Recent Arts Project Support Grant Awards

Arts Project Support FY20 Round 3 Awards

On June 23, 2020 the MRAC board awarded $586,032 to 63 organizations/projects in the third and final 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.

Carver County

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum $8,209.00
Funding for three 6-8 week art classes taught by professional artists at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, serving adult learners from October 2020 – June 2021.

Dakota County

Bells of the Lakes $5,450.00
Funding for Handbell Concerts at Senior Living Facilities in the Twin Cities Metro Area during October and November of 2020.

ISD 197 Community Education $7,000.00
Funding to partner with local theater artists to lead K-8 youth in the community event, “Journey of the Noble Gnarble.” This two week project will occur during the School-Age Care Summer Camp between June and August 2020 at Moreland Elementary School in West St. Paul.

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community $10,000.00
Funding for the 21st Annual Traditional Wacipi, a three-day Native American artistic and cultural celebration and social gathering. Activities will take place on the St. Peter’s Church grounds in Mendota in September 2020.


826 MSP $10,000.00
Funding for Writing as Community Building in Minneapolis from August through December of 2020.

Appetite for Change $7,000.00
Funding for the performance group, Urban Youth of Appetite for Change to film a music video for their single, “Beautiful Black Queen (BBQ),” engaging the North Minneapolis community in a block-party style BBQ to perform and film the video during August and September 2020.

Ballet Co.Laboratory $8,800.00
Funding for “Freddie – Break Free: a new ballet based on the life of Freddie Mercury and the music of Queen” a 90-minute rock ballet at the Cowles Center for Dance in Minneapolis during  April 2021. 

Black Women Speak $10,000.00
Funding for Black Mama’s Heal in Minneapolis during June 2020 – February 2021.

Carnaval Brasileiro $10,000.00
Funding for Carnaval celebration of Brazilian music, dance, art and culture in February 2021 in Minneapolis.

Cialuna Storydance Theatre $7,000.00
Funding to present a play – The Garden: A Refuge, in April 2021 at Zorongo Flamenco Dance studio in Minneapolis. The project will be developed in stages with Gathering events to include the community in the making of the final presentation.

Emerging Curators Institute $10,000.00
Funding for the development, production, and presentation of ECI Fellows’ exhibitions in Minneapolis during December 2020 – June 2021.

Encouraging Leaders $5,500.00
Funding for Project S.W.A.G., a curriculum that promotes the empowerment of youth and young adults through spoken word. Weekly spoken word classes will be offered July – September 2020 and culminates in a Spoken Word Slam in October 2020.

Exposed Brick Theatre $10,000.00
Funding for the world premiere of Aamera’s Siddiqui’s play, Log Kya Kahenge, in the Twin Cities during March/April of 2021.

Flip the Script Festival $7,000.00
Funding for Film the Script Fest in Minneapolis during October 2020.

Folk Will Save Us $10,000.00
Funding for The Longfellow Village Band Klezmer music sessions in Minneapolis during fall 2020-spring 2021.

Hopewell Music Cooperative North $10,000.00
Funding for the 2020-21 season of Hopewell’s Ensemble Program in North Minneapolis from September 2020-June 2021.

Inverted Arts $10,000.00
Funding for the documentary film “Priest” in production in North Minneapolis from August – November 2020 with screenings at Sanctuary Covenant Church and Inverted Arts in November.

Jones-Harrison Residence $10,000.00
Funding for a series of culturally diverse dance performances to begin in September of 2020 to be followed by a 12-week residency in interpretive dance and movement inspired by the performances that will take place at Jones-Harrison Residence, a senior living residence, located in Minneapolis.

Lightning Rod $10,000.00
Funding for the fourth annual Lightning Rod in Minneapolis during August 2020.

New Musical Theatre Exchange $10,000.00
Funding for a series of public readings of three musicals in Minneapolis and St. Paul during 2020-2021.

Open Flame Theatre $10,000.00
Funding for the premiere of Open Flame Theatre’s opera The Garden at the Southern Theatre in June 2021.

Powderhorn Porchfest $10,000.00
Funding for Powderhorn Porchfest in Minneapolis during September 2020.

Rough Magic Performance Company $10,000.00
Funding for “Norma Jeane Baker of Troy” at the Open Eye Figure Theater in Minneapolis during early winter 2021.

Soo Visual Arts Center $10,000.00
Funding for Pedram Baldari and Nooshin Hakim Javadi to transform the entire gallery space into a game room exploring different aspects of American politics through its colonial history and intervention in the SWANA region (South West Asian/ North African) in Minneapolis during October and November of 2020. 

Southside Family Nurturing Center $8,000.00
Funding for the Our Storytelling Across Three Cultures project, a series of lessons on traditional storytelling from African American, Latin American, and Native American cultures. Each series of lessons will actively engage Southside Family Nurturing Center children, parents and families, between October 2020 and May 2021.

Spit Take Comedy Series $7,225.00
Funding for Spit Take Comedy Series Fall Festival at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis during September-November 2020.

The Moving Company $10,000.00
Funding for continued development and local production of an original work with the working title “You’re Invited” at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis during November & December 2020.

TigerLion Arts $10,000.00
Funding for TigerLion Arts’ production of The Buddha Prince in Minneapolis in July 2020.

Toot $10,000.00
Funding for Toot’s production of Tent In My Woods at Fresh Oysters Performance Research in Minneapolis during November 2020.

Tru Ruts Endeavors $10,000.00
Funding for Khephra / Black Arts Performance and Institute in Minneapolis during September 2020.

Uprising Theatre Company $8,500.00
Funding for a six-week education program in October and November 2020 for trans and non-binary youth.

What’s Next $5,500.00
Funding for Sex Ed: a Sexprov Performances at the Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis during October 2020, December 2020, February 2021, April 2021, and June 2021.

Young Dance, Inc. $10,000.00
Funding for Homecoming in St. Paul, September 2020 – May 2021, with final performance in Minneapolis, May 2021. 

Scott County

APIA MN Film Project $10,000.00
Funding to create a horror short film based on Asian American experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Saint Paul

Advocating Change Together $10,000.00
Funding for a monthly integrated singing group for those with developmental disabilities as well as general public without disabilities. Activities will take place in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. \

BareBones Productions $10,000.00
Funding for the 27th Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza in Saint Paul during October 2020 at Hidden Falls Park.

Center for Irish Music $10,000.00
Funding for the 13th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend in Saint Paul in June 2021.

CLUES $10,000.00
Funding for “Santuario,” a multi-part public art and creative placemaking project led by a team of 4 MN-based Latino artists in Saint Paul from July 2020 – June 2021.

Contempo Physical Dance $9,490.00
Funding for Footprints, two new works exploring intersections of contemporary dance with indigenous Brazilian dance and First Nations Australian dance, at The O’Shaughnessy in Saint Paul in March 2021.

Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services $10,000.00
Funding for a community outdoor concert series in East Side Saint Paul’s Railroad Island neighborhood during late summer-fall 2020.

East Side Freedom Library $10,000.00
Funding for a 3-part discussion series on immigrant and refugee dance artists in the Twin Cities for MN Dance & the Ecstasies of Influences in fall 2020.

Feel So Young Theatre $9,375.00
Funding for a production of YOLO by Feel So Young Theater, a play about seniors who are dealing with technology, that will tour to Minneapolis and Saint Paul retirement homes and senior care facilities during September 2020.

Grace Minnesota dba Don’t You Feel It Too? $10,000.00
Funding for “Commitments: Supporting Community Resilience,” to expand the organization’s capacity and deepen connection with participants at two partner organizations, Rondo Community Library and Episcopal Church Home, from July 2020 – March 2021.

In Progress $10,000.00
Funding for a digital arts and exhibition program that supports 10 youth in using digital art-making to tell the stories of life in the McDonough Homes.

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 Saint Paul between September 2020 and May 2021.

Minhua Chorus $10,000.00
Funding for a full-length concert featuring music and dances related to the evolution of movie and television theme music at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in Saint Paul in November 2020.

Minnesota Guitar Society $10,000.00
Funding for a series of nine concerts at Sundin Music Hall in Saint Paul from September 2020 through June 2021. Concerts will feature international artists as well as locally based guitarists.

Once Were and Again We Are (dba Northern Monday Films) $10,000.00
Funding to score and screen “If You See Something Say Nothing,” a short documentary about human rights violations in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. The project will take place from June to December 2020.

Polish American Medical Society of Minnesota $10,000.00
Funding for Kalejdoskop: Spotlight on Polish Americans in the Twin Cities from July 2020 to May 2021.

Sandbox Theatre $10,000.00
Funding for Light My Way, an artist-developed play exploring generational trauma, mental illness, and transition at the Co-Motion Center for Movement Theater in Saint Paul in October 2020.

Southeast Community Organization $10,000.00
Funding for the Highwood Performance Series in southeast Saint Paul during August 2020.

Teatro del Pueblo $7,984.00
Funding to produce “Real Women Have Curves” in Saint Paul during the spring of 2021.

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library $10,000.00
Funding for the 27th season of the Fireside Reading Series at the Hamline Midway branch of the Saint Paul Public Library in January and February 2021. The series presents diverse literary voices and perspectives.

The Victoria Theater Arts Center $6,999.00
Funding for a multidisciplinary arts workshop series in Frogtown, Saint Paul from July through September 2020.

Trilingua Cinema $7,000.00
Funding for film screenings in East Saint Paul during July and August 2020.

We Were the Lucky Ones from Venezuela $10,000.00
Funding for a documentary film paired with an impact campaign to increase understanding of and empathy with asylum-seekers and displaced Venezuelans living in Minnesota. This project will take place in 2020-21.

zAmya Theater Project $10,000.00
Funding to adapt an original script A Prairie Homeless Companion for a special engagement at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint. Paul during National Hunger and Homelessness Week in November 2020.

Zeitgeist $10,000.00
Funding for 2020-2021 Eric Stokes Song Contest program, including the Eric Stokes Song Contest plus Zeitgeist’s annual Playing it Close to Home concerts and workshops. Activities take place at Studio Z in Saint Paul and the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis.  

Suburban Hennepin County

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra $10,000.00
Funding for a free outdoor Art in the Park concert at Normandale Lake Bandshell in August 2020 and a ticketed family-friendly concert at Masonic Heritage Center in October 2020.

Hammer Residences $10,000.00
Funding for Uncommon Connections: Neurodivergent Story and Performance in Wayzata and Minneapolis from October 2020 to April 2021.

Indian Music Society of Minnesota (IMSOM) $10,000.00
Funding for four chamber concerts and one community festival of Indian classical music in its Fall/Winter 2020 Concert Series.

Washington County

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop $10,000.00
Funding for four introductory creative writing courses in four metro-area prisons in fall 2020.

The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists $10,000.00
Funding for The Singers’ “Considering Matthew Shepard” concert in Mahtomedi in October 2020.


Arts Project Support FY20 Round 2 Awards

On March 24, 2020 the MRAC board awarded $848,046 to 94 organizations/projects in the second 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.

These applications were written and submitted in December 2019 before COVID-19 was a reality. MRAC always allows project changes based on timeline and activities in funded projects and applicant groups can seek such changes if necessary because of the global health situation or other realities.

Anoka County

Fridley Community Education                 $10,000.00
Funding to stage the musical Mamma Mia at the Fridley District Auditorium in July and August of 2020.

Impact Services                   $10,000.00
Funding for Voices of Impact choir rehearsals and performances for people experiencing Dementia and Alzheimers in Coon Rapids from August 2020 through December 2020.

Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project                       $10,000.00
Funding for the Iraqi Voices Storytelling Lab and Photography Exhibit, showcasing two Iraqi Minnesotan photographers and the stories of eight Iraqi Minnesotans, curated by Tricia Heuring. The exhibition will be at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley during Fall 2020.

JOYA! Chamber Music Series                    $10,000.00
Funding for six chamber music concerts presented in July, October, and November 2020, and January, March, and May of 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka.

Northern Starz Theatre                 $7,895.00
Funding for The Awesome 80’s Prom at Northern Starz Theatre Company, in Anoka, during March, April and May of 2020.

Rumriver Art Center                      $10,000.00
Funding for the Emerging Artist 55+ Mentorship Program in Anoka during April through November. This program is designed to provide older adults ages 55+, who never had the opportunity to find their artistic voice during their youth, a chance to explore and find it now.

Carver County

ISD 108 Community Education                $7,000.00
Funding for the 2020 Summer Music and Arts in the Park Series held on nine Thursday evenings in June and July, from 6:30 – 8 pm at Legion Memorial Park in Norwood Young America. An average of 200 community members will attend each week and 25 – 30 youth will participate in the extra art activity added just for them.

JazzMN, Inc.              $10,000.00
Funding for a concert performance by the JazzMN Orchestra featuring guest vocalist Luciana Souza at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres on April 20, 2020

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park                   $10,000.00
Funding for the 2020 Summer Performance Series, three immersive performance/experiences that take place June – August 2020 in the park’s Theater in the Woods Amphitheater in Eagan. 

Chamber Music Lakeville              $3,720.00
Funding for the last two concerts of our 2020 series of four Coffee Concerts at the Lakeville Area Arts Center on April 5th and June 7th 2020.

City of Hastings                    $7,000.00
Funding for Performances in the Park in Hastings from June through September 2020.

City of West St Paul             $10,000.00
Funding for a new art park in West St. Paul during summer 2020. The City has a small park at the corner of Oakdale and Butler that is currently empty. A lack of funding has kept anything except a basic sidewalk and bench from happening there. The City is pursuing ideas to make this a park that encourages and sparks art, a place where art can flourish. We hope to bring the community together to create a mosaic column in the art park to begin creating an atmosphere that encourages creativity.

International Festival of Burnsville                    $9,800.00
Funding for International Festival of Burnsville (IFB) featuring an indoor art exhibit with interactive global cultural display booths in conjunction with outdoor activities showcasing a parade of flags, onstage traditional cultural attire & entertainment from established & emerging Minnesota artists, and an array of ethnic foods & family arts activities.  The festival is held in July 2020 at Nicollet Commons Park & adjacent Ames Center in Burnsville.   

Rosemount Area Arts Council                  $10,000.00
Funding for ArtBlast 2020, a nine-day celebration of the arts, in Rosemount during June 2020.

Velvet Tones            $5,000.00
Funding for eight vocal performances for groups with limited arts access. The performances will take place in the greater metropolitan area between April and June 2020.


Analog Dance Works                      $10,000.00
Funding for Analog Dance Works’ inaugural evening of dance entitled Tellus at the Tek Box in Minneapolis during September 2020.

April Sellers Dance Collective                  $10,000.00
Funding for the final rehearsal and world premiere of Man Blossom Man, a major new work to be presented at The Lab Theater in Minneapolis in November of 2020.

Black Storytellers Alliance                        $10,000.00
Funding for 30th Annual Black Master Storytelling Festival, “Signifyin’ & Testifyin'”, a six-day event during September 2020.

Black Table Arts                  $8,150.00
Funding for eight poetry readings of “A Garden Of Black Joy” in the Twin Cities during April – December 2020.

Combustible Company                   $10,000.00
Funding for “Monsterheart”, a new theater work presented at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis during September 2020. This production will combine a feminist perspective with a poetic approach to take a fresh look at Mary Shelley’s classic “Frankenstein,” focusing on the life of its author and her relationship to her husband, the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

DisabiliTease Festival                    $10,000.00
Funding for DisabiliTease Festival at LUSH in Minneapolis during July 2020.

Drama Interaction              $10,000.00
Funding to conduct a specialized Parent-Teacher-Child Training Project that lays the groundwork for the creative life of special-needs children in the Twin Cities’ East African-American population at an early period in their lives. This project will take place during April – August 2020 at St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development in Minneapolis.

Hauss Dance             $10,000.00
Funding for Inbox@Artbox in Minneapolis during July 2020

Hope Community, Inc.                    $10,000.00
Funding for Power of Vision Community Mural Project which includes community historical and cultural research, and the design and production of a public mural in south Minneapolis. The project will take place from March – November 2020.

Katha Dance Theatre                     $10,000.00
Funding dance/theater work, BLACK CANDLE, a tribute to the women of Bangladesh, India, Nepal & Pakistan now in the Twin Cities. Based on the poetry of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, the show combines spoken text and music with Kathak dance. The concert will be held in May 2020 at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis.

Kulture Klub Collaborative                       $10,000.00
Funding for Poetic Justice with Keno Evol, a 12-week creative writing series for youth ages 16-24 experiencing homelessness, in Minneapolis during spring & summer 2020.

Mixed Precipitation                        $9,905.00
Funding for the12th annual Picnic Operetta tours to community gardens, farms, orchards, and vineyards. 10 performances in 2020 throughout the Twin Cities will feature a lively adaptation of Gluck’s 1774, Iphigénie en Aulide, with a multi-generational cast, an epic story of climate crisis, and tasty bites.

MPLS (imPulse)                   $5,505.00
Funding for MPLS (impulse) to present two thematic choral programs in the Twin Cities in nontraditional performance venues during the May and June 2020.

One Dance Company                      $8,407.00
Funding for One Dance Company’s performance of Out Pour in Minneapolis during September 2020.

Poetry for People                $6,263.00
Funding for Poetry and Pie in the Park in Powderhorn Park summer 2020 and to commission poet Lisa Brimmer to create a winter solstice poem that will be sent in the mail to participants of the event in December 2020.   

Purple Playground             $10,000.00
Funding for Purple Playground’s “Academy of Prince,” a two-week summer music program for youth in Minneapolis and Saint Paul during August 2020.

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment                $10,000.00
Funding for Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota in Minneapolis during April – December 2020.

Rhythmically Speaking                  $10,000.00
Funding for Rhythmically Speaking presents . . . The Cohort 2020, a new program supporting the shared development of new work by local and national choreographers inspired by jazz and American social dance ideas. This project will culminate in a production at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis in August 2020.

SAATH (formerly Bollywood Dance Scene)                   $10,000.00
Funding for five (5) episodes of a Bollywood web series to be filmed, edited, and released during March – December 2020.

Salsa Fiesta               $10,000.00
Funding for Minnesota Salsa Fiesta, a music and dance collaboration and celebration featuring live salsa ensembles and Latin dance performance groups. The event will feature a series of open workshops concluding with a final event at the Mill City Ruins in Minneapolis during July 2020.

Sod House Theater             $10,000.00
Funding for Arla Mae’s Booyah Wagon. Performances will take place during August 2020 in Minneapolis and Hastings.

TaikoArts Midwest             $10,000.00
Funding for the DIA+ Collaborative Concert with Enso Daiko at the Rarig Center in Minneapolis during June 2020.

Taja Will Ensemble             $10,000.00
Funding for Blood Language, a new ensemble contemporary dance by choreographer Taja Will, to premiere in Minneapolis during Fall 2020/ Winter 2021 season at the Cedar Cultural Center.

Tangible Collective             $10,000.00
Funding for the 3rd Annual Tangible Showcase in North Minneapolis during July 2020.

Tasks Unlimited, Inc.                      $7,000.00
Funding for Creating Arts Learning Activities for people with mental illness during May – June 2020 in Minneapolis; and during September – October 2020 in Brookyln Park.

The Full Moon Puppet Show                     $10,000.00
Funding for the spring 2020 and fall 2020 Full Moon Puppet Show at Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library                $10,000.00
Funding for Minneapolis Art Lending Library Events in April 2020 at the Northeast Recreation Center and July 2020 at North Commons Recreation Center.

Twin Cities Iranian Culture Week                       $9,360.00
Funding for Twin Cities Iranian Culture Week in Minneapolis during August 2020.

Vibrant and Safe Downtown                     $10,000.00
Funding for Year 2 of Beyond the Box, a series of six free performing arts events on Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis during summer 2020.

Wavelets Creative               $7,000.00
Funding for the ongoing and roving iNMiGRATiON performance installation series in Minneapolis during summer 2020 at Midtown Farmers Market in June, Longfewllow Roth Arts Grain Elevator in August/September, and Midtown Farmers Market in October.

Whittier Alliance                 $10,000.00
Funding for the Eat Street Food, Music, & Arts Festival in Minneapolis during September 2020. 

Scott County

Lao Culture Dance and Fashion Show                 $7,000.00
Funding to teach students traditional Lao dance and support a Lao New Year celebration in Savage during March – July, 2020.

Saint Paul

113                 $10,000.00
Funding for the Twin Cities New Music Festival in Saint Paul during May 2020.

Beijing Chinese Culture Center                $10,000.00
Funding to support a full-length concert entitled “My Life in Minnesota (2) – Chinese Women in Minnesota” in December 2020 at Benson Greater Hall at Bethel University.

Cerenity Senior Care- Humboldt             $10,000.00
Funding for quality arts programing for low income seniors, including living theater, watercolor classes, and poetry groups from May 2020- June 2021 in St. Paul.

Creative Enterprise Zone              $10,000.00
Funding for ChromaZone Mural and Art Festival in Saint Paul during September 2020.

Cypher Side              $10,000.00
Funding for Cypher Side’s Spring Dance Showcase in St. Paul in June 2020.

DanceCo                    $10,000.00
Funding to produce Wolf Tales in St. Paul during October 2020.

Film Score Fest                    $10,000.00
Funding for Film Score Fest in St. Paul from April through October 2020.

Gender Reel              $9,000.00
Funding for Gender Reel’s 10 year anniversary celebration during May 2020.

Giving Voice             $10,000.00
Funding for the Giving Voice St. Paul Chorus project for people with dementia and their care partners to participate in a dementia-friendly chorus that fosters joy, well-being, purpose, and community understanding through weekly chorus rehearsals and bi-annual public concerts. Concerts will be held at Sundin Music Hall in St. Paul during December 2020 and May/June 2021. 

Hmong Women of Minnesota with Disabilities            $10,000.00
Funding for the production of a broadcast-quality documentary film paired with an effective impact campaign which will demystify misunderstandings about Hmong women with disabilities. The project will take place from April 2020 – June 2021 in Saint Paul.

Lower Phalen Creek Project                     $8,408.00
Funding for Lower Phalen Creek Project to partner with arts organization Oyate Hotanin, to engage Dakota, Hmong, and African American artists as well as community members to create culturally-inspired patterns of flowers that outline the future restored Phalen Creek on public land south of Lake Phalen. Volunteers will engage participants in the cultural and natural importance of restoring the creek. The flower art will remain for 2 days in Summer 2020.

Lowertown Blues Festival             $10,000.00
Funding for the Lowertown Blues Festival in St. Paul’s Mears Park during July 2020. 

Make a Scene Scenario Festival               $10,000.00
Funding for Make a Scene Scenario Festival in Saint Paul in August 2020.

Midwest Special Services, Inc.                  $7,000.00
Funding for beatboxing and musical improvisation workshops for adults with disabilities at all six Midwest Special Services locations over the first half of 2021.

Million Artist Movement               $10,000.00
Funding for Arts Workshop Series in Saint Paul and Minneapolis during April through December 2020.

Mizna             $10,000.00
Funding for two issues of “Mizna”, in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2020. This project entails publishing two 2020 issues of our biannual journal; creating a more robust online presence for the journal; and presenting journal release readings, a weeklong residency with workshop from visiting novelist Randa Jarrar, and other events that stem from and support the literary publication.

New Day Community Voice                       $7,000.00
Funding for Song Circle Project in Saint Paul during April-November 2020, to continue collaboration with NEW DAY Community Voice singers who live in Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing at St. Christopher Place and Dorothy Day Place in Saint Paul, and CorVoce Chamber Choir.

One Voice Mixed Chorus                $10,000.00
Funding for One Voice Mixed Chorus to present “Re-Membering: Homecoming & Exile”, a performance that parallels Minnesota’s history of both refuge and exile for LGBTQ people and Dakota and Ojibwe nations, to be performed June 20 & 21, 2020 at the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul and July 4 & 5, 2020 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. The concert tells the real stories of Minnesota individuals and communities whose voices have been hidden or silenced, and is brought to life by life-sized puppets.

Rain Taxi Inc.                       $10,000.00
Funding for the 20th annual Twin Cities Book Festival, featuring Minnesota authors, publishers, booksellers, and book artists, as well as 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 2020. 

Sospiri                       $10,000.00
Funding for Sospiri 2020 Programming in St. Paul/Minneapolis during October and December 2020.

TruArtSpeaks                      $10,000.00
Funding for Re-Verb Open Mic in Saint Paul during 2020-2021. The Re-Verb Open Mic is an intergenerational, multi-disciplinary, dialogical space in which artists and audience convene to engage with art through public performance, exhibition, dialogue and guided response on a weekly basis. It has an eight year history of serving as a safe space for artists in all stages of their career and a reputation for being a “beginning” for some of Minnesota’s greats.

Urban Roots MN                  $10,000.00
Funding for Urban Roots, River Story Gathering in St. Paul during the summer of 2020. Urban Roots youth with core arts partner other media group, and city partner Great River Passage Initiative proposes a multidisciplinary story and image gathering project engaging Saint Paul East Side communities in conversation about their relationships to the natural world. 

Suburban Hennepin County

Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs               $10,000.00
Funding for choral workshops from January – March 2021 with the professional choral ensemble CANTUS for the 40th Anniversary Season.

ArtStart                     $10,000.00
Funding for Posibilidades de Polinizador, a collaboration with Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and organizations in Richfield & Bloomington from March 2020 – May 2021. Participants will have opportunities to work with Latinx and Spanish speaking naturalist and artists to learn how to care for MN pollinators while creating Pollinator Puppets, a Purépecha story cloth/banner on the Monarch life cycle and migration, and a Nicho or home for bees.

Chain Reaction Theatre Project               $10,000.00
Funding for eight performances of “White Privilege;” in Edina, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Chaska, Minnetonka, Hopkins and Forest Lake in May 2020.

Cross Community Players             $10,000.00
Funding for seven performances of the musical, “Mamma Mia!” at Osseo Senior High School in July 2020. Cross Community Players has a unique dual mission of providing a quality artistic theater experience and an awareness of hunger within the community.

Honeywell Concert Band               $2,900.00
Funding for band rehearsals and 8-9 concerts presented at care centers, assisted living centers, senior housing complexes, and public parks. The performances will take place from late March through mid October 2020.

Plymouth Concert Band                $8,700.00
Funding for five free, accessible concerts, including one multi-concert series, to be rehearsed and performed at venues in and near Plymouth from May 2020 – March 2021.

Richfield Community Education              $10,000.00
Funding for Richfield Community Education to partner with several community organizations to create and implement arts offerings for older adults in two community living facilities and for the community at large at the Central Education Center. Activities will be specifically designed for older adult learners to meet their areas of interest and enhance their quality of life. Classes will be offered September – December 2020 and January – March 2021.

Siengkane Lao MN               $6,913.00
Funding for Siengkane Lao MN performance group to perform 12 traditional Lao dances at six events in Hennepin county during spring/summer 2020.

Story Arts of Minnesota                 $6,000.00
Funding for StoryFest 2020, a storytelling and spoken word festival in partnership with Normandale Community College in Bloomington during May 2020.

Thai Cultural Council of Minnesota (St Louis Park)                $10,000.00
Funding for MinnesoThai Food and Culture Festival in St. Louis Park during May 2020.

Vail Place                  $9,000.00
Funding for the Arts Participation project, providing opportunities for Vail Place members living with serious mental illnesses to express themselves and their lived experiences through a collaborative theater and storytelling project with the History Theatre. Workshops will be offered in Minneapolis and Hopkins during fall/winter 2020 – 2021 and will culminate in a final event at the History Theatre.

Westonka Community Theatre                $10,000.00
Funding for the presentation of The Wizard of Oz at Westonka Performing Arts Center in Minnetrista during July 2020.

Suburban Ramsey County

Ecumen Lakeview Commons                    $6,820.00
Funding for three nine-session art classes taught by artists from COMPAS at Ecumen Lakeview Commons in Maplewood from April 2020 to March 2021.

Mural Arts Collective                     $10,000.00
Funding for the Mural Club at Roseville Area Middle School during April – September 2020.

Roseville Parks and Recreation               $7,000.00
Funding for Live at the Rog performance series in Roseville during summer of 2020.

Washington County

ArtReach St. Croix               $10,000.00
Funding for the Mobile Art Gallery’s Summer 2020 programming at 3 parks in the St. Croix Valley.

Encore Wind Ensemble                 $10,000.00
Funding to support seven concerts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and the Charles B. Olson Young Composers Contest from March 2020 through May 2021.

FamilyMeans                        $7,000.00
Funding for the Landfall Teen Podcast Project in the mobile home city of Landfall between October 2020 and May 2021. Ten Landfall teens will write, produce, and record a new narrative podcast that gives voice to their ideas, hopes and/or concerns. The podcast will be publicly shared at a community listening party and through the StoryArk Network app, to become featured on Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Sound Cloud, Spotify, and Google Play.

Marine Film Society                        $7,000.00
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. 

Music Saint Croix                $10,000.00
Funding for two chamber music programs, St. Croix Celebration and Jokesters & Pranksters, at the Courthouse in Stillwater during October-November 2020

The Belwin Conservancy               $7,000.00
Funding for Music in the Trees taking place at Belwin Conservancy in Afton, MN on August 15 and 16, 2020. The event will feature 20 performers in a red pine grove and an hour-long performance by the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent.

Valley Friendship Club                  $7,500.00
Funding for a theater/arts camp and performance in Stillwater in June 2020.

Vets for Music                      $8,800.00
Funding for a one day, free music festival to honor our nation’s Veterans’, to be held at Richard Walton Park in Oakdale MN in July 2020.

Washington County 4-H Federation                   $5,000.00
Funding for Washington County 4-H Arts-In, a four-day intensive performing arts camp for youth in grades 7 through their first post-secondary year. The camp takes place at the Washington County Fairgrounds in July and culminates with performances at the Washington County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair in July, August, and September 2020.

Z-Fest             $8,000.00
Funding for the Z-Fest Film Festival during March 2021 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Woodbury and the Radisson Blue Hotel in Bloomington.

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