-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2015 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 January 7, 2015 37
Total dollars awarded as of January 7, 2015 $ 684,847

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Achieve Services, Inc., Blaine$  10,765
Students with disabilities in the Twin Cities will be given a new opportunity to create original music with the help of Achieve Services' music group Dance at Your Own Risk. These adults and students will share their songs in a concert in June 2015.
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul$  24,998
Wilder will remove barriers for 359 diverse, low-income children, families, and elders to participate in a wide variety of arts activities by collaborating with sixteen arts organizations.
Ampersand Families, Minneapolis$  21,242
Ampersand Families will partner with CLIMB to provide an arts opportunity where youth waiting to be adopted join with potential parents, adoptive families, and adoption workers in improv classes.
Ascension Place, Inc., Minneapolis $  5,000
Ascension Place will provide admission, transportation, and staff support for 72 women living in our transitional housing program to engage with the arts, thereby enriching their lives and aiding in their healing.
Augustana Care, Minneapolis$  16,800
Augustana Care will host a series of three music-centered family days at each of six assisted living and skilled nursing campuses, drawing an audience of elders, their families, and the community.
Boys and Girls Club of Rochester, Rochester$  10,000
Boys and Girls Club of Rochester will partner with the Rochester Art Center to build an experimental film and dance program for at-risk and low-income youth.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minneapolis $  13,632
Through mosaics and sculpture, Catholic Charities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and Free Arts Minnesota will engage north Minneapolis youth in creative expression of what family means to them.
Cerenity Senior Care- Humboldt, Saint Paul $  25,000
Cerenity Senior Care- Humboldt is partnering with our local arts community to provide enriching arts experiences for residents. They will have the opportunity to create, and to attend various classes, visit local galleries, art centers, theaters, and performances.
Council on Crime and Justice, Minneapolis$  12,675
The Council on Crime and Justice and Ten Thousand Things Theater will partner to present a production of Forget Me Not When Far Away, a new play about the struggle to rejoin community.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Minneapolis $  23,679
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and Independent Filmmaker Project MN will provide filmmaking classes for people living with disabilities in its Transitional Rehabilitation Program.
Ebenezer Society Foundation, Saint Paul $  25,000
Ebenezer will partner with MacPhail Center for Music to provide Music for Life™ music education programs for older adults at Ebenezer Ridges and Ebenezer Martin Luther campuses as part of the lifelong learning initiative.
Ecumen Parmly LifePointes, Chisago City $  14,910
Ecumen Parmly LifePointes and COMPAS are collaborating to provide a diverse array of arts activities to older adults to foster their creativity and well-being, including their engagement in the broader community.
Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley, Apple Valley$  17,675
Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley will partner with KAIROS Alive! to provide older adults with an opportunity to be creative and promote their artistic development using dance, storytelling, music, and theater.
Ecumen Seasons at Maplewood, Maplewood$  13,867
Ecumen Seasons at Maplewood will participate in VocalEssence Vintage Voices, a program that will offer 25 residents twelve weeks of choral residencies, attendance at a concert, and a final performance for their peers.
Epic Enterprise Inc., Dundas$  19,500
In partnership with Northern Clay Center, Epic Enterprise will provide high quality art experiences for adults with developmental disabilities.
Episcopal Homes Foundation of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  19,598
Episcopal Homes of Minnesota will create opportunities for older adults in its affordable apartment residences to learn about and experience live performances at the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Opera, and Jungle Theater.
FamilyMeans, Stillwater$  25,000
FamilyMeans will provide high quality art experiences to youth living in Cimarron and Landfall and frail seniors, utilizing a diverse and talented group of artists from COMPAS.
Home and Community Options, Inc., Winona$  19,480
Home and Community Options will collaborate with community art partners to coordinate a community theater event that integrates individuals with intellectual disabilities into an inclusive community theater experience.
Indigenous Peoples Task Force, Minneapolis$  25,000
Indigenous Peoples Task Force and Pangea World Theater partner in the Ikdiowin Program, bringing their performance of Wait to many reservations across Minnesota and to Native youth audiences within the metro area.
Jewish Family Service of Saint Paul, Saint Paul $  17,178
Jewish Family Service, together with KAIROS Alive! and four guest musicians, will offer seven monthly interactive dance and arts events to enhance quality of life and build community in three separate senior residences.
Jordan Towers Resident Council, Red Wing$  5,250
Residents of Jordan Towers, primarily elderly, low-income and/or disabled individuals, will have barrier-free access to Sheldon Theatre performances, as well the opportunity to participate in on-site artistic outreach activities.
Karen Organization of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  25,000
Jungle2Jungle will use parkour and highly physical performance games to create an original performance which tells the stories of Karen refugees in Minnesota.
Midwest Special Services, Inc., Saint Paul $  25,000
Midwest Special Services will partner with KAIROS Alive! to hold dance workshops for adults with disabilities. Through dance and storytelling, KAIROS will build community and demonstrate the many benefits that participation in dance can produce.
Neighborhood House, Saint Paul $  12,791
Neighborhood House is increasing arts participation within Youth Work programs as a means of developing a positive cultural identity among its youth. This will occur through workshops, speakers, and attending specific performances.
North Homes Children and Family Services, Grand Rapids $  24,250
North Homes will collaborate with MacRostie Art Center to provide art instruction and facilitate projects two days a week for at-risk youth who are residents of the ITASKIN Center and Residential Treatment Cottage in Grand Rapids.
Northeast Youth and Family Services, Shoreview$  6,685
Zenon Dance Company will partner with Northeast Youth and Family Services' Northeast Therapeutic Services, a day treatment program, for a one-week program that will help 45 students reach their goals through participation in the arts.
Opportunity Neighborhood, New Brighton $  10,823
Barebones Productions will lead an eight-day arts inquiry on shadow puppetry and percussion to K-5th grade low-income resident youth participating in a free summer camp at Ames Lake Neighborhood.
Opportunity Partners, Minnetonka$  25,000
Opportunity Partners will partner with Upstream Arts to bring The Art of Working, arts-based vocational training, to six groups of Opportunity Partners clients, serving 90 adults with disabilities.
Parents In Community Action, Inc., Minneapolis $  24,300
Parents In Community Action plans to 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
Partnership Resources joins Children's Theatre Company to offer adults with disabilities dance, music, acting, and storytelling training resulting in a performance reflecting their creativity and vision.
Project SUCCESS, Minneapolis $  10,150
Project SUCCESS will partner with The Northrop to provide meaningful, high-quality arts experience for underserved Minneapolis students with Compagnie Käfig's Correria / Agwa.
The Refuge Network, Cambridge$  25,000
The Black Dog Hill Shelter will collaborate with sculptor Jess Hirsch to organize art classes for the children of the shelter. The program will instill an appreciation for art and refuge through creative action.
SOAR Career Solutions, Duluth $  25,000
SOAR Career Solutions will work with a teaching artist to design and implement theater workshops and a performance to develop positive and productive life skills of clients in the Community Offender Reentry Program.
Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation, Saint Paul$  11,800
In a summer arts camps collaboration between Barebones Productions and Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation, life-size shadow puppetry on stilts will elevate the imaginations of children and shed light on traditional Javanese artforms.
Urban Ventures, Minneapolis $  17,799
Urban Ventures Music Academy will collaborate with MacPhail Center for Music and Intermedia Arts to introduce at-risk youth to diverse musical styles by creating percussive sounds, beats, and rhythms on nontraditional instruments.
YouthLink, Minneapolis $  25,000
YouthLink, a critical resource and safe and supportive refuge for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness, is proud to partner with Kulture Klub Collaborative on the Closed/Open Mic Performance Series.
youthrive, Minneapolis $  25,000
youthrive and five COMPAS artists will engage youth in service learning at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Youth Festival: Frank Sentwali, Witt Siasoco, Katrina Knutson, Eric Sharp, and Heidi Jueb.


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