-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2014 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 May 7, 2014 34
Total dollars awarded as of May 7, 2014 $ 686,380

Grantee, City Grant Amount
African Families Development Network, Minneapolis $  16,500
African Families Development Network (AFDN) will partner with The Cedar to present five daytime, afternoon, or early evening music concerts with acclaimed national and international musicians on sites easily accessible to AFDN clients.
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul $  25,000
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation will provide opportunities for 353 diverse, low-income children, families, and elders to participate in a wide variety of arts activities, including flamenco, children's theater, song-writing and more, both on- and off-site.
Asian Women United of Minnesota, Inc., Minneapolis $  15,560
Asian Women United of Minnesota, Inc. (AWUM) and COMPAS roster artist, Susan Armington, will conduct four "Talking Suitcase" projects with residents of House of Peace shelter. The project will be shared with larger audiences via a digital story, showcasing the women's art and stories.
Autism Society of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  25,000
The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) will collaborate with Stages Theatre Company (STC) on a theater arts education program for youth with autism spectrum disorders to learn targeted social skills.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota, Saint Cloud $  13,504
Boys and Girls Club of Central Minnesota will bring an experienced visual artist to the Roosevelt Club three times per week over 24 weeks, to provide a high quality arts experience for low-income youth.
Centro Cultural Chicano, Inc., Minneapolis $  23,299
Centro proposes to enhance the delivery of its ongoing program services by incorporating a series of arts residencies to its senior and women groups in partnership with Teatro del Pueblo.
East Side Neighborhood Services, Minneapolis $  19,961
East Side Neighborhood Services and KAIROS alive! will plan, implement, and evaluate a "Dancing Heart" program for Friendship Center Adult Day, ending in a performance and community celebration.
Ecumen, Detroit Lakes $  18,180
Ecumen's Detroit Lakes senior housing center will partner with the Historic Holmes Theatre to create a meaningful arts experience for underserved residents, with trips to the theater and visits from artists.
Epic Enterprise Inc., Dundas $  24,963
In partnership with KAIROS alive!, Epic Enterprise will provide high quality arts experiences for adults with developmental disabilities.
FamilyMeans, Stillwater $  25,000
FamilyMeans will utilize KAIROS alive! and Susan Armington's "Talking Suitcases" to provide high quality art experiences for seniors in Day Out! and youth program participants.
Karen Community of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  25,000
ONCE I JUMP will provide Karen Community of Minnesota teens the opportunity to create and share a multidisciplinary original performance, highlighting the challenges and opportunities facing refugee teens in Minnesota.
Lao Assistance Center, Minneapolis $  25,000
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota will connect diverse audiences and emerging artists to award-winning Lao Minnesotan artist exhibition and interdisciplinary performance series throughout 2014-2015 and reduce barriers to participation.
Metro Work Center, Inc., Minneapolis $  9,000
Art imitates life/life imitates art. Metro Work Center and Upstream Arts will integrate a program for adults with Autism, Downs Syndrome, and related conditions, to develop social/communication skills impacting paths for individual growth and employment.
Midwest Special Services, Inc., Saint Paul $  25,000
Midwest Special Services and Upstream Arts will create a theater program for adults with disabilities that will nurture artistic expression and communication skills.
Minneapolis American Indian Center, Minneapolis $  14,828
The Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC) has invited KAIROS alive! to provide to the elders in their programs the health-enhancing benefits of dance, storytelling, and music.
MNCASA, Saint Paul $  25,000
MNCASA will work with adult survivors of child sexual abuse/exploitation to create and tour a theater piece based on their experiences, to generate hope, healing, and change for ending sexual violence.
Mount Olivet Rolling Acres, Chanhassen $  10,020
Mount Olivet Rolling Acres is partnering with MacPhail to bring music into the lives of clients with intellectual disabilities. Music therapists will help build clients' cognitive, social, and expressive capacities, culminating in music performance.
Native American Community Clinic, Minneapolis $  16,000
The Native American Community Clinic (NACC) will host four workshops for patients interested in making a cradleboard. They will learn how to construct and bead a cradleboard as well as the history and benefits of this traditional art form.
North Homes Children and Family Services, Grand Rapids $  16,200
North Homes will collaborate with MacRostie Art Center to provide art instruction and facilitate projects one day a week for at-risk youth who are residents of the ITASKIN Center in Grand Rapids.
Northeast Youth and Family Services, Shoreview $  6,525
The Zenon Dance Company will partner with Northeast Youth and Family Services' Northwest Educational and Therapeutic Services (NETS) for a one week program that helps 30 students reach their goals through participation in the arts.
Northland Area Family Service Center, Remer $  24,920
Northland Area Family Service Center will partner with Screen Porch Productions to create and implement an expanded Visual Arts Day Camp for children ages 8-18, paired with older adult artist mentors involving six rural area communities in July and August 2014.
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Minneapolis $  23,100
NorthPoint will collaborate with Juxtaposition Arts to have youth create graphic novels promoting healthy choices and sex education to be distributed to 3500 at-risk youth and be accessible online.
Northwest Community Action, Inc., Badger $  24,542
Northwest Community Action (NWCA) will partner with CLIMB to bring theater classes to the constituents of eight Head Start sites. Students will participate in seven theater classes each. Teachers will attend two trainings and each site hosts a parent night.
Parents In Community Action, Inc., Minneapolis $  24,300
Parents In Community Action's Early Bridges program uses storytelling and creative drama to help young children develop creativity and early childhood literacy skills such as sequencing, retelling, vocabulary, and listening skills.
People Incorporated, Saint Paul $  25,000
People Incorporated will pilot an arts-based program providing regular art classes in multiple mediums to residents of Anchor House, its 13-bed facility for women with mental illness.
Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, Minneapolis $  25,000
Dream, Explore, Connect!, is a year long film media program for youth documenting the need for sustainable neighborhood food access. Youth will be empowered to use their collective voice for change.
Pillsbury United Communities, Minneapolis $  25,000
Pillsbury United Communities' Waite House location and Intermedia Arts will connect Phillips youth with local artists and arts organizations. Over one year, teens will use media arts to tell, produce, and share their own stories.
Sabathani Community Center, Minneapolis $  19,128
Sabathani's Horizons Youth Program will partner with CrossRoads Panorama to write, produce, and showcase a play performed by inner city youth ages 10-18 with a focus on issues that must be overcome for their safety, well-being, and survival.
SAYFSM, Saint Paul $  24,753
Artists from the Weavers Guild of Minnesota (WGM) will provide classes in fiber arts to African immigrant women both on-site at WGM and off-site where the women live. The women will be introduced to fiber arts, building on the women's traditional skill of spinning cotton.
The Wayside House, Inc., Saint Louis Park $  12,000
The partnership between Wayside House, Inc. and Free Arts Minnesota will increase accessibility to art activities for children whose mothers are engaged in treatment activities.
Vail Place, Hopkins $  25,000
Participant-clients of Vail Place, a program assisting people with mental illnesses, will work with professional artists from the History Theatre to create a play based on their personal stories.
Walker Methodist Health Center, Minneapolis $  20,717
Walker Methodist Health Center will provide WMHC residents a variety of meaningful arts experiences by bringing artists to its facility for seminars and performances, exhibiting residents' art, and taking residents out to see art.
West 7th Community Center, Saint Paul $  12,380
Actor educators from CLIMB Theatre will engage 65 youth in theater exercises to explore the theme of cultural diversity as it relates to their lives, culminating in a community performance.
YouthLink, Minneapolis $  21,000
YouthLink will work with Kulture Klub Collaborative to create an artist-in-residence project with Samuel Babatunde Ero-Phillips for homeless youth on the Downtown 100 list.


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