Recent Capital Grant Awards

FY20 CAPITAL Grant Awards

On November 19, 2019 the MRAC board awarded $198,004 to 23 organizations in the Capital grant program. With Capital grant funding, grantees will be able to purchase equipment and related supplies and services, or to make capital improvements, in order to advance the mission of the group and make a significant or long-term impact to the organization.

The Capital grant funds will provide arts organizations in the Twin Cities Metro area with resources and expertise to continue with strong arts engagement with the communities. This program is intended to make structural investments in groups who are achieving both high artistic engagement with their communities and those with potential for organizational growth and advancement.

This grant program is made possible by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. Geographic listings represent the county where the arts organization is located; note that Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from the Suburban Hennepin and Suburban Ramsey counties.

Anoka  County

Northern Starz Theatre                 $10,000.00
www.northernstarz.org
Funding to install open-cell ceiling foam to decrease noise and echo in the rehearsal studio, along with adding sound and lights, to make the space accessible for small venue rental to other arts organizations.

Rumriver Art Center                      $10,000.00
www.rumriverart.com
Funding to improve the ceramics studio by installing an air ventilation system, kiln vent, refurbishing the current flooring, removing a wall to expand the studio space, and replacing the single utility sink with a double utility sink to accommodate the growth and provide a healthier environment for staff and artists.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park                   $8,212.00
www.caponiartpark.org
Funding to bring safe, reliable electricity to the four activity centers within the park.

International Friendship Through the Performing Arts                    $5,471.00
www.iftpausa.com/index.html
Funding to purchase 2 video cameras and accessoriies to help promote artists and archive organizational activities in a professional way.

Twin Cities Catalyst Music, Inc                 $10,000.00
twincitiescatalystmusic.org
Funding to purchase professional high definition video production equipment for the recording studio and educational facility.

Minneapolis

Art Buddies              $8,602.50
http://www.artbuddies.org/
Funding to purchase a logo-ed cargo trailer to transport art supplies to schools and community programs to increase organizational accessibility, awareness, capacity, and efficiency.

Courageous heARTS                       $9,495.00
http://www.courageous-hearts.org/
Funding to invest in computers and digital technology that will be used to offer a variety of organizational programming.

Frank Theatre                      $9,165.00
http://www.franktheatre.org
Funding to upgrade the organization’s electronic capabilities, including the purchase of new computers, software, and accessories to increase out organizational capability, efficiency, and portability. 

Improv Parenting               $1,640.00
www.improvparenting.com
Funding to purchase equipment for events, including key props, uniforms and wagons for ease of transportation.\

Jawaahir Dance Company             $9,950.00
http://www.jawaahir.org
Funding to upgrade antiquated lighting systems and improve sounds systems in their Studio Theater.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance                        $10,000.00
ljpschoolofdance.org
Funding to update the organization’s building heating and cooling system.

Open Eye Figure Theatre               $10,000.00
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding for a technology upgrade to increase organizational and artistic capacity through the purchase of 5 new computers and software.

Southern Theater                $10,000.00
https://www.southerntheater.org/
Funding to purchase a new or refurbished Genie for use in the theater to replace old unreliable Genie and increase access, efficiency and higher safety standards for artists and crew.

TaikoArts Midwest             $10,000.00
www.taikoartsmidwest.org
Funding to purchase 8 new taiko drums to increase artistic range and capacity.

Weavers Guild of Minnesota                     $10,000.00
www.weaversguildmn.org
Funding to purchase eight table looms and related use, transport, and storage equipment to increase the organization’s artistic capacity.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre                      $7,792.00
http://www.zorongo.org
Funding to construct a 40 lineal foot by 8′ high wall to permanently attached 30 lineal feet of mirrors in their dance studio.

Saint Paul

Celtic Junction Arts Center                        $10,000.00
celticjunction.org
Funding for theatrical drapes and AV equipment to create a second well-equipped performance space, and to refit a kiosk for efficiency, storage, and service.

Center for Irish Music                    $10,000.00
www.centerforirishmusic.org
Funding to purchase new lobby furniture, a large entryway banner, framed photos of student musicians and a fresh coat of paint to create an improved customer experience, and increase the Center for Irish Music’s presence in the Celtic Junction building.

In Progress               $10,000.00
http://in-progress.org/
Funding to purchase professional quality digital creation tools, including two camera bodies, professional lenses, live recording microphones, steady cams, and on board lights for use by media artists living in Saint Paul.

Nautilus Music-Theater                 $10,000.00
www.nautilusmusictheater.org
Funding for new and more sophisticated lighting equipment to be installed in the Lowertown studio allowing artists more flexibility in designing and presenting new work.

Suburban Ramsey County

Rosetown Playhouse                      $9,641.00
www.rosetownplayhouse.org
Funding to purchase new sound equipment and a computer to increase dependability and quality of sound in performances.

Washington County

East Metro Symphony Orchestra             $1,020.00
www.emso.org
Funding to purchase a sound system, including one speaker, one microphone, and supplies, to enhance the experience of its audiences.

Harmonic Relief                  $7,015.00
www.harmonicrelief.org
Funding to purchase a portable digital keyboard and portable sound equipment (sound board, wireless mics, speakers, peripherals) to increase capacity to perform at free concert venues and senior residences.

FY19 CAPITAL Grant Awards

On November 27, 2018 the MRAC board awarded $239,138 to 26 organizations in the Capital grant program. With Capital grant funding, grantees will be able to purchase equipment and related supplies and services, or to make capital improvements, in order to advance the mission of the group and make a significant or long-term impact to the organization.

This grant program is made possible by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. Geographic listings represent the county where the arts organization is located; note that Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from the Suburban Hennepin and Suburban Ramsey counties.

Dakota County

Rosemount Area Arts Council $10,000.00
www.rosemountarts.com
Funding to purchase 9 Mic Bodypacks, 12 earset microphones, 3 lavalier microphones, 2 handheld microphones and 1 antenna distribution system to improve the quality of the sound in the auditorium for plays and other performances.

Twin Cities Catalyst Music, Inc $10,000.00
twincitiescatalystmusic.org
Funding to purchase a high definition professional audio recording studio computer system for the recording studio and learning facility.

Minneapolis

BareBones Productions $7,423.00
http://www.barebonespuppets.org/
Funding to purchase the Eternal Lighting Cube Echo System 5, Ape Light Maxi, and Ape Light Transceiver in order to have a new lighting system for theatrical and other event productions.

Bollywood Dance Scene $9,273.00
http://bollywooddancescene.org/
Funding to purchase a computer and acquire a sound system and stage lighting to brighten up community performances.

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center $10,000.00
www.cafac.org
Funding to purchase three portable fume extractors, each equipped with three flexible ventilation arms, to improve health and safety for artists and students.

Full Circle Theater Company $8,870.00
www.fullcircletheatermn.org
Funding to purchase computers, iPads, a printer, and a video camera, along with basic office furniture for the purpose of increasing the organizational and artistic capacity of the organization.

Heart of Dance $4,290.00
www.heartofdancemn.org
Funding to purchase two new laptop computers, software, and a printer/scanner to support the work of the new Development Team.

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

Inverted Arts $10,000.00
www.invertedarts.org
Funding to purchase 10 Canon DSLR camera kits and accessories, and 2 Macbook Pros with photo editing software for the “Photo-Storytelling Project.”

Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project $6,996.00
www.reconciliationproject.org
Funding to purchase two new laptop computers, two iPads, associated software, a printer, a projector screen, office furniture, and appliances to increase organizational and artistic capacity and effectively create spaces for meaningful dialogue.

Kairos Alive! $10,000.00
http://www.kairosalive.org
Funding to purchase a large group sound amplification speaker system for use in large events; two smaller mini systems for use in smaller group events and training sessions; and a computer and related equipment for online arts training outreach.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance $10,000.00
ljpschoolofdance.org
Funding to purchase a van to provide transportation for students.

Open Eye Figure Theatre $10,000.00
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding to replace the outdated and failing lighting control console in order to increase the capabilities of the theater’s technical infrastructure and fully support theater, dance, music, and puppetry makers.

TaikoArts Midwest $10,000.00
www.taikoartsmidwest.org
Funding to purchase one set of concert drum stands, one set of outreach stands, and one large “gekko” drum to increase the quality and range of artistic performances.

The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts $10,000.00
www.stpaulschurchmpls.org
Funding to install a new tile floor, purchase and install rubber matting at mosaic work stations, install commercial air cleaner to control dust and irritants, and purchase new organizational shelving.

Saint Paul

Center for Hmong Arts and Talent $10,000.00
www.aboutchat.org
Funding to purchase media and office equipment to increase capacity to support the Hmong artist community, increase impact on present programs, and begin new social enterprise projects.

El Arco Iris $10,000.00
www.elarcoirismn.org
Funding to update instruments and equipment needed for youth and adult workshops and performances.

Gender Reel $4,762.00
https://www.genderreel.com/
Funding to purchase two new laptops, an HD Camcorder, a tripod, 2 copies of Microsoft Office Home & Business, and Apple Care.

In Progress $10,000.00
in-progress.org
Funding to purchase professional quality digital post-production tools, including 4 laptops with software, for media artists living in Saint Paul.

Minnesota Brass, Inc. $10,000.00
www.mnbrassinc.org
Funding to purchase 18 marching drums and carriers to support multiple marching ensembles and fulfill the mission of the organization.

Pan Asian Arts Alliance $10,000.00
www.panasianartsalliance.org
Funding to purchase dance costumes for the youth dancers of the group.

Shakespearean Youth Theatre $9,880.00
sytmn.org
Funding to purchase stage curtains, walk-along track and rigging hardware to be installed around the perimeter of the performance area in the studio, transforming the space into an adaptable performance venue and classroom.

Zeitgeist $8,988.00
www.zeitgeistnewmusic.org
Funding to purchase recording microphones, interface, and computer to increase the number of recordings made by the organization and participating musicians.

Suburban Hennepin County

Cross Community Players $10,000.00
www.crossplayers.org
Funding to purchase frequency-agile UHF wireless microphone systems.

Katha Dance Theatre $8,656.00
www.kathadance.org
Funding to commission 3 sets of authentic costumes that accurately convey Kathak traditions and can be used in company productions, plus a new camera & color printer to reproduce exceptional images of these costumes to more effectively communicate the artistry to potential presenters, funders, and the media.

Suburban Ramsey County

Brownbody $10,000.00
www.brownbody.org
Funding to purchase technology and associated software and supplies that will help the organization build office workflows and protocols.

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