-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2018 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 8, 2017 and November 1, 2017
Total dollars awarded September 8, 2017 and November 1, 2017
$ 2,014,858

Grantee, City Grant Amount
ArtStart, Saint Paul $  49,840
ArtStart will conduct Between Water & Sky, a collaboration with Minnesota National Valley Wildlife Refuge in which fifteen underserved teens are mentored by artists and naturalists, as they explore the ecology of the Minnesota River and create an art/sound/poetry installation on global warming.
Bollywood Dance Scene, Minneapolis $  7,268
Bollywood Dance Scene will work with new immigrants to present the first ever South Asian Performing Arts Festival with acts including an original Bollywood dance drama, live bands, an improvised Bollywood show, fashion show, and dance workshops for kids and adults.
Cantus, Minneapolis $  39,391
Cantus will collaborate with StreetSong-MN to present a series of concerts for and in collaboration with those experiencing homelessness.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  74,070
COMPAS will collaborate with two organizations that work with adults with developmental disabilities to expand their access to quality art creation and provide opportunities for participants to share their artwork.
Copper Street Brass, Minneapolis $  16,966
Copper Street Brass will partner with The Waters Senior Living to present Soundtracks, an all new interactive creative aging program using music to enrich the lives of seniors facing dementia and the lives of 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. This program will serve youth with a variety of autism spectrum and related disorders.
The Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minneapolis $  85,000
The Minnespolis Film Society will continue its annual Cine Latino Film Festival, a one-week long film series and event offering a unique program of 50 Spanish language feature length and short films enhanced by off screen community activities.
Forecast Public Art, Saint Paul $ 93,000
Forecast will facilitate a Public Art Consulting training program to fill existing gaps in formal education and training and prepare a more diverse network of consultants to help shape the future of public art and placemaking in our cities.
Free Arts Minnesota, Minneapolis $  17,833
Free Arts Minnesota and The Cowles Center will collaborate to bring an eight-week teaching artist residency to homeless and underserved youth which will focus on exploring culturally relevant dance techniques and culminate with a youth dance exhibition.
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis $  45,000
The Guthrie Theater, in collaboration with its Community Advisory Network, will develop and implement place specific arts access programming that will be offered in partnership with three North Minneapolis nonprofits to serve their participants.
Hennepin Theatre Trust, Minneapolis $  34,880
Hennepin Theatre Trust will engage partners from the disabilities community to increase access to theater programs and create an Inclusion Council to inspire a cultural shift throughout the organization.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  70,000
With the Indigenous People's Task Force, Illusion Theater will engage Native youth in Indigenous People's Task Force's Ikidowin peer education program to adapt and perform Illusion's play, Touch, for underserved Native communities and provide access to Illusion artists and plays.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  49,000
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 $  99,500
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre will collaborate with Phillips neighborhood youth to create videos, mainstage performances, a parade section, and a neighborhood pageant exploring stories of people living in their neighborhood.
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts, Eagan $  17,127
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts will bring a diverse mix of top performing groups to perform concerts and participate in outreach activities in six Minnesota retirement communities.
KAIROS ALIVE!, Minneapolis $  53,266
KAIROS Alive! Veterans Performance Project provides accessible dance/story/song/theater performance opportunities to veterans of all ages, their families, and expanded community to enhance the well-being of all participants and respect for veterans.
Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis $  49,535
Kulture Klub Collaborative and youth experiencing homelessness will collaborate with artists Wing Young Huie, Nancy Musinguzi, Ryan Stopera, and John Marks to use photography, video, and film to document downtown Minneapolis.
The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis $  22,985
The Loft will collaborate with people of color to address community identified access barriers and develop enduring engagement in Loft classes with underserved populations of color.
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis $  100,000
MacPhail Center for Music will expand its North Minneapolis After-School Strings and MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra programs, increasing student engagement and moving toward a more cohesive and authentic community presence.
MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids $  27,510
MacRostie Art Center will partner with Itasca Life Options to develop a community based, multidisciplinary art program for adults with developmental disabilities.
Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Mankato $  45,750
The Mankato Symphony Orchestra will combine wind quintet music with classic children's stories for story time themed family concerts at libraries located in greater Minnesota communities.
Mill City Summer Opera, Minneapolis $ 22,540
Mill City Summer Opera makes opera accessible to youth through Opera is Epic! where artists engage youth in fun, guided activities to demystify opera.
Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona $  86,585
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum will collaborate with the surrounding community to cocreate eight accessible art program days called Second Saturdays.
Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis $  19,170
The Minnesota Opera's Voices of Opera is an access program designed to foster increased opportunities for creative engagement among senior citizens.
Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata $  49,190
Minnetonka Center for the Arts will enhance the City of Minnetonka's Dementia-Friendly City Initiative by engaging adults with dementia and their loved ones with professional artists in a variety of arts activities.
Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Minneapolis $ 85,050
Mixed Blood Theatre Company will develop, produce, and present a new canon of theatrical work by, for, about and/or with transgender theater artists and audience members in a two-week showcase event in April 2018.
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis $  34,192
Northern Clay Center will grow its relationship with its neighbors from the East African community through engaging clay arts programming for youth, young adults, and older individuals.
Northern Starz Children's Theatre, Ramsey $  19,495
Northern Starz Theatre Company will present The Penguin Project, a national theater program for students with disabilities which will provide meanginful access to students with disabilities to participate in the theatrical arts.
Obsidian Arts, Minneapolis $  18,300
Black Art Re-Entry Welcome & Intervention Program will engage twenty ex-felons in artistic and job skill development that will help them integrate into the community through the creation and marketing of quality artistic products.
One Voice Mixed Chorus, Saint Paul $  49,820
One Voice Mixed Chorus will produce a two-day Transgender Voices Festival in March 2018 which will include workshops, speakers, performances, and the production of training videos.
Park Square Theatre, Saint Paul $  41,900
Park Square will partner with three afterschool programs to engage 300 low-income youth in On Stage After School. The program will include Park Square performances, discussions with artists, theater skills workshops, and developing original work.
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis $  99,700
Pillsbury House Theatre will conduct Art Blocks, a program that enlists fouteen artists living in four different neighborhoods to engage their neighbors in arts on blocks where they live and three filmmakers will create films that unite block projects and connect people more deeply to place.
The Rose Ensemble, Saint Paul $  30,000
The Rose Ensemble will engage older adults who live in residential facilities located in communities with populations of less than 20,000 in an interactive program of early American music.
Saint Francis Music Center, Little Falls $  7,610
St. Francis Music Center will hire a consultant to create an ongoing program of lessons, classes, and artistic programming for the senior citizen population of Morrison County.
Saint Paul Almanac, Saint Paul $ 31,428
Saint Paul Almanac's Storymobile will collect a series of home stories in the Rondo neighborhood, focused on healing and reconciliation efforts happening in the city.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul $  78,594
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will collaborate with community organizations on the west side of Saint Paul to establish a new neighborhood series guided by an advisory council.
Shakespearean Youth Theatre, Minnetonka $  10,500
Shakespearean Youth Theater Company proposes to expand its Core Ensemble program by offering a student matinee series for alternatively schooled audiences. Students on stage and in the audience will connect with each other to find personal interpretations of Shakespeare's plays.
SteppingStone Theatre, Saint Paul $  75,774
SteppingStone Theatre will increase access to community based theater programs for youth from low-income families by providing sliding scale fees, transportation, and nutritional support.
Teatro del Pueblo, Saint Paul $  29,400
Teatro del Pueblo will engage Latino artists and community members in building Minneapolis' Latino cultural and artistic capital by producing two live radio programs to be broadcast through a community radio station.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis $  40,754
Ten Thousand Things will work with prominent local artists and four community partners to develop its Artist Initiator program, deepening community engagement and attendance by offering creative workshops and releated performances.
Upstream Arts, Inc., Minneapolis $  43,180
Upstream Arts will offer six, eight-week open enrollment arts courses for adults with disabilities, filling a gap in accessible arts opportunities in community settings and reaching those who have not previously had access to Upstream Arts' programs.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  43,898
VocalEssence will expand VocalEssence Vintage Voices to provide 100 seniors at four local senior centers and assisted living facilities access to quality choral music with professional musicians.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis $  37,000
The Walker Art Center will present Sensory-Friendly Sunday, a free monthly program providing individuals with sensory sensitivities, and their families, an opportunity to engage in arts experiences at the Walker tailored to their specific needs.
Young Dance, Minneapolis $  19,321
Young Dance will carry out afterschool programs at Barton and Marcy Schools, in collaboration with Upstream Arts and Minneapolis Community Education, bringing together peers from regular and special education programs in art, friendship, and performance.


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