-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2012 Grantees

Arts Access

Project grants that arts organizations can use to broaden arts opportunities for underserved groups by reducing or eliminating barriers to participation.

Number of grants awarded on January 4, 2012
Total dollars awarded on January 4, 2012
$ 1,901,198

Grantee, City Grant Amount
ArtOrg, Northfield $  61,699
ArtOrg will travel to fifteen Latino community venues across Minnesota and help an estimated 2,500 kids and adults create prints using a small steamroller. Engagement with communities will be fostered through site-based planning and by partnering with Latino artists.
ArtStart, Saint Paul $  64,830
Partnering with Lifeworks, ArtStart artists will engage adults with developmental disabilities in a multifaceted visual arts program.
Asian Media Access, Minneapolis $  100,000
Asian Media Access will host the Arts Around Us project with additional music (guitar, piano,rock band) and acrobatics training at its Media Arts Complex, serving North Minneapolis neighborhood and refugee youth, and having community performances and an annual recital.
Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, Eagan $  21,265
Caponi Art Park will increase access to the arts for underserved youth in Dakota County and the southeast metro, through its Creative Adventures program of tours, activities, and performances
The Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  59,608
Children's Theater Company will continue and expand its Latino Community Access Program, engaging Latino audiences with free tickets and transportation to six events across three shows, and with theater-based activities led by bilingual teaching artists.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  38,840
COMPAS and Lyngblomsten Care Center will create an intergenerational opportunity for young people and older adults to work together within ArtsWork, a COMPAS arts-focused employment program, to learn about mosaic art with mosaic artist Sharra Frank, and to design original works of art.
History Theatre, Saint Paul $  100,000
The History Theatre will partner with the Minnesota Historical Society, ProjectSUCCESS, and Plymouth Christian Youth Center on Passport to History, an access program targeted toward underserved Twin Cities youth and community groups.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  40,000
Fresh Voices is a digital arts project dedicated to the creation of photographs, videos, and writing pieces that publicly acknowledge and celebrate the voice of Latinos living in the rural community of Crookston, Minnesota.
James Sewell Ballet, Minneapolis $  40,000
James Sewell Ballet will use funding to provide free transportation to performances and waives ticket fees for underserved Minnesotans.
Kairos Dance Theatre, Minneapolis $  87,821
Warriors Dancing Heart, based on Kairos' award-winning program using community-based performing arts creation strategies, will provide veterans in-depth opportunities for artistic development, higher-level physical activity, and community connection.
Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis $  55,000
Kulture Klub Collaborative will invite the artist and design collective, Works Progress, to activate our gallery space during a ten-month residency, to engage youth experiencing homelessness.
Leonardo's Basement, Minneapolis $  56,600
Leonardo's Basement will provide art programming, incorporating engineering and technology, for economically disadvantaged families and cognitively disabled persons in Saint Paul.
The Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Saint Paul $  25,900
The Lyra Baroque Orchestra will produce six family concerts and create a youth baroque orchestra of young performers (under 18), to play alongside Lyra musicians and remove the barriers that keep families from attending baroque concerts.
Mentoring Peace Through Art Inc, Hopkins $  100,000
Mentoring Peace Through Art will partner with community volunteers, the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, and the STEP-UP Summer Jobs Program to create anti-gang-graffiti murals in impoverished areas of the city of Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association, Minneapolis $  20,280
Free concerts for seniors will serve low-income seniors with disabilities during July 2012. This series includes four coffee concerts at Nicollet Island (transportation provided), and two neighborhood concerts serving diverse residents.
Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health, Saint Paul $  13,610
The mental health musical, Fidgety Fairy Tales, promotes positive images of children with mental health disorders. This live musical theater will visit five treatment centers.
Minnesota Chorale, Minneapolis $  33,950
Voices of Experience (VoX) mobilizes and celebrates the voices of Minnesotans 55 and older, engaging new audiences and building understanding through performances by an artistically ambitious chorus organized in partnership with the MacPhail Center for Music.
Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata $  100,000
The Minnetonka Center for the Arts will remove barriers and provide high-quality art instruction through ten community partnerships, for an estimated 500 at-risk children or youth, and 500 senior or challenged adults.
Mixed Precipitation, Minneapolis $  37,600
Mixed Precipitation will present sixteen free, site-specific performances in their signature form, the picnic operetta, a hybrid opera performance accompanied by a five-course menu, created for outdoor performance in community gardens and agricultural spaces in the Twin Cities metro area.
Mizna, Minneapolis $  100,000
Mizna's project will impact the Arab community by funding a writers program for new and burgeoning writers, creating stronger connections with that community, and developing an accessible Web site for the print journal, Mizna.
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, New York Mills $  22,320
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will provide free and accessible performing arts and arts learning projects to 3,000 low-income residents of rural Minnesota, through the East Otter Tail County Fair and the Wadena County Fair, in July of 2012.
Off-Leash Area: Contemporary Performance Works, Minneapolis $  20,000
Off-Leash Area's project continues and expands our Neighborhood Garage Tour program,touring original contemporary performance throughout the metro suburbs with 30 performances in ten communities, reaching approximately 1,000 people.
Pan Asian Arts Alliance, Saint Paul $  100,000
Pan Asian Arts Alliance will offer Pan Asian Arts Series, a project to connect underserved Asian American communities with theatrical experience, to connect the younger generation with century old art forms, and to connect Pan Asian artists with a shared vision.
Park Square Theatre, Saint Paul $  94,000
Park Square Theatre will enhance its efforts to expand access for individuals with disabilities by addressing barriers of price, understanding, transportation, limited performances, and knowledge of opportunities.
Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis $  20,000
Ragamala will partner with the Bloomington Center for the Arts to present a public performance and school matinee. Public tickets will be highly subsidized; tickets and transportation will be free for schools and local senior housing facilities.
Reif Center, Grand Rapids $  20,000
The Reif Center will provide dance scholarships for underprivileged children (K-12) in North Central Minnesota, to facilitate access to the arts for those unable to afford it.
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, Saint Paul $  23,300
The Doc. U project offers a year-long mentorship in documentary filmmaking to low-income individuals who cannot participate in the media arts because of financial barriers. The project will result in ten short documentaries which will be submitted to multiple film festivals.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Golden Valley $  75,000
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater's Temporary Shelter: Tales from the Minneapolis Tornado will engage near North Minneapolis residents and organizations in a year-long, community inclusive arts program focusing on the May 22, 2011, tornado.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis $  88,000
Ten Thousand Things Theater will tour five performances each, of four productions, created between March 2012 and February 2013 to a total of twenty new venues, reaching between 1,500 and 2,000 low-income Minnesotans.
Textile Center, Minneapolis $  28,475
Textile Center will provide in-depth field trip services to after-school and community-based organizations that lack resources for cultural field trips.
Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center, Inc., Saint Paul $  100,000
Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center will utilize Asian, Indian, Chinese, Hmong and Thai dances and acrobatics to connect with underserved Asian Americans, and develop a Pan Asian Dance Drama YIYUSA (Youth International and Youth at USA) with community input, to share theatrical experiences, and to connect mainstream with Asian art forms.
Veterans Book Project, Minneapolis $  55,000
To create the second half of the Veterans Book Project, a library authored by people experiencing the current American wars, by expanding participation to those not yet represented in the library, and by training the next generation of workshop leaders.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  76,100
VocalEssence will bring Choral Pathways to five assisted living sites in the Twin Cities, bringing quality arts programming to older adults who have little access, and transporting them to concerts in the 2012-2013 season.
West Side Theater Project, Saint Paul $  22,000
Professional theater artists engage members of the west side neighborhood of Saint Paul to inform and inspire the creation of a script and score, then build on those conversations and relationships to include community members in performance, production, and audience of a community-engaged theater production.


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