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FY 2016 Grantees

Cultural Community Partnership Grants

Cultural Community Partnership grants are designed to enhance the careers of individual artists of color.

Artists can apply for grants to help support a collaborative project with another Minnesota artist of color or a Minnesota nonprofit organization.

Number of grants awarded as of January 6, 2016 13
Total dollars awarded as of January 6, 2016 $ 103,927

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Brownbody, Vadnais Heights $  8,000
Brownbody will partner with Thomasina Petrus to rework and present Quiet As It's Kept, an on-ice performance that blends modern dance, figure skating, and Petrus's performance of a live theatrical and vocal soundscape.
Joelle M. Fernandez, Fridley $  8,000
Fernandez and Frankie Hebres will choreograph and perform in "Sayaw," a dance production that will fuse hip-hop dance and spoken word with Filipino cultural dance to tell immigration stories.
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer $  8,000
Franconia Sculpture Park will collaborate with Peyton Russell to create a large graffiti mural on the exterior of the Casket Arts Factory building. Russell and Franconia will also conduct a series of graffiti artmaking workshops with underserved youth.
Jessica R. Huang, Minneapolis $  8,000
Huang and Ricardo Vazquez will produce "The Palabras Project," a conceptual production of Federico Garcia Lorca's "Blood Wedding." The production will feature the work of Minnesota Latino poets, musicians, dancers, and hip-hop artists.
Jungle Theater, Minneapolis $  8,000
The Jungle Theater will engage performer, puppeteer, and visual artist Masanari Kawahara as a key collaborator for its production of The Oldest Boy, playwright Sarah Ruhl's newest play to be presented in late 2016.
Abdirizak M. Kahiye, Columbia Heights $  8,000
Kahiye (aka Harbi) will collaborate with Cedar Cultural Center to compose and debut a new percussive piece titled Heartbeat of Durbaanka, to highlight the unique rhythms of music from Somalia.
Jimmy Longoria, Hopkins $  8,000
Longoria will work with the Maple Grove Arts Center to mentor community participants in the creation of large-scale canvases for exhibition at the arts center.
Briand M. Morrison, Grand Portage $  8,000
Morrison will work with Jim Denomie to produce a multimedia production of Denomie's visual art and Morrison's original jazz compositions. Together they will present a series of public screenings and discussions around Minnesota.
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Minneapolis $  7,950
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Hennepin County, will collaborate with Bill Cottman to teach photography to youth experiencing foster care. Cottman will also document the lives of families served by Northpoint through the creation of family portraits.
Penumbra Theatre Company, Inc., Saint Paul $  7,977
Penumbra Theatre will collaborate with BriAnna M. Daniels to create and perform Uncomfortable, an original theatrical text. This one-woman show will examine the intersection of race and gender as it relates to homelessness.
Aamera Siddiqui, Saint Paul $  8,000
Siddiqui and Eliza Rasheed will develop a new play titled Cloth, to explore the relationship that women from across cultures have to cloth and how patriarchy, politics, and consumerism shape this relationship.
Textile Center, Minneapolis $  8,000
Textile Center of Minnesota will present Maggie Thompson's exhibit Where Are You Now. It will feature woven, knit, and digitally printed works exploring familial grief and its impact on her identity as an Ojibwe woman of mixed heritage.
Yang Yang, Saint Paul Park $  8,000
Yang will collaborate with Saint Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee to host origami workshops throughout the metro area to create an installation that promotes peace between the people of Nagasaki and Saint Paul.


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