Recent Arts Project Support Grant Awards

Arts Project Support is a new program in MRAC’s FY20 and as such, there are no examples of grants that were previously awarded. 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 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.

Arts Activities Support FY19 Round 1

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

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

Anoka County

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

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

Carver County

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

Dakota County

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott County

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

Saint Paul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suburban Hennepin County

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

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

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

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

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

Washington County

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

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

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

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

FY 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.