-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2017 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 September 7, 2016
Total dollars awarded September 7, 2016
$ 2,254,537

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Ananya Dance Theatre, Minneapolis $  25,055
Ananya Dance Theatre will conduct fourteen workshops connecting refugee, immigrant, and Native girls and women with dance, dancemaking, and self-expression through movement, creating access to professional concert dance and building cultural leadership.
Artistry, Bloomington $  21,820
Artistry will partner with Penelope 35, a federally subsidized housing complex, to produce PenARTS, a program to increase arts access and engagement among 90 low-income seniors.
ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater $  18,250
ArtReach St. Croix will collaborate with area state park naturalists to "take the show on the road" through a mobile art gallery and pop-up performance venue, inviting the region's rural residents to experience art in the landscape.
ArtStart, Saint Paul $  40,705
ArtStart and East Side Neighborhood Services will collaborate to implement a seven-week multidisciplinary arts summer project for youth, exploring the Mississippi River watershed and issues of water quality and culminating in a youth led water festival.
Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, Eagan $  23,565
Caponi Art Park will partner with the Head Start program of Scott, Carver, Dakota CAP Agency to provide hands-on arts experiences and interactive performances for low-income preschool children and their families.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  100,000
The Cedar will host residencies featuring Somali musicians, copresent events with Somali organizations, and conduct ticket giveaways and culturally competent marketing in order to engage Somali audiences and promote intercultural appreciation.
Chamber Music Live, Houston $  5,000
Chamber Music Live will host the Apollo Music Festival, a series of free chamber music concerts in Houston, Minnesota. Ensemble artists perform at the highest artistic level giving local audiences access to the beauty and intimacy of live performances.
CLIMB Theatre, Inver Grove Heights $  94,173
Humans of Minnesota will bring CLIMB Theatre to four rural regions to collect and record residents' stories. These stories and their audio will be crafted into four plays, one performed in each region. Performances will be recorded and podcast throughout Minnesota.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  100,000
COMPAS will engage at-risk youth and community members to create and install a large-scale mosaic and paint mural, to transform a concrete bridge underpass into a welcoming passageway that reflects the community's interests.
Copper Street Brass, Minneapolis $  12,255
The Copper Street Brass, in partnership with The Waters of Plymouth, will pilot an all-new arts program featuring performances and engagement activities with a specific focus on enriching the lives of memory-care seniors and their caregivers.
Duluth Playhouse, Duluth $  43,536
The Duluth Playhouse and Scottish Rite Clinic will conduct three ten-week sessions of Stage Play: Theatre for Children with Autism during 2017. This program will serve youth with a variety of autism spectrum and related disorders.
The Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minneapolis $  47,951
Cine Latino 2016/17, a unique program of 50 Spanish-language films enhanced by off-screen community activities, will be a stand-alone event in fall 2016, and a spotlight of the 2017 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
Giving Voice Initiative, Edina $  5,000
Giving Voice Initiative will lead a multipartner collaboration to create a unique community chorus for persons with Alzheimer's and their care partners in the Saint Paul area, and through public performance will help to reduce the stigma of dementia.
Great Northern Union Chorus, Minnetonka $  49,900
The Great Northern Union Chorus (GNU) will use a collaborative process to engage young men of color in the transformational effect of barbershop singing. GNU's own artistic understanding, texture, identity, and impact will be similarly transformed.
The History Theatre, Inc., Saint Paul $  48,990
History Theatre will deepen and expand History Here and Now into an ongoing engagement program that connects underserved communities to theater. We will refine and develop ongoing program activity anchored by three productions in our 2016-17 season.
Hopewell Music Cooperative North, Minneapolis $  16,190
Hopewell Music will deliver weekly after-school music enrichment in violin, piano, guitar, percussion, and group ensemble to underserved youth attending north Minneapolis schools, to stimulate them to become engaged in art and life.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  78,530
Illusion Theater will work with youth from the Indigenous People's Task Force, to adapt and perform Touch, Illusion's play on child sexual abuse, for Native communities.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  48,000
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.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis $  98,450
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre's Phillips Project will provide year-round arts activities for 120 K-12 at-risk youth in underserved Minneapolis neighborhoods.
Interact, Saint Paul $  59,375
Dis/Cover the Arts creates opportunities for artists with disabilities, and audiences of people with disabilities, by providing access to Interact's award-winning performances and visual arts exhibitions, created by artists with disabilities.
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis $  99,800
Intermedia Arts will increase access to high quality arts experiences for new Americans, the Native/Indigenous community, the Asian American community, and elders by addressing barriers of cost, transportation, representation, visibility, and engagement.
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, Minneapolis $  40,000
Iraqi Voices is a collaborative arts experience that gives Twin Cities-based Iraqi refugees an artistic platform to share their stories.
Jungle Theater, Minneapolis $  27,130
The Jungle Theater will extend access of its production of Sarah Ruhl's The Oldest Boy to new and underserved diverse populations through a range of community collaborations and partnerships, especially reaching the local Tibetan community.
KAIROS ALIVE!, Minneapolis $  44,562
Kairos Alive! will provide dance/story/song/theater performance opportunities to veterans of all ages, their families, and expanded community to enhance the well being of all participants, respect for veterans, and new accessible arts programming.
Mill City Summer Opera, Minneapolis $  28,245
Through "Opera is Epic!," underserved youth will participate with Mill City Summer Opera artists in an interactive day camp where they'll experience and learn how to create an opera, culminating with a free performance for youth and their families.
Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul $  95,974
Minnesota Museum of American Art will present a provocative and relevant exhibition of new artwork that reconsiders the meaning of “American art” as discussed in listening sessions with local curators and artists of color across the state.
Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis $  19,095
Voices of Opera will be an access program designed to bring music to senior citizens who experience significant barriers to arts participation. It will enhance their quality of life through fostering increased opportunities for creative engagement.
Minnesota Orchestral Association, Minneapolis $  85,000
The Minnesota Orchestra will expand its OH+ program with two underserved communities to provide students, their families, and their neighbors with high-quality arts experiences and enriching relationships with the Orchestra's musicians.
Northern Lights.mn, Minneapolis $  100,000
Northern Lights.mn will work with community partners in three Green Line districts: Little Mekong, Little Africa, and West Bank to involve neighborhood residents in the Northern Spark festival as planners, attendees, and artists.
Penumbra Theatre, Saint Paul $  48,642
Penumbra will pilot an accessibility program in partnership with VSA Minnesota to proactively welcome and include people with disabilities in Penumbra arts programming.
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis $  99,600
Pillsbury House Theatre will support 24 artists living on twenty different blocks in four underserved neighborhoods. Artists will meet neighbors on their blocks and engage them in arts activities. A culminating Culture Crawl will engage the wider public.
Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis $  17,000
Ragamala Dance Company will produce Bringing the Arts from Home to Community: An Ode to Navarathri, a free event inspired by this South Indian festival rooted in the sharing of art.
Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Rochester $  79,704
Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale will create audiovisual recordings of its concerts, post them online, and collaborate with area hospitals, senior living centers, and local TV, to distribute them to those unable to attend live concerts due to physical or economic limitations.
The Rose Ensemble, Saint Paul $  27,360
The Rose Ensemble will engage older adults who live in residential facilities located in greater Minnesota communities with populations of less than 20,000, in an interactive musical program, The Roots of Bluegrass.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul $  91,892
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will partner with the Capri Theater and Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church to present the Northside Celebration in March 2017, a participatory artistic performance that will shed a positive light on the north Minneapolis community.
The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, Saint Paul $  43,229
The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music will deliver weekly after-school music enrichment in violin, guitar, and rock ensemble to underserved youth attending Saint Paul schools, to stimulate them to become engaged in art and life.
The Schubert Club, Saint Paul $  9,250
The Schubert Club will partner with community centers and professional artists for children to access the arts in our after-school KidsJam workshops where they play, listen, learn, and create with music.
SooVAC, Minneapolis $  18,475
SooVAC and Walker Methodist Health Center (WMHC) will collaborate on engaging older adults in art tours, gallery discussions, and artmaking experiences lead by teaching artists, culminating in an ongoing exhibition at WMHC and a six-week exhibition at SooVAC.
Springboard for the Arts, Saint Paul $  30,000
Springboard for the Arts will collaborate with the Center for Small Towns at the University of Minnesota and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils to present the fourth Rural Arts and Culture Summit in June 2017.
Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins $  20,845
Stages Theatre Company seeks to break down barriers to arts participation for youth and families affected by autism by hosting a community Arts4Autism forum, offering free tickets to sensory-friendly performances, and improving customer service.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis $  42,000
Ten Thousand Things Theater will work with prominent local artists and four key community partners to pilot an Artist Activator program, deepening community engagement by offering creative workshops related to the themes of seven free performances in 2017.
Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Saint Paul $  35,245
Twin Cities Jazz Festival (TCJF) will expand its free three-day festival, which attracts 45,000 jazz fans to Lowertown Saint Paul, to TCJF access sites along Saint Paul's Green Line and in Como Park for expected audiences of 2,840.
Upstream Arts, Inc., Minneapolis $  57,043
Upstream Arts will carry out 36 weeks of arts programming for adults with disabilities at three different disability service providers - Lifeworks, Opportunity Partners, and Hammer - culminating in two evenings of public performances at Mixed Blood Theatre.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  49,500
VocalEssence will expand Vintage Voices to provide 100 seniors at four local senior centers and assisted living facilities access to quality choral music with professional musicians.
Watermark Art Center, Bemidji $  47,951
Watermark Art Center will foster strategic, long-term engagement with Native American peoples living within, and outside of, the White Earth, Leech Lake, and Red Lake tribal boundaries.
White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake $  26,000
White Bear Center for the Arts will provide culturally relevant programs to build authentic relationships with Hmong American artists and community members.
zAmya Theater Project, Minneapolis $  34,250
Saint Stephen's Human Services' zAmya Theater will increase access to and participation in theater arts for seniors and young adults experiencing homelessness with Free Theater Club, eighteen weeks of creative sessions building to a public performance.


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