Recent Grant Awards

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FY 2017 Arts Learning Round 2

On April 25, 2017, MRAC awarded $216,696 to 23 organizations/projects in the second round of its FY 2017 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of and/or through the arts for children, youth, and adults by engaging people in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. The Arts Learning grant program is a direct result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. Geographic listings represent the county where the arts learning programming will take place; note that Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from the Suburban Hennepin and Suburban Ramsey counties.

Minneapolis

20% Theatre Company $10,000.00
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding to further develop 20% Theatre's Apprentice Program. Ten high school or college students will serve as apprentices for 20% Theatre's two fall 2017 productions.

Black Table Arts $10,000.00
Funding for the Black Lines Matter, a program for black writers to study poetic craft through protest poetry and create and share new work. Activities will take place at The Loft Literary Center every other Saturday from April 2017 through April 2018.

COLLIDE Theatrical $10,000.00
www.collidetheatrical.org
Funding to support a Musical Theater Jazz Dance class that will be held bi-weekly for forty-eight weeks beginning in June 2017 at The Ritz Theater. This class will be free for all COLLIDE Company Members and Apprentices and will feature five master instructors.

Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra $9,966.00
friendsofmnorch.org
Funding for Kinder Konzerts on the Road, a music residency project to support and enhance literacy for young learners. Activities will take place during the 2017-18 school year in St Paul's Linwood Monroe Arts Plus school and Minneapolis' Citiview Community School with - pre-K, Kindergarten and First grade students.

Heart of Dance $10,000.00
www.heartofdancemn.org
Funding for Dancing Classrooms, a program that provides 20 ballroom dance lessons (twice weekly for 10 weeks) to fifth-grade students. Activities will take place at Linwood Monroe, Friendship Academy of the Arts, LoveWorks Academy, and Stonebridge World School in the Fall of 2017.

Heritage Park Neighborhood Association $10,000.00
hpnampls.org
Funding for “Built to Stilt”, a two week youth summer program to be held in July 2017 in the Heritage Park Neighborhood of Minneapolis. The “Built to Stilt” program will provide 40 students, ages 5 – 12, with the opportunity to work with two local artists on stilt building, costume making, and stilt performance, culminating in two youth showcases at a neighborhood festival and the State Fair.

Highland Friendship Club $10,000.00
www.highlandfriendshipclub.org
Funding for ten clay-making classes for low-income adults with disabilities. Classes will take place at Northern Clay Center from September 2017 through February 2018.

JLR Foundation $10,000.00
jlr-foundation.org
Funding for music and multi-media arts production and recording education for youth, ages 10 through 18. The free, 11-week, after-school sessions will take place at the Powderhorn Park Community Center from June 2017 through April 2018.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance $10,000.00
ljpschoolofdance.org
Funding for the Summer Workshop which will offer current, past, and potential new students to study and learn ballet through an intensive workshop. Activities will take place from July to September 2017.

Little Earth Residents Association $8,000.00
www.littleearth.org
Funding for a series of arts and activism workshops for Native teens to empower them to express their voice and concerns. Activities will take place on-site at Little Earth and at the artists’ studios over the summer of 2017, culminating in a community feast and showcase of students' work.

Minneapolis Music Company $9,730.00
http://www.minneapolismc.org/
Funding for artist residencies to six Twin Cities public schools in underserved communities. Activities will include acting, contemporary dance/movement, and beatboxing/spoken word workshops and will take place weekly over three months in the 2017-2018 school year.

Platinum Theater $10,000.00
www.platinumtheater.org
Funding for On Camera Acting for Seniors, a program providing 24 senior students with professional on camera instruction. Activities will take place at The Sabes JCC from July through August 2017.

Twin Cities Media Alliance $9,900.00
www.tcmediaalliance.org / www.tcdailyplanet.net
Funding for a series of trainings to support the artistic growth of contributors to the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Writers, photographers, videographers and audio storytellers will gain a deeper understanding of their discipline, have access to cross-disciplinary training, and create quality content that will amplify and connect marginalized voices. Activities will take place at Twin Cities Media Alliance from May 2017 through May 2018.

St. Paul

Deborah Elias Danza Espanola $10,000.00
http://dedanza.org/
Funding for a partnership with five collaborating St. Paul schools to conduct arts learning residencies sharing flamenco dance, music, and culture with approximately 615 students from September 2017 through March 2018. Each residency will culminate in a community celebration where students will share what they have learned with other students, their families, and the general public.

East Side Arts Council $8,000.00
www.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding for Creative Connections for Seniors, a series of poetry and visual arts classes at Arlington Hills Community Center and bilingual storytelling classes (English and Spanish) at Labor Plaza senior high rise. Activities will take place from May 2017 through March 2018 and will culminate in showcases for their families and community.

In Progress $10,000.00
http://in-progress.org/
Funding for Digital Journeys, an arts learning program for newly developing artists of color from low income households, focusing on small group mentorship, individualized coaching and goal planning with youth ages 12-22. Activities will focus on advancing artistic skill in electronic music, digital photography and/or video and will take place in St. Paul in late 2017 through early 2018.

Minnesota Productions, Inc. $10,000.00
www.theaternow.org
Funding for Storytelling for Seniors, featuring two 4-week storytelling classes with rehearsal/filming sessions. Activities will take place at The Wilder Foundation from July through August 2017.

Suburban Hennepin County

Minnesota Brass, Inc. $6,075.00
http://www.mnbrassinc.org
Funding for instrumental music education at Brooklyn Center Secondary school. Activities will take place during the 2018 school year.

Partnership Resources, Inc. $6,256.00
http://www.partnershipresources.org/
Funding for a collaboration with Upstream Arts to bring The Art of Working, a 10-week residency designed to develop skills through the arts that will help 11 adults with developmental disabilities to achieve workplace success and job retention. Activities will take place at the Hopkins Pavilion during the summer of 2017.

Suburban Ramsey County

City of Maplewood $10,000.00
www.ci.maplewood.mn.us
Funding for a mentorship for five teenage videographers to learn documentary filmmaking skills as they document two events for the City of Maplewood. Activities will take place in Maplewood during the Summer of 2017.

Rosetown Playhouse $10,000.00
www.rosetownplayhouse.org
Funding for This is Important, a 5-week summer enrichment theatre arts program for 7th and 8th graders in the Roseville school district. Activities will take place in June and July of 2017.

Washington County

FamilyMeans $8,769.00
www.familymeans.org
Funding for elementary-school aged youth in Landfall and Cimarron to stage a theater production for themselves, their peers and community members. Activities will take place from December 2017 through March 2018.

StoryArk $10,000.00
theshireonline.com
Funding for a The Boom Site, a youth literary journal for students to collaborate with language arts teachers and published authors to produce a writer's manual, participate in a two week writing intensive, and develop content for an online resource page on creative writing. Activities will take place in Stillwater in the Summer of 2017.

FY 2017 Community Arts- Round 2

On March 28, 2017 MRAC awarded $345,191 to 73 organizations/projects in the second round of its FY 2017 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. 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.

Minneapolis

113 $5,000.00
www.113collective.com
Funding for a collaboration between 113, the Gregorian Singers, and Artemis consisting of two concerts and two workshops. The concerts will be held in May 2017 at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel and Grace University Lutheran Church, both in Minneapolis. Workshops will be held in April 2017 at the University of Minnesota's Regis Center for Art and in May 2017 at Graham Place Senior Center in St. Paul.

Ancia Saxophone Quartet $5,000.00
http://www.anciaquartet.com/
Funding to present four concerts of new and traditional music for saxophone quartet. Performances will take place in October 2017 at Studio Z in St. Paul and the Weisman Art Museum. Two additional outreach concerts will be held at Touching Lives, an adult day care facility in Savage, MN and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Aniccha Arts $5,000.00
www.aniccha.org
Funding for 3600 Cuts, an interdisciplinary performance piece about our endless quest for higher resolution, an obsession with a finer grain and more detail. The project includes three community workshops, a works-in-progress presentation, and three public performances at the Southern Theater and Northern Spark Festival in June 2017.

Bells of the Lakes $5,000.00
www.bellsofthelakes.org
Funding for a four part concert series held at senior living facilities in the Twin Cities, designed to introduce communities to the musical artform of handbells.

Byzantine Choral Festival $4,800.00
Funding for the 8th Annual Byzantine Choral Festival, featuring a free workshop and public concert. The concert of diverse ethnic choral traditions in the Byzantine rite will take place at St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church in October 2017.

Friends of the Minnesota Sinfonia $5,000.00
www.mnsinfonia.org
Funding for the ninth annual Summer Youth Outreach Week, offering 45 advanced student musicians the opportunity to learn from professional orchestra musicians as they rehearse and play a concert of a major symphonic work plus a new composition by an emerging student artist. The free, public concert will be held at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis in July 2017.

Gadfly Theatre Productions $5,000.00
www.gadflytheatre.org
Funding for The Final Frontier Festival, an annual one act festival highlighting the stories of marginalized people, particularly from queer and feminist voices. Performances will take place in June 2017.

Hope Community, Inc. $5,000.00
Funding for The Power of Vision, a neighborhood mural program that will partner with St. Stephens Human Services and Mia to engage approximately 20 youth of color and 20 adults experiencing homelessness. The project will take place between April and September 2017 and culminate in a public mural and community unveiling ceremony.

Mad Munchkin Productions $5,000.00
www.madmunchkinproductions.com
Funding to produce Odyssey on the Edge of Light, an original puppetry piece collaboratively written and designed by the company, and featuring original music and "traveling audience" staging. The production, which includes a series of free community workshops, will be presented at Squirrel Haus Arts in October 2017.

Maggie Bergeron and Company $5,000.00
http://www.maggiebdance.org
Funding for Hear Here 2017!, a live music and movement festival celebrating the intersection and overlap of sound and movement in live performance. The festival will include open rehearsals and public showings, and will culminate in a premiere of new work at The Cedar Cultural Center in August 2017.

Metro Work Center, Inc. $5,000.00
www.metroworkcenter.org
Funding for a metal sculpture project for adults with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities. Each participant will create an individual sculpture and help create a group showpiece display. The project will culminate in an open house and exhibition of finished works.

Minneapolis Southside Singers $5,000.00
Funding to present at least 20 free concerts to under-served audiences across the seven-county metropolitan area between April 2017 and March 2018.

Minnesota 9-11 Tribute $5,000.00
our9-11Tribute.com
Funding for the 16th annual Minnesota 9-11 Tribute community concert, a rain or shine event featuring an all-volunteer orchestra, volunteer chorus, individual ensembles, and at least 25 7-member volunteer flag units from across Minnesota. The concert will be held at Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis in September 2017.

New Griots Festival $5,000.00
newgriotsfestival.com
Funding for the 2017 New Griots Festival, a 10-day event dedicated to celebrating emerging Black artists in the Twin Cities. The Festival features 10 Black artists from a variety of disciplines. Each participating artist will hold two performances/showings, conduct two free arts­-centered classes, participate on panels, and host a live studio session where community members will be invited to “watch me work.” The festival will be held in July 2017 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Oratory Bach Ensemble $5,000.00
www.oratorybach.org
Funding for Bach & Brews, a new concert series that will present the secular music of J.S. Bach in brewpubs. The first program, titled A Coffee Cantata, will feature works that Bach wrote to originally be performed at a cafe. Performances will take place at Able Brewing in Minneapolis in July 2017.

Picasso Projects $5,000.00
Funding for Suited for this Life, a new dance theater work exploring control, choice and transformation supported by an evolving light installation operated solely by the performers. Performances will take place in April 2018.

Poetry for People $5,000.00
Funding to host the fifth annual Poetry and Pie Picnic in Powderhorn, a solstice celebration featuring a diverse group of ten poets and pie bakers from Central and Powderhorn neighborhoods. The picnic will take place at Powderhorn Park in June 2017.

Powderhorn Porchfest $5,000.00
https://www.facebook.com/PowderhornPorchFest/?fref=nf
Funding for Powderhorn Porchfest, a neighborhood music festival that is free to the public, family friendly, and features over 20 local musical and spoken word groups performing on residential porches. The festival will take place in the Powderhorn neighborhood in September 2017.

Prairie Fire Lady Choir $5,000.00
http://www.prairiefireladychoir.org/
Funding for the Artist Collaboration Project, during which Prairie Fire Lady Choir members will engage with local songwriter and musician Chris Koza, who will provide songwriting/arrangement workshops and create original and revised arrangements for the choir, direct rehearsals, and collaborate in a finale show. Two workshops will be held at Richfield Lutheran Church in Minneapolis during June and July 2017 and the finale show will be held in November 2017.

Small Art $5,000.00
http://www.smallartmn.com
Funding for BETTER, a movement-based, site specific performance that examines the way our bodies hold and process past experiences. Performances will take place at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts during winter 2017/2018.

The Dream Songs Project $5,000.00
http://thedreamsongsproject.org/
Funding to commission Minnesota composer Craig Carnahan for a new 15 minute work for the classical voice and guitar duo. The work will be premiered at three metro venues in January 2018.

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library $5,000.00
http://www.artlending.org
Funding for the Minneapolis Art Lending Library, a program that allows patrons to browse a collection of artworks and select one to borrow for three months, to display and enjoy in their homes. The Library will host a lending event in April 2017 at Folwell Recreation Center and Powderhorn Recreation Center in July 2017.

The White Page $5,000.00
www.the-white-page.org
Funding for a series of three artist residencies that will culminate in public exhibitions. The residencies will take place at The White Page's studio and gallery between April and October 2017.

Toneworks Community Foundation $3,350.00
Funding for Camp Art for All, an inclusive two-week arts experience for youth that are typically developing and campers with special needs ages 8-21. Campers will be engaged in puppetry, theater, music, yoga, and dance, and will create an original musical theater production. The camp will take place in June 2017.

Suburban Hennepin County

4 Community Theatre $5,000.00
http://www.4communitytheatre.org/
Funding to stage the family musical Willy Wonka with a multi-generational cast of 60+ actors and orchestra musicians. 4 Community Theatre will bring live musical theater to suburban and rural western Hennepin County through six performances in July 2017 at the 300-seat Orono High School auditorium in Long Lake.

Alma Folklorica Dance Ensemble $5,000.00
Funding for Alma Folklorica Dance Ensemble's Community Tour. A youth performing dance ensemble comprised mainly of children from Latino descent will perform six one-hour long ethnic/folkloric dance presentations from April to November 2017 at Lagos Restaurant in Long Lake, the Gillepsie Senior Center in Mound, Trails of Orono senior living facility, Wayzata Public Library, Corn Days Festival in Long Lake, and Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners in Plymouth.

Chain Reaction Theatre Project $5,000.00
www.chainreactiontp.com
Funding to support Chain Reaction Theatre Project's production "Body & Sold," a documentary play which portrays the stories of nine juvenile sex trafficking survivors in five major US cities, including Minneapolis. Performances will occur in October and November 2017 at seven Twin Cities metro area sites in Minnetonka, Minneapolis, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Woodbury, and Prior Lake.

Discovery Arts Council $4,375.00
Funding for the Orono International Festival, an annual fall arts festival in which community members share the arts and culture of their heritage through country booths, folk arts, costumes and displays. Five to seven performing arts groups will share music and dances from around the world at this event which attracts approximately 600-700 attendees. The festival will be held in October 2017 at Otten Brother's Nursery in Orono.

North Suburban Chorus $5,000.00
Funding to provide live interactive musical entertainment to metropolitan area seniors in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, senior housing and community centers from April through December 2017.

Plymouth Rockers $4,381.00
plymouthrockers.org
Funding for the Plymouth Rockers to involve 70 seniors in weekly choral rehearsals for eight months and to take live music to senior groups throughout the metro area. Plymouth Rockers will perform 21 concerts for seniors and four free concerts in the metro region from May - December 2017.

The Suomi Finland 100 Chorus $5,000.00
Funding for the Suomi 100 Chorus to present a concert of Finnish classical music in partnership with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. The concert celebrates the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence and features choral and symphonic works that are meaningful within Finland's centennial. The concert will take place at the Masonic Heritage Center in Bloomington in October 2017.

Women of the West Quilt Guild $5,000.00
http://www.wowquiltguild.com
Funding for the ninth biannual quilt show entitled "Our World in Stitches" which includes approximately 200 quilts on display and presentations by a well-known professional quilter. Attendees will participate in educational activities to learn about the art of quilt-making. The event will be held at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Plymouth during September 2017.

Saint Paul

Community-Participation Art Projects $5,000.00
Funding for a Community-Weave Weekend, a community arts event that involves children in its design, a team of teens as event co-leaders, and weaving participation from local community groups and at least 100 neighbors. The Community-Weave Weekend will be held in May 2017 at Hamline Elementary School in St. Paul.

Consortium Carissimi $5,000.00
www.consortiumcarissimi.org
Funding for performances of Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine Maria directed by Kathy Salzman-Romey and performed by Consortium Carissimi singers and players joined by visiting guest artists Bruce Dickey, Kiri Tollaksen and Carson King-Founier. Performances will be held in May 2017 at the Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, and the Church of St. Therese in Deephaven.

Deborah Elias Danza Espanola $5,000.00
http://dedanza.org/
Funding for Displaced/ Desplazados, a project that will illuminate and express the plight of people displaced from their homes by the impacts of climate change, told through a series of traveling flamenco performances. The project will be presented during Northern Spark in June 2017.

El Arco Iris $5,000.00
elarcoirismn.com
Funding for a seven-week program offering 30-35 youth an opportunity to learn about the traditional Afro-Puerto Rican folkloric rhythms, songs and dance through art, dancing and music classes. Activities take place in April & May 2017 at the Dunning Recreation Center in St. Paul and will culminate with a family showcase.

Friends of Swede Hollow Inc. $5,000.00
www.artinthehollow.org www.swedehollow.org
Funding for the eighth annual Art in the Hollow – Artists in Action, a multi-disciplinary community art festival held in Swede Hollow Park. The festival uses art to: explore and cherish the park's natural setting, educate about the park's immigrant history, and create community among diverse residents of the park's surrounding neighborhoods. The festival will be held in June 2017 at Swede Hollow Park in St. Paul.

Full Perspective Productions Ensemble $5,000.00
Funding for Full Perspective Production Ensemble to produce a bilingual Latino live radio drama/variety show entitled Coco’s Latinidad. The project will involve the creation of a 60-minute segment, using live performing arts and music to help contextualize the arts in layman terms to Latinos unaccustomed to Saint Paul’s art scene. 3-5 shows will be presented in Saint Paul to be broadcast on WEQY FM radio during September 2017.

Hmong Cultural Center $5,000.00
www.hmongcc.org
Funding to support the Hmong Cultural Center's Qeej Instructional Program. The Center's Qeej classes are offered 3 afternoons a week to teach children and youth how to play the Qeej, a bamboo wind pipe instrument that plays a pivotal role in the traditional Hmong funeral ceremony and the Hmong culture more generally. Classes will run from June 2017 through July 2018 at the Hmong Cultural Center in St. Paul.

Indonesian Performing Arts Association of Minnesota d.b.a Sumunar $4,000.00
http://www.sumunar.org
Funding for Sumunar to bring choreographer and dancer Wisnu Aji Setyo Wicaksono and four dancers of his company “Cakil Squad” from Indonesia to Minnesota for one week in April or early May 2017. The visiting artists will perform in a concert with the Sumunar dance and gamelan ensembles and offer at least two workshop/performances to students from area arts schools and colleges.

Minnesota State Band $5,000.00
minnesotastateband.org
Funding for the Minnesota State Band to present five concerts from May - August 2017 in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota $5,000.00
www.pcamn.org
Funding for Prevent Child Abuse MN to provide parent leadership training to inform the child welfare system with the intent of engaging parents who have personal experience in the child protection system either as a parent or child. COMPAS artist Aimee Bryant will lead 4 monthly sessions from April - September 2017 at Minnesota Communities Caring for Children's site in St. Paul.

St. Anthony Park Branch Library Association $1,880.00
www.sapfest.org
Funding for the Foci Minnesota for Glass Arts (Foci MCGA) Mobile Hot Shop to provide a glassblowing demonstration during the St. Anthony Park Arts Festival in St. Paul during June 2017.
Strains New Music Ensemble $5,000.00
http://www.strainsnewmusic.com/
Funding to perform four concerts of new music at Hoverston Chapel at Augsburg College, the Schubert Club Museum in Saint Paul, the performance space at Regis Center for Art and SPACE at Savage Umbrella, and to present one educational workshop and one instrument builder workshop at the University of Minnesota School of Music. Events will take place in June and July of 2017.

The Illicit Sextet $5,000.00
https://www.facebook.com/theillicitsextet
Funding for the All Originals Jazz Series, a sequence of six 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 in July, August and September 2017.

The St. Paul Snowblower Ballet $5,000.00
www.snowblowerballet.com
Funding for the St. Paul Snowblower Ballet, a one-time, public arts performance project involving dancers from the St. Paul Ballet and musicians from the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra presenting a free, outdoor winter dance performance incorporating snowblowers, snow shovels and flying snow. The performance will also be shared to the world through an online video. The St. Paul Snowblower Ballet will be at Harriet Island in St. Paul in January 2018.

Twin Cities Labor Chorus $4,855.00
Funding for 9 to 12 choral performances in the Twin Cities area between April 2017 and March 2018. Performance venues include the East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul in April or May 2017, a summer concert at AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion in July 2017, and 3 performances at the Minnesota State Fair in August and September 2017.

Vail Place $5,000.00
www.vailplace.org
Funding to work with History Theatre teaching artists to develop a performance piece based on participants' lived experiences with mental illnesses. The project will include two separate 15-week workshops, each with a final performance at the History Theatre in St. Paul in December 2017.

Vox Nova Chorale $5,000.00
www.voxnovachorale.org
Funding for the choral concert, We Are the Music Makers, a concert centered around Arthur O'Shaughnessy's poem, "Ode." Performances will take place in August 2017 at St. Mary's Chapel in St. Paul.

Suburban Ramsey County

CommonBond Communities $5,000.00
www.commonbond.org
Funding for CommonBond to partner with EngAGE, an organization in California that is expanding to Minnesota, to offer new arts programming for seniors at CommonBond's Maplewood facility. The program, consisting of three series of classes, will run from September 2017 - April 2018.

Mounds View Community Theatre $5,000.00
http://www.mvct.org/
Funding for the 34th annual Mounds View Community Theatre's summer production, Gilbert & Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore". 13 performances will take place in July 2017 at Irondale High School in New Brighton.

Roseville Parks and Recreation $5,000.00
http://www.cityofroseville.com/parks
Funding for the Live at the Rog outdoor performances series including "Global Adventures," a weekly summer series of integrated outdoor arts performances with the goal of making cultural connections through art forms representing a variety of world cultures. The series will be held at the Roseville Central Park Frank Rog Amphitheater in summer 2017.

Anoka County

Centennial Community Education $2,100.00
www.isd12.org/community-education
Funding for Music on the Lake it's Golden, a summer concert series consisting of four performances. The concerts are held at Golden Lake Park in the City of Circle Pines between June and August 2017.

Fridley Community Theatre $5,000.00
www.fridleycommunitytheatre.org
Funding to stage the musical, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Performances will take place at the newly renovated Fridley District Auditorium in July 2017.

Carver County

Edge of the Big Woods Art Wander $5,000.00
artwander.com
Funding for the sixth Edge of the Big Woods Art Wander, an art and artist studio crawl in Carver County. The free event will take place in September 2017 in Carver County.

ISD 112 Community Education $5,000.00
Funding for the 13th annual "Hooked on Books...and the Arts, too!" event, a one-day community event to celebrate the joy of reading and the arts. The annual event provides performing and creative arts experiences to children and families. This year's event will be held on a Saturday morning in February 2018 at Chanhassen High School.

Dakota County

Allegro Choral Academy $5,000.00
www.allegroca.org
Funding for the Access to Choir Initiative, a project by the Allegro Choral Academy in partnership with two elementary schools in Dakota County to bring a choral music opportunity to students. The program will create weekly choir rehearsals over an 11-week period at Oak Ridge Elementary in Eagan and at Diamond Path Elementary in Apple Valley with culminating concerts at each school in May 2017.

City of South St. Paul $5,000.00
http://www.southstpaul.org
Funding for South St. Paul Art aRound Town (ART), a four-day Art in the Community Celebration showcasing local artists and their work. Residents will be exposed to a variety of art genres, professional artists sharing their talents & knowledge, and interactive hands-on art activities for young & old alike. The festival will take place in South St. Paul in July 2017.

Eagan Theater Company $5,000.00
etc-mn.org
Funding for the Eagan Theater Company to mount a readers' theater presentation based on the book "Shrapnel In The Heart" by Laura Palmer. The script will be adapted from the book as monologs of people reading letters and talking about photos and mementos that have been left by visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. Four free performances and two paid performances will take place in October and November 2017 in Dakota county.

International Festival of Burnsville $4,400.00
www.intlfestburnsville.org
Funding for International Festival of Burnsville, featuring an indoor art exhibit with interactive global cultural display booths in conjunction with outdoor activities showcasing a parade of flags, on-stage traditional cultural attire and entertainment from established and emerging Minnesota artists, an array of ethnic foods, and family arts activities. The Festival will be held in July 2017 at Nicollet Commons Park and the adjacent Ames Center in Burnsville.

ISD 197 Community Education $5,000.00
www.tridistrictce.org
Funding for ISD 197 School-Age Care program to partner with three resident artists from COMPAS to lead youth in a community event called Hip-Hop Party. The artists will teach breakdancing, urban arts, and spoken word, then lead youth in a showcase and performance for family, friends, and community members. This two-week long project will take place during the School-Age Care summer camp in July 2017 at Moreland Elementary School in West St. Paul.

Minnesota Brass, Inc. $5,000.00
http://www.mnbrassinc.org
Funding for March On!, a drum and bugle corps show organized by Minnesota Brass in partnership with the Farmington High School Marching Band. The competition features both Minnesota-based and nationally touring competitive drum corps and will be held in August 2017 at Farmington High School.

Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games $5,000.00
www.mnscottishfair.org
Funding for performances and workshops by Celtic fiddler Mary MacGillivray, cellist Ed Willitt, and five other Celtic groups/artists as part of the 2017 Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games. Workshops will take place at The Celtic Junction in St. Paul in May, June, and July 2017 and performances will take place at the Scottish Fair in Eagan in July 2017.

River Valley Band $4,400.00
http://hpaac.org/
Funding to support two concerts of the River Valley Band. The first concert will feature River Valley Band performing with a guest trumpeter and will be held at the outdoor Hastings Pavilion in May 2017. The second concert will feature River Valley Band in a combined concert with the Hastings High School Wind Ensemble and the Sheldon Brass Band from Red Wing and will take place at Hasting High School in October 2017.

Rosemount Community Band $3,700.00
rcbmusic.org
Funding for JazzBlast, a free one-day big band and jazz festival featuring six to seven Twin Cities bands at a one day festival. Activities will take place at the Rosemount Amphitheater in June 2017.

Scott County

Domaci Inc $4,200.00
domaci-inc.weebly.com
Funding for 'Hometown Holidays, Celebrating European Traditions' featuring traditional folk dancing and singing, vendors with homemade crafts, a Kid's Corner and European style cuisine. The event will take place in December 2017 at the Park Ballroom in New Prague.

Washington County

Canvas Health $3,830.00
www.canvashealth.org
Funding for Jammin’ Art, a program requested by participants of Canvas Health's Clubhouse Recovery, which provides social and learning opportunities for 20 - 25 adults in Washington County who live with mental illness such as severe depression, schizophrenia, PTSD, and bi-polar disorder. Jammin’ Art will provide 25-28 art sessions through 6-8 different visual art mediums at East Suburban Resources in Stillwater from April 2017 - March 2018.

Encore Wind Ensemble $4,800.00
www.encorewind.com
Funding for four concerts performed by an ensemble of 35 professional wind and percussion musicians, 60 high school musicians, and 60 college musicians. Performances will take place in April 2017 at Wayzata Community Church, October 2017 at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Woodbury and Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, and November 2017 at Tartan High School in Oakdale.

ESR, Inc. $4,000.00
www.esrworks.org
Funding for the ESR/Singing Heart Music Education and Performance Project which provides multicultural music instruction for adults with disabilities and guides them through the process of creating a performance piece. Working with music therapists from Singing Heart, up to 20 individuals will participate in 20 week-long education sessions culminating in a public performance(s) during the holiday season of 2017. The program will take place in ESR's program sites in Washington County.

FamilyMeans $1,120.00
www.familymeans.org
Funding for the Cimarron Youth Breakdancing Project, which will offer 20 youth ages 13-18 living in Lake Elmo's Cimarron mobile home community the opportunity to learn the basics of breakdancing from professional breaker and certified coach Joseph "MN Joe" Tran. The project will consist of eight weekly, one-hour sessions in April and May 2017 and will culminate in a youth performance. All sessions and the youth performance will be held at Cimarron Youth Center in Lake Elmo.

Pollinator Friendly Alliance $5,000.00
Pollinatorfriendly.org
Funding for Polli-NATION, an Art Festival of the Bees that blends art, science and community at a sustainable farm site to engage folks around pollinator conservation issues. The Festival provides community collaborations for artists to create interactive art, community art salons, workshops, music, dance, storytelling performances, live bee exhibits and experiences. The Festival will be held at Kissing Birch Farms in Stillwater in September 2017.

Vets for Music $5,000.00
www.Vetsfest.org
Funding for VetsFest, a free one-day music festival honoring military veterans, held at Richard Walton Memorial Park in Oakdale in July 2017.

Washington County 4-H Federation $5,000.00
www.extension.umn.edu/county/washington
Funding for the 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 August 2017 and two performances at the Minnesota State Fair in August and September 2017.

FY 2017 Arts Learning Round 1

On January 24, 2017, MRAC awarded $257,648 to 26 organizations/projects in the first round of its FY 2017 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of and/or through the arts for children, youth, and adults by engaging people in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. The Arts Learning grant program is a direct result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment.

Dakota County

OboeBass! The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo $10,000.00
www.oboebass.com
Funding for Pages of Music, a series of seven monthly one-hour education programs to five senior residences throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Activities will occur between January 2017 and February 2018.

Minneapolis

Autism Society of Minnesota $10,000.00
www.ausm.org
Funding for Art on the Spectrum, a program that integrates arts-learning and arts-making with social skills for youth with autism or similar disabilities. Activities will occur at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in the Summer of 2017.

Contempo Physical Dance $10,000.00
http://contempophysicaldance.org/
Funding for a two-week Afro-Brazilian contemporary dance residency at North Community High School in Minneapolis for students in grades 9-12. Activities will occur from February through March 2017.

Copper Street Brass Quintet $10,000.00
http://www.copperstreetbrass.com/home.html
Funding for Chamber Music Skills Camp, a program offering in-depth instruction using chamber music as the medium. Activities will occur in 6 middle school band classes in the Minneapolis Public School District from February through May 2017.

GLITCH $10,000.00
www.glitch.mn
Funding for the Immersion Program, a 2-week educational course where introductory level artists from the Twin Cities metro learn multidisciplinary skills used in the emerging digital games medium. Activities will occur in the summer of 2017 and winter of 2018.

Inverted Arts $10,000.00
www.invertedarts.org
Funding for an Art Exploration Program for 85 middle and high school students in partnership with Hope Academy in South Minneapolis during the summer of 2017 in which students choose one of five artistic disciplines taught by professional Artist Mentors.

Kairos Alive! $10,000.00
http://www.kairosalive.org
Funding for Como Lo Se/How I Know, a Latino/Anglo and Intra-Latino cultural exchange, based in Kairos’ participatory dance/music/story/theater approach, that explores how different cultures value and celebrate elders in community life. Activities will take place at the Centro Tyrone Guzman Community Center in Minneapolis in the Spring of 2017.

Minneapolis American Indian Center $8,840.00
www.maicnet.org
Funding for a series of Arts Learning projects to teach and preserve traditional Porcupine Quillwork. Elders will teach participants about working with porcupine quills, including the process of sorting, dying, creating designs, and completing pieces of artwork, unique to Native culture. Activities will occur at the Two Rivers Gallery from May through August 2017.

Minneapolis Community Education $9,445.00
commed.mpls.k12.mn.us
Funding for The Wellstone Identity Mural project, which will create a mural to celebrate and amplify the diverse voices of the immigrant student body at Wellstone International High School. Activities will occur between February and June of 2017.

Minneapolis Television Network $10,000.00
mtn.org
Funding to support a media-arts workshop for East-African young women to take place in early 2017 at MTN's Northeast Minneapolis facility.

Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop $10,000.00
www.monkeybear.org
Funding for Contemporary Puppetry Workshops, a series of monthly workshops offered to people of color and Native communities interested in exploring contemporary puppet theater. Activities will take place at various locations throughout the Twin Cities from February through September 2017.

Patrick's Cabaret $10,000.00
www.patrickscabaret.org
Funding for a partnership with MN Q Youth to produce a three-month long storytelling residency for a group of 20 LGBTQ youth in summer 2017. Two-hour workshops at Quatrefoil Library will be led by expert teaching artists twice per month to guide participants in the creation and performance of their own stories and will culminate in a public performance with a facilitated audience discussion.

She Rock She Rock $10,000.00
http://www.sherocksherock.org
Funding for Girls Rock n Roll Retreat (GRRR), a five-day music program for girls, gender non-conforming and trans youth. Activities will be held over four separate week-long sessions in July at locations in St. Paul and Eden Prairie.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum $10,000.00
www.somalimuseum.org
Funding for classes in the arts of traditional Somali dance, targeted to Somali-American youth, and nomadic finger-weaving, which offers open enrollment for both Somali and non-Somali participants. Classes will take place at various locations in St. Paul and Minneapolis from March through October 2017.

Technical Tools of the Trade $10,000.00
http://www.techtoolstraining.org
Funding for 9 months of educational opportunities for technical skills and design in the performing arts from February to October 2017. Programming engages learners from school age through adult, and encompasses skill levels from beginner to professional.

The DIAL Group $10,000.00
www.thedialgroup.org
Funding for In Focus: Digital Media Arts & Youth Leadership Program, which provides at-risk, under-served youth of color in North Minneapolis with after-school media arts programing. Activities will take place January through May of 2017.

Wavelets Creative $10,000.00
waveletscreative.org
Funding for a series of free, outdoor community Art + Nature workshops culminating in a multi-disciplinary site-specific performance installation at the Nokomis Naturescape in Lake Nokomis Park, Minneapolis. Workshops will run from June through September 2017.

Young Dance, Inc. $10,000.00
http://www.youngdance.org
Funding for All Abilities Dancing, programming that engages youth with and without disabilities in quality dance experiences that emphasize ability and redefine dance for our community. Activities will occur from April through October 2017 at Dowling School, Bridgeview School, Roosevelt High School, and Hennepin County Home School.

Saint Paul

Alternative Motion Project $10,000.00
www.alternativemotionproject.org
Funding for a six-day dance education residency at Como Park Elementary School in St. Paul in February of 2017. Students will also attend a performance by Alternative Motion Project at The Lab Theater in Minneapolis.

Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac $9,500.00
www.saintpaulalmanac.org
Funding for the 2017 Saint Paul Almanac Community Editor Apprenticeship Project. Twenty diverse community editors will participate in an intensive twelve-class apprenticeship with the Saint Paul Almanac from March through May 2017.

ArtStart $10,000.00
www.artstart.org
Funding to implement “Artistry Takes Flight”, a five-day arts residency that integrates learning in the visual arts with learning about the impact of climate change on migratory birds of the Mississippi River flyway. Activities will occur in 4 St. Paul schools in the spring of 2017.

Midwest Special Services, Inc. $10,000.00
www.mwsservices.org
Funding for twenty adaptive writing classes for individuals with disabilities. Activities will take place at The Show Gallery Lowertown in St. Paul in the summer and fall of 2017.

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop $10,000.00
www.mnprisonwriting.org
Funding to bring four (4) ten-week introductory creative writing classes to state prisons in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Classes will culminate with in-facility readings.

Mizna $10,000.00
http://www.mizna.org
Funding for Mizna Pages, a curriculum for Twin Cities high school students based on Mizna's Arab American literary journal. The program will provide original journals and study guides to students for the 2017 school year.

Suburban Ramsey County

Balkanicus Institute for Balkan Art Culture and History $9,863.00
http://www.bibach.org
Funding for Balkan folk dance classes for beginners and advanced participants. Activities will take place at Tapestry Folkdance Center and Roseville Lutheran Church from September to October, 2017.

Lakeshore Players $10,000.00
www.lakeshoreplayers.org
Funding for an in-school Teaching Artist Residency Partnership with Matoska IB Elementary School in White Bear Lake. Students will create and perform in three musical productions beginning in January 2017 and running through May 2017.

FY 2017 Community Arts- Round 1

On December 13, 2016, MRAC awarded $324,927 to 69 organizations/projects in the first round of its FY 2017 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. 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

Anoka-Hennepin Community Education Project Power                    $5,000.00  
http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/domain/434
Funding to support Project Power, a program providing music and drama experiences for adults with special needs, offering opportunities to learn from professionals in the field through observation and education. Activities will take place between January and April 2017.

Chorus Polaris                                $5,000.00  
www.choruspolaris.org
Funding for Year One of a three-year series of performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The performance will consist of Chorus Polaris singers accompanied by the Eden Prairie High School Percussion Ensemble and will be held in May 2017.  

City of Blaine                                    $4,000.00  
www.blaineparks.com
Funding for the 10th annual Blaine World Fest, a public event exploring the cultural arts and ethnicities that currently exist in the city. The event will take place in May 2017.

Mississippi Valley Orchestra                               $4,753.00  
http://www.mississippivalleyorchestra.com
Funding to present a free concert called "Let the Spirit Sing Free", showcasing the winner of the St. Paul Piano Teachers Concerto Competition and featuring collaborations with Chorus Polaris and four vocalists from the University of Minnesota. The concert will take place at First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights in February 2017.  

Carver County

Centre Stage Theatre and Arts                              $5,000.00  
Funding for a production of the musical “Chitty, Chitty Bang, Bang”.  This project will include elementary age children through adults and will be held at Central High School in Norwood Young America in August 2017.

ISD 108 Community Education                            $5,000.00  
Funding for the Music in the Park Series, held on Thursday evenings at Legion Memorial Park in Norwood Young America during the summer of 2017.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park                               $5,000.00  
www.caponiartpark.org
Funding for Caponi Art Park's 2017 Summer Performance Series of three performances that will take place in the Park’s Theater in the Woods amphitheater during July and August 2017.

Chamber Music Lakeville                          $5,000.00  
Funding for three of four concerts during the 2017 season of Coffee Concerts. Concerts will be at the Lakeville Area Arts Center in January, April, and June of 2017.

Eagan Men's Chorus                                   $5,000.00  
http://www.eaganmenschorus.org/
Funding for the Eagan Men's Chorus to perform at least 15 concerts at Twin Cities area nursing homes, senior centers and veterans' facilities in 2017.

Eagan Parks and Recreation                                 $5,000.00  
http://www.eaganarthouse.org
Funding for Welcome Home, a celebration of 20 years of the Eagan Art House. Key community engagement activities will include a temporary public art project and the annual Harvest of Art community event, and events will take place during summer 2017.  

Forte Fine Arts Academy                          $5,000.00  
www.fortetheater.weebly.com
Funding to present Seussical Jr., a 60-minute musical based on the full length play adapted for young performers. Performances will take place at Kenwood Trail Middle School's theatre in July 2017.

Rosemount Area Arts Council                             $5,000.00  
www.rosemountarts.com
Funding for ArtBlast 2017, the 4th annual week-long, city-wide celebration of the arts designed to provide Rosemount residents with the opportunity to experience many kinds of art in an “explosion of the arts” week. It will include daily arts experiences, such as performing and visual arts, classes, art shows, a photo contest, theatrical productions, and the 8th Annual Bluegrass Americana Festival. ArtBlast events will take place in Rosemount during June 2017.

Velvet Tones                                    $5,000.00  
http://www.velvettones.org
Funding to present nine free concerts across the greater metropolitan area. The performances will take place in various venues between January and June 2017.

Minneapolis

American Civic Forum                              $5,000.00  
https://americancivicforum.org/
Funding for "A Great and Happy People", performances of speeches, letters, court rulings, songs, poems, play excerpts, newspaper editorials, and other documents from U.S. history. Each show is centered on a different theme and illustrates the legal and moral evolution of the topics in American history. Monthly performances will take place at the Strike Theater in Minneapolis from January - June 2017.

The Arts' Nest                                  $5,000.00  
www.artsnest.org
Funding for the Arts' Nest Fledgling program, mentoring emerging directors, designers and actors through a two-week production using three one act scripts by local writer Sam Graber. The program will culminate in public performances at Phoenix Theater in May 2017.

ASH: Sacred Arts                             $5,000.00  
Funding for Fugitive Sense, a project that aims to uncover a sixth sense of cultural memory that exists within us all. Artists of various backgrounds will share ideas and engage in community outreach activities to galvanize these cultural memories of Twin Cities’ residents. Performances will take place in spring 2018.

Balkanicus Institute for Balkan Art Culture and History                   $4,480.00  
http://www.bibach.org
Funding to produce a free public concert of new Balkan chamber music that will include two world premieres written specifically for Balkanicus as well as numerous American premieres. The concert will take place at Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall on the U of MN's West Bank in April 2017.

Black Table Arts                             $2,400.00  
Funding for six Free Black Table open mic events, featuring the merging the artistic practices of presentation; community gathering and sharing; and entrepreneurship. The events will be held at Illusion Theater between December 2016 and October 2017.

Borealis Dance                                $5,000.00  
www.borealisdance.org
Funding for Love Stories, an evening of dance that includes a variety of performances focusing on the many facets of love. This mixed repertory dance concert will feature a collaboration with the deaf and hard of hearing community; a partnership with Avenues for Homeless Youth; and guest choreographer Tierra Foxworth, as well as other original works by Artistic Director Danielle Ricci. The performance will take place at the Cowles Center Tek Box in May 2017.

CAPI USA                               $5,000.00  
www.capiusa.org
Funding for the Twin Cities World Refugee Day Festival, a family-oriented day of celebration that highlights the stories, arts, and cultures of refugees in Minnesota and the diversity of cultures, experiences and assets they bring to our community. The annual event will be held at a Minneapolis park in June 2017.

Corcoran Neighborhood Organization                           $5,000.00  
www.corcoranneighborhood.org
Funding to support 52 performing arts activities to take place during the Midtown Farmers Market's Saturday markets, with a focus on increasing racial and cultural diversity to better reflect the surrounding communities. Performances will take place over 26 weeks between May and October 2017.

Diversity Street Dancers                            $5,000.00  
Funding to research, design, choreograph, and practice a new folk-inspired program to perform in three different venues in Minneapolis - Loring Park Art Festival in July 2017, Squirrel Art House in September 2017, and a TBD venue in November 2017.  

Duniya Drum and Dance                            $2,850.00  
www.duniyadrumanddance.org
Funding for the Fakoly Drum and Dance Project, providing opportunities to explore and experience traditional West African rhythm and movement with renowned master drummers and dancers. The June 2017 project includes dance and hand drumming workshops taught by local and visiting artists culminating in a public performance at the University of Minnesota's Barbara Barker Dance Center and Rarig Center.

Eclectic Edge Ensemble                             $5,000.00  
www.eclecticedgeensemble.com
Funding to produce and perform four shows of "Foot Flight by Night", an original version of "A Midsummer’s Night Dream", told in a theatrical jazz dance style. Eclectic Edge Ensemble will work with four local composers to create the score. The production will be presented at The Lab Theater in Minneapolis in July 2017.

Grace Minnesota                             $5,000.00  
www.graceminnesota.org
Funding for Don't You Feel It Too?, a participatory public dance and a behavioral art practice of civic presence, social healing, and personal liberation. Activities include 40 free public sessions throughout the Twin Cities between April and June 2017.  

The Gregorian Singers                               $5,000.00  
www.thegregoriansingers.org
Funding to present two performances of unusual choral music of the Burgundian School of the early Renaissance, accompanied by period instruments. The performances will include projections of famous visual art of the period and will be preceded by informative lectures about the music and how it relates to the art of the early Renaissance. Concerts will take place in March 2017.

Jenson Dance                                    $5,000.00  
jensondance.org
Funding for Wicked Little Myths, a multi-media modern dance performance, visual art installation, and figure drawing salon.  Wicked Little Myths will be performed six times over two weekends in October 2017.

Journey Productions                                  $5,000.00  
journeyproductions.co
Funding for the 2017 Winter Theatre Experience, a 15 week audition based performing arts program in North Minneapolis for youth between the ages of 7 and 18 to learn about history through the performing arts. The program culminates in public performances of The Children's March at the Tex Box Theatre in March of 2017.

Ka Joog                                  $5,000.00  
www.kajoog.org
Funding for Intersections, an interdisciplinary Somali arts performance incorporating spoken word poetry, story telling, music, a play, and a post performance discussion panel. Programming will take place at The Southern Theater in June 2017.

Metropolitan Boys Choir                           $5,000.00  
www.mbchoir.com
Funding for the Winter Musical Cavalcade, a free choral music concert series performed for the general public as well as seniors and veterans. Performances will take place at seven venues in Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs between December 2016 and March 2017.

Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop                          $5,000.00  
www.monkeybear.org
Funding for a contemporary puppet theater production, offering artists of color and native artists 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 2017.

Morris Park Players                                   $5,000.00  
http://www.morrisparkplayers.org
Funding to produce Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Performances will take place at Edison High School in spring of 2017.

One World Many Papers                            $4,000.00  
cavepaper.com/about/one-world-many-papers-project.html
Funding for an artist residency with Lu Jingren to celebrate and promote the traditional craft of handmade paper and its use as a creative and collaborative medium in numerous artistic genres. Activities include public lectures, workshops, an exhibition, and an internship program to take place in February 2017.

Red Bird Theatre                            $5,000.00  
Funding to present Charles L. Mee, Jr.'s, Time to Burn, a play about a group of refugees forced to live out their private lives amongst strangers.  Performances will take place at The Southern Theatre in September 2017.

She Rock She Rock                          $5,000.00  
http://www.sherocksherock.org
Funding for Ladies Rock Camp, a three-day music camp for women, gender nonconforming and trans folks ages 19 and older. Participants will form a band, write original songs, take workshops on songwriting and gear, and perform in a live rock show. Activities will take place at Lake Harriet House of Music in South Minneapolis and culminate in a public performance at Bunkers Music Bar and Grill in April 2017.

Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services in MN (SAFYSM)      $3,779.00  
www.sayfsm.org
Funding for weaving classes geared towards African immigrant women to learn bias/continuous warp weaving on square and triangular frame looms to create wearable art. Classes will be held at the Textile Center in Minneapolis from February - April 2017.  

Twin Cities Flamenco Collective                         $5,000.00  
Funding to host the residency of a professional Flamenco singer from Spain for 20 activities including 15 classes, four performances, and a community activity that focus on flamenco singing, culture, and tradition. Activities will be held over three weeks in June 2017.

Universal Dance Destiny                            $5,000.00  
www.universaldancedestiny.com
Funding to produce the thirteenth annual showcase themed "Global Dances of the World", featuring dances created by up to fifteen local emerging and established Twin Cities presenters. The showcase will be held at a centralized location in Minneapolis in August 2017.

Scott County

South Metro Chorale                                  $5,000.00  
www.southmetrochorale.org
Funding for the concert series "Love: Agape, Storge, Éros, Philia" as a part of South Metro Chorale's 2016-2017 season. The concerts will take place at Glendale United Methodist Church in Savage and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bloomington in May 2017.

St. Paul

African Economic Development Solutions                                $5,000.00  
http://aeds-mn.org/
Funding for the 2017 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 2017.

International Friendship Through the Performing Arts                    $5,000.00  
Funding for the premiere performance of "Chinglish", a multimedia production which includes storytelling pieces from standard pipa (Chinese lute) repertoire, based on Chinese musician/composer Gao Hong's immigrant experiences. The performance will be held at The O'Shaughnessy in 2017 with an outreach performance at the Kang Le Asian Adult Day Care in Edina.

Ladyslipper Ensemble                               $5,000.00  
http://www.ladyslipperensemble.org
Funding for a concert of Spanish and Latin music titled "Seasons" which will feature a commissioned arrangement of Manuel de Falla's "Sietes Canciones Populares" for mezzo soprano, violin, cello, bass, and piano from composer David Evan Thomas. The concert will take place at St. Mary's Episcopal Church of St. Paul in April 2018.

Lowertown Blues Festival                                    $5,000.00  
http://lowertownbluesfestival.com/
Funding for the 2017 Lowertown Blues Festival, a free event held over two days showcasing national blues artists and Minnesota headliners such as Lamont Cranston Blues Band, Ken Valdez, Lisa Wenger, and Sena Eberhardt. LBF is expected to draw 25,000 attendees at Mears Park in July 2017.  

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Association                                   $5,000.00  
www.minneapolisguitarquartet.com
Funding to present the world premieres of recently commissioned works by Minnesota composers Wade Oden and Maja Radovanlija, and California composer Ian Krouse. A total of three performances and one workshop will be presented at White Bear Lake Center for the Arts and Sundin Music Hall in Saint Paul.

Mixed Precipitation                                    $4,670.00  
www.mixedprecipitation.org
Funding for the ninth annual Picnic Operetta, a musical theater project that will combine story-specific picnic tasting menu with live operatic performances.  A traveling series of 8 performances will be staged outdoors at collaborating Twin Cities area community gardens and urban farms, including locations in North Minneapolis, Frogtown and the East Side of St. Paul during summer 2017.  

MNKINO                                 $4,775.00  
www.mnkino.com
Funding for the 4th annual MNKINO Film Score Fest, an event that brings filmmakers, composers, and musicians together to create new short films with original scores that are performed live at the screening. The event will take place the Science Museum of MN in St. Paul in August 2017.

One Voice Mixed Chorus                           $5,000.00  
www.onevoicemn.org
Funding for four free productions of Pirates of Penzance. The production will feature a lesbian pirate King and her swarthy crew of sailors, the Major General’s daughters (men in dresses), dancing, a live band, and audience sing-alongs. The production will be staged around the band shell at Raspberry Island in St. Paul during Twin Cities Pride week in June 2017.

Raw Sugar                             $5,000.00  
http://rawsugartheater.com/
Funding for The Funny 2017, the fourth annual curated feminist comedy festival of original works created by self-identified feminist artists. Performances will take place in May 2017.

The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists                         $5,000.00  
www.singersmca.org
Funding for The Singers: An American Pastiche, a concert series presented to explore choral music from leading composers of the mid-20th century while connecting their works to iconic Minnesota composers Stephen Paulus and Dominick Argento. Performances will take place in St. Paul and Columbia Heights in May 2017.

Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation                                  $5,000.00  
http://www.tchdc.org
Funding for TCHDC to renew its partnership with BareBones Productions to provide children from low-income families in St. Paul with a free, ten-day, multidisciplinary creative arts camp experience. This year’s theme, “Mythic Monsters and Superheroes,” will engage the children in exploring cultural/historical monsters and heroes, then making large-scale puppets. The camp will operate at Liberty Plaza in St. Paul from July - August 2017 with a final performance on the last day.

Suburban Hennepin County

Bloomington Chorale, Inc                         $5,000.00  
www.bloomingtonchorale.com
Funding to prepare for and perform the Spring 2017 Concert entitled “Celebrating 35 Years of Music with the Community” with guest conductor, Dr. David Docter, the founder of the Chorale. The performance will include the chorale and a pit orchestra, and will be held in Bloomington Center for the Arts Schneider Theater in May 2017.

Drama Interaction                          $5,000.00  
http://cokartscenter.com/dramainteraction501c3.html
Funding to support a pilot program that combines theater and dance with autism relationship-based techniques to allow parents to give their children the gift of art while also teaching them how to connect better socially and develop theater skills. Classes will be held at Capoeira Academy in Richfield from January - March 2017.   

Edina Singing Seniors                                $5,000.00  
edinasingingseniors.com
Funding to bring 31 concerts of interactive music from the '20s to the '60s in a sing-along format to residents at senior centers, nursing homes, and senior day care centers in the southwest metro area during 2017.  

Honeywell Concert Band                           $2,400.00  
Funding for 12 concerts presented at care centers, assisted living centers, senior housing complexes, and public parks. The performances will take place between February and December 2017.

JazzMN, Inc.                          $5,000.00  
www.jazzmn.org
Funding to present two concerts completing the JazzMN 2016-2017 season. The NexGen Jazz concert features Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands, the Dakota Jazz Combo, and guest artists from LA’s Urban Renewal Project. The second concert features 5-time Grammy award-winner and Minnesota native Maria Schneider. Both performances will be held at the Hopkins High School Auditorium during March and April 2017.

Maple Grove Arts Center                           $1,820.00  
http://maplegroveartscenter.org/
Funding for the second Maple Grove chalk festival which includes public education sessions. The festival will take place at the Maple Grove Arts Center in June 2017.

Music Association of Minnetonka                                   $5,000.00  
http://www.musicassociation.org
Funding for four young people's concerts focused on building children's familiarity with instruments in the orchestra. These concerts will be performed at Wayzata Community Church in February 2017, at Minnetonka United Methodist Church in February 2017, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in conjunction with its fall festival, and the Minnetonka Community Center in late October 2017.  

Orono Community Education Early Learning Program                     $5,000.00  
www.oronoearlylearning.com
Funding for Roots & Wings – Growing Young Artists, a five month study of the creative intersection of art and nature by 180 young children and their families. The series will culminate with an art fair and evening family event at the Discovery Center in Maple Plain in May 2017.

Plymouth Concert Band                             $5,000.00  
http://www.plymouthconcertband.org
Funding to present Winter and Spring 2017 concerts. The theme of the Winter March concert will be "Collage" and will feature the PCB, the Wayzata High School Wind Symphony and small ensembles. The Spring concert theme will be "Saxophonia" and will feature the Ancia Saxophone Quartet performing with the PCB. These free concerts will be held in Wayza High School's auditorium in March and May 2017.

St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts                                   $5,000.00  
slpfota.org
Funding for Our Town Sings!, a concert and community sing series celebrating the diversity and unity of the St. Louis Park and Twin Cities communities. Five musical artists will each present an evening of music, leading the audience in singing, and educating attendees about the music of a particular culture strongly present in St. Louis Park. All performances will take place at the Wolfe Park Veterans' Memorial Amphitheater in St. Louis Park during June and July of 2017.

Suburban Ramsey County

Harmonic Relief                              $5,000.00  
www.harmonicrelief.org
Funding for "Thank You for the Music," a series of three performances of a two-hour show featuring a mix of songs and choreography ranging from Broadway to old standards to pop. The shows will take place at the Maplewood Performing Arts Theater in May 2017 and will be reprised via three free summer presentations.

Lakeshore Players                          $5,000.00  
www.lakeshoreplayers.org
Funding for the production of "Happy Days: A New Musical", which will be performed at Lakeshore Players' downtown White Bear Lake theater in April and May 2017.

Silverwood Park-Three Rivers Park District                           $5,000.00  
http://threeriversparks.org/parks/silverwood-park.aspx
Funding to support the 2017 Silverwood Onstage season, a four-month season of performing arts presentations  which includes concerts, dance, performance arts, puppetry, and film presentations. The events will take place  at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony between June - September 2017.

Washington County

Arts Garden          $5,000.00

Funding to create and perform an original new community theatre musical production called, "A Trip to Nerdville" which will feature movie scenes and musical numbers from nerd classics like Star Trek, Dr. Who, Princess Bride, Holy Grail, and many more. The production is open to community members ages 10-100 and performances will take place at the Arts Garden in Hugo in April 2017. 

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 historic City of Marine Town Village Hall, one of the only non-fiction dedicated film venues in Minnesota, between October 2017 and March 2018.

Music Saint Croix                            $5,000.00  
http://www.musicsaintcroix.com
Funding to perform five concerts: two concerts of classics of chamber music repertoire and two concerts of a new chamber music setting of Richard Strauss’ epic tone poem, Don Quixote, featuring baritone/actor Bradley Greenwald. Performances followed by 'meet the musicians' receptions will be held at the Washington County Historic Courthouse in January and April 2017. A fifth free concert of chamber music will also be held at Boutwell's Landing in Oak Park Heights in April 2017.  

Square Lake Film & Music Festival                                 $5,000.00  
www.squarelakefestival.com
Funding for the 2017 Square Lake Film & Music Festival, a daylong, outdoor celebration of Minnesota-made music and film held on a 25-acre hobby farm near Stillwater.  The festival will take place in August 2017.

StoryArk                               $5,000.00  
theshireonline.com
Funding for students in grades six through twelve to write the scripts, compose music, create sound effects, act in roles, and produce original episodes for a sci-fi radio drama called #HUSHpodcast. During the winter/spring trimester of 2017, students will create four 22 minute episodes that will be aired on the radio show Voices in the Valley before being uploaded as the next four episodes in the #HUSHpodcast series.  

 

 

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 2017 Organizational Development Grant Awards

On November 23, 2016, MRAC awarded $316,955 to 32 organizations in its FY 2017 Organizational Development grant program. The Organizational Development grant program offers grants of up to $10,000 for projects designed to strengthen the management or administration of arts organizations. 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 Organizational Development 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

Ananya Dance Theatre  $9,400
www.ananyadancetheatre.org
Funding to engage an independent dance curator and producer as consultant to develop strategies and a network of relationships that build visibility, understanding, and advocacy for its work.

ARENA DANCES, Inc.  $10,000
www.arena-dances.org
Funding to hire a part-time managing director to facilitate ARENA's strategic plan.

Art Shanty Projects  $10,000
http://www.artshantyprojects.org
Funding to hire a part-time Community Outreach Director responsible for building and sustaining relationships in the Twin Cities.

Copper Street Brass Quintet  $10,000
http://www.copperstreetbrass.com/home.html
Funding to recruit and train four board members using their Board Development Plan.

courageous heARTS  $10,000
http://www.courageous-hearts.org/
Funding to undertake a comprehensive strategic planning process that engages stakeholders within the organizational community. 

Frank Theatre  $10,000
http://www.franktheatre.org
Funding to hire a consultant who can assist the organization in launching a comprehensive strategic planning initiative that will help envision the organizational structure as it relates to mission.

Full Circle Theater Company  $10,000
http://www.fullcircletheatermn.org/
Funding to engage a Management Consultant and hire a part time General Manager to manage company systems in the areas of marketing/promotion, financial record keeping, and individual donor accounts. 

Green T Productions  $10,000
www.greentproductions.org
Funding to support a new part-time 8-month Arts Administrator position to strengthen organizational capacity.

Heart of Dance  $10,000
www.heartofdancemn.org
Funding to work with a consultant to develop a comprehensive individual fundraising plan, create a donor database and materials, and create a marketing and fundraising promotional video.

Hopewell Music Cooperative North  $10,000
www.hopewellmusic.com
Funding to hire a part-time Development and Outreach Coordinator to spearhead fundraising and community outreach initiatives.

Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project  $10,000
www.reconciliationproject.org
Funding to work with a consultant to develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy as part of a capacity building initiative. 

JLR Foundation  $10,000
jlr-foundation.org
Funding to hire an arts consultant to help build organizational capacity and develop a sustaining fundraising roadmap to support program growth.

Kulture Klub Collaborative  $10,000
http://www.kultureklub.org
Funding to hire a development professional to assist in broadening its base of support.  

Metropolitan Boys Choir  $10,000
www.mbchoir.com
Funding to hire a part-time Program Manager to help build its organizational capacity.  

Motionpoems, Inc.  $10,000
http://motionpoems.org
Funding to work with development experts to revise, stabilize, and systematize fundraising efforts for the organization. 

Rain Taxi Inc.  $10,000
www.raintaxi.com
Funding to "Contact Everyone We Know" through updating and redeveloping the organization's existing database to encourage past supporters and institutional partners to re-engage with the organization. 

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum  $10,000
www.somalimuseum.org
Funding to hire a management consultant to evaluate its fundraising program and train staff in order to build fundraising capacity.

The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts  $10,000
http://www.stpaulschurchmpls.org
Funding to expand marketing capability to develop new participants, volunteers and donors.  A part-time staff person will be hired to lead the organization in management needs. 

Theatre Unbound  $9,625
www.theatreunbound.com
Funding to work with communications firm Ainsley Shea to build and diversify their audiences.

Wonderlust Productions  $10,000
http://wonderlustproductions.org/
Funding to increase organizational leadership capacity to build organizational infrastructure, cultivate individual donors, and build key partnerships.

Young Dance, Inc.  $10,000
http://www.youngdance.org
Funding to hire a part-time Executive Director position. 

Scott County

Savage Arts Council  $9,180
http://savageartscouncil.org/
Funding to hire a marketing consultant to create an overall marketing plan for the immediate future and for long-range planning and associated materials and templates. 

St. Paul

Center for Irish Music  $10,000
www.centerforirishmusic.org
Funding to create a part-time salaried Managing Director position which will allow new curriculum, performance partnerships, and other outreach efforts across the Twin Cities. 

Lyra Baroque Orchestra  $10,000
www.lyrabaroque.org
Funding to hire a communications manager to execute the first phase of a new communications plan. 

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop  $10,000
www.mnprisonwriting.org
Funding to hire an experienced development consultant to develop and help launch an individual donor campaign. 

Musical Offering  $10,000
http://musicaloffering.org/
Funding to augment the role of Executive Director to meet the needs of their expanded season and broadening audiences. 

Nautilus Music-Theater  $10,000
www.nautilusmusictheater.org
Funding for a research and evaluation project involving over 2,000 artists with whom they have worked. 

Young Artists Initiative  $10,000
http://youngartistsmn.org/
Funding to hire a consultant to work with the board to develop existing and new resources to support programs and operations.

Suburban Hennepin County

Giving Voice Initiative  $10,000
www.givingvoicechorus.org
Funding to hire a part-time Operations Coordinator to manage administrative and finance activities and carry out day-to-day operations in the areas of marketing, communications, and development. 

Suburban Ramsey County

Brownbody  $8,750
http://www.brownbody.org/
Funding to formalize the Executive Director role by transitioning the volunteer Artistic Director to a paid Brownbody employee.

Contempo Physical Dance  $10,000
http://contempophysicaldance.org/
Funding to work with a fundraising specialist to develop a multi-year sustainability plan.

Great Northern Union Chorus  $10,000
http://www.gnusings.com/
Funding to hire SMCpros to help develop a robust social media strategy with the specific goal of developing their young audiences. 

 

FY 2017 Arts Activities Support

On September 27, 2016, MRAC awarded a total of $773,439 to 80 organizations/projects in the first round of the FY 2017 Arts Activities Support grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a community connection. The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees' website.

Anoka County
JOYA! Chamber Music Series   $9,680
facebook.com/joyachambermusic
Funding for four chamber music concerts at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka. Concerts will take place October 2016 through April 2017.

Carver County
Watertown-Mayer Community Education   $10,000
wmcommunityed.com
Funding for a seven-week Youth Summer Theatre Program featuring an original script and musical score.  The program will take place during the summer of 2017 at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center and will culminate with three public performances.

Dakota County
Eagan Art Festival  $10,000
www.eaganartfestival.org  
Funding for the 23rd Annual Eagan Art Festival, a free two-day outdoor festival featuring a broad range of artists, entertainment, and hands-on art activities for all ages.  The festival will take place on the Eagan Festival Grounds adjacent to the Eagan Community Center in June 2017.

Exultate   $10,000
exultate.org
Funding for three performances of Brahms' Requiem, sung in English. Concerts will take place in March 2017 in Maple Grove, Minneapolis and Columbia Heights.

Youth Dance Ensemble   $9,400
ydeschool.com
Funding for Modern Dance Project, an eight-week, after-school program for underserved 6th-8th grade youth from Burnsville. The project will culminate in a community dance concert at Burnsville High School's Mraz Center in March 2017.

Minneapolis
20% Theatre Company   $10,000
tctwentypercent.org
Funding for the 4th annual Q-STAGE: New Works Series, an experimental series dedicated to providing a stage and resources for LGBTQ artists to create, develop, and premiere new work. Performances will take place at Intermedia Arts in May 2017.

African American Center of Minnesota   $10,000
aacomn.org
Funding for an eight-week instructional workshop series on the techniques of African Dance and Drumming from the country of Ghana in West Africa. Activities will take place at the Oak Park Community Center and Waymen A.M.E. Church in North Minneapolis in October and November 2016.

Alternative Motion Project   $10,000
alternativemotionproject.org
Funding for Alternative Motion Project's Sixth Annual Performance, including the production of five dance works, a rehearsal process and audience engagement activities. Performances will take place at The Lab Theater in April 2017.

Ananya Dance Theatre   $10,000
ananyadancetheatre.org
Funding for Shyamali: Sprouting Words, the fourth piece in the Ananya Dance Theatre’s five year series, Work Women Do. Performances will take place as part of The O’Shaughnessy Women of Substance series in September 2017.

Art Buddies   $9,554
artbuddies.org
Funding for the Art Buddies program pairing 35 creative mentors one-on-one with 35 low-income students ages 8 to 11 in the Community Education After-School program at Bancroft Elementary School in Minneapolis during the 2017 winter/spring season.

BodyCartography Project   $10,000
bodycartography.org
Funding to develop and present the felt room, a performance installation dance utilizing sound and light to invite a viewer’s authentic engagement with their bodies themselves in the context of the museum. Performances will premiere in summer 2017 in Minneapolis.

Bollywood Dance Scene   $4,310
bollywooddancescene.org
Funding for the Hot Indian Dance Off, a juried, bracket-style choreography challenge in four rounds in which teams compete by performing original choreographies in any style of dance to an Indian song. The competition will take place at Midtown Global Market and Powderhorn Park in March and May 2017.

Breanna's Gift   $10,000
breannasgift.org
Funding for an arts program for children with cancer and other serious illnesses offering classes in dance, theater, visual arts and music at four Twin Cities health related facilities. Activities will take place between January and August 2017.

Cleveland Neighborhood Association   $10,000
clevelandneighborhood.org
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 2017.

Ethnic Dance Theatre   $10,000
ethnicdancetheatre.com
Funding to produce a series of concerts entitled Carpathia, representing dances and music from the central European region of the Carpathian Mountains. Performances will take place at Concordia University's E.M. Pearson Theater in St. Paul.

Fire Drill   $10,000
fire-drill.org
Funding to create and present Bill: The Musikill, a multimedia performance piece with Los Angeles-based sound poet Tom Comitta. The evening-length performance will premiere at the Southern Theater in July 2017 as part of Momentum: New Dance Works.

Flying Foot Forum   $10,000
flyingfootforum.com
Funding for the premiere of The Mystery of Pig's Eye, an interactive dance and theater piece to be performed as part of the Ordway’s Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. Performances will take place in the Landmark Center in St. Paul in May 2017.

Girl Friday Productions   $10,000
girlfridayproductions.org
Funding for the production of Idiot’s Delight, the rarely produced Pulitzer-winning play by Robert E. Sherwood.  Performances will take place at the Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre in June and July 2017.

Hip-Hop, History and The Arts   $10,000
theavantgardeis.com
Funding to present four multi-disciplinary concert events that honor the legacy of African American arts in the diaspora, while bringing that legacy forward and supporting the next generation of African American artists. The concerts will coincide with a series of monthly Cultural Socials between November 2016 and December 2017.

Kulture Klub Collaborative   $10,000
kultureklub.org
Funding to host a series of workshops for youth experiencing homelessness to create and record content for a full-length album commemorating the organization's 25th year anniversary. Teaching artists will guide youth in content creation, performance skills, and train youth in studio engineering, culminating in an album release event open to the public for youth to perform and celebrate their work.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance   $10,000
Funding for the 2016 Winter Showcase, a performance of completed work developed between October and December 2016 by Les Jolies students. A final public performance will be held at Fridley Community Theater in December 2016.

Longfellow Community Council   $10,000
longfellow.org
Funding for a community mosaic art project, including four, free workshops for the community and the creation and installation of mosaic art on 14 city-owned trash bins along Minnehaha Avenue from Lake Street to 46th Street. Activities will take place between November 2016 and June 2017.

Metropolitan Symphony Orchestral Association   $10,000
msomn.org
Funding for the 2016-2017 season, featuring a series of five orchestral music concerts. Performances will be free of charge and take place in a variety of accessible neighborhood venues across the Twin Cities between November 2016 and May 2017.

Midtown Global Music Festival   $10,000
midtownglobalmarket.org
Funding for the 7th Annual Midtown Global Music Festival, featuring a lineup of global entertainment including live music, ethnic dance and drumming, and spoken word performance. The festival will take place in July 2017 at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis.

Midtown Greenway Coalition   $10,000
midtowngreenway.org
Funding to create a new mural in the Midtown Greenway, created by a Minneapolis-based artist of color and informed by the broader community through engagement activities. The final mural will be installed in September 2017.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association   $10,000
mplspops.org
Funding to perform six Free Concerts for Seniors during July 2017. 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. Community concerts will also be held in Elliot Park and at Como Park Pavilion in St. Paul.

Minnesota Guitar Society   $10,000
mnguitar.org
Funding to present eight concerts and two masterclasses with guitarists from Minnesota, the United States and abroad. The concerts will be held at Sundin Music Hall between October 2016 and June 2017.

Minnesota Shakes   $5,400
minnesotashakes.org
Funding for Minnesota Shakes, a nine week teen acting program providing an opportunity to produce a Shakespearean play in the round and learn the fundamentals of Shakespearean acting from the highest caliber teaching artists in a safe, diverse environment.

Obsidian Arts   $9,900
obsidianartscenter.org
Funding for Phase Two of the Afro-Mexican Odyssey project, a series of joint cultural activities bringing together members of the Mexican and West African communities. The project features dance workshops, community celebrations, a teacher training, and public discussions to be held between January and July 2017.

Off-Leash Area   $10,000
offleasharea.org
Funding for the creation and performance of Dancing on the Belly of the Beast, a dance and theater production about the life stage of becoming an adult orphan, created and performed by dancers and the broader community of people who have reached the stage when all parents have passed. Performances will take place in summer 2017.

Open Eye Figure Theatre   $10,000
openeyetheatre.org
Funding to present the Driveway Tour, offering family-friendly puppet theater to more than 100 communities in the Twin Cities area during summer 2017. Performances will take place at host sites throughout the metro area.

Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association   $10,000
ppna.org
Funding for the 26th annual Powderhorn Arts Festival, a two-day public event featuring juried art by local and national artists, performances and art making. The festival will take place in Powderhorn Park in August 2017.

Public Functionary   $10,000
publicfunctionary.org
Funding for The Feminist, a solo exhibition by Charles Philippe Jean Pierre, featuring a selection of acrylic and mixed media paintings and installations exploring issues of feminism, privilege, and power. The exhibition will be shown in November and December 2016.

Red Eye Collaboration   $10,000
redeyetheater.org
Funding for NEW WORKS 4 WEEKS 2017, 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 winter 2016 and culminates in the presentation of new works in May and June 2017.

Salsa Fiesta   $7,825
charangatropical.com
Funding for One Night In Cuba, a music and dance collaboration and celebration featuring live salsa ensembles and Latin dance performance groups. The event will take place at the Cedar Cultural Center in April 2017.

Sandbox Theatre   $10,000
sandboxtheatreonline.com
Funding to develop and produce two new ensemble-created shows, Big Money, to premier at Park Square Theater in January 2017, and Wanda Gág, to premier at The Southern Theater in August 2017.

Savage Umbrella   $10,000
savageumbrella.org
Funding to produce The Awakening, an ensemble created adaptation of Kate Chopin’s landmark 1899 novel investigating themes of sexuality, gender roles, and societal constraints that are still poignant today. Performances will take place at The Southern Theater in February and March 2017.

Simply ArtAble   $10,000
simplyjanestudio.com
Funding to host monthly Pizza Paint Parties for often-isolated persons with cognitive and physical disabilities and friends. Each event is a three-hour painting class and social event where day program participants, group home residents, and others with disabilities can learn to paint while socializing with volunteers from the broader community. Activities will take place between October 2016 and September 2017.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum   $10,000
somalimuseum.org
Funding to present an exhibition of traditional Somali artworks in 10 locations, targeting Somali youth and segments of the Somali community that lack access to studying traditional Somali arts and culture.

St. Stephen's Human Services   $9,500
ststephensmpls.org
Funding for the annual Fall Roadshow, a collection of scenes, songs and exercises designed to engage community audiences in a creative dialogue about homelessness. The Roadshow will be presented at five diverse locations in the Twin Cities metro area during National Hunger and Homelessness Week in November 2016.

The Oddfellows   $10,000
Funding to produce The Red Shoes, an all ages adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale mixing live-action and object-theater. Performances will take place at Open Eye Theater in February and March 2017.

The Theater of Public Policy   $10,000
t2p2.net
Funding for a series of eight weekly improv shows in spring 2017, featuring a local thought leader who will discuss an important issue, followed by a team of comedic improvisers who will present unscripted scenes about the issue.

Time Track Productions   $10,000
timetrackproductions.org
Funding to create and present Invisible, an evening length movement, theater and media work that explores the narratives and perspectives of women navigating the aging process. The work will integrate a performing company of six core women, with an additional group of six elder women performers, and will premiere as part of the Women Of Substance series at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in September 2017.

Twin Cities Carifest   $10,000
carifest.org
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 2017.

Twin Cities Jazz Workshop   $10,000
tcjazzworkshop.com
Funding for the Twin Cities Jazz Workshop, a summer experience offering professional Jazz music instruction to local students with a culminating local performance opportunity at professional jazz venue. The program will take place in summer 2017.

Twin Cities Women's Choir   $10,000
twincitieswomenschoir.org
Funding for the 20th Anniversary Concert, featuring the voices of up to 200 women and repertoire from throughout the choir's history. The Concert will take place in February 2017 at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University.

Vega Productions   $8,000
vegaproductions.org
Funding for Make Music Twin Cities, an interactive music event taking place throughout the Twin Cities on International Make Music Day, June 21, 2017.

Walking Shadow Theatre Company   $10,000
walkingshadowcompany.org
Funding to present the regional premeire of the play Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti. Performances will take place at the Southern Theater in May 2017.

Weavers Guild of Minnesota   $10,000
weaversguildmn.org
Funding for the Winter/Spring 2016 Class Series, featuring 18 weeks of educational programming with beginning to advanced-level arts activities that focus on the arts of weaving, spinning, and dyeing.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre   $10,000
zorongo.org
Funding to produce Siempre Flamenco, a new work in the flamenco tradition of southern Spain featuring international and local artists. Performances will take place at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in April 2017.

St. Paul
Casa de España en Minnesota   $10,000
casadeespanamn.org
Funding for Casa de Espana en Minnesota's second International Music Festival, a celebration that uses music to bring people together and improve cross-cultural understanding. Activities will be held in February 2017 at various Twin Cities venues.

Center for Irish Music   $10,000
centerforirishmusic.org
Funding for the 2017 Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, a traditional music and cultural festival in St. Paul. Activities will take place in June 2017 at St. Paul's Celtic Junction.

ComMUSICation   $10,000
commusicationmn.org
Funding for Cuentame un Cuento, a Mexican music choral program at the Mt. Airy Boys & Girls’ Club for youth who live in the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood.  A final performance will be presented in November 2016 at The Wellstone Center on St. Paul's west side.

Dangerous Productions   $10,000
dangerousproductions.org
Funding for Cold, an original, collaboratively-devised production that will expose the icy realities of white privilege. This project will be workshopped and shared via a public reading at the Southern Theater in March of 2017, with a premiere performance during the November 2017 Twin Cities Horror Festival.

East Side Arts Council   $10,000
eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding for Artmobile, a mobile art project offering free drop-in art classes for inner-city youth. Artmobile will be held at public spaces around the east side of St. Paul in the summer of 2017.

East Side Freedom Library   $10,000
EastSideFreedomLibrary.org
Funding to produce and host the play Down in Mississippi. Performances will take place at East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul in February 2017.

India Association of Minnesota   $10,000
iamn.org
Funding for the 44th annual IndiaFest, a free event showcasing the arts and cultural contributions of India’s 29 states and seven territories. IndiaFest will take place in August 2017 at St. Paul at the State Capitol grounds.

Irish Music & Dance Association   $9,000
irishmusicanddanceassociation.org
Funding for the St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Day of Irish Dance. Activities will take place at the Landmark Center in St. Paul in March 2017.

Jazz at Studio Z   $10,000
jazzatstudioz.org
Funding for Jazz at Studio Z, a series of jazz workshops, student performances, and professional concerts featuring local musicians. Workshops and performances will take place monthly at Studio Z in downtown St. Paul between November 2016 and June 2017.

Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area  $10,000
stpauljcc.org
Funding for the JCC Symphony Orchestra's 2017 Concert Series, Past, Present, Future.  Performances will take place in April and June 2017 in the St. Paul JCC Auditorium.

Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health   $10,000
macmh.org/fidgety-fairy-tales
Funding for Fidgety Fairy Tales – The Mental Health Musical, a performance using familiar fairy tales to raise awareness and reduce the fear and misunderstanding that surrounds children’s mental health disorders. Performances will take place between April and May 2017 in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company   $10,000
mnjewishtheatre.org
Funding for The Whipping Man, a play by Matthew Lopez which explores issues of enslavement, exploitation, and the lesser-known history of Jewish slaveholders during the Civil War. Performances will take place in February 2017 in at Highland Park Community Center in St. Paul.

Minnesota Music Coalition   $10,000
mnmusiccoalition.org
Funding for the 6th annual MN Music Summit, a music festival and conference featuring workshops, mentoring sessions, a national keynote speaker and concerts. Activities will take place in St. Paul in April 2017.

Nautilus Music-Theater   $10,000
nautilusmusictheater.org
Funding for Rough Cuts works-in-progress presentations of new music-theater. Activities will take place between October 2016 and June 2017 .

Pan Asian Arts Alliance   $10,000
panasianartsalliance.org
Funding for the Pan Asian Arts Festival, a one-day Pan Asian arts showcase that includes craft making, exhibition, dance/music performances and story-telling. Activities will take place in May 2017 at the Mall of America.

People Incorporated   $10,000
peopleincorporated.org
Funding for the 2017 Artability, a program that engages artists with mental illness through a year-long workshop that will culminate in an art exhibit. Activities will be held at The Great Hall in St. Paul in November 2017.

Sample Night Live!   $10,000
samplenightlive.com
Funding for Sample Night Live's 2016-17 season. Activities will take place in the Landmark Center.

Selby Ave JazzFest   $10,000
selbyavejazzfest.com
Funding for the 2017 Selby Ave Jazz Fest, featuring jazz musicians, family activities, interactive artist displays, health screenings and food offerings. Activities will take place in September 2017 on Selby Avenue in St. Paul.

Songbird Music   $10,000
Funding for the 2016-2017 season of Songbird Young Women's Choir. Performances will take place in January 2017 and May 2017 at the Hallie Q. Brown Center, Danish American Center, and Landmark Center.

Transatlantic Love Affair   $10,000
transatlanticloveaffair.org
Funding to develop a new work reimagining the story of Hansel and Gretel as a tale of immigration. Performances will be presented at the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio as part of the 2016-2017 season.

Young Artists Initiative   $10,000
youngartistsmn.org
Funding for the 2017 Winter Theater Experience, a theater program based on St. Paul's East Side, which will engage youth in rehearsing and fully staging Annie. Performances will take place at The Wellstone Center on Saint Paul’s West Side in March 2017.

Suburban Hennepin County
Cross Community Players   $10,000
crossplayers.org
Funding to produce performances of the musical State Fair. Performances will take place in July 2017 at Osseo Senior High School.

Minnesota Cambodian Communities Council   $10,000
m3c-group.org
Funding for The Traditional Cambodian Storytelling: Preservation & Perpetuation Project including cambodian storyteller apprenticeships, storyteller circles, and storytelling & folktale preservation. Activities will take place between September 2016 and September 2017.

Prime Productions   $10,000
Funding for the Minnesota premiere of Little Wars by Steven McCasland. Performances will take place at Park Square Theatre in St Paul in November 2016, and Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis in May 2017.

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council   $9,080
rimonMN.org
Funding to produce a four-event Artist Salon series, engaging Jewish artists from numerous disciplines in dialogue with local audiences. Activities will take place at various venues throughout the Twin Cities between November 2016 and April 2017.

Sabes JCC Performing Arts Department   $10,000
Funding for the eighth annual Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival. Activities will take place at the Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park and the St. Paul Jewish Community Center in January 2017.

Suburban Ramsey County
Brownbody   $10,000
Brownbody.org
Funding to remount an expanded version of Quiet As It's Kept, a blend of Afro-modern dance, figure skating, theater, live vocals, and excerpts from the speeches of Ida B. Wells. Performances will take place in the spring of 2017 at Highland Ice Arena in St. Paul.

Contempo Physical Dance   $10,000
contempophysicaldance.org
Funding for the creation and performance of Balacobaco, a contemporary Afro-Brazilian dance work. Performances will take place at The Cowles Center in Feburary 2017.

Johanna Shores   $3,790
johannashores.com
Funding for four arts programs for the residents of Johanna Shores. Activities will take place at Johanna Shores in Arden Hills between November 2016 and August 2017.

Ramsey County Correctional Facility   $8,000
ramseycounty.us/residents/public-safety-law/detention-correctional-facilities/adult-correctional-facility-rccf
Funding for creative writing programs for women in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility. Activities will take place in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility from October 2016 through January 2017.

 

FY 2016 Management Consulting Fund

In FY 2016, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Awarded $53,550 to 36 arts organizations in the Management Consulting Fund program, which provides grants of up to $1,500 small consulting projects that strengthen the management or administration of the group. The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county of affiliation. Please note that MRAC separates the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul from the surrounding suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey counties.

Anoka County

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts                        $1,500.00  
http://www.banfill-locke.org
Funding to hire consultant Ann Benrud to assess the current procedures and materials and then build a plan for increased media contacts and more effective marketing efforts.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park                               $1,500.00
www.caponiartpark.org
Funding to work with Trebuchet Communications to lead the board through a revision of organizational mission statement, visual re-branding, and marketing strategies.

Minneapolis

Art Shanty Projects                         $1,500.00
http://www.artshantyprojects.org
Funding for a two-tiered customized training with Table Fort and Nonprofits Assistance Fund (NAF) to provide a strategic visioning session and financial management, respectively.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre                                  $1,500.00
http://www.zorongo.org
Funding to hire an arts management consultant to help develop a new vision statement, set organizational priorities, and develop a three-year strategic plan.

ARENA DANCES, Inc.                                   $1,500.00
www.arena-dances.org
Funding to hire consultant Bobby Maher to work with the Board of Directors and Marketing Committee to cultivate statewide presenting relationships.

The Dream Songs Project                          $1,500.00
http://thedreamsongsproject.org/
Funding to hire consulting firm Good Work Group, to hone organizational messaging and create a cohesive marketing strategy.

The Arts' Nest                                  $1,400.00
www.artsnest.org
Funding to hire Jennifer Kramm of MAP for Nonprofits to meet with the board of directors and help define roles and future goals.

Motionpoems, Inc.                          $1,500.00
http://motionpoems.org
Funding to hire Redpath consultant Jeff Fenner to teach the Motionpoems team how to properly set up and implement the Salesforce database management system.

Nimbus Theatre                              $1,500.00
http://www.nimbustheatre.com
Funding to hire Robin Gillette to help craft a fundraising strategy for a new space capital campaign and to identify future fundraising and grant opportunities.

Young Dance, Inc.                            $1,500.00
http://www.youngdance.org
Funding to work with Bethany Gladhill to develop an Individual Giving Campaign to be implemented in 2016-17.

Kulture Klub Collaborative                                   $1,250.00
http://www.kultureklub.org
Funding to work with Carolyn Bye to facilitate a daylong staff and board planning retreat designed to review and affirm Kulture Klub Collaborative’s mission and brand, develop an overarching vision/goal for the next phase of the organization and outline a strategic plan of action for FY2017-FY2021.

Public Functionary                         $1,500.00
www.publicfunctionary.org
Funding to work with consultant Brittany Lynch, to activate, engage, and develop a new board of directors for the growing organization, during an important time of transition and momentum.

Twin Cities Media Alliance                                   $1,500.00
www.tcmediaalliance.org / www.tcdailyplanet.net
Funding to work with consultant John Capecci to develop a two-year messaging plan and tools that will enable TCMA stakeholders to communicate messages that are clear, memorable, engaging, repeatable, consistent and personalized.

The Apollo Club                              $1,500.00
www.theapolloclub.org
Funding to work with development consultant Angela Tangen, to educate and train the board of directors in strategic fund development efforts.

Grace Minnesota                             $1,500.00
www.graceminnesota.org
Funding to work with Jamie Schumacher to assess operations and capacities and help determine the organizational vision, in order to create a mini-strategic plan for the next 12 months.

Patrick's Cabaret                             $1,500.00
www.patrickscabaret.org
Funding to work with Kirstin Wiegman to develop a strategic operations plan.

St. Stephen's Human Services                               $1,500.00
http://ststephensmpls.org/
Funding to work with organizational development consultant Lecia Grossman on the beginnings of a 5 year strategic plan. Activities include a guided environmental scan and 2 in-depth planning meetings with stakeholders culminating in a timeline and workplan for completing a 5 year strategic plan.

Theatre Unbound                            $1,500.00
www.theatreunbound.com
Funding to work with Saint Paul based marketing/PR firm Ainsley Shea to facilitate the annual board/staff retreat with the goal of developing a Strategy Brief becoming the blueprint for re-branding and marketing.

Twin Cities Women's Choir                                 $1,500.00
http://www.twincitieswomenschoir.org
Funding to work with Sheila Terryll of Wiser Wolf Consulting to further develop event and season sponsorships.

Open Eye Figure Theatre                           $1,500.00
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding to work with software developer William T Miller, to develop a design spec for a custom donor management software solution.

Saint Paul

Minnesota Bach Ensemble                                    $1,400.00
www.mnbach.org
Funding for multiple training sessions with website consultant Chris Goldstein, in order to redesign current website using Squarespace as a platform.

Walker West Music Academy                              $1,500.00
http://www.walkerwest.org
Funding to engage consultant Damon Shoholm of Wilder Center for Communities to facilitate a one-day board retreat in September 2015.

Lyra Baroque Orchestra                            $1,500.00
www.lyrabaroque.org
Funding to hire Kim Snyder to provide fundraising training that will clarify expectations, empower current board and staff, and establish an ongoing organizational approach to philanthropy consistent with Lyra's values and goals.

Arts Us                                  $1,500.00
arts-us.org
Funding to work with an accountant from MAP for Nonprofits to bring the organization's financial policies into compliance with state laws and educate the administration about best practices moving forward.

Pathway Learning Center, Inc.                              $1,500.00
www.pathwaylearningcenter.org
Funding to work with arts fundraising consultant May Lee-Yang to help develop a fundraising road map and train three board members in grant writing.

Saint Paul Vocal Forum                             $1,500.00
http://www.spvf.org
Funding to work with consultant Margaret Hasse to validate and refresh the organization's mission and vision, and create a multi-year strategic work plan.

Creative Enterprise Zone                          $1,500.00
www.creativeenterprisezone.org
Funding to work with consultant Meredith Fox to create an action oriented work plan based on their (existing) strategic goals, to foster artists in their neighborhood.

Suburban Hennepin County

Yellow Tree Theatre                                  $1,500.00
www.yellowtreetheatre.com
Funding to hire consultant Amanda White to assist in improving upon the administrative staffing structure, allowing for more efficiency, more manageable workloads and better administrative practices.

United Artist Collaborative                                   $1,500.00
www.unitedac.org
Funding to hire consultant Dr. James McDonough for the “Developing a Fund Raising Plan” Project which will include: Documents Review and Organizational Assessment interviews with Board Members; Group Consultation Work Sessions; and a Follow-up Consultation with Board Chair and Executive Committee.

Chain Reaction Theatre Project                           $1,500.00
www.chainreactiontp.com
Funding to hire consultant Margaret Hasse, to guide the organization through a board development process.

Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs                           $1,500.00
http://www.angelicacantanti.org
Funding to hire Julia Classen to provide a series of workshops to the current Board of Directors and key staff of the organization.

Rosetown Playhouse                                  $1,500.00
www.rosetownplayhouse.org
Funding to work with Danette Olsen Consulting to create a Strategic Action Plan to re-establish partnerships with venues and community partners, check in with stakeholders, do a self-evaluation, and reorganize the general operating structure.

Brownbody                          $1,500.00
Funding to work with Entertainment, intellectual property, and business attorney, Blake Iverson to guide the Brownbody team in creating contract templates that protect the organization and its intellectual property in future engagements.

Lakeshore Players                          $1,500.00
www.lakeshoreplayers.org
Funding to work with Kathy Blegen-Huntly to update their 2013-15 Strategic Plan during a one day board retreat.

Washington County

ArtReach St. Croix                           $1,500.00
www.artreachstcroix.org
Funding to hire consultant Christine Hammes from MAP for Nonprofits to help create an updated Strategic Action Plan.

Vets for Music                                 $1,500.00
www.Vetsfest.org
Funding to work with consultant Terry Valesquez to teach Board members best practices and policies to obtain and implement sponsorship packages.

 

 

FY 2016 Arts Activities Support - Round 2

 
On June 28, 2016, MRAC awarded a total of $662,367 to 69 organizations/projects in the second round of the FY 2016 Arts Activities Support grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a community connection. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a community connection. The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees' website.
 
 
Carver County
 
Chaske Cikala Wacipi (Little Dance in Chaska)          $6,385.00
Funding for The Little Dance in Chaska, a two-day community pow-wow engaging drummers, dancers and over 750 community members at Lion's Park in Chaska in August 2016.
 
River City Theatre Company                                      $7,900.00
Funding for its nineteenth community production, Jungle Book. Performances will take place at the Watertown-Mayer High School Performing Arts Center in February 2017.
 
Minneapolis
 
Alive & Kickin                                                          $10,000.00
Funding for 25 on-site musical performances at several venues in the metro area and a two-hour performance at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, all featuring performers between 60 and 90 years of age. Activities will take place between July 2016 and June 2017.
 
Alzheimer's Poetry Project Minnesota                     $10,000.00
Funding for a series of visual arts and poetry experiences designed for elders with memory loss, exploring connections between art forms, parts of self, and each other. Activities will take place between January and November 2017, and will culminate in celebrations inviting communities to become reacquainted with elders as artists.
 
Average Mohamed                                                   $10,000.00
Funding for an arts program for Somali youth in which students create their own anti-extremist animated cartoon to be distributed to Muslim youth via social media. The program will partner with Young Achievers and take place in fall and winter 2016.
 
Bakken Trio                                                             $10,000.00
Funding for Sunshine Concerts in the Parks, a series of 12 chamber music concerts at Minneapolis Park and Recreation centers as part of the Park Board recreation and day care program for kids aged 6 to 12. Concerts will take place in July and August 2016. 
 
Black Storytellers Alliance                                       $10,000.00
Funding for Signifyin' and Testifyin', a three-day, family-friendly festival featuring master storytellers from across the county. The festival will take place at metro area locations in September 2016.
 
Classical Actors Ensemble                                      $10,000.00
Funding to produce Ben Jonson's 1606 comedy, Volpone, in repertory with Shakespeare's 1598 comedy, The Merchant of Venice. Performances will take place at the Theater Garage in fall 2016.
 
Frank Theatre                                                        $10,000.00
Funding to stage Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric, adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs. Performances will take place at the Playwrights' Center in October and November 2016.
 
Friends of the Mill District                                     $8,000.00
Funding for three cycles of choir rehearsals and performances under the direction of J.D. Steele for residents living in downtown Minneapolis' Mill District. Activities will take place between July 2016 and May 2017.
 
Gadfly Theatre Productions                                   $6,386.00
Funding to produce She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, a dramatic comedy set in the world of fantasy role-playing games. Performances take place in October 2016.
 
Hennepin Health Foundation                                 $10,000.00
Funding for a 12-month participatory arts activities program to cancer and pediatric patients and their families at Hennepin County Medical Center to introduce creative expression and optimize healing.
 
Hopewell North Music Cooperative                       $10,000.00 
Funding to support the Orchestra Advancement Program, offering student musicians from North Minneapolis and surrounding communities the opportunity to perform in an orchestra alongside professional musicians. The program includes weekly instruction, three school-year concerts, and a December 2016 concert presented with the Minnesota Sinfonia.
 
Indian Music Society of Minnesota (IMSOM)          $10,000.00
Funding to present the Fall 2016 Concert Series, a series of three chamber concerts featuring internationally renowned artists from India and one community festival of Indian classical music. The concerts and festival will be held between September and November 2016.
 
Junior Composers                                                 $10,000.00
Funding for a two-week residential music composition camp held at the U of M Twin Cities for students 14-20 in July 2017.
 
Katha Dance Theatre                                            $10,000.00
Funding for Sufiana – the Sufi Ecstasy, featuring live music, dancing and poetry. Performances will take place at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in September 2016.
 
Kenwood Symphony Orchestra                             $10,000.00
Funding for four live symphony orchestra programs, including a soloist competition, designed to bring concerts of classical music to a diverse audience. Performances will take place at metro area venues and assisted-living facilities between October 2016 and May 2017.
 
Kevin Kling & Co.                                                  $10,000.00
Funding to present Seven Plays for the New Millennium by Kevin Kling, a reflection on his work of the last ten years including storytelling, song and music. Performances will take place at Open Eye Figure Theater in August 2016.
 
Lyndale Neighborhood Association                       $10,000.00
Funding for the Hosmer World Music Program, a partnership between Lyndale Neighborhood Association, the Hosmer Library and KFAI Radio to present culturally diverse music performances. Performances will take place at the Hosmer Library and other outdoor locations in Minneapolis between July 2016 and June 2017.
 
Mizna                                                                    $10,000.00
Funding for the 11th Arab Film Festival, a four-day festival featuring 25 to 30 films by Arab and Arab-American emerging, independent, and established filmmakers. The event will take place at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in September / October 2016.
 
Morgan Thorson & Company                                 $10,000.00
Funding to produce and present Still Life, an ensemble dance installation that uses time as both subject and practice to process loss, killing, and extinction. Performances will take place at the Goodale Theater at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in March 2017.
 
Motionpoems, Inc.                                                  $10,000.00
Funding to produce five films based on spoken word poems under the leadership of spoken word and film artist E.G. Bailey. The films, each featuring a different spoken word artist and filmmaker, will premiere at the Walker Art Center and appear online in October 2016.
 
MPLS (imPulse)                                                       $10,000.00
Funding to present three, ninety-minute thematic choral programs in the Twin Cities in diverse, non-traditional performance venues. Performances will take place between November 2016 and April 2017.
 
Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association                $10,000.00
Funding for the 22nd annual Art-A-Whirl, an open studio and gallery tour held in various locations throughout Northeast Minneapolis, providing the public with an opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with artists, attend demonstrations and workshops, and purchase original artwork. Art-A-Whirl will take place in May 2017.
 
Patrick's Cabaret                                                   $10,000.00
Funding to produce the 2016 Fall and 2017 Spring Season Cabaret events, including Concept Cabarets, Open Call Cabarets, and Guest Curated Cabarets. These 12 events over 24 evenings will take place between September 2016 and June 2017.
 
Right Here Commissions                                       $10,000.00
Funding for the presentation of the 3rd Annual Right Here Showcase, a mini-festival of mid-career Minnesota-based performing artists who create original contemporary performance work, to be presented in The JSB Tekbox in April 2017. 
 
Sabathani Community Center                                 $10,000.00
Funding for New Additions to Tradition, a program for 40-50 youth teaching theater skills while engaging participants in discussions on diversity, community and unity. The program will culminate in a public performance in summer 2016.
 
Sandbox Theatre                                                    $10,000.00
Funding for 600 Years, an ensemble created theater piece told through silhouette, gesture, expressive physicality, sound and oral narrative. Performances will take place at the Southern Theater in August 2016.
 
Six Families                                                             $4,700.00
Funding for a season of events including three performances featuring non-traditional music programming that bridges genres and disciplines, as well as a series of related workshops. Events will take place at metro area locations between February and October 2017.
 
Soo Visual Arts Center                                            $10,000.00
Funding for the 13th annual Untitled exhibition series, featuring world renowned guest curators and a selection of local emerging artists. The exhibition will be held at the Soo Visual Art Center between February and March 2017.
 
St. Stephen's Human Services                                 $10,000.00
Funding to support a two-week run of zAmya Theater’s Home Street Home Minneapolis at the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio in September 2016.  The production will be promoted by the Guthrie, the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, and the Minneapolis Downtown Council to raise awareness of ending street homelessness.
 
SuperGroup                                                            $10,000.00
Funding for PEOPLE I KNOW, a group solo performance in which six individuals standing in a straight line do the same solo, in unison, inciting a rift in our understanding of authenticity, ownership, and identity. Created in collaboration with a cast of multidisciplinary performing artists, the work will premiere at the Red Eye Theater in November 2016.
 
Take-Up Productions                                             $10,000.00
Funding for the 2016 fall and winter film series of classic, cutting edge, foreign and art house films, featuring 12 series over six months showcasing a collection of films not usually available on the big screen.
 
Theatre Novi Most                                                 $10,000.00
Funding to produce Dancing on the Edge, a new play about Isadora Duncan and her tumultuous marriage to Russian poet Sergei Esenin. The production will be presented at the Southern Theater in September 2017.
 
Young Dance, Inc.                                                  $10,000.00
Funding for Sights and Sound Bites, a series of residencies by guest artists Brian Evans, Elizabeth Johnson and Ananya Chatterjea. The residencies for Young Dance company members will delve into artistic processes through a lens of social justice and will culminate in a performance at the Lab Theater in May 2017.
 
St. Paul 
 
Advocating Change Together                                $10,000.00
Funding for a monthly singing group open to all people with developmental disabilities and their allies. Activities will include nine monthly rehearsals and three public performances.
 
ARENA Dances                                                      $10,000.00
Funding for the final concert in ARENA’s 20-month-long celebration of its 20 years bringing the Twin Cities innovative modern dance by Mathew Janczewski. The concert will include new stagings of three works and the premiere of a new dance featuring the return of original company member Amy Behm Thomson. Performances will take place at the Fitzgerald Theater in November 2016.
 
BareBones Productions                                         $10,000.00
Funding to stage the 23rd Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a free outdoor pageant and performance that will take place at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul in October 2016.
 
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater                              $10,000.00
Funding for the 2017 Annual Production, a two-part, 90 minute program to celebrate Chinese New Year featuring an intermix of traditional and updated Chinese dance styles and choreography employed in this unique form of dance to launch in the 2017 Chinese New Year season. The production will take place at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in January 2017.
 
CLUES                                                                   $10,000.00
Funding for Fiesta Latina 2016 featuring diverse Latino artists and community performers showcasing their art discipline while engaging the larger community in their cultural traditions and talent. The festival will take place at CLUES in September 2016.
 
Desdamona and the Artists of INK                       $10,000.00
Funding for INK, a two-day spoken word festival including participatory workshops, and performances from local and national artists. The festival is created and run by a cohort of local spoken word artists and will be held during April 2017 in multiple locations in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood. 
 
Flying Forms                                                       $10,000.00
Funding for its 2016 - 2017 Concert Series of four baroque chamber music concerts including two free one-hour lunchtime concerts on the Friday before the full performance. Concerts will take place at The Baroque Room in St. Paul between November 2016 and April 2017.
 
Full Circle Theater Company                                $10,000.00
Funding to produce a set of 46 plays selected from the anthology 365 Days/365 Plays written by the Pulitzer Prize winning author Suzan-Lori Parks. Performances will take place at the Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul in May and June 2017.
 
Hazel Park United Church of Christ                      $10,000.00
Funding for the 2016-2017 Bauman Fine Arts Series featuring four themed concerts. Performances will take place at Hazel Park Congregational United Church of Christ, Parkway United Church of Christ and the Lakeville Area Arts Center between September 2016 and May 2017.
 
Japan America Society of Minnesota                     $7,000.00
Funding to present bon odori, a traditional Japanese folk dance to be performed during Como Park's Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival in August 2016. Activities will also include expanded cultural performances to represent a more diverse program of musicians, singers and dancers.
 
Live Action Set                                                     $10,000.00
Funding to produce The Big Lowdown 2016, a five –day interactive performance series featuring theater and music from multiple St. Paul cultural groups. Performances will take place at Bedlam Lowertown in August 2016.
 
Lyra Baroque Orchestra                                      $10,000.00
Funding its 2016-2017 season, five concerts featuring local musicians and internationally renowned guest soloists, performing music from the Baroque and Early Classical eras. Performances will take place at Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University in St. Paul between October 2016 and April 2017.
 
Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater                      $10,000.00
Funding for Folk Dances of China, the 24th annual concert featuring folk dances from different regions of China. The concert will take place at Brady Educational Auditorium at the University of Saint Thomas in January 2017.
 
Musical Offering                                                  $10,000.00
Funding for the 46th season featuring four concerts focused on immigration and chamber music. Concerts will take place between October 2016 and April 2017 at Hamline's Sundin Music Hall and will be augmented by "run-out" concerts at smaller venues. 
 
Saint Paul Ballet                                                 $10,000.00
Funding for Clara's Dream, a 75-minute adaptation of the classic Nutcracker ballet featuring 13 professional dancers of the St. Paul Ballet Company and 75-90 students from the St. Paul Ballet School. Performances will take place at The O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul in December 2016.
 
Saint Paul Vocal Forum                                      $10,000.00
Funding for Through the Valley, a collaborative concert with New Day Street Choir that will explore through choral music the paradox of lament and praise, and its meaning with respect to the challenge of homelessness, human resilience and the power of music to create community and connection. The program will be held at Assumption Church in downtown St. Paul in November 2016.
 
Smallest Museum in St Paul                               $9,773.00
Funding for 12 monthly exhibits at The Smallest Museum in St Paul. Exhibitions will be held between January and December 2017.
 
The Baroque Room                                            $10,000.00
Funding for The Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl featuring up to 28 groups from the Saint Paul classical music scene with live performances throughout the 2016 Saint Paul Art Crawl weekend in art studios and other Art Crawl venues. Activities will take place in October 2016.
 
Theatre Unbound                                             $10,000.00
Funding to present The Taming by Lauren Gunderson, a three-woman political comedy loosely based on The Taming of the Shrew. Performances will take place at SteppingStone Theatre in September 2016.
 
Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center                    $10,000.00
Funding for The Joyful Dance VII, an annual dance concert celebrating the Chinese New Year at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in January 2017.
 
Zeitgeist                                                         $10,000.00
Funding for the 2016 - 2017 Eric Stokes Song Contest and the Playing it Close to Home concert. The program will be presented at Studio Z in St. Paul and Inver Hills Community College in February 2017.
 
Hennepin County 
 
Bloomington Symphony Orchestra                 $10,000.00
Funding for the 2016 - 2017 season consisting of four public performances featuring symphonic repertoire and a collaborative concert with the Bloomington Jefferson and Kennedy High School Orchestras. Activities will take place in Bloomington between October 2016 and April 2017.
 
Partnership Resources, Inc.                           $3,723.00
Funding for The Art of Working, an eight-weeks long residency with Upstream Arts using a variety of artistic disciplines to develop soft skills vital to obtaining employment for 15 adults with disabilities. Activities will take place at the Hopkins Pavilion in July and August 2016.
 
Wayzata Symphony Orchestra                    $10,000.00
Funding for the 2015 - 2016 season of four free concerts of orchestral works that will include a collaboration with MN Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen and MN composer, Jordan Cox; a multi media presentation of Gustav Holst, The Planets; a collaboration with Edina Chorale and Two Rivers Chorale to perform Brahms’ Requiem and soloists from the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera. The concerts will take place at Wayzata Community Church between October 2016 and May 2017.
 
Ramsey County
 
Art Shanty Projects                                    $10,000.00
Funding to curate and present the 2017 Art Shanty Projects, a free four-week interactive exhibit of performance and visual art on frozen White Bear Lake. The exhibit will be on display in January and February 2017.
 
Minhua Chorus                                          $10,000.00
Funding for Forgotten Treasures, a full-length concert featuring Chinese Popular Songs and Art Songs from the Modern Era that were banned due to political censorship between 1949 and 1978. Performances will take place at Benson Great Hall at Bethel University in October 2016.
 
Merrick, Inc.                                              $10,000.00
Funding for The Art of Social Skills, two 15-week sessions for 15 adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities to work with Upstream Arts artists in each one-hour session. Activities will take place at Merrick’s Vadnais Heights location between September 2016 and May 2017.
 
Rain Taxi Inc.                                            $9,900.00
Funding for the 16th annual Twin Cities Book Festival, a free one-day public literary event featuring readings, panel discussions, book signings, writing workshops, book art demonstrations, storytelling, and other activities for all ages. The festival will take place in the Historic Progress Center and Fine Arts Building at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in October 2016.
 
Youth in Jazz, Inc.                                    $10,000.00
Funding for Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands serving over 160 students in grades 6 through 12 with eight different jazz groups which rehearse weekly between September 2016 and May 2017.  Each group will perform one or more concerts, and four of the groups will record a CD in a professional studio.
 

Washington County

ArtReach St. Croix                                      $8,600.00
Funding for the Mobile Art Gallery and Pop-up Performance project featuring fiddle master Brian Wicklund and emerging bluegrass musicians from the group Blue Hazard. Activities will happen at Take Me to the River art fairs and festivals in the St. Croix Valley in September 2016. 
 
Children's Performing Arts                       $10,000.00
Funding for Children’s Performing Arts, a 22 week theater intensive program for youth in grades K through 6th. Activities take place between September 2016 and February 2017 and culminate in a production Alice in Wonderland Junior at Forest Lake High School Auditorium.
 
Midwest Special Services, Inc.                   $10,000.00
Funding for the Art of Relationships program, a partnership with Upstream Arts that uses theater, poetry, music, and visual arts to help adults with disabilities make informed choices about relationships and sex education. Activities will take place at Midwest Special Service's Oakdale location between July and December 2016.
 
St. Croix Valley Chamber Chorale              $10,000.00
Funding for their 2016 - 2017 three-concert season. Performances will take place at the Historic Washington County Courthouse and Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater between December 2016 and April 2017.
 
Washington County Jail                             $10,000.00
Funding for the Women's Writing Program for women incarcerated in the Washington County Jail, Activities will take place beginning July 2016 and culminate in the publication of selective works in an anthology that will be place in libraries.
 

FY 2016 Next Step Fund Grant Awards

On June 28, 2016, MRAC awarded a total of $174,666 to 37 individual artists in the FY 2016 Next Step Fund grant program. The Next Step Fund program, funded by The McKnight Foundation, is designed to help artists in the 7-county metropolitan region complete a project that will help them rise to the next level in their careers regardless of whether they are emerging artists or artists well established in their disciplines.
 
Finalists were asked to submit work samples as background information and support for their Next Step project. Artists could work in any discipline but must have a community connection and demonstrated achievement in their artistic field.
 
Jackie Beckey $5,000.00
Music - New/Experimental/Electronic
Funding to compose and record a new film score.
 
Kristine Bergmark $4,075.00
Music - Ethnic/Folk-Inspired
Funding to travel to Mumbai to study with master tabla player Pandit Yogesh Samsi.
 
Joshua Clausen $5,000.00
Music - New/Experimental/Electronic
Funding for an audio engineering mentorship and the production of a debut album.
 
Catherine Dalton $5,000.00
Music - General
Funding to support the composer's first musical composition for dance and projection.
 
Immanuel Davis $5,000.00
Music - Chamber
Funding to purchase two custom flutes for performances of solo, chamber and orchestral flute repertoire of the early to mid 19th century.
 
Evelyn  Digirolamo $5,000.00
Theater - General
Funding to purchase aerial equipment.
 
Emily Gastineau $5,000.00
Dance - General
Funding to travel to Vienna, Austria to attend the Impulstanz Festival and participate in the ATLAS program.
 
Bethany Gonella $5,000.00
Music - General
Funding to purchase a baroque flute, attend a baroque instrumental music institute, and perform two public baroque flute recitals in the Twin Cities.
 
Alison Hiltner $5,000.00
Visual Arts - Experimental
Funding for Evidence of Things Not Yet Seen, a solo exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program space.
 
Nona Invie $4,014.00
Music - General
Funding to purchase a new stage piano and accessories.
 
John Jodzio $5,000.00
Literature - Fiction
Funding for a book tour to five U.S. cities to promote the author's collection of short stories.
 
Cheri Johnson $4,500.00
Literature - Fiction
Funding to hire two editors to read and critique the author's novel manuscript "Annika Rose."
 
Annika Kaplan $4,802.00
Crafts - Metal
Funding for the purchase of professional lapidary equipment for cutting gemstones.
 
Emily Kastrul $5,000.00
Music - Ethnic/Folk-Inspired
Funding to launch a website and film a music video to support the release of the artist's first full-length studio album.
 
Naomi Ko $5,000.00
Media Arts - film
Funding for the production of a short film that focuses on live storytelling.
 
Steven Lang $2,275.00
Photography
Funding to purchase a Pentax K-1 professional digital camera and lens.
 
Coua Lee $5,000.00
Visual Arts - Painting
Funding for an internship with a professional sand artist, including necessary materials and additional coursework.
 
Donald Livingston $5,000.00
Music - Chamber
Funding to repair a baroque harp and attend the Historical Harp Society Conference in June 2017.
 
John Marks $5,000.00
Media Arts - Film
Funding to refurbish a donated 16mm film printer, as well as receive training on the techniques and maintenance of the printer in support of the creation of handmade cinema works. 
 
Siama Matuzungidi $5,000.00
Music - Ethnic/Folk-Inspired
Funding to create a CD and a live show geared to young audiences and design a professional marketing kit.
 
Kimber Olson $5,000.00
Crafts - Fiber
Funding to learn wool sculpting techniques for temporary art installations.
 
Kristin Pavelka $5,000.00
Crafts - Clay
Funding for the installation of a concrete slab pad and electrical service for electric kilns to complete a home studio.
 
Emmett Ramstad $5,000.00
Visual Arts - Sculpture
Funding to purchase tools, outfit and move into a studio with the capacity to build large-scale sculpture works.
 
Suchitra Sairam $5,000.00
Dance - Ethnic/Jazz/Folk-Inspired
Funding to develop a new, original solo Bharatanatyam work.
 
Lindsey Samples $5,000.00
Theater - General
Funding to attend the International Directors Symposium offered by La MaMa Umbria.
 
Anne Sawyer-Aitch $5,000.00
Theater - Puppetry
Funding to make improvements to a garage to create a four-season work space.
 
Cecilia Schiller $5,000.00
Visual Arts - Sculpture
Funding create prototypes for paper versions of wood automata and attend the 2016 Biennial Conference of the Moveable Book Society.
 
April Sellers $5,000.00
Dance - Modern
Funding for two mentorship opportunities with Gina Gibney of Gibney Dance in New York and Tonya Lockyer at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle.
 
Su Smallen $5,000.00
Literature - Poetry
Funding to support the poet's first national book tour.
 
Sarah Stengle $1,000.00
Visual Arts - Experimental
Funding for technical assistance on an Interdisciplinary art project using stereoscope card imagery with new digital technology.
 
Edna Stevens $5,000.00
Dance - Ethnic/Jazz/Folk-Inspired
Funding to support an intensive study of Benin traditional dance with a cultural dance and theater troupe in Nigeria.
 
Emma Törzs $5,000.00
Literature - Fiction
Funding for a revision of the author's first novel, Major Arcana.
 
Xee Vang $5,000.00
Design Arts - Fashion
Funding to upgrade into a studio and purchase equipment and tools.
 
Katie Ka Vang  $5,000.00
Theater - General
Funding to support a workshop production of the artist's MFA thesis play, Spirit Trust.
 
Rory Wakemup $5,000.00
Interdisciplinary
Funding to support an Indigenous Peoples Day performance at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in fall 2016.
 
Taja Will $4,000.00
Dance - General
Funding to tour Gospels of Oblivion to the Lion's Jaw Festival in Boston.
 
Emily Zimmer $5,000.00
Theater - storytelling
Funding for vocal training and to purchase equipment for a home recording studio for audio narration.
 

FY 2016 Arts Learning - Round 2

On May 24, 2016, MRAC awarded $198,093 to 21 organizations in the second round of its FY 2016 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of and/or through the arts for children, youth, and adults by engaging people in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. The Arts Learning grant program is a direct result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. All applications go through a competitive peer review panel process. The MRAC board of directors makes the final decisions on all panel recommendations.  

The following is a list of awarded projects sorted by the county of affiliation. Please note that the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are separated from the surrounding suburban Hennepin and Ramsey counties. 

Dakota 
 
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts            $10,000.00
Funding for Chinese music and culture residencies at Yinghua Academy in Minneapolis and the Minnesota International Chinese School in Edina. Residencies will take place during the 2016-2017 school year.
 
Minneapolis 
 
Ananya Dance Theatre                                                               $9,180.00
Funding for a series of Choreographing Identity Workshops for students at four Twin Cities middle and high schools during 2016-17.
 
Givens Foundation for African American Literature                   $10,000.00
Funding for Culture Matters Writing Workshops, community-based writing workshops, using African American teaching artists, and literature by African American authors. CMWW addresses learner needs for age 18+ high school grads and other youth who have aged past the school system. Activities will take place between June and October 2016.
 
Heart of Dance                                                                          $10,000.00
Funding for Dancing Classrooms, a program that provides ballroom dance lessons to fifth-graders at Four Seasons A+ Elementary School, Benjamin E. Mays World School, and Friendship Academy of the Arts during the fall of 2016. 
 
Jawaahir Dance Company                                                          $10,000.00
Funding for Middle Eastern Dance in the Midwest, two four-day Arab dance residencies with Jawaahir's dance company culminating in a final community salon in September 2016.
 
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association                                    $10,000.00
Funding for Kids Play, a year-round music mentoring program for South High School and Southwest High School band and orchestra students. The year-round program will begin in June 2016 and conclude in May 2017.
 
Toneworks Community Foundation                                           $10,000.00
Funding for Learning Through Music, a group music therapy program for children enrolled in 24 Early Childhood Special Education classrooms in Minneapolis. The program will run for 20 weeks beginning in October 2016.
 
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre                                               $10,000.00
Funding for flamenco master dance classes for Zorongo apprentices, company dancers, and the broader flamenco community. Classes will take place at Zorongo Flamenco Studio in Minneapolis from June to November.
 
St. Paul 
 
ANEW BAM                                                                                    $8,500.00
Funding for a collaboration with St. Paul Neighborhood Network, Parkway Montessori Community Middle School, and spoken word artist Frank Sentwali for History Day 2016-2017, and a Civil Rights documentary. The projects will take place at the Parkway Montessori Community Middle School in February and May 2017. 
 
ComMUSICation                                                                              $10,000.00
Funding for ComMUSICation Nation, a six-week summer music program at the Mt. Airy Boys and Girls’ Club for 40-60 St. Paul Promise Neighborhood elementary age youth. Activities will take place from June to July with a final performance at Rondo Days.
 
Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education                                            $10,000.0
Funding for presentations, residencies and workshops that educate young students about jazz history and performance.  Activities will take place in partnering schools throughout the Twin Cities throughout the 2016-2017 school year.
 
Deborah Elias Danza Espanola                                      $10,000.00
Funding for flamenco dance residencies with approximately 615 students from five St. Paul schools.  The residencies will take place from September 2016 through March 2017.
 
East Side Arts Council                                                 $10,000.00
Funding to bring visual artist and writer Marie Olofsdotter, puppetry artist Malia Burkhart, and theater artist Alberto Justiniano and a performance by Teatro del Pueblo to elementary students in three East Side St. Paul schools during the 2016-2017 school year. 
 
In Progress                                                                  $10,000.00
Funding for Digital Journeys, a program focusing on electronic music, digital photography and/or video for newly developing artists of color, age 12-22. The mentorship will take place at In Progress in St. Paul from October, 2016 through April 2017.
 
Keane Sense of Rhythm                                               $10,000.00
Funding for Tap with Class to provide free tap dance classes to 1st through 4th grade students of two St Paul summer school venues. 
 
Mill City String Quartet                                                $5,700.00
Funding for a series of five string quartet concerts for the inmates at Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF)-Shakopee. The concerts will take place from October 2016 through June 2017. 
 
Pathway Learning Center, Inc.                                    $10,000.00
Funding to support Culture Creates, a summer program that engages Hmong youth, ages 8-18, in the process of writing and publishing their own books. Activities will take place at the Pathway Learning Center in August 2016.
 
Ramsey County
 
Balkanicus Institiute for Balkan Art Culture and History                     $9,913.00
Funding for Balkan folk dances, an 8-week class and a 2-day residency in the Roseville Lutheran Church and Tapestry Folkdance Center. Dances will be taught to all levels from beginner to advanced from August through October 2016.
 
Rosetown Playhouse                                        $10,000.00
Funding for MY LIFE IN A BAG, a theatrical experience inspired by the stories of Roseville teens in June-July of 2016. Led by professional artists, teens will turn their stories and experiences into a performance at three non-traditional, accessible Roseville venues.
 
Spitting Image Collective                                   $6,800.00
Funding for an 8-part artist residency program in collaboration with the ensemble and teaching artists of Stone Arch Collective. Activities will take place at Emmet D. Williams Elementary School in Roseville and Hiawatha Academy in Minneapolis throughout the 2016/17 school year. 
 
Washington County
 
Family Means                       $8,000.00
Funding for a theater production for elementary and middle school-aged youth in the mobile home communities of Cimarron and Landfall.  Rehearsals will begin in June 2016 and culminate in a free performance in August 2016.
 
 

FY 2016 Community Arts - Round 2

On March 22, 2016, MRAC awarded $281,803 to 48 organizations/projects in the first round of its FY 2016 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. 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
 
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts     $5,000.00
Funding for the 18th Annual Art at Rice Creek, a free arts festival featuring visual, literary, and performance art experiences. The festival will take place at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts and in the adjacent Manomin Park in September 2016.
 
Fridley Community Theatre      $5,000.00
Funding to present five performances of The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree, a summer musical production featuring a large cast of community members from Anoka County. Performances will take place in July 2016 at the Spring Lake Park High School Auditorium.
 
Carver County
 
Centre Stage Theatre and Arts     $5,000.00
Funding to produce and present Plaza Suite by Neil Simon. Performances will take place at Central High School in Norwood Young America in August 2016.
 
Edge of the Big Woods Art Wander     $5,000.00
Funding for The Edge of the Big Woods Art Wander, a self guided tour featuring 35 artists in 17 studios located throughout Carver County that will take place in September 2016.
 
ISD 108 Community Education      $5,000.00 
Funding for a Music in the Park series of eight performances on Thursday evenings in Norwood Young America during summer 2016.
 
Dakota County
 
Children's Castle Theater      $5,000.00
Funding to produce and present eight performances of Billy Elliot the Musical. Performances will take place at the Lakeville Area Arts Center in October 2016.
 
International Festival of Burnsville      $5,000.00
Funding for the International Festival of Burnsville featuring an indoor art exhibit, international cultural display booths, and an outdoor festival with a parade of flags, traditional attire, ethnic foods, and family art activities. The festival will be held at Nicollet Commons Park and the Ames Center in Burnsville in July 2016.
 
ISD 197 Community Education        $5,000.00
Funding for Latin Social Dances, a two week long performing arts experience for youth ages Kindergarten through 8th grade partnering with a resident artist from The Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts. Activities will take place at Moreland Elementary School in West St. Paul and culminate in a public performance in August 2016.
 
Los Alegres Bailadores        $4,800.00
Funding for a two-week intensive Mexican Folkloric Dance Workshop primarily led by Maestro Zadoc Fuentes Marin. Workshops will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and the Wellstone Center on St. Paul's West Side in August 2016.
 
Rosemount Community Band        $4,198.00
Funding for the Big Band/Jazz and Rib Fest. Featuring six-to-seven notable Twin Cities area big band/jazz bands at a one day festival. Activities will take place at the Rosemount Amphitheater in June 2016.
 
Twin Cities Catalyst Music, Inc       $5,000.00
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Funding for The Young Musician Concert Series providing young artists an opportunity to perform in a professional setting and learn about the music industry through meetings and mentoring from staff. Activities include six public concerts and will take place at The Garage in Burnsville between April and August 2016.
 
Minneapolis County
 
Metro Work Center, Inc.       $5,000.00
Funding for a metal sculpture project for adults with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities. Each participant will create an individual sculpture and help create a group showpiece for public display. The project will culminate in an open house and exhibition of finished works.
 
38th & Chicago Business Association       $5,000.00
Funding for the 12th annual BBQ Music Festival, a daylong arts and cultural celebration of the creativity and vibrancy of the Bryant, Bancroft, Central, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods in South Minneapolis. The festival will take place along Chicago Avenue in June 2016.
 
Aniccha Arts        $5,000.00
Funding for Census, a public performance project about the impacts of systematic information gathering on the body, our everyday lives, and to our broader communities. The piece will be performed by 114 performers and 150 audience participants for 9 hours during the 2016 Northern Spark Festival.
 
Bells of the Lakes        $5,000.00
Funding for a four part concert series held at senior living facilities in the Twin Cities, designed to introduce communities to the musical artform of handbells.
 
Collective Unconscious Performance         $5,000.00
Funding for Spun Sugar, a new production inspired by variations of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, collaboratively re-imagined through a queer lens using puppetry and mask work. Performances will take place at the Red Eye Theater in December 2016.
 
Community Bridge        $5,000.00
Funding for Free to be Different Together, a series of four visual art exhibits with corresponding community art events, featuring underrepresented artists from diverse backgrounds. The exhibitions and events will take place at the Center for Changing Lives between April 2016 and April 2017.
 
Ebenezer Society Foundation         $4,985.00
Funding for a four-week public art project during which senior residents will work with public artist Anne Krocak to create individual sculptures that reflect their origins. These same images will then be incorporated in a large concrete sculpture permanently installed outside the front entrance of Tower Apartments in Minneapolis.
 
Hope Community, Inc.         $5,000.00
Funding for The Power of Vision, a neighborhood mural program that will engage approximately 30 youth in developing arts and leadership skills. The project will take place between April and September 2016 and culminate in a public mural and community unveiling ceremony.
 
Metropolitan Symphony Orchestral Association       $5,000.00
Funding for a free concert at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, featuring Tchaikovsky's Italian Capriccio, the midwest premiere of Polina Nazaykinskaya’s Trombone Concerto, and Guilmant’s Organ Symphony No. 2. The concert will take place in May 2016.
 
Minneapolis Art Lending Library        $5,000.00
Funding for the Minneapolis Art Lending Library, a program that allows patrons to browse a collection of artworks and select one to borrow for three months, to display and enjoy in their homes. The Library will host a lending event in April 2016 at Public Functionary, and another in July 2016 at the American Craft Council. 
 
Minneapolis Southside Singers       $5,000.00
Funding to present 20 free concerts to under-served audiences across the seven-county metropolitan area between April 2016 and March 2017.
 
Poetry for People          $5,000.00
Funding to host the fourth annual Poetry and Pie Picnic in Powderhorn, a solstice celebration featuring a diverse group of poets and pie bakers from Central and Powderhorn neighborhoods. The picnic will take place at Powderhorn Park in June 2016.
 
Powderhorn Porchfest         $5,000.00
Funding for Powderhorn Porchfest, a neighborhood music festival that is free to the public, family friendly, and features over 20 local musical and spoken word groups performing on residential porches. The festival will take place in the Powderhorn neighborhood in September 2016.
 
Rikudim      $5,000.00
Funding to create and present a new solo dance work rooted in the writings of the Jewish poets of Medieval Southern Spain, created by dancer Tamara Nadel and choreographer Ranee Ramaswamy. Performances will take place at the Southern Theater in fall 2017.
 
Second Fiddle Productions     $5,000.00
Funding to produce a series of staged readings of three musicals that examine social issues relevant today, including A New Brain, Chess and 110 in the Shade. Performances will take place in May, August and October 2016 respectively in the Cabaret Space at Camp Bar in Saint Paul. 
 
Sparkle Theatricals         $5,000.00
Funding for SPIRIT FORWARD, an immersive theatrical experience about the life of Harry Houdini that integrates storytelling, improvised movement, theatrical magic, and culinary art. The performance will take place at Forepaugh's Restaurant in St. Paul in October 2016.
 
The Minnesota SAGE Awards for Dance        $5,000.00
Funding for the 12th Annual Sage Awards for Dance, featuring three live performances, music, and video celebrating the Minnesota dance community. The event will take place at the Cowles Center for Dance in October 2016.
 
The Summer Singers          $5,000.00
Funding to present Sweet Dreams, the 21st season of a cappella choral concerts. The season includes two Family Concerts and three traditional full-length programs that explore the connection between music and our imagination. Performances will take place at several metro locations during summer 2016.
 
The Urban Spectrum Theatre Company         $5,000.00
Funding to produce an original work based on the poetry of Langston Hughes, featuring local musicians and a mix of amateur and professional dancers and theater artists. Performances will take place at Intermedia Arts in October 2016.
 
Scott County County
 
Savage Arts Council         $4,000.00
Funding for the tenth annual Juried Art Competition and Show, a visual arts exhibition for both professional and amateur visual artists. The artwork will be displayed throughout the community of Savage in April and May 2016.
 
Czech Heritage Club          $4,300.00
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Funding for the seventh annual European Christmas Event featuring traditional folk dancers and singers, artisans and craft vendors and family friendly activities. The event will take place at the New Prague Park Ballroom in December 2016.
 
St. Paul County
 
Consortium Carissimi          $5,000.00
Funding to present La Sincerita' con la Sincerita' ossia Il Tirinto, an opera that has not been performed since its premiere in1672.  Performances will take place at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis in June 2016.
 
113       $5,000.00
Funding to present violin duo, Duo Gelland, the Strains New Music Ensemble, and the composers of 113 in three concerts, four lectures, and multiple new music workshops at colleges and retirement communities throughout the Twin Cities over a period of two weeks.  The Duo Gelland residency events will occur from March 28-April 15, 2016 and performances and lectures by Strains will be presented May 5,6, and 8, 2016 at Studio Z in St. Paul and the MacPhail Center for Music's Antonello Hall.
 
Ally People Solutions $5,000.00
Funding for Allies in Art: Finding True North, a fourteen week visual arts program with teaching artist Katrina Knutson for adult artists with disabilities. Activities will take place at ALLY Business Solution's site in St. Paul between March and June 2016.
 
Asian Economic Development Association $5,000.00
Funding for MANIFEST: Pop-Up Arts & Culture, a free all-ages arts event highlighting Asian and local neighborhood artists in collaboration with small business spaces. Activities will take place at the International Plaza Mall in Little Mekong in December 2016.
 
District 1 Community Council      $5,000.00
Funding to develop, design and paint a mural at an apartment complex that is home to a large population of East African immigrant families. Activities include community gatherings to collect stories and paint the mural and will culminate in a celebration in Fall 2016.
 
El Arco Iris       $5,000.00
Funding for an eight week program offerering 30-40 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 spring 2016.
 
Festa Italiana Minnesota      $5,000.00
Funding for the Minnesota Italian Art Project, featuring presentations and hands-on activities of Italian folk art and fine art. Activities will take place at the Festa Italiana at Rice Park in July 2016.
 
Sounds of Hope, Ltd.        $5,000.00
Funding for the Songs of Hope Summer Tour, an international concert project comprised of youth aged 9-16 presenting twenty or more concerts of music from around the world. Concerts will be held throughout the metro area in July 2016.
 
Twin Cities Labor Chorus       $5,000.00
Funding for 9 to 12 choral performances in the metro area between April 2016 and March 2017.
 
Hennepin County County
 
Vail Place         $5,000.00
Funding to work with History Theatre teaching artists to develop a performance piece based on participants lived experiences with mental illnesses. The project will include two separate and independent 15-week workshops, each with a final performance at the History Theatre in St. Paul in fall 2016.
 
4 Community Theatre        $5,000.00
Funding for six performances of the family musical Fiddler on the Roof at the Orono HS auditorium in Long Lake in July 2016.
 
Chain Reaction Theatre Project        $5,000.00
Funding for the production of Invisible, an original play based on true stories of homeless suburban youth in Minnesota. Performances will take place at seven locations in October and November 2016.
 
Discovery Arts Council        $3,200.00
Funding for the Orono International Festival, an annual fall arts festival allowing community members to share the arts and culture of their heritage through country booths, folk arts, costumes, displays and five to seven performing arts groups sharing music and dance from around the world. The festival will take place in October 2016.
 
Reach for Resources            $5,000.00
Funding for Art Abilities, a 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 Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins and French Regional Park in Plymouth in June - July 2016 with an art exhibit taking place in December 2016.
 
Saint Anthony Community Theater         $4,910.00
Funding to produce and present the musical Mary Poppins. Performances will take place at the St. Anthony Village High School Auditorium over two weekends during the summer of 2016.  
 
St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts         $5,000.00
Funding for Our Town Sings!, a six night series of both professional performances and community singing events led by professional musicians. Activities will take place on Tuesdays evenings at Wolfe Park Amphitheater in St Louis Park in summer 2016.
 
United Artist Collaborative         $5,000.00
Funding for nine performances of The Illusionist: Shakespeare Reveals All – The Operetta by African American playwright Jerry Wilson.  Performances will take place at Wolfe Park Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in July and  Sabes Jewish Community Center Theatre in September 2016
 
Ramsey County County
 
Balkanicus Institiute for Balkan Art Culture and History           $4,980.00
Funding for Balkanicus, a free public concert featuring new and contemporary Balkan chamber music. The concert will take place at the University of Minnesota Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in April 2016.
 
Cultural Society of Filipino Americans           $5,000.00
Funding for PAMANA X (ten), a 2-hour dance and music production that showcases authentic Filipino dances, music and costumes; depicts distinct historical periods, geographic areas and cultural influences; and provides an artistic forum for Filipino culture in the Twin Cities. Activities will take place at the Ames Center in Burnsville in September 2016.
 
Lakeshore Players            $5,000.00
Funding for the 12th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival featuring ten original plays performed over two weekends. Activities will take place at Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake in June 2016.
 
Roseville Parks and Recreation $5,000.00
Funding for the Live at the Rog performance series of family-friendly events including Global Adventures, an initiative to make cultural connections through multiple art forms. The series will be held at the Roseville Central Park Frank Rog Amphitheater in summer 2016.
 
Vox Nova Chorale            $5,000.00
Funding to present Celebrating Women Composers, a choral concert centered on women composers from medieval to present time, including new compositions from emerging female composers. Performances will take place at St. Mary's Chapel on the St. Paul Seminary campus in July 2016.
 
Washington County
 
Canvas Health                 $3,630.00
Funding for Jammin' Art, a 25 session visual art project serving up to 20 adults with mental illness in the Clubhouse Recovery program. Activities will take place at East Suburban Resources in Stillwater and culminate in a public exhibition in March 2017.
 
Masquers Theatre Company            $2,800.00
Funding to produce and present Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Performances will take place at Forest Lake High School Auditorium in July 2016.
 
Vets for Music             $5,000.00
Funding for VetsFest, a free one-day music festival honoring military veterans to be held at Richard Walton Memorial Park in Oakdale in July 2016.
 
Washington County 4-H Federation         $5,000.00
Funding for the Washington County Arts-In, a four-day intensive performing arts camp for youth from grades 7 through their freshmen year of post-secondary education. The camp will take place at the Washington County Fairgrounds in July and culminate with performances at the Washington County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair in July and August 2016.
 
 
 

FY 2016 Arts Learning - Round 1

On January 26, 2016, MRAC awarded $234,295.00 to 25 organizations in the first round of its FY 2016 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of and/or through the arts for children, youth, and adults by engaging people in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. The Arts Learning grant program is a direct result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. All applications go through a competitive peer review panel process. The MRAC board of directors makes the final decisions on all panel recommendations.
 
The following is a list of awarded projects sorted by the county of affiliation. Organization websites are included when available as a way to get more information about the groups and awarded projects. Please note that the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are separated from the surrounding suburban Hennepin and Ramsey counties.
 
Dakota
 
Platinum Theater                                         $10,000.00 
Funding for the Senior Acting Studio program of acting classes for seniors in three five-week sessions at the Sabes Jewish Community Center in Minneapolis from March through early June of 2016.  
 
Minneapolis
 
Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum            $10,000.00 
Funding for classes in the arts of nomadic finger-weaving, oral poetry, and dance in cultural immersion settings for Somali-American youth. The classes will be held from April through September of 2016, and will also be available to non-Somali participants.
 
Kairos Alive!                                                  $10,000.00 
Funding for a Community Dance, Music & Story Theater Residency at Midwest Special Services sites in Apple Valley, Brooklyn Park, and Eagan from February through May of 2016.  Participants will include people with physical and cognitive disabilities, and their surrounding caregiver, family, and community members.
 
Technical Tools of the Trade                         $10,000.00 
Funding for an education program in technical skills and design in the performing arts for school-age through adult students from February to October of 2016.  
 
Kulture Klub Collaborative                             $9,585.00 
Funding for a sculpture workshop series during September and October of 2016 at Franconia in the City in which youth experiencing homelessness will design and create large scale work for both Kulture Klub Collaborative and Franconia.  
 
Inverted Arts                                                  $10,000.00 
Funding for an Art Exploration Program, for middle and high school students in partnership with Hope Academy in south Minneapolis during the summer of 2016, in which students choose one of five artistic disciplines taught by professional artist mentors. 
 
The DIAL Group                                              $10,000.00 
Funding for the Media Arts Apprenticeship Program for artists of color ages 15 through 21.  The project will be conducted during the summer of 2016, and includes mentorships, training, and service-learning opportunities.  
 
Minneapolis American Indian Center              $8,800.00 
Funding for activities focused on Ojibwe beadwork, including workshops, field trips, and a final exhibition.  People of all ages will participate in the project that runs from February through August of 2016. 
 
East Side Neighborhood Services                    $10,000.00 
Funding for workshops exploring the theme of composition through sound and photography over 12 weeks during spring of 2016 for youth at East Side Neighborhood Services’ Menlo VIBE and Heritage VIBE Out-of-School Time Programs.  
 
Young Dance, Inc.                                            $10,000.00 
Funding for All Abilities Dancing, a program at schools and other sites that engages youth with and without disabilities in quality dance experiences that emphasize ability and redefine dance.  The program will run from February through November of 2016.
 
Minnesota Productions, Inc.                             $10,000.00 
Funding for Living Out Loud, a collaboration with The Wilder Foundation for a series of month-long theatrical improvisation and storytelling classes for seniors in St. Paul from April through July of 2016.  
 
Redeemer Residence                                         $5,475.00 
Funding for artist residencies at Redeemer Health & Rehab Center (formerly Redeemer Residence) in south Minneapolis in which memoir writing, puppetry, and various visual arts will be taught.  The residencies will run from February through the fall of 2016. 
 
Art ASAP, Incorporated                                      $10,000.00 
Funding for an after school arts program on The Arts Bus for 4th through 8th graders living in Mt. Airy Hi-Rise housing complex in St. Paul from March through June of 2016. 
 
She Rock She Rock                                             $10,000.00 
Funding for the Girls Rock n Roll Retreat, a five-day music camp in which girls ages 8-16 learn an instrument, form a band, collaboratively write their own songs, and perform their music.  The activities will occur during the summer of 2016 in Hopkins and St. Paul.  
 
Art Buddies                                                        $10,000.00 
Funding for an after-school project at Whittier Recreation Center in Minneapolis from February until May of 2016, in which 40 children ages 8 through 11 will be paired with 40 adult mentors to create an imaginative costume and Buddy Book that captures each child's interests, strengths, and dreams.
 
Ebenezer Society Foundation                             $10,000.00 
Funding for Music for Life music education programs for older adults at Ebenezer Ridges and Ebenezer Martin Luther campuses as a part of Ebenezer's Life Long Learning initiative.  The program of weekly sessions will run for a year beginning in March of 2016.
 
St. Paul
 
Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac                 $10,000.00 
Funding for a 12-class apprenticeship in the literary arts from February through April of 2016 in which 20 ethnically- and age-diverse community editors will work in close partnership with five accomplished writers and editors. Apprentices will also choose the pieces for the Saint Paul Almanac. 
 
Nautilus Music-Theater                                     $10,000.00 
Funding for The Nautilus Composer-Librettist Studio, which will provide Minnesota composers, writers, and performers the opportunity to explore the basic elements of opera and new music-theater.  The 16-day curriculum of working sessions, rehearsals, and performance will begin in late May of 2016. 
 
Walker West Music Academy                              $10,000.00 
Funding for the 2016 Summer Music Camp for students ages 5 to 12 to experience instrumental and vocal music for the first time.    
 
Sounds of Hope, Ltd.                                           $10,000.00 
Funding for weekly music sessions in St. Paul at Sholom Homes and Little Sisters of the Poor for elderly residents experiencing the effects of aging, including physical and cognitive limitations and difficulty accessing the arts.  Activities will occur during a one-year period beginning in February of 2016.
 
Jewish Family Service of St. Paul                         $2,355.00 
Funding for "Celebrating Life  - an Art Series" for low income community-dwelling elders at three residences in St. Paul during the summer of 2016.  The curriculum is modified from the Mia's Art Adventure program for children.  
 
Suburban Hennepin County
 
Partnership Resources, Inc.                                  $8,080.00 
Funding for "Abstract Painting:  Learning to make my mark," a project in which PRI clients will learn basic abstract painting concepts as they explore their ideas and represent them through their works. The project will run from February through May of 2016, and culminate in a public exhibit.
 
City of Maplewood                                                $10,000.00 
Funding for Happy Place Workshops for families from Tubman Center to participate in five workshops with installation and visual artists in March and April of 2016. Children and their adults will create a shared vision of a Happy Place as a toy theater set that they can take home and use to perform short scenes.
 
Lakeshore Players                                                 $10,000.00 
Funding for the 2016 Summer Youth Players theater camps that will serve up to 70 participants entering grades 2 through 12, and will include public performances at Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake.
 
Dangerous Productions                                         $10,000.00 
Funding for HAPPY WHO AM I?, a project through which youth in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul will collaborate with local filmmakers, from February through August of 2016.  
 

FY 2016 Community Arts - Round 1

On December 15, 2015, MRAC awarded $333,821 to 68 organizations/projects in the first round of its FY 2016 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. 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 ninth annual Blaine World Fest Celebration, a public event exploring the cultural arts and ethnicities that currently exist in the city. The event will take place in May 2016.
 
JOYA! Chamber Music Series                                         
Funding for two chamber music concerts featuring world class musicians, performing for audiences in Anoka County. Concerts will take place at the Zion Lutheran Church of Anoka in February and April 2016.
$4,200.00 
 
Mississippi Valley Orchestra  $4,827.00 
Funding for Angel Voice, a free concert showcasing the St. Paul Piano Teachers Concerto Competition winner and special guest soloist, soprano Marie Jette. The concert will take place at First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights in February 2016.
 
Musikgarten of Anoka   $5,000.00 
Funding for the 2016 Winter/Spring semester of early childhood music classes in the northwestern suburbs for children birth to five-years-old and their families.
 
Carver County
 
ISD 112 Community Education   $5,000.00 
Funding for the 11th annual Hooked on Books... and the Arts, too!, a one-day literary and performing arts event featuring author Paulette Bogan at Chanhassen High School in February 2016.
 
Dakota County
 
Chameleon Theatre Circle   $5,000.00 
Funding for the second half of its 2015-2016 Artistic Season including ([title of show], Catch Me If You Can, and Macbeth and their New Play Contest. Activities will take place between January and June 2016 and performances are at the Ames Center in Burnsville.
 
Dakota Valley Symphony   $5,000.00 
Funding for the Gala 30th Anniversary Celebration, a family-friendly concert featuring four selections including a world premiere. The concert will take place at The Ames Center in Burnsville in February 2016.
 
Eagan Art Festival   $5,000.00 
Funding for the 22nd annual Eagan Art Festival, a free two-day outdoor art festival featuring a broad range of artists, entertainment and arts activities for all ages. The festival will take place at the Eagan Community Center in June 2016.
 
Eagan Parks and Recreation   $5,000.00 
Funding for Art Connect Eagan, a year-long project connecting local visual artists and the Eagan community through monthly artist gatherings, the annual Harvest of Art Celebration event featuring a visual art exhibition, artist demonstrations, artist vendor tents and the inaugural Eagan Community Supported Art distribution. Activities will take place between January and December 2016.
 
Exultate   $5,000.00 
Funding for Emmanuel, a three-concert series comprised of 18 movements from some of the best loved choral masterpieces ever composed and featuring Exultate’s Festival Choir and Orchestra. Performances will take place in three community-based venues in March 2016.
 
Forte Fine Arts Academy   $5,000.00 
Funding to present Shrek, Jr., a 60 minute musical based on the animated movie and adapted for young performers. Performances will take place at Lakeville North High School's theater in July 2016.
 
Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games   $5,000.00 
Funding for the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games featuring live Celtic music including performances and workshops by the internationally acclaimed duo of Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. Workshops will take place at Celtic Junction in St. Paul and performances will take place at the Scottish Fair in Eagan in July 2016.
 
Rosemount Area Arts Council   $5,000.00 
Funding for ArtBlast 2016, the third annual community celebration of the arts featuring approximately 50 events. Activities will take place at various venues in Rosemount in June 2016.
 
Velvet Tones   $5,000.00 
Funding for nine vocal performances for groups with limited arts access. The performances will take place in the greater metropolitan area between January and June 2016.
 
Minneapolis 
 
Ancia Saxophone Quartet   $5,000.00 
Funding to perform two concerts featuring new and traditional compositions by female composers for saxophone quartet. Performances will take place at Studio Z and the Weisman Art Museum in May 2016.
 
Breanna's Gift   $5,000.00 
Funding for an arts program for children with cancer and other serious illnesses offering classes in dance, theater, visual arts and music at four Twin Cities health related facilities. Activities will take place between January and May 2016.
 
Casa de España en Minnesota    $5,000.00 
Funding for their first International Spanish Music Festival featuring five performances of both classical music and popular songs from Spain, Argentina, Cuba, Peru, and other Spanish speaking countries. Performances will take place at various venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul in February and March 2016.
 
Chronofon Productions   $5,000.00 
Funding for '66, a multi-media concert focusing on the musical, cultural, social and political events which occurred during the year 1966. Nine performances will take place at Open Eye Theatre in Minneapolis in June 2016.
 
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts   $5,000.00 
Funding for The Braided Candle, a project that will present concerts and outreach activities in Minneapolis and St. Paul and features Steven Greenman and Gao Hong. Activities will take place in January 2016.
 
Ka Joog   $5,000.00 
Funding for Xasuuso (Remember) 1960, a photography exhibit and spoken word event to be held during the annual Somali Independence Day celebration in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.
 
Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra   $4,996.00 
Funding for three distinct symphony orchestra programs, open to the public free of charge, designed to bring artistically challenging and appealing music to a diverse audience. Performances will take place between February and June 2016.
 
Minnesota Bach Ensemble    $5,000.00 
Funding to present a concert of J.S. Bach and his son C.P.E. Bach featuring guest violinist Jorja Fleezanis. The performance will take place at Antonello Hall at MacPhail Center for Music in February 2016.
 
Morris Park Players    $5,000.00 
Funding to produce the musical, Mary Poppins, with a large, diverse cast of performers and a live orchestra. Performances will take place at Edison High School in spring 2016.
 
Off-Leash Area   $5,000.00 
Funding for the 2016 Mainstage Production, AfterWind, a performance and installation production to be performed at The Soap Factory in May 2016.
 
Oromo Culture Institute of Minnesota    $5,000.00 
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Funding for six months of traditional Oromo dance and music classes tailored to members of the Oromo community lacking access to traditional Oromo arts and culture. The program will culminate in a performance for the larger Oromo and Twin Cities community featuring dance and music created and performed by participants. 
 
Pathway Learning Center, Inc.    $5,000.00 
Funding for the Sidewalk Arts Project, a summer-long public art and collaborative design project with Asian American artist Yang Yang and mentoring 10 young emerging artists.  Activities will take place between May and September 2016 in North Minneapolis.
 
Rhythmically Speaking    $5,000.00 
Funding for the eighth annual showcase featuring dances created by five to nine local emerging and established Twin Cities Jazz and rhythm-driven choreographers. The showcase will be held at the Southern Theater in August 2016.
 
Salsa Fiesta   $5,000.00 
Funding for One Night In Cuba, a music and dance collaboration and celebration featuring live salsa ensembles and Latin dance performance groups. The event will take place at the Cedar Cultural Center in May 2016.
 
She Rock She Rock    $5,000.00 
Funding for Ladies Rock Camp, a three-day music camp for women ages 19 and older. Activities will take place at Laura Jeffrey Academy in St. Paul and culminate in a public performance at Bunkers Music Bar and Grill in May 2016.
 
Skewed Visions   $5,000.00 
Funding to remount EX, an unusually structured interdisciplinary performance work that explores themes of family, memory, and loss. Performances will take place at Fresh Oysters, a south Minneapolis shared artists space, in June 2016.
 
Southern Theater    $5,000.00 
Funding to support three performances from a collection of seven artists, connecting them with the resources and audiences needed to make their shows a success. Performances will take place at the Southern Theater between March and December 2016.
 
Swandive Theatre   $5,000.00  
Funding to produce Kid-Simple: a radio play in the flesh, by Jordan Harrison. Performances will take place at The Southern Theater in April 2016.
 
The DIAL Group    $5,000.00 
Funding for In Focus: Media Arts & Youth Leadership Program, providing at-risk, under-served youths of color in North Minneapolis a high quality, after-school media arts program with a service-learning component focused on community engagement.
 
Upper Midwest Flute Association, Inc.     $5,000.00 
Funding for the 25th Annual Flute Fest, a one-day flute festival featuring competitions, workshops, and concerts. Activities will take place at  Augsburg College in April 2016.
 
Scott County
 
South Metro Chorale   $5,000.00 
Funding to present Water Music, a two concert series featuring a twenty six piece orchestra. Concerts will take place at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake in April and at St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Richfield in May 2016.
 
St. Paul 
 
Bach Society of Minnesota    $5,000.00 
Funding for Loss, healing and Acceptance, a concert of three Bach cantatas featuring the Bach Societ's Chorus and Orchestra and including a St. Paul Central High School choir. The performance will take place at Sundin Music Hall on the campus of Hamline University in February 2016.
 
Calliope Women's Chorus    $5,000.00 
Funding for How Can I Keep From Singing?, a celebration of Calliope’s 40 years of making music for, by and about women and will feature the premiere of a commissioned piece by Minnesota composer Linda Kachelmeier. The concert will take place at Sundin Hall, Hamline University in April 2016.
 
Deborah Elias Danza Espanola    $4,910.00 
Funding for Coro Flamenco, a lively street choir of 12 singers and dancers performing traditional flamenco songs with tambourines, castanets, and guitar, stopping to give "flash" performances at 8-10 pre-arranged sites, and longer performances at 2 anchor sites.  Activities will take place on and around Cesar Chavez Street in the West Side of St. Paul in June 2016.
 
Friends of Swede Hollow Inc.    $5,000.00 
Funding for the 7th annual Art in the Hollow ~ Artists in Action, a one-day multidisciplinary outdoor arts festival. The festival will take place in June 2016.  
 
Hmong Cultural Center    $5,000.00 
Funding for Hmong Traditional Dance Classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from January Through December 2016.
 
Minnesota Guitar Society   $5,000.00 
Funding to present five concerts and two masterclasses featuring guitarists from the Twin Cities, Brazil, Hawaii, Thailand and New Orleans. Performances will take place at Sundin Music Hall between January and June 2016.
 
Minnesota Music Coalition     $5,000.00 
Funding for the 5th annual MN Music Summit, a music festival and conference for musicians, fans and those working in the industry featuring workshops, mentoring sessions, a national keynote speaker and concerts showcasing top artists and emerging bands. Activities will take place in St. Paul in April 2016.
 
MNKINO   $5,000.00 
Funding for the third annual MNKINO Film Score Fest, an event that brings filmmakers, composers, and musicians together to create new short films with original scores that are performed live at the screening. The event will take place the Landmark Center in St. Paul in August 2016.
 
On Time Circus   $5,000.00 
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Funding to tour The On-Time Circus, a puppet/clown show for children and adults, to eight St. Paul Parks and Recreation passive parks. Performances will take place in summer of 2016.
 
The Floating Library    $5,000.00 
Funding for The Floating Library, a public art initiative that brings artists’ books to people recreating on an urban lake. Activities will take place in summer 2016 on St. Paul's Lake Phalen. 
 
The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists   $5,000.00 
Funding to support The Composers Lab, a concert and workshop event that puts new music on stage in front of an audience that is holding the music and taking part in a running dialogue with the artists. The event will take place at Sundin Music Hall in April 2016.
 
Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation    $5,000.00 
Funding for Circus Internationale, a full-immersion two week creative arts camp for youth living at the Liberty Plaza affordable housing development in St. Paul. The program will feature artists from Barebones Productions and culminate in a community event in August 2016.
 
West Side Community Organization     $5,000.00 
Funding for Drawing Out, a collaborative, community-based, creative initiative with local artists facilitating 12 weeks of creative community engagement projects. Activities will take place at the Growing West Side Farmer's Market between June and October 2016.
 
Suburban Hennepin County
 
Edina Singing Seniors      $5,000.00 
Funding for 31 performances at senior residences, nursing homes, subsidized housing and other venues. Performances will take place between January and December 2016.
 
Encore Wind Ensemble      $4,800.00 
Funding for three concerts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area from February through April 2016.
 
Music Association of Minnetonka      $5,000.00 
Funding for four young people's concerts focused on building children's familiarity with instruments in the orchestra. The concerts will be presented at Wayzata Community Church and Minnetonka United Methodist Church in February and at Minnetonka City Hall and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in October 2016.
 
Orono Community Education Early Learning Program     $5,000.00 
Funding for Art in Motion, a multi-month study of the creative intersection of art and science by young children and their families culminating with an art show and evening family event.  Activities will take place at the Discovery Center in Maple Plain between January and May 2016.
 
Perspectives, Inc.     $5,000.00 
Funding for The Family Dish, a pottery project offered to at-risk families in the Kids Connection program featuring a series of workshops culminating in a celebration dinner. Activities will take place at Perspectives Family Center in St. Louis Park between April 2016 and February 2017.
 
Plymouth Concert Band     $5,000.00 
Funding for their 2016 Winter and Spring band concerts featuring a special guest artist and the winner from the high school music competition at the Spring concert. Performances will take place at Wayzata High School Auditorium in March and May 2016.
 
Plymouth Rockers      $5,000.00 
Funding for 25 choral performances in the metropolitan area at senior residences, senior assisted living/nursing homes, community activity centers and churches, and two one-and-one-half hour concerts for the public. Activities take place between February and December 2016.
 
The Park Theater Company      $5,000.00 
Funding to produce and present eight performances of "Finian’s Rainbow." Performances will take place at the Sabes Jewish Community Center Theatre in St. Louis Park in April 2016.
 
Twin Cities Youth Chorale        $5,000.00 
Funding for Sing and Shine, the seventh annual Children's Choral Festival featuring metro area choirs. The festival will take place at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove in March 2016.
 
UROC Friends    $4,000.00 
Funding for With Our Hands, a 16 session project providing integrated arts experiences for Middle and High school age youth with developmental differences. Activities will take place at Orono High School from January through May and culminate in a show/sale and mural.
 
Suburban Ramsey County
 
Arts Garden     $4,688.00 
Funding for Art 4 All, a pop-up, drop-in visual arts experience center for all ages and experience levels. Activities will take place in a storefront in Maplewood Mall between March and May 2016.
 
East Metro Symphony Orchestra     $5,000.00 
Funding for French Favorites featuring the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony and the Faure Requiem in collaboration with St. Marks Lutheran Church choir, and two free concerts at Senior Living Communities. Activities and performances will take place between March and May 2016.
 
Harmonic Relief     $5,000.00 
Funding for three performances of Magic to Do, a two-hour show featuring an eclectic mix of songs ranging from Broadway to old standards to pop. Performances will take place at the Maplewood Community Center in May 2016.
 
Honeywell Concert Band      $2,400.00 
Funding for 12 concerts presented at care centers, assisted living centers, senior housing complexes, and public parks. The performances will take place between February and December 2016.
 
North Suburban Chorus     $5,000.00 
Funding for more than 50 live interactive performances by seniors, for seniors. Performances will take place in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, senior housing, and other venues throughout the metro area between January and December 2016.
 
Northeast Youth & Family Services     $5,000.00 
Funding for a three-week theater arts program for up to 12 participants of The Unity Center program. Activities will take place at Roseville Area Middle School and culminate in a public performance in July 2016.
 
Puppets 'n' People    $5,000.00 
Funding for Things with Wings, a series of three new, family-friendly puppetry performances focused on educating audiences about the natural world. Performances will take place at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony in July 2016.
 
Silverwood Park-Three Rivers Park District     $5,000.00 
Funding to support a series of 12 concerts to take place on the main stage in Silverwood's outdoor amphitheater between June and September of 2016.
 
Washington County
 
Merrill Community Arts Center     $5,000.00 
Funding for a Youth Performance Series that will produce two live theater opportunities for up to 90 youth ages preschool through high school in the southeast metro community. Activities will take place between January and August 2016 in Woodbury.
 
Music Saint Croix     $5,000.00 
Funding for Encore, Encore!, a chamber music concert of musician and audience favorites that hearken back to an era of parlor music played for enjoyment among friends. Performances will take place at the Washington County Historic Courthouse in March and a free concert featuring the same repertoire will be held Boutwell's Landing in April 2016.
 
 

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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
Funding for a desktop computer, ipad, and new desks for a workspace overhaul for organizational operations.
 
She Rock She Rock $10,000.00 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
spballet.org
Funding for a portable dance floor, portable barres, transport handcarts  and a trailer for storage and delivery.
 
Savage Umbrella $7,713.00 
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 
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 
Funding to purchase new projectors and supporting equipment to improve artistic capacity, communication and administrative ability. 
 
Medalist Concert Band $10,000.00 
Funding to purchase musical library storage systems, and move the organization's music library
 
Yellow Tree Theatre $10,000.00 
Funding to purchase lighting instruments to significantly improve lighting design capacity, and better conserve resources with efficient upgrades.
 
4 Community Theatre $9,444.00 
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 
Funding to purchase an enclosed cargo trailer, equipped with a generator, as well as tools, to increase the mobility and flexibility of productions.  
 

 

FY 2016 Organizational Development Grant Awards

On November 24 2015, MRAC awarded $260,985 to 28 organizations in its FY 2016 Organizational Development grant program. The Organizational Development grant program offers grants of up to $10,000 for projects designed to strengthen the management or administration of arts organizations. 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 Organizational Development 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 $10,000.00 
Funding to hire a part time front desk coordinator to oversee  volunteers  and manage a new point of sale system to professionalize the art center. 
 
Dakota County
 
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts   $10,000.00 
Funding for a website that will enable the organization to better serve and interact with its audience by promoting company projects, archiving past projects, and allowing ticket purchase online. 
 
Minneapolis 
 
ArtiCulture $10,000.00 
Funding to hire a consultant to serve as a part-time development coordinator for grants management, fundraising, and individual donor relations, as well as develop new fundraising sources. 
 
Copper Street Brass Quintet $10,000.00 
Funding to create Copper Street Publishing, an in-house solution to distributing  music to musicians worldwide both digitally and in print.
 
Frank Theatre $10,000.00 
Funding to work with an experienced consultant to develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy as part of a capacity-building initiative.
 
HUGE Theater $10,000.00 
Funding to increase the hours and pay rate of the program coordinator position in order to make significant progress on revenue-generating goals.
 
Kairos Alive! $10,000.00 
Funding to engage two experienced consultants to develop, launch, and coach staff and board in an individual donor fundraising campaign.
 
Nimbus Theatre $10,000.00 
Funding to create a part-time Managing Director position for the organization.
 
Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association $10,000.00 
Funding to develop a mobile App in order to facilitate the navigation of Art-A-Whirl, expand information sharing and promote NEMAA members during Art-A-Whirl and throughout the year.
 
Open Eye Figure Theatre $10,000.00 
Funding to develop a custom FileMaker database for tracking ticketing, donations, relationship management, volunteers and the annual summer Driveway Tours.
 
Red Eye Collaboration $10,000.00 
Funding to implement the pilot phase of a 3-year succession process, which will establish a leadership cohort who will convene two 6-month long leadership residencies.
 
Take-Up Productions $10,000.00 
trylon.org
Funding for an overhaul of the website in order to better communicate with audiences about locations, logistics, and film content.
 
Theatre Novi Most $10,000.00 
Funding to support a part time 7 month position of Grant and Project Coordinator in order to strengthen capacity.
 
Time Track Productions $7,500.00 
Funding to work with development consultant Laura Littleford, who will mentor organizational leadership to better leverage fundraising efforts.
 
Young Dance, Inc. $7,720.00 
Funding to create the first Director of Outreach position to oversee outreach activities relative to programming and organizational infrastructure.
 
20% Theatre Company $10,000.00 
Funding to hire McGinley Motion to create a fundraising campaign video for the 10th Anniversary Season celebration. They will also create several short videos of work-samples for fundraising and grant proposal submission.
 
St. Paul 
 
ArtStart $10,000.00 
Funding to work with consultant Amy Danielson to develop and implement a marketing and communications plan.
 
Bach Society of Minnesota $10,000.00 
Funding to work with consulting firm Parenteau Graves to create a plan that articulates a cohesive, effective communications and marketing plan that can be implemented and sustained by a small staff.
 
East Side Arts Council $10,000.00 
ww.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding to work with development consultant Deborah deNoyelles to identify and secure new funding sources for long-term sustainability.
 
Lyra Baroque Orchestra $7,920.00 
Funding to work with Parenteau Graves to develop a strategic plan that would inform a communications plan and one year action plan.
 
Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health $10,000.00 
Funding to work with consultant Marya Hart to develop a toolbox of resources for organizations that book a Fidgety Fair Tales performance. 
 
Young Artists Initiative $10,000.00 
Funding to create and implement a  customized communications plan for 2016.
 
Suburban Hennepin County
 
Contempo Physical Dance $10,000.00 
Funding to hire a new part-time communications, marketing and social media associate to develop and implement strategies that promote community engagement.
 
Mentoring Peace Through Art $9,845.00 
Funding to design and develop a new, dynamic website for the organization.
 
Public Theater of Minnesota $10,000.00 
Funding to work with a fundraising consultant  to develop and implement an individual donor and corporate sponsorship program.  
 
St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts $10,000.00 
slpfota.org
Funding to create a Marketing and Membership Manager to help reach organizational goals.
 
Threads Dance Project $4,250.00 
Funding to re-build the website so that staff can make edits and changes, and to re-consider options for accepting online donations.
 
Washington County
 
Vallee de Croix $3,750.00 
Funding to hire a designer to rebuild the website incorporating an online payment system, member log-ins, e-newsletter registration, sponsorship page and a mobile-friendly design.
 
 

FY 2016 Arts Activities Support, Round 1

On September 22, 2015, MRAC awarded a total of $716,698 to 73 organizations/projects in the first round of the FY 2016 Arts Activities Support grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and community connections. 

The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county of affiliation that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees' websites.

Carver County

Chaska Valley Family Theatre                              $8,438
www.cvft.org
Funding for nine performances of My Fair Lady at Chanhassen High School's Performing Arts Center in February and March 2016.

Watertown-Mayer Community Education                                 $10,000
www.wmcommunityed.com
Funding for a seven-week Youth Summer Theater program featuring an original script and musical score. The program will take place at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center and will culminate with three public performances in July 2016.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park                               $10,000
caponiartpark.org
Funding for the 2016 Summer Performance Series featuring six performing groups in the Park’s Theater in the Woods amphitheater. The free performance series will be held at Caponi Art Park in Eagan from June through August 2016.

Chamber Music Lakeville                          $9,096
Funding for three Coffee Concerts of chamber music featuring Zeitgeist, Ladyslipper Ensemble and Lyra Baroque. Performances will take place at the Lakeville Area Arts Center between January and May 2016.

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community                             $10,000
mendotadakota.com/mn
Funding for the 17th Annual Traditional Wacipi, a three-day Native American celebration and social gathering. Activities will take place on the St. Peters Church grounds in Mendota in September 2016.

Youth Dance Ensemble                              $9,400
ydeschool.com
Funding for an eight week, after school, Modern Dance Project for underserved 7th-9th grade youth from Burnsville. The project will culminate in a community dance concert at Burnsville High School's Mraz Center in March 2016.

Minneapolis

20% Theatre Company                              $10,000
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding for The Naked I: 4.0, a company- and community-created production that will feature over 75 local LGBTQ artists and allies. Performances will take place at Intermedia Arts in February 2016.

Alternative Motion Project                                   $10,000
www.alternativemotionproject.org
Funding for the 5th Annual Performance, including the creation of six new dance works, a rehearsal process and audience engagement activities. Performances will take place at The LAB Theater in Minneapolis, in March 2016.

Ananya Dance Theatre                               $10,000
www.ananyadancetheatre.org
Funding to create and present Horidraa: Golden Healing, a new collaborative dance work celebrating the healing practices by women in global societies of color to sustain communities. Performances will take place at The O'Shaughnessy in September 2016.

ArtiCulture                           $10,000
www.articulture.org
Funding to launch a Teen Arts Council, pairing urban youth with guidance from mentors and lead artists to develop skills in creative design, leadership and community activism. During the 2015-2016 school year, teens will create up to three community public art installations in Minneapolis addressing issues of blight.

Carlyle Brown & Company                                   $10,000
www.carlylebrownandcompany.org
Funding for the production of a new play titled Finding Fish, a futuristic, cautionary tale about the state of the world’s oceans. Performances will take place at Illusion Theatre in spring 2016.

Carnaval Brasileiro                                    $10,000
www.rkeverest.net
Funding for a celebration of Brazilian music, dance, cuisine, and culture, featuring over 100 musicians, dancers, and artists from the Twin Cities as well as special guest Brazilian performers. Activities will include an evening show, family matinee, and multiple workshops. Events will take place in February 2016.

Cellula Artist Team                                    $10,000
Funding to develop and advance Cellula, a glow-in-the-dark performance about the science of mitosis, through further research, workshop showings, and an interactive window installation. Culminating performances will take place at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in March 2016.

Cleveland Neighborhood Association                            $10,000
clevelandneighborhood.org
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 2016.

Community Involvement Programs                                $10,000
www.cipmn.org
Funding to collaborate with Upstream Arts on its Art of Working program, using performing arts practices to develop social and communication skills for individuals who have struggled to be contributing members of their communities due to challenges with social interaction, communication, and other social skills as a function of their disabilities.

Copper Street Brass Quintet                                 $10,000
www.copperstreetbrass.com/home.html
Funding to support four unique concert programs as a portion of the 2015-2016 Twin Cities Concert Series. Performances will take place at metro area venues between December 2015 and April 2016.

EDIT                           $10,000
www.edittheworld.org
Funding for a partnership with Whittier Alliance to begin a series of multimedia art projects at diverse events held in the Whittier community, as well as implement GeneroCITY, a semester-long service-learning program for approximately 20 youth.

Flying Foot Forum                          $10,000
flyingfootforum.com
Funding for Dancing Through the Streets, a joyous community event for young and old alike that takes audiences through downtown St. Paul on a journey filled with percussive dance, drumming, and music. Performances will take place in fall 2016.

Four Humors Theater                               $10,000
www.fourhumorstheater.com
Funding for an original stage adaptation of Don Quixote of La Mancha. Performances will take place at the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio in May 2016.

JazzMN, Inc.                          $6,000
www.jazzmn.org
Funding to present three concerts completing the 2015-2016 season, featuring JazzMN's professional jazz orchestra performing with nationally prominent guest artists. Performances will take place at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance                                   $10,000
Funding for the 2015 Winter Showcase, a performance of completed work developed between October and December 2015 by Les Jolies students. A final public performance will be held at the University of Minnesota Student Center Theatre in December 2015.

Midtown Global Music Festival                           $10,000
www.midtownglobalmarket.org
Funding for the 6th Annual Midtown Global Music Festival, featuring a lineup of global entertainment including live music, ethnic dance and drumming, and spoken word performance. The festival will take place in July 2016 at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association                                 $10,000
www.mplspops.org
Funding to perform six Free Concerts for Seniors during July 2016. 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. Community concerts will also be held in Elliot Park and at Cerenity Senior Care-Humboldt in St. Paul.

Mixed Precipitation                                    $10,000
www.mixedprecipitation.org
Funding to present the 8th annual picnic operetta, a harvest season tradition combining classical music, horticulture, food, and storytelling in metro area community gardens and urban farms. Performances will take place in August and September 2016.

Motionpoems, Inc.                          $10,000
motionpoems.com
Funding for 15 new motionpoems that will pair 15 diverse Minnesota spoken word artists with 15 Minnesota filmmakers who will create digital video pieces inspired by the spoken word artists’ work. The resulting motionpoems will be featured at the 7th annual Motionpoems Festival in October 2016.

Music Animated                              $10,000
Funding for Music Animated, a series of two concerts featuring new works created in collaboration by puppeteers and musicians. Performances will take place at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in March and July 2016.

New Arab American Theatre Works                              $10,000
newarabamericantheatreworks.com
Funding for Ana Min Honaak (I am From There), a theatrical production dramatizing the stories of Arab Americans who have immigrated to the Twin Cities, and developed through a process of interviews and workshops. Culminating performances will take place in April 2017.

Open Eye Figure Theatre                           $10,000
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding to present the 14th annual Driveway Tour, offering family-friendly puppet theater to more than 100 communities in the Twin Cities area during summer 2016. Performances will take place at host sites throughout the metro area.

Other Tiger Productions                           $10,000
Funding for the Palabras Project, a conceptual production of Lorca’s Blood Wedding featuring local Latino poets, musicians, dancers, and hip hop artists. Performances will take place at Park Square Theatre's Andy Boss space in July 2016.

Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association                         $10,000
www.ppna.org
Funding for the Powderhorn Arts Festival, a two-day public event featuring juried art by local and national artists, performances and art making. The festival will take place in Powderhorn Park in August 2016.

Red Eye Collaboration                               $10,000
www.redeyetheater.org
Funding for New Works 4 Weeks 2016, 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 winter 2015.

Savage Umbrella                              $10,000
www.savageumbrella.org
Funding to develop and produce June, a new play set in pre-Stonewall America about women grappling with fear, love, and identity. Performances will take place at the Southern Theater in February 2016.

Singers in Accord                           $10,000
www.singersinaccord.org
Funding to present a concert with guest conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III, titled I Will Lift Mine Eyes: Celebrating the Choral Tradition of Black Composers. Performances will take place in May 2016.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum                            $10,000
www.somalimuseum.com
Funding to present an exhibition of traditional Somali artworks in 10 locations, targeting Somali youth and segments of the Somali community that lack access to studying traditional Somali arts and culture.

Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater                                  $10,000
www.stuartpimsler.com
Funding for Tours of Duty, a program of Life Stories workshops and on-site performances presented at the VA Adult Day Health Care Program for veterans, their families, and VA staff.                                                                           

The Theater of Public Policy                                $10,000
www.t2p2.net
Funding for a series of eight weekly improv shows in spring 2016, featuring a local thought leader who will discuss an important issue, followed by a team of comedic improvisers who will present unscripted scenes about the issue.

Theatre Coup d'Etat                                    $10,000
www.theatrecoupdetat.com
Funding for the production of Equus, by Peter Shaffer. Performances will take place at SPACE in Saint Paul, in November 2015.

Toneworks Community Foundation                              $10,000
Funding for Learning Through Music, a group music therapy program for children enrolled in 22 Early Childhood Special Education classrooms in Minneapolis. The program will run for 24 weeks beginning in October 2015.

Twin Cities Carifest                                    $10,000
www.carifest.org
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 2016.

Twin Cities Jazz Workshop                                  $8,500
www.tcjazzworkshop.com
Funding for the Twin Cities Jazz Workshop, a summer experience offering professional Jazz music instruction to local students with a culminating local performance opportunity at the Dakota Jazz Club. The program will take place in July 2016.

Walking Shadow Theatre Company                                $10,000
www.walkingshadowcompany.org
Funding to produce The Christians, a new play by Lucas Hnath. Performances will take place at Mixed Blood Theatre in May and June 2016.

Weavers Guild of Minnesota                                $10,000
www.weaversguildmn.org
Funding for the Winter/Spring 2016 Class Series, featuring 18 weeks of educational programming through which participants engage in beginning to advanced-level arts activities that focus on the arts of weaving, spinning, and dyeing.

Workhaus Collective                                  $10,000
www.workhauscollective.org
Funding for the area premiere of Lasso of Truth, by award winning playwright Carson Kreitzer. Performances will take place at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis in April and May 2016.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre                                  $8,364
www.zorongo.org
Funding for Lorca’s Women, an exploration of Federico Garcia Lorca’s treatment of women based in traditional flamenco theater and dance. The production will be supported by eight workshops, a post-show talk back, and a free community fiesta. Performances will take place at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in April 2016.

St. Paul

ArtStart                                 $10,000
www.artstart.org
Funding for ArtLife, an eight-week program for adults with developmental disabilities from Lifeworks, TSE, and Highland Friendship Club combining art making with direct, guided exploration of nature by a naturalist-artist team using handicapped accessible trails and facilities at local nature centers. Activities take place between October 2015 and May 2016 and culminates in an exhibit of participant artwork.

ComMUSICation                               $10,000
Funding for Winter Wonderland, an intensive nine-week choral program for 40 3rd-7th graders who live in the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood. Activities will take place between November 2015 and February 2016 at St Paul City School.

East Side Arts Council                                $10,000
www.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding for Artmobile, a mobile art project offering seven weeks of free drop-in art classes. Artmobile will be held at public spaces around the east side of St. Paul in the summer of 2016.

Hope Theater Company                             $10,000
http://kiomarsmoradi.com
Funding for Recent Experiences, a one-act play by Nadia Ross. The performances will take place at Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis in November 2015.

India Association of Minnesota                           $8,900
http://www.iamn.org
Funding for IndiaFest 2016, a free annual event that celebrates Asian Indian arts, cultures, traditions, and languages featuring Katha Dance Theater, Ragamala, and Pangea World Theater. Activities will take place at the State Capitol in St. Paul in August 2016.

Jazz at Studio Z                                $10,000
http://www.jazzatstudioz.org
Funding for Jazz at Studio Z, a series of jazz workshops, student performances, and professional concerts featuring local musicians. Workshops and performances will take place monthly at Studio Z in downtown St. Paul between November 2015 and June 2016.

Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area                      $10,000
www.stpauljcc.org
Funding to present Christopher Noxon, Alan Dershowitz, and Steve Katz as part of the Twin Cities Jewish Book Series, an annual literary celebration of Jewish arts and culture. Activities will take place at the St. Paul Jewish Community Center and a local music venue between January and May 2016.

Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health                         $10,000
www.macmh.org/fidgety-fairy-tales
Funding for Fidgety Fairy Tales: The Mental Health Musical, a 40-minute performance using familiar fairy tales to illustrate symptoms of children's common mental health disorders. Ten performances will take place throughout the metro area in April 2016.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company                              $10,000
www.mnjewishtheatre.org
Funding for the regional premiere of Bad Jews, a new comedy/drama in which four millennials explore identity and legacy. Performances will take place at the Highland Park Community Center in April and May 2016.

One Voice Mixed Chorus                           $10,000
www.onevoicemn.org
Funding for Queer Thunder, a multi-disciplinary concert combining choral music, visual projection and Taiko drumming in collaboration with Mu Daiko. Performances will take place at the Hopkins High School Auditorium in April 2016.

Pan Asian Arts Alliance                             $10,000
www.panasianartsalliance.org
Funding for the Pan Asian Arts Festival, a one-day festival at the Landmark Center in St. Paul in May 2016.

People Incorporated                                  $10,000
www.peopleincorporated.org
Funding for the 2016 Artability Workshops, Show & Sale, a program that engages artists with mental illness through year-long workshops that culminate in a two-day art exhibit showcasing their work. The exhibit is free to the public and will be held at The Great Hall in St. Paul in October 2016.

Saint Paul Art Collective                            $10,000
www.stpaulartcrawl.org
Funding for the 25th Year of the St. Paul Art Crawl, a three-day arts event where hundreds of artists, galleries, and local businesses open their doors for the public to view art, watch performances, interact with artists, and explore the spaces where creative arts are made. Activities will take place in St. Paul in April 2016.

Sample Night Live!                          $10,000
www.samplenightlive.com
Funding for three months of Sample Night Live!, a monthly evening of performances previewing upcoming and ongoing Twin Cities arts events at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul from November 2015 to January 2016.

Selby Ave JazzFest                           $10,000
www.selbyavejazzfest.com
Funding for the 15th annual Selby Avenue Jazz Festival featuring local and national Jazz artists with a wide array of musical styles. This free festival will take place at the intersection of Selby and Milton Avenues in St. Paul in September 2016.

Skylark Opera                                  $10,000
www.skylarkopera.org
Funding for their ninth annual Summer Opera Festival featuring four performances each of On the Twentieth Century by Cy Coleman and the musical revue Oh, Coward! by Noël Coward. The festival will take place at E. M. Pearson Theatre at Concordia University in June 2016.

Teatro del Pueblo                           $10,000
www.teatrodelpueblo.org
Funding for the 15th annual Political Theater: Border Series, two Latino inspired one-act plays that intertwine social, political and historical realities that plague our southern borders. Performances will take place between late February and April 2016 at a venue to be determined.

Young Artists Initiative                              $10,000
http://youngartistsmn.org
Funding for the 2016 Winter Theater Experience, an eight-week auditioned based theater program for youth that culminates in eight public performances of The Little Mermaid. Performances will take place at the Wellstone Center on St. Paul’s West Side in March 2016.

Suburban Hennepin County

Cross Community Players                                    $10,000
crossplayers.org
Funding to produce seven performances of the musical Beauty and the Beast. Performances will take place at Osseo Senior High School in July 2016.

Dans Askina Turkish Dance Ensemble                          $10,000
http://bellydanceamina.com/dansaskina.html
Funding for Rakkas Minneapolis, a weekend event of ethnic dance featuring nine Turkish and Egyptian dance workshops taught by three international experts, an informal 'Ask the Artist' evening, and a public performance. Activities will take place at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in August 2016.

Eclectic Edge Ensemble                             $10,000
www.eclecticedgeensemble.com
Funding to produce four performances of Snowbound!: A Journey from Autumn to Spring, in collaboration with Mad Munchkin Productions. Performances will take place at The LAB Theater in Minneapolis in March 2016.

Edina Chorale                                  $8,000
edinachorale.org
Funding for Seasons of Love, a choral concert celebrating the many types and stages of love featuring guest singer Connie Evingson. Performances will take place at the Mahon Center at the Church of St. Patrick in Edina in February of 2016.

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council                             $10,000
www.rimonMN.org
Funding for the 2015 - 2016 Artist Salon Series, a four-event series engaging artists from different disciplines in dialogue with local audiences. The series will take place at various venues between November 2015 and May 2016.

Sabes JCC Performing Arts Department                         $10,000
Funding for the sixth 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 2016.

Twin Cities Jewish Chorale                                  $10,000
twincitiesjewishchorale.org
Funding for their 2015-16 season featuring two full-length concerts and three outreach events. Concerts will take place at Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka in February and Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park in June 2016.

Suburban Ramsey County

Contempo Physical Dance                         $10,000
http://contempophysicaldance.org
Funding to create, produce and perform two new highly physical dance works in collaboration with Black Label Movement. Performances will take place at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in June 2016.

Dark & Stormy Productions                                 $10,000
www.darkstormy.org
Funding for the national premiere of George F. Walker's play And So it Goes, to be presented as part of their fourth season. Performances will take place at Grain Belt Warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis in May 2016.

Rosetown Playhouse                                  $10,000
www.rosetownplayhouse.org
Funding for The Reluctant Dragon, a new musical based on the 1898 children's story of the same title. Performances will take place at Roseville Area Middle School in December 2016.

Washington County

Square Lake Film & Music Festival                                 $10,000
www.squarelakefestival.com
Funding for the 2016 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 2016.

 

FY 2015 Next Step Fund Grant Awards

On June 15, 2015, MRAC awarded a total of $180,450.00 to 37 individual artists in the FY 2015 Next Step Fund grant program. The Next Step Fund program, funded by The McKnight Foundation, is designed to help artists in the 7-county metropolitan region complete a project that will help them rise to the next level in their careers regardless of whether they are emerging artists or artists well established in their disciplines.

Fifty-five finalists were asked to submit work samples as background information and support for their Next Step project. Artists could work in any discipline but must have a community connection and demonstrated achievement in their artistic field.

The following is an alphabetical list of Next Step Fund grant recipients with short project descriptions.                            

Alex Wolff $5,000.00
Music - General
Funding to purchase a custom made bass trombone.

Barbara Porwit $3,300.00
Visual Arts - Painting
Funding for training with Joe Paquet at the Art Academy in St. Paul, to improve technical and foundational painting skills.

Brian  Tighe $5,000.00
Music - Popular
Funding to update and improve a home studio to enable the artist to mix his songs.

Clare O'Neill $5,000.00
Photography
Funding to purchase a large format printer and make studio modifications necessary to produce large scale work.

Emily Jarrett Hughes $5,000.00
Folk - Traditional Dance
Funding to attend a 12-day dance and culture seminar on the Island of Lesvos, Greece.

Emrys  Stramer $5,000.00
Design Arts - Fashion
Funding to gain access three specialized workshops, and to purchase the supplies and equipment needed to produce four new textiles.

Eric Avery $5,000.00
Theater - General
Funding to support the research and development of the artist's first major production in New York, NY.

Eric Carroll $5,000.00
Photography
Funding to purchase a Canon 5Ds with a 45mm tilt-shift lens.

Glenda Reed $3,850.00
Literature - Nonfiction
Funding to hire editor Esther Porter to do both an overall structural review and a thorough copy edit of a manuscript.

Hannah Flowers $5,000.00
Music - Ethnic/folk-inspired
Funding to study with experts in the field of the Gaelic harp at the Summer School of Early Irish Harp in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Jacqueline Ultan $5,000.00
Music - General
Funding for the cellist's first solo composition and recording project.

James Everest $5,000.00
Opera/Musical Theater
Funding for a private course in Ableton Live and MAX MSP software at Slam Academy, and to purchase a MacBook Pro laptop.

Jane Powers $5,000.00
Visual Arts - sculpture
Funding to purchase a ceramic kiln and materials needed to complete a studio for sculpture and ceramic ware.

Jeanne Calvit $5,000.00
Theater - General
Funding for travel to Thailand to produce and present a work of radically inclusive theater.

Jennifer Ilse $5,000.00
Dance - General
Funding to attend a three-week artist residency at Earthdance in Massachusettes.

Jim Sannerud $5,000.00
Crafts - Wood
Funding to purchase a planer, bandsaw, and sharpening system for use in making large-scale works.

Katherine Turczan $5,000.00
Photography
Funding to produce an artist edition book for the author's first published work.

Kathryne Fisher $5,000.00
Crafts - Clay
Funding to purchase and install an electric kiln for a newly-equipped home studio.

Kelley Meister $5,000.00
Media Arts - Technology/experimental
Funding to attend a course on MAX/MSP/Jitter interactive software in order to finish a large-scale multimedia work.

Lia Rivamonte $5,000.00
Literature - Fiction
Funding to support research travel to the Philippines and editorial assistance for the revision of the author's first novel.

Marcus Young $5,000.00
Interdisciplinary
Funding for the design and build of a new website.

Margaret Pezalla-Granlund $5,000.00
Visual Arts - General
Funding for an installation to exhibited at the 2015 Minnesota Biennial at the Soap Factory.

Maud Hixson $5,000.00
Music - Jazz
Funding to digitize the singer's music library and to purchase four iPads and accessories for use during performances.

May Lee-Yang $5,000.00
Theater - General
Funding for the creation of a business plan and marketing materials.

Michael  Fell $5,000.00
Theater - General
Funding to receive training in The Actor's Theatre of Louisville's Apprentice Company.

Molly Van Avery $5,000.00
Literature - Poetry
Funding for the creation of a backyard Poetry Shop.

Naomi Cohn $5,000.00
Literature - General
Funding for coaching and other resources needed to branch out into short nonfiction prose.

PaNa Lor $5,000.00
Media Arts - Technology/Experimental
Funding to bring together a collaborative cohort of Hmong artists for the creation of a new animation.

Ricardo Levins Morales $5,000.00
Visual Arts - General
Funding to design and produce a 2017 wall calendar featuring the artist's work.

Richard Nelson $5,000.00
Visual Arts - Graphics
Funding to purchase a new Takach Table Top Etching press.

Sarah Knott $3,300.00
Opera/Musical Theater
Funding to study bel canto opera and Italian language in Italy.

Simone Speers $5,000.00
Music - New/experimental/electronic
Funding to purchase DJ equipment for performances and events.

Susana di Palma $5,000.00
Dance - Ethnic/jazz/folk-inspired
Funding to study flamenco singing (cante) at the Andres Marin Studio in Seville, Spain.

Tamara Ober $5,000.00
Multidisciplinary
Funding to create the artists first group choreography.

Ted Moore $5,000.00
Music - new/experimental/electronic
Funding to support the release of the composer's first professionally produced album.

Tobias Ramaswamy $5,000.00
Music - new/experimental/electronic
Funding to construct and then compose music for an electro-acoustic drum set.

Zacc Harris $5,000.00
Music - Jazz
Funding for the artist's first international tour to perform at jazz venues in England, Scotland, and Wales.

FY 2015 Arts Activities Support - Round 2

On June 15, 2015, MRAC awarded a total of $713,425 to 74 organizations/projects in the second round of the FY 2015 Arts Activities Support grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a community connection. This round's funded projects include a two-day community pow-wow, 22nd Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a free outdoor Jazz music concert and art festival, live symphony orchestra, and a family-friendly African Storytelling festival featuring master storytellers from across the country.

The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees' websites.

Carver County

Chaske Cikala Wacipi (Little Dance in Chaska)     $6,450.00
Funding for The Little Dance in Chaska, a two-day community pow-wow engaging drummers, dancers and over 750 community members at Lion's Park in Chaska in August 2015.

Hennepin County

Young Dance, Inc.     $10,000.00
http://www.youngdance.org
Funding for Uncharted, a season investigating fundamental questions to push the boundaries of the art and practice of dance. The season includes residencies with guest artists Emily Johnson, BodyCartography Project, Pramila Vasudevan and Heidi Eckwall, and will culminate in performances at the Lab Theater in May 2016.

ARENA Dances     $10,000.00                                     
www.arena-dances.org    
Funding to present the third in a series of concerts celebrating the company’s landmark 20th Anniversary Season, featuring two works from the repertory and a reprise of a new work. Performances will take place at The Southern Theater over three weeks in April 2016.

Art Shanty Projects       $10,000.00
www.artshantyprojects.org
Funding to curate and present the 2016 Art Shanty Projects, a free four-week interactive exhibit of performance and visual art on frozen White Bear Lake. The exhibit will be on display in February 2016.

BareBones Productions     $10,000.00
www.barebonespuppets.org
Funding to stage the 22nd Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a free outdoor pageant and performance that will take place at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul in October 2015.

Black Storytellers Alliance     $10,000.00
www.blackstorytellers.com
Funding for Signifying and Testifying, a three-day, family-friendly festival featuring master storytellers from across the country. The festival will take place at Metroarea locations in September 2015.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG)  $10,000.00
www.carag.org
Funding to engage residents of Minneapolis' CARAG neighborhood through the creation and installation of a multi-panel, mosaic mural at Bryant Square Park. Artist Sharra Frank will lead workshops to design and create the mosaic panels in a partnership between the Calhoun Area Residents Action Group and the Southwest Senior Center.

Classical Actors Ensemble      $10,000.00
www.classicalactorsensemble.org
Funding to produce Christopher Marlowe's 1592 tragedy, Doctor Faustus, in repertory with William Shakespeare’s 1616 comedy, The Tempest. Performances will take place in fall 2015.

Contemporary Dance Arts, Inc.     $10,000.00
www.shapiroandsmithdance.org
Funding to create and perform HANDS, featuring the company and guest dancer Judith Howard, with original music by Scott Kilian and text by David Greenspan. The performance will premiere at The Cowles Center in March 2016.

Creatives for Causes dba Art Buddies    $10,000.00
www.artbuddies.org
Funding for the Art Buddies program pairing 40 creative mentors one-on-one with 40 low-income students ages 8 to 11 in the Community Education After-School program at Bancroft Elementary School in Minneapolis during the 2015-2016 school year.

Fortune's Fool       $10,000.00
Funding to produce the North American premiere of Why We Laugh: A Terezin Cabaret, a play by Kira Obolensky, adapted from a cabaret written by Jewish prisoners during World War II. Performances will take place at Open Eye Figure Theatre in September 2015.

Freedom Jazz Festival, Inc      $8,000.00
www.freedomjazzfestival.org
Funding for the Freedom Jazz Festival, a free outdoor Jazz music concert and art festival, to be held in Minneapolis in August 2015.

Gazillion Strong       $10,000.00
www.wearegazillionstrong.org
Funding for Through Our Eyes, a video production and distribution program for marginalized teens who attend Avalon Charter School in St. Paul. Activities will take place between September and December 2015, and culminate in a screening of completed works.

Green T Productions      $10,000.00
www.greentproductions.org
Funding to remount the company's original adaptation of the play Tales of Rashomon, featuring improved production values to reach a broader audience. Performances will take place in March 2016.

Hennepin Health Foundation     $6,600.00
www.hcmc.org/foundation
Funding for a six-month arts activities program for pediatric patients and their families at Hennepin County Medical Center to introduce creative expression and optimize healing.

Indian Music Society of Minnesota (IMSOM)   $10,000.00
www.imsom.org
Funding to present the Fall 2015 Concert Series, a series of four chamber concerts featuring internationally renowned artists from India and one community festival of Indian classical music. The concerts and festival will be held between August and November 2015.

Inverted Arts       $10,000.00
www.invertedarts.org
Funding to create a 10-12 minute documentary film exploring the nature of diversity through the eyes of three disadvantaged male youth in collaboration with three professional film-makers.

Jawaahir Dance Company      $10,000.00
www.jawaahir.org
Funding to present Sing To Me A Little, an Arab dance/music collaboration with the Georges Lammam Ensemble, vocalist Ghada Derbas, and multi-instrumentalist Michael Ibrahim. Performances will take place at the Ritz Theater in November 2015.

Kairos Alive!        $10,000.00
www.kairosdance.org
Funding for Wings of Hope, a new work created with war veterans, their families, and caregivers, incorporating their stories and inviting them to perform. The piece will be performed at Como Park in St. Paul during a commemoration for the victims of the bombing of Nagasaki, and at additional venues in the Twin Cities in summer 2015.

Kenwood Symphony Orchestra     $10,000.00
www.kenwoodsymphonyorchestra.org
Funding for four live symphony orchestra programs, including a soloist competition, designed to bring concerts of classical music to a diverse audience. Performances will take place at Metroarea venues and assisted-living facilities between August 2015 and May 2016.

Kevin Kling & Co.       $10,000.00
Funding to create and present Ghosts, an evening of stories and music drawing from themes of ghosts and hauntings from around the globe. Performances will take place at Open Eye Figure Theatre in October 2015.

Kulture Klub Collaborative     $10,000.00
www.kultureklub.org
Funding to provide teens experiencing homelessness with the opportunity to work in residence with filmmaker Melissa Koch in a series of workshops to create activist videos and posters. The residency will build upon participation in an interactive workshop with the Guerilla Girls at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Lyndale Neighborhood Association    $10,000.00
www.lyndale.org
Funding for the Hosmer World Music Program, a partnership between Lyndale Neighborhood Association, the Hosmer Library and KFAI Radio to present culturally diverse music performances. Performances will take place at the Hosmer Library and other outdoor locations in Minneapolis between July 2015 and June 2016.

Madame of the Arts       $10,000.00
Funding for four community-building series that provide opportunities for GLBTQA individuals to celebrate queer artists and develop their own artistic skills. Activities will include dance classes, film screenings, trans-specific music events, and craft makingclasses between June 2015 and March 2016.

Magic Lantern Puppet Theater     $9,800.00
Funding for Three Tales, One World, a presentation of three new puppet shows by artists Julie Boada, Gustavo Boada, and Anne Sawyer-Aitch, based on stories from Myanmar, Somalia, and Mexico. The works will be shown at the Somali Museum of Minnesota, Metro Deaf School, Roseville after school programs, and the Avalon Theater in March 2016.

Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra    $10,000.00
www.mnphil.org
Funding for the 2015 Fall Concert, featuring a public concert titled, The Wind and the Water, and a free concert with hands-on arts activities for children and families. Performances will take place in November 2015.

MPLS (imPulse)       $10,000.00
Funding to present three, ninety-minute thematic choral programs in diverse, non-traditional performing venues. Performances will take place at Intermedia Arts, the Como Planetarium and Flat Earth Brewing Company between October 2015 and April 2016.

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association   $10,000.00
www.nemaa.org
Funding for the 21st annual Art-A-Whirl, an open studio and gallery tour held in various locations throughout Northeast Minneapolis, providing the public with an opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with artists, attend demonstrations and workshops, and purchase original artwork. Art-A-Whirl will take place in May 2016.

Off-Leash Area       $10,000.00
www.offleasharea.org
Funding to support the 6th iteration of The Neighborhood Garage Tour, a grass-roots, community building arts program bringing original interdisciplinary performance work directly into neighborhoods. Performances will take place at four metro area residential garages in September and October 2015.

Rain Taxi Inc.       $10,000.00
www.raintaxi.com
Funding for the 15th annual Twin Cities Book Festival, a free one-day public literary event featuring readings, panel discussions, book signings, writing workshops, book art demonstrations, storytelling, and other activities for all ages. The festival will take place in the Historic Progress Center and Fine Arts Building at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in October 2014.

Red Bird Theatre       $10,000.00
Funding to produce Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Buried Child, as well as seven master classes and workshops. Performances will take place at The Southern Theater in May and June 216.

Right Here Commissions      $9,860.00
righthereshowcase.weebly.com
Funding for the 2nd Annual Right Here Showcase, a mini-festival of mid-career, Minnesota-based performing artists who create original contemporary performance work. Performances will take place in the JSB Tekbox in March 2016.

Sandbox Theatre       $10,000.00
www.sandboxtheatreonline.com
Funding to create The Little Pilot, a new play based on the life and works of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The ensemble devised work, combining aerial arts and original visual art with collaborative theater, will premiere at the Southern Theater in September 2015.

Soo Visual Arts Center      $10,000.00
www.soovac.org
Funding for the 12th annual Untitled exhibition series, featuring guest curators and a selection of local artists. The exhibition will be held at the Soo Visual Arts Center between April and May 2016.

Southside Family Nurturing Center    $10,000.00
www.ssfnc.org
Funding for Arts in Action, a free community-based arts program offered to center families in partnership with Open Eye Figure Theatre. The ten-month program includes monthly arts activities, five performances at family events, workshops, and a private performance at Open Eye's historic jewel box theater.

St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church    $10,000.00
www.stpaulschurchmpls.org
Funding for My Beautiful Community, a program designed to engage 100 Minneapolis Phillips community residents in learning and practicing mosaics, photography and creative writing. Participants will create ten art installations, including a photography show, a literary magazine, and mosaic murals.

SunsetGun Productions      $10,000.00
www.sunsetgunproductions.com
Funding for the final development phase and public performance of BLUEPRINT, an interdisciplinary one-woman play that follows a modern-day American woman as she explores what it means to be a woman today. The work will premiere at Red Eye Theater in November 2015.

Take-Up Productions      $10,000.00
www.trylon.org
Funding for a fall and winter film series of classic, cutting, edge, foreign and art house films at Trylon Microcinema. The series will feature 50-75 films show between September 2015 and February 2016.

Theatre Novi Most       $10,000.00
www.theatrenovimost.org
Funding to produce The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, and directed by Vladimir Rovinsky. Performances will take place at The Southern Theater in March 2016.

Theatre Pro Rata       $10,000.00
www.theatreprorata.org
Funding to produce A Lie of the Mind, by Sam Shepard at Nimbus Theatre in Minneapolis, and The Knight of the Burning Pestle, by Francis Beaumont at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul during its 2015-16 season. Each production will include offerings from Pro Rata’s Playreading Series.

TigerLion Arts       $10,000.00
www.tigerlion.org
Funding for six performances of Nature, an outdoor walking play about the lives of Emerson and Thoreau. Performances will take place in Minneapolis's Washburn Fair Oaks Park in July 2015.

Twin Cities Polish Festival     $10,000.00
www.tcpolishfestival.org
Funding for the Twin Cities Polish Festival, a celebration of Minnesota’s Polish heritage, traditions, and culture. The festival will take place along Riverplace and St. Anthony Main in Northeast Minneapolis

We Win Institute, Inc.      $10,000.00
www.we-win.org
Funding for a series of workshops for youth that will include instruction in African dance, hip hop, storytelling and drumming. The workshops will culminate in a Kwanzaa Celebration event at the Capri Theater in December 2015.

Whitman Electric       $10,000.00
Funding to present a puppetry-poetry performance, Ode to Walt Whitman, accompanied by an interactive visual art exhibit and post-show discussions at Intermedia Arts in the fall of 2015.

Wonderlust Productions      $10,000.00
Funding to produce a new play about the Adoption community with a mixture of professional performers and adoption community members sharing the stage. Performances will take place in February 2016.
Ramsey County

Advocating Change Together     $8,500.00
www.selfadvocacy.org
Funding to create a new singing group open to all people with developmental disabilities and their allies. Activities will include nine monthly rehearsals and three public performances.

Flying Forms        $10,000.00
www.flyingforms.org
Funding for its 2015 - 2016 Concert Series of four baroque chamber music concerts including three free one-hour lunchtime concerts on the Friday before the full performance. Concerts will take place at The Baroque Room in St. Paul between October 2015 and May 2016.

Glorious Revolution Baroque     $6,440.00
www.gloriousrevolutionbaroque.com
Funding to present a concert of madrigals by Italian Mannerist composers. Concerts will take place at The Baroque Room in St. Paul and Open Book in Minneapolis in April 2016.

In Progress        $10,000.00
in-progress.org
Funding for Studio 213, a digital arts mentorship program bringing newly developing youth artists together with those who are further along in their development from August 2015 to April 2016.

Lyra Baroque Orchestra      $10,000.00
www.lyrabaroque.org
Funding for the 2015 - 2016 Season of five concerts at Sundin Music Hall in St. Paul. Concerts will take place between September 2015 and April 2016.

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute    $7,870.00
www.moi-msp.org
Funding for a series of 15 free creative writing workshops led by a local Twin Cities author, writer or educator. Workshops will take place at the Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute in St. Paul between October 2015 and the summer months of 2016. 

Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater    $10,000.00
Funding for 70-year Peace Celebration, the 23rd installment in the Rainbow Series of Chinese Dances featuring a three-part dance drama using the music, Yellow River Piano Concerto, a piano concerto based on the well-known Yellow River Cantata by Xian Xinghai. Performances will take place at the Brady Educational Center at the University of St. Thomas in January 2016.

Mizna         $10,000.00
www.mizna.org
Funding for the publication of the literary journal, Mizna: Prose, Poetry, and Art Exploring Arab America. The journal will explore the theme of Intersectionality. The Place Where Different Forms of Oppression Meet and will include a public reading held in December 2015.

Musical Offering       $10,000.00
www.musicaloffering.org
Funding for a "Schubertiade" style concert of Scandinavian music that looks at the internal influences of Scandinavian folk music and the external influence of European masters. The concert will take place at the American Swedish Institute in October 2015.

Oratorio Society of Minnesota     $10,000.00
www.oratorio.org
Funding for Voices of Light, a multimedia fusion of the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc and composer Richard Einhorn’s 1994 oratorio Voices of Light. Performances will take place at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and Grace Church in Eden Prairie in April 2016.

Saint Paul Ballet       $10,000.00
www.spballet.org
Funding for Clara’s Dream, a 65-minute adaptation of the classic Nutcracker ballet featuring 10 professionals of the Saint Paul Ballet Company along with 75-90 students of the Saint Paul Ballet School ranging in age from 7-60. Five performances will take place at Macalester College Theater in St. Paul in December 2015.

The Baroque Room       $10,000.00
www.thebaroqueroom.com
Funding for The Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl featuring groups in the Saint Paul classical music scene with live performances throughout the 2015 Saint Paul Art Crawl weekend in art studios and other Art Crawl venues. Activities will take place in October 2015.

Walker West Music Academy     $10,000.00
www.walkerwest.org
Funding for 8 O’Clock Jump, a new 10-show jazz series featuring national and Twin Cities based jazz groups. The series will take place at Walker West's new performance hall from September 2015 to September 2016.

Zeitgeist        $10,000.00
www.zeitgeistnewmusic.org
Funding for the 2015 - 2016 Eric Stokes Song Contest and the Playing it Close to Home concert. The program will be presented at Studio Z in St. Paul and Inver Hills Community College in February 2016.

Suburban Hennepin County

Yellow Tree Theatre      $10,000.00
www.yellowtreetheatre.com
Funding for 22 performances of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play Clybourne Park. Performances will take place at Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo in February and March 2016.

Alive & Kickin       $10,000.00
www.aliveandkickinmn.org
Funding for on-site musical performances at nursing homes, community centers, hospitals and churches in the metro area and one two-hour performance at the Bloomington Theater and Arts Center. The activities will take place in July 2015 and June 2016.

Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs     $10,000.00
www.angelicacantanti.org
Funding for two special concert series to celebrate their 35th Anniversary Season, Music for Life. Bloomington - Everybody Sings Festival will take place at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church In October 2015 and the grand finale performance featuring a newly commissioned work by Timothy Takach will take place at Orchestra Hall in May 2016.

Apollo Male Chorus       $10,000.00
www.apollomalechorus.com
Funding to host the Northstar Male Choral Festival, a free choral festival for high school, college and post-collegiate male singers to participate in vocal workshops, private voice lessons, and a public concert of the combined choruses. The festival will take place at Jehovah Lutheran Church in St. Paul in November 2015.

Great Northern Union Chorus     $10,000.00
www.gnusing.com
Funding for Real Men Sing, a one-day workshop and performance celebrating the young male voice at Benson Great Hall at Bethel University in October 2015.

Katha Dance Theatre      $6,000.00
www.kathadance.org
Funding for Pourush - The Masculine, a dance performance blending traditional Kathak dance of North India with Chau, a form of tribal dance from Eastern India. Performances will take place at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul in October 2015.

Partnership Resources, Inc.     $9,830.00
www.partnershipresources.org
Funding for Clay Works 3D, five, eight-week-long classes at Northern Clay Center for up to 40 adults with disabilities. Activities will take place between October 2015 and March 2016.

Reach for Resources      $6,075.00
www.reachforresources.org
Funding for Art Abilities, a 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 Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins in October 2015.

Threads Dance Project      $10,000.00
www.threadsdance.org
Funding for Warriors of Light, an evening-length dance work inspired by Paulo Coelho's novella "Warrior of Light: A Manual" and featuring original music from composer Sanford Moore. Performances will take place at The Cowles Center for Dance in November 2015.

Wayzata Symphony Orchestra     $10,000.00
www.thewso.org
Funding for the 2015 - 2016 season of four free concerts of orchestral works that will include a multimedia work with the composer in residence, a program of New Orleans jazz arrangements for orchestra and soloists and a family concert that combines film music with an orchestral masterpiece. The concerts will take place at Wayzata Community Church between October 2015 and May 2016.

Suburban Ramsey County

Minhua Chorus       $10,000.00
www.minhuachoir.org
Funding for the Chinese Knot, a full-length concert featuring songs and dances from major Chinese ethnic groups. Performances will take place at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium of St. Catherine University in December 2015.

Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center    $10,000.00
www.tccdcmn.org
Funding for The Joyful Dance VI, an annual dance concert celebrating the Chinese New Year at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in January 2016.

Youth in Jazz, Inc.       $10,000.00
www.mnyouthjazz.com
Funding for Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands serving over 160 students in grades 6 through 12 with eight different jazz groups that rehearse weekly between September 2015 and May 2016.  Each group will perform one or more concerts, and four of the groups will record a CD in a professional studio.

Washington County

St. Croix Valley Chamber Chorale    $10,000.00
www.valleychamberchorale.org
Funding for Hope Renewed, Darkness Destroyed, and Unity Created Through Music, the 2015 - 2016 season of three choral concerts to be held at the Washington County Historic Courthouse and Trinity Lutheran Church between December 2015 and April 2016.

Wildwood Artist Series      $8,000.00
www.wildwoodartistseries.com
Funding for the 2015 – 2016 Wildwood Artist series featuring Cirque Zuma Zuma, Pat Donohue and the Prairie All Stars, and The New Standards at the Chautauqua Fine Arts Center in Mahtomedi.
 

 

FY 2015 Arts Learning - Round 2

Dakota County

Drama Interaction   $8,348
cokartscenter.com/dramainteraction501c3.html
Funding for a series of three performance arts classes for adults with special needs. The project will begin in June 2015, and is a partnership with Chrestomathy, Inc., which provides specialized adult day programs. 

International Friendship Through the Performing Arts  $9,218
Funding for residencies during the 2015-2016 school year by Chinese musician and educator Gao Hong at Yinghua Academy in Minneapolis, Randolph Elementary School in St. Paul, and Farmington Elementary School.

OboeBass! The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo   $9,000
www.oboebass.com
Funding for a series of seven monthly one-hour “Pages of Music” education programs at five senior residences from June 2015 through February 2016.

Rosemount Area Arts Council   $10,000
www.rosemountarts.com
Funding for a theater school for seniors, offering 100 hours of classes between September 2015 and May 2016. The school will culminate in the production of a play at The Steeple Center in Rosemount, and in the formation of an ongoing senior theater company.

Minneapolis

Copper Street Brass Quintet   $10,000
www.copperstreetbrass.com/home.html
Funding for residencies focusing on musicianship essentials with the Burnsville Junior High and High School bands to enhance the schools' music instruction during the 2015-2016 school year. 

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center   $10,000
www.pwccenter.org
Funding for “World Explorers,” an eight-week summer program where youth ages 5 through 13 will learn about world cultures through indigenous visual and performing arts. The project will be held at Heritage Park in Minneapolis during the summer of 2015. 

Plymouth Christian Youth Center   $10,000
www.pcyc-mpls.org
Funding for residencies conducted by the Capri Theater at the PYC Arts & Tech High School in north Minneapolis during the 2015-2016 school year. 

Weavers Guild of Minnesota   $10,000
www.weaversguildmn.org
Funding for 16 weeks of participatory fiber arts learning activities for beginners through advanced learners during the fall of 2015 at the Textile Center in Minneapolis.

St. Paul

Arts Us   $10,000
arts-us.org
Funding for Summer Camp Teranga for youth in kindergarten through 8th grade to explore and create through the arts. The camp will be held during the summer of 2015 at Dunning Recreation Center in St. Paul.

CAAM Chinese Dance Theater   $10,000
www.caam.org/cdt
Funding for specialized training, including solo and small group choreography and educational programming, that will allow CAAM Chinese Dance Theater to expand its offerings. The training program will occur between June 2015 and February 2016. 

Deborah Elias Danza Espanola   $10,000
dedanza.org
Funding for residencies in flamenco dance, music, and culture at six schools from September 2015 to March 2016. Each residency will culminate in a community celebration. 

East Side Arts Council   $10,000
www.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding for artist residencies at three elementary schools on the east side of St. Paul during the 2015-2016 school year. 

Hamilton Ink Spot   $10,000
www.hamiltoninkspot.org
Funding for The Hamilton Ink Spot Internship Program for artists ages 18 to 26 to learn design, printmaking, and exhibition skills from master printers. The program will run for one year, with two six-month cycles, starting in January and July of 2016.

In Progress   $10,000
in-progress.org
Funding for Digital Journeys, a comprehensive digital arts learning program for newly developing artists.  The program focuses on small group mentorship, individualized coaching and goal planning with youth ages 13-20, and will take place at the In Progress main studio in St. Paul.

Keane Sense of Rhythm   $10,000
www.tapcompany.org
Funding for Tap with Class tap dance classes for students in 1st through 4th grades at two 2015 summer school venues in St. Paul. Students will perform at an assembly to culminate the experience.

Macgowan Productions    $10,000
www.mfilm.com
Funding for a Screenwriting and Media Production Workshop for the 8th grade students at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus (LMAP) School in St. Paul. The workshop will begin in the spring of 2016, and will allow the students to present their work in the first annual LMAP Film Festival.

Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater   $10,000
Funding for Chinese dance instruction for adults and students in kindergarten through 12th grades from June through October of 2015. Classes will be held at the University of St. Thomas, and will include various community performances.

Oratorio Society of Minnesota   $10,000
www.oratorio.org
Funding for eight workshop sessions during the Oratorio Society's Summer Chorus. The workshops will be held during July 2015 and are open to all community singers, and will culminate in a performance of Great Opera Choruses.

Saint Paul Ballet   $10,000
spballet.org
Funding for the Everybody Dance Summer Program of 12 weeks of introductory summer dance classes for children ages 4 through 12 and teens ages 13 through 18.  The program will run from June through August of 2015.

Teatro del Pueblo   $10,000
www.teatrodelpueblo.org
Funding for New Encounters providing emerging Latino artists and community members the opportunity to engage in the performing arts through a series of workshops on scene work, voice, movement, and basic technical tools of the theater trade.  The project will run from August 2015 to May 2016.

Walker West Music Academy   $10,000
www.walkerwest.org
Funding for the 2015 Summer Music Enrichment Program, a three-week music day camp during July of 2015 at Walker West's music center in St. Paul. The camp provides students ages 5 to 12 the opportunity to experience instrumental and vocal music for the first time. 

Suburban Hennepin County

Blossoms of the Orient Dance Theater   $10,000
Funding for a year-long dance program for children during 2015 and 2016 focusing on Hmong dances from Southern China, Laos, and Thailand at the Brady Education Center at the University of St. Thomas. The program includes performances at various locations.

Maple Grove Arts Center   $10,000
maplegroveartscenter.org
Funding for The Extremely Serious Comedy Workshop for youth and older adults led by comedian Scott Hansen, from mid July through mid September of 2015. 

Suburban Ramsey County

Rosetown Playhouse   $10,000
www.rosetownplayhouse.org
Funding for DanceTogether, a four-week project bringing together high school students of Karen, African American, and other ethnicities to build community and leadership by dancing together. The project will occur in July 2015, and will culminate with a free pubic performance.

Women's Writing Program   $10,000
Funding to engage women, in short-term incarceration at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility during 2015 and 2016, to learn creative writing skills for self-expression and building self-confidence, and to publish works in professionally produced poetry chapbooks cataloged in The Saint Paul Public Library collection.

Washington County

FamilyMeans   $4,311
www.familymeans.org
Funding for the Teen Center Zine Project during summer 2015. Youth ages 13 through 18 will create a graphic zine responding to a theme of their choice.

 

 

 
 

FY 2015 Community Arts - Round 2

Anoka County

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts   $5,000
www.banfill-locke.org
Funding for Art at Rice Creek, a free arts festival on the banks of Rice Creek and the Mississippi River in Anoka County. The daylong festival will feature visual, literary, and performance art experiences and will take place in September 2015.

Chorus Polaris   $5,000
www.choruspolaris.org
Funding for a joint concert with four high school choirs, each presenting a short program, and culminating in a final short selection performed together. The concert will be held in November 2015.

City of Blaine   $4,000
www.blaineparks.com
Funding for the eigth annual Blaine World Fest Celebration, a public event exploring the cultural arts and ethnicities that currently exist in the city. The event will take place in May 2015.

Northern Starz Theatre   $5,000
www.northernstarz.org
Funding for three performances of Peter Pan at Northgate Performing Arts Center in June 2015.

Carver County

Edge of the Big Woods Art Wander   $5,000
Funding for the Edge of the Big Woods Art Wander, a self-guided arts tour featuring 32 artists and 20 working studios. The Art Wander will take place throughout western Carver County in September 2015.

ISD 108 Community Education   $5,000
Funding for the Music in the Park Series of eight free concerts held in Norwood Young America parks during the months of June, July and August.

Dakota County

Black Dirt Theater   $4,975
www.blackdirttheater.com
Funding to produce and present Hamlet. Performances will take place at a community arts facility housed in a former church building in November 2015.

Independent School District 197 School Age Care   $5,000
www.tridistrictce.org
Funding for West African Drumming, Dance, and Storytelling, a two-week long performing arts experience for youth ages Kindergarten through 8th grade. Activities will take place at Moreland Elementary School in West St. Paul and culminate in a public performance in July 2015.

Minnesota Brass, Inc.   $4,798
www.mnbrassinc.org
Funding for Sounds of Minnesota, an annual drum and bugle competition featuring drum corps from throughout the Midwest. The event will take place at St. Thomas High School in August 2015.

Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games   $5,000
www.mnscottishfair.org
Funding for the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games featuring live Celtic music, including the addition of Scottish fiddling. Featured performers include 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Hanneke Cassel, and Silk Road Ensemble cellist, Mike Block. Workshops will take place at Celtic Junction in St. Paul and performances will take place at the Scottish Fair in Eagan in July 2015.

Minneapolis

Altered Esthetics   $1,300
www.alteredesthetics.org
Funding for the 2015 Group Exhibitions project, featuring the second annual Ae Art House Film Festival as well as three diverse media-based exhibitions. The exhibitions will be held at The Southern Theater and other venues in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis between May and September 2015.

Ancia Saxophone Quartet   $5,000
www.anciaquartet.com
Funding to perform two concerts featuring new and traditional works for saxophone quartet. Performances will take place at Studio Z and the Weisman Art Museum in May 2015.

Bully Creative Shop   $5,000
www.bullycreative.com
Funding for the Impact: North Film Festival, featuring two days of films, panels, workshops, selected shorts and special events concentrated on local, social change inspired by story. The festival will take place at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis in September 2015.

Byzantine Choral Festival   $5,000
Funding for the Sixth Annual Byzantine Choral Festival, featuring a free workshop and public concert. The concert of diverse ethnic choral traditions will take place at St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church in October 2015.

Christopher Watson Dance Company   $5,000
christopherwatsondance.org
Funding for the 14th annual Dances at the Lakes, a free dance concert featuring original works by 12 local companies and choreographers. Performances will take place at the Lake Harriet Rose Garden in July 2015.

Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis   $5,000
www.civicorchestrampls.org
Funding to present three concerts targeting three different audiences. Performances will take place at Wayzata Community Church, Aurora Charter School, and the Lake Harriet Band Shell between May and July 2015.

COLLIDE Theatrical    $5,000
www.collidetheatrical.org
Funding to produce and present CLU, an original, interactive jazz dance musical with parallels to the iconic board game. Performances will take place at the Ritz Theater in September 2015.

East Side Neighborhood Services   $5,000
www.esns.org
Funding for a series of workshops for children in the Summer on Second program. The project will teach the basics of ceramics, develop imagination and creative skills, integrate the arts with literacy and learning, and tell the story of the community of Northeast Minneapolis. Workshops will culminate in an exhibition of student work in August 2015.

Full Circle Theater Company   $5,000
Funding to produce and present Sacred Passage, an original piece devised by the five core artists of Full Circle from their personal life experiences and journeys in the theater. Performances will take place as part of the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival, with two additional outreach performances in the fall.

Hope Community, Inc.   $5,000
Funding for The Power of Vision, a neighborhood mural program that will engage approximately 30 youth in developing arts and leadership skills. The project will take place between April and September 2015 and culminate in a public mural and community unveiling ceremony.

Metro Work Center, Inc.   $5,000
www.metroworkcenter.org
Funding for a group sculpture project created under the direction of artist Sara Hanson, providing adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience the metal sculpture process, while gaining skills from tactile and social interactions. The project will culminate in a public sculpture to be displayed at the organization's Minneapolis location.

Minneapolis Art Lending Library   $5,000
www.artlending.org
Funding for the Minneapolis Art Lending Library, a program that allows patrons to browse a collection of artworks, select one to borrow for two months, and to display and enjoy in their homes. The Library will gather three times between May and December 2015 at the American Swedish Institute.

Minneapolis Southside Singers   $5,000
www.mplscommunityed.com
Funding to present 20 free concerts to underserved audiences across the seven-county metropolitan area between April 2015 and March 2016.

Minnesota 9-11 Tribute   $4,497
Funding for the 2015 Minnesota 9-11 Tribute Concert, a free annual symphony orchestra and choral concert at Lake Harriet Band Shell in September 2015 to remember the victims of September 11, 2001, and to recognize and honor the first responders, fire and law enforcement personnel serving our communities today.

Mixed Precipitation   $5,000
www.mixedprecipitation.org
Funding to present the 7th annual picnic operetta, a harvest season tradition combining classical music, horticulture, food, and storytelling in metro area community gardens and urban farms. Performances will take place in August and September 2015.

Open Circle Adult Day Care Center   $3,800
www.opencircle.org
Funding for a residency with composer and musician Charlie Maguire to work with groups of seniors at Open Circle, an adult day program for individuals with dementia or other physical and developmental disabilities. Participants will write a song and do a visual arts project that encourages individual expression, draws on long-term memory, and culminates in performances.

St. Stephen's Human Services   $5,000
ststephensmpls.org
Funding to bring Home Street Home Minneapolis, zAmya’s recently developed play about homelessness in downtown Minneapolis, to five venues in downtown Minneapolis in May, 2015.

Studio 206   $5,000
ivystudio206.com
Funding for Bee Arts, a collaborative opportunity for artists interested in the topic of bees and beekeeping. The project will include a weekend of workshops, a project development period, and a final, public exhibit of creative works to be displayed at MCAD in spring 2016.

The Bigger Picture   $5,000
Funding for a mural production experience entitled We Are Yinghua, pairing muralists and students to design and paint cultural images representative of both Minnesota and China. Activities will take place at Minneapolis' Yinghua Academy in May and June 2015.

The Eclectic Ensemble   $5,000
www.theeclecticensemble.com
Funding for LumiNite, a bicycle driven, in-motion performance series of evolving lights and music directed toward metro-area people that relax, commute or recreate within the Minneapolis bike trail system. Performances will take place in October 2015.

Twin Cities Tap Festival   $5,000
www.twincitiestap.com
Funding for the first Twin Cities Tap Festival, a celebration of music, rhythm and the art of tap dance. The three-day event will bring together national tap artists and local tap professionals and students to participate in classes, workshops and performances centered around learning and sharing the art of tap. The festival will take place in Minneapolis in October 2015.

Universal Dance Destiny   $5,000
www.universaldancedestiny.com
Funding for Dances of the Universe, the eleventh annual showcase featuring diverse performance acts especially in dance. The showcase will take place at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis in January 2016.

Scott County

Czech Heritage Club   $4,000
CzechHeritageClub.com
Funding for the sixth annual European Christmas Event featuring traditional folk dancers and singers, artisans and craft vendors, and family friendly activities. The event will take place at the American Legion Park Ballroom in New Prague in December 2015.

St. Paul

Crow With No Mouth Promotions   $5,000
http://bodhidog.wordpress.com
Funding for a six-concert series presenting local, national, and international composers and performers working in electro-acoustic improvisation. Concerts will be held at Studio Z in St. Paul between May and December 2015.

Hamline Midway Coalition   $5,000
www.hamlinemidway.org
Funding for Midway Murals, a five-month-long public art collaboration featuring listening sessions with local immigrant business owners and neighborhood residents to develop the mural. Neighborhood participants will be actively involved in painting the mural. Activities will take place between April and September 2015.

Karen Culture Organization of MN   $5,000
www.karenculture.org
Funding to teach up to 100 Karen youth traditional Karen dances and songs. Activities will culminate in performances at the Festival of Nations in April 2015.

low tech/high joy collaborative   $2,800
lowtechhighjoy.wordpress.com
Funding for The Sunflower Revolution, a collaborative project between low tech/high joy collaborative and residents of three Episcopal Homes senior housing campuses in St. Paul.  Participants will design, screen print, sew, fill and seal 500 sunflower seed packets to distribute for free to the broader community.

Maggie Bergeron and Company   $5,000
www.maggiebdance.org
Funding for Hear Here! A Music and Movement Festival, bringing together four diverse teams composed of one composer/musician and one choreographer/dancer, to create original collaborative work. The works will premiere at a free performance at the Lowry Lab Theater in July 2015.

Midwest Special Services, Inc.   $5,000
www.seepossibility.org
Funding for approximately 30 participants at Midwest Special Services to work with Troy Strand to create seven to nine melodies and musical themes for a film score.

Pan Asian Arts Alliance   $5,000
www.panasianartsalliance.org
Funding for the Pan-Asian Arts Festival at the Landmark Center in St. Paul in May 2015.

Rosetown Playhouse   $5,000
www.rosetownplayhouse.org
Funding to produce the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Como Lakeside Pavilion in July of 2015.

Second Fiddle Productions   $5,000
www.secondfiddleproductions.com
Funding to produce a series of staged readings of three musicals that examine social issues relevant today, including Titanic, Blood Brothers and The Most Happy Fella. Performances will take place in May, August, and October 2015 respectively in the Cabaret Space at Camp Bar in Saint Paul.

The Dream Songs Project   $5,000
http://thedreamsongsproject.org
Funding to commission Minnesota composers Justin Rubin and Ted Moore for two new 15 minute works for classical voice and guitar. The new works will be performed as part of a concert to be held at three metro venues, with two additional outreach performances for underserved audiences, in January and February 2016.

The Illicit Sextet   $5,000
www.facebook.com/theillicitsextet
Funding for the All Originals Jazz Series, a sequence of eight weekly Jazz performances at Studio Z featuring existing local jazz ensembles that have a specialization of performing original Jazz compositions. Performances will take place in July and August 2015.

Twin Cities Bass Camp   $5,000
www.tcbasscamp.com
Funding for a concert with Francois and Sylvain Rabbath at Bethel University in June 2015.

Twin Cities Labor Chorus   $5,000
Funding for nine to 12 choral performances in the metro area between April 2015 and March 2015.

Twin Cities World Refugee Day   $5,000
http://tcworldrefugeeday.org
Funding for Twin Cities World Refugee Day, a cultural festival featuring more than 50 local organizations serving refugees. The festival will take place in June 2015 at Arlington Hills Community Center in St. Paul.

Suburban Hennepin County

4 Community Theatre   $5,000
www.4communitytheatre.org
Funding for six performances of the musical Shrek at Orono High School Auditorium in July 2015.

Cracked Walnut   $5,000
www.crackedwalnut.com
Funding for the Cracked Walnut Literary Festival 2015, consisting of 30 separate public readings featuring a mix of poetry, fiction, spoken word, and essays by a diverse collection local artists. The readings will take place at 30 community settings between May and June 2015.

Discovery Arts Council   $3,400
Funding for the Orono International Festival, an annual fall arts festival allowing community members to share the arts and culture of their heritage through country booths, folk arts, costumes, displays and five to seven performing arts groups sharing music and dance from around the world. The festival will take place in October 2015.

Drama Interaction   $5,000
http://cokartscenter.com/dramainteraction501c3.html
Funding for a theater exploration program offering theater, music and dance instruction to 20-24 students with disabilities, ages 8-12 years old. Activities will be held at Capoeira Academy in Richfield between April and June 2015 and culminate in a presentation to a small group of invited guests.

Hennepin Artists of Robbin Gallery   $2,880
www.robbingallery.org
Funding for the 3rd annual Art on the Lawn festival offering a variety of activities for all ages, with live music, artist demos and food. The festival will take place on the lawn behind the Robbin Gallery in July 2015.

Lao Diaspora   $4,989
http://littlelaosontheprairie.org/laodiasporaproject
Funding for a two-month visual arts exhibit recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Lao diaspora. The exhibit will coincide with workshops conducted by nationally-acclaimed Lao American artists and writers, and will be held at the Brooklyn Center Library between April and June 2015.

Partners in Praise Girls Choir   $5,000
www.partnersinpraise.org
Funding for a four-month teaching intensive with guest artist Linda Tutas Haugen. Activities will take place between April and July 2015 and culminate in a public performance at Peace Lutheran Church in Robinsdale in June 2015.

St. Anthony Community Theater   $4,799
www.sactheater.org
Funding for Seussical the Musical. Performances will take place at St. Anthony Village High School during the two weekends in July and August that coincide with the annual Village Fest celebration.

Vail Place   $5,000
www.vailplace.org
Funding to work with History Theatre teaching artists to develop a performance piece based on participants lived experiences with mental illnesses. The project will include two separate and independent 15-week workshops, each with a final performance at the History Theatre in St. Paul.

Women of the West Quilt Guild   $5,000
www.wowquiltguild.com
Funding for Pieces of Our Lives - Minnesota Memories, the eighth biannual quilt show, featuring quilts by the Women of the West Quilters. The show will be held at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN in October 2015.

Suburban Ramsey County

Mounds View Community Theatre   $5,000
www.mvct.org
Funding for the production of George and Ira Gershwin's "Crazy For You" at the Irondale theater in July 2015.

Roseville Parks and Recreation   $5,000
www.cityofroseville.com/parks
Funding for the Live at the Rog performance series of family-friendly events including the addition of Global Adventures, a new initiative to make cultural connections through multiple art forms. The series will be held at the Roseville Central Park Frank Rog Amphitheater in summer 2015.

Saint Paul Vocal Forum   $5,000
www.spvf.org
Funding for Sure on this Shining Night, a chamber choral concert with the Lake String Quartet to be presented at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Roseville in May 2015.

Twin Cities Bronze   $2,950
www.twincitiesbronze.org
Funding for ten individual classes with individual participating ensembles designed to teach proper handbell ringing techniques and enhance skill levels. Classes will be taught at various sites in the Twin Cities between April and November 2015.

Vox Nova Chorale   $5,000
www.voxnovachorale.org
Funding for A Choral Pilgrimage, a choral concert touching on music from the Medieval age up to and including new compositions from emerging composers. Performances will take place at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Roseville and St. Mary’s Chapel in St. Paul in August 2015.

Washington County

FamilyMeans   $3,128
www.familymeans.org
Funding for the Arts Exploration Workshop, free weekly art experiences for youth ages 5 to 12 in the mobile home community of Landfall. Art experiences will include a ceiling mosaic project, metal art design and Aztec drumming and take place at the Teen Center between May 2015 and February 2016.

Marine Film Society   $5,000
Funding for the Marine Documentary Series, a six-month curated film series featuring local and regional film makers. Screenings will take place at the City of Marine Village Hall between October 2015 and March 2016.

Masquers Theatre Company   $5,000
www.masquerstheatre.org
Funding for 12 performances and a free preview performance of Shrek the Musical at Forest Lake High School Auditorium in July 2015.

Washington County 4-H Federation    $5,000
www.extension.umn.edu/county/washington
Funding for the Washington County Arts-In, a four-day intensive performing arts camp for youth from grades 7 through their freshman year of post-secondary education. The camp will take place at the Washington County Fairgrounds in July and culminate with performances at the Washington County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair in July and August 2015.
 

FY 2015 Arts Learning - Round 1

On January 27, 2015, MRAC awarded $247,759 to 27 organizations in the first round of its FY 2015 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of and/or through the arts for children, youth, and adults by engaging people in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. The Arts Learning grant program is a direct result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. All applications go through a competitive peer review panel process. The MRAC board of directors makes the final decisions on all panel recommendations.

The following is a list of awarded projects sorted by the county of affiliation. Organization websites are included when available as a way to get more information about the groups and awarded projects. Please note that the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are separated from the surrounding suburban Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park                  $10,000
www.caponiartpark.org
Funding for Family Fun Tuesdays, a program of 13 weekly performances for children to be held June through August 2015 in the Art Park's sculpture garden in Eagan.

Minneapolis

20% Theatre Company                  $10,000
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding for an Apprentice Program that will provide hands-on professional opportunities for high school and college students to learn about the various aspects of theater production. The project includes the production of performances, and will run from March through July of 2015.

Creatives for Causes dba Art Buddies               $10,000
www.artbuddies.org
Funding for the Art Buddies project at Whittier Recreation Center in Minneapolis, which provides one-on-one mentorships with creative artists for children ages 8 to 11. The project will run from February through May of 2015.

Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra                  $10,000
www.friendsofmnorch.org
Funding for Kinder Konzerts on the Road at three Minneapolis Public Schools for students in grades pre-K through first grade during the 2015-2016 school year. The program includes classroom workshops and a concert at each site.

Inverted Arts                        $10,000
www.invertedarts.org
Funding for the Art Exploration Program for middle and high school students, in partnership with Hope Academy in south Minneapolis, from June 8 to July 2, 2015. Students will choose one of five artistic disciplines taught by professional artist mentors, and participate in a Community Showcase Celebration.

Kairos Alive!                       $10,000
www.kairosdance.org
Funding for New Community Dance and Story Residency at Wilder Community Center for Aging in St. Paul. The 11-week residency for underserved elders, their surrounding caregivers, family and community members, and youth will begin in mid-February 2015.

Link Vostok                          $7,355
www.linkvostok.org
Funding for a Residency Exchange with dancer and instructor Sandrine Harris who will teach her specific brand of movement exploration to dancers and performers. The 10-day residency will begin in mid-February of 2015.

Marcy Arts Partnership                $8,000
Funding for The Show Biz Music Residency, a 14-week curriculum on American musical theater at Marcy Open School in Minneapolis. The residency will run from February through May of 2015.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association                     $9,595
www.mplspops.org
Funding for Kids Play, a year-round music mentoring program during calendar year 2015 for public school band and orchestra musicians, including a week-long summer intensive program for high-school musicians, and school-year sectional coaching for public school instrumental music programs.

Minneapolis Television Network                        $10,000
mtn.org
Funding for two Teen Media Workshops, each of which will connect youth with artists to create cultural stories utilizing modern media-art technologies. The project will run from February through August of 2015.

Open Eye Figure Theatre              $4,779
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding for three advanced workshops on Marionette Building and Engineering, Czech Puppet Building and Mechanics, and Discovering the Mask. Classes will run from April through August of 2015.

Redeemer Residence                      $7,212
www.elimcare.org/redeemer
Funding for a series of classes in song writing; clay and mosaics; and videography for residents of Redeemer Health & Rehab Center in the Lyndale neighborhood of south Minneapolis.

She Rock She Rock                        $10,000
www.girlsrocknrollretreat.com
Funding for the Girls Rock n Roll Retreat, a five-day music program for girls ages 8 to 16. The camp in the summer of 2015 will include instruction and performance on instruments, and workshops on songwriting, self-defense, media literacy, body image, and gender bias.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum                $9,818
www.somalimuseum.com
Funding for classes for Somali-American youth who have grown up without connection to Somali nomadic culture. Activities will include traditional nomadic finger-weaving, and events focusing on cultural history and context, and will occur between March and July of 2015.

The DIAL Group                  $10,000
www.TheDIALGroup.weebly.com
Funding for the Media Arts Apprenticeship Program, a ten-week summer program for youth ages 15 to 21 in north Minneapolis to explore media arts and new media as a career. The program will run from June through August of 2015.

Young Dance, Inc.               $10,000
www.youngdance.org
Funding for All Abilities Dancing, a series of programming during 2015 that will engage dancers with and without disabilities in quality dance experiences.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre                      $10,000
www.zorongo.org
Funding for flamenco instruction for Zorongo apprentice and company dancers with two guest master teachers, one in the spring and one in the fall of 2015.

St. Paul

ArtStart                     $10,000
www.artstart.org
Funding for "River EcoJourneys," a series of residencies to illuminate environmental issues through the lens of art and culture at four schools with high Latino populations in April and May of 2015.

Autism Society of Minnesota                    $10,000
www.ausm.org
Funding for "Art on the Spectrum," a series of art-focused programs for youth ages 9 to 18 with autism spectrum disorders. The programs will take place at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in two sessions during the summer of 2015.

Center for Hmong Arts and Talent                      $10,000
www.aboutchat.org
Funding for courses in Music & Poetry, Film & Video, and Print & Media Fashion Design through CHAT's "Art Saves Us" after-school arts program. The activities for Hmong youth ages 8 to 19 will begin in March 2015 and culminate with a celebration event in July.

Creating Language Through Arts             $10,000
www.creatinglanguagethrougharts.blogspot.com
Funding for an 11-week arts residency for deaf and hard of hearing students at Four Seasons A+ Elementary School in St. Paul. Between March and May of 2015, students will engage in visual and performing arts, culminating in a final performance for their families and peers.

Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education        $10,000
www.dfje.org
Funding for Jazz Artists in the Schools residencies to educate and inspire students in grades four through twelve at various metro area public schools about jazz history and performance. Activities will occur between March and June of 2015.

Sounds of Hope, Ltd.                      $10,000
www.soundsofhope.org
Funding for singing and percussion learning sessions with elderly residents at Sholom Homes and Little Sisters of the Poor, both in St. Paul. The program will run for one year beginning at the end of January 2015.

Suburban Hennepin County

Partnership Resources, Inc.                    $10,000
www.partnershipresources.org
Funding for "The art of me," which will provide thirty adults with disabilities opportunities to explore positive self-expression, social skills, and ways to communicate through a variety of artistic disciplines from February 2 to August 7, 2015 at Partnership Resources' three facilities in St. Louis Park and Minneapolis

Sabes JCC Performing Arts Department                         $6,000
Funding for the Youth Performance Program for youth grades three and up at The Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. The program includes the production of "The Mystery Mash-up" performance in May 2015.

Suburban Ramsey County

Lakeshore Players                          $10,000
www.lakeshoreplayers.com
Funding for Summer Youth Players, two theater camps for youth ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 18 at Lakeshore Players' theater in White Bear Lake during the summer of 2015.

Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation                     $5,000
http://www.tchdc.org
Funding for a ten-day arts camp for children in kindergarten through fifth grade at Calibre Ridge housing community in Roseville in June 2015.

FY 2015 Community Arts - Round 1

On December 16, 2014, MRAC awarded $300,428 to 62 organizations in its FY 2015 Community Arts, Round 1 grant program. 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. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a connection to a community.

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

Mississippi Valley Orchestra   $4,987
www.mississippivalleyorchestra.com
Funding for Exceptional Americana, a free concert showcasing the St. Paul Piano Teachers Concerto Competition winner and special guest soloist Doug Wright. The concert will take place at First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights in February 2015.

Musikgarten of Anoka   $5,000
musikgarten.org/anoka
Funding for the 2015 Winter/Spring semester and summer session music classes in the northwestern suburbs for children birth to six-years-old and their families.

Carver County

Centre Stage Theatre and Arts   $5,000
Funding to produce the musical Annie based on the Harold Gray comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" at Central High School in Norwood Young America in August 2015.

ISD 112 Community Education   $5,000
www.ce4all.org
Funding for Hooked on Books... and the Arts, too!, a one-day literary and performing arts event featuring author Derek Anderson at Chanhassen High School in February 2015.

River City Theatre Company   $5,000
rivercitytheatrecompany.org
Funding for six performances of Shrek the Musical at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center in September 2015.

Velvet Tones   $5,000
www.velvettones.org
Funding for nine vocal performances for groups with limited arts access in the greater metropolitan area between January and June 2015.

Dakota County

Chameleon Theatre Circle   $5,000
chameleontheatre.org
Funding for the second half of its 2014-2015 Artistic Season including Veronica's Room, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mom! a new musical, and Betty's Summer Vacation.   Performances will take place at the Ames Center in Burnsville.

Dakota Valley Symphony   $5,000
www.dakotavalleysymphony.org
Funding for Pure Classics, a family-friendly concert featuring three selections and focused on Gabriel Faure's Requiem. The concert will take place at the Ames Center in Burnsville in February 2015.

Eagan Men's Chorus   $4,224
www.eaganmenschorus.org
Funding for 20 concerts at assisted living and senior housing facilities in Dakota County from January through December 2015.

Eagan Parks and Recreation   $5,000
www.eaganarthouse.org
Funding for Discover-Create-Connect, a series of creative opportunities for the community including Artist Connect activities, guest artists and the 10th Annual Harvest of Art event. Activities will take place between January and December 2015.

International Festival of Burnsville   $5,000
www.intlfestburnsville.org
Funding for the International Festival of Burnsville featuring an indoor art exhibit, international cultural display booths, and an outdoor festival with a parade of flags, traditional attire, ethnic foods, and family art activities. The festival will be held at Nicollet Commons Park and the Ames Center in Burnsville in July 2015.

Minneapolis

Alternative Motion Project   $5,000
www.alternativemotionproject.org
Funding for the 4th Annual Performance, including the creation of five new dance works, a rehearsal process and audience engagement activities. Performances will take place at The LAB Theater in Minneapolis in March 2015.

Balkanicus Institiute for Balkan Art Culture and History   $4,090
www.musicofthebalkans.weebly.com
Funding for Balkanicus, a free public concert featuring contemporary Balkan chamber music at the University of Minnesota Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in April 2015.

Carnaval Brasileiro   $5,000
www.rkeverest.net
Funding for a celebration of Brazilian music, dance, cuisine, and culture with more than 100 musicians, dancers, and artists from the Twin Cities as well as special guest Brazilian performers. Activities will include a family matinee Carnaval performance accompanied by dance and visual arts workshop and take place in February 2015.

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center   $5,000
www.cafac.org
Funding for four, quarterly Open (Hot) House events that will provide an opportunity for students to showcase their work and for community members to participate in the Center's activities during in 2015.

Chronicled Concert Collective   $5,000
Funding for a dramatic, musical and literary chronicle, in concert form, of the life and 30-year career of Belgian chansonnier, actor, director and performance artist, Jacques Brel. Performances will take place at Open Eye Theatre in Minneapolis in June 2015.

Deborah Elias Danza Española   $5,000
dedanza.org
Funding for Damnation and Blue Song: Experimental Works between a Dancer and a Painting, a collaboration with painter Barbara Roche consisting of two performance pieces. Eight showings will be presented at Roche Studios in the Northrup King building in Minneapolis between March and May 2015.

Freshwater Theatre   $5,000
www.freshwatertheatre.com
Funding to present two shows in repertory: the world premiere of If You Don't Weaken, by Jenna Zark, and a festival of short works about memory entitled The Recollection Collection. Performances will take place at Nimbus Theater in March and April 2015.

Patrick's Cabaret   $5,000
www.patrickscabaret.org
Funding for Community Space Partnerships, a new performance series organized to serve the needs of seven under-resourced verbal arts groups. The series provides a free performance platform in addition to assistance with marketing, audience outreach, event oversight and programmatic consultation. Events will take place at Patrick's Cabaret in 2015.

She Rock She Rock   $5,000
www.girlsrocknrollretreat.com
Funding for Ladies Rock Camp, a three-day music camp for women ages 19 and older. Activities will take place at Lake Harriet House of Music and culminate in a public performance at Bunkers Music Bar and Grill in April 2015.

Six Families   $5,000
Funding for a season of events including four performances and eight workshops, featuring non-traditional music programming at several metro area alternative venues between January and June 2015.

Story Arts of Minnesota   $4,000
storyartsmn.org
Funding for StoryFest, a storytelling festival featuring storytelling workshops and performances for adults and children, plus an evening storytelling concert. The festival will be held at City of Lakes Waldorf School in April 2015.

The DIAL Group   $5,000
www.TheDIALGroup.weebly.com
Funding for the In Focus: Youth Leadership Program that will provide at-risk, under-served youth of color in North Minneapolis a high quality, out-of-school media arts program with a service-learning component focused on community engagement, information sharing, and data collection.

The Gregorian Singers   $5,000
www.thegregoriansingers.org
Funding to collaborate with The Twin Cities Lute Cooperative and Dance Revels Moving History to present the early Baroque opera La Dafne, employing period instruments and dances, and starring soprano Maria Jette. The project, which includes educational workshops for students and senior citizens, will culminate in two fully-staged performances in May 2015.

The Summer Singers   $5,000
summersingers.org
Funding for the 20th Concert Season, including four free concerts of a cappella music. Performances include a Family Concert and a journey through a cappella music history, concluding with world premieres of the organization's first selection in a Young Composers Initiative and a commissioned work by an established Minnesota composer. Concerts will take place at metro area venues in summer 2015.

Twin Cities String Academy   $5,000
www.tcstringacademy.com
Funding for Summer Strings, a weeklong program utilizing the Suzuki learning experience for young musicians ages 4 to 14. The program will take place at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis in August 2015.

West Broadway Business and Area Coalition   $5,000
westbroadway.org
Funding for FLOW, an annual self-guided art crawl featuring more than 200 visual and performing artists on West Broadway in North Minneapolis in summer 2015.

Workhaus Collective   $5,000
www.workhauscollective.org
Funding to present collective member Dominic Orlando’s new work, The Reagan Years, a play examining American culture's ambivalent attitude towards its youth. Performances will take place at the Playwrights’ Center Waring Jones Theatre in spring 2015.

Scott County

Savage Arts Council   $5,000
savageartscouncil.org
Funding for the eighth annual Juried Art Competition and Show, a visual arts exhibition for both professional and amateur visual artists. The artwork will be displayed throughout the community of Savage in April and May 2015.

South Metro Chorale   $5,000
www.southmetrochorale.org
Funding for a two concert series titled Music for the Soul and featuring an eighteen piece orchestra along with professional soprano and bass soloists. Performances will take place at Glendale United Methodist Church in Savage and St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Richfield in May 2015.

Autism Society of Minnesota   $5,000
www.ausm.org
Funding to provide theater arts activities to children ages 3 to 5 with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. Activities will take place at Children's Theatre Company between January and December 2015.

Camp Masala   $5,000
www.campmasala.org
Funding for Camp Masala 2015, a three-day South Asian heritage camp focusing on the unique cultural elements of South India and the holiday of Onam. Activities will take place at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul in June 2015.

Chanson Voice & Music Academy   $5,000
www.chansonvoicestudios.com
Funding for Lyrebird Young Women's Choir, a 16-week choir program for female high school students singing music composed by female Minnesota composers. Activities will take place between February and May 2015 and culminate in three community concerts.

East Side Arts Council   $5,000
www.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding for Artmobile, a mobile art project offering five weeks of free drop-in art classes. Artmobile will be held at public spaces around the east side of St. Paul in the summer of 2015.

Friends of Swede Hollow (FOSH)   $5,000
www.swedehollow.org
Funding for the annual Art in the Hollow one-day multidisciplinary outdoor arts festival in June 2015.

Hmong Cultural Center   $5,000
www.hmongcc.org
Funding for the Qeej Instructional Program, offering three afternoon classes per week teaching children and youth how to play the Qeej, a bamboo wind pipe instrument played at traditional Hmong funeral ceremonies.

Hot Summer Jazz Festival   $5,000
www.twincitiesjazzfestival.com
Funding for the Hot Summer Jazz Festival, a three-day jazz festival featuring local and world-renowned jazz artists. The festival will take place at 25 venues in downtown St. Paul including the newly opened St. Paul Saints Stadium and Union Depot in June 2015.

Japan America Society of Minnesota   $5,000
www.mn-japan.org
Funding for the world premiere of Yukionna, a new opera presented concert style, by Asako Hirabayashi. Performance will take place at Sundin Music Hall in St. Paul in May 2015.

Minnesota State Band   $5,000
minnesotastateband.org
Funding for eight free concerts in the 2015 season featuring music by American composers including premiers by local composers. Concerts will take place throughout the metro area between March and August 2015.

MNKINO   $5,000
www.facebook.com/mnkino
Funding for the second annual MNKINO Film Score Fest, an event that brings filmmakers, composers, and musicians together to create new short films with original scores that are performed live at the screening. The event will take place at the Landmark Center in St. Paul in August 2015.

Spitting Image Collective   $5,000
Funding to commission and present five new works that are specially geared toward local audiences. The concert, titled Offbeat, will be presented at Studio Z in St. Paul and Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis in May 2015.

The New Ruckus   $5,000
newruckus.org
Funding for the 2015 Composer Nights program, a monthly performance series that affords composers of all aesthetics and disciplines the opportunity to present new work, gain feedback and insight, and increase their visibility. Programming will take place at Studio Z in St. Paul between January and December 2015.

The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists   $5,000
www.singersmca.org
Funding for the René Clausen Festival and Residency, celebrating the world-renowned composer, conductor and educator, and his meaningful impact on Minnesota’s choral culture for nearly three decades. The three-day festival in February 2015 includes a free Community Sing event, educational master classes, a concert with 500 high school singers, and a Festival Finale presentation by The Singers.

Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation   $5,000
www.tchdc.org
Funding for Shadows of Micronesia, a ten-day summer arts program for youth living at the Liberty Plaza affordable housing development in St. Paul. The program will feature artists from Barebones Productions and culminate in a community event in August 2015.

Upper Midwest Flute Association, Inc.   $5,000
umfaflutes.org
Funding for Flute Fest, a one-day flute festival at Hamline University in April 2015.

Young Artists Initiative   $5,000
youngartistsmn.org
Funding for the 2015 Winter Theater Experience, a six-week auditioned-based theater program for youth that culminates in public performances of The Snow Queen. Performances will take place at the Wellstone Center on St. Paul’s West Side in March 2015.

Suburban Hennepin County

Bloomington Chorale, Inc   $5,000
www.bloomingtonchorale.com
Funding for The Nature of Things, an evening-length choral concert featuring music from Haydn's The Seasons with a 13-piece pit orchestra. Performances will take place at the Schneider Theater in the Bloomington Center for the Arts in April 2015.

Edina Singing Seniors   $5,000
edinasingingseniors.com
Funding for 25 performances at senior residences, nursing homes, subsidized housing and other venues. Performances will take place between January and December 2015.

Music Association of Minnetonka   $5,000
www.musicassociation.org
Funding for four young people's concerts focused on building children's familiarity with instruments in the orchestra. The concerts will be presented at Wayzata Community Church and Minnetonka United Methodist Church in February and at Minnetonka City Hall and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in October 2015.

Orono Community Education Early Learning Program   $5,000
www.oronoearlylearning.com
Funding for My Art - My World!, a four-month study of visual arts involving 150 young children & their families. Activities will take place at the Discovery Center in Maple Plain and culminate with an art show and evening family event in May 2015.

Plymouth Concert Band   $5,000
www.plymouthconcertband.org
Funding for the 2015 Winter and Spring band concerts including a special guest artist and the winner from the high school music competition. Concerts will take place at Wayzata High School Auditorium in Plymouth.

St. Anthony Civic Orchestra   $5,000
www.mnsaco.org
Funding for three orchestral programs in the spring and summer of 2015, including its Spring Children's Concert, Light Classics Concert, and Summer Concert.

The Park Theater Company   $5,000
www.slpfriendsofthearts.org
Funding for the premier of The Forger’s Apprentice, an original work by Minnesota playwrights Mark Forgy and Kevin Bowen including an Elmyr de Hory art exhibit to be held concurrently. Activities will take place at the Sabes Jewish Community Center’s Theatre Or in St. Louis Park in June 2015.

Twin Cities Youth Chorale   $5,000
www.tcyouthchorale.org
Funding for Music Speaks for Me, the sixth annual Children's Choral Festival featuring metro area choirs. The festival will take place at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove in March 2015.

UROC Friends   $2,632
Funding for UROC Arts!, an integrated arts experience for middle school and high school-aged youth with developmental differences. Activities will culminate in a variety show at the Orono High School Auditorium in April 2015.

Suburban Ramsey County

Harmonic Relief   $5,000
www.harmonicrelief.com
Funding for I've Had The Time Of My Life - Celebrating 15 Years of Harmonic Relief, a two-hour choir performance featuring an eclectic mix of songs that span Harmonic Relief’s history. Performances will take place at the Maplewood Performing Arts Theatre and Lyngblomsten Senior Living Community in May 2015.

Honeywell Concert Band   $3,000
Funding for 12 concerts presented at care centers, assisted living centers, senior housing complexes, and public parks. The performances will take place between February and November 2015.

Northeast Youth & Family Services   $5,000
nyfs.org
Funding for a three-week theater arts program for up to 12 participants of the STEP program. Activities will take place at the Discovery Center in Shorewood and culminate in a public performance in July 2015.

Silverwood Park-Three Rivers Park District   $5,000
threeriversparks.org/parks/silverwood-park.aspx
Funding for The Silverwood Park Summer Performance Series of twelve free concerts at the Silverwood Park outdoor amphitheater between May and September 2015.

Washington County

Canvas Health   $3,400
www.canvashealth.org
Funding for Jammin' Art, 23 to 26 art classes and experiences featuring six different visual and oral art mediums for individuals who live with mental illness. Activities will take place at East Suburban Resources in Stillwater between January and November 2015.

Encore Wind Ensemble   $4,095
www.encorewind.com
Funding for three free concerts, including one concert featuring local high school-aged musicians from East Ridge High School. The concerts will take place at metro area locations between February and April 2015.

Merrill Community Arts Center   $5,000
www.merrillartscenter.org
Funding for a Youth Performance Series that will produce two live theater opportunities for up to 80 youth ages preschool through high school in the southeast metro community. Activities will take place between February and August 2015 in Woodbury.

 

FY 2015 Capital Grant Awards

On November 25, 2014, MRAC awarded $204,935 to 25 organizations in its FY 2015 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 2015 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.

Carver County

River City Theatre Company            $8,242
rivercitytheatrecompany.org
Funding to purchase wireless headset microphones.

Dakota County

International Friendship Through the Performing Arts        $4,664
Funding to purchase new computers and software that will replace outdated equipment.

Rosemount Area Arts Council            $9,790
www.rosemountarts.com
Funding to install a track curtain system for the Steeple Center stage in order to expand programming for smaller acts and individual speakers, and for use as a backdrop for small art exhibits.

Minneapolis

Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts            $10,000
www.mnglassart.org
Funding to purchase and repair studio and administrative office equipment in order to meet the demands of new programming.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance            $10,000
Funding to install proper flooring and add a second restroom to the facility.

Metropolitan Boys Choir            $9,999
www.mbchoir.com
Funding to purchase a computer, printer, projector, and portable piano to enhance programming.

Minnesota Community Sings            $5,740
mnsings.com
Funding to purchase 400 copies of RISE UP SINGING songbooks for community sings and a songbook lending system.

Nimbus Theatre            $10,000
www.nimbustheatre.com
Funding to replace the theater's lighting dimming system.

Off-Leash Area            $5,000
www.offleasharea.org
Funding to replace lighting and sound equipment for the Neighborhood Garage Tour program.

Patrick's Cabaret            $7,250
www.patrickscabaret.org
Funding to purchase new technical equipment for the theater and computers for the office.

Red Eye Collaboration            $10,000
www.redeyetheater.org
Funding to upgrade the theater's lighting system to make it more user-friendly and increase creative possibilities for lighting design.

She Rock She Rock            $10,000
www.girlsrocknrollretreat.com
Funding to purchase mobile recording equipment for a rock ‘n’ roll camp for teenage girls.

Take-Up Productions            $10,000
trylon.org
Funding to purchase and install Digital Cinema Package (DCP) projection equipment as part of an industry-wide transition to the DCP format.

Weavers Guild of Minnesota            $10,000
www.weaversguildmn.org
Funding to replace damaged and inadequate looms in order to support quality educational programming and expand artist-designed class projects.

St. Paul

Central Conference and Performance Center dba VocalPoint    $1,860
www.vocalpointchorus.org
Funding to purchase choir risers to increase the safety, accessibility, and creative staging of annual choral concerts.

In Progress            $10,000
in-progress.org
Funding to purchase a professional DSLR camera, camera accessories, digital animation tools, and a multi-media computer and software for use by photo and video artists.

Minnesota Brass, Inc.            $10,000
www.mnbrassinc.org
Funding to replace a decade-old equipment trailer used to transport band instruments to local and regional competitions.

Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater            $8,220
Funding to purchase 80 sets of "fusion" Chinese Han ethnic costumes to be used in annual concerts, outreach performances, and other community events.

Nautilus Music-Theater            $10,000
www.nautilusmusictheater.org
Funding to complete the renovation of a new space in Lowertown, St. Paul, including floor refinishing, a bathroom installation, signage, and the purchase of woodworking tools.

Sounds of Hope, Ltd.            $3,650
www.soundsofhope.org
Funding to replace aging equipment to support the continued growth of the organization's touring program.

Suburban Hennepin County

Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs            $6,350
www.angelicacantanti.org
Funding to purchase new choral risers that are safe and stable for rehearsals and performances.

Public Theater of Minnesota            $10,000
www.theptmn.org
Funding to purchase 36 theatrical light fixtures, 2 lighting towers, and related hardware for outdoor performances at Silverwood Park.

Upper Midwest Flute Association, Inc.            $9,120
umfaflutes.org
Funding to purchase a contrabass flute in order to expand performance capability to include orchestral and contemporary flute music.

Suburban Ramsey County

Contempo Physical Dance            $5,050
contempophysicaldance.org
Funding to purchase a Marley dance floor for touring.

Lakeshore Players            $10,000
www.lakeshoreplayers.com
Funding to purchase new computers and hire a computer consultant to network the new hardware.

FY 2015 Organizational Development Grant Awards

On November 25, 2014, MRAC awarded $218,424 to 22 organizations in its FY 2015 Organizational Development grant program. The Organizational Development grant program offers grants of up to $10,000 for projects designed to strengthen the management or administration of arts organizations. 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 2015 Organizational Development 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            $9,244
www.banfill-locke.org
Funding to hire a part-time education coordinator to manage the many aspects of art classes offered at the center annually.

Dakota County

Exultate            $10,000
www.exultate.org
Funding for a consultant-led process to prepare the organization for a new management structure.

Minneapolis

20% Theatre Company            $10,000
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding to create a part-time grants and fundraising coordinator position.

Ananya Dance Theatre            $10,000
www.ananyadancetheatre.org
Funding to work with a development consultant who will help lead a direct mail campaign.

Copper Street Brass Quintet            $10,000
www.copperstreetbrass.com
Funding to develop a sustainable individual giving strategy including training for staff and board on fundraising best practices.

Hopewell North Music Cooperative            $10,000
www.hopewellmusic.com
Funding to further develop and implement a fundraising plan with the assistance of a fundraising consultant.

Kairos Alive!            $10,000
www.kairosdance.org
Funding for a new website that interfaces with contemporary technology platforms, has more relevant content, and can be easily updated by staff.

Open Eye Figure Theatre            $9,720
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding to upgrade the databases used for tracking tickets sales, donations, grants, volunteers, tours, and events.

Plymouth Christian Youth Center            $10,000
www.pcyc-mpls.org
Funding to create and implement an enhanced brand identity for the Capri Theater.

Soo Visual Arts Center            $10,000
www.soovac.org
Funding to plan and implement a fundraising and membership strategy and expand staff capacity to include a fundraising position.

VSA Minnesota            $10,000
www.vsamn.org
Funding for a grant writer to identify and secure corporate and foundation support in order to restore an arts education coordinator position.

Walking Shadow Theatre Company            $10,000
www.walkingshadowcompany.org
Funding to create a development and outreach coordinator staff position.

St. Paul

Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac            $10,000
www.saintpaulalmanac.org
Funding to develop a sustainable funding stream through partnerships and sponsorships with local businesses.

Minnesota Theater Alliance            $10,000
www.mntheateralliance.org
Funding to add a part-time administrative assistant position to take over administrative tasks currently done by staff, and to promote the membership services manager to a program director position.

One Voice Mixed Chorus            $10,000
www.onevoicemn.org
Funding to implement a website redesign in order to provide improved service to ticket buyers, donors, singers, and new audiences.

Saint Paul City Ballet            $9,460
spcballet.org
Funding to hire a consultant to facilitate and support a strategic planning process.

Walker West Music Academy            $10,000
www.walkerwest.org
Funding to support the expansion of fundraising capacity for long-term sustainability.

Suburban Hennepin County

Rain Taxi Inc.            $10,000
www.raintaxi.com
Funding to develop a new strategic plan that will provide the foundation for greater sustainability and strategic action for the future.

Yellow Tree Theatre            $10,000
www.yellowtreetheatre.com
Funding to work with a communications specialist to create a strategic marketing and audience development plan.

Suburban Ramsey County

Brownbody            $10,000
Funding to hire a consultant to grow an individual donor program, create a grants calendar, and train organizational leadership in fund development skills.

Motionpoems, Inc.            $10,000
motionpoems.com
Funding to hire a communications consultant to better expand and engage audience networks.

Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center            $10,000
www.tccdcmn.org
Funding to establish a management archive that is accessible to dance instructors, staff, board members, and community stakeholders.

FY 2015 Arts Activities Support - Round 1

On September 23, 2014, MRAC awarded a total of $677,560 to 69 organizations/projects in the first round of the FY 2015 Arts Activities Support grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a community connection. This round's funded projects include a youth theater program with an original script and musical score, a Somali art exhibit, a Chinese New Year celebration, a teen neighborhood-inspired film project, several community music and/or art festivals, many dance and theater performances, a variety of musical concerts and more.

The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees' websites.

Carver County

Watertown-Mayer Community Education                $10,000
www.wmcommunityed.com
Funding for a seven-week youth summer theater program featuring an original script and musical score. The program will take place at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center and will culminate with three public performances in July 2015.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park                $9,850
www.caponiartpark.org
Funding for their 2015 Summer Performance Series featuring two contrasting but complementary artists or performing groups at each of the six events. The free performance series will be held at Caponi Art Park from June through August 2015.

Chamber Music Lakeville                $9,690
Funding for four Coffee Concerts of chamber music featuring The Musical Offering, Artaria String Quartet, Wilder Octet and the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet. Performances will take place at the Lakeville Area Arts Center between January and May 2015.

Dakota Center for the Arts dba Eagan Art Festival            $10,000
www.eaganartfestival.org
Funding for the 21st annual Eagan Art Festival, a free two-day outdoor festival featuring a broad range of entertainment and arts activities for all ages. The festival will take place at the Eagan Community Center in June 2015.

Exultate                $10,000
www.exultate.org
Funding for three performances of Mozart's Requiem featuring a festival choir and expanded orchestra with 30 additional musicians. Performances will take place at one Maple Grove and two Minneapolis venues in March 2015.

Rosemount Area Arts Council                $10,000
www.rosemountarts.com
Funding for the second annual ArtBlast, a free weeklong community celebration of the arts featuring approximately 40 events. Activities will take place at various venues in Rosemount in June 2015.

Youth Dance Ensemble                $8,960
www.ydeschool.com
Funding for an eight-week after-school Modern Dance Project for underserved 7th to 9th grade youth from Burnsville. The project will culminate in a community dance concert at Burnsville High School's Mraz Center in March 2015.

Minneapolis

20% Theatre Company                $10,000
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding for the second annual Q-STAGE: New Works Series, a showcase supporting experimental new work by LGBTQ artists. Performances will take place at Intermedia Arts in April and May 2015.

Ananya Dance Theatre                $10,000
www.ananyadancetheatre.org
Funding for an evening-length performance reflecting and honoring the age-old work of women who cultivate, nurture, and protect land and agriculture as a sustainable food sytem. Performances will take place at the O'Shaugnessy Auditorium in September 2015.

Ascension Place, Inc.                $8,000
www.ascensionplace.org
Funding for community arts experiences and an artists-in-residence program to foster healing, generate creativity, and build community among women in crisis in Ascension Place's transitional living program. Activities will take place between October 2014 and September 2015.

Breanna's Gift                $10,000
www.breannasgift.org
Funding for their 2014-2015 arts program that introduces children with cancer and other serious illnesses to the magical world of the arts at four Twin Cities health-related facilities.

Cleveland Neighborhood Association                $10,000
clevelandneighborhood.org
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 2015.

Community Involvement Programs                $10,000
www.cipmn.org
Funding to collaborate with Upstream Arts on its Art of Working program. Art of Working uses performing arts practices to develop social and communication skills for individuals who have struggled with obtaining or maintaining paid employment as a result of the unique challenges associated with their disabilities.

Ethnic Dance Theatre                $10,000
www.ethnicdancetheatre.com
Funding to produce Mountain Memories, a series of performances showcasing dances and music from mountain cultures worldwide, including new works from Uzbekistan, Algeria, Ecuador and Serbia. Performances will take place at the E.M. Pearson Theatre at Concordia University in April 2015.

Girl Friday Productions                $10,000
www.girlfridayproductions.org
Funding to produce The Matchmaker, the rarely staged 1955 comedy by Thornton Wilder. Performances will take place at the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre in July 2015.

Global Site Performance                $10,000
www.GlobalSitePerformance.org
Funding to produce the 19th annual Solstice River event, a site-specific performance honoring the Mississippi River on the longest day of the year. The performance will take place in June 2015 at the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.

Heritage Park Neighborhood Association                $10,000
www.hpnampls.org
Funding for Teens in Action, a film-media project engaging youth in the creation of mini-films to raise awareness for a neighborhood issue they are passionate about. These mini-films will collectively create a documentary and track the journey the youth take to ignite meaningful change in their neighborhood with a public screening in May 2015.

Jazz at Studio Z                $10,000
www.jazzatstudioz.org
Funding for Jazz at Studio Z, a monthly series of jazz workshops, student performances, and professional concerts featuring local musicians at Studio Z in downtown St. Paul between November 2014 and June 2015.

JazzMN, Inc.                $10,000
www.jazzmn.org
Funding to present two concerts featuring JazzMN's professional jazz orchestra performing with guest artists, tenor saxophonists Pete Christlieb and Bob Mintzer. The concerts will be held at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center in March and April 2015.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance                $7,500
Funding for the 2014 Winter Showcase, a performance of completed work developed between October and December 2014 by Les Jolies students. The public performance will be held at Cooper High School in December 2014.

Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra                $10,000
www.lhco.org
Funding for seven free public performances of four distinct symphony orchestra programs designed to bring artistically challenging and appealing music to a diverse audience. Performances will take place between November 2014 and June 2015.

Mad King Thomas                $10,000
www.madkingthomas.com
Funding to mark the company's 10th Anniversary by re-envisioning old works with new dancers and commissioning new dances from the choreographer's mentors to explore gender, influence, and the performer/choreographer relationship. Performances will take place in June 2015.

Midtown Global Music Festival                $10,000
www.midtownglobalmarket.org
Funding for the 2015 Midtown Global Music Festival, featuring a lineup of global entertainment including live music, ethnic dance and drumming, and spoken word performance. The festival will take place in July 2015 at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association                $10,000
www.mplspops.org
Funding to perform six free concerts for seniors in July 2015. Four coffee concerts will be held at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis with listeners bused in from senior care facilities in the Twin Cities. Two community concerts will be held in Elliot Park and at Cerenity Senior Care-Humboldt in St. Paul.

Minneapolis Thanksgiving Celebration Pow-Wow         $8,800
Funding for the 2014 Thanksgiving Celebration Pow-Wow, a three-day community event dedicated to preserving and celebrating Dakota, Ojibwe, and Ho-Chunk traditional dance and drumming. The event will be held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center during the 2014 Thanksgiving weekend.

Minnesota Guitar Society                $10,000
www.mnguitar.org
Funding to support concerts, workshops and masterclasses by regional and international guitarists, including eight concerts at Sundin Music Hall and an additional four outreach concerts presented with partner organizations in the metro area.

Off-Leash Area                $10,000
www.offleasharea.org
Funding to produce and present The Hive, an original dance, theater, and video installation to take place over four weeks in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. The project will culminate with the Main Event at The Lab Theater in June 2015.

Open Eye Figure Theatre                $10,000
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding to present the 13th annual Driveway Tour, which will bring puppet theater to more than 100 communities in the Twin Cities area during summer 2015.

Plymouth Christian Youth Center                $10,000
www.pcyc-mpls.org
Funding for Camp Capri, a five-week arts experience in theater, music, dance, visual arts, poetry and spoken word for 24 middle school youth at the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis.

Poetry for People                $10,000
Funding to create an original piece of public art in partnership with City of Lakes Community Land Trust, visual artist Witt Siasoco, poets, and homeowners who have purchased previously foreclosed homes. The project will culminate in handmade "realty" signs and takeaway broadsides with poems for the public.

Red Eye Collaboration                $10,000
www.redeyetheater.org
Funding for NEW WORKS 4 WEEKS 2015, 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 winter 2014.

Rosy Simas Dance Projects                $10,000
Funding to create Skin(s), a contemporary dance project featuring Indigenous/Native artists that includes performances, workshops, panel discussion and audience talk-back sessions. Performances will premiere in the Right Here series at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in November 2014.

Savage Umbrella                $10,000
www.savageumbrella.org
Funding to produce and stage These Are the Men, a re-imagining of the Oedipus mythology examining the love, hope and beauty hidden in the darkness of one of ancient Greece’s greatest tragedies. Performances will take place at the Southern Theater in March and April 2015.

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum                $10,000
www.somalimuseum.com
Funding to present an exhibit of traditional Somali artworks at 10 locations, targeting segments of the Somali community that lack access to studying traditional Somali arts and culture.

Theatre Forever                $10,000
www.theatreforever.com
Funding to develop and present the Nature Crown, a celebratory theatrical event exploring origin, innocence, community and personal, global and universal change. Performances will take place in the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio in March and April 2015.

Theatre Unbound                $9,320
www.theatreunbound.com
Funding to produce Shakespeare's Hamlet, with a cast of seven women playing all of the roles. Performances will take place at the JSB Tekbox at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in May 2015.

Toneworks Community Foundation                $10,000
Funding for Learning Through Music, a group music therapy program for children enrolled in 26 Early Childhood Special Education classrooms at Armatage Elementary, Bryn Mawr Elementary, and Hmong International Academy. The program will include a workshop for ECSE teachers in winter 2014.

Twin Cities Carifest                $10,000
www.carifest.org
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 2015.

Twin Cities Women's Choir                $10,000
www.twincitieswomenschoir.org
Funding for a collaborative choral concert with Saakumu, a professional dance troupe from Ghana, West Africa,  The concert will take place at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul in February 2015.

Walking Shadow Theatre Company                $10,000
www.walkingshadowcompany.org
Funding to present Samuel D. Hunter's play The Whale. Performances will take place at Mixed Blood Theatre in November and December 2014.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre                $8,440
www.zorongo.org
Funding to stage a concert of traditional and contemporary flamenco dance featuring four international guest artists and the Zorongo company. The project, which also includes 12 guest artist-led flamenco workshops, will conclude with performances at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in June 2015.

St. Paul

Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac                $10,000
www.saintpaulalmanac.org
Funding for the 2016 Saint Paul Almanac, an annual publishing of amateur and professional literary artists. The 2016 Saint Paul Almanac will be released in September 2015 with a book release party at the Northern Warehouse in Lowertown St. Paul.

ArtStart                $10,000
www.artstart.org
Funding to expand its 2014-2015 ScrapMobile Community Workshops, a portable artful reuse program that serves adults with developmental disabilities, by collaborating with three organizations in Ramsey and Dakota counties. Activities will take place between October 2014 and May 2015.

CAAM Chinese Dance Theater                $10,000
www.caam.org
Funding for their 2015 Annual Production, a two-part, 90-minute program celebrating the Chinese New Year and featuring traditional and updated Chinese dance styles, traditional Chinese theater and Chinese operatic stories. The production will take place at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in January and February 2015.

Center for Irish Music                $10,000
www.centerforirishmusic.org
Funding for the 2015 Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, an Irish music festival that pairs internationally renowned traditional Irish musicians with students of all ages for a weekend of Irish music instruction and live performances. The event will take place at the Celtic Junction in St. Paul in June 2015.

ComMUSICation                $10,000
Funding for Winter Wonderland, an intensive nine-week choral program for 40 students in grades 3 to 6 who live in the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood. Activities will take place in fall and winter 2014 at St. Paul City School.

Hmong Arts Enrichment Program Committee                $10,000
Funding for traditional Hmong dance, embroidery and art classes at the Hmong Village complex in St. Paul during the summer of 2015.

Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health            $10,000
www.macmh.org/fidgety-fairy-tales
Funding for Fidgety Fairy Tales: The Mental Health Musical, a 40-minute performance using familiar fairy tales to illustrate symptoms of common mental health disorders in children. Ten performances will take place in the metro area in April 2015.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company                $10,000
www.mnjewishtheatre.org
Funding for the regional premiere of Stars of David, a new musical in which 30 of the most accomplished Jewish Americans talk about their heritage, personal experiences, and the role cultural identity has played in their lives. Twelve performances will take place at the Hillcrest Recreation Center in St. Paul in February and March 2015.

Minnesota Music Coalition                $10,000
www.mnmusiccoalition.org
Funding for the 4th annual Minnesota Music Summit, a free festival for artists, fans and those working in the music industry, featuring workshops, mentoring sessions, a national keynote speaker and concerts showcasing top artists and emerging bands. Activities will take place at McNally Smith College of Music, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, and Summit Brewing in April 2015.

One Voice Mixed Chorus                $10,000
www.onevoicemn.org
Funding for Eat, Drink & Be Married, a celebration of civil rights for LGBT individuals in Minnesota featuring choral music, stories, multi-media projection, a lobby display of LGBT history, and the premiere of a commission by Minnesota composer Christopher Aspaas, featuring guest artist Michael Gruber. Performances will take place at Hopkins High School in January 2015.

Rhythmically Speaking                $10,000
www.rhythmicallyspeakingdance.org
Funding for their seventh annual showcase featuring dances created by five to nine local emerging and established Twin Cities jazz and rhythm-driven choreographers. The showcase will be held at a venue to-be-determined in August 2015.

Selby Ave JazzFest                $10,000
www.selbyavejazzfest.com
Funding for the 14th annual Selby Avenue Jazz Festival featuring local and national jazz artists with a wide array of musical styles. The festival will take place at the intersection of Selby and Milton Avenues in St. Paul in September 2015.

Skylark Opera                $10,000
www.skylarkopera.org
Funding for the eighth annual Summer Opera Festival featuring four performances each of La Rondine by Giacomo Puccini and Putting it Together by Stephen Sondheim. The festival will take place at the E. M. Pearson Theatre at Concordia University in June 2015.

Sounds of Hope, Ltd.                $10,000
www.soundsofhope.org
Funding for Songs of Hope 2015, an international concert project comprised of fifty youth aged 9-16 and fifteen older performers aged 17-25 from the Twin Cities and countries worldwide. Concerts will be held in the metro area between June and August 2015.

Teatro del Pueblo                $10,000
www.teatrodelpueblo.org
Funding for the 14th annual Political Theater Series, four Latino-inspired one-act productions that interweave traditional Latin American social/political theatrical expression with the acculturation of language, culture and reconciliation. Performances will be produced in Spanish as well as Spanglish at Intermedia Arts in February 2015.

Suburban Hennepin County

ArtSage                $10,000
www.artsagemn.org
Funding for Art for Life: Six Artists/Six Sites/Six Weeks, a senior artist residency program at six St. Paul area housing complexes that are home to diverse elders, including those with disability and memory loss. Activities will take place between April and October 2015.

Blossoms of the Orient Dance Theater                $10,000
Funding for a year-long dance class with Ya-jin Zhang that will culminate with several performances in the Twin Cities.

Cross Community Players                $10,000
crossplayers.org
Funding for seven performances of Anything Goes at Osseo Senior High School in July 2015.

Eclectic Edge Ensemble                $10,000
www.eclecticedgeensemble.com
Funding for Lost Voices in Jazz: The Choreographers of the Minnesota Jazz Dance Company, a new evening length dance concert that re-stages, remembers and honors the works of the founding artists. Three performances will take place at either the Illusion Theatre in Minneapolis or O'Shaugnessy Auditorium in St. Paul in July 2015.

NOTE-able Singers                $10,000
noteablesingers.org
Funding for their spring 2015 performances including five to six themed performances at senior living facilities and two public performances at the Bloomington Civic Center in June 2015.

Public Theater of Minnesota                $10,000
www.theptmn.org
Funding to produce its fifth season of free outdoor theater featuring a music intensive production of Much Ado About Nothing. Three weekends of performances will take place at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony in July 2015.

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council                $8,000
www.rimonMN.org
Funding for the 2014-2015 Artist Salon Series, a four-event series engaging artists from different disciplines in dialogue with local audiences. The series will take place at various venues between October 2014 and April 2015.

Sabes JCC Performing Arts Department                $10,000
Funding for the sixth 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 and February 2015.

Twin Cities Jewish Chorale                $10,000
twincitiesjewishchorale.org
Funding for their 2014-15 Season including two full-length concerts and three outreach events. Concerts will take place at Mt. Zion Temple in St. Paul in February 2015 and Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park in June 2015.

Suburban Ramsey County

Dark & Stormy Productions                $10,000
www.darkstormy.org
Funding for the regional premiere of Harold Pinter's play, THE HOTHOUSE at a nontraditional theater space in December 2014 and January 2015.

Lakeshore Players                $10,000
www.lakeshoreplayers.com
Funding for 16 performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair at the Lakeshore Players Theatre in downtown White Bear Lake in April and May 2015.

Washington County

East Metro Symphony Orchestra                $10,000
emsorch.org
Funding for three concerts in their 2015 season including a December concert with dance students from Woodbury Dance Center, a March concert of traditional and classical Irish music with students from the Center for Irish Music, and a May concert featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

Square Lake Film & Music Festival                $9,000
www.squarelakefestival.com
Funding for the 2015 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 2015.

 

FY 2014 Management Training Fund

In FY 2014, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Awarded $8,020 in grants to 24 Arts Organizations in the Management Training Fund program, which provides grants of up to $600 annually for the staff and volunteers of nonprofit arts groups to attend management workshops, seminars, or conferences. The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county of affiliation. Please note that MRAC separates the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul from the surrounding suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey counties.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park            $119
www.caponiartpark.org
Funding for the executive director to attend “Supervising for Employee Engagement” hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Minneapolis

ArtiCulture            $100
www.articulture.org
Funding for the volunteer coordinator to attend “National Foundations: Know Who and Know How” hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Hamline University School of Business.

Bedlam Theatre            $398
bedlamtheatre.org
Funding for the office and company managers to attend 2014 Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability conference hosted by Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

EDIT            $200
www.edittheworld.org
Funding for the board chair to attend “Transforming Nonprofit Business Models” hosted by the Nonprofits Assistance Fund and “Making Your Metrics Dance: Tools to Strengthen Partnership Building, Donor Relationships, and Community Impact” hosted by Creation in Common, and a board member to attend “Grantwriting for Beginners” hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Lao Arts Outreach Organization            $600
www.laowriters.org
Funding for the multimedia engagement chair and another board member to attend the “Engaged Southeast Asian American Arts” workshop hosted by Dr. Ketmani Kouanchao.

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association            $85
www.nemaa.org
Funding for the development associate to attend “Grantwriting for Beginners” hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Open Eye Figure Theatre            $85
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding for a board member to attend “Grant Writing for Beginners” hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

She Rock She Rock            $600
www.girlsrocknrollretreat.com
Funding for the program director and teacher/workshop coordinator to attend the Girls Rock Camp Alliance conference.

Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater            $565
www.stuartpimsler.com
Funding for the artistic co-director/director of arts & healthcare to attend the 2014 annual international conference, Enhancing Lives Through Arts & Health: 25th Anniversary Conference & Celebration hosted by the Global Alliance for Arts & Health.

Upstream Arts, Inc.            $600
upstreamarts.org
Funding for the executive and associate directors to attend the Conference for Community Arts Education hosted by National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Walking Shadow Theatre Company            $285
www.walkingshadowcompany.org
Funding for the artistic director to attend the 24th Theatre Communications Group National Conference: Crossing Borders.

St. Paul

Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac            $600
www.saintpaulalmanac.org
Funding for the executive director and two development apprentices to attend the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference.

East Side Arts Council            $550
www.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding for the program coordinator to attend “Maximizing Development Results through Marketing and Communications” hosted by the University of St. Thomas and “Planning to Keep Your Donors” hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and for the executive director to attend “Annual Fundraising Strategies” hosted by the University of St. Thomas and “Planning to Keep Your Donors” provided by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company            $60
www.mnjewishtheatre.org
Funding for the audience services manager to attend “Minnesota Performing Arts Touring and Presenting” and “Audiences Everywhere” workshops hosted by the Minnesota Theater Alliance.

Minnesota Theater Alliance            $90
www.mntheateralliance.org
Finding for the executive director and the membership services manager to attend the Nonprofit Leadership Conference hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

North Star Chorus            $595
www.northstarchorus.org
Funding for seven board members to attend Land O’Lakes Leadership Academy/Chord College.

Rhythmically Speaking            $150
www.rhythmicallyspeakingdance.org
Funding for the artistic director to attend the “Symposium on Teaching Jazz Dance” at Southern Methodist University.

Saint Paul City Ballet            $380
spcballet.org
Funding for the interim executive and the artistic directors to attend the Dance USA National Annual Conference.

Suburban Hennepin County

Blossoms of the Orient Dance Theater            $600
Funding for the artistic director to attend the “Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations” hosted by the University of St. Thomas.

Continental Ballet Company            $199
www.continentalballet.com
Funding for the registrar/box office technician to attend “Constant Contact Boot Camp.”

Great Northern Union Chorus            $255
www.gnusings.com
Funding for the treasurer and two vice president co-chairs of music & performance to attend Land O’Lakes Leadership Academy/Chord College.

Suburban Ramsey County

Lakeshore Players            $525
www.lakeshoreplayers.com
Funding for the executive and artistic directors to attend the National Community Theatre Managing Directors Conference.

Lyra Baroque Orchestra            $179
www.lyrabaroque.org
Funding for the communications manager to attend the 2014 Nonprofit Technology and Communications conference hosted by Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Washington County

ArtReach St. Croix            $200
www.artreachstcroix.org
Funding for the executive director to attend Americans for the Arts’ 2014 Annual Convention.

FY 2014 Management Consulting Fund

In FY 2014, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Awarded $45,290 to 30 arts organizations in the Management Consulting Fund program, which provides grants of up to $1,500 small consulting projects that strengthen the management or administration of the group. The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county of affiliation. Please note that MRAC separates the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul from the surrounding suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey counties.

Anoka County

City of Lakes Chorus            $1,500
www.cityoflakes.org
Funding to hire a consultant to lead a strategic planning process and assist the board in prioritizing organizational goals.

Dakota County

Black Dirt Theater            $1,500
www.blackdirttheater.com
Funding to hire a consultant to lead a strategic planning process.

Caponi Art Park            $1,500
www.caponiartpark.org
Funding to hire a consultant to lead the first phase of a three-part strategic planning process.

Minneapolis

BodyCartography Project            $1,500
www.bodycartography.org
Funding to hire consultants to help outline an administrative capacity plan.

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center            $1,500
www.cafac.org
Funding to hire a consultant group to help develop a clear, cohesive messaging strategy to use in communications.

Contemporary Dance Arts, Inc.            $1,500
www.shapiroandsmithdance.org
Funding to hire an arts marketing consultant to analyze current audience data and advise the group in a strategic marketing plan.

Green T Productions            $1,500
www.greentproductions.org
Funding to hire a consultant to lead a strategic planning process with the board of directors.

Hopewell North Music Cooperative            $1,500
www.hopewellmusic.com
Funding to hire a consultant to help develop an annual fundraising plan that diversifies sources of revenue.

Kulture Klub Collaborative            $750
www.kultureklub.org
Funding to work with Nonprofits Assistance Fund to deepen the board's financial acumen.

Mixed Precipitation            $1,500
www.mixedprecipitation.org
Funding to hire a consultant to assist in a strategic planning process. The process will include an organizational survey and retreat for the planning committee, resulting in a written strategic plan.

Nimbus Theatre            $1,500
www.nimbustheatre.com
Funding to hire a consultant to assist with updating accounting systems.

Open Eye Figure Theatre            $1,500
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding to hire a web consultant to help identify the gaps in the current Web content system and make recommendations for a new hosting platform.

Rosy Simas Dance Projects            $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to implement and train staff in a new financial management system.

Southern Theater            $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to facilitate a feasibility study to determine if the organization is in a position to begin planning a capital campaign.

Twin Cities Carifest            $1,250
www.carifest.org
Funding to hire a consultant to help educate and develop board leadership as the group shifts from an informal arts group to a nonprofit entity.

Scott County

River Valley Theatre Company            $1,500
rivervalleytheatrecompany.com
Funding to work with a consultant to clarify mission and vision statements that will ultimately inform a strategic plan.

St. Paul

Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac            $1,500
www.saintpaulalmanac.org
Funding to hire a consultant to mentor the executive director in developing more competitive grant applications.

Consortium Carissimi             $1,500
www.consortiumcarissimi.org
Funding to hire a consultant to teach staff and board members how to design and implement a crowd funding campaign.

Keane Sense of Rhythm            $1,500
www.tapcompany.org
Funding to hire a consultant to assist in board assessment, development and customized board coaching.

Lyra Baroque Orchestra            $1,490
www.lyrabaroque.org
Funding to hire a consultant to facilitate board training and best practices for nonprofit boards.

One Voice Mixed Chorus            $1,500
www.onevoicemn.org
Funding to hire a consultant to analyze their website and electronic communications (eblast, e-newsletter and YouTube channel) and give recommendations for an integrated digital presence.

Teatro del Pueblo            $1,500
www.teatrodelpueblo.org
Funding to work with a consultant to facilitate a customized Board Boot Camp, create a high-level strategic plan, and develop a tactical business plan.

Theater Space Project            $1,500
www.theaterspaceproject.org
Funding to hire a consultant to develop and implement research strategies regarding community support for a new operating model.

Walker West Music Academy            $1,500
www.walkerwest.org
Funding to hire a consultant to facilitate the development of a three- to five-year strategic plan.

Zeitgeist            $1,500
www.zeitgeistnewmusic.org
Funding to hire a development consultant to analyze past grant proposals and help refine the case statements for national foundation and government sources of support.

Suburban Hennepin County

Apollo Male Chorus            $1,500
www.apollomalechorus.com
Funding to hire a consultant to advise on best financial practices and train board members and staff in QuickBooks for nonprofits.

Suburban Ramsey County

Brownbody            $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to lead an organizational capacity assessment and help the board and staff prioritize their goals.

Lakeshore Players            $1,500
www.lakeshoreplayers.com
Funding to hire a consultant group to conduct a board assessment in order to help create a board development plan.

Motionpoems, Inc.            $1,500
motionpoems.com
Funding to hire a consultant to help standardize their chart of accounts in QuickBooks, and assist the organization in preparing financial reports for short-term income planning.

Motionpoems, Inc.            $1,500
motionpoems.com
Funding to hire a consultant to instruct and lead a process for developing site-specific event logistics including security, shipping, insurance, and permits.

Twin Cities Horn Club            $1,300
www.tchornclub.org
Funding to hire a consultant to fully consider the implications of a recent music library acquisition, think strategically about member needs, and decide upon the framework for organizational structure.

FY 2014 Next Step Fund Grant Awards

On June 24, 2014, MRAC awarded a total of $182,586 to 38 individual artists in the FY 2014 Next Step Fund grant program. The Next Step Fund program, funded by The McKnight Foundation, is designed to help artists in the 7-county metropolitan region complete a project that will help them rise to the next level in their careers regardless of whether they are emerging artists or artists well established in their disciplines.

There were 340 artists who applied for the 38 grants given. Fifty-six finalists were asked to submit work samples as background information and support for their Next Step project. Artists could work in any discipline but must have a community connection and demonstrated achievement in their artistic field.

The following is an alphabetical list of Next Step Fund grant recipients with short project descriptions.

Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew    $5,000     
Literature - general
Funding to promote the author’s first novel and to engage with her audience.

Paul Boehnke    $5,000     
Music - solo/recital
Funding for the editing and duplication of a solo CD, and acquisition of an amplification system necessary for colaborations with jazz musicians.

Charles Campbell    $5,000     
Theater - general
Funding to study the work of Tadeusz Kantor at the Cricoteka Center in Krakow, Poland

Lisa Channer    $5,000     
Theater - general
Funding to shadow two TV and film directors in Los Angeles.

Mary Ellen Childs    $5,000     
Music - new/experimental/electronic
Funding to assist with the research and development of a new body of work combining music and scent.

Joe Chvala    $5,000     
Multidisciplinary
Funding to create a demo reel for use in promoting the artist’s work as a theater director.

Pete Driessen    $5,000     
Visual Arts - general
Funding to purchase materials and cover production costs to create a boat sculpture at Silverwood Park.

Andrew Foreman    $5,000     
Music - jazz
Funding to purchase equipment and hire musicians to create an online video series of original music compositions.

Troy Gallas    $5,000     
Design Arts - architecture
Funding to purchase tools and equipment to further practice as a public artist.

Karen Gustafson    $5,000     
Visual Arts - general
Funding to purchase two medical-grade skeleton models.

Emily Gunyou Halaas    $5,000     
Theater - general
Funding to study Clown at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in France.

Amara Hark-Weber    $5,000     
Crafts - leather
Funding to attend a master class in shoe-making in Sweden.

Alison Heimstead    $5,000     
Theater - puppetry
Funding to constuct an in-home studio space.

Jessica Huang    $5,000     
Literature - playwriting/scriptwriting
Funding to attend the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists’ 4th National Asian American Conference and Festival, and to share the playwright’s play with a national audience.

Mathew Janczewski    $5,000     
Dance - modern
Funding for the creation of a business plan to promote the choreographer’s work to a broader, national audience.

Tynan Kerr    $5,000     
Visual Arts - general
Funding to purchase a ceramics kiln, wheel, and materials for a home studio.

Michelle Kinney    $5,000     
Music - new/experimental/electronic
Funding to record a CD of instrumental music created from improvisations played while accompanying dance classes.

James Kleiner    $5,000     
Crafts - paper
Funding to study and document the process of making traditionally-influenced, double-face laid mold and deckles for hand papermaking.

Nickolai Kolarov    $5,000     
Music - new/experimental/electronic
Funding to record and produce the first CD of the musician’s work.

Justin Leaf    $5,000     
Multidisciplinary
Funding for a year of training for vocal performance, which will culminate in a public performance.

Michael Lee    $5,000     
Literature - poetry
Funding to complete a poetry manuscript, submit it to publishers and contests, and to host a free reading upon completion.

Douglas Limón    $5,000     
Folk - traditional crafts/visual arts
Funding to purchase a CNC Shark Routing System and complimentary equipment.

Karen Majewicz    $5,000     
Music - chamber
Funding to purchase a custom made converter accordion.

Wynne Mattila    $5,000     
Crafts - fiber
Funding to hire an editor and writing coach to assist with the completion of an instructional book on the artist’s rug weaving process.

Hieu Nguyen    $5,000     
Literature - poetry
Funding to promote and tour with the author’s debut full-length poetry collection.

Marie Olofsdotter    $5,000     
Visual Arts - graphics
Funding for a writing coach, software consultation, flatbed scanner and honararia to support the creation of a wordless picture book.

Pooja Pavan    $5,000     
Music - ethnic/folk-inspired
Funding to study Songs of Benares with a master teacher in India.

Aaron Preusse    $5,000     
Theater - general
Funding to attend and complete the Teacher Certification Workshop for stage combat provided by the Society of American Fight Directors.

Patrick Rhone    $4,166     
Literature - nonfiction
Funding to assist with the writing and research for a new book of nonfiction covering the author’s family history.

Peyton Russell    $5,000     
Visual Arts - experimental
Funding to write a book on the subject of teaching graffiti art esthetics in schools.

Davu Seru    $2,800     
02F - Music - jazz
Funding to purchase a new custom drum kit.

Carrie Henneman Shaw    $4,120     
Opera/Musical Theater
Funding to attend a commedia dell'arte training program in Italy.

Emily Stover    $5,000     
Design Arts - general
Funding for interactive programming training and equipment.

Charlotte Sullivan    $5,000     
Literature - general
Funding to develop a book presentation for school visits.

Saymoukda Vongsay    $5,000     
Theater - general
Funding for brand development and to attend the National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival.

David Walton    $1,500     
Opera/Musical Theater
Funding to rent audio and video recording equipment, and for professional coaching to record five opera arias for tenor.

Paul Wegner    $5,000     
Photography
Funding to digitally scan negatives, and print and frame images for the artist’s first solo exhibition.

Christy Wetzig    $5,000     
Crafts - clay
Funding to build a new bourry box kiln.
 

FY 2014 Arts Activities Support Grant Awards - Round 2

On June 24, 2014, MRAC awarded a total of $697,732 to 73 organizations/projects in the second round of the FY 2014 Arts Activities Support grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a community connection. This round's funded projects include: a Halloween puppet extravaganza, the writing and production of a play about social issues for Hmong teens, and an Arab film festival, as well as a variety of theater performances, dance and music series, artist studio crawls, workshops and more.

The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county of affiliation that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees' websites. Please note that the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are separated from suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey counties.

Anoka County

Bridgeview Center            $10,000
www.leecarlsoncenter.org
Funding for Sketch First, a series of free visual art classes for adults living with serious and persistent mental illness. The series will culminate in an exhibit displayed in Anoka County.

Mama Mosaic Theater            $10,000
www.myspace.com/mamamosaictheater
Funding for Mama Mosaic's Conservatory, an intensive theater training program using the arts to cultivate artistic depth and excellence in young women of color. The Conservatory will culminate in a public performance in August 2014.

Dakota County

Allegro Choral Academy            $10,000
www.allegroca.org
Funding for the Allegro Choral Academy Bel Canto and Prima Voce programs of vocal music instruction to students in grades 4 to 8 along with two performance opportunities. The activities will take place between September 2014 and May 2015.

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community Wacipi Committee    $10,000
mendotadakota.com/mn
Funding for the 15th Annual Traditional Wacipi, a three-day Native American celebration and social gathering. Activities will take place at St. Peter’s Church in Mendota in September 2014.

Minneapolis

Alzheimer's Poetry Project            $8,170
alzpoetry.com
Funding for a series of collaborative poetry and storytelling workshops for low-income elders in memory care, assisted living, and adult day centers in the Twin Cities. The project will culminate in a storytelling exposition and the distribution of chapbooks of participant-poets' original work in summer 2015.

ARENA Dances            $10,000
www.arena-dances.org
Funding for the Twin Cities premiere of The Main Street Project, a new work bringing together dance, music, photography, and video to examine how technology affects our personal connections and definitions of main street. Performances will take place at the Southern Theater in October 2014.

Art ASAP, Inc.            $10,000
Funding for The Bus Stops Here, a series of free art classes for kids from Hopkins' Renaissance Court and Raspberry Ridge housing units, conducted in a converted bus mobile studio. The summer 2014 program will culminate in an exhibition of student portfolios.

Bakken Trio            $10,000
www.bakkentrio.org
Funding for John's Book of Alleged Dances, a collaboration between the Bakken Trio and Black Label Movement based on John Adams’ composition of the same title. Premiere performances will take place at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts and Southern Theater in February and March 2015.

Barebones Productions            $10,000
www.barebonespuppets.org
Funding to stage the 21st Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a free outdoor pageant and performance that will take place at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul in October 2014.

Black Storytellers Alliance            $10,000
www.blackstorytellers.com
Funding for Signifyin' and Testifyin', a three-day, family-friendly festival featuring master storytellers from across the county. The festival will take place at metro area locations in September 2014.

Classical Actors Ensemble            $10,000
www.classicalactorsensemble.org
Funding to present John Webster's 1613 tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, in repertory with an original pronunciation production of Shakespeare's 1601 comedy, Twelfth Night. Performances will take place in fall 2014.

Contemporary Dance Arts, Inc.            $10,000
www.shapiroandsmithdance.org
Funding to create and present Tableau Vivant, a new evening-length dance concert featuring iconic female dancers and company members. Performances will take place at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in April 2015.

Copper Street Brass Quintet            $10,000
www.copperstreetbrass.com/home.html
Funding to support four unique concert programs for The Copper Street Brass Quintet's Twin Cities Concert Series. Performances will take place at metro area venues between September 2014 and June 2015.

Creatives for Causes dba Art Buddies            $10,000
www.artbuddies.org
Funding for the Art Buddies program pairing 40 creative mentors one-on-one with 40 low-income students ages 8 to 11 in the Community Education After-School program at Bancroft Elementary School in Minneapolis during the 2014-2015 school year.

Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts            $10,000
www.mnglassart.org
Funding for The Hot Glass Mobility Project, an educational outreach series of glass art demonstrations and teaching opportunities designed to provide access to a broader audience. The Mobile Project will visit publicly accessible sites in the metro area in summer and fall 2014.

Frank Theatre            $10,000
www.franktheatre.org
Funding for the area premiere of George Brant's play GROUNDED. Performances will take place at The Playwrights' Center in fall 2014.

Indian Music Society of Minnesota (IMSOM)            $10,000
www.imsom.org
Funding to present the Fall 2014 Concert Series of four chamber concerts featuring internationally renowned artists from India and one community festival of Indian classical music. The concerts and festival will be held between September and November 2014.

Japan America Society of Minnesota            $3,700
www.mn-japan.org
Funding to present bon odori, a traditional Japanese folk dance to be performed during Como Park's Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival in August 2014.

Kenwood Symphony Orchestra            $10,000
www.kenwoodsymphonyorchestra.org
Funding for four distinct symphony programs designed to bring concerts of classical music to diverse audiences. Performances will take place at metro area assisted-living facilities, churches, and outdoor venues between August 2014 and May 2015.

Kulture Klub Collaborative            $10,000
www.kultureklub.org
Funding to work in residence with hip hop artist Kristoff Krane in a series of workshops that build community and creative skills through music, writing, performance, and food. The residency will culminate in a final performance in June 2015.

Lao Arts Outreach Organization            $10,000
www.laowriters.org
Funding for the Lao Minnesotan Writers Summit, which supports the emerging generation of Lao Minnesotan writers through nine monthly trainings and three days of intensive workshops with national award-winning artists. The Summit will take place in April 2015.

Loring Greenway Association            $3,300
www.loringgreenway.org
Funding for Youth Music on the Green, a series of nine concerts featuring student musicians on the Loring Greenway in downtown Minneapolis. Concerts will be held every Thursday afternoon during July and August 2014.

Lyndale Neighborhood Association            $10,000
www.lyndale.org
Funding for the Hosmer World Music Program, a partnership between Lyndale Neighborhood Association, the Hosmer Library and KFAI Radio to present culturally diverse music performances. Performances will take place at the Hosmer Library and Painter Park in Minneapolis between July 2014 and June 2015.

Metropolitan Boys Choir            $10,000
www.mbchoir.com
Funding for the 2014-2015 season of weekly rehearsals, instruction, and performance opportunities for young men ages 5 to 17.

Metropolitan Symphony Orchestral Association            $10,000
www.msomn.org
Funding for six concerts as part of its 2014-2015 season, featuring a range of classical repertoire. The free, family-friendly performances will take place at metro area locations beginning in October 2014.

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Association            $10,000
www.minneapolisguitarquartet.com
Funding to present the world premieres of new works by Minnesota composers Ben Abrahamson, Maja Radovanlija and David Crittenden, with flamenco dancer Colette Illarde. The project will include a master class at Walker West Music Academy and two educational performances at White Bear Center for the Arts, with a final concert at Sundin Music Hall in February 2015.

Nimbus Theatre            $8,600
www.nimbustheatre.com
Funding to present the world premiere of a new translation of August Strindberg’s landmark work, Ghost Sonata. Performances will take place at the Nimbus Theatre in Northeast Minneapolis in November 2014.

Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association            $10,000
www.ppna.org
Funding for the Powderhorn Arts Festival, a two-day public event featuring juried art by local and national artists, performances and art-making. The festival will take place in Powderhorn Park in August 2015.

Rain Taxi Inc.            $8,800
www.raintaxi.com
Funding for the 14th annual Twin Cities Book Festival, a free one-day public literary event, featuring readings, panel discussions, book signings, writing workshops, book art demonstrations, storytelling, and other activities for all ages. The festival will take place in the Historic Progress Center and Fine Arts Building at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in October 2014.

Singers in Accord            $10,000
www.singersinaccord.org
Funding for three presentations of A Grateful Gathering, a choral concert featuring six area conductors, at metro area venues in November 2014.

Soo Visual Arts Center            $10,000
www.soovac.org
Funding for the 11th annual Untitled exhibition series, featuring guest curators and a selection of local artists. The exhibition will be held at the Soo Visual Arts Center between November 2014 and January 2015.

Southside Family Nurturing Center            $6,996
www.ssfnc.org
Funding for Arts in Action, a free community-based arts program offered to center families in partnership with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and Open Eye Figure Theatre. The project will include classroom activities, workshops and performances beginning in September 2014.

St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church            $10,000
www.stpaulschurchmpls.org
Funding for Green Pathway to Phillips, a program incorporating public art with greening and urban agriculture. Artists will teach mural arts, photography and creative writing to 30 youth, who will then work with 50 others to create visual and literary arts that reflect a renewed vision of the community.

Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater            $10,000
www.stuartpimsler.com
Funding for the creation and presentation of a new stage work, Matinee, based on an adaptation of the short story by Robert Coover. The project will feature two free community workshops at Open Book and for Veterans in the Arts, as well as a work-in-progress showing at Lyric Lab Theater. Final performances will take place at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts' TEKBOX Theater in May 2015.

Take-Up Productions            $10,000
trylon.org
Funding for the fall season of classic, cutting edge foreign and art house films, including 1980s Woody Allen films, French Horror, and a Czech film series that focuses on Václav Havel. Films will be shown at the Trylon microcinema in fall 2014.

Twin Cities String Academy            $3,800
www.tcstringacademy.com
Funding for Summer Strings, a weeklong Suzuki learning experience for young, under-served musicians ages 4 to 14. The program will conclude with a public concert in August 2014.

Upstream Arts, Inc.            $10,000
upstreamarts.org
Funding for The Art of Working, an interactive arts program for adults with disabilities that uses theater, dance, music and poetry to nurture communication skills essential for obtaining employment. The program will take place over 12 weeks at each of six different Midwest Special Services locations.

Weavers Guild of Minnesota            $10,000
www.weaversguildmn.org
Funding to support 18 weeks of educational programming with a full curriculum of fiber arts instruction for all age groups and skill levels from January to May 2015.

Wonderlust Productions            $10,000
Funding for the first phase of a community-professional theater collaboration using workshops and discussions with members of the adoption community to build a script about the experience of adoption that can be performed by professional actors and community members together.

Young Dance, Inc.            $10,000
www.youngdance.org
Funding for Stories, a series of residencies for Young Dance youth investigating narrative in dance with professional artists. The season will culminate in performances at the Illusion Theater in April and May 2015.

St. Paul

Ballet Minnesota            $8,000
www.summerdancecamp.com
Funding to present a 90-minute, free admission contemporary ballet dance event featuring two original story ballets: The Song of Hiawatha and Black Dog Café. Performances will take place at the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul in October 2014.

Bedlam Theatre            $10,000
bedlamtheatre.org
Funding for the second annual Big Lowdown, a site-specific walking theater production, in partnership with PlaceBase Productions, which will turn the streets of Lowertown Saint Paul into a stage, providing free theater during summer 2014.

Center for Hmong Arts and Talent            $10,000
www.aboutchat.org
Funding for a theatrical collaboration with Mu Performing Arts to write and perform a play about social issues for Hmong teens. The activities will take place between July and December 2014 and culminate in performances at Mounds Theatre in St. Paul.

Dangerous Productions            $10,000
www.dangerousproductions.org
Funding for FRANKENSTEIN, an original adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel drawing correlations between her story and the experiences of modern American combat veterans. Performances will take place as a part of the Twin Cities Horror Festival at the Southern Theater in October and November 2014.

Flying Forms            $10,000
www.flyingforms.org
Funding for its 2014-2015 Concert Series of four baroque chamber music concerts including a free one-hour lunchtime concert on the Friday before the full
performance. Concerts will take place at The Baroque Room in St. Paul between December 2014 and May 2015.

Green T Productions            $10,000
www.greentproductions.org
Funding to produce an original drama entitled Prince Rama’s Journey, based on stories from the Hindu epic The Ramayana in collaboration with the dancers and gamelan musicians of Sumunar Indonesian Music & Dance. Performances will take place at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in fall 2014.

HealthEast Care System            $10,000
www.healtheast.org
Funding for Dancing with Parkinson’s, a series of four, six-week sessions of one hour dance classes that serve up to 25 persons living with Parkinson’s Disease and their families per class. Activities will take place at the Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area from August 2014 to April 2015.

In Progress            $10,000
in-progress.org
Funding for Studio 213, a digital arts mentorship program bringing newly developing youth artists together with those who are further along in their development from July 2014 to April 2015.

Lyra Baroque Orchestra            $10,000
www.lyrabaroque.org
Funding for the 2014-2015 30th Anniversary Season of five concerts at Sundin Music Hall in St. Paul. Concerts will take place between October 2014 and May 2015.

Minnesota Literacy Council            $10,000
mnliteracy.org
Funding to establish a creative writing workshop and mentorship program for adult basic education learner-authors to accompany the annual publication of Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing. The project will pair learner-authors with qualified mentors, host workshops and training, and publish their work in feature pieces within the “Journeys” anthology. Activities will take place between September 2014 and May 2015.

Mizna            $10,000
www.mizna.org
Funding for the 9th Arab Film Festival, a four-day festival featuring 25 to 30 films by Arab and Arab-American emerging, independent, and established filmmakers. The event will take place at the Heights Theater in November 2014.

Oratorio Society of Minnesota            $10,000
www.oratorio.org
Funding for three concerts in the 2014-2015 35th Anniversary season. Concerts will take place between November 2014 and May 2015.

People Incorporated            $10,000
www.peopleincorporated.org
Funding for the 2014 Artability Show & Sale, a two-day art exhibit showcasing artists with mental illnesses from the Twin Cities. The exhibit is free to the public and will be held at The Great Hall in St. Paul in October 2014.

Saint Paul Art Collective            $10,000
www.stpaulartcrawl.org
Funding for the St. Paul Art Crawl, a self-guided walking tour of artists' studios and galleries located around downtown St. Paul, in October 2014.

Sample Night Live!            $10,000
www.samplenightlive.com
Funding for three months of Sample Night Live!, a monthly evening of performances previewing upcoming and ongoing Twin Cities arts events at the History Theatre in downtown St. Paul from November 2014 to January 2015.

The Peoples Cook            $10,000
www.thepeoplescook.org
Funding for Keeb Kwm/Stories of Our Life, a live performance with Hmong elders using story circles, video, and food to create a talk story dinner circle that will invite audience members to play, eat and listen. Workshops will take place at the Hmong Elder Center in St. Paul and culminate in performances around the community.

Walker West Music Academy            $10,000
www.walkerwest.org
Funding for the 2014 Jazz Workshop Series consisting of two, two-weeklong workshops for students of jazz in grades 6 through 12, a free open jazz jam session, and a two-day guest residency with international jazz artist and Beyonce saxophonist, Tia Fuller. The series will be held at Walker West Music Academy in August 2014.

Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment            $10,000
www.womenofwise.org
Funding for the GGAL Summer Arts Program, a seven-week arts program that introduces four different disciplines of visual and performing arts to 25 high school-aged immigrant and refugee girls. Activities will take place at Canvas Teen Art Center in St. Paul between June and August 2014.

Zeitgeist            $10,000
www.zeitgeistnewmusic.org
Funding for the 2013-2014 Eric Stokes Song Contest and the Playing it Close to Home concert at Studio Z in St. Paul and Roseville High School in February 2015.

Suburban Hennepin County

Alive & Kickin            $10,000
aliveandkickinmn.com
Funding for 20 on-site musical performances at nursing homes, community centers, hospitals and churches in the metro area and one two-hour performance at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center. The activities will take place in July 2014 and June 2015.

Great Northern Union Chorus            $9,874
www.gnusings.com
Funding for Real Men Sing, a one-day workshop and performance celebrating the young male voice at Benson Great Hall at Bethel University in September 2014.

Katha Dance Theatre            $9,926
www.kathadance.org
Funding for Rubaiyat, an original thematic dance performance featuring Indo-Persian music composed by Maryam Yusefzadeh. Performances will take place at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in November 2014.

Partnership Resources, Inc.            $6,566
www.partnershipresources.org
Funding for My Choice, My Art, Me!, a five month series of art classes and field trips for 18 individuals with developmental disabilities. Three classes of six clients each will occur once a week from July through mid-November 2014 and culminate in an exhibition at PRI’s newest site in Minneapolis.

Wayzata Symphony Orchestra            $10,000
thewso.org
Funding for the 2013-2014 season of four free concerts of orchestral works and collaborations with other local arts organizations and performers that are designed to involve and engage all ages. The concerts will take place at Wayzata Community Church between October 2014 and May 2015.

Yellow Tree Theatre            $10,000
www.yellowtreetheatre.com
Funding for 22 performances of the Rainmaker at Yellow Tree Theatre in September and October 2014.

Suburban Ramsey County

Brownbody            $10,000
Funding for Quiet As It's Kept, an original evening-length multidisciplinary performance, which fuses theater, modern dance, figure skating, and a live sound scape. Performances will take place at the Highland Ice Arena in St. Paul in January 2015.

Contempo Physical Dance            $10,000
contempophysicaldance.org
Funding to produce and premiere a new full-length work choreographed by Marciano Silva dos Santos with a focus on dancer contributions and reflection throughout the creative process. Performances will take place in May 2015.

Motionpoems, Inc.            $10,000
motionpoems.com
Funding for the second year of Arrivals and Departures, a multidisciplinary event that hosts a nationwide poetry contest, turns winning poems into short films, hangs screens on the St. Paul Union Depot’s facade, and projects the films for three nights. The films will be projected during the Saint Paul Art Crawl in October 2015.

Roseville String Ensemble            $10,000
www.rosevillestrings.org
Funding to commission and perform an arrangement for string orchestra of Mark Orton’s score for the movie Sweet Land. The performance will take place at Sundin Music Hall in April 2015.

Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center            $10,000
www.tccdcmn.org
Funding for The Joyful Dance V, an annual dance concert celebrating the Chinese New Year at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in February 2015.

Youth in Jazz, Inc.            $10,000
mnyouthjazz.com
Funding for Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands serving over 140 students in grades 6 through 12 with seven different jazz groups, which rehearse weekly between September 2014 and May 2015.  Each group will perform one or more concerts, and four of the groups will record a CD in a professional studio.

Washington County

ArtReach St. Croix            $10,000
www.artreachstcroix.org
Funding for Warren MacKenzie's Influence in the St. Croix, an exhibition featuring pottery by Warren MacKenzie and other St. Croix Valley potters who were students, mentees and colleagues of the potter. The exhibition will be enhanced by events including a panel discussion, a screening of the new documentary "Warren MacKenzie: A Potter's Hands," and a studio demo, and on view in Stillwater from mid-October to mid-November 2014.

St. Croix Valley Chamber Chorale            $10,000
www.valleychamberchorale.org
Funding for So Much to Sing About, the 40th Anniversary season of three choral concerts to be held at the Washington County Historic Courthouse and Trinity Lutheran Church between December 2014 and April 2015.

FY 2014 Arts Learning Grant Awards - Round 2

On May 27, 2014, MRAC awarded $244,507 to 26 organizations in the second round of its FY 2014 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of and/or through the arts by engaging in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. The Arts Learning grant program is a direct result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. All applications go through a competitive peer review panel process. The MRAC board of directors makes the final decisions on all panel recommendations.

The following is a list of awarded projects sorted by county of activity. Organization websites are included when available as a way to get more information about the groups and awarded projects. Please note that the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are separated from the surrounding suburban Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Anoka County

Presbyterian Homes the Farmstead            $7,524
www.farmsteadphs.com
Funding for a series of three art camps for senior residents of the Farmstead in Andover led by COMPAS Artful Aging artists. The camps will be held in the summer and fall of 2014 and spring of 2015.

Minneapolis

ArtiCulture            $10,000
www.articulture.org
Funding for after-school visual arts programming at seven Minneapolis public schools during the 2014 - 2015 school year.

ArtSage            $10,000
www.artsagemn.org
Funding for a series of workshops and mentorships to prepare teaching artists to work with the region’s growing 50+ population. The workshops are a six-month process and will begin in October 2014.

Bedlam Theatre            $10,000
bedlamtheatre.org
Funding for Technical Tools of the Trade, a series of theatrical technical learning opportunities including workshops, intensives, and apprenticeships. The project will run from June through December 2014.

Contempo Physical Dance            $10,000
contempophysicaldance.org
Funding for a three-week residency and attendance at a Contempo Physical Dance performance for students at Southwest High School in Minneapolis. The project will run from January through March 2015.

Copper Street Brass Quintet            $10,000
www.copperstreetbrass.com
Funding for The Brass T.A.C.S. program, which connects The CSBQ and other local professional musicians with middle school band students in the seven Minneapolis Public School District middle schools by providing classroom concerts, masterclasses, and community performances during the 2014 - 2015 school year.

Frank Theatre            $10,000
www.franktheatre.org
Funding for a residency at MERC, an alternative high school in South Minneapolis during the 2014 - 2015 school year that will involve the students in participation as both audience members and as creators of a live performance piece.

Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association            $10,000
hamaa.org
Funding for a 12-week series of classes in Hmong dance, qeej (a traditional Hmong flute instrument), media making, and visual arts. The classes will be held in North Minneapolis beginning January 2015.

Hopewell North Music Cooperative            $10,000
www.hopewellmusic.com
Funding to enrich Hopewell's Lesson Program through monthly studio classes and two master classes over twelve months beginning June 2014.

Jawaahir Dance Company            $10,000
www.jawaahir.org
Funding for Middle Eastern Dance Residencies to deepen Jawaahir’s knowledge of and skill in performing traditional folkloric dance of the Middle East. Guest master teachers will be in residence during September and October of 2014.

Magic Lantern Puppet Theater            $7,044
Funding for a two-week color shadow puppet residency during which students will create their own stories and puppets at Metro Deaf School in October 2014.

Minneapolis American Indian Center            $10,000
www.maicnet.org
Funding for weekly participatory art sessions as part of The Minneapolis American Indian Center's Senior Health and Wellness Program. The sessions will be led by members of KAIROS ALIVE! and will run for three months beginning in June 2014.

Misplaced Music            $10,000
www.misplacedmusic.org
Funding for a percussion and brass residency at Nellie Stone Johnson school in North Minneapolis from October 2014 to April 2015.

Plymouth Christian Youth Center            $10,000
www.pcyc-mpls.org
Funding for the Youth Enrichment Through Arts Learning project, a series of arts residencies for students at PYC Arts & Tech High School in Minneapolis during the 2014 - 2015 school year.

Red Eye Collaboration            $4,960
www.redeyetheater.org
Funding for a five-week residency in the theatrical form of tableau for 2nd and 3rd grade students at FAIR School Downtown in Minneapolis beginning in October 2014.

Redeemer Center for Life            $5,300
redeemercenter.org
Funding for a two-week summer arts camp to enrich students' cultural understanding and expand their musical horizons as part of the Redeemer Music Arts Academy in August 2014.

Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater            $10,000
www.stuartpimsler.com
Funding for Family Albums—Roosevelt & Wellstone, a two-week residency that will engage high school students in daily after-school classes exploring family history through movement, music, and spoken word and culminating in performances in October 2014.

Theatre Forever            $10,000
www.theatreforever.com
Funding for Beautifully Terrible, which will provide training in Theatrical Clown during a three-week evening intensive for adults, a two-week daytime workshop for teenagers, and a final public intergenerational showcase. The project will take place between July 2014 and June 2015.

Twin Cities Jazz Workshop            $10,000
www.tcjazzworkshop.com
Funding for jazz music instruction for high school students with a culminating performance at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis in July 2015.

Upstream Arts, Inc.            $10,000
upstreamarts.org
Funding for arts residencies in 20 Minneapolis Public Schools Special Education classrooms during 2014 - 2015. The project will serve 300 students with cognitive, developmental, emotional, behavioral and physical disabilities.

St. Paul

ComMUSICation            $9,679
Funding for a two-week choral music camp for 3rd through 5th grade students in the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood. The camp will be held at St. Paul City School beginning in late July 2014.

Flying Forms            $10,000
www.flyingforms.org
Funding for a residency with Minnesota Youth Symphonies including a performance with the MYS String Orchestra, a Baroque Chamber Music Camp, an Ensemble Workshop, and a Bach-focused Camp. The residency activities will occur between June 2014 and May 2015.

Lyra Baroque Orchestra            $10,000
www.lyrabaroque.org
Funding for interactive baroque history and instrument presentations at two middle schools and one high school in St. Paul, and one high school in Coon Rapids, and two Young People's Concerts at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. The project will run from December 2014 to June 2015.

Mizna            $10,000
www.mizna.org
Funding for Mizna Pages, a set of teaching tools including study guides, creative writing activities, and access to published authors that will be the basis for a school program and workshops.

Pan Asian Arts Alliance            $10,000
www.panasianartsalliance.org
Funding for A Place to Call Home, a project for Hmong youth ages 14-17 to use traditional and digital animation to tell personal stories and to voice their concerns in the Hmong community. The project will begin in June 2014 and run through the 2014 - 2015 school year.

Suburban Ramsey County

Women's Writing Program            $10,000
www.doc.state.mn.us
Funding for a series of six-week creative writing sessions and the publication of chapbooks for women incarcerated at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility beginning in July 2014.
 

FY 2014 Community Arts Grant Awards - Round 2

On March 25, 2014, MRAC awarded 323,167 to 69 organizations/projects in the second round of its FY 2014 Community Arts grant program. 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. 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

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts                                    $5,000
www.banfill-locke.org
Funding for Art at Rice Creek, a free arts festival on the banks of Rice Creek and the Mississippi River in Anoka County. The daylong festival will feature visual, literary, and performance art experiences and will take place in September 2014.

Bells of the Lakes                            $5,000
www.bellsofthelakes.org
Funding for a series of four concerts designed to introduce communities to the new musical art of handbells. Concerts will take place at four different metro area venues between April 2014 and January 2015.

City of Blaine                                    $3,900
www.blaineparks.com
Funding for the seventh annual Blaine World Fest Celebration, a public event exploring the cultural arts and ethnicities that currently exist in the City. The event will take place in September 2014.

Fridley Community Theatre                                 $5,000
www.fridleycommunitytheatre.org
Funding to produce and stage the organization's fifth summer musical, Kiss Me Kate. Performances will take place in July 2014 at the Fridley District Auditorium.

Northern Symphony Orchestra                            $4,225
www.northernsymphonyorchestra.org
Funding for the 2014-15 season, featuring two traditional orchestral music concerts as well as a new music reading session and a semi-staged production of Les Miserables. Performances will take place at Anoka High School between November 2014 and June 2015.

Carver County

Centre Stage Theatre and Arts                                 $5,000
Funding to produce the musical Oliver by Lionel Bart. Performances will take place at Central High School in Norwood Young America in August 2014.    

Nordic Heritage Club                                 $5,000
www.nordicheritageclub.com/nordicmusicfestival.html
Funding for the sixth annual Nordic Music Festival modeled after a traditional Nordic fiddler's festival. The event will take place at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park in September 2014.

Dakota County

Drama Interaction                          $5,000
cokartscenter.com/dramainteraction501c3.html
Funding for the Educational Performance Project, an eight-week drama class for ten pre-selected children between the ages of 8 and 12 with physical or developmental challenges. Activities will take place between April and July 2014 and culminate in a presentation to a small group of invited guests at In The Company of Kids Creative Arts Center in Burnsville.

Eagan Parks and Recreation                                 $5,000
www.eaganarthouse.org
Funding for Art... Be A Part! featuring guest artists workshops, Artist Connect Activities, and the annual Harvest of Art exhibit and open house. The activities will take place from April through December 2014.

Farmington Area Community Education                                   $5,000
www.farmingtonCE.com
Funding for Vermilion Voices, a four concert music series offered for free to residents of the Farmington School District. Concerts will take place at Boeckman Middle School in Farmington between October 2014 and February 2015.

International Festival of Burnsville                                $5,000
www.intlfestburnsville.org
Funding for the International Festival of Burnsville featuring an indoor art exhibit, international cultural display booths, and an outdoor festival with a parade of flags, traditional attire, ethnic foods, and family art activities. The festival will be held at Nicollet Commons Park and the Burnsville Performing Arts Center in July 2014.

Minnesota Brass, Inc.                                 $5,000
www.mnbrassinc.org
Funding for Sounds of Minnesota, a drum and bugle competition featuring seven drum corps from the Midwest. The event will take place at South St. Paul High School in August 2014.

Mississippi Valley Orchestra                               $5,000
www.mississippivalleyorchestra.com
Funding for Music on the Breeze, a free orchestral concert featuring past and present students of Henry Sibley High School. The concert will take place at Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul in June 2014.

Minneapolis

Ancia Saxophone Quartet                          $5,000
www.anciaquartet.com/
Funding to perform two concerts featuring new and traditional works for saxophone quartet. Performances will take place at Studio Z and the Weisman Art Museum in May 2014.

Balkanicus Ensemble                                 $4,750
www.musicofthebalkans.weebly.com
Funding for Balkanicus, a free concert featuring contemporary Balkan chamber music. The concert will take place at the University of Minnesota Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in April 2014.

Byzantine Choral Festival                         $3,938
Funding for the Fifth Annual Byzantine Choral Festival, featuring a free workshop and public concert. The concert of diverse ethnic choral traditions will take place at St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church in October 2014.

Christopher Watson Dance Company                             $4,260
christopherwatsondance.org
Funding for the 13th annual Dances at the Lakes concert featuring original works by 12 local dance companies and choreographers. The free performance will take place at the Lake Harriet Rose Garden in Summer 2014.

Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis                           $5,000
www.civicorchestrampls.org
Funding for three free orchestral concerts focused on reaching new audiences. Performances will take place at the Wayzata Community Church, Lake Nokomis Community School, and the Lake Harriet Band Shell between May and July 2014.

Courageous heARTS                                   $5,000
www.courageous-hearts.org
Funding to engage a cohort of high school students from Minneapolis Public Schools in an arts-based curriculum called Project RestART, a prevention tool combining expressive arts and restorative practices intended to reconnect youth to their personal learning goals and school community. The program will culminate in a collective art project to be presented to the broader community in September 2014.

Documentary Empowerment Project (CTEP)                           $4,285
Funding for The Digital Divide Documentary Empowerment Project, a community film project involving youth of color that addresses issues of inequality in North Minneapolis. A public screening of the documentary will premiere at the Capri Theater in August 2014.

Grassroots Culture                         $5,000
Funding to create and produce 16 show segments for a weekly bluegrass music radio program featuring Phil Nusbaum, Lyle Lofgren, and Adam Granger. Segments will be aired on eight Bluegrass Review shows in July and August 2014.

Gremlin Theatre                             $5,000
www.gremlin-theatre.org
Funding to produce Rocket to the Moon by American Playwright Clifford Odets. Performances will take place at the New Century Theatre in Downtown Minneapolis in May 2014.

Hope Community, Inc.                               $5,000
Funding for The Power of Vision, a neighborhood mural program that will engage approximately 30 youth in developing arts and leadership skills. The project will take place between April and September 2014 and culminate in a public mural and community unveiling ceremony.

Ka Joog                                  $5,000
www.kajoog.org
Funding for Fanka, a participatory art program focused on Somali youth consisting of five, weekly workshops in the Somali oral poetry art form led by recognized Somali teaching artists. The workshops will culminate in two public presentations at the Southern Theater and Walker Art Center in summer 2014.

Kinship of Rivers                            $5,000
kinshipofrivers.org
Funding for We Are Water, a one-month multimedia exhibition and performance at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis. Activities will take place in May and June 2014.

Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota                               $5,000
www.laocenter.org
Funding for a training and mentoring program with Lao theater artists to dramatize refugee family stories. The program will culminate in two weekends of public performances in August and October 2014.

Madame of the Arts                                    $5,000
Funding for three small-scale community-building arts series for the LGBTQA community. Activities will take place at Madame of the Arts in Minneapolis between April and December 2014.

Metro Work Center, Inc.                            $4,000
www.metroworkcenter.org
Funding for a group sculpture project, created under the direction of artist Sara Hanson, that will provide adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience the metal sculpture process and gain skills from tactile and social interactions. The project will culminate in a public sculpture to be displayed at the organization's Minneapolis location.

Minneapolis Southside Singers                            $5,000
www.mplscommunityed.com
Funding to present 20 free concerts to under-served audiences across the seven-county metropolitan area between April 2014 and March 2015.

Oromo Culture Institute                            $5,000
oromocultureinstitute.org
Funding for six months of traditional Oromo dance and music classes tailored to members of the Oromo community lacking access to traditional Oromo arts and culture. The program will culminate in a performance for the larger Oromo and Twin Cities community in December 2014.

Poetry for People                            $5,000
Funding for the second annual Poetry Picnic in Powderhorn Park, a free all-ages event combining poetry and a community feast to mark the period in summer when the days are the longest. The event will take place at Powderhorn Park in June 2014.

Screenwriters Workshop                         $3,500
www.screenwritersworkshop.org
Funding for WEBISODE IN A DAY, an event bringing the Minnesota writing community together to write internet webisodes. Thirteen of the best webisodes will be selected for a public reading by professional actors in fall 2014.

Simply ArtAble                                $5,000
www.simplyjanestudio.com
Funding for Simply ArtAble outreach classes, providing free art classes to children of all ages and abilities at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Classes will take place between May and September 2014.

SunsetGun Productions                             $5,000
www.sunsetgunproductions.com
Funding to conduct a two-week workshop to develop RETROSPECTIVE, a new play by Chris Van Strander. The workshop will culminate in two public performances in June 2014. The activities will take place at the Ivy Building in Minneapolis.

The Dream Songs Project                          $5,000
thedreamsongsproject.org
Funding to commission and perform a new work for classical voice and guitar by Minnesota composer Randy Bauer. The piece will be included in three concerts and two outreach premiere performances for seniors and high school youth in January and February 2015.

The Eclectic Ensemble                               $4,884
theeclecticensemble.com
Funding for Music of the Sun performances of improvisational ambient music in metro area public spaces during summer 2014.

The Urban Spectrum Theatre Company                         $5,000
www.urbanspectrumtheatre.com
Funding for So Blue, an original production set in the blues era of the 1920's to 1940's, featuring community residents, musicians, actors and dancers. Performances will take place in August 2014 at the Driftwood Char Bar in Minneapolis.

Time Track Productions                           $5,000
www.timetrackproductions.org
Funding for The AUTOMATIC MESSAGE, a new evening-length dance work exploring surrealist concepts through movement, set design and projected imagery. The work will premiere at the JSB TEKBOX in the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in September 2014.

TuckUnder Projects                                   $5,000
www.tuckunder.org
Funding for the TuckUnder Project, a series of site-specific visual art exhibitions and community arts programming. Exhibitions will take place at the TuckUnder site in Minneapolis during 2014.

Voice of Culture Drum and Dance                                   $5,000
www.voiceofculture.org
Funding for four new works of African drum and dance performance, each to be created, costumed and premiered individually at four established performance venues. The works will then be combined and presented at a free community concert in North Minneapolis in August 2014.

Wisdom Dances                              $5,000
www.wisdomdances.com
Funding for the Culture of Water Leadership Summit, a daylong event for culturally-based music and dance groups to develop their role as cultural leaders and to interpret their cultural traditions in relation to local storm water issues. The summit will be held at Tapestry Folkdance Center in June 2014.

Scott County

Czech Heritage Club                                   $3,005
CzechHeritageClub.com
Funding for the fifth annual European Christmas Event featuring traditional folk dancers and singers, artisans and craft vendors and family friendly activities. The event will take place at the American Legion Park Ballroom in New Prague in December 2014.

St. Paul

Ally People Solutions                                 $5,000
www.AllyPeopleSolutions.org
Funding for the Artful Employment Studio Arts Project, a 24-week creative arts program for up to 20 individuals with developmental disabilities who are participants in Ally People Solutions programs. Activities will take place at the Business Solutions branch site in St. Paul between March and December 2014.

Crow With No Mouth Promotions                                  $5,000
bodhidog.wordpress.com
Funding for a six-concert series presenting composers and performers working in contemporary electro-acoustic improvisation. Concerts will be held at Studio Z in St. Paul between April and November 2014.

Lazy Hmong Woman Productions                                  $5,000
Funding for nine performances of "The Divorcee Diaries," an original play by May Lee-Yang that explores how divorce has transformed the traditional nuclear Hmong family systems. Performances will take place at Stargate Nightclub in St. Paul in September 2014.

The Illicit Sextet                              $5,000
www.facebook.com/theillicitsextet
Funding for the All Originals Jazz Series of ten weekly jazz performances at Studio Z featuring local jazz ensembles that specialize in performing original jazz compositions. Performances will take place between May and July 2014.

The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists                         $5,000
www.singersmca.org
Funding to present New Horizons: Music of Today, a concert of world premiere performances, including St. Paul composer Abbie Betinis' First Ladies Suite. Performances will take place at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul in May 2014.

Twin Cities Labor Chorus                         $5,000
Funding for 9 to 12 choral performances in the metro area between April and December 2014.

Twin Cities World Refugee Day                           $5,000
tcworldrefugeeday.org
Funding for Twin Cities Refugee Day, a cultural festival featuring more than 50 local organizations serving refugees. The festival will take place in June 2014 at Wellstone Center in St. Paul.

West Side Community Organization                               $1,590
www.wsco.org
Funding for Art on the Avenue, a walking art festival along Smith Avenue on St. Paul's West Side in August 2014.

Suburban Hennepin County

4 Community Theatre                                $5,000
www.4communitytheatre.org
Funding for six performances of the musical Wizard of Oz at Orono High School Auditorium in July 2014.

After 5                                   $1,905
after_5.tripod.com
Funding for Jazz and Jive After 5, six performances with a variety of musical styles presented to communities with limited arts access in the seven-county metro area between April and December 2014.

Chain Reaction Theatre Project                           $5,000
www.chainreactiontp.com
Funding for Choices, an original theatrical production written by Artistic Director Shelly Smith. Performances will take place at Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington in May and at Old Arizona Theater in Minneapolis in June 2014.

Discovery Arts Council                              $3,550
Funding for the annual Orono International Festival celebrating the diversity and culture that exists within the six communities of the Orono School District. The festival will take place in October 2014.

Hopkins Westwind Concert Band                                   $5,000
www.hopkinswestwind.org
Funding for its 2014 Summer Concert Season, including the Raspberry Festival of Bands event.  Five concerts will be held in June and July around the metro area.

Minnesota Association of Songwriters                          $5,000
mnsongwriters.org
Funding for the Songwriting Workshop Series featuring four nationally known professional songwriters who will each present a five-hour workshop on one of the many elements of songwriting. The workshops will take place at the recital hall at Schmitt Music in Edina between April and December 2014 .

Perspectives, Inc.                            $5,000
www.perspectives-family.org
Funding for The Family Dish, a pottery project offered to at-risk families in the Kids Connection program featuring a series of workshops culminating in a celebration dinner. Activities will take place at Perspectives Family Center in St. Louis Park in April and November 2014.

Westonka Community Education and Services                                    $5,000
www.westonka.k12.mn.us
Funding for a Music in the Park series of six free concerts on Thursday evenings in Mound during summer 2014.

Suburban Ramsey County

Mounds View Community Theatre                                 $5,000
www.mvct.org
Funding for 12 performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Performances will take place at Irondale High School in New Brighton in July 2014.

North Suburban Chorus                            $5,000
Funding for 40 choral performances presented at nursing, healthcare, and retirement centers in the north suburban area from April through December 2014.

Partners in Praise Girls Choir                             $5,000
www.partnersinpraise.org
Funding for the seventh annual PIPFEST, a choral festival hosting 11 youth choirs and featuring guest artist and conductor Stephen Hatfield. The festival will take place at Bethel University's Benson Great Hall in May 2014.

Roseville Parks and Recreation                           $5,000
www.cityofroseville.com/parks
Funding for the Live at the Rog performance series of family-friendly events held on summer evenings and featuring signature events based on a monthly theme. The series will be held at the Roseville Central Park Frank Rog Amphitheater in summer 2014.

Solid Ground                                    $3,660
www.solidgroundmn.org
Funding for Young Stars of Solid Ground, a six-week theater camp experience for children in 3rd through 8th grade at Solid Ground's supportive housing for homeless families in White Bear Lake. Activities will take place in November and December 2014 and culminate in a public performance.

Vox Nova Chorale                            $5,000
www.voxnovachorale.org
Funding for On the Horizon, two free concerts of classical choral music and original new compositions, in collaboration with three nationally known clinicians who will work with the young emerging singers and composers. Concerts will take place in August 2014 in Roseville and St. Paul.

Washington County

FamilyMeans                                    $5,000
www.familymeans.org
Funding for the Arts Exploration Workshop, free weekly art experiences for youth ages 5 to 18 in the mobile home community of Landfall. Art experiences will include residencies with COMPAS artists and a workshop with Juxtaposition Arts and take place at the Teen Center from June 2014 through January 2015.

Judd Street Film Coalition                         $4,200
Funding for Calling All Filmmakers, a six-month curated film series featuring Minnesota based film makers. Screenings will take place at the City of Marine Village Hall between October 2014 and March 2015.

Music Saint Croix                            $5,000
www.musicsaintcroix.com
Funding for two concerts in their 2014 - 2015 concert series featuring a free performance with Valley Chamber Chorale and the St. Croix Jazz Orchestra at Trinity Lutheran Church and Leonard Bernstein's Candide at the Washington County Historic Courthouse in Stillwater. Concerts will take place in Fall 2014.

Valley Friendship Club                              $2,515
www.valleyfriendshipclub.org
Funding to work with Serena Asta in a four-week Zentangle artistic teaching residency for people with disabilities. Activities will take place at the Lake Elmo Library and culminate in an exhibition/reception for the community in November 2014.

Washington County 4-H Federation                                $5,000
www.extension.umn.edu/county/washington
Funding for County Arts-In, a four-day intensive performing arts camp for youth ages 13 to 19. The camp will take place at the Washington County Fairgrounds in July and culminate with performances at the Washington County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair in July and August 2014.

FY 2014 Arts Learning Grant Awards - Round 1

On January 28, 2014, MRAC awarded $245,366 to 26 organizations in the first round of its FY 2014 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of and/or through the arts for children, youth, and adults by engaging people in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. The Arts Learning grant program is a direct result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. All applications go through a competitive peer review panel process. The MRAC board of directors makes the final decisions on all panel recommendations.

The following is a list of awarded projects sorted by the county of affiliation. Organization websites are included when available as a way to get more information about the groups and awarded projects. Please note that the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are separated from the surrounding suburban Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park   $10,000
www.caponiartpark.org
Funding for the 2014 Family Fun Tuesdays program of 13 weekly performances for children to be held June through August 2014 at Caponi Art Park and Learning Center.

The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo   $9,100
www.oboebass.com
Funding for a series of five one-hour programs exploring music and music literature at seven metro area senior residences from mid-February through August of 2014.

Minneapolis

20% Theatre Company   $10,000
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding to develop the Company's Apprentice Program, which provides professional theatre opportunities for high school and college students who will work on two productions during 2014.

Hennepin Health Foundation   $10,000
www.hcmc.org/foundation/index.htm
Funding for the second initiative of Hennepin County Medical Center’s ArtCare program, during which an artist will conduct mini-residencies in various visual art forms for adult and pediatric patients, for 36 weeks beginning in February 2014.

Kulture Klub Collaborative   $10,000
www.kultureklub.org
Funding for a series of printmaking workshops taught by professional artists for youth experiencing homelessness. The three-month project is a collaboration with Leg Up Studios and will begin in April 2014.

Leonardo's Basement   $10,000
www.leonardosbasement.org
Funding for "Studio Design Arts," a creative collaboration between Leonardo's Basement and Ramsey Middle School in Minneapolis from March through December 2014, during which all 400 students will explore architecture by designing and building sculptures that place artistic design within engineering, science, and technology classes.

Marcy Puppet Dragons Residency   $7,760
Funding for a puppetry storytelling residency for 3rd and 4th grade students at Marcy Open School in Minneapolis. The seven-week residency will explore the ancient and modern Chinese culture's connections to Dragons.

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center   $10,000
www.pwccenter.org
Funding for "Our Stories," a ten-week arts project beginning in February 2014 using shadow puppets and music to tell culturally-based stories and folk tales in performances for the community. This project will engage 30 youth, ages 5 to 13, who are enrolled in the Dream, Explore, Connect After-School program at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center.

Seward Child Care Center   $5,450
sewardchildcare.org
Funding for an Artist in Residence Program and Social Justice Storytime project designed to address issues of diversity in early childhood. The two projects work in tandem by coordinating weekly arts activities for children enrolled in Seward Child Care Center, held on-site, with larger public events held in a local community center during 2014.

She Rock She Rock   $10,000
www.girlsrocknrollretreat.com
Funding for Girls Rock ‘n’ Roll Retreat, a five day musical experience for girls ages 8 to 16 to learn how to play rock instruments, read music, and other related skills. The project includes two weeklong sessions at Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins.

West Bank School of Music   $10,000
www.wbsm.org
Funding for a series of after-school music classes for elementary school students at Seward Montessori and Dowling Urban Environmental schools in Minneapolis during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Students will write songs, build instruments, rehearse as a group, and perform concerts for classmates, families, and friends.

Young Dance, Inc.   $10,000
www.youngdance.org
Funding for All Abilities Dancing, a program to engage dancers with and without disabilities in quality dance experiences that emphasize ability and redefine dance. Activities will occur at various locations during 2014.

St. Paul

Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education   $9,928
www.dfje.org
Funding for local and visiting national jazz artists to work with students in 15 metro area schools to inspire them to learn about, appreciate, and understand jazz, and to encourage student musicians to develop and improve their skills as they become performing jazz artists themselves. The project will run from February through December of 2014.

Deborah Elias Danza Española   $10,000
dedanza.org
Funding for residencies in flamenco dance, music, and culture at seven Twin Cities area elementary and junior high schools from February through May of 2014. Each residency will culminate in a community celebration to share students' accomplishments with other students, parents, and community members.

Friends of Artaria String Quartet   $9,560
www.acms.artaria.us
Funding for master classes for advanced string players ages 12 to 18 during 2014 to prepare students for local and national chamber music competitions.

Indonesian Performing Arts Association of MN d.b.a Sumunar $4,080
www.sumunar.org
Funding for a residency in March 2014 at the DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science in Blaine. Students in grades 4 to 8 will learn to play Indonesian gamelan music and perform traditional dances.

Sounds of Hope, Ltd.   $9,500
www.soundsofhope.org
Funding for music workshops that will provide seniors residing at Sholom Homes in St. Paul with participatory opportunities to sing and play instruments. The workshops will begin in February 2014 and extend through January 2015.

Veterans in the Arts   $9,988
www.veteransinthearts.org
Funding for a series of classes for veterans during 2014. The nine-week classes include printmaking at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, a painting class at Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and two clay classes at Northern Clay Center.

Walker West Music Academy   $10,000
www.walkerwestmusicacademy.org
Funding for the 2014 Summer Music Enrichment Program, a three-week music day camp providing 35 students ages 5 to 12 the opportunity to experience instrumental and vocal music for the first time. The camp will be held July 7 - 24, 2014 and culminate in a free public performance.

Young Artists Initiative   $10,000
youngartistsmn.org
Funding for the 2014 Summer Theater Experience, a six-week educational theater program directed toward east metro youth and culminating in five public performances of Cinderella at the Wellstone Center on Saint Paul's West Side.

Suburban Hennepin County

Blossoms of the Orient Dance Theater   $10,000
Funding for a yearlong program of teaching authentic Hmong dances to children. The training will culminate in a dance recital in June and several performances in November and December 2014.

Harmony Theatre Company and School   $10,000
www.harmonytheatre.org
Funding for a series of acting and filmmaking workshops for youth and their adult mentors, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. The series will run from March through December of 2014.

Inverted Arts   $10,000
www.invertedarts.org
Funding for an Art Exploration Program in partnership with Hope Academy in South Minneapolis from June 9 - July 3, 2014, during which 65 middle school students and 10 high school students will choose and learn one of five artistic disciplines taught by professional artist mentors.

Studio 206   $10,000
ivystudio206.com
Funding for Train at 206/Physical Theatre Summer Intensive, a series of workshops in physical approaches to performance creation. The Summer Intensive will run from June 9 - 27, 2014 at Studio 206 in the Ivy Building in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Suburban Ramsey County

Lakeshore Players   $10,000
www.lakeshoreplayers.com
Funding for Lakeshore Players 2014 Summer Youth Programs consisting of two age-appropriate theater camps. Children ages 8 to 12 will produce four performances of the musical Sleeping Beauty, Kids, and teens will produce six performances of an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Washington County

Valley Friendship Club   $10,000
www.valleyfriendshipclub.org
Funding for "The Art of Me," a theatrical experience that will challenge participants with disabilities to showcase material created in a six-week program through short vignettes, performances of poetry, songs and dances, and visual arts backdrops. The project will take place in Stillwater from April through August of 2014.

FY 2014 Community Arts Grant Awards - Round 1

On December 17, 2013, MRAC awarded $297,288 to 62 organizations/projects in the first round of its FY 2014 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. 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. Awarded groups should look for an email with directions on how to complete their grant agreement.

Anoka County

Fridley City Band            $2,890
www.fridleycityband.org
Funding for seven free concerts for senior citizens in the Anoka County area. The concert series will take place at senior housing facilities during 2014.

North Artists Studio Crawl            $2,238
www.nascrawl.org
Funding for the 14th annual North Artists’ Studio Crawl, an annual tour of artist studios in the north suburban communities of East Bethel, Ham Lake, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Ramsey, Andover, and Anoka in April 2014.

Northeast Orchestra            $5,000
www.neorch.org
Funding for three free concerts featuring a performance by a professional instrumental soloist. Each soloist will also provide an educational event for the members of the orchestra. The concerts will be held at the Church of St. William in Fridley in February, May, and November 2014.

Carver County

ISD 108 Community Education            $5,000
Funding for a Music in the Park series of eight performances on Thursday evenings in Norwood Young America during summer 2014.

ISD 110 Community Education            $3,000
www.waconiacommunityed.org
Funding for two, weeklong theater workshops for children in grades 2 to 8 in collaboration with Prairie Fire Children's Theatre Company. The workshops will culminate in two performances each of Pinocchio and Tom Sawyer at the Waconia High School auditorium in June and July 2014.

ISD 112 Community Education            $5,000
www.ce4all.org
Funding for Hooked on Books… and the Arts, too!, a one-day literary and performing arts event featuring author Jerry Pallotta at Chanhassen High School in February 2014.

River City Theatre Company            $5,000
www.watertownrctc.com
Funding for six performances of Cinderella at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center in September 2014.

Watertown-Mayer Community Education            $5,000
www.wmcommunityed.com
Funding for a seven-week Youth Summer Theater program featuring an original script and musical score. The program will take place at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center and will culminate with three public performances in July 2014.

Dakota County

Chamber Music Lakeville            $5,000
https://www.facebook.com/coffeeconcerts
Funding for three Coffee Concert Recitals featuring The Chestnut Brass Company, The Bakken Trio, and Maria Jette with OboeBass! – The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo. The concerts will take place at the Lakeville Area Arts Center between February and May 2014.

Dakota Valley Symphony            $5,000
www.dakotavalleysymphony.org
Funding for the Three Choirs Festival, a family-friendly concert featuring The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace with the choirs from Lakeville South High School and Lakeville North High School at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center in February 2014.

Eagan Men's Chorus            $4,370
www.eaganmenschorus.org
Funding for 20 concerts at assisted living and senior housing facilities in Dakota County between January and December 2014.

Rosemount Area Arts Council            $5,000
www.rosemountarts.com
Funding for the fifth annual Rosemount Bluegrass/Americana Festival, a free 4-evening celebration of traditional American string-band, square dance, blues, and rock 'n' roll music. Activities will take place at Rosemount's Central Park in July 2014.

Velvet Tones            $5,000
www.velvettones.org
Funding for nine vocal performances between January and June 2014 for audiences with limited arts access in the greater metropolitan area.

Minneapolis

Carnaval Brasileiro            $5,000
www.rkeverest.net
Funding for a weekend celebration of Brazilian music, dance, cuisine, and culture, featuring more than 100 musicians, dancers, and artists from the Twin Cities as well as special guest Brazilian performers, at the Fine Line Music Cafe in March 2014.

Crossroads Panorama            $5,000
www.crossroadspanorama.com
Funding for the Youth Writers Storytellers Workshop, a four-week workshop for at-risk teens to explore their writing skills and create their own short story books. The program will take place at the Sabathani Community Center in March 2014.

EDIT            $5,000
www.edittheworld.org
Funding for the 2014 PhotoVoice program, a partnership with Emerge providing 25 youth who have experienced homelessness the opportunity to learn about a community issue of their choosing, develop photography skills, and curate a photography gallery to raise community awareness about the chosen social issue. The program will culminate in a public showing of completed works in May 2014.

Edvard Grieg Society            $5,000
www.norwayhouse.org/edvard-grieg-society
Funding to present a concert featuring internationally renowned Norwegian Trumpeter, Tine Thing Helseth at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis in spring 2014.

Ethnic Dance Theatre            $5,000
www.ethnicdancetheatre.com
Funding to produce Reminiscing: A Look Back Over 40 Years, a concert demonstrating choreographies from each of the four decades that the Ethnic Dance Theatre has been a performing arts organization. Performances will take place at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in June 2014.

Fortune's Fool            $5,000
Funding to produce Stop Kiss, an award-winning play by Diana Son that explores themes of violence against both women and the LGBT community, at Nimbus Theater in January and February 2014.

Freshwater Theatre            $5,000
www.freshwatertheatre.com
Funding to present a world premiere historical drama titled Mrs. Charles, alongside a new short form festival "Archival Revival.” Both projects will run in repertory and illustrate the years 1875 to 1925 in Minnesota History. Performances will take place at Nimbus Theater in May 2014.

Leonardo's Basement            $5,000
www.leonardosbasement.org
Funding for Digital Art for Everyone, a series of ten classes that will teach 80 participants of all ages technical and creative skills to produce visual art, design art, and photography through the use of CAD design software, a laser engraver, a 3D printer, and high resolution printers, between February and May 2014.

Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra            $5,000
www.lhco.org
Funding for three distinct symphony orchestra programs resulting in five free, live performances at several venues including churches, the Walker Place Assisted Living Facility, and outdoor sites between February and May 2014.

Magic Lantern Puppet Theater            $5,000
Funding for eight performances of a color shadow puppet/marionette show, “Nalah Visits Mad Mouse City” with puppet-making workshops and a free book for all children in attendance at social service organizations including The Family Partnership and St. Joseph's Home for Children.

Midtown Global Music Festival            $5,000
www.midtownglobalmarket.org
Funding for the 2014 Midtown Global Music Festival, featuring a lineup of global entertainment including live music, ethnic dance and drumming, and spoken word performance at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis in July 2014.

OUT Twin Cities Film Festival            $5,000
www.outtwincitiesfilmfest.com
Funding for the 2014 Out Twin Cities Film Festival, a safe and supportive event for artists and audiences to view and discuss GLBTQ inspired films and the ideas presented in them, at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis in June 2014.

Patrick's Cabaret            $3,300
www.patrickscabaret.org
Funding for Scrawlex, a series of six open-stage nights for artists working in any genre, at Patrick's Cabaret between January and June 2014.

Prairie Fire Lady Choir            $5,000
www.prairiefireladychoir.org
Funding for the Prairie Fire Lady Choir Songwriting Project, a series of workshops with Aby Wolf, at which choir members will learn the songwriting process of arranging an original piece of a cappella music for performance. The workshops will culminate in 60 minutes of new material to be performed for the public in April 2014.

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council            $5,000
www.rimonMN.org
Funding for a two-event Artist Salon Series engaging artists from different disciplines in dialogue with local audiences at Minneapolis venues in March and April 2014.

Savage Umbrella            $5,000
www.savageumbrella.org
Funding for RAPTURE, a new work developed by the company about the sudden disappearance of the world's artists to take place at Nimbus Theater in March 2014.

She Rock She Rock            $5,000
www.girlsrocknrollretreat.com
Funding for Ladies Rock Camp, a three-day music camp for women ages 19 and older. Activities will take place at Lake Harriet House of Music and culminate in a public performance at Bunkers Music Bar and Grill in April 2014.

South Sixteenth Hijinks            $5,000
www.artsledrally.com
Funding for the annual Powderhorn Artsled Rally, a free winter celebration with sled-making workshops and sled art at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis in January 2014.

Story Arts of Minnesota            $4,000
storyartsmn.org
Funding for StoryFest, a storytelling festival featuring workshops and storyteller showcases, a facilitated Open Mic, and an evening Story Slam. The festival will be held at City of Lakes Waldorf School in April 2014.

Teatro del Pueblo            $5,000
www.teatrodelpueblo.org
Funding for three performances of Teatro Malayerba’s La Razón Blindada featuring actors from Ecuador and performed in Spanish at the University of Minnesota's Stoll Thrust Theatre in March 2014.

The Ledge Gallery            $4,490
theledgempls.com
Funding for the Minneapolis Art Lending Library, a program that allows patrons to browse a collection of artworks and select one to borrow for two months, to display and enjoy in their homes. The Library will gather every two months between January 2014 and January 2015.

Twin Cities Polish Festival            $5,000
www.tcpolishfestival.org
Funding for the Twin Cities Polish Festival, a celebration of Minnesota’s Polish heritage, traditions, and culture. The festival will take place along Riverplace and St. Anthony Main in Northeast Minneapolis in August 2014.

Walking Shadow Theatre Company            $5,000
www.walkingshadowcompany.org
Funding to produce and present the regional premiere of Peter Oswald's new adaptation of Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller. Performances will take place at the Red Eye Theater in February 2014.

Scott County

Savage Arts Council            $5,000
savageartscouncil.org
Funding for the eighth annual Juried Art Competition and Show, a visual arts exhibition for both professional and amateur visual artists. The artwork will be displayed in the community of Savage in April and May 2014.

St. Paul

Adieu Summer Concert            $5,000
www.tickettobrasil.com
Funding for the annual Adieu Summer Concert, a multicultural family event featuring the jazz ensemble, Ticket to Brasil. The event will take place at Como Pavilion in September 2014.

Friends of Swede Hollow (FOSH)            $5,000
www.swedehollow.org
Funding for the annual Art in the Hollow, a one-day multidisciplinary outdoor arts festival in June 2014.

Hmong Cultural Center            $5,000
www.hmongcc.org
Funding for the Qeej Instructional Program, offering three afternoon classes a week teaching children and youth how to play the Qeej, a bamboo wind pipe instrument played at traditional Hmong funeral ceremonies.

ICAN - Camp Masala            $5,000
www.campmasala.org
Funding for Camp Masala 2014, a three-day South Asian heritage camp focusing on Indian emigration and the unique cultural arts that have emerged from the blending of Indian and other South Asian arts traditions with the traditions of their new countries. Activities will take place at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul in June 2014.

International Friendship Through the Performing Arts        $5,000
Funding to present Spirit of Nature, a music ensemble comprised of three Chinese traditional musicians presenting a concert and outreach activities for residents of The Commons on Marice in Eagan and Families with Children from Asia in May 2014.

Minnesota State Band            $5,000
minnesotastateband.org
Funding for one ceremonial and six formal concerts to be presented at a variety of metro area locations between March and August 2014.

The Gregorian Singers            $5,000
www.thegregoriansingers.org
Funding to present the first extant opera in collaboration with the Twin Cities Lute Co-op, the Early Music Department of St. Olaf College, and Dance Revels Moving History. The fully staged performance will feature vocalists, dancers, and period instruments at the newly constructed Macalester College Concert Hall in March 2014.

The New Ruckus            $5,000
newruckus.org
Funding for the 2014 Composer Nights program, a monthly performance series that affords composers of all aesthetics and disciplines the opportunity to present new work, gain feedback and insight, and increase their visibility. Programming will take place at Studio Z in St. Paul.

Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation            $5,000
www.tchdc.org
Funding for Days of Old - Land of Castles, Kings and Queens, Knights, Archers and Others, a two-week summer arts program for youth living at the Liberty Plaza affordable housing development in St. Paul. The program will feature artists from Barebones Productions and culminate in a community event in August 2014.

Upper Midwest Flute Association, Inc.            $5,000
umfaflutes.org
Funding for Flute Fest, a one-day flute festival at Hamline University in April 2014.

Suburban Hennepin County

Bloomington Chorale, Inc            $5,000
www.bloomingtonchorale.com
Funding for A Salute to our Veterans, a big band/choral concert featuring arrangements of patriotic music from the Civil War to the present. Performances will take place in the Schneider Theater at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center in April 2014.

Cross Community Players            $5,000
crossplayers.org
Funding for seven performances of Oklahoma! at Osseo Senior High School in July 2014.
 
Edina Singing Seniors            $5,000
edinasingingseniors.com
Funding for 25 performances at senior residences, nursing homes, subsidized housing and other venues between January and December 2014.

JazzMN, Inc.            $5,000
www.jazzmn.org
Funding to present two concerts completing the 2013-2014 season and featuring the jazz vocal group New York Voices and saxophonist Miguel Zenon. The concerts, which feature JazzMN's professional jazz orchestra performing with the guest artists, will be held at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center in March and April 2014.

Mentoring Peace Through Art            $5,000
www.mentoringpeace.org
Funding for a 12,000-square-foot, anti-gang-graffiti mural to be created by community members led by artist Jimmy Longoria. The mural will be painted on a retaining wall beginning in February and ending in October 2014.

Music Association of Minnetonka            $5,000
www.musicassociation.org
Funding for four young people's concerts focused on building children's familiarity with instruments in the orchestra. The concerts will be presented at Wayzata Community Church and Minnetonka United Methodist Church in February and at Minnetonka City Hall and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in October 2014.

Orono Community Education Early Learning Program        $5,000
www.oronoearlylearning.com
Funding for DC Barnyard Rocks, an arts project engaging 150 young children and families in learning about musical instruments, making rhythm instruments, and writing rhymes. Activities will culminate in the creation of an original children's book illustrated by a local artist and creation of a music video to be debuted at a family arts event at the Discovery Center in Maple Plain in May 2014.

Plymouth Arts Council            $5,000
www.plymouthartscouncil.org
Funding for the 18th annual Primavera event, a public celebration of artists combining visual, performing, and literary arts at the Plymouth Creek Center in April 2014.

Twin Cities Youth Chorale            $5,000
www.tcyouthchorale.org
Funding for Dreams that Children Dream, the fifth annual Children's Choral Festival featuring metro area choirs, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove in March 2014.

Suburban Ramsey County

City of Lakes Chorus            $5,000
www.cityoflakes.org
Funding to produce a barbershop concert featuring the City of Lakes Chorus and a guest young-artist group, the Love Notes quartet. The concert will be presented at the Benson Great Hall of Bethel University in April 2014.

Harmonic Relief            $5,000
www.harmonicrelief.com
Funding for Seize the Day, a two-hour show choir performance featuring an eclectic mix of songs that examine the human experience. Performances will take place at the Maplewood Performing Arts Theatre in May 2014.

Honeywell Concert Band            $3,000
Funding for 12 concerts presented at care centers, assisted living centers, senior housing complexes, and public parks between February and November 2014.

Silverwood Park-Three Rivers Park District            $5,000
threeriversparks.org/parks/silverwood-park.aspx
Funding for The Silverwood Park Summer Performance Series of twelve free concerts at the Silverwood Park outdoor amphitheater between May and September 2014.

Washington County

East Metro Symphony Orchestra            $5,000
emsorch.org
Funding for three concerts to take place in February, March, and May 2014.

Encore Wind Ensemble            $5,000
www.encorewind.com
Funding for four free concerts, including one concert featuring local high school-aged musicians from Stillwater High School. The concerts will take place at metro area locations between February and April 2014.

FY 2014 Organizational Development Grant Awards

On November 26, 2013, MRAC awarded $216,830 to 24 organizations in its FY  2014 Organizational Development grant program. The Organizational Development grant program offers grants of up to $10,000 for projects designed to strengthen the management or administration of arts organizations. Awarded projects must advance the organization's mission, have the potential for long-term impact, and show evidence of thorough planning. Funded organizations must be located in the 7-county metropolitan area and have annual expenses less than 400,000.

The following is a list of the FY 2014 Organizational Development grantees sorted by county of affiliation that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees' websites. Please note that groups located in Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from suburban Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Dakota County
 
Minnesota Theater Alliance                                  $9,360
www.mntheateralliance.org
Funding to create ArtsMarket, an online system for the performing arts community to list and browse materials available for reuse, such as sets, props, costumes, lighting, facilities, etc. The program will reduce costs to artists by leveraging existing resources, reduce the environmental impact of waste and disposal, and improve partnerships among arts organizations.
 
Minneapolis
 
20% Theatre Company                              $10,000
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding to support a part-time position to record and preserve institutional memory by organizing and cataloging company records for donors, artists, staff, and board members.
 
Ananya Dance Theatre                               $10,000
www.ananyadancetheatre.org
Funding to create the ADT Channel, an online communication and broadcast platform housing printed text, website, Vimeo, and YouTube content in order to articulate technique, illustrate process, and reference a performative archive.
 
Frank Theatre                                  $9,900
www.franktheatre.org
Funding to hire a consultant to conduct an audience assessment and update the demographic description of Frank Theatre's constituency in order to help guide future marketing and programming activities.
 
Jawaahir Dance Company                          $10,000
www.jawaahir.org
Funding to engage a development consultant to seek grant support, create a grant prospect calendar, and increase individual donations by 25%.
 
JazzMN, Inc.                          $8,000
www.jazzmn.org
Funding to hire a part-time administrative coordinator to assist in fund development, concert/box office management, and educational outreach programming.
 
Metropolitan Boys Choir                           $10,000
www.mbchoir.com
Funding to hire a part-time fundraising and development coordinator to increase individual donations, manage a donor database, and pursue grant funding.
 
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Association                                   $9,720
www.minneapolisguitarquartet.com
Funding to hire a marketing and media specialist to oversee the development of new communication materials including new photos, re-edited video clips, and an improved website.
 
Plymouth Christian Youth Center                                    $10,000
www.pcyc-mpls.org
Funding to create and begin implementation of a strategic marketing plan that will generate more ticket sales for productions and motivate ticket buyers to become annual fund donors.
 
Speaking of Home a.k.a. Public Interest, Inc.                                $10,000
www.speakingofhome.org
Funding for a two-phase evaluative impact study of the public art project, Speaking of Home--St. Paul.
 
Upstream Arts, Inc.                                    $5,200
http://upstreamarts.org
Funding to organize program curriculum into a database in order to increase efficiencies in tailoring activities to varying ages and abilities, and to improve the capacity to share best program practices.
 
Young Dance, Inc.                            $8,040
www.youngdance.org
Funding to redesign the Young Dance website and create a strategy to refine brand standards across the organization.
 
St. Paul
 
East Side Arts Council                                $5,000
www.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding to work with a development consultant on a comprehensive individual donor campaign.
 
Ensemble 61                                    $10,000
www.Ensemble61.com
Funding to re-envision the business model, strategic plan, and program innovation at a critical time in organizational leadership transition.
 
Mizna                         $10,000
http://www.mizna.org
Funding to help achieve financial sustainability goals as outlined in a 2012 commissioned report. Project goals include achieving six months of cash reserves, 50% of annual income from non-grant sources, and further deepening audience relationships.
 
Sounds of Hope, Ltd.                                  $10,000
www.soundsofhope.org
Funding to hire a part-time program assistant to help take advantage of new opportunities for robust program growth.
 
Zeitgeist                                $9,200
http://www.zeitgeistnewmusic.org
Funding to evaluate current educational program offerings for K-12 students and adults, identify gaps and needs, and develop new educational offerings.
 
Suburban Hennepin County
 
ArtSage                                  $10,000
http://www.artsagemn.org
Funding to create SageConnect, a interactive, searchable online database of artists who are trained to work with older adults and organizations that serve senior populations.
 
Katha Dance Theatre                                  $4,560
http://www.kathadance.org
Funding to develop a new website with improved functionality and design, provide staff training to update the website on an ongoing basis, and purchase an iPad and Square to accept credit cards and debit payments.
 
Mentoring Peace Through Art                              $10,000
www.mentoringpeace.org
Funding to engage legal counsel to help create protections for creative and intellectual property rights encompassing both the mural as a finished art product and the process by which the public art is created.
 
St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts                                  $10,000
slpfota.org
Funding to hire a part-time executive director to further professionalize the organization at a strategic time in leadership succession.
 
Suburban Ramsey County
 
Hot Summer Jazz Festival                         $10,000
www.twincitiesjazzfestival.com/
Funding to create a resource development plan that will help support a major expansion of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and the continued production of Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival in St. Paul.
 
Lyra Baroque Orchestra                            $9,690
www.lyrabaroque.org
Funding for revitalization of the organization's online presence, including a new website and interactive mobile platforms.
 
Rosetown Playhouse                                  $8,160
www.rosetownplayhouse.org
Funding to hire two contract employees and one consultant to create cloud-based management systems for physical assets and production processes.
 

FY 2014 Capital Grant Awards

On November 26, 2013, MRAC awarded $207,382 to 24 organizations in its FY 2014 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. Funded organizations must be located in the 7-county metropolitan area and have annual expenses less than 400,000.

The following is a list of Capital grantees sorted by county of affiliation that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees' websites. Please note that groups located in Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from suburban Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Carver County
 
Chaska Valley Family Theatre                              $10,000
www.cvft.org
Funding to purchase eight wireless transmitter/receivers as part of an audio accessibility improvement project to increase quality, reliability, and accessibility of CVFT live theater performances.
 
Dakota County
 
Caponi Art Park                               $10,000
www.caponiartpark.org
Funding to install an open-sided shelter that will provide a protected space for tour groups, hands-on art activities, and small scale performances.
 
Rosemount Area Arts Council                            $8,600
www.rosemountarts.com
Funding to purchase a portable sound system and LCD projector in order to offer more robust programming.
 
Minneapolis
 
Bedlam Theatre                               $10,000
bedlamtheatre.org
Funding to purchase mobile lighting infrastructure and instruments to expand the ability to support community projects throughout the Twin Cities metro.
 
Copper Street Brass Quintet                                 $10,000
www.copperstreetbrass.com
Funding to purchase a 15-passenger van to transport musicians and instruments, and tow an equipment trailer.
 
Kulture Klub Collaborative                                  $10,000
www.kultureklub.org
Funding to renovate a community space with professional sound and lighting equipment and flexible seating in order to support creative performance projects by youth experiencing homelessness.
 
Nimbus Theatre                             $10,000
www.nimbustheatre.com
Funding to purchase two video projectors to expand the theater's rental offerings for hosting multi-media work, and meetings.
 
Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association                                   $5,900
www.nemaa.org
Funding for equipment and marketing software to support organizational growth.
 
Open Eye Figure Theatre                           $10,000
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding to improve the theater's sound system, entry signage, and other audience accommodations.
 
Rain Taxi Inc.                                   $9,600
www.raintaxi.com
Funding to replace desktop and laptop computers, and purchase a new lectern and public performance equipment to better serve the Twin Cities Book Festival and ongoing reading series.
 
Rosy Simas Dance Projects                                   $4,000
Funding to purchase a video projector and a hard projector carrying case in order to support ongoing work with dance and film integration, and ensure the highest artistic standard during an upcoming international tour.
 
St. Stephen's Human Services                              $9,551
http://ststephensmpls.org/
Funding to purchase portable and flexible theater sound and lighting equipment for shows that occur in a variety of community spaces.
 
Weavers Guild of Minnesota                                $10,000
www.weaversguildmn.org  
Funding to acquire weaving equipment, spinning equipment, and library reference materials to advance a growing education program.
 
West Bank School of Music                                 $10,000
www.wbsm.org
Funding to improve the appearance, energy efficiency, and weather proofing of the organization's building with new vinyl siding and aluminum window wrapping.
 
St. Paul
 
Minnesota Brass, Inc.                                $10,000
www.mnbrassinc.org
Funding to replace band uniforms that have been used for more than a decade, as the group begins their 69th competitive marching season.
 
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company                              $10,000
www.mnjewishtheatre.org
Funding to purchase new theater seats as part of a five-year strategic plan to improve the theater-going experience.
 
Walker West Music Academy                              $10,000
www.walkerwestmusicacademy.org
Funding to purchase and install acoustical paneling throughout a newly acquired facility to enhance the acoustics for music education and performances.
 
Suburban Hennepin County
 
Continental Ballet Company                                $6,500
www.continentalballet.com
Funding to purchase a portable dance floor, ballet barres, and storage cart for off-site programs and resident company classes at the Bloomington Theatre and Arts Center.
 
Cross Community Players                                    $3,652
crossplayers.org
Funding to purchase wireless microphones and accessories in order to achieve precise vocal and instrumental balance in artistic productions.
 
Inverted Arts                                    $9,980
www.invertedarts.org
Funding to purchase broadcast-quality video equipment in an effort to maximize student participation in multiple artistic disciplines and project-based learning environments.
 
Yellow Tree Theatre                                  $9,707
www.yellowtreetheatre.com
Funding to overhaul the theater's sound system and hire a sound technician to install and train staff on new equipment to achieve higher production values and technical efficiencies.
 
Suburban Ramsey County
 
Lakeshore Players                          $7,792
www.lakeshoreplayers.com
Funding to purchase new lighting equipment and replace a 20-year-old light board.
 
Roseville String Ensemble                                    $2,100
www.rosevillestrings.org
Funding to purchase a case for a digital harpsichord, a portable sound system, and an expanded music portfolio in order to broaden concert offerings to schools, nursing homes, and community partners.

Washington County
 
Masquers Theatre Company                                 $10,000
http://www.masquerstheatre.org
Funding to purchase theatrical lighting equipment that is both adaptable and portable in order to accommodate a variety of performance venues.
 

FY 2014 Arts Activities Support Grant Awards- Round 1

On September 24, 2013, MRAC awarded a total of 669,752 to 68 organizations/projects in the first round of the FY 2014 Arts Activities Support grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a community connection. This round's funded projects include: a video documentary project about the journeys of several families from Somalia to Minnesota, an annual picnic operetta, free drop-in art classes, a multi-disciplinary performance festival of new works, and a concert series for senior citizens, as well as dance showcases, cultural festivals, theater performances, youth arts experiences, concerts and more.

The following is a complete list of grantees sorted that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees' websites.

Anoka County

Musikgarten of Anoka                                $10,000
musikgarten.org/anoka
Funding for the winter, spring and summer sessions of classes in music and movement for children and families in Anoka County. The sessions include a new inter-generational music class at The Farmstead, an African music class, and a class for youth with special needs.
 
Dakota County
 
Caponi Art Park                               $10,000
www.caponiartpark.org
Funding for the 2014 Summer Performance Series featuring Theatre Pro Rata, Minnesota Sinfonia, Jawaahir Dance Company, the Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra and Chorus, Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum and Zeitgeist. The free performance series will be held at Caponi Art Park from June through August 2014.
 
Chameleon Theatre Circle                                    $10,000
chameleontheatre.org
Funding to mount a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in the style of kabuki theater in collaboration with Green T Productions. Performances will take place at at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center in June 2014.
 
Dakota Center for the Arts dba Eagan Art Festival                              $10,000
www.eaganartfestival.org
Funding for the 20th annual Eagan Art Festival, a free two-day outdoor festival featuring a broad range of entertainment and arts activities for all ages. The festival will take place at the Eagan Community Center in June 2014.
 
Minneapolis
 
20% Theatre Company                              $10,000
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding for The Naked I: Three, a company- and community-created production that will feature over 50 local LGBTQ artists and allies. Performances will take place at Intermedia Arts in February 2014.
 
AdopSource                          $6,000
www.adopsource.org
Funding for the Minnesota Transracial Film Festival 2013, featuring four short films, one feature length film, and a panel discussion showcasing adoptee films and filmmakers. The festival will take place at the Parkway Theater in November 2013.
 
Ananya Dance Theatre                               $10,000
www.ananyadancetheatre.org
Funding to create and produce Neel: Blutopia of Interrupted Dreams, an evening-length work reflecting stories of women's lives cut short by random acts of violence. Performances will take place at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in September 2014.
 
Ascension Place, Inc.                                  $8,000
www.ascensionplace.org
Funding for the Discovering Art and Community Program, providing quality arts experiences to more than 50 women working through mental health or chemical health crises. The program includes five artist-in-residence workshops led by local artists, as well as weekly art activities that will culminate in an annual art show in August 2014.
 
Breanna's Gift                                  $10,000
www.breannasgift.org
Funding for the 2013-2014 arts program that introduces children with cancer and other serious illnesses to the magical world of the arts at four Twin Cities health related facilities.
 
Cleveland Neighborhood Association                            $10,000
clevelandneighborhood.org
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 2014.
 
Global Site Performance                           $7,880
GlobalSitePerformance.org
Funding to produce the 18th annual Solstice River event, a site-specific performance honoring the Mississippi River on the longest day of the year. The performance will take place in June 2014 at the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.
 
Khadra Project                                $10,000
khadraproject.org
Funding for a series of art workshops using community-based arts curriculum and human rights and Art of Hosting methodologies to support the reintegration of young girls and women in East African and Somali communities who have been sexually-abused and trafficked. Activities will be take place between October and December 2013.
 
Les Jolies Petites School of Dance                                   $10,000
Funding for the 2013 Winter Showcase, a performance of completed work developed between October and December 2013 by Les Jolies students. A final public performance will be held at Cooper High School in December 2013.
 
Mad Munchkin Productions                                 $10,000
www.madmunchkinproductions.com
Funding to create and present Tracing Fault Lines, a collaboratively-created work incorporating puppetry, movement and music that explores the physical and social impact of natural and man-made disasters. Performances will take place at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre's Avalon Theater in May 2014.
 
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association                                 $10,000
www.mplspops.org
Funding to perform six free concerts for seniors during July 2014. 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. Additional concerts will be held in Elliot Park, across the street from the Augustana Home for Seniors, and Cerenity Senior Care-Humboldt in St. Paul.
 
Minneapolis Thanksgiving Celebration Pow-Wow                             $10,000
Funding for the 2013 Thanksgiving Celebration Pow-Wow, a three-day community event dedicated to preserving and celebrating Dakota, Ojibwe, and Ho-Chunk traditional dance and drumming. The event will be held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center during the 2013 Thanksgiving weekend.
 
Minnesota Guitar Society                          $10,000
www.mnguitar.org
Funding to support concerts, workshops and master classes by regional and international guitarists. The program includes eight concerts at Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University as part of its main series, with an additional five outreach concerts presented with partner organizations in communities in the metro area.
 
Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra                               $10,000
www.mnphil.org
Funding to conduct a free children and families concert featuring the works of four composers. The concert will take place in November 2013.
 
Mixed Precipitation                                    $10,000
www.mixedprecipitation.org
Funding to present the 6th annual picnic operetta, a harvest season tradition combining classical music, horticulture, food, and storytelling in metro area community gardens and urban farms. Performances will take place in August and September 2014.
 
Morgan Thorson & Company                               $10,000
Funding to create The Other Thing, a full-evening ensemble dance that explores the human need to connect to others and the artistic desire to connect with audiences using one-on-one conversations and solo dances as direct, personal communication. Performances will take place in Bedlam Theater's new St. Paul venue in April 2014.
 
Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association                                   $10,000
www.nemaa.org
Funding for the 19th annual Art-A-Whirl, an open studio and gallery tour held in various locations in Northeast Minneapolis, which provides the public with an opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with artists, attend demonstrations and workshops, and purchase original artwork. Art-A-Whirl will take place in May 2014.
 
Off-Leash Area                                 $10,000
www.offleasharea.org
Funding for the remount of Maggie's Brain, an original dance and theater production that addresses the stigma of mental illness, presented in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Performances will take place at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in January 2014.
 
Open Eye Figure Theatre                           $10,000
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding to present the 12th annual Driveway Tour: Theatre in Your Neighborhood, offering original puppet theater to more than 100 communities in the Twin Cities area during summer 2014.
 
Plymouth Christian Youth Center                                    $10,000
www.pcyc-mpls.org
Funding for the 2014 Camp Capri, a five-week summer arts camp for North Minneapolis youth ages 10 to 15 years, with leadership from Greta Oglesby, T. Mychael Rambo, and Dennis Spears. Activities will take place at the Capri Theater in July and August 2014.
 
Public Domain Productions                                 $10,000
Funding to produce a biographical puppetry performance about the legendary seed mosaicist, Owatonna-artist Lillian Colton, who revolutionized "crop art" during 40 years at the Minnesota State Fair. Three performances will be staged daily in the Agriculture-Horticulture Building during the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.
 
Red Eye Collaboration                               $10,000
www.redeyetheater.org
Funding for NEW WORKS 4 WEEKS 2014, 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 winter 2013.
 
Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum                            $10,000
www.somalimuseum.com
Funding for a series of exhibitions of traditional Somali artworks in six locations, targeting segments of the Somali community that lack access to studying traditional Somali arts and culture. The exhibitions will be held between November 2013 and March 2014.
 
St. Stephen's Human Services                               $10,000
http://ststephensmpls.org/
Funding to bring the stories of homelessness to life through its premiere production, There's No Place Like Home. Performances will take place at St. Stephen's Human Services and other locations beginning in November 2013.
 
Theatre Unbound                            $10,000
www.theatreunbound.com
Funding to produce SILKWORMS, a world premiere play devised by 2012 Ivey Award Emerging Artist Isabel Nelson, inspired by stories of rebellions in the convents of 17th century Italy. Performances will take place at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis in April and May 2014.
 
Twin Cities Carifest                                    $10,000
www.carifest.org
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 2014.
 
Twin Cities Jazz Workshop                                  $10,000
www.tcjazzworkshop.com
Funding for the Twin Cities Jazz Workshop, a summer experience offering professional Jazz music instruction to local students with a culminating local performance opportunity at the Dakota Jazz Club. The project will begin in summer 2014.
 
Workhaus Collective                                  $10,000
www.workhauscollective.org
Funding to produce and present award-winning and member playwright, Jeannine Coulombe's new play, Homegrown. Performances will take place at the Waring Jones Theater at the Playwrights' Center in April and May 2014.
 
Scott County
 
South Metro Chorale                                  $10,000
www.southmetrochorale.org
Funding for a two concert music series titled Haydn: The Creation, to be performed at Glendale United Methodist Church in Savage and St. Richard's Catholic Church in Richfield in May 2014.
 
St. Paul
 
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation                           $10,000
www.wilder.org
Funding for the FY14 Wilder Adult Day Health Band and Choir season, which provides music programming and performance opportunities for older adults, including those with Alzheimer's and physical disabilities. Activities will take place between October 2013 and September 2014.
 
Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac                             $10,000
www.saintpaulalmanac.org
Funding for the 2015 Saint Paul Almanac, an annual publishing of amateur and professional literary artists. The 2015 Saint Paul Almanac will be released in September 2014.
 
ArtStart                                 $10,000
www.artstart.org
Funding for the 2013-2014 ScrapMobile program, including the expansion to organizations who serve adults with developmental disabilities including Lifeworks Services Inc., Highland Friendship Club, and Legacy Endeavors. Activities will take place between October 2013 and May 2014.
 
Bach Society of Minnesota                                    $10,000
www.bachsocietymn.org
Funding for three concerts in their 2013-2014 season, featuring Baroque, Jazz, solo harpsichord and rarely heard choral works. Performances will take place at various metro area venues between December 2013 and March 2014.
 
Center for Irish Music                               $10,000
www.centerforirishmusic.org
Funding for the 2014 Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, an Irish music festival that pairs internationally-renowned traditional Irish musicians with students of all ages for a weekend of Irish music instruction and live performances. The event will take place at the Celtic Junction in St. Paul in June 2014.
 
East Side Arts Council                                $10,000
www.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding for Artmobile, a mobile art project offering seven weeks of free drop-in art classes. Artmobile will be held at public spaces around the east side of St. Paul in the summer of 2014.
 
Ensemble 61                                    $10,000
www.Ensemble61.com
Funding for The French Connection, a music concert featuring work by late-20th century French composers, paired with work by early-21st century American composers who they inspired, including a world premiere by Ensemble 61 Co-Founder Kirsten Broberg. The concert will take place at Aria in downtown Minneapolis in February 2014.
 
Hot Summer Jazz Festival                         $10,000
www.hotsummerjazz.com
Funding for the Hot Summer Jazz Festival, a three-day Jazz festival featuring local and world-renowned Jazz artists. The festival will take place at 27 venues in downtown St. Paul including the newly opened Union Depot in June 2014.
 
Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health                         $10,000
www.macmh.org/fidgety-fairy-tales
Funding for Return of Fidgety Fairy Tales: The Sixth Mental Health Musical, a 40-minute performance using familiar fairy tales to illustrate symptoms of children's common mental health disorders. Ten performances will take place in the metro area in April 2014.
 
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company                              $10,000
www.mnjewishtheatre.org
Funding for the regional premiere of The History of Invulnerability by David Bar Katz. Performances will take place at the Hillcrest Recreation Center in St. Paul in April and May 2014.
 
Minnesota Music Coalition                                   $9,340
http://www.mnmusiccoalition.org
Funding for the third annual MN Music Summit, a free festival that includes workshops, mentoring sessions, networking opportunities and concerts showcasing the state's best artists along with young bands from the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. Activities will take place at McNally Smith College of Music, Amsterdam Bar & Hall and Summit Brewing in April 2014.
 
Nautilus Music-Theater                             $10,000
www.nautilusmusictheater.org
Funding for five monthly ROUGH CUTS presentations of works-in-progress, dialogues between artists and audience members, and explorations of the creative process including one special performance as a part of the St. Paul Art Crawl.
 
One Voice Mixed Chorus                           $10,000
www.onevoicemn.org
Funding for Winter Lights, Pathways Home, a non-traditional holiday concert
exploring images of "light" and "home" from diverse cultural traditions. The concert will take place at First Universalist Church in Minneapolis in December 2013.
 
Pan Asian Arts Alliance                             $10,000
www.panasianartsalliance.org
Funding for the Pan Asian Arts Series including Bamboo on University, a mixture of Pan Asian performing arts activities along the University Transit site, and Festival/Asian Style, an arts and dance showcase at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. Activities will take place between October 2013 and June 2014.
 
Rhythmically Speaking                              $10,000
www.rhythmicallyspeakingdance.org
Funding for the sixth annual showcase featuring dances created by five to nine emerging and established Twin Cities Jazz and rhythm-driven choreographers. The showcase will be held at a venue to-be-determined in August 2014.
 
Saint Paul Civic Symphony                                    $10,000
www.saintpaulcivicsymphony.org
Funding for Mexico and Beyond through Music, Stories and Dance, featuring a free orchestral performance of "Peter and the Wolf" narrated in Spanish with dance performances by Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli and Los Alegres Bailadores. The performance will be held at Paul and Sheila Wellstone Elementary in February 2014.
 
Selby Ave JazzFest                           $10,000
www.selbyavejazzfest.com
Funding for the 13th annual Selby Avenue Jazz Festival featuring local and national Jazz artists with a wide array of musical styles. The festival will take place at the intersection of Selby and Milton Avenues in St. Paul in September 2014.
 
Skylark Opera                                  $10,000
www.skylarkopera.org
Funding for their seventh annual Summer Opera Festival featuring four performances each of Candide and Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill. The festival will take place at E. M. Pearson Theatre at Concordia University in June 2014.
 
Sounds of Hope, Ltd.                                  $10,000
www.soundsofhope.org
Funding for Songs of Hope 2014, an international concert project featuring 45 children and young adults ages 9 to 16 from the Twin Cities and countries worldwide. Concerts will be held in the metro area between June and August 2014.
 
Twin Cities Women's Choir                                 $10,000
http://www.twincitieswomenschoir.org
Funding for Love is..., a choral concert in collaboration with Monroe Crossing at First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights in February 2014.
 
Young Artists Initiative                              $10,000
http://youngartistsmn.org/
Funding for the 2013 Winter Theater Experience, a six-week audition-based theater program for youth that will culminate in eight public performances of Oliver! Performances will take place at the Wellstone Center on St. Paul's west side in March 2014.
 
Suburban Hennepin County
 
Blossoms of the Orient Dance Theater                          $10,000
Funding for nine months of dance classes with Ya-jin Zhang that will culminate in a dance recital in June 2014.
 
Eclectic Edge Ensemble                             $10,000
www.eclecticedgeensemble.com
Funding to present four performances of On The Cusp Of A Dream, a musically-inspired theatrical dance piece. Performances will take place at The Southern Theater in February 2014.
 
Harmony Theatre Company and School                                    $10,000
www.harmonytheatre.org
Funding for The Children's Republic, an original play based on the life and work of Doctor Korczak and his orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto. Performances will take place at the St. Paul Jewish Community Center and Nasha Shkola in Minnetonka in April 2014.
 
Inverted Arts                                    $8,532
www.invertedarts.org
Funding for From Mogadishu to Mary's Place, a video documentary project about the journeys of several families from Somalia to Minneapolis. The documentary process will involve Somali youth (ages 15 to 18) from the men's group at Mary's Place and culminate with a showing at Mary's Place in January 2014.
 
Iny Asian Dance Theater                            $10,000
www.inyasiandancetheater.org
Funding for Dance Around Us, a series of Hmong dance performances and workshops. Activities will take place between October 2013 and June 2014.
 
Public Theater of Minnesota                                $10,000
www.theptmn.org
Funding for nine free performances of Shakespeare's Macbeth as part of St. Louis Park's Live in the Park performance and concert series. Performances will take place at the Veterans Amphitheater in St. Louis Park in July 2014.
 
Theatre Or at the Sabes JCC                                   $10,000
Funding for the fifth annual Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival at the Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park in January 2014.
 
Twin Cities Jewish Chorale                                  $10,000
twincitiesjewishchorale.org
Funding for their 2013-2014 season, featuring three outreach events and two major concerts, including the Minnesota premiere of "Die Naye Hagode," performed with the St. Paul Jewish Community Center Symphony. Concerts will take place between February and June 2014.
 
Suburban Ramsey County
 
Lakeshore Players                          $10,000
www.lakeshoreplayers.com
Funding for the 10th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival of new works. Performances will take place at Century College in White Bear Lake in June 2014.
 
Minhua Chorus                                $10,000
www.minhuachorus.org
Funding to produce Charm of the Silk Road, a concert presenting original Chinese ethnic music and dances that highlight the cultural and historical significance of the Silk Road. The concert will take place at Benson Great Hall at Bethel University in April 2014.
 
Ramsey County Leaders Council                         $10,000
Funding for Emma's Place Urban 4-H Youth Lead Performing Arts Club, a bimonthly arts experience for 30 youth from Emma's Place housing. Activities will include performing arts workshops and field trips occurring between October 2013 and September 2014.
 
White Bear Center for the Arts                            $10,000
www.whitebeararts.org
Funding for Imagine Arts, an eight week multidisciplinary arts program for youth ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. Classes will take place at the White Bear Center for the Arts between June and August 2014.
 
Washington County
 
Merrill Community Arts Center                          $10,000
www.merrillartscenter.org
Funding for a Youth Performance Series that will produce three live theater opportunities for under-served youth in preschool through high school in the southeast metro. Activities will take place between December 2013 and July 2014 in Woodbury.
 
Square Lake Film & Music Festival                                 $10,000
www.squarelakefestival.com
Funding for the 12th annual 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 2014.

FY 2013 Management Training Fund

In FY 2013, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Awarded $10,727 in grants to 30 Arts Organizations in the Management Training Fund program. The Management Training Fund program offers grants of up to $600 annually to provide training funds for the staff and volunteers of nonprofit arts groups to attend management workshops, seminars, or conferences. The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county of location.

Anoka County

Land of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota                $169
http://www2.lolcb.org
Funding to attend the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' Technology & Communications Conference.

Minnetonka Clippers Chapter                $255
Funding for three to attend the Land O’ Lakes Leadership Academy.

Dakota County

Caponi Art Park                $525
http://www.caponiartpark.org
Funding for three to attend the Ultimate Insider’s Lessons for Winning Foundation Grants training presented by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

IZUN/MIZAN: A Film and Dialogue Series                $175
Funding to attend the University of St. Thomas’ marketing and public relations training.

Velvet Tones                $278
http://www.velvettones.org
Funding for two to attend WordPress workshops.

Hennepin County

Bedlam Theatre                $480
http://www.bedlamtheatre.org
Funding for two to attend the Forum on Leadership and Diversity training and one to attend the Theatre Communications Group National Conference.

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center                $550
http://www.cafac.org
Funding for two to attend the Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America National Conference.

EDIT                $195
http://edittheworld.org
Funding to attend Minnesota Foundations 2013 workshop presented by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits’ Board Chair workshop.

Kairos Alive!                $447
http://www.kairosdance.org
Funding for three to attend Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' Technology & Communications Conference.

Mad Munchkin Productions                $600
http://www.madmunchkinproductions.com
Funding to attend the University of St. Thomas’ Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations.

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association                $225
http://www.nemaa.org
Funding for five to attend Board Boot Camp presented by MAP for Nonprofits.

Rainbow Rumpus                $447
http://www.rainbowrumpus.org
Funding to attend the MAP for Nonprofits’ Leadership Circle and the training seminar, How to Find the Donors of your Dreams.

Sandbox Theatre                $435
http://www.sandboxtheatreonline.com
Funding for two to attend the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ MicroFest USA.

She Rock She Rock                $600
http://www.girlsrocknrollretreat.com/fr_index.cfm
Funding for two to attend the Girls Rock Camp Alliance Conference.

St. Stephen’s Human Services                $600
http://www.ststephensmpls.org/zamya.htm
Funding for two to attend Network of Ensemble Theaters’ MicroFest USA.

Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater                $600
http://www.stuartpimsler.com
Funding to attend Culture, Health and Well-being International Conference.

The West Bank Business Association                $200
http://thewestbank.org
Funding to attend the Neighborhoods, USA Conference.

Theatre Novi Most                $600
http://theatrenovimost.org
Funding to attend the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.

Walking Shadow Theatre Company                $125
http://www.walkingshadowcompany.org
Funding to attend Who’s in Charge? A Minnesota Theater Forum on Leadership and Diversity.

Ramsey County

Arab-American Cultural Institute                $278
Funding to attend the Science Museum of Minnesota’s WordPress training.

Center for Hmong Arts and Talent                $85
http://www.aboutchat.org
Funding to attend the Grantwriting Clinic for Beginners presented by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

East Side Arts Council                $45
http://www.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding to attend the Websites that Stick workshop presented by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Nautilus Music-Theater                $600
http://www.nautilusmusictheater.org
Funding to attend Opera Conference 2013 and the Theatre Communications Group National Conference.

North Star Chorus                $595
http://www.northstarchorus.org
Funding for seven to attend the Land O’ Lakes Leadership Academy.

Rhythmically Speaking                $90
http://rhythmicallyspeakingdance.org
Funding to attend the World Dance Alliance-Americas Conference.

Suburban Hennepin County

Apollo Male Chorus                $585
http://www.apollomalechorus.com
Funding to attend the Chorus America Conference workshop, Patron Based Marketing in the Digital Age.

Great Northern Union Chorus                $170
http://www.gnusings.com
Funding for two to attend the Land O’ Lakes Leadership Academy.

St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts                $175
http://www.slpfriendsofthearts.org
Funding to attend the Ultimate Insider’s Lessons for Winning Foundation Grants presented by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Suburban Ramsey County

Lakeshore Players, Inc.                $449
http://www.lakeshoreplayers.com
Funding for one to attend the  Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Minnesota Council on Foundations combined conference and for two to attend Who’s in Charge? A Minnesota Theater Forum on Leadership Diversity.

White Bear Center for the Arts             $149
http://www.whitebeararts.org
Funding to attend MN Council of Nonprofits’ Nonprofit Finance and Stability training.

 

FY 2013 Management Consulting Fund

In FY 2013, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Awarded $30,890 to 21 arts organizations in the Management Consulting Fund program. The Management Consulting Fund program offers grants of up to $1,500 to provide consultants for small projects to strengthen the management or administration of the group. The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county of location. 
 
Anoka County
 
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts                $1,440
Funding to hire a consultant to conduct a survey of organizational needs in relation to their website and database systems.
 
Dakota County
 
Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council                 $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to help articulate the organizational mission in a retreat setting.
 
Hennepin County
 
African Families Development Network                $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to help develop comprehensive strategic and resource development plans for AFDN’s Arts and Culture Program.
 
Bedlam Theatre                $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to help further Bedlam’s administrative capacity by recommending and implementing best practices for financial, grant, and reporting systems.
 
Dance MN                $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to lead the group through a strategic planning and pre-planning process during a one-day board retreat.
 
HUGE Theater                $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to fill a significant gap in publicity. 
 
Jawaahir Dance Company                $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to strategically align Jawahir’s accounting processes to updated QuickBooks software.
 
Kairos Dance Theatre                $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to help create an individual donor plan.
 
Mizna                $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to help navigate a significant leadership transition.
 
Soo Visual Arts Center                 $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to begin research for a refreshed membership strategy.
 
The Art of Dance Studio                $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to help define business and governance models, and provide extended leadership support. 
 
Theatre Novi Most                $1,500
Funding to hire MAP for Nonprofits to consult on 501(c)(3) filing, board development and governance structures.
 
Young Dance, Inc.                 $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to work with a staff and board committee to create a donor development plan.
 
Ramsey County
 
Hmong Cultural Center, Inc.                $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to help improve program design, outreach, and evaluation.
 
Suburban Hennepin County
 
Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs                $950
Funding to hire MAP for Nonprofits to assess the organization’s current accounting and financial practices and recommend enhancements.
 
Harmony Theatre Company and School                $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to help find and approach corporate funders for general operation support.
 
Saint Paul Vocal Forum               $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to conduct an organizational audit, lead a one-day retreat and formulate a working plan for 2013 and beyond.
 
The Park Theater Company                $1,500
Funding to hire an IT consultant to instruct the project team on organizing the database, formatting the website, and producing a website hosting manual for board and volunteer use.
 
Suburban Ramsey County
 
Ashland Productions                $1,500
Funding to hire MAP consultant, Judy Sharken Simon to help update mission and framework for a 5 year strategic plan, involving board and staff.
 
Lakeshore Players, Inc.                $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to facilitate the board’s next steps after a recently completed capital campaign feasibility study.
 
Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center, Inc.                $1,500
Funding to hire a consultant to help add functionality to the TCCDC website.

FY 2013 Next Step Fund

On June 25, 2013, MRAC awarded a total of 180,225 to 38 individual artists in the FY 2013 Next Step Fund grant program. The Next Step Fund program, funded by The McKnight Foundation, is designed to help artists in the 7-county metropolitan region complete a project that will help them rise to the next level in their careers regardless of whether they are emerging artists or artists well established in their disciplines.

There were 376 artists who applied for the 38 grants given. Fifty-five finalists were asked to submit work samples as background information and support for their Next Step project. Artists could work in any discipline but must have a community connection and demonstrated achievement in their artistic field. The following is an alphabetical list of Next Step Fund grant recipients with short project descriptions.

 
Lesley Arimah                                             $4,000                   
Literature - fiction
Funding to attend an intensive writing workshop for emerging writers conducted by the short story publication One Story.
 
Philip Blackburn                                         $5,000                  
Multidisciplinary
Funding for the time to collaborate with specialized experts as well as a significant period of model building, prototyping, durability and safety testing for a large scale public art project entitled: The Pendulum Beacon.
 
Melissa Borman                                          $5,000               
Visual Arts - general                                    
Funding to purchase a wide format inkjet printer, paper and additional ink.
 
Bart Buch                                                      $5,000                    
Theater - puppetry
Funding to adapt and revise the artist's puppet performance "Mortal City" into a small self-contained touring show.
 
Craig Carnahan                                            $5,000                    
Opera/Musical Theater
Funding for the costs of engaging a professional team of artists to rehearse and perform a reading session of the artist's new work "Ghost Camp"and to produce an audio recording for study purposes.
 
Ellie Fregni                                                   $4,100
Music - ethnic/folk-inspired
Funding to record and produce an educational children's CD and booklet.
 
Dylan Fresco                                                $5,000
Theater - general
Funding to develop a strategic communications plan and create marketing materials.
 
Elizabeth di Grazia                                     $5,000 
Literature - nonfiction
Funding to participate in a one-week writing retreat with Mary Caroll Moore, take a twelve-week online class, and take time to finish the artist's book and seek publication.
 
Ash Hane                                                       $5,000   
Visual Arts - graphics
Funding to purchase professional photography equipment.
 
John Heimbuch                                            $5,000
Theater - general
Funding for the artist's first self-produced independent short film titled: IF NOT WHEN.
 
Greg Herriges                                              $4,500
Music - ethnic/folk-inspired
Funding to purchase soundtrack recording equipment.
 
Keith Holmes                                               $5,000
Photography
Funding to purchase a Nikon D800 camera and a Macbook Pro in order to digitize 30 years of silver photography.
 
Laura Holway                                              $5,000 
Multidisciplinary
Funding for the creation of a tour-able collection of dance vignettes to connect work with new audiences.
 
Asa Hoyt                                                        $5,000
Crafts - metal
Funding to create an outdoor, propane-fired blacksmithing forge and purchase a variety of blacksmithing tools required to manipulate metal while hot.
 
Sabine Ibes                                                   $5,000
Dance - ethnic/jazz/folk-inspired
Funding for the artist to travel to Argentina to study Argentine Tango Dancing.
 
Julie Johnson                                                $4,900
Music - new/experimental/electronic
Funding to purchase a Trevor James bass flute and a Rhythm and Bass Stompbox.
 
Joseph Jones                                                 $5,000
Music - orchestral
Funding to help purchase a baroque bassoon.
 
Gail Katz-James                                           $5,000
Visual Arts - sculpture
Funding to purchase a MIG welder, mentor with artist Heather Doyle, and purchase the necessary materials to create eight to ten new mixed- media sculptures.
 
Barbara Kingsley                                        $5,000
Literature - playwriting/scriptwriting
Funding to mount a tour-friendly production of the playwright's work, Emily Dickinson: I Am Proof of Me!
 
Colin Kloecker                                             $5,000
Media Arts - video
Funding to purchase film equipment for the production of the first video in a documentary series titled, Public Works.
 
Brian Laidlaw                                              $5,000
Music - popular
Funding to purchase home audio recording equipment in order to record the artist's next work, "Amoratorium" song suite.
 
Caly McMorrow                                           $5,000
Media Arts - technology/experimental
Funding to update equipment and get training to support the creation of interactive installation work.
 
Tami Morse                                                  $5,000 
Music - chamber
Funding for an internship with world-class harpsichord builder Ton Amir.
 
Blake Nellis                                                  $2,400
Multidisciplinary
Funding to purchase professional camera equipment.
 
Pat O'Keefe                                                    $5,000
Music - new/experimental/electronic
Funding for the creation and release through Innova Recordings of the artists first CD as a solo artist.
 
Leslie O'Neill                                                $1,625
Dance - modern
Funding to attend a week-long professional development workshop taught by movement analyst and choreographer Claire Porter.
 
Jehra Patrick                                                $5,000
Visual Arts - painting
Funding to research, produce and exhibit a new body of the artist's work.
 
Ashwini Ramaswamy                                $5,000
Dance - general
Funding for the artist's first international invitation for a solo performance.
 
Patrick Scully                                               $5,000
Multidisciplinary
Funding to create a solo performance about Walt Whitman.
 
Iris Shiraishi                                                $5,000
Music - ethnic/folk-inspired
Funding to study with Master Artist Kyosuke Suzuki in Japan.
 
Deborah Jiang Stein                                    $5,000
Literature - nonfiction
Funding for the research, editing and marketing necessary to complete the memoir, PRISON BABY.
 
Maria Tavera                                                $5,000
Visual Arts - general
Funding for a printmaking course, a year of studio access at Highpoint Center for printmaking, and the supplies needed to produce a large body of new work culminating in the artists first solo exhibition.
 
Mong Vang                                                    $5,000
Media Arts - video
Funding to purchase the artist's first camcorder, a Panasonic AG-AF100.
 
Jeremy Walker                                              $5,000
Music - jazz
Funding for a professional recording at Wild Sounds Studio of the artist's original songs performed by the band, Boot Camp.
 
Krista Walsh                                               $4,500
Visual Arts - general
Funding to purchase and install a heat and air conditioner unit for the artist's studio.
 
Caitlin Warner                                             $5,000
Visual Arts - general
Funding to purchase bookbinding equipment.
 
James Williams                                           $4,200
Visual Arts - sculpture
Funding to purchase a plasma cutter and AC/DC TIG welder.
 
Paul Winger                                                 $5,000
Photography
Funding for a personalized workshop with photographer and mentor Doug Beasley and the camera equipment recommended by the instructor.

FY 2013 Arts Activities Support Grant Awards- Round 2

On June 25, 2013, MRAC awarded a total of 654,702 to 69 organizations/projects in the second round of the FY 2013 Arts Activities Support grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a community connection. The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees' websites
Carver County
 
Chaske Cikala Wacipi (Little Dance in Chaska)                                    $6,600
Funding for The Little Dance in Chaska, a two-day community pow-wow engaging 25 drummers, 175 dancers and over 500 community members at McKnight Park in Chaska in August 2013.
 
Dakota County
 
Allegro Choral Academy                           $9,100
Funding for the 2013 Allegro Choral Academy Bel Canto and Prima Voce programs of vocal music instruction to students in grades 4 to 8 along with two performance opportunities. The activities will take place between September 2013 and May 2014.
 
Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council                              $2,000
hpaac.org
Funding for a free, open-air community band concert featuring performances by the Hastings and Rosemount Community Bands. The concert will take place at Spring Lake Park Reserve in August 2013.
 
NewBridge Theatre Company                              $10,000
Funding for 20 performances of A Christmas Carol at the NewBridge Theatre in Hastings in November and December 2013.
 
Hennepin County
 
Art Shanty Projects                         $10,000
Funding to curate and present the 2014 Art Shanty Projects: On Ice Biennial, a free four-week interactive exhibit of performance and visual art on frozen White Bear Lake. The exhibit will be on display January and February 2014.
 
Barebones Productions                             $10,000
Funding to stage the 20th Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a free outdoor pageant and performance that will take place at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul in October 2013.
 
Beyond Ballroom Dance Company                                  $10,000
Funding to create and present a new concert dance work highlighting the history and evolution of the Waltz. Performances will take place at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in February 2014.
 
Black Storytellers Alliance                                   $8,900
Funding for Signifyin' and Testifyin', a three-day, family-friendly festival featuring master storytellers from across the county. The festival will take place at metro area locations in September 2013.
 
BodyCartography Project                          $10,000
Funding for The Empaths, an evening-length performance work that will prioritize the one-on-one performer audience experience. The work will take place in spring 2014.
 
Copper Street Brass Quintet                                 $10,000
Funding to support four unique concert programs in the quintet's inaugural Twin Cities Concert Series. Performances will take place at metro area venues between September 2013 and May 2014.
 
Creatives for Causes dba Art Buddies                              $10,000
Funding for the Art Buddies program pairing 40 creative mentors one-on-one with 40 low-income students ages 8 to 11 in the Community Education After-School program at Bancroft Elementary School in Minneapolis during the 2013 - 2014 school year.
 
Flying Foot Forum                          $10,000
Funding to produce and present Alice, a multidisciplinary take on Lewis Carroll's classic featuring dancing, acting, music and puppetry. Performances will take place at the Lehr Theater in September and October 2014.
 
Frank Theatre                                  $10,000
Funding to produce and stage Brecht's classic, The Threepenny Opera. Performances will take place at the Southern Theater in April 2014.
 
Indian Music Society of Minnesota                                  $10,000
Funding to present the Fall Concert Series 2013, a series of four chamber concerts featuring internationally renowned artists from India and one community festival of Indian classical music. The concerts will be held between September and October 2013. The festival featuring local artists will take place in November 2013.
 
Japan America Society of Minnesota                               $3,700
Funding to present bon odori, a traditional Japanese folk dance to be performed during Como Park's Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival in August 2013.
 
Jawaahir Dance Company                          $10,000
Funding to present Flower of Algeria, a concert featuring dance and live music inspired by Arabic singer Warda Al-Jazairia, as well as workshops and educational activities designed to celebrate her musical legacy. Performances will take place at the Ritz Theater in November 2013.
 
Jazz at Studio Z                                $10,000
Funding for Jazz at Studio Z, a series of jazz workshops, student performances, and professional concerts featuring local musicians. Workshops and performances will take place monthly at Studio Z in downtown St. Paul between September 2013 and May 2014.
 
Kenwood Symphony Orchestra                           $10,000
kenwoodsymphonyorchestra.org
Funding for four distinct symphony programs designed to bring concerts of classical music to a diverse audience. Performances will take place at metro area assisted-living facilities, care centers, and churches.
 
Kulture Klub Collaborative                                   $10,000
Funding for two Artist-in-Residence programs with and for youth experiencing homelessness. The programs will culminate in a book celebrating the organization's 20th anniversary and a public artwork created under the direction of participating youth.
 
Lyndale Neighborhood Association                                $10,000
Funding for the Hosmer World Music Program, a partnership between Lyndale Neighborhood Association, the Hosmer Library and KFAI Radio to present culturally diverse music performances. Performances will take place at the Hosmer Library and Painter Park in Minneapolis between July 2013 and June 2014.
 
Metropolitan Symphony Orchestral Association                                 $10,000
Funding for six concerts as part of its 2013 - 2014 season, featuring a range of classical music from Romantic to Contemporary. The free, family-friendly performances will take place at metro area locations beginning in October 2013.
 
Minneapolis Television Network                                    $10,000
mtn.org
Funding for two after-school teen councils to learn about the art of film and produce short films under the leadership of professional filmmakers. The councils will meet during fall 2013 with a public presentation of work in December.
 
Mizna                         $10,000
Funding for the publication of the literary journal, Mizna: Prose, Poetry, and Art Exploring Arab America. The journal will explore the theme of "Eating the Other: the Politics of Food," and will include an online version and a public reading held in December 2013.
 
New Arab American Theatre Works                              $10,000
Funding for the first Arab-American theater festival, featuring three new works by local Arab-American theater artists. Performances will take place in February 2014 at Mixed Blood Theater.
 
Nimbus Theatre                              $7,750
Funding to produce the world premiere of Lee Blessing's Perilous Night. Performances will take place at Nimbus Theatre in Minneapolis in September 2013.
 
Rain Taxi, Inc.                                  $10,000
Funding for the 13th annual Twin Cities Book Festival, a free one-day public literary event featuring readings, panel discussions, book signings, writing workshops, book art demonstrations, storytelling, and other activities for all ages. The festival will take place in the Historic Progress Center at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in October 2013.
 
Rosy Simas Dance Projects                                   $9,200
Funding to create a new Native contemporary dance project titled "We Wait in the Darkness," featuring a series of workshops, performances, a panel discussion and audience talk-back sessions. Performances will take place at Red Eye Theater in November 2013.
 
Sandbox Theatre                             $10,000
Funding for a new, collaboratively-created play titled, This Is a World to Live In, based on the world of Pop Art. Performances will take place in fall 2013.
 
Soo Visual Arts Center                               $10,000
Funding for the 10th annual Untitled exhibition series, featuring guest curators and a selection of local artists. The exhibition will be held at the Soo Visual Arts Center between November 2013 and January 2014.
 
Southside Family Nurturing Center                                $10,000
Funding for Arts in Action, a free community-based arts program offered to center families in partnership with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. The project will include classroom activities, workshops and performances beginning in September 2013.
 
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church                          $10,000
stpaulschurchmpls.org
Funding to develop a Community Avenue of the Arts in the Phillips neighborhood by leading youth and adults through the creation of murals and other public art works.
 
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater                                  $10,000
Funding for the company's 35th Anniversary Performance, featuring the revival of four works created by artistic co-directors Stuart Pimsler and Suzanne Costello.  The anniversary will include workshops at the Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs and Hennepin County Medical Center, with performances taking place at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in February 2014.
 
SuperGroup                          $10,000
supergroupshow.biz
Funding to produce and present it's [all] highly personal, a new interdisciplinary performance work born out of the collaboration with award-winning playwright Rachel Jendrzejewski. Performances will take place in spring 2014.
 
Theatre Pro Rata                             $10,000
Funding to produce and stage Good Woman of Setzuan, by Bertolt Brecht, and Elephant's Graveyard, by Eric Bentley. Performances will take place at Intermedia Arts and Nimbus Theatre respectively.
 
Two Chairs Telling                         $5,500
Funding for Two Chairs Telling, a series of ten performances pairing local and national narrative, spoken word and storyteller artists. The series will be held at the Bryant Lake Bowl between September 2013 and June 2014.
 
Upstream Arts, Inc.                                    $10,000
Funding for The Art of Working, an interactive arts program for adults with disabilities that uses theater, dance, music, and poetry to nurture communication skills essential for obtaining employment. The program will take place over 12 weeks at each of six different Midwest Special Services locations.
 
Weavers Guild of Minnesota                                $10,000
Funding for the Winter/Spring 2014 session of weaving, spinning and dyeing classes and workshops. Activities will take place at the Textile Center between January and May 2014.
 
Young Dance, Inc.                            $10,000
Funding for a series of residencies with guest artists investigating the language of dance. Guest artists will provide company members, ages 7 to 18, with intensive dance experiences from creative process to performance. The series will culminate in a performance, Found in Translation, at the Ritz Theater in May 2014.
 
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre                                  $10,000
Funding for the premier of CON VIVA, a new flamenco dance and theater piece inspired by the harmonious coexistence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities in medieval Spain. Performances will take place at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in February 2014.
 
Ramsey County
 
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater                              $10,000
Funding for Legends of China, a full-length dance production premiering two dance dramas with original choreography by Artistic Director Lili Teng at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in January 2014.
 
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent                                  $10,000
Funding for a theatrical collaboration with Mu Performing Arts to write and perform a play about social issues for Hmong teens. The activities will take place between July and December and culminate in performances at Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul.
 
Collaboration: Choreographer Penelope Freeh  
and Composer Jocelyn Hagen                             $10,000
Funding for Test Pilot, a new evening-length dance opera based on the exploration of flight. The performances will take place at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium as part of the Women of Substance series in September 2014.
 
Hmong Arts Enrichment Program Committee                         $9,500
Funding for traditional Hmong dance classes and embroidery workshops at the Hmong Village complex in St. Paul in July and August 2013.
 
Hope Theater Company                             $10,000
kiomarsmoradi.com
Funding for Love Letters from the Middle East, an original play about three women whose lives are transformed by war. The performances will take place at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul in November 2013.
 
In Progress                           $10,000
inprogress.org
Funding for Studio 213, a digital arts mentorship program bringing newly developing youth artists together with those who are further along in their development from July 2013 to April 2014.
 
Lyra Baroque Orchestra                            $10,000
Funding for the 2013 - 2014 season of six baroque music concerts at Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University in St. Paul between October 2013 and May 2014.
 
Minnesota 9-11 Tribute                             $3,287
Funding for the 2013 Minnesota 9-11 Tribute, a free annual symphony orchestra and choral concert at Lake Harriet Band Shell in September 2013.
 
People Incorporated                                  $10,000
Funding for the Artability Show and Sale, a three-day event for artists with mental illness to exhibit and sell their artwork in October 2013.
 
Sample Night Live!                          $10,000
Funding for three months of Sample Night Live!, a monthly evening of performances previewing upcoming and ongoing Twin Cities arts events, at the History Theatre in downtown St. Paul from November 2013 to January 2014.
 
The Moving Company                                 $10,000
Funding to develop and present For Sale, an original theatrical piece based on the story of a building to be performed at the Lab in Minneapolis in October and November 2013.
 
Umunne Cultural Association                              $10,000
Funding for Igbofest, an annual festival featuring traditional Igbo dances, folk music, storytelling, and textile design to be held at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park in August 2013.
 
Walker West Music Academy                              $9,615
Funding for the Summer Jazz Workshop Series consisting of introductory and advanced two-week workshops for students in grades 6 through 12 including a residency and performance clinic with international Jazz artist Tia Fuller. The activities will take place in August 2013 and culminate in a free public performance.
 
Zeitgeist                                $10,000
Funding for the 2013 - 2014 Eric Stokes Song Contest and the "Playing it Close to Home" concert. The program will be presented at Studio Z in St. Paul and Roseville High School in February 2014.
 
Suburban Hennepin County
 
Alive & Kickin                                  $10,000
aliveandkickinmn.com
Funding for 20 on-site musical performances at nursing homes, community centers, hospitals and churches in the metro area and one two-hour performance at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center. The activities will take place in July 2013 and June 2014.
 
Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs                           $9,550
Funding for a one-day choral workshop with Dr. Rollo Dilworth that will culminate in a free public performance at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie in May 2014.
 
Apollo Male Chorus                                    $10,000
Funding to host the National Male Chorus Festival at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis in November 2013.
 
Great Northern Union Chorus                              $10,000
Funding for Real Men Sing, a one-day workshop and performance celebrating the young male voice at Benson Great Hall at Bethel University in September 2013.
 
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project                              $10,000
Funding for an exhibition titled, Lands of Water: Minnesota and Mesopotamia, featuring local artists and artists from Minneapolis' Sister City of Najaf, Iraq. The exhibition will be held at Minneapolis City Hall in fall 2013.
 
Mama Mosaic Theater                                $10,000
Funding for Mama Mosaic's Conservatory, a two-week intensive theater training program using the arts to cultivate artistic depth and excellence in young women of color with a culminating a public performance.
 
Threads Dance Project                              $10,000
Funding for Malignant, a new dance work exploring the human experience with cancer. The performance will take place at The Lab in Minneapolis in October 2013.
 
Wayzata Symphony Orchestra                             $10,000
Funding for the 2013 - 2014 season of four free concerts of both traditional and nontraditional orchestral works. The concerts will take place at Wayzata Community Church between October 2013 and May 2014.
 
We Theater                           $10,000
Funding for The Shadow War, a new play exploring the interaction between Hmong, Lao and American perspectives of the war in Laos. The performances will take place in April 2014 at a theater to be determined.
 
Yellow Tree Theatre                                  $10,000
Funding for 22 performances of On Golden Pond at Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo in September and October 2013.
 
Suburban Ramsey County
 
Ashland Productions                                 $10,000
Funding for Ashland Collaborative Theater or ACT!, a collaborative theater arts experience for elementary-aged youth at 10 to 12 East Metro schools. The activities will take place between November 2013 and May 2014 and culminate in staged performances at the Maplewood Performing Arts Theatre.
 
Contempo Physical Dance                                     $10,000
contempophysicaldance.org
Funding for Senzalmas, a new full-length Afro-Brazilian dance work to be performed at the Goodale Theater at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in February 2014.
 
Oratorio Society of Minnesota                             $10,000
Funding for three concerts in their 2013 - 2014 season, including the Summer Chorus singing event, that will take place between November 2013 and May 2014.
 
Rosetown Playhouse                                  $10,000
Funding for a new adaptation and musical production of Peter Pan at Roseville Area Middle School in December 2013.
 
Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center, Inc.                          $10,000
Funding for The Joyful Dance IV, an annual dance concert celebrating the Chinese New Year at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in January 2014.
 
Washington County
 
St Croix Valley Chamber Chorale                                    $10,000
Funding for Choral Singing - the Magic of Words and Music, the 2013 - 2014 season of three choral concerts to be held at the Washington County Historic Courthouse and Trinity Lutheran Church between December 2013 and April 2014. 

 

FY 2013 Arts Learning Awards - Round 2

In May 2013, MRAC awarded $200,144 to 22 organizations in the second round of its FY 2013 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts. MRAC's goals for the Arts Learning grant program are to cultivate creativity and deepen knowledge of and/or through the arts for children, youth, and adults by engaging people in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. The Arts Learning grant program is a direct result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. All applications go through a competitive peer review panel process. The MRAC board of directors makes the final decisions on all panel recommendations.

The following is a list of awarded projects sorted by the county of affiliation. Organization websites are included when available as a way to get more information about the groups and awarded projects. 

Dakota County

Ebenezer Ridges Campus                          $10,000
Funding to host Kairos Alive! Dance Theater for a 16-week dance, music, and storytelling residency with seniors at Arbors at Ridges Assisted Living in Burnsville.
 
Hennepin County
 
Bedlam Theatre                               $10,000
Funding for Bedlam yoU, a series of workshops and master classes with specific activities focused on Native American and East African young adults.
 
Creatives for Causes dba Art Buddies                            $10,000
Funding for the Art Buddies program pairing 80 creative mentors one-on-one with 80 low-income students ages 8 to 11 in the Community Education After-School program at Whittier International Elementary School in Minneapolis during fall 2013.
 
EDIT                           $7,200
Funding for the Awareness Through Performance program, a summer theater program for low-income youth in partnership with Urban Ventures and the Children’s Theatre Company and culminating in a public performance in mid July 2013.
 
Indonesian Performing Arts Association of MN dba Sumunar                              $9,200
Funding for a 15-day arts residency teaching Javanese gamelan, traditional dance, and shadow puppetry to 7th and 8th grade students at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School in St. Paul.
 
Kairos Alive!                                    $10,000
Funding to bring Dancing Heart™, a Gospel, Jazz, and Blues residency program, to the Thomas T. Feeney Manor in North Minneapolis beginning in fall 2013.
 
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association                                 $10,000
Funding for the fourth season of Kids Play, a free year-round music mentoring program for high school orchestra students beginning in July 2013.
 
Obsidian Arts                                   $10,000
Funding for Black Art=Who, Why, When, and Where, an arts adventure project that engages participants in learning about Black art movements through workshops, studio visits, and site visits to public artworks starting in October 2013.
 
Photography at the Center                         $6,640
Funding for a nine-week photojournalism project led by former Star Tribune photojournalist Judy Griesedieck, for 4th grade students at Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School in St. Paul.
 
Phyllis Wheatley Community Center                              $9,000
Funding for the 2013 Explorers Program, providing youth ages 5 to 13 the opportunity to learn about health and wellness through art with a culminating interactive community parade and neighborhood celebration on August 6, 2013.
 
Plymouth Christian Youth Center                                    $10,000
Funding for ArtHeals, classes in digital media and hip-hop literacy during the 2013-2014 school year at the PYC Arts and Tech High School in Minneapolis.
 
Upstream Arts, Inc.                                    $10,000
Funding for arts residencies in 20 Minneapolis public school special education classrooms, serving students with cognitive, developmental, emotional, behavioral and physical disabilities, during the 2013-2014 school year.
 
Weavers Guild of Minnesota                                $10,000
Funding for weaving, spinning, and fiber-related classes for people of all skill levels offered through the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, the American Swedish Institute, and the Lyngblomsten senior center in fall 2013.
 
Ramsey County
 
Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac                             $10,000
Funding for the Community Editor Apprenticeship Project during which 21 community editors from St. Paul will experience a 14-week apprenticeship in literary arts from October 2013 to February 2014.
 
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent                                  $10,000
Funding for the Art Saves Us “Making the Band” program, in which youth participants learn guitar basics, percussion, vocals, and musical collaboration with a culminating final showcase in September 2013.
 
In Progress                           $7,700
Funding for Digital Me, a comprehensive, after-school digital arts learning program for 5th to 8th grade students who have fallen behind in core academic areas at Farnsworth Aerospace School and The Community School of Excellence during the 2013-2014 school year.
 
Nautilus Music-Theater                             $10,000
Funding for the Composer-Librettist Studio, a 16-day musical theater exploration for five writers and five composers in collaboration with professional performers, beginning in late November 2013.
 
Suburban Hennepin County
 
Inverted Arts                                    $10,000
Funding for the Art Exploration Program, which engages 75 youth in grades 6 to 9 in one of five artistic disciplines at HOPE Academy in South Minneapolis. The program will culminate in a community showcase celebration on July 3, 2013.
 
Partnership Resources, Inc.                                 $10,000
Funding for Exploring Abstraction: A Reflective Painting Workshop for adults with cognitive or physical disabilities led by teaching artist James Holmberg at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
 
Suburban Ramsey County
 
Contempo Physical Dance                                     $10,000
Funding for students to explore the literary works of Brazilian abolitionist Antonio de Castro Alves, attend a dance performance at the Cowles Center based on his work, and participate in pre- and post-performance activities at four St. Paul schools.
 
Mounds View Community Education                             $6,304
www2.moundsviewschools.org
Funding for the African Music Ensemble to expand offerings to middle school students and provide a year long residency with Master Ghanaian Drummer Sowah Mensah.
 
Rosetown Playhouse                                  $4,100
Funding for Spontaneous Invention, an improvisational summer theater program for teens that will culminate with public performances in July and August 2013.
 

FY 2013 Creative Intersections Awards

In April, MRAC awarded $118,422 in Creative Intersections grants to fund nine projects that will build and enrich communities through an engagement in the arts. MRAC's goals for the Creative Intersections program are to support innovative partnership projects that address a community challenge or leverage an opportunity within community for growth and enrichment. The Creative Intersections grant program is funded through the legislative appropriation for the arts and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment.

Hennepin County

Minneapolis Community Education                   $15,000
commed.mpls.k12.mn.us/youth
Funding for a painted mural on Green Central School, involving students and community residents, as a bright declaration of neighborhood pride. Project Partners: We Win Institute, Tamales y Bicicletas, Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization, and Hosmer Library.

St. Stephen's Human Services                   $15,000
www.ststephensmpls.org/zamya.htm
Funding for theatrical workshops and performances that will bring downtown Minneapolis residents, businesses, employees, worshipers and homeless people together to explore perceptions and realities about homelessness. Project Partners: Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness and Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness.

Stevens Square Community Organization                   $15,000
www.sscoweb.org
Funding for the Summer Art Series, consisting of the Red Hot Arts festival, and Cinema and Civics in Stevens Park. Project Partners: Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board and Boiler Room/Nicollet Coffee Shop.

Upstream Arts, Inc.                   $9,219
www.upstreamarts.org
Funding for an exhibition and activities to increase participation of young people with disabilities in the Stillwater area. Project Partners: ArtReach St. Croix and Valley Friendship Club.

Ramsey County

Arcata Press d.b.a. Saint Paul Almanac                 $15,000
saintpaulalmanac.org
Funding for Soul Sounds Open Mic, a series of 48 weekly open mics that include a featured performer, and 12 writing workshops at the Golden Thyme Coffee Shop in St. Paul. Project Partners: Golden Thyme Coffee Shop and Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

One Voice Mixed Chorus                   $15,000
ovmc.org
Funding for Minnesota Voices, a project to engage youth at three St. Paul high schools in performances, diversity training, music composition, and shared rehearsals to teach about diversity, challenge homophobia, and build community. Project Partners: Out for Equity, Community of Peace Academy, Creative Arts High School, and Open World Learning Community.

Suburban Hennepin County

Maple Grove Arts Center                   $15,000
maplegroveartscenter.org
Funding for a public art installation project and a seven-week series of classes and events at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove. Project Partners: The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Hennepin County Library - Maple Grove, and Arbor Lakes Senior Living.

Suburban Ramsey County

COLLAGE                   $10,000
www.emwc.org
Funding for Not in my Backyard: Hunger in the Suburbs, a variety of arts experiences designed to engage the community in a discussion on hunger. Project Partners: East Metro Women's Council, Century College, Lakeshore Players Theatre, White Bear Center for the Arts, and White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf.

Rosetown Playhouse                   $9,203
www.rosetownplayhouse.org
Funding for "How I Got Here," a series of original performances in which American and KaRen refugee teenagers create and perform the stories of their families' journeys to America. Project Partners: KaRen Organization of Minnesota and Roseville Parks and Recreation.

FY 2013 Community Arts Grant Awards - Round 2

On March 26, 2013, MRAC awarded $317,438 to 66 organizations/projects in the second round of its FY 2013 Community Arts grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a connection to a community. This round's funded projects include: an Alzheimer's poetry project, a theater residency for young adults with disabilities, internationally-themed summer arts festivals, concerts in the park series, and many other theater, art, and music events/projects around the 7-county metro area.

The Community Arts grant program utilizes a block grant system to ensure funds are distributed broadly in the seven counties in MRAC's service area. 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 core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are separated from the surrounding suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey counties.

Anoka County

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts                   $5,000
www.banfill-locke.org
Funding for Art at Rice Creek, a free arts festival on the banks of Rice Creek and the Mississippi River in Anoka County. The daylong festival will feature visual, literary, and performance art experiences and will take place in September 2013.

Blaine Parks and Recreation                   $3,000
www.blaineparks.com
Funding for the sixth annual Blaine World Fest Celebration, a public event exploring the cultural arts and ethnicities that currently exist in the city. The event will take place in September 2013.

Fridley Community Theatre                   $5,000
www.fridleycommunitytheatre.org
Funding to produce and stage the organization's fourth summer musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Performances will take place in July 2013 at the Fridley High School auditorium.

Mississippi Valley Orchestra                   $5,000
www.mississippivalleyorchestra.com
Funding for the second annual children's concert featuring music from Disney's Fantasia and narration by Anton Jones. The concert will take place at First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights in June 2013.

Carver County

Edge of the Big Woods Art Wander                   $5,000
Funding for the Edge of the Big Woods Art Wander, a self-guided arts tour featuring 40 artists and 18 working studios. The Art Wander will take place throughout western Carver County in September 2013.

Nordic Heritage Club                   $5,000
www.nordicheritagecenter.org
Funding for the fifth annual Nordic Music Festival modeled after a traditional Nordic fiddler's festival. The event will take place at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park in September 2013.

Watertown-Mayer Community Education                   $5,000
www.wmcommunityed.com
Funding for a six- to eight-week Youth Summer Theater program featuring an original script and musical score. The program will take place at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center and will culminate with three public performances in July 2013.

Dakota County

Dakota Valley Symphony                   $4,860
www.dakotavalleysymphony.org
Funding for a Young Artists Concert, featuring a world premiere by Victor Zupanc and Kevin Kling. The concerts will take place at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center in April 2013.

Eagan Parks and Recreation                   $5,000
www.eaganarthouse.org
Funding for Art... Be A Part! Inspire, yearlong arts programing for all ages featuring Sampler Saturdays, adult and teen open studios, and the annual Harvest of Art exhibit and open house. The activities will take place from April 2013 through March 2014.

Minnesota Brass, Inc.                   $5,000
www.mnbrassinc.org
Funding for Sounds of Minnesota, a drum and bugle competition featuring seven drum corps from throughout the Midwest. The event will take place at South St. Paul High School in August 2013.

Youth in Jazz, Inc.                   $5,000
mnyouthjazz.com
Funding for yearlong programming in Jazz for middle and high school-aged youth that includes instruction, rehearsals, recording and performance. Activities will take place between April 2013 and June 2014.

Hennepin County

Aldrich Arts Collaborative                   $5,000
www.aldricharts.org
Funding for the Garden Mural Project, a series of classes that will culminate in the creation and installation of an environmentally-themed mural on the outside of the Aldrich Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.

Alzheimer's Poetry Project                   $4,900
alzpoetry.com
Funding for a series of poetry sessions serving people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Activities will take place at various assisted living and adult day care centers and culminate in a public performance of newly created poems at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in December 2013.

Balkanicus Ensemble                   $4,600
www.musicofthebalkans.weebly.com
Funding for Balkanicus, a free public concert featuring contemporary Balkan chamber music. The concert will take place at the University of Minnesota Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in April 2013.

Box Wine Theatre                   $5,000
boxwinetheatre.com
Funding to produce A Modest Proposal, an original play by Adam Sharp inspired by the Jonathan Swift essay of the same name. Performances will take place at the Bryant Lake Bowl in November 2013.

Byzantine Choral Festival                   $2,850
Funding for the Fourth Annual Byzantine Choral Festival, featuring a workshop and public concert. The concert of diverse ethnic choral traditions will take place at St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church in October 2013.

Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis                   $5,000
www.civicorchestrampls.org
Funding for three concerts serving three different audiences. Concerts will take place at Wayzata Community Church, the Hispanic South Minneapolis Aurora Charter School, and the Lake Harriet Band Shell between May and July 2013.

Diverse Emerging Music Organization (DEMO)                   $5,000
www.demomn.org
Funding to present 100 showcases featuring emerging, independent musicians representing a variety of genres. The showcases will take place at Wild Tymes in St. Paul and Acadia Café in Minneapolis in spring and summer 2013.

Fools Productions                   $5,000
foolsproductions.org
Funding to present the 2013 edition of Cirque de la Loon, a live performance of circus arts culminating from the Circus Apprenticeship Program. Performances will take place in July 2013.

Freedom Jazz Festival, Inc.                   $5,000
www.freedomjazzfestival.org
Funding for the annual Freedom Jazz Festival featuring a variety of musicians and jazz styles, history, performances, visual arts and exhibits. The daylong festival will take place in August 2013 at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Minneapolis.

Freshwater Theatre                   $4,600
www.freshwatertheatre.com
Funding to produce two shows: The Beacon of Belle Island, an ensemble-created work directed by Jamil Jude; and the second annual Freshwater Fringe Consolation Encore, providing increased exposure to a show originally a part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Performances will take place in repertory at Nimbus Theater in November 2013.

Grassroots Culture                   $5,000
Funding to create and produce 16 show segments for a weekly bluegrass music radio program featuring Phil Nusbaum, Lyle Lofgren, and Adam Granger. Segments will be aired on eight Bluegrass Review shows in July and August 2013.

Hope Community, Inc.                   $5,000
Funding for The Power of Vision, a neighborhood mural program that will engage approximately 50 youth in developing arts and leadership skills. The project will take place between April and September 2013 and culminate in a public mural and community unveiling ceremony.

Loring Greenway Association                   $5,000
loringgreenway.org
Funding for 16 concerts featuring students from local music programs to be performed on the Loring Greenway in summer 2013.

Mad Munchkin Productions                   $5,000
www.madmunchkinproductions.com
Funding to create and perform The Spooky Spectacular and Harvest Hullabaloo, an original puppet show to be performed in metro area neighborhoods in October 2013.

Madame of the Arts                   $5,000
www.madameofthearts.wordpress.com
Funding for three small-scale community-building arts series for the LGBTQA community. Activities will take place at Madame of the Arts in Minneapolis between April and December 2013.

Maggie Bergeron and Company                   $5,000
www.maggiebdance.org
Funding for Leaver's Ball, a dance and music project inspired by the high school prom. Performances will take place at Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis in July 2013.

Minnesota Community SINGS                   $5,000
mnsings.com
Funding to lead six community sings in Minneapolis Parks between April and September 2013.

New Franklin Cultural Center d.b.a. Franklin Art Works                   $4,850
www.franklinartworks.org
Funding to present a solo exhibition of works by Nigerian-born, New York-based artist Njideka Akunyili. The exhibition exploring the artist's conflicting personal and cultural affiliations to the country of her birth and her new home in the U.S., will be held between May and August 2013.

Off-Leash Area                   $5,000
www.offleasharea.org
Funding to remount Psst!, an original performance of dance with masks at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in June 2013.

Photography at the Center                   $5,000
www.photographyatthecenter.org
Funding for a photography program for Native American high school students. Students will partner with mentors to study the history of Native American portraits and learn the technical and artistic skills necessary to create their own photographs. The program will take place in spring 2013.

Poetry for People                   $5,000
Funding for the Powderhorn Poetry Picnic, a free neighborhood event bringing together people, food, and performance in a moving feast inspired by poetry. The picnic will take place in June 2013 at Powderhorn Park.

Rhythmically Speaking                   $5,000
Funding for the fifth annual showcase featuring dances created by five to nine emerging and established Twin Cities Jazz and rhythm-driven choreographers. The showcase will be held at The Southern Theater in August 2013.

SunsetGun Productions                   $5,000
www.sunsetgunproductions.com
Funding to develop and produce BLUEPRINT, a play about a woman as she presents a how-to-guide on what it means to be a woman today. Performances will take place at Red Eye Theater in July 2013.

The Ancia Saxophone Quartet                   $5,000
Funding to perform two concerts featuring new and traditional works for saxophone quartet. The concerts will take place at the Weisman Art Museum and at Studio Z in May 2013.

The Dream Songs Project                   $5,000
thedreamsongproject.org
Funding to commission and perform a new work for classical voice and guitar by Minnesota composer Katherine Bergman. The piece will be included in three concerts and two outreach premiere performances for seniors and high school youth in December 2013 and January 2014.

The Eclectic Ensemble                   $4,685
theeclecticensemble.com
Funding for Music of the Sun performances of improvisational ambient music in metro area public spaces between May and September 2013.

The West Bank Business Association                   $5,000
thewestbank.org
Funding for the fourth annual West Bank Music Festival, a daylong event celebrating the diverse music and cultural traditions of Minneapolis' West Bank community. The festival will take place in August 2013.

Trú Rúts Endeavors                   $4,300
truruts.com
Funding to support the workshop and development series of Sha Cage's N.I.G.G.E.R. Project, which brings quality arts to low income communities and sparks dialogue around issues of race. The program will culminate in a performance at the Capri Theater in May 2013.

Twin Cities World Refugee Day                   $5,000
tcworldrefugeeday.org
Funding for Twin Cities Refugee Day, a cultural festival featuring more than 50 local organizations serving refugees. The festival will take place in June 2013 at Minnehaha Falls Park in Minneapolis.

Ramsey County

Adieu Summer Concert                   $5,000
www.tickettobrasil.com
Funding for the seventh annual Adieu Summer Concert, a multicultural family event featuring the Jazz ensemble Ticket to Brasil. The event will take place at Como Pavilion in September 2013.

Ensemble 61                   $5,000
www.ensemble61.com
Funding for Sounds From Scandinavia, a contemporary music event featuring music from five Nordic countries. The concert will take place in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Music Room in the Hamm Building in St. Paul in June 2013.

Los Alegres Bailadores                   $4,700
www.losalegresbailadores.com
Funding for a two-week intensive Mexican Folkloric Dance Workshop primarily led by Maestro Tizoc Fuentes Yaco. Workshops will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and the Wellstone Center on St. Paul's West Side in July 2013.

Nightpath Theatre Company                   $5,000
nightpaththeatre.com
Funding for six to nine performances of Our Town. Performances will take place at multiple venues in the metro area in May and June 2013.

Sounds of Hope, Ltd.                   $5,000
www.soundsofhope.org
Funding for Songs of Hope 2013, an international concert project featuring youth between 9- and 16-years-old from countries around the world along with youth from the Twin Cities. Twenty concerts will be held throughout the metro area in July 2013.

St. Paul Art Collective                   $5,000
www.stpaulartcrawl.org
Funding for the St. Paul Art Crawl, a self-guided walking tour of artists' studios and galleries located around downtown St. Paul, in October 2013.

The PuppetTellers                   $5,000
Funding for 14 free performances of the original puppet play: A Night on Bear Island. Performances will take place at libraries in Dakota, Scott and Carver Counties between June and September 2013.

Twin Cities Labor Chorus                   $3,500
Funding for 9 to 12 choral performances in the metro area between April and December 2013.

Young Artists Initiative                   $5,000
www.youngartistsmn.org
Funding for the 2013 Summer Theatre Experience, a six-week arts enrichment program culminating in public performances of Dreams of a Cobbler's Son. Performances will take place at the Wellstone Center on St. Paul's West Side in August 2013.

Suburban Hennepin County

4 Community Theatre                   $5,000
www.4communitytheatre.org
Funding for six performances of the musical Camelot at Orono High School Auditorium in July 2013.

Discovery Arts Council                   $3,600
Funding for the annual Orono International Festival celebrating the diversity and culture that exists within the six communities of the Orono School District. The festival will take place in October 2013.

Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts                   $5,000
www.hopkinsmn.com/_hca/
Funding for five street performances and the use of technology to enhance a self-guided tour of public art on Hopkins Artstreet. Activities will take place in summer and fall 2013.

Partners in Praise Girls Choir                   $3,993
www.partnersinpraise.org
Funding for PIPFEST, a choral festival hosting six to seven youth choirs. The festival will take place at First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights in May 2013.

Plymouth Concert Band                   $5,000
www.plymouthconcertband.org
Funding for their 2013 - 2014 concert season featuring four concerts of traditional band repertoire and several summer concerts with marches and lighter, popular tunes. Concerts will take place between November 2013 and June 2014.

The Park Theater Company                   $5,000
www.slpfriendsofthearts.org
Funding for six performances of The Illusionist: Shakespeare Reveals All, an original play by St. Louis Park playwright Jerry Wilson. Performances will take place at the Hopkins Center for the Arts' Studio Theater in September 2013.

Theatre Or                   $5,000
www.sabesjcc.org/performance.php
Funding for Whatever You Do, Don't See This Play, an original play written in collaboration with 20 west-metro youth. Performances will take place at the Sabes Jewish Community Center in May and June 2013.

Westonka Community Education and Services                   $3,000
www.westonka.k12.mn.us
Funding for a Music in the Park series of five to six free concerts on Thursday evenings in Mound during summer 2013.

Suburban Ramsey County

Mounds View Community Theatre                   $5,000
www.mvct.org
Funding for the full-book version of the musical Les Miserables. Performances will take place at Irondale High School in July 2013.

Northwest Youth & Family Services                   $5,000
nyfs.org
Funding for a seven-week summer camp serving approximately 110 youth and culminating in a camper-created public performance. The camp will take place at manufactured-home communities in Shoreview, Mounds View and New Brighton in Summer 2013.

Roseville Parks and Recreation                   $5,000
www.cityofroseville.com/parks
Funding for the Live at the Rog performance series of family-friendly events held on summer evenings and featuring "signature events" based on a monthly theme. The series will be held at the Roseville Central Park Frank Rog Amphitheater in summer 2013.

Washington County

Forest Lake Park Board                   $5,000
www.ci.forest-lake.mn.us
Funding for Arts in the Park, a series of free weekly summertime performances and exhibits at Lakeside Park and Gazebo in Forest Lake.

Masquers Theatre Company                   $5,000
www.masquerstheatre.org
Funding for 11 performances and a free preview performance of Annie at Forest Lake High School Auditorium in July 2013.

Music Saint Croix                   $5,000
www.musicsaintcroix.com
Funding for their 2013 - 2014 concert series of three chamber music concerts to be presented at the Washington County Historic Courthouse and Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater.

Valley Friendship Club                   $5,000
www.valleyfriendshipclub.org
Funding for a four-week theater and artist residency with Upstream Arts for young adults with disabilities. Activities will take place for two hours a day/two days a week and will culminate in a performance in August 2013.

Walking Together                   $5,000
Funding for Walking Together, a concert of newly composed music created through a collaboration of musicians and readers exploring migration, immigration and ethnicity. The concert will take place at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church in February 2014.

Washington County 4-H Federation                   $5,000
www.extension.umn.edu/county/washington
Funding for County Arts-In, a four-day intensive performing arts camp for youth ages 13 to 19. The camp will take place at the Washington County Fairgrounds in July and culminate with performances at the Washington County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair in August 2013.

FY 2013 Arts Learning Grant Awards - Round 1

On January 29, 2013, MRAC awarded $215,730 to 23 organizations in the first round of its FY 2013 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts. MRAC's goals for the Arts Learning grant program are to cultivate creativity and deepen knowledge of and/or through the arts for children, youth, and adults by engaging people in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives.

The following is a list of awarded projects sorted by the county of affiliation. Organization websites are included when available as a way to get more information about the groups and awarded projects. 

Carver County
 
Chaska Valley Family Theater                  $10,000
www.cvft.org
Funding for a Puppet Design Learning program for teens and young adults in conjunction with the theatre's summer 2013 production of Seussical.
 
Dakota County
 
Caponi Art Park                   $9,950
www.caponiartpark.org
Funding for the 2013 Family Fun Tuesdays program of 13 weekly interactive performances and workshops for inter-generational audiences during summer 2013.
 
Vecchione/Erdahl Duo                  $9,100
www.oboebass.com
Funding for a series of five one-hour programs exploring music and music-literature for audiences at seven senior centers from February through July 2013.
 
Hennepin County
 
20% Theatre Company Twin Cities                    $10,000
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding for the 2013 Apprenticeship Program, which will match high school or college participants with professional theatre mentors for two main stage productions.
 
Community Celebration of Place             $8,618
Funding for an Elders' Wisdom, Children's Song residency with seventh grade students at Sanford Middle School in Minneapolis from March to June 2013.
 
Copper Street Brass Quintet                     $10,000
www.copperstreetbrass.com
Funding for performances, master classes, and lessons for band students at Northeast and Anwatin Middle Schools in Minneapolis during the 2013 - 2014 school year.
 
Flying Foot Forum              $10,000
www.flyingfootforum.com
Funding for dance and music residencies at three St. Paul schools: Monroe Community School, the Creative Arts High School, and Highland Park High School. Students will have the opportunity to perform in Flying Foot Forum's 2014 premiere of ALICE.
 
Kulture Klub Collaborative                       $10,000
www.kultureklub.org
Funding for youth experiencing homelessness to build a sound sculpture in the Archdale community art garden under the direction and guidance of Franconia Sculpture Park artists during summer 2013.
 
Link Vostok              $10,000
www.linkvostok.org
Funding for professional dance artists, choreographers, and performers to take workshops and master classes with Italian based Company Blu during the Mississippi/Volga V Dance Festival in July 2013.
 
Open Eye Figure Theatre               $9,800
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding for a three-week summer camp for 25 neighborhood youth in the Phillips community of South Minneapolis to learn puppetry, performance, and collaboration in an accessible, hands-on learning environment.
 
St. Stephen's Human Services                   $10,000
www.ststephensmpls.org/zamya.htm
Funding for the zAmya Theater Project to provide Forum Theater training to its members in an effort to deepen their skills in theater for social change and engage audiences at the Opportunity Center in a theatrical conversation about homelessness.
 
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater                      $10,000
www.stuartpimsler.com
Funding for the Family Albums Project, a two-week residency with fourth and fifth grade students at Garden City Elementary School in Brooklyn Center that will culminate in a public performance in May 2013.
 
Studio 206                $10,000
ivystudio206.com
Funding for Train at 206 Summer Intensive, a physical theatre training series in June 2013 at Studio 206 in the Ivy Building for the Arts in Minneapolis.
 
Young Dance, Inc.                $10,000
www.youngdance.org
Funding for Integrated Dance Workshops designed to engage dancers with and without disabilities to redefine dance for the local community. The classes and integrated dance workshops will be conducted between February and December 2013.
 
Ramsey County
 
ArtStart                     $10,000
www.artstart.org
Funding for "River EcoJourneys," a series of eight, five-day school residencies featuring storytelling, drumming, dance, and the creation of puppets and masks. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the EcoArts Festival on May 18, 2013 at Harriet Island in St. Paul.
 
Deborah Elias Danza Espanola                 $9,730
Funding for a series of residencies in flamenco dance, music, and culture at seven elementary schools from February through May 2013. Each residency will culminate in a community celebration.
 
Magic Lantern Puppet Theater                 $4,392
annesawyerpuppets.com/magic-lantern-puppet-theater
Funding for color shadow-puppet residencies with local Hmong artist May Lee-Yang, author of the bookImaginary Day, at Phalen Elementary, Hmong International Academy, and Four Seasons Elementary Schools in Ramsey County.

Sounds of Hope, Ltd.                      $10,000
www.soundsofhope.org
Funding for Sounds of Hope youth to conduct a 25-week percussion and movement residency with seniors at Sholom Home care facilities in St. Paul.
 
Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation- Calibre Ridge       $5,000
www.tchdc.org
Funding for a two-week summer arts program during which artists from Barebones Productions will lead youth from Calibre Ridge affordable housing development in building animal puppets from African fables that will culminate in a community event in June 2013.
 
Walker West Music Academy                  $10,000
www.walkerwestmusicacademy.org
Funding for the 2013 Summer Music Enrichment Program, a day camp for 35 students ages 5 to 12. The program will culminate in a public performance on July 25, 2013 at the Hallie Q. Brown Center in St. Paul.
 
Women's Writing Program                      $10,000
Funding for creative writing and spoken word workshops for women incarcerated at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility. The women will author four chapbooks, which will be produced by Saint Paul Almanac and placed in the Saint Paul Public Library collection.
 
Suburban Ramsey County
 
Keane Sense of Rhythm                  $9,140
www.tapcompany.org
Funding for after-school tap dance training at Mississippi Magnet, Folwell Elementary and St. Paul Music Academy between February and June 2013.
 
Lakeshore Players, Inc.                 $10,000
www.lakeshoreplayers.com
Funding for the 22nd Annual Summer Youth Program, a three-week summer musical camp for 40 youth ages 8 to 12 culminating in a one-act musical performance of Willy Wonka, and a five-week summer camp for 30 teens ages 13 to 18 culminating in a public production of Alice in Wonderland.

 

FY 2013 Community Arts Grant Awards - Round 1

 

On December 18, 2012, MRAC awarded $287,974 to 61 organizations/projects in the first round of its FY 2013 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 in MRAC's service area. 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 core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are separated from the surrounding suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey counties.  

Anoka County

Musikgarten of Anoka                                $5,000
www.musikgarten.org/anoka
Funding for winter and spring sessions of early childhood music classes in the northwestern suburbs for children birth to six-years-old and their families.

Northern Symphony Orchestra                                $3,380
www.northernsymphonyorchestra.org
Funding for two concerts as part of the orchestra's 2012-2013 season. Performances will take place at Anoka High School in February and June 2013.

Carver County

ISD 108 Community Education                                $5,000
Funding for a Music in the Park series of eight performances on Thursday evenings in Norwood Young America during summer 2013.

ISD 112 Community Education                                $5,000
www.ce4all.org
Funding for Hooked on Books... and the Arts, too!, a one-day literary and performing arts event featuring author and illustrator Keiko Kasza at Chaska High School in February 2013.

River City Theatre Company                                $5,000
www.rivercitytheatrecompany.org
Funding for performances of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center in September 2013.

Dakota County

Burnsville Visual Arts Society                                $4,800
www.bvasmn.com
Funding for Art Fete, a juried visual arts exhibition featuring a free opening reception and awards ceremony. The exhibition will be shown at the Burnsville Performing Art Center Gallery in March 2013.

Chamber Music Lakeville                                $4,750
www.oboebass.com
Funding for three Coffee Concert Recitals featuring The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo & Friends, CRASH Music in Motion, and Bell' Alma Duo. The concerts will take place at the Lakeville Area Arts Center from February through May 2013.

Chameleon Theatre Circle                                $5,000
www.chameleontheatre.org
Funding for half of its 2013 season consisting of Completely Hollywood, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. The performances will take place at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center from February through May 2013.

Eagan Men's Chorus                                $2,308
www.eaganmenschorus.org
Funding for 13 concerts at assisted living and senior housing facilities, and Associated Male Chorus of America events in Dakota County from January through June 2013. 

Exultate                                $5,000
www.exultate.org
Funding for three performances of Mozart's Grand Mass in C Minor featuring 50 additional musicians to the chamber choir and orchestra. The concerts will take place in Minneapolis, Woodbury, and Arden Hills in March 2013.

International Festival of Burnsville                                $5,000
www.burnsville.org
Funding for the International Festival of Burnsville featuring cultural displays of art, traditional dress, ethnic foods, and music and dance performances. The festival will be held at Nicollet Commons Park and the Burnsville Performing Arts Center in July 2013.

Rosemount Area Arts Council                                $5,000
www.rosemountarts.com
Funding for the Rosemount Bluegrass and Americana Festival, a three-day event held in Rosemount's Central Park in July 2013.

South Metro Chorale                                $5,000
www.southmetrochorale.org
Funding for two performances of Schubert Meets Copland, a concert featuring Franz Schubert's Mass in G and Aaron Copland's Old American Songs, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bloomington and All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville in May 2013.

Velvet Tones                                $5,000
www.velvettones.org
Funding for nine vocal performances for groups with limited arts access. The performances will take place in the greater metropolitan area between January and June 2013.

Hennepin County

20% Theatre Company Twin Cities                                $5,000
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding to produce and stage the world premiere of Changes in Time, by E.B. Boatner. Performances will be held at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage in May 2013.

Bells of the Lakes                                $5,000
bellsofthelakes.org
Funding to perform five handbell concerts of music ranging from classical to pop. The free public concerts will take place at five metro area venues between February and April 2013.

Cleveland Neighborhood Association                                $5,000
clevelandneighborhood.org
Funding for Live On the Drive, a free concert series held on Victory Memorial Drive in North Minneapolis celebrating the diverse talents of the community. The series will consist of three concerts held on the second Thursday of June, July, and August 2013.

Eclectic Edge Ensemble                                $5,000
www.eclecticedgeensemble.com
Funding for their Tenth Anniversary Concert, featuring both new and reworked choreography in collaboration with four local composers. Performances will take place at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis in July 2013.

EDIT                                $4,750
edittheworld.org
Funding for Awareness through Performance, a 16-week program for 15-20 youth participants who will research, design, develop and implement a performance based on social justice issues of their choosing. The program will culminate in a performance in May 2013.

Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra                                $5,000
lhco.org
Funding for three distinct symphony orchestra programs resulting in six live performances. The free public performances will be held at several metro area locations between February and June 2013.

Magic Lantern Puppet Theater                                $5,000
Funding to re-envision and perform a Spanish-version, color shadow puppet show titled, Nalah y el Tigre Rosa. Performances will take place at Latino social service sites, the Hennepin County Public Libraries, and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in April and May 2013.

Minneapolis Southside Singers                                $5,000
www.mplscommunityed.com
Funding to present 20 free concerts to under-served audiences across the seven-county metropolitan area during the 2013 calendar year.

Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault                                $5,000
www.mncasa.org
Funding for a series of three storytelling workshops using theater, movement and literary arts for 36 members of HOPE (Honoring Our Personal Experiences). Workshops will be held at DevJam Studios in South Minneapolis between February and May 2013.

Minnesota Spoken Word Association                                $5,000
www.mnspokenword.com
Funding to conduct a three-part series of workshops for urban youth exploring the spoken word poetry technique and history, while opening a gateway for them to write, perform and celebrate their personal narratives. The workshops will culminate in a public performance at the Brian Coyle Community Center in April 2013.

Out Twin Cities Film Festival                                $5,000
www.outtwincitiesfilmfest.com
Funding for the 2013 Out Twin Cities Film Festival, a safe and supportive event for artists and audiences to view and discuss GLBTQ inspired films and the ideas presented in them. Screenings will take place at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis in May and June 2013.

Patrick's Cabaret                                $4,500
www.patrickscabaret.org
Funding for the creation of a new series of evening performances for spoken word artists and singer/songwriters. The three nights of performances will take place between February and June 2013 at the Cabaret.

Photography at the Center                                $5,000
www.photographyatthecenter.org
Funding for a photography program for Native American high school students. Students will partner with mentors to study the history of Native American portraits, and to learn the technical and artistic skills necessary to create their own photographs. The program will take place in the spring of 2013.

South Sixteenth Hijinks                                $5,000
www.artsledrally.com
Funding for the annual Powderhorn Artsled Rally, a free winter celebration with sled-making workshops and sled art to be held at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis in January 2013.

The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists                                $5,000
www.singersmca.org
Funding to present Sticks and Stones: Music for Percussion and Choir, two public concerts exploring rarely performed contemporary compositions from around the world. Performances will take place in February 2013.

Twin Cities Carifest                                $5,000
carifest.org
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 2013.

Whittier Alliance                                $5,000
artistsinstorefronts.com
Funding for Artists in Storefronts, a three-month display of public art works in vacant or underused storefronts along the "Eat Street" commercial corridor in the Whittier Neighborhood. The installations will be on display between June and September 2013.

Workhaus Playwrights Collective                                $5,000
www.workhauscollective.org
Funding to produce and stage the premiere of Buried Treasure, by local playwright Alan Berks. Performances will take place at The Playwrights' Center in April 2013

Ramsey County

Crow With No Mouth Promotions                                $5,000
www.crowwithnomouth-jesse.blogspot.com
Funding for a 12-concert series presenting composers and performers working in contemporary electro-acoustic improvisation. The concerts will be held at Studio Z in St. Paul between March and December 2013.

Friends of Swede Hollow (FOSH)                                $5,000
www.swedehollow.org
Funding for the annual Art in the Hollow, a one-day multidisciplinary outdoor arts festival in June 2013.

Hamline Midway Coalition                                $5,000
www.hamlinemidway.org
Funding for the Hamline Midway Hartwood Festival, a free all-day event featuring local bands, theater performances, visual arts, food vendors, civic engagement opportunities, and resources for residents. The festival will take place at Newell Park in St. Paul in June 2013.

Ladyslipper Baroque                                $5,000
www.ladyslipperbaroque.com
Funding for six free concerts in their 2012-2013 season, featuring baroque music infused with Jazz and Latin flavors. The concerts will take place at various venues in the metro area between February and May 2013.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company                                $5,000
www.mnjewishtheatre.org
Funding for Compulsion or the House Behind to be performed at Hillcrest Recreation Center in March 2013.

Minnesota Productions, Inc.                                $5,000
www.theaternow.org
Funding to produce and stage Visiting Mr. Green, by Jeff Baron at the Lowry Lab Theater in St. Paul in June 2013.

Minnesota State Band                                $5,000
www.minnesotastateband.org
Funding for one ceremonial and seven formal concerts to be presented at a variety of metro area locations from March through November 2013.

Pan Asian Arts Alliance                                $5,000
www.panasianartsalliance.org
Funding for a Pan-Asian arts/dance showcase at the Pan-Asian Arts Festival at the Landmark Center in St. Paul in May 2013.

Saint Paul Area Council of Churches                                $5,000
www.spacc.org
Funding for weekly art opportunities for families seeking shelter through Project Home. The activities will take place between January and May 2013.

Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation                                $5,000
www.tchdc.org
Funding for a two-week summer arts program for youth living at the Liberty Plaza affordable housing development in St. Paul. The program will feature artists from Barebones Productions and culminate in a community event in August 2013.

Twin Cities Show Chorus                                $5,000
tcchorus.org
Funding for I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, a musical theater performance and two Young Women In Harmony workshops. The performance will take place at St. Patrick's Church in St. Paul in April 2013.

Upper Midwest Flute Association                                $5,000
Funding for Flute Fest, a one-day flute festival at Hamline University in April 2013.

YouthCARE                                $4,824
www.youthcaremn.org
Funding for Camp CAMERA, an eight-week photography program pairing high school-aged youth with Macalester College photography students. The program will culminate in an exhibition of student work in spring 2013.

Scott County

Savage Arts Council                                $4,800
savageartscouncil.org
Funding for the seventh annual Juried Art Competition and Show, a visual arts exhibition for both professional and amateur visual artists. The artwork will be displayed throughout the community of Savage in April and May 2013.

Suburban Hennepin County

After 5                                $1,905
after_5.tripod.com
Funding for Live Music 2013, six performances with a variety of musical styles presented to communities with limited arts access in the seven-county metro area between December and August 2013.

Hopkins Westwind Concert Band                                $3,796
www.hopkinswestwind.org
Funding for its 30th Pearl Anniversary Season and a special anniversary performance in June 2013.

Music Association of Minnetonka                                $5,000
www.musicassociation.org
Funding for four young people's concerts focused on building children's familiarity with instruments in the orchestra. The concerts will be presented at Colonial Church of Edina and Minnetonka United Methodist Church in February and at Minnetonka City Hall in October 2013.

Orono Community Education                                $5,000
www.orono.k12.mn.us
Funding for Giraffes Can't Dance - a book comes to life, featuring multidisciplinary arts activities for children ages three to five. Activities will take place from January through May 2013 and will culminate with a showcase event at the Discovery Center in Maple Plain.

Twin Cities Youth Chorale                                $5,000
www.tcyouthchorale.org
Funding for Singing Lights the Fire, a children's choir festival featuring four metro area choirs at Beautiful Savior Church in Plymouth in March 2013.

Women of the West Quilt Guild                                $5,000
www.wowquiltguild.com
Funding for Pieces of Our Lives, the seventh biannual quilt show featuring quilts by the Women of the West Quilters, at the Plymouth Creek Center in October 2013.

Suburban Ramsey County

Harmonic Relief                                $5,000
www.harmonicrelief.com
Funding for Dynamic Duos, a two-hour choral show featuring songs written by duos. The performances will take place at the Maplewood Community Center in May 2013.

Honeywell Concert Band                                $3,000
Funding for 12 concerts presented at care centers, assisted living centers, senior housing complexes, and public parks between February and November 2013.

Lakeshore Players, Inc.                                $5,000
www.lakeshoreplayers.com
Funding for 17 performances of Seussical, The Musical at the Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake in April and May 2013.

North Suburban Chorus                                $5,000
Funding for 40 choral performances presented at nursing, healthcare, and retirement centers in the north suburban area from January through December 2013.

Roseville String Ensemble                                $4,000
www.rosevillestrings.org
Funding for its Spring 2013 Concert featuring violinist Aaron Janse and including young musicians from the north suburban music community at Concordia Academy in Roseville in April 2013.

Three Rivers Park District - Silverwood Park                                $5,000
www.threeriversparks.org
Funding for The Silverwood Park Summer Performance Series of twelve free concerts at the Silverwood Park outdoor amphitheater between May and September 2013.

Washington County

Encore Wind Ensemble                                $1,161
www.encorewind.com
Funding for two free concerts, including one concert featuring local high school-aged musicians from Rosemount High School. The concerts will take place at metro area locations in March and April 2013.

FamilyMeans                                $5,000
www.familymeans.org
Funding for the Arts Exploration Workshop, free weekly art experiences in visual arts and hip hop dance for youth ages 5 to 18 in the mobile home community of Landfall. The art experiences will take place at the Teen Center from January through June 2013.

Paint on the Water: St. Croix Valley Hip Hop Festival                                $5,000
alescigallery.com
Funding for Paint on the Water: St. Croix Valley Hip Hop Festival, a one-day Hip-Hop event featuring aerosol art, B-Boy-ing, B-Girl-ing, MC-ing and DJ-ing at Lowell Park in Stillwater in September 2013.

 

FY 2013 Organizational Development Grant Awards

 

In November, 2012, MRAC awarded $228,612 to 25 organizations in its FY  2013 Organizational Developmentgrant program. The Organizational Development grant program offers grants of up to $10,000 for projects designed to strengthen the management or administration of small and mid-sized nonprofit arts groups located in the seven-county metropolitan area. Awarded projects must advance the organization's mission, have the potential for long-term impact, and show evidence of thorough planning. The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county that includes award amounts and organization web addresses when available.

Hennepin County
 
20% Theatre Company Twin Cities                                $7,120
www.tctwentypercent.org
Funding to hire three paid interns for winter/spring 2013.
 
Ananya Dance Theatre                               $10,000
www.ananyadancetheatre.org
Funding to engage a strategy and communications consultant to help grow the organization's profile, build new audiences, and develop support for its work.
 
Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center                         $10,000
www.cafac.org
Funding to develop videos and written documentation of safety policies, procedures, and work instructions to ensure safe and efficient use of the equipment and workshop.
 
Copper Street Brass Quintet                                 $10,000
www.copperstreetbrass.com/home.html
Funding to engage a consultant to implement a strategic audience development plan.
 
Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts                            $10,000
www.minnesotaglassart.org
Funding to hire a development and communications manager.
 
Kulture Klub Collaborative                                   $10,000
www.kultureklub.org
Funding to implement staff and youth training in audio engineering to expand the organization's capacity to connect homeless youth to the arts.
 
Mizna                         $10,000
www.mizna.org
Funding to support a project to make the organization more accessible to and reflective of the local Arab and Muslim communities.
 
Patrick's Cabaret                             $10,000
www.patrickscabaret.org
Funding to create a strategic planning document that outlines goals and outcomes for the next three years.
 
Photography at the Center                         $10,000
www.photographyatthecenter.org
Funding for the new positions of community outreach coordinator and project coordinator.
 
Plymouth Christian Youth Center                                    $10,000
pcyc-mpls.org
Funding to research, identify, and set up a uniform ticketing system for the Capri Theater and its rental clients.
 
Rain Taxi, Inc.                                  $10,000
www.raintaxi.com
Funding for a brand unification and revitalization project.
 
Rainbow Rumpus                           $10,000
www.rainbowrumpus.org
Funding to expand the executive director position from part time to full time.
 
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre                                  $7,792
www.zorongo.org
Funding to develop a new website and obtain the means to update it.
 
Ramsey County
 
Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac                             $10,000
www.saintpaulalmanac.com
Funding to strengthen the organization's branding and create a comprehensive marketing plan.
 
ArtStart                                 $10,000
www.artstart.org
Funding to engage a consultant to create and implement a strategic plan.
 
East Side Arts Council                                $6,000
www.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding to engage a consultant to develop a new strategic plan.
 
Minnesota Theater Alliance                                  $2,100
minnesotatheateralliance.org
Funding to train the organization's staff in management of the new Minnesota Audience Development Exchange.
 
Teatro del Pueblo                           $10,000
www.teatrodelpueblo.org
Funding to diversify the organization's funding base by identifying and cultivating individual donors.
 
Young Artists Initiative                              $10,000
www.youngartistsmn.org
Funding to engage a consultant to create a plan for staffing, funding, community connection, and board development.
 
Suburban Hennepin County
 
Eclectic Edge Ensemble                             $10,000
www.eclecticedgeensemble.com
Funding to engage a strategic and financial planning consultant and to cover the costs of incorporating as a nonprofit tax-exempt organization.
 
St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts                                   $10,000
www.slpfriendsofthearts.org
Funding for a strategic planning process that engages the community in determining the future role of the arts in St. Louis Park.
 
Suburban Ramsey County
 
Contempo-Physical Dance                                     $10,000
contempophysicaldance.org
Funding for a new part-time position of managing director.
 
Lakeshore Players, Inc.                             $10,000
www.lakeshoreplayers.com
Funding to engage a consultant to develop a Capital Campaign Readiness project for relocation to a new facility.
 
Rosetown Playhouse                                  $5,600
www.rosetownplayhouse.org
Funding to create, develop, and implement a cloud-based database.
 
Washington County
 
ArtReach St. Croix                           $10,000
www.artreachstcroix.org
Funding to create a fund-development plan.

 

FY 2013 Capital Grant Awards

 

In November, 2012, MRAC awarded$149,196 to 20 organizations in its FY  2013 Capital grant program. The Capital grant program offers grants of up to $10,000 to small and mid-sized nonprofit arts organizations located in the 7-county metropolitan area 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 is a complete list of grantees sorted by county that includes award amounts and organization web addressses when available.

Dakota County
 
Minnesota Valley Men's Chorale                          $6,000
www.mvmcsings.org
Funding to replace aging and inadequate stage risers.
 
Rosemount Area Arts Council                             $10,000
www.rosemountarts.com
Funding to purchase art exhibit fixtures.
 
Hennepin County
 
HUGE Theater                                  $3,840
www.hugetheater.com
Funding to purchase new lights, dimmers, and a light board.
 
Indian Music Society of Minnesota                                  $10,000
www.imsom.org
Funding to purchase professional audio and recording equipment.
 
Kairos Alive!                                    $10,000
www.kairosdance.org
Funding for technology improvements for administration and "artist tool kits."
 
Nimbus Theatre                              $10,000
www.nimbustheatre.com
Funding to purchase a new sound system for the theater.
 
Skewed Visions                               $3,789
www.skewedvisions.org
Funding to replace outdated video equipment and related technology.
 
Weavers Guild of Minnesota                                $5,460
www.weaversguildmn.org
Funding to purchase association management software and supporting technology.
 
West Bank School of Music                                  $9,813
www.westbankmusic.org
Funding to install a new roof, gutters, and downspouts on the school building.
 
Ramsey County
 
Center for Irish Music                               $2,626
www.centerforirishmusic.org
Funding to purchase new chairs for students, and storage and shelving.
 
In Progress                           $10,000
inprogresshome.blogspot.com
Funding to purchase photography equipment for the professional advancement of under-served media artists.
 
Iny Asian Dance Theater (aka MN SunShine)                            $10,000
inyasiandancetheater.wordpress.com
Funding to purchase made-to-order dance costumes.
 
Sounds of Hope, Ltd.                                  $10,000
www.soundsofhope.org
Funding to purchase a 15-passenger van to accommodate the expansion of touring.
 
Scott County
 
New Prague Community Band                              $4,000
Funding to purchase three new timpani and three new Rototom drums.
 
Suburban Hennepin County
 
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project                              $6,430
www.reconciliationproject.org
Funding to purchase computer equipment and software to support organizational expansion.
 
Katha Dance Theatre                                  $7,400
www.kathadance.org
Funding to purchase and install wardrobe and media storage equipment.
 
Mentoring Peace Through Art                              $6,730
www.mentoringpeace.org
Funding to purchase technology to increase documentation capacity and improved tools for young artists.
 
Theatre Or                            $9,850
Funding for a theatre sound system renovation.
 
Twin Cities Youth Chorale                                    $3,258
www.tcyouthchorale.org
Funding to purchase a utility trailer for touring.
 
Washington County
 
Square Lake Film and Music Festival                             $10,000
www.squarelakefestival.com
Funding to purchase a high quality amplification system.

 

FY 2013 Arts Activities Support Grant Awards- Round 1

 

In September, 2012, MRAC awarded a total of 544,706 to 56 organizations/projects in the first round of the FY 2013 Arts Activities Support grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a community connection. The following is a complete list of grantees sorted by county that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees' websites.

Dakota County
 
Art And All That Jazz, Inc.                         $10,000
burnsvilleartjazz.com
Funding for the tenth annual Art and All That Jazz Festival, a free outdoor Jazz festival held at Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville in August 2013.
 
Black Dirt Theater                          $9,819
Funding for an original theatrical work based on stories gathered from the community. Performances will take place at Hastings Middle School Auditorium and area churches in March 2013.
 
Caponi Art Park                               $10,000
www.caponiartpark.org
Funding for the 2013 Summer Performance Series featuring Minnesota Sinfonia, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), the Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra and Chorale, Hugh Livingston, Mixed Precipitation, and Los Alegres Bailadores. The free performance series will be held at Caponi Art Park from June through August 2013.
 
Hennepin County
 
Ananya Dance Theatre                               $10,000
www.ananyadancetheatre.org
Funding to create and produce Mohona, Estuaries of Desire, an evening length dance theater piece exploring women's struggles to protect water as a community resource. The production will premiere at the Southern Theater in September 2013.
 
Breanna's Gift                                  $10,000
breannasgift.org
Funding for their 2012-2013 Arts Program of arts classes for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Classes will be held at four metro area health care facilities.
 
Carnaval Brasileiro                                    $10,000
www.rkeverest.net
Funding for Carnaval Brasileiro, an evening celebration of Brazilian music, dance, and culture featuring artists from the Twin Cities as well as Brazilian singers and dancers from San Francisco and Chicago. The event will take place at the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis in February 2013.
 
Contemporary Dance Arts d.b.a. Shapiro & Smith Dance                                    $10,000
www.shapiroandsmithdance.org
Funding to create and premiere WILDSPACE, a new dance choreographed by Joanie Smith focusing on two virtuoso dancers over the age of 50: Erin Thompson and Judith Howard. The project will include six "Rush" events previewing the work-in-progress and performances at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in March 2013.
 
Crossroads Panorama                               $10,000
crossroadspanorama.com
Funding to stage the eighth annual community theatre production of Scrooge in Tha' Hood. Performances will be held at Sabathani Community Center in December 2012.
 
Edvard Grieg Society                                  $5,000
www.norwayhouse.org
Funding for two concerts featuring Norwegian singer Ashild Skiri Refsdal. The program will include an evening recital of traditional and contemporary Nordic music, and a free daytime concert for children and families. Performances will take place at Mindekirken Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis in November 2013.
 
Ethnic Dance Theatre                                 $10,000
www.ethnicdancetheatre.com
Funding to produce and present a series of concerts entitled Black Sea Treasures, representing the folk traditions of the six countries surrounding the Black Sea. Performances will take place at the Ritz Theater in March 2013.
 
Girl Friday Productions                            $10,000
www.girlfridayproductions.org
Funding to produce and stage Camino Real, by Tennessee Williams. Performances will take place at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage in July 2013.
 
Kairos Dance Theatre                                $10,000
www.kairosdance.org
Funding for Wild in the Heart, a project that enables mature artists to pass their artistic legacies to the community while sharing their experience, wisdom and knowledge with younger generations of artists. The project will culminate in metro area performances beginning in April 2013.
 
Kingfield Neighborhood Association                             $10,000
kingfield.org
Funding to create a public art project depicting traditional cultural quilts and patterns in a 12 piece, multi-paneled mosaic of ceramic tiles. The panels will be installed on the exterior of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center in Minneapolis.
 
LegUp Studio                                    $9,698
legupstudio.com
Funding for a series of four sessions of printmaking activities with youth experiencing homelessness. Activities will take place at the LegUp print studio in Northeast Minneapolis and other metro locations beginning in October 2012.
 
Les Jolies Petites School of Dance                                   $9,500
www.lesjoliespetites.org
Funding for the 2012 Winter Showcase, a performance of completed work developed by Les Jolies students at Cooper High School in December 2012.
 
Midtown Global Music Festival                           $10,000
www.midtownglobalmarket.org
Funding for the 2013 Midtown Global Music Festival, featuring a lineup of global entertainment including live music, ethnic dance and drumming, and spoken word performance. The festival will take place in July 2013 at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis.
 
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association                                 $10,000
www.mplspops.org
Funding to perform six free community concerts for seniors, including four at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, and one each at Elliot Park in Minneapolis and Cerenity Senior Care-Humboldt in St. Paul. The concerts will take place in July 2013.
 
Minneapolis Thanksgiving Celebration Pow-Wow Committee                $10,000
Funding for the 2012 Thanksgiving Celebration Pow-Wow, a three-day community event dedicated to preserving and celebrating Dakota, Ojibwe, and Ho-Chunk traditional dance and drumming. The event will be held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center during the 2012 Thanksgiving weekend.
 
Minnesota Guitar Society                          $10,000
www.mnguitar.org
Funding for 12 concerts featuring guitar virtuosos and free workshops and master classes with the artists. The concerts will be held between October 2012 and June 2013 at Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University and other community partner locations.
 
Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra                               $10,000
www.mnphil.org
Funding for Heroes and Stories, the first concert in the orchestra's 20th anniversary season. The program will include a matinee performance for children with pre-show activities and be held at Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University in November 2012.
 
Mixed Precipitation                                    $10,000
www.mixedprecipitation.org
Funding to produce and stage the 5th annual Picnic Operetta, a site-specific musical performance in community gardens combining dining and storytelling. The project will take place in summer 2013.
 
Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association                                   $10,000
www.nemaa.org
Funding to present Art-A-Whirl, an open-studio gallery tour of Northeast Minneapolis in May 2013.
 
Open Eye Figure Theatre                           $10,000
www.openeyetheatre.org
Funding to present the 11th annual Driveway Tour, which will offer original puppet theater to more than 100 communities in the Twin Cities area during summer 2013.

Plymouth Christian Youth Center                                    $10,000
pcyc-mpls.org
Funding for the Capri Summer Theater Arts Institute offering youth an intensive five-week experience in developing and staging theatre. The summer 2013 project will culminate in a public performance at the Capri Theater.
 
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association                         $10,000
Funding for the Powderhorn Arts Festival, a two-day public event featuring juried art by local and national artists, performances and art making. The festival will take place at Powderhorn Park in August 2013.
 
Red Eye Collaboration                               $10,000
www.redeyetheater.org
Funding for NEW WORKS 4 WEEKS 2013, 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 winter 2012.
 
Savage Umbrella                              $9,750
savageumbrella.com
Funding to produce and present Emma Woodhouse, a new play exploring marriage and what the extremely wealthy owe, if anything, to the rest of society. Performances will take place in February 2013.
 
St. Stephen's Human Services - zAmya Theater Project                               $10,000
Funding for the 2012 - 2013 Roadshow, an original interactive performance work developed in collaboration with both housed and homeless people. Performances will take place in March 2013 at several venues in the Twin Cities.
 
Theatre Novi Most                          $10,000
theatrenovimost.org
Funding to develop and present the premiere of A Miracle, a new play by Constance Congdon based on An Ordinary Miracle by Russian writer Evgeny Shvarts. The production, a partnership with the University of Minnesota's Re-imagining Community and Arts Partnerships initiative, will be presented in the Stoll Thrust Theatre in April 2013.
 
Theatre Unbound                            $10,000
www.theatreunbound.com
Funding to present the world premiere of Carol Critchley's Girl Group, a comedy with music about an up-and-coming girl rock band in the 1960s. Performances will take place at the Lowry Lab Theater in April 2013.
 
Twin Cities Jazz Workshops                                $10,000
www.tcjazzworkshop.com
Funding for the Twin Cities Jazz Workshop, a summer experience offering professional jazz and improvisation instruction to local students. Each instruction series will culminate in a performance opportunity at the Dakota Jazz Club. The project will begin in summer 2013.
 
Walking Shadow Theatre Company                                $10,000
www.walkingshadowcompany.org
Funding for 15 performances of Moisés Kaufman's play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage in April and May 2013.
 
Ramsey County
 
2013 Selby Avenue JazzFest                                  $10,000
Funding for the 11th annual Selby Avenue Jazz Festival featuring local and national Jazz artists with a wide array of musical styles. The festival will take place at the intersection of Selby and Milton Avenues in St. Paul in September 2013.
 
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation                           $10,000
www.wilder.org
Funding to provide two ten-week sessions of The Dancing Heart program led by Kairos Dance Theatre from October 2012 through March 2013.
 
Arcata Press d.b.a. Saint Paul Almanac                             $10,000
www.saintpaulalmanac.com
Funding for the 2014 St. Paul Almanac, an annual publishing of amateur and professional literary artists. The2014 St. Paul Almanac will be released in September 2013.
 
Bach Society of Minnesota                                    $10,000
www.bachsocietymn.org
Funding for three concerts in their 2012-2013 season, featuring Baroque, Jazz, solo harpsichord and rarely heard choral works. Performances will take place at various metro area venues including The Baroque Room and Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University between January and April 2013.
 
Center for Irish Music                               $10,000
www.centerforirishmusic.org
Funding for the sixth annual Minnesota Irish Musicians' Weekend, a series of workshops, master classes, and public performances featuring world-renowned Irish musicians. Workshops will be held in St. Paul in June 2013.
 
East Side Arts Council                                $10,000
www.eastsideartscouncil.org
Funding for Artmobile, a mobile art project offering seven weeks of free drop-in art classes. Artmobile will be held at public spaces around the east side of St. Paul in the summer of 2013.
 
Iny Asian Dance Theater (aka MN SunShine)                            $10,000
inyasiandancetheater.wordpress.com
Funding for a Hmong Dance Series featuring workshops, performances and showcases of traditional Hmong dances. The activities will take place between October 2012 and June 2013.
 
Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health             $10,000
www.macmh.org
Funding for Fidgety Fairy Tales Forever: The Fifth Mental Health Musical, a 40-minute performance using familiar fairy tales to illustrate symptoms of children's common mental health disorders. Twelve performances will take place throughout the metro area between April and July 2013.
 
Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater                                  $10,000
www.minghuadancetheater.org
Funding for Descendants of Dragon, the 17th installment in the Rainbow Series of Chinese Dances. Dances will be centered on the pop song of the same title and include a fusion of Chinese and American hip-hop dance. Performances will take place at the Brady Educational Center at the University of St. Thomas in January 2013.
 
Mount Zion Temple                                    $4,000
mzion.org
Funding for How We Remember, an original play using the words of eight local Holocaust survivors. Performances will take place at Mount Zion Temple and the Sholom campuses in St. Paul and St. Louis Park in April 2013.
 
New Native Theatre                                    $10,000
www.newnativetheatre.org
Funding for 2012: The Musical, an original full-length musical comedy. Performances will take place at In The Heart of the Beast's Avalon Theatre in November 2012.
 
One Voice Mixed Chorus                           $10,000
ovmc.org
Funding for Yesterday to Tomorrow, a choral concert celebrating the 25-year history of One Voice Mixed Chorus and featuring retrospective music, photographs, storytelling, and guest artists, Kairos Dance. The concert will take place at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in January 2013.
 
Saint Paul Civic Symphony                                    $10,000
www.saintpaulcivicsymphony.org
Funding for Dancing on the Wild, a free children's concert showcasing the flute as an instrument in cultures from Native American to Asian. The concert will take place at Saint Paul Music Academy in February 2013.
 
Skylark Opera                                    $10,000
www.skylarkopera.org
Funding for their sixth annual Summer Opera Festival featuring six performances each of South Pacific and The Mikado. The festival will take place at E. M. Pearson Theatre at Concordia University in June 2013.  
 
Teatro del Pueblo                           $10,000
www.teatrodelpueblo.org
Funding for Latina Feminista: Women at a Crossroad, a series of Latino inspired productions that interweave traditional Latin American theatrical expression with the Latin immigrant's bicultural experience in the United States. The series will take place at Intermedia Arts and other venues in the metro area in October and November 2012.
 
TU Dance                               $10,000
www.tudance.org
Funding for two performances in their 2012-2013 season featuring world premiere dances and guest performers. Performances will take place at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul in November 2012 and July 2013.
 
Twin Cities Women's Choir                                 $10,000
www.twincitieswomenschoir.org
Funding for Criss-Cross: Perspectives on Community, a choral concert featuring guest artist Ann Reed. The concert will take place at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul in February 2013.
 
Suburban Hennepin County
 
Cross Community Players                                    $10,000
www.crossplayers.org
Funding for seven performances of Children of Eden. Performances will take place at Osseo Senior High School in July 2013.
 
Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival                                   $10,000
sabesjcc.org/arts_film_festival.htm
Funding for the Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival, an annual event presenting feature films, documentaries, and shorts from around the world on themes of Jewish culture and identity. The festival will take place at Sabes Jewish Community Center in February and March 2013.
 
Partnership Resources, Inc.                                 $9,339
www.partnershipresources.org
Funding for Clay Works 3D, providing up to 48 adult artists with developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in clay classes at the Northern Clay Center. The activities will take place between October 2012 and March 2013 and culminate in a public exhibition.
 
Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council                            $7,600
rimonmn.org
Funding for an Artist Salon Series, a three-event series engaging local Jewish artists from many disciplines in dialogue with local audiences. The series will take place at Minneapolis and St. Paul venues between October 2012 and May 2013.   
 
Suburban Ramsey County
 
Minhua Chorus                                $10,000
minhuachorus.org
Funding for Music Across Mountains and Waters, a concert reflecting on the mountains, valleys, and prairies of central and western China. The concert will take place at Benson Great Hall at Bethel University in December 2012.
 
Washington County
 
East Metro Symphony Orchestra                         $10,000
Funding for four concerts in their 2012-2013 season featuring a Christmas-themed performance with Woodbury Community Theater, a performance with 8th to 12th grade musicians, a collaborative concert with area choirs, and the annual Origins program celebrating the music and performing arts of Bulgaria. Concerts will take place between December 2012 and May 2013.
 
Square Lake Film and Music Festival                             $10,000
www.squarelakefestival.com
Funding for the 2013 Square Lake Film and Music Festival, an annual outdoor film and music event featuring a juried film festival of film shorts and animation, a commissioned film score performance, and live local music. The festival will take place in August 2013.