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FY 2017 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 7, 2016
Total dollars awarded September 7, 2016
$ 550,911

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Art Shanty Projects, Minneapolis $  25,000
Art Shanty Projects will repurpose a portion of White Bear Lake's frozen surface into a winter festival. It is equal parts gallery, artist residency, and interactive community with multidisciplinary art installations and performances.
Cultural Awareness Organization, Worthington $  10,420
The Cultural Awareness Organization will work with community leaders to present a multicultural festival that is free to the public and includes Minnesota folk and traditional performers, foods, artist booths, and children's activities.
Frozen River Film Festival, Winona $  49,790
The Frozen River Film Festival will present the art of documentary filmmaking in celebration of community, connecting audiences with filmmakers and other artists who explore global and local issues that focus on our human connections to the world.
Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais $  31,413
The Grand Marais Arts Festival will showcase over 70 local and regional artists through artist booths, demonstrations, and activities in celebration of art on the North Shore of Lake Superior on July 8-9, 2017.
Historic Paramount Theatre, Austin $  34,850
The Austin ArtWorks Festival will feature a broad selection of experiences in the visual, performing, and literary arts including interactive activities, artistic demonstrations, and an outdoor stage featuring musical guests.
Irish Fair of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  74,025
The Irish Fair of Minnesota will present an Irish arts and cultural festival featuring over 400 performers and staffed by over 600 dedicated volunteers in August of 2017, on Harriet Island in Saint Paul.
Lowertown Blues Festival, Saint Paul $  20,000
The Lowertown Blues Festival will showcase 100 Minnesota blues artists to 25,000 attendees in Saint Paul, July 21-22, 2017.
NEMAA, Minneapolis $  49,725
Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) will present the 22nd annual Art-A-Whirl, an open studio tour throughout Northeast Minneapolis, May 19-21, 2017. Art-A-Whirl provides an opportunity to connect with over 500 artists in their studios, attend demonstrations, and purchase local artwork.
RiverSong Music Festival, Hutchinson $  29,161
RiverSong Music Festival will host its ninth two-day, outdoor music festival in Hutchinson, Minnesota, July 14-15, 2017, introducing a diverse audience to a variety of music in a scenic, riverside setting.
Square Lake Film and Music Festival, Stillwater $  8,750
The Square Lake Film and Music Festival will present an annual outdoor celebration of Minnesota film and music held near Stillwater. Attendees will enjoy local music, a juried program of locally produced animation and short films, and the debut of a live film score.
Twin Cities Film Fest, Saint Louis Park $  68,750
Twin Cities Film Fest will give Minnesota filmmakers a national voice by showcasing exceptional local films, stimulating professional growth, growing access for Minnesota audiences to independent cinema, and educating new and underrepresented voices in film.
Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Saint Paul $  75,000
Twin Cities Jazz Festival will attract 40,000 festivalgoers of all ages to Lowertown and Downtown Saint Paul on June 23-25 to showcase 400 Minnesota jazz artists at nineteen venues.
Twin Cities Pride, Minneapolis $  74,027
Twin Cities Pride will present more than 60 artists, including twenty queer artists of color, at the 2017 Pride Festival and will continue working with festivalgoers and others to create a living history film that documents the LGBT Pride Movement in Minnesota.


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