Recent Capital Grant Awards

FY 2017 Capital Grant Awards

On November 23, 2016, MRAC awarded $152,610 to 19 organizations in its FY 2017 Capital grant program. The Capital grant program offers grants of up to $10,000 for arts organizations to purchase equipment and related supplies and services, or to make capital improvements. Awarded projects must advance the organization’s mission, have the potential for long-term impact, and show evidence of thorough planning.

The following list of the FY 2017 Capital grantees is sorted by county of affiliation and includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees’ websites. Groups located in Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey counties.

Dakota County

Chamber Music Lakeville  $6,540
Funding to purchase an acoustical shell to enhance the sound quality to benefit performers and audiences.

Rosemount Area Arts Council     $2,568
www.rosemountarts.com
Funding to purchase an electric piano to support theatrical performances’ pit orchestras, accompany vocal competitions, and other professional musician performances.

Minneapolis

20% Theatre Company      $7,182
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding to purchase two new laptop computers, a printer, and associated software and supplies to increase organizational and artistic capacity.

Alive & Kickin          $10,000
http://aliveandkickinmn.org
Funding to purchase new seating for the performers, staging platforms, and carts to move the equipment which will make touring with the senior citizen cast more efficient.

ArtiCulture   $4,633
www.articulture.org
Funding to replace tables, chairs, and shelving. New faucets and sink plumbing components will also be purchased and installed.

Bollywood Dance Scene     $6,855
http://bollywooddancescene.org/
Funding to purchase a computer, iPad, and accompanying software, accessories and subscriptions to optimally manage the arts organization.

Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts    $10,000
www.mnglassart.org
Funding to purchase and install two large and modern annealing ovens for the glass studio.

Kairos Alive!            $10,000
http://www.kairosalive.org
Funding to replace and augment computers, presentation and office equipment, and purchase software to support performing arts programming, video production, and essential administrative support.

Nimbus Theatre      $10,000
http://www.nimbustheatre.com
Funding to purchase additional theatrical lighting equipment for the expanded studio space in their new location in NE Minneapolis.

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association           $4,027
www.nemaa.org
Funding to purchase equipment and software to support organizational growth. Specific items to be purchased include a work station and portable laptop.

She Rock She Rock  $10,000
http://www.sherocksherock.org
Funding to purchase technology equipment to run the Beats By Girlz classes throughout the Twin Cities area.

Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater          $10,000
www.stuartpimsler.com
Funding to purchase video equipment to expand the capabilities and range of the Performance Works and Community Connections programs through the integration of video.

Twin Cities Tap Festival    $10,000
www.twincitiestap.com
Funding to have a custom wood floor built that can be used for the annual festival and other tap needs throughout the year.

St. Paul

Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education   $2,005
http://www.dfje.org/
Funding to purchase a computer and associated hardware, software, and training  to keep all organization files in one place.

In Progress   $10,000
http://in-progress.org/
Funding to purchase media equipment to support the Nexus Digital Arts Access Program serving media artists.

The Baroque Room            $10,000
www.thebaroqueroom.com
Funding to purchase a harpsichord to be used by musicians and be a source of income to the organization as a rental instrument to local ensembles.

Suburban Hennepin County

Maggie’s Farm Free-Range Theater        $10,000
http://www.maggiesfarmtheater.com/
Funding to purchase and install a theatrical lighting system to improve operations in their new theater space in the Little Theater in St. Louis Park.

Suburban Ramsey County
Dark & Stormy Productions         $8,800
www.darkstormy.org
Funding to make updates to the space at Studio 202 of Artspace’s Grain Belt Warehouse to improve access, cooling, and lighting and sound systems for the theater group.

Lakeshore Players  $10,000
www.lakeshoreplayers.org
Funding to purchase six lavalier “body” microphones, transmitters, receivers and a sound console for use in plays and musical productions to improve the artistic experience for both participants and attendees.


FY 2016 Capital Grant Awards

On November 24 2015, MRAC awarded $189,025 to 22 organizations in its FY 2016 Capital grant program. The Capital grant program offers grants of up to $10,000 for arts organizations to purchase equipment and related supplies and services, or to make capital improvements. Awarded projects must advance the organization’s mission, have the potential for long-term impact, and show evidence of thorough planning.

The following list of the FY 2016 Capital grantees is sorted by county of affiliation and includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees’ websites. Groups located in Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey counties.
Minneapolis 

Alive & Kickin $7,100.00 
http://aliveandkickinmn.org
Funding to purchase two computers, a printer and a keyboard  to complete the organization’s new office and rehearsal space at Heritage Park Senior Services Center in Minneapolis.

Hopewell North Music Cooperative $10,000.00 
www.hopewellmusic.com
Funding to purchase 10 Yamaha keyboards, a keyboard lab controller, wooden piano stands, keyboard benches and 20 headphones, for group lessons.

Indian Music Society of Minnesota (IMSOM) $10,000.00 
www.imsom.org
Funding to purchase professional sound equipment, recording and post-processing equipment to record and archive concerts, workshops and lecture-demonstrations.

Inverted Arts $10,000.00 
www.invertedarts.org
Funding to purchase two professional music recording systems to be used by students to compose and record  professional quality songs.

Jawaahir Dance Company $6,450.00 
http://www.jawaahir.org
Funding for office and communications upgrades as well as visual teaching tools for the dance studio.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance $10,000.00 
Funding to replace an exterior door and renovate the breezeway, to the dance studio.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association $2,248.00 www.mplspops.org
Funding for a 15-inch MacBook Pro to be used for orchestra administration  including website management, database management, financial management, and other associated activities.

Rain Taxi Inc. $9,280.00 
www.raintaxi.com
Funding for a desktop computer, ipad, and new desks for a workspace overhaul for organizational operations.

She Rock She Rock $10,000.00 
http://www.girlsrocknrollretreat.com/fr_index.cfm
Funding to purchase amps, drums, and keyboards for an expanded 2016 Girls Rock and Roll Retreat, and i-pads to be used as teaching tools.

Soo Visual Arts Center $10,000.00 http://www.soovac.org
Funding for facility improvements to enhance day-to-day operations. Includes a kitchen/utility space and  meeting space for staff and community members to use.

Weavers Guild of Minnesota $4,590.00 
www.weaversguildmn.org
Funding to purchase an array of spinning tools, enabling spinning artists to advance their skills and techniques.

St. Paul 

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop $5,820.00 
www.mnprisonwriting.org
Funding to purchase basic office equipment and software to support the incoming Executive Director in a newly donated office space.

One Voice Mixed Chorus $7,020.00 
www.onevoicemn.org
Funding for the purchase of an additional set of risers, and sound equipment to amplify the chorus in an outdoor setting.

Saint Paul Ballet $10,000.00 
www.spballet.org
Funding for a portable dance floor, portable barres, transport handcarts  and a trailer for storage and delivery.

Savage Umbrella $7,713.00 
www.savageumbrella.org
Funding for new flooring, sound dampening panel materials, sound mixing equipment, and lighting infrastructure to use in the organization’s new SPACE studio at Vandalia Tower, St Paul.

Walker West Music Academy $10,000.00 
http://www.walkerwest.org
Funding for “Music Lives Here”, a capital project that will install a large-scale Ta-coumba Aiken art fabrication, signage, lighting, and branding elements on more than 2,000 square feet of exterior at Walker West’s new community music center on Selby Avenue  in St. Paul.

Suburban Hennepin County

Cross Community Players $10,000.00 
crossplayers.org
Funding to purchase theatrical lighting equipment in order to provide precise stage lighting along with consistent and reliable illumination for various performance venues.

Lakeshore Players $10,000.00 
www.lakeshoreplayers.com
Funding to purchase new projectors and supporting equipment to improve artistic capacity, communication and administrative ability.

Medalist Concert Band $10,000.00 
http://www.medalistband.com/
Funding to purchase musical library storage systems, and move the organization’s music library

Yellow Tree Theatre $10,000.00 
www.yellowtreetheatre.com
Funding to purchase lighting instruments to significantly improve lighting design capacity, and better conserve resources with efficient upgrades.

4 Community Theatre $9,444.00 
http://www.4communitytheatre.org/Funding to improve sound amplification with the purchase of eight new wireless microphones as part of a multi-phase plan.

Washington County
Locally Grown Theatre $9,360.00 
www.locallygrowntheatre.org
Funding to purchase an enclosed cargo trailer, equipped with a generator, as well as tools, to increase the mobility and flexibility of productions.