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FY 2016 Grantees

Minnesota Festival Support

Project grants to engage Minnesotans in festivals that celebrate the arts, build community, and expose communities to diverse art forms including folk and traditional arts

Number of grants awarded on September 2, 2015
Total dollars awarded on September 2, 2015
$ 504,325

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Art Shanty Projects, Minneapolis $  7,500
Art Shanty Projects will repurpose a portion of White Bear Lake's frozen surface to create a festival in February 2016 that is equal parts gallery, artist residency, and interactive community with multidisciplinary art installations and performances.
Frozen River Film Festival, Winona $  34,900
The 2016 Frozen River Film Festival of Winona will present the art of documentary filmmaking to celebrate community and connect audiences with filmmakers and other artists who explore global and local issues that focus on our human connection to the world.
Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais $  32,818
Grand Marais Arts, Inc. will present the Grand Marais Arts Festival, July 9-10, 2016, showcasing over 70 local and regional artists. Attendees will be able to shop for quality art, observe artist demonstrations, participate in art activities, and celebrate the long tradition of fine art on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Irish Fair of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  74,425
The Irish Fair of Minnesota will present an Irish arts and culture celebration, featuring more than 400 performers, in August of 2016 on Harriet Island in Saint Paul.
Mizna, Saint Paul $  14,202
Mizna will present the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival showcasing the best of independent cinema of the Arab and Arab American world, connecting Minnesota audiences to the perspectives of Minnesota, national, and global Arab filmmakers.
North House Folk School, Grand Marais $  17,500
North House Folk School will increase programming and regional visibility during its 2016 Wooden Boat Show in Grand Marais, inviting artists and visitors to celebrate wooden boats, traditional crafts, hands-on learning, and the joy of summer.
Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, Minneapolis $  48,300
Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) will present the 21st annual Art-A-Whirl, a weekend-long self-guided open studio tour throughout Northeast Minneapolis. Art-A-Whirl provides an opportunity to connect with over 500 artists in their studios, attend demonstrations, and purchase local artwork.
Square Lake Film and Music Festival, Stillwater $  6,000
The 14th annual Square Lake Film & Music Festival is a daylong, outdoor celebration of Minnesota-produced music and film held on a scenic 25-acre hobby farm near Stillwater.
Twin Cities Film Fest, Saint Louis Park $  50,000
Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) will provide Minnesota filmmakers with a national presence and foster professional growth at its 2016 festival by showcasing exceptional Minnesota films.
Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Saint Paul $  75,000
Twin Cities Jazz Festival (TCJF) will attract 40,000 festivalgoers to Saint Paul in June 2016 to showcase 325 Minnesota jazz artists in nineteen venues, including Rice Park and the newly opened CHS Field.
Twin Cities Pride, Minneapolis $  74,680
Twin Cities Pride will present more than 60 artists, including twenty-five queer artists of color, at the 2016 Pride Festival and will work with festivalgoers and others to create a film that documents the LGBT Pride Movement in Minnesota.
United Arts of Central Minnesota, Saint Cloud $  69,000
United Arts of Central Minnesota, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Saint Cloud and the Saint Cloud Parks and Recreation department, will include a sculpture walk as part of its 2016 Summertime by George Arts Festival.


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