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FY 2012 Grantees

Partners in Arts Participation

Project grants to nonprofit or public human service organizations to give underserved individuals or groups opportunities to experience the arts.

Number of grants awarded as of March 7, 2012 24
Total dollars awarded as of March 7, 2012 $ 369,069

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Advocates for Human Rights, Minneapolis $  25,000
In two 10-session courses, Iraqi refugees in Minnesota will gain the skills needed to write books and create documentary videos on their experiences. Their work will augment other educational outreach in Minnesota.
Aftenro Home, Duluth $  5,800
This project will provide 20 weeks of drum circle classes for selected Aftenro Home assisted living residents experiencing physical and mental impairments, culminating in a performance for family and friends, and a next steps evaluation.
American Indian Family Center, Saint Paul $  25,000
American Indian Family Center will produce a series of workshops and performances with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz to give students and their families an arts experience focused on mindfulness-based stress reduction.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, Saint Paul $  12,800
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, in partnership with Harmony Theatre Company and School, will develop three acting workshops for youth and their adult mentors.
Courage Center, Golden Valley $  25,000
Courage Center will collaborate with IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts to provide four photography and filmmaking classes to people with disabilities, residents in the Courage Center inpatient Transitional Rehabilitation Program.
Dakota Woodlands, Inc., Eagan $  11,760
Dakota Woodlands will offer its residents a series of artist workshops through COMPAS, and six fine art performances at Twin City venues over a twelve-month period.
Duluth Area Family YMCA, Duluth $  25,000
The Duluth Area Family YMCA and Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra will partner to provide musical opportunity for students enrolled in out-of-school time programming with a new Orff-Schulwerk program Sing, Say, Dance, Play!
Ebenezer Society Foundation, Saint Paul $  4,759
The project will bring a Kairos Dance Theatre teaching artist to Ebenezer Ridges clients, who are older adults, for 12 monthly Dancing Heart workshops. Kairos Dance Theatre will have one performance for the Ebenezer community and the general public.
Ecumen Scenic Shores Assisted Living, Two Harbors $  4,100
Ecumen in partnership with Rachel Nelson will provide 20 weekly drum circle/musical activity classes for memory care residents culminating in musical drumming performances for family and friends at March Wellness Weekend Retreat.
Fraser, Minneapolis $  8,800
Fraser will partner with two arts groups to provide children in our Preschool Mental Health Day Treatment program with first-time arts experiences that will also enhance their development and healing.
Lake Region Healthcare Cancer Care and Research Center, Fergus Falls $  2,661
The Healing Through the Arts Initiative will inspire creative methods of coping with illness by removing barriers and increasing opportunities for people with cancer to participate in the arts.
Lutheran Social Service of MN Metro Homeless Youth Prg, Saint Paul $  25,000
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota's project will provide on-site arts activities for Metro Homeless Youth Program participants including a mural project and drop-in arts activities, as well as access to community arts during the 2012 calendar year.
Mankato YMCA, Mankato $  25,000
Mankato Family YMCA will present Z Puppets Rosenschnoz's Monkey Mind Pirates workshops and performances, giving children in our Brother/Sister program arts experiences focused on stress reduction.
Midwest Special Services, Inc., Saint Paul $  23,571
CLIMB Theatre will bring one play and five multi-sensory classes to all five Midwest Special Services locations, exposing more people with special needs to the arts and engaging them through theater.
Neighborhood House, Saint Paul $  12,376
Neighborhood House will provide a series of culturally specific theater residences by Teatro del Pueblo in the Los Jovenes youth group and the Adult Education program.
North End-South Como Block Nurse Program, Saint Paul $  10,702
Through participation in the evidence-based Dancing Heart program of Kairos Dance Theatre, North End-South Como Block Nurse Program's program will encourage improvement in health, energy, balance, memory, and socialization of frail neighborhood elders.
Opportunity Partners, Inc., Minnetonka $  8,400
Opportunity Partners provides services to people with developmental disabilities and other special needs. Based on their success in providing high quality arts experiences, we want to provide Upstream Arts workshops for our clients.
Parents In Community Action, Inc., Minneapolis $  24,300
Parents In Community Action's project will implement the Early Bridges program in Head Start classrooms, using storytelling and drama to promote literacy, critical thinking, and creative self-expression in young children.
Partnership Resources, Inc., Saint Louis Park $  25,000
Together, Partnership Resources and Sounds of Hope will create a theatrical work teaching new artistic skills while challenging PRI clients to achieve their acting goals and develop teamwork.
People Incorporated, Saint Paul $  16,600
Artability and ArtiCulture will collaborate to offer five, five-week art classes for adults that have a mental illness and are living in the Twin Cities. The project will culminate with a public exhibit.
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis $  5,440
CurbCulture links youth with artists to curate and engage the community with storefront and public art in Powderhorn Park and Central neighborhoods. The project mentors youth and generates interaction with art and local conditions.
RESOURCE, Inc., Minneapolis $  1,200
This is a first-time event for welfare mothers who are attending parenting classes, learning to intellectually stimulate their children, and preparing for work and family stabilization.
Scottish Rite Foundation of Duluth, Duluth $  24,900
The Scottish Rite Foundation, in partnership with the Duluth Playhouse, will present, Stage Play: An Applied Theater Experience for Children with Autism—Opening New Doors. This is a collaborative community program to teach both communication skills and theater arts to children ages five to fourteen with autism.
Stonecrest, Woodbury $  15,900
Older adults at Stonecrest will engage with premier Twin Cities arts organizations and COMPAS teaching artists and overcome the financial, social, and physical barriers they are experiencing to participation in the arts.


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