Recent Capital Grant Awards

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
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
Funding to purchase a high definition professional audio recording studio computer system for the recording studio and learning facility.


BareBones Productions $7,423.00
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Funding to purchase a van to provide transportation for students.

Open Eye Figure Theatre $10,000.00
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
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
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
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
Funding to update instruments and equipment needed for youth and adult workshops and performances.

Gender Reel $4,762.00
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
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
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
Funding to purchase dance costumes for the youth dancers of the group.

Shakespearean Youth Theatre $9,880.00
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
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
Funding to purchase frequency-agile UHF wireless microphone systems.

Katha Dance Theatre $8,656.00
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
Funding to purchase technology and associated software and supplies that will help the organization build office workflows and protocols.


FY 2018 Capital Grant Awards

On November 29, 2017, MRAC awarded $144,222 to 18 organizations in its FY 2018 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 2018 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.

Anoka County

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts $6,446.00
Funding to purchase an interactive wall panel to professionalize artist presentations and class experience through better demo viability, and increase the rental potential of the classroom.

Dakota County

Eagan Art Festival $5,331.00
Funding for a laptop computer, desk monitor, iPads, a printer, hotspots and software to increase the efficiency of the organization and to create an improved artist and customer experience.

Rosemount Area Arts Council $10,000.00
Funding to purchase signage to enhance marketing efforts, including two pull-up signs with carrrying cases, four feather-flag signs to be used outside to announce events, and 232 banners flags to be installed on city lamp posts announcing major events.


Art Shanty Projects $10,000.00
Funding for laptop computers, mobile devices, a printer, communication tools, consultant, and associated software, protective gear, and supplies to increase organizational capacity and individual giving.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance $10,000.00
Funding to replace the current roof of the dance school.

Nimbus Theatre $10,000.00
Funding to purchase a new personnel lift for their venue, The Crane Theater.

Rosy Simas Danse $8,497.00
Funding to purchase three video projectors, a computer, audio and video software, data storage, and a HD TV monitor to create and integrate film work in their dances for their upcoming tour.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum $1,330.00
Funding to purchase two new laptop computers and the PastPerfect museum software Network Upgrade to increase capacity and effectiveness in managing collections.

Saint Paul

113 $10,000.00
Funding to purchase a microphones and associated equipment, video cameras including lenses and associated equipment, editing software, office equipment and miscellaneous items.

Dangerous Productions $2,736.00
Funding for a new laptop computer to replace the personal computer now being used by the organization in an effort to support organizational mission.

Hmong Cultural Center $5,000.00
Funding to purchase iPads/stands to be used in a permanent exhibit on the Hmong Folk Arts tradition.

In Progress $10,000.00
Funding to purchase professional quality photography, video, and post-production tools for media artists living in Saint Paul.

Keane Sense of Rhythm $5,594.00
Funding to purchase two new replacement computers and two iPads for use in the classroom to assist teaching staff.

Pan Asian Arts Alliance $10,000.00
Funding to purchase dance costumes to empower low income and at-risk youth through dance.

Suburban Hennepin County

Blossoms of the Orient Dance Theater $10,000.00
Funding to purchase 60 sets of Hmong costumes to be used in outreach performances.

Continental Ballet Company $9,288.00
Funding to purchase industrial strength costume racks, covers, and tutu bags to increase organizational and artistic capacity.

Wayzata Symphony Orchestra $10,000.00
Funding for seven large percussion instruments and the associated stands, mallets, and covers for storage.

Washington County

Square Lake Film & Music Festival $10,000.00
Funding to acquire a high power HD projector to showcase animation and film projects at the annual festival and other independent film/animation events produced throughout the year.


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