-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2017 Grantees

Arts Learning

Project grants to provide opportunities for lifelong learners to acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts


Number of grants awarded on July 12, 2016
Total dollars awarded July 12, 2016 and November 2, 2016
$ 2,772,913

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul $  90,008
Wilder Foundation will use a theme of "finding our own voice" and work with fifteen artists to engage older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers in creating, performing, and responding to art.
Artaria String Quartet, West Saint Paul $  28,140
Artaria will invigorate Winona, Lanesboro, Caledonia, and Rushford by engaging residents in chamber music learning experiences.
ArtStart, Saint Paul $  48,787
ArtStart will collaborate with Audubon MN to implement residencies in six elementary schools where learners will create art and poetry inspired by indigneous beliefs, stories, and art forms, and will examine the impact of climate change on birds.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  150,000
The Cedar will launch the Midnimo Workshop Series, an in-depth series of three workshop sets led by master Somali artists that teach culturally specific artistic skills and further intercultural appreciation.
Center for Engaging Autism, Minnetonka $  11,063
Center for Engaging Autism will collaborate with Chris Martin and Brian Laidlaw, poet and songwriter, to tap into the power of poetry to unlock creativity and potential in individuals with autism through intensive camps.
Choral Arts Ensemble, Rochester $  9,945
Conductor Rick Kvam, Choral Arts Ensemble, and a professional orchestra will collaborate with three regional high school choirs to prepare and perform choral masterworks in a side-by-side learning and mentoring relationship.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  66,500
Over 1,300 students in seven public schools throughout Minnesota will work directly with professional actors and playwrights to create theater pieces that address a topic that is meaningful to their community.
Copper Street Brass, Minneapolis $  45,000
The Copper Street Brass program "Big Ears and the Blue Ox" will teach active listening skills in an interactive musical context with those who are most intensely learning and practicing their communication skills: young people ages two - ten.
Crossroads School and Vocational Center, Saint Francis $  13,365
Dunyia Drum and Dance Group will conduct residencies on West African drumming and dance at Crossroads School in Saint Francis.
The DIAL Group, Saint Louis Park $  25,550
The DIAL Group presents an after-school program that provides at-risk and underserved youth of color a digital media arts program with a service learning component focused on youth-led community engagement.
Epic Enterprise Inc., Dundas $  42,549
Epic Enterprise will provide in-depth arts learning opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities in partnership with a musician from Toneworks Music Therapy Services and independent visual artist, Lori Brink.
Susan E. Feigenbaum, Eden Prairie $  13,941
Susan Feigenbaum will teach clay classes at five communities for older adults. Independent, assisted, and memory care residents will learn art concepts, artmaking skills, engage socially, and share their learning at art exhibits open to the public.
Nathan H. Fisher, Minneapolis $  49,400
Refugee Voices is a filmmaking workshop where Twin Cities-based refugees learn to direct short, human rights themed documentaries. Adult learners write documentary treatments and then produce short films based on the treatments.
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer $  42,949
Franconia Sculpture Park will collaborate with professional artists to provide arts learning programs for rural youth, expanding learners' knowledge of sculpture and art-making processes through customized tours, curricula, and hands-on art-making.
Frank Theatre, Minneapolis $  39,700
Frank Theatre will conduct a three-part residency at Loring Nicollet Alternative High School that will use writing exercises, storytelling, and theater games, and will culminate in a public performance created by the students.
The Givens Foundation for African American Literature, Edina $  60,946
Culture Matters will pair five African American literary teaching artists with five metro schools, providing culturally responsive teaching based on African American literature, improving students' skills, literacy, and cultural understanding.
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis $  125,000
The Guthrie Theater will expand a successful pilot to provide a dedicated teaching artist in residence at five public high schools for a full academic year; the artists will serve as arts learning resources in classrooms and after-school programs.
Highland Friendship Club, Saint Paul $  81,263
Highland Friendship Club will work with Upstream Arts to provide arts learning experiences that result in a theater and photography show and will dispel myths about the creativity of people with disabilities.
Hillcrest Community School, Bloomington $  69,048
Hillcrest Community School, Minnesota's only Artful Learning school, and COMPAS will enrich and deepen student learning through two- and three-week professional artist residencies that fully integrate artist and art form into Artful Learning Units of Inquiry.
Historic Paramount Theatre, Austin $  51,560
Austin Area Commission for the Arts will present Z Puppets' STEAM of Puppetry workshops and performances at three community sites to increase access to arts programming for Mower County youth.
IFP Minnesota, Saint Paul $  22,350
IFP MN will collaborate with six teaching artists, the Sundance Institute, and the Tribeca Film Institute to provide a series of film production classes and workshops for emerging artists from underrepresented communities.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  78,000
Illusion Theater will partner with four Minneapolis and Saint Paul middle schools and one Duluth high school to provide enjoyable arts learning, primarily for disadvantaged youth, with links to real-life issues.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  49,500
NEXUS is dedicated to increasing the professional expertise and viability of emerging media artists from underserved communities. The program includes skill training, mentorship, critique, presentation, and networking.
Interact, Saint Paul $  69,546
Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts will bring ten teaching artists and seven coteaching artists with disabilities to work with Mississippi Creative Arts School in the creation of poetry, music, puppets, and theater through the One Heart/Many Voices! program.
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis $  38,939
Intermedia Arts teaching artists and youth artist apprentices will conduct the GenArt program to bring together 72 teens and elders from the Heritage Park community in north Minneapolis to cocreate art in a variety of media inspired by conversations about identity, time, and memory.
Intermediate School District 287, Plymouth $  34,320
Intermediate School District 287 will work with COMPAS teaching artist Soli Hughes to engage students with emotional-behavioral disabilities in a sixteen-week Digital Rock Clock and HistoPop arts residency to study and create pop music, WWII to the present.
Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program, Grand Rapids $  7,933
The Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program will present a one-week summer jazz camp to introduce students to jazz and improvisation basics for string instrument students.
Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis $  9,999
Kulture Klub Collaborative will travel to Northern Clay Center for a series of workshops focused on ceramic arts.
Annette S. Lee, Foreston $  58,528
Native Skywatchers - Earth Sky Connections project weaves together art, culture, and science in a way that will inspire learners to create art in relation to the earth, sky, and cosmos; participatory art workshops will be offered at community centers and schools throughout Minnesota.
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis $  104,170
MacPhail will deepen its impact in five Minnesota communities through the Online School Partnership program, providing supplemental music learning opportunities through both online instruction and in-person enhancements for pre-K-12.
City of Maplewood, Maplewood $  130,722
The City of Maplewood will work with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz to continue building Kid City, a Parks program for youth ages nine to thirteen, to learn theater skills that will spark cross-cultural connections and positively impact their city.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association, Minneapolis $  16,283
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association will offer Kids Play in collaboration with several public school instrumental music programs, providing students with mentors through sectional coaching and side-by-side performances.
Minnesota Children's Museum, Saint Paul $  44,996
Minnesota Children's Museum's teaching artist series engages children with Minnesota artists with a guided arts learning experience through workshops and drop-in activities in which they will create or respond to art.
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, Bemidji $  35,000
The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference will bring award-winning writers of national stature to present craft talks and readings and teach weeklong workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction beside Lake Bemidji.
Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis $  70,231
Minnesota Opera's Music Out Loud, is a free, high-frequency after-school music education program for underserved students that uses opera as the foundation for learning and arts engagement.
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, Minneapolis $  28,575
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop will teach nine introductory creative writing courses in state prisons and host internal readings at the end of each course, as well as a public reading at Hamline University.
Mississippi Creative Arts School, Saint Paul $  36,088
Mississippi Creative Arts will partner with Children's Theatre Company for a 30-session arts learning residency in three elementary classrooms, using theater and storytelling strategies to question and recreate stories.
Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School, West Saint Paul $  44,874
Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School will expand Z Puppets' Monkey Mind Pirates arts and mindfulness K-2 and special education residency to include teacher integration coaching.
Mu Performing Arts, Saint Paul $  21,500
Mu Performing Arts will work with artist Masanari Kawahara and participants from the Asian American community to create an original play about the 21st century immigrant experience using puppetry, masks, and movement.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Paul $  77,055
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will engage 630 schoolchildren from six schools in a multifaceted dance residency program designed around Step Afrika!'s performance at the Ordway.
Our Saviour's Community Services, Minneapolis $  8,928
Our Saviour's Housing will partner with teaching artist Brian Malloy to offer a twelve-week creative writing course to homeless residents. This course will teach residents how to express themselves through poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis $  64,650
Pangea World Theater offers Making Theater Happen-Institute for Directing/Ensemble Creation and Design to facilitate more input from underserved communities, youth, and nontraditional learners in theater.
Partnership Resources, Inc., Saint Louis Park $  37,839
Partnership Resources, Inc will partner with Potek Glass to create collaborative glass art installations created by adults with developmental disabilities and others to share with the public at three locations.
Penumbra Theatre, Saint Paul $  18,172
Penumbra will present master classes to train participants in the unique, culturally specific aesthetic housed within our institution to support the development of art and community.
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis $  99,318
Pillsbury House Theatre teaching artists will work with human service programs, Augustana Care Senior Housing, and families to provide arts learning experiences connecting young people with adults, parents, and elders in underserved neighborhoods.
Reif Center, Grand Rapids $  43,916
The Reif Center will collaborate with sculptor Kevin Reese in work with area schools and community members to "Mobilize the Arts," creating mobiles to be exhibited in the renovated Reif Center and later throughout the community.
Rochester STEM Academy, Rochester $  21,280
Rochester STEM Academy will collaborate with spoken word poet Frank Sentwali and videographer Mike Hazard to produce stories and poems that explore the immigrant experience.
Saint Louis County School District, Virginia $  68,000
South Ridge School will partner with Frank Theatre in arts residencies to help students build confidence in their own voice telling their stories, and increase their writing/reading skills through writing exercises, storytelling, and theater games.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul $  32,856
In January 2017, 100 community-sourced amateur flutists will participate in a unique two-day flute camp with Saint Paul Chamber Orcshestra (SPCO) flutists and world-renowned flutist Claire Chase, and will also play alongside these professionals in an SPCO performance at the Ordway.
Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins $  68,503
Stages Theatre Company will work with seven Minnesota middle/junior high schools to offer Perspectives on Peace, an in-school arts residency program for students, teachers, and artists that results in a collaborative showcase on the subject of peace.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Minneapolis $  49,500
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater will present two two-week Family Albums residencies engaging elementary and middle school students in Duluth as they create and perform original stageworks based on their family stories and legacies.
Teatro del Pueblo, Saint Paul $  17,600
Teatro del Pueblo will engage Latino elders at two sites in theater residencies where participants will have the opportunity to acquire performing arts skills in the creation and performance of a play.
Toneworks Community Foundation, Minneapolis $  10,392
Toneworks Community Foundation and the Minneapolis Public Schools will expand arts programming to provide students in all early childhood special education classrooms with weekly music making opportunities.
Upstream Arts, Inc., Minneapolis $  99,725
Upstream Arts will carry out residency programs in the special education classrooms of 25 Minneapolis Public Schools in the 2016-17 school year, bringing theater, music, dance, visual arts, and poetry to 375 students with disabilities.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  46,401
VocalEssence WITNESS will provide a residency to learn songs of freedom and sanctuary with guest artist Melanie DeMore and perform in five VocalEssence concerts for two middle schools and two high schools in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake $  30,000
White Bear Center for the Arts will collaborate with photographic artist Wing Young Huie to work with 1,200 White Bear Lake Area High School-South Campus students in a residency that utilizes photography to develop cultural awareness.
Zeitgeist, Saint Paul $  12,510
Zeitgeist will present Zeitgeist Early Music Workshop: Lou Harrison, a series of four educational workshops for the general public featuring live performance, discussion, and hands-on performance activities for participants.


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