              $10,000.00
Funding for nine concerts at Sundin Music Hall in St. Paul from September 2019 – May 2020.

Nautilus Music-Theater                 $10,000.00
Funding for five ROUGH CUTS works-in-progress presentations of new music-theater (two performances each) plus a “special edition” ROUGH CUTS presented during the Saint Paul Art Crawl between October 2019 and April 2020. 

One Voice Mixed Chorus               $10,000.00
Funding for One Voice (LGBT) Mixed Chorus to present “Beyond Borders: Coming Home”, a non-traditional winter holiday concert in December 2019 at Hamline University’s Sundin Concert Hall.

Rain Taxi Inc.                       $10,000.00
Funding for the 19th annual Twin Cities Book Festival, featuring Minnesota authors, publishers, booksellers, and book artists, and select writers from across the nation. The Festival highlights their work through an all-day book fair, children’s activities, youth programs, and author readings and book signings held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds during October 2019. 

Sod House Theater              $10,000.00
Funding for the site-specific performance of The Ghost Sonata in collaboration with Black Label Movement. Performances will occur in September 2019 at Swede Hollow Park in St. Paul. 

Sospiri                       $10,000.00
Funding for two concert programs during fall and winter of the 2019-20 season: “Sospiri da Morte” and “Sospiri di Natale.”

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library                $10,000.00
Funding for the 26th season of the Fireside Reading Series, showcasing diverse literary voices and perspectives that connect audiences with ideas, stories, and each other. The series will take place at the Hamline Midway branch of the Saint Paul Public Library, in January and February 2020.  

The Show                  $8,500.00
Funding to partner with teaching artists from Women’s Artist Resource of Minnesota (WARM) for an introductory workshop series that will engage youth, adults with disabilities, and the public between September 2019 and June 2020.

ThinkSelf, Inc.                      $10,000.00
Funding to produce a 15-minute documentary highlighting the daily lives of individuals with hearing loss who experienced language deprivation, and the effects it has had on their lives. Filming and production will take place beginning January 2020 with an event to showcase the completed project in late May 2020 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

Young Dance, Inc.                $10,000.00
Funding for Stretching In, a season investigating the idea of virtuosity, asking dancers to challenge themselves physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. Workshops and performances will occur at Young Dance’s new home at Co-Motion in St. Paul.

Zeitgeist                    $10,000.00
Funding for 2019-2020 Eric Stokes Song Contest program and the annual Playing it Close to Home concerts. Activities will include conducting the contest, presenting three composition workshops, rehearsing the winning works, and presenting three concerts featuring these winning works at Studio Z. The program takes place September 2019 – May 2020.

Scott County

Advocating Change Together                   $10,000.00
Funding for a monthly integrated singing group open to all people with developmental disabilities, their allies and the general public without disabilities. Activities will include nine monthly rehearsals and three public performances in Winter 2019 and Spring 2020.

Suburban Hennepin County

Bengali Association of Minnesota                        $10,000.00
Funding for the Bongoutsav Festival, a two-evening event celebrating the culture, music, and arts of Bengal, India. The festival will be held in October 2019 at the Park Center High School in Brooklyn Center.

Courage Kenny Foundation                      $10,000.00
Funding for the 2020 Art of Possibilities Art Show & Sale, a juried art show featuring more than 250 works by artists with disabilities locally and from around the world. The exhibition will be held at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley in April and May 2020.

Historic Walker-Lake Placemaking Committee                       $10,000.00
Funding to create a large-scale mural in the Historic Walker-Lake District of St. Louis Park from July 2019 – June 2020.

Indian Music Society of Minnesota (IMSOM)                 $10,000.00
Funding for the Fall 2019 concert series, consisting of five concerts including a community music festival. Concerts will be held September – November 2019. 

Sabes JCC Cultural Arts                  $10,000.00
Funding for the 11th 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 2020.

The Chameleon Theatre Circle                $10,000.00
Funding for the theatrical production of Vanishing Point. Performances and post-show panel discussions will take place September – October 2019 in the Black Box Theatre at the Bloomington Center for the Arts.

Wayzata Symphony Orchestra                 $10,000.00
Funding to present five free concerts of music in Wayzata and Mahtomedi that include collaborations with other Twin Cities solo artists and feature classical, jazz, musical theater, and multi-media pieces. The concerts will take place in Wayzata in October 2019, March and April 2020, and in Wayzata and Mahtomedi in November 2019.

Suburban Ramsey County

Children’s Performing Arts                      $10,000.00
Funding for the 2nd annual “Spotlight on a Cause” theater program, taking place over the course of 10 weeks with performances in October 2019.

Merrick, Inc.             $10,000.00
Funding for The Art of Social Skills, two nine-week sessions for 2 groups of 15 adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities to work with Upstream Arts artists during each one-hour session. Activities will take place at Merrick’s Vadnais Heights location between September 2019 and June 2020.

North Suburban Chorus                $3,000.00
Funding for 25 performances from June – December 2019.

Washington County

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop                $10,000.00
Funding to expand the one-to-one mail Mentor Program to 32 additional students incarcerated in one of the four Metropolitan-area state correctional facilities. The Mentor Program expansion will take place from July 2019 – April 2020 in Stillwater, Lino Lakes, Oak Park Heights, and Shakopee prisons and will culminate in a public reading at Hamline University in May 2019.

Music Saint Croix                $10,000.00
Funding for two concerts, “St. Croix Celebration”, an annual free outreach concert for the community held in collaboration with Valley Chamber Chorale and St. Croix Jazz Orchestra, and “Festa Italiano”, part of MSC’s “music around the world” series with chamber music from Italy, including several operatic arias performed by soprano Sarah Lawrence with MSC’s chamber orchestra. These concerts will take place in fall 2019 in Stillwater.

Washington County Jail                 $10,000.00
Funding for the Women’s Creative Writing program taking place in the Washington County Jail in August 2019 in Stillwater.

FY 2019 Community Arts- Round 2

On March 26, 2019 MRAC awarded $346,335 to 72 organizations/projects in the second round of its FY 2019 Community Arts grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a connection to a community.

The Community Arts grant program utilizes a block grant system to ensure funds are distributed broadly in the seven counties of MRAC’s service area. This grant program is made possible with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. The following is a list of this round’s grant recipients sorted by the county of activity that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees’ websites when available. Please note that the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are separated from the surrounding suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey counties.

Anoka County

City of Blaine                        $4,000.00
Funding for the 12th annual Blaine World Fest, a public event exploring and sharing arts, food, dance, clothing, and music that represent the different cultures and ethnic heritages that are represented in and around the City of Blaine. The event will take place in May 2019. 

Columbia Heights Fine Arts Foundation                        $2,189.00
Funding for the theatrical production of “Harvey” by Mary Chase. Performances will take place during July 2019 in the Columbia Heights High School auditorium.

Fridley Community Theatre                     $5,000.00
Funding to stage the musical Urinetown at the Fridley District Auditorium in July of 2019.

Independent School District 15               $5,000.00
Funding for Lunch Bunch, a monthly concert series for older adults residing in Anoka County. Performances will take place at the Sandhill Center for the Arts between September 2019 and May 2020.

Rumriver Art Center                       $5,000.00
Funding for free community art classes for seniors 55+. Classes will be held at the Rumriver Art Center and senior centers and assisted living facilities in Anoka County.

Carver County

Drama Interaction              $5,000.00
Funding for an 8 week program that combines theatre, music and dance instruction to youth with disabilities, along with their parents. The program will introduce artistic expression, offer a unique performance experience and lay a foundation for life-long creative development. This program will take place at Victoria Recreation Center in the spring and summer of 2019.

Dakota County

Art Works Eagan                 $5,000.00
Funding for exhibits and performances taking place at Art Works Eagan in the Summer and Fall of 2019. 

Eagan Men’s Chorus                       $5,000.00
Funding for the Eagan Men’s Chorus to perform 10 free concerts at senior residences and veterans facilities during 2019.

International Festival of Burnsville                   $5,000.00
Funding for International Festival of Burnsville, featuring an indoor art exhibit with various interactive family friendly cultural arts and activities.  This event will be held on July 13, 2019 at Nicollet Commons Park and adjacent Ames Center.

Minnesota Brass, Inc.                     $5,000.00
Funding for a drum and bugle competition hosted at Farmington High School in July 2019.

River Valley Band                $4,800.00
Funding for two concerts in 2019. Concerts will take place in May at the City of Hastings Rotary Pavilion and in November at Hastings Middle School Auditorium.

Rosemount Area Arts Council                  $5,000.00
Funding for 2019 Rosemount ArtBlast, a week-long celebration of the arts in late June presenting 30+ multidisciplinary arts events.


Byzantine Choral Festival             $5,000.00
Funding for the 10th Annual Byzantine Choral Festival, which includes a free choral workshop and public concert. Activities will take place at St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church in Minneapolis during October 2019.

Continental Ballet Company                     $5,000.00
Funding to bring performances of classical ballet to five parks in Hennepin County during summer 2019.

DanceCo                    $5,000.00
Funding for a family-friendly production entitled Expectation Station in collaboration with the Roe Family Singers and Engineer Paul of Choo Choo Bob’s Train Show and Store. Performances will take place at the Avalon Theater in Minneapolis during October 2019. 

Flux Casting Access            $5,000.00
Funding for introductory courses in bronze casting for Twin Cities youth with the end goal being a collaboratively made trellis that honors the importance of urban community gardens. 

Hauss Dance             $5,000.00
Funding for the second year of Inbox@ArtBox (a choreographers’ evening) taking place in July of 2019.

Lightning Rod                      $5,000.00
Funding for the third annual production of Lightning Rod, a collaborative performance process and week-long arts intensive. Teams of artists and activists spend six days making and then performing devised collaboratively created work that responds to the prompt: “What needs to be said this week?” Two performances will be held at Pillsbury House + Theatre in Minneapolis during July 2019.

Malleable                  $5,000.00
Funding for Malleable, a series of three events that are of, by, and for trans women and trans femme artists. Events will be held during summer 2019 at Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis.

Metro Work Center, Inc.                $5,000.00
Funding for a metal sculpture project for adults with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities. Workshops will take place during summer 2019 in Minneapolis and will culminate in a Make and Take event at Moon Palace Cafe in August 2019. 

MidWest Mixed                    $5,000.00
Funding for arts engagement at the 2019 MidWest Mixed Conference. Within, Between, and Beyond, a collaborative project led by artist Leslie Barlow, is a series of paintings with a participatory audio/visual archive about the untold stories of mixed race people and transracial adoptees. The 2019 MidWest Mixed Conference will be held in July 2019 at First Universalist Church in Minneapolis.

Northside Singers               $4,410.00
Funding to provide nine free choir performances at independent and assisted living facilities and a community event during June 2019 – June 2020 in Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, and Crystal.

Poetry for People                $5,000.00
Funding for the seventh annual Poetry and Pie, where seven poets will be commissioned to write a new poem and neighborhood bakers will bake 20 pies for attendees. The event will be held in Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis during June 2019, the week of the summer solstice. 

Pollinator Friendly Alliance                     $5,000.00
Funding for PolliNATION Art & Music Festival, an indoor and outdoor celebration of art, music, science, and community.  Activities will take place at the Food Building in Minneapolis during August 2019.

Powderhorn Porchfest                  $5,000.00
Funding for Powderhorn Porchfest, a music festival highlighting local emerging and established artists. Activities will take place in September 2019.

Puppeteers of America                  $5,000.00
Funding for the free community day of the 2019 National Puppetry Festival which includes performances, a workshop, and a public picnic. Activities will occur in July 2019 at the University of Minnesota. 

Stevens Square Community Organization                     $5,000.00
Funding to support the Red Hot Art Festival, an annual accessible art fair, performance festival, and community get-together held every July in Minneapolis’s Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood.

Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services in MN (SAFYSM)       $4,606.00
Funding for weaving classes geared toward African immigrant women to learn weaving techniques on portable looms and create wearable art or household decorations.  Classes will be held in the community room of a high-rise residence in Minneapolis throughout April and May 2019.

Syncopated Silents              $5,000.00
Funding for a series of three silent films paired with compositions and live performance. Activities will occur in July 2019 at St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis, September 2019 at the Trylon in Minneapolis, and fall 2019 at The Heights Cinema in Columbia Heights. 

The Arts’ Nest                      $5,000.00
Funding for the inaugural year of the New Leaf: New Work Development Program in partnership with the Playwright Cabal. Activities will take place at Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis from May – September 2019.

The Urban Spectrum Theatre Company             $5,000.00
Funding to produce an original production entitled “Eartha!”, based on the life of Eartha Kitt. Performances will occur in October 2019.

Upper Midwest Flute Association                       $4,185.00
Funding for Flute Fest in Minneapolis during March or April 2020.

Uprising Theatre Company                       $5,000.00
Funding for a six week course on writing for the theatre for women in the probation system during the spring of 2019. 

Wisdom Dances                   $4,980.00
Funding to host a free outdoor public gathering featuring folk dances from Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey with guest artist singer/songwriter and speaker Lyla June. Activities consist of an introductory workshop in June 2019 and a public gathering in July 2019 at Lake Hiawatha Park in Minneapolis.

Saint Paul

African Economic Development Solutions                    $5,000.00
Funding for the 2019 Little Africa Fest, an annual celebration of St. Paul’s Little Africa Business & Cultural District and a creative placemaking initiative for connecting African immigrant business, art, culture, music, and food to mainstream markets. The festival will take place at Hamline Park in St. Paul in August 2019.

Artaria                       $5,000.00
Funding for a 6-concert chamber music series at Sundin Music Hall in St. Paul featuring the Complete String Quartets of Beethoven.

Carry on Homes                  $5,000.00
Funding for the Hamm Park Autumn Art Festival located in the East Side of St. Paul. The festival will take place in October 2019 to celebrate and honor the immigrant population.

Irreducible Grace Foundation                  $5,000.00
Funding for the production of an original interactive performance piece, showcasing Irreducible Grace youth and young adult artists sharing their own healing from trauma stories and mind-body practices. 

ISD 197 Community Education                $5,000.00
Funding to partner with resident artists from COMPAS and SteppingStone Theater to lead K-8 youth in the community event, Under the Big Top. The artists will teach the youth to blend theater, music, singing, and dance with circus arts in a final performance for family, friends and community members. This two week project will occur during the School-Age Care Summer Camp in July 2019 at the Heritage E-STEM Magnet School in West St. Paul.

Macalester-Groveland Community Council                  $5,000.00
Funding for the 6th annual Mac-Grove Fest, an outdoor event that brings together artists, businesses, organizations, and community members. The event will take place at the Groveland fields in Saint Paul on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Mixed Precipitation                        $5,000.00
Funding for 10 performances of the 11th annual Picnic Operetta, an opera harvest celebration touring to farms, community gardens, orchards and vineyards throughout the metro area. 

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota               $5,000.00
Funding for local artist Aimee Bryant to provide expanded storytelling training to 20 Parent Leaders in Minnesota Communities Caring for Children’s Parent Leadership Program during April 2019 – March 2020.

Smallest Museum in St Paul                      $5,000.00
Funding for 6 exhibits at the Smallest Museum in St. Paul, a 3ft x 2ft micro museum, housed in a vintage fire-hose cabinet outside Workhorse Coffee Bar on University Ave. Exhibits will be presented from July to December of 2019. 

Spitting Image Collective               $5,000.00
Funding to collaborate with contemporary music group Hub New Music to develop three new works. A workshop will take place at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and two concerts will be held at Fallout Arts in Minneapolis and Studio Z in St. Paul during May 2019.

The Illicit Sextet                   $5,000.00
Funding for the All Originals Jazz Series, a sequence of jazz performances featuring existing local jazz ensembles who specialize in performing original jazz compositions. Performances will take place at Studio Z in Lowertown St. Paul during July, August and September 2019.

The New Ruckus                 $5,000.00
Funding for The New Ruckus Composer Nights 2019–2020, a monthly performance series of new works of sound/music and works-in-progress that enables composers to connect with audiences for interactive feedback. Activities will take place at Studio Z in St. Paul from April 2019 – March 2020.

Universal Dance Destiny                $5,000.00
Funding to produce their sixteenth bi-annual showcase, themed “International World of Dance”, featuring dances created by up to 15 local emerging and established Twin Cities presenters. The showcase will be held at Dayton’s Bluff Theater in Saint Paul during August 2019.

Vail Place                  $3,595.00
Funding to work with History Theatre teaching artists to develop performance pieces based on participants’ lived experiences with mental illnesses. The project includes a 15-week workshop in fall/winter 2019 resulting in performance pieces that will be incorporated into Vail Place community outreach presentations. Performance pieces will be staged at the History Theatre in St. Paul in February 2020.

Vox Nova Chorale                $5,000.00
Funding for Folksongs Near and Far, choral concerts highlighting diverse musical styles from 13 countries and promoting emerging composers, conductors, and singers. VNC will collaborate with two nationally known clinicians who will work with the choral musicians to produce two free public concerts in August 2019.

Suburban Hennepin County

Dans Askina Turkish Dance Ensemble               $5,000.00
Funding for Rakkas Minneapolis 2 – Cultural Crossroads, a weekend of Middle Eastern dance workshops, an informal ‘Meet the Masters’ hafla (dance party), and gala show. Activities will occur at the Holiday Inn Airport South in Bloomington during August 2019.

From Age to Age                  $5,000.00
Funding to research, rehearse, and perform “Made in Minnesota” concerts. Performances will be held in Minneapolis, Anoka, and Chanhassen during spring 2020.

Golden Valley Orchestra                $4,000.00
Funding for Handel’s Messiah with soloists, local choral people and the chorus of Holy Family Catholic Church in December 2019.

Honeywell Concert Band               $2,800.00
Funding for 8-9 concerts presented at care centers, assisted living centers, senior housing complexes, and public parks. The performances will take place from April through November of 2019.

Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota                    $5,000.00
Funding for two Lao performance groups, Lao Women’s Dance Group and Sing Kane Dance Group, to perform at the Tater Daze Festival in Brooklyn Park during summer 2019.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance                        $5,000.00
Funding for the training leading up to and the production of its 2019 Spring Performance. Performances will take place at the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center during June 2019.

Plymouth Rockers              $5,000.00
Funding for a series of at least 25 performances at care centers, assisted living facilities, and senior living venues from April through December 2019; two free public concerts in May and December 2019; and two or more concerts at public outdoor venues in the summer of 2019.

Richfield Community Education              $5,000.00
Funding for Richfield Community Education to offer several visual arts opportunities as shared learning experiences for underserved youth and their parents or caregiving adults to participate in together. The project will take place between April through December 2019.

Richfield Symphonic Band                        $4,920.00
Funding for four outdoor concerts at the new Richfield bandshell in June and July 2019.

Saint Anthony Community Theater                     $5,000.00
Funding for St. Anthony Community Theater’s summer musical theater production. Performances will take place at St. Anthony Village High School during July and August 2019.

Siengkane Lao MN               $5,000.00
Funding for summer camp project that highlights Lao culture, traditional dance, musical instruments. The summer camp includes a free workshop open to the community. Activities will take place during late summer 2019.

Z-Fest             $5,000.00
Funding for the Z-Fest Project, an annual contest-style film festival that features original, seven-minute, short films made by local filmmakers. The contest opens in late summer 2019 and culminates in screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Woodbury and an awards gala at Mall of America’s Radisson Blu Hotel in March 2020.

Suburban Ramsey County

Calvary Community Theater                     $5,000.00
Funding to stage the musical, “Beauty and the Beast” through three performances at the Frank Rog Amphitheater at Central Park in Roseville and two performances in the auditorium at Calvary Church during June 2019.

City of New Brighton                      $5,000.00
Funding for the creation of a community mural as part of The Beautiful Project. The mural will be located on the west wall of the New Brighton Community Center and visible from I-695. This project will be take place in summer 2019.

Mounds View Community Theatre                      $5,000.00
Funding for the production of the classic musical Man of La Mancha. Performances will take place July – August of 2019 at the Chippewa School in North Oaks.

Ramsey County 4-H            $5,000.00
Funding for the Arts-In program, an intensive arts experience that engages 30 youth in grades 7-12 during the summer. During this program youth create a musical revue production to be performed during the Ramsey County Fair in Maplewood in July 2019. 

Rosetown Playhouse                      $5,000.00
Funding for 2 week-long summer camps for 7-9 year old youth entitled EAT, PLAY, READ taking place during the summer of 2019 in Roseville.

Roseville Parks and Recreation               $5,000.00
Funding for “Live at the Rog”, a free summer performance series featuring a different world region each week. Performances take place at the Roseville Central Park Frank Rog Amphitheater.

Washington County

Canvas Health                      $2,500.00
Funding for Jammin’ Art, a project which will provide art instruction during 40 of Clubhouse Recovery’s weekly sessions through 6-8 different visual mediums at East Suburban Resources in Stillwater from April 2019 – March 2020.

Marine Film Society                        $5,000.00
Funding for the Marine Documentary Series, a five-month curated film series featuring local and regional film makers. Screenings will take place at the City of Marine Town Village Hall, between October 2019 and February 2020.

Valley Friendship Club                  $4,350.00
Funding for five 2-hour creative writing sessions led by artists from Cow Tipping Press to 10 VFC members resulting in published original works that will be shared at a public reading. Sessions will be held during October and November 2019 at Valley Friendship Club in Stillwater.

Vets for Music                      $5,000.00
Funding for a one-day, free music festival to honor veterans to be held at Richard Walton Park in Oakdale in July of 2019. 

Washington County 4-H Federation                    $5,000.00
Funding for Washington County Arts-In, which provides youth ages 13-19 with first-hand exposure to the performing arts. Approximately 60 youth will perform in the cast, band, and technical crew of a musical performance. Participating youth will experience a four-day overnight encampment and will give nine performances at the Washington County fair in July and August 2019 and two performances at the Minnesota State Fair in August and September 2019.

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