-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2015 Grantees

Arts Access

Project grants to help arts organizations identify underserved groups or communities, identify the barriers that keep them from engaging in the arts, and develop and implement strategies to reduce or eliminate the barriers

Number of grants awarded on November 5, 2014
Total dollars awarded on November 5, 2014
$ 2,237,750

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Ananya Dance Theatre, Minneapolis $  24,700
Ananya Dance Theatre will create a series of workshops connecting 40 refugee and immigrant women and girls with dance, dancemaking, and self-expression through movement, creating access to professional concert dance and building cultural leadership.
Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis $  60,000
Bedlam Theatre will engage 500 community members in Short Town, an ongoing new work / new artist cultivation program helping participants create original works and perform in quarterly public showings called Short Town Showoffs.
Cantus, Minneapolis $  42,373
Cantus will work with six to nine resident members of CommonBond Communities to plan, program, and perform three on-site performance experiences that break down barriers of cost, location, and awareness.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  100,000
The Cedar will continue its programs that engage local Somali communities with performing arts and expand these efforts with Midnimo, a project that brings Somali artists from around the world to Minnesota for week-long residencies.
CLIMB Theatre, Inver Grove Heights $  66,088
CLIMB Theatre accesses 345 new Minnesotans through English learning programs, engaging them in theater activities that develop appreciation for the art form and help them communicate better in English.
ComMUSICation, Saint Paul $  5,000
ComMUSICation's mission is to empower youth with lifelong skills, through music and building community, and utilizes community partners through an intensive youth development choral program inspired by El Sistema.
The Conservatory, Saint Paul $  44,413
Saint Paul Conservatory of Music will deliver weekly, after-school music enrichment in violin, cello, guitar, and rock ensemble to underserved youth attending Saint Paul schools, to stimulate them to become engaged in art and life.
Duluth Playhouse, Duluth $  40,986
The Duluth Playhouse and collaborator The Scottish Rite Clinic will conduct three ten-week sessions of Stage Play: Theatre for Children with Autism during 2015. This program will serve youth with a variety of autism spectrum disorders.
The Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minneapolis $  100,000
Cine Global is a program of 50 notable films, supplemented by dialogues and events, developed in response to the dynamically shifting regional demographics, and exploring the unique and shared experiences of new Minnesotans.
Forecast Public Art, Saint Paul $  99,000
Forecast Public Art and The Cornerstone Group will work with Emily Johnson and Witt Siasoco for the pilot year of Richfield Artist Resident Engagement Program (RARE).
GREAT Theatre, Saint Cloud $  24,100
GREAT Theatre will provide four-show season memberships to 75 families that are living at or below the poverty level. This will build season-long participation for families who would otherwise be unable to experience live theater in greater Saint Cloud.
Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis $  13,665
Through a new partnership to help ninth graders achieve academic success and become empowered arts citizens, the Guthrie and Minneapolis Public Schools will offer summer learning opportunities in acting and musical theater.
Hennepin Theatre Trust, Minneapolis $  94,200
Hennepin Theatre Trust is partnering with Project SUCCESS locally and with high school musical theater programs across the state to provide underserved students with high-quality arts experiences.
History Theatre, Saint Paul $  49,750
History Here and Now will work with community partners to engage underserved older adult and immigrant families and communities around 2015 productions of The Debutante’s Ball and River Road Boogie: The Augie Garcia Story.
Hot Summer Jazz Festival, Saint Paul $  37,600
Twin Cities Jazz Festival will expand its free, three-day festival, which attracts 45,000 jazz fans to downtown Saint Paul, to additional audiences of 1,500 in four Saint Paul neighborhoods at ten venues.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  79,920
Illusion Theater will partner with YouthCARE (Youth for Cultural Appreciation and Racial Equality) to engage 200 at-risk Twin cities youth with Illusion, with an aim to provide access to theater and improve their life chances.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  35,900
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.
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis $  13,378
We will increase access to visual arts, dance, film, theater, and music for communities of color, Native/Indigenous, low-income, LGBT, and recent immigrants by partnering with six local organizations and addressing barriers of cost, transportation, and content comprehension.
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, Minneapolis $  38,625
Iraqi Voices is a collaborative mentorship program for Iraqis in Minnesota to produce high-quality documentary video shorts. Phase 3 will result in three new shorts that will play at film festivals and online.
Lazy Hmong Woman Productions, Saint Paul $  37,000
Lazy Hmong Woman Productions will present ten performances of Hmong-Lao Friendship, an original play written and performed by May Lee-Yang and Saymoukda Vongsay.
Leonardo's Basement, Minneapolis $  50,160
Three professional artists from Leonardo's Basement will provide visual arts programming during after school and summer times to low-income students from Maxfield Elementary School and their families in the Summit-University community of Saint Paul.
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis $  88,293
To meet the needs of seniors, including those with memory loss, the MacPhail Music for Life™ program will expand, providing access to high quality participatory music making opportunities using traditional and online methods.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association, Minneapolis $  25,000
The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra will perform Free Concerts for Seniors during July 2015, in six performances for low-income seniors with disabilities, at Nicollet Island, Elliot Park, and Cerenity-Humboldt in Saint Paul.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis $  28,275
Minnesota Center for Book Arts on the Road will resolve geographic and socioeconomic barriers that limit participation in three greater Minnesota communities, by engaging all ages with needed access to free and low cost art experiences.
Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata $  99,000
The Minnetonka Center for the Arts has been awarded a $99,000 grant to remove barriers to participation and provide high quality arts instruction for an estimated 435 underserved children, youth, seniors, and developmentally challenged adults.
Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  85,000
Pursuing its role as an anchor in its Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, Mixed Blood will produce, present, and host new plays by, about, for, and with Africans and Muslims in America, in its historic firehouse theater and throughout the state of Minnesota.
Mu Performing Arts, Saint Paul $  52,470
Mu Performing Arts will bring 1,000 Minnesota immigrants and refugees to Twelfth Night with free tickets, transportation, childcare, workshops, and community-created storytelling videos that put Shakespeare into participants' own words.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Paul $  100,000
The Ordway, WE WIN Institute, Voice of Culture Drum and Dance, and Loveworks Academy will create community access to a dance performance by Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT), including a residency with Minnesota artists to engage participants as artists.
Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center, Saint Cloud $  36,661
The Paramount education outreach department will connect local teaching artists and three central Minnesota senior communities to develop and deliver a model pilot arts program for underserved elderly residents.
Park Square Theatre, Saint Paul $  82,550
Park Square will pilot new organizational partnerships to engage 400 at-risk youth and families with access to theater and artists.
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis $  99,200
Pillsbury House Theatre will convene, train, and support 20 community-based artists as art block leaders who will create art projects to engage neighbors on the blocks where they live and support them in patronizing arts assets in their community.
Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Rochester $  40,000
Symphonic Vision™ is a multi-sensory experience of classical music performed by the Rochester Symphony Orchestra - a sight and sound spectacular that brings enjoyment of classical music to those who are hearing impaired and a richer experience for all.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul $  15,000
Through a three-concert chamber series at the Capri Theater, each with a third of the ticket inventory available for free, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will further its mission of making world-class orchestral music accessible to as many people as possible.
Saint Stephen's Human Services, Minneapolis $  65,940
zAmya Theater will provide in-depth theater workshops to 30 people who have experienced homelessness and present an original play based on their stories to up to 320 more people experiencing homelessness.
Springboard for the Arts, Saint Paul $  30,000
Springboard will implement the third Rural Arts and Culture Summit in June 2015, in partnership with the Center for Small Towns at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota.
SteppingStone Theatre, Saint Paul $  30,350
SteppingStone Theatre will connect with neighbors and roll out the welcome mat in this program that provides communal meals and art experiences for children, families, and individuals who live within one mile of its facility.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis $  60,316
Ten Thousand Things joins six new partners to bring Henry IV Part I, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and The New Don Juan free and directly to those without easy access: veterans, service industry workers, and the unemployed.
TU Dance, Saint Paul $  74,179
TU Dance will launch a new Student Ambassador Program, training TU Dance Center students to conduct peer-to-peer outreach in local schools, supporting access to dance classes for students of color and low-income students.
Upstream Arts, Inc., Minneapolis $  35,120
Upstream Arts will provide participatory arts programming for adults with disabilities living in the group homes of Opportunity Partners, culminating in public performances and a visual arts exhibit.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  59,728
Vintage Voices is a new program developed by VocalEssence that will provide 150 seniors at six local senior centers and assisted living facilities access to quality choral music with professional musicians.
VSA Minnesota, Minneapolis $  73,810
VSA Minnesota will present a two-day Symposium and Arts Chautauqua in September 2015 bringing together members of the arts and disability communities to explore access to the arts as it exists today and in years to come.


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