-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2013 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 November 7, 2012
Total dollars awarded on November 7, 2012
$ 2,182,573

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Arts on Superior, Two Harbors $  9,628
Community drum instruction provides access to the arts for groups idenified as underserved due to economic and mobility issues, isolation, and perceived lack of exposure to music. Drum circles support extending and deepening their musical experience.
Ananya Dance Theatre, Minneapolis $  20,000
Ananya Dance Theatre will create a workshop and dialogue series that connects targeted, underserved women and youth from refugee and new immigrant communities with the experience of dance. It will create access to concert dance through specific choreographic exercises and offer tools to interpret abstract movement.
ArtReach, Red Wing $  9,624
ArtReach's “Art For All!"program will provide quality arts programming to 700 youth and 100 adults who are at-risk, disabled, or low-income, by providing increased programming, reduced fees, and available transportation.
Asian Media Access, Minneapolis $  100,000
ArtsCollaborative Lab is an intensive mentorship program for Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and youth from across disciplines (dance/music/media). They will work together to sharpen skills, develop collaborative projects, and engage the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities through art.
Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis $  42,050
In 2013, Bedlam Theatre will expand its successful Annual Community Ten Minute Play Festival of new works into two separate festivals in distinct neighborhoods while targeting underserved communities.
BRAVA!, Minneapolis $  8,387
The project involves BRAVA! performing quality vocal music at nursing homes, adult care centers, senior residences, and prisons. Budgets are limited and residents cannot access events outside of their facility.
Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, Eagan $  18,845
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, art activities, and interactive performances.
CLIMB Theatre, Inver Grove Heights $  48,930
Elders CLIMBing engages 784 underserved elder Minnesotans in 41 adult day cares. Many cognitively and/or physically challenged, these elders participate in four, 45-minute sessions that have them actively creating, performing, and responding to theater.
COMPAS, St Paul $  44,052
Ten youth from LEAP High School will participate in the COMPAS ArtsWork summer theater project for six weeks. They will earn a stipend while learning about theater, and create and perform an original work under the guidance of artist Zaraawar Mistry.
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer $  20,600
Franconia Sculpture Park will increase access to the arts for underserved, rural youth from east central Minnesota by providing artist-led guided tours and artmaking workshops through its new Rural Arts Program (RAP).
Free Arts Minnesota, Minneapolis $  14,451
Free Arts Minnesota will partner with Northern Clay Center to provide an arts access experience to 80 youth living in residential treatment centers, centered on the theme of healing.
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis $  99,438
The Guthrie will create Play Care, a program that will provide onsite child care featuring arts-related activities for the young children of families who attend Guthrie productions.
Harmony Theatre Company and School, St Louis Park $  17,190
Harmony Theatre Company and School, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, will provide acting and filmmaking training for at-risk youth, which will culminate in creating six short films with the participants for public broadcasting.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  98,680
Illusion Theater will partner with The Link, a Twin Cities supportive program, to engage 200-400 in-risk and at-risk youth with Illusion, with an aim to spur long-term interest in theater while improving life chances for the youth.
In Progress, St Paul $  38,550
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 ruralcommunity of Crookston, Minnesota.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis $  87,700
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, in partnership with Waite House, Little Earth, and Hope Community, will conduct an eleven-month program for at-risk Phillips neighborhood youth who have limited access to arts programs.
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis $  72,778
Intermedia Arts will increase arts access for at-risk youth and their families by providing increased communication and outreach, free tickets to events, hands-on family activities, subsidized transportation, and scholarships to tuition-based programming.
Kairos Dance Theatre, Minneapolis $  56,361
Our Veterans' Dancing Heart, based on Kairos award-winning program using interactive process-art creation strategies, will provide veterans with in-depth opportunities for artistic development, higher-level physical activity, and community connection.
Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis $  34,450
Kulture Klub Collaborative will invite artist Witt Siasoco to work weekly with high needs homeless youth to create zine booklets.
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis $  96,460
MacPhail will partner with Ebenezer Minneapolis, a residential campus for low-income seniors, and Lyngblomsten's respite care program for seniors with memory loss and their caregivers, to expand access to music programming at eleven Twin Cities sites.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association, Minneapolis $  23,280
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association will provide a free concert series of six performances for low-income seniors with disabilities, in July 2013. It includes four coffee concerts at Nicollet Island, a neighborhood concert in Elliot Park, Minneapolis, and a neighborhood concert in Cerenity-Humboldt, Saint Paul.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis $  14,400
Working with St. Joseph's Home for Children in Minneapolis, MCBA will remove barriers of cost and transportation, giving youth and teens in challenging life circumstances opportunities to express themselves through the book arts.
Minnesota Sinfonia, Minneapolis $  32,750
Minnesota Sinfonia will create the North Side Music and Arts Festival, a two-day event of concerts, art displays, and a community-wide picnic. Minnesota Sinfonia will work with north Minneapolis musicians, artists, and children.
Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  98,750
As no-cost admission transformed audiences under 30, low-income audiences, and patrons of color, Mixed Blood focuses Radical Hospitality to hone in on disability communities, East Africans, Latinos, college students, employee networks, and the unemployed.
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, New York Mills $  37,750
New York Mills Arts Retreat will provide free and accessible performing arts and arts learning activities to 1,500 low-income residents of rural Minnesota at the East Otter Tail County Fair, the Wadena County Fair, and the Todd County Fair.
Northern Lights Music Festival, Aurora $  9,200
The NLMF, working with the staff of Iron Range assisted living facilities, will identify assisted living facility residents interested in attending concerts and the opera La Boheme. It will provide preconcert lectures, organize buses, and provide free tickets to residents.
Northrop Concerts and Lectures, Minneapolis $  99,600
Northrop will create a new “Women of Substance” residency pilot program that engages underserved girls and women of color in extended residency activities and performances with leading local, national, and international female choreographers of color. The program will address leadership, self-esteem, self-empowerment, and community.
Off-Leash Area: Contemporary Performance Works, Minneapolis $  18,395
Off-Leash Area's project is the continuation and expansion of our Neighborhood Garage Tour project, touring original contemporary performance throughout the metro area. It includes 24 performances in eight communities and will reach approximately 900 people.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St Paul $  80,000
The Ordway and multicultural Sabathani Community Center (mostly African American, Latino, East Asian, Caucasian, and African families) will partner to create community access to a concert by Raul Midon and Richard Bona. The project will include a residency with two Minnesota artists to engage participants as artists and audience members.
Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis $  60,520
Through the Lake Street Arts Access Program, Pangea will provide free tickets to performances, transportation, child care, workshops, and support to create a community-based performance to members of the Latino and Somali community on Lake Street.
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis $  92,600
Pillsbury House Theatre will convene, train, and support twelve community-based artists to organize their neighbors, engaging them first in art on the blocks where they live, and then in events and performances occurring in the surrounding neighborhoods.
PipJazz Foundation, St Paul $  5,000
Pipjazz Foundation's goal is to make quality jazz music available through education, performance, and mentorship. It will work with students, at least fifty percent from underserved populations, giving them the opportunity to perform with world class musicians.
Reif Center, Grand Rapids $  9,000
The Reif Center will partner with Second Harvest North Central Food Bank to offer free tickets to its 2013 events for its constituents. Collectively, the organizations believe it is their responsibility to feed the stomachs and the souls of the community.
Saint Francis Music Center, Little Falls $  12,900
The Music Center is creating a music mentoring program for at-risk, late elementary through high school students by providing free lessons and a weekly group music session, all geared toward violence prevention.
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, St Paul $  24,350
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, submitted to multiple film festivals.
Sounds of Hope, Ltd., St Paul $  9,250
Seniors in Worthington, Winona, Zumbrota, Chatfield, Redwood Falls, South Saint Paul,Saint Paul, and other cities will enjoy concerts and/or make music with professional musicians and young performers from countries around the world.
Springboard for the Arts, Fergus Falls $  20,000
Springboard for the Arts will implement the second Rural Arts and Culture Summit, in June 2013, and will develop a planning and event model for rural regions throughout Minnesota to use in order to build capacity for long-term partnerships between artists and their communities.
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development, St Paul $  54,500
Through strategic community outreach and inquiry, SteppingStone Theatre will engage audiences from the diverse, lower-income neighborhoods immediately north and east of the theater, where participation is disproportionately low.
Teatro del Pueblo, St Paul $  47,561
Teatro del Pueblo will produce its first major Spanish production of "Like Water for Chocolate" in partnership with Pangea World Theater in order to reach out to the Latino and non-Latino Spanish-speaking audience in Minnesota.
Textile Center, Minneapolis $  31,400
Textile Center's Feed the Fibers program provides gallery tours and fiber art workshops to underserved youth and young adults, in partnership with community-based organizations and after-school programs that lack resources for cultural field trips.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  87,000
The Cedar will continue and expand our efforts to engage the Somali immigrant community, primarily those living in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, with the arts through music performances, workshops, poetry readings, and other events.
The Film Society of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minneapolis $  100,000
The Diaspora Project is a program of films, dialogues, and discussions that explore the cultures and experiences of Minnesota's growing international communities, illuminating elements of the human experience that exist across all cultural boundaries.
The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis $  97,533
The Loft will provide free access to creative writing programs for underserved low-income youth of color in Saint Paul and low-income seniors and caregivers in Saint Paul, in collaboration with Jackson Street Village and Wilder Community Center for Aging.
Theater Latté Da, Minneapolis $  43,546
Theater Latte Da will conduct an access program to engage a younger more diverse audience, provide incentives to encourage long-term attendance, and develop the arts leaders and audiences of tomorrow.
Theatre Novi Most, Minneapolis $  18,364
Theatre Novi Most will implement an outreach campaign to the Russian American community in Minnesota, involving bilingual families in the creation and attendance of A Miracle, a new play based on a Russian classic. It will form lasting partnerships from that experience.
TU Dance, St Paul $  35,850
TU Dance will provide one year of free access to its beginning level preprofessional program at TU Dance Center, in Saint Paul, for underrepresented teens of color and teens from low-income families.
VSA Minnesota, Minneapolis $  74,800
The Minnesota Disability Mural and Story Project will engage people with disabilities, and those significantly connected to disability, in creating visual art or the written word to explore the question, “What does Arts Access mean to me?”
Young Dance, Inc., Minneapolis $  6,100
Young Dance will present Freewheeling, a series of physically integrated dance performances at the Courage Center, which feature original choreography by youth living with and without disabilities, to music by local musicians.


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