-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2018 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, 2017 and November 1, 2017
Total dollars awarded July 12, 2017 and November 1, 2017
$ 2,686,387

Grantee, City Grant Amount
113 Composers Collective, Falcon Heights $  5,000
113, Duo Gelland, and the Bishop String Quartet will present concerts and workshops on contemporary art music for young students at Folwell School and engage students to learn how to write and perform original works.
20% Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  25,350
20% Theatre Company's apprentice program will hire and match ten emerging artist apprentices with professional mentors to work together on the world premiere of The Naked I: 5.0.
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul $  101,584
Using a theme of visions of home, Wilder Center for Aging will work with seventeen artists to engage older adults, adults with disabilities, and family and friend caregivers in creating, responding, and performing to multiple artforms.
Artaria String Quartet, West Saint Paul $  38,942
Artaria String Quartet will invigorate Duluth, Grand Rapids, Cloquet, Aitkin, and Pine City by engaging residents in creative chamber music learning experiences where participants will gain new skills and greater appreciation for the art of chamber music.
ArtStart, Saint Paul $  48,300
Culturally diverse artists/poets will collaborate with Audubon MN to work with students in five schools to create art and poetry installations that integrate learning about climate change, diverse biomes, habitat, and Minnesota bird migration through the arts.
Avinity, Richfield $  61,799
Avinity will partner with COMPAS to provide older adults and young adults with disabilities, opprtunities to experience creative expression through visual arts and poetry workshops held on-site and in the community.
Backus Community Center, International Falls $  31,000
Backus Community Center will partner with award winning artists of Z Puppets Rosenschnoz for a five day Monkey Mind Pirates arts and mindfulness camp culminating in a public performance featuring Backus youth.
Becca Barniskis, Saint Paul $  11,305
Poet Becca Barniskis will collaborate with musician Nick Jaffe and the Hamline Midway Library to run the Word & Sound Lab, an open studio workshop for youth that explores the intersection of poetry, sound, and video.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  88,320
The Cedar will expand its Midnimo workshop series by incorporating the award winning Voices of a People's History of the United States model to conduct workshops for Somali youth led by master Somali artists that teach culturally specific skills.
Century College, White Bear Lake $  67,059
Century College will provide a program for 60 youth from East African immigrant communities with inspiring learning experiences in photographic expression and enriching exposure to postsecondary education in the visual arts.
Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  8,522
The Children's Theatre Company and School will launch Devising Gender, an after-school arts learning program to develop theater skills with gender diverse and LGBTQ allied teens. Students will participate in high quality, in-depth arts learning and devise a piece of original work.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  82,825
COMPAS teaching artists will work with over 1,200 students in metro and greater Minnesota public schools to develop new artistic skills and create new art in response to exploring the local environment or an issue related to the environment.
Copper Street Brass, Minneapolis $  47,200
The Copper Street Brass program, Big Ears and the Blue Ox, will teach active listening skills in an interactive musical context with young people ages 2-10.
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Minneapolis $  24,400
The Cowles Center will partner with five high schools to facilitate two-part creative residencies where dance classrooms work with teaching artists to create a dance and then bring schools together for classes and sharing.
Crossroads School and Vocational Center, Saint Francis $  7,580
Dunyia Drum and Dance group will conduct two residencies on drumming and dancing from West Africa at Crossroads School to increase students' exposure to music and diversity, and their ability to work together.
East Side Arts Council, Saint Paul $  9,540
East Side Arts Council will conduct Rivers Connect Us, a series of arts learning residencies at three East Saint Paul elementary schools, exploring the theme of water in literacy through poetry and bookmaking with Marie Olofsdotter, and science through puppetry with Malia Burkhart.
Epic Enterprise Inc., Dundas $  47,180
Epic Enterprise will provide in-depth arts learning opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities in partnership with a musician from Toneworks Music Therapy Services, visual artist Lori Brink, and fabric artist Chiaki O'Brien.
Forecast Public Art, Saint Paul $  85,001
Forecast Public Art will collaborate with muralist Greta McLain and silkscreen artist Drew Peterson to engage students at Sheridan Arts Magnet in creating a large, community driven outdoor mural on the exterior of the school.
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Saint Paul$ 30,887
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies will collaborate with Riverview Elementary School to provide after-school violin instruction to classes of third and fourth graders. Performance opportunities will inspire continued music participation.
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis $  150,000
The Guthrie Theater will establish a network of schools that will support collaboration between educators and teaching artists to encourage deeper engagement in theater, using the creative process to boost their academic and personal growth.
Hennepin Theatre Trust, Minneapolis $  47,903
Hennepin Theatre Trust will conduct the Legacy Project coinciding with the opening of Hamilton, engaging youth in honest dialogues about diversity in musicals, nurturing skills for self-expression, and opening their minds, and ours, to new possibilities for the art form.
Highland Friendship Club, Saint Paul $  66,100
Highland Friendship Club will engage with KAIROS Alive! to teach dance, music, and storytelling, culminating in "We Dream Big," an interactive dance performance and event for 1,000 people of all abilities.
HUGE Improv Theater, Minneapolis$ 25,563
HUGE Improv Theater will collaborate with Lyndale Neighborhood Association to deliver culturally specific improvisation classes to Latinx in our community, increasing participants' arts learning, languages skills, and sense of shared community.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis $  16,540
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater will partner with Andersen United Community School to critcally examine from multiple perspectives European exploration and contact with indigenous communities and current resistance efforts in indigenous communities. Students will work with teaching artists to create their own performance using puppets, masks, and other art forms.
Interact, Saint Paul $  94,010
Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts' One Heart/Many Voices! brings eight teaching artists, eight coteaching artists with disabilities, and the Mississippi Creative Arts School together to create poetry, original music, puppets, and theater through three weeks of learning, and two performance celebrations.
Intermediate School District 287, Plymouth $  13,999
Teaching artist Sara Hanson will engage special education and alternative school students in an eight-week cast metal sculpture residency. Students will create both personal sculptures and a collaborative public art installation at their school.
Jungle Theater, Minneapolis $  38,215
The Jungle Theater will offer a 25-week playwriting education and mentorship program for young women ages 14-18, as well as playwriting workshops for the public.
Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis $  11,191
Kulture Klub Collaborative will bring youth experiencing homelessness to Northern Clay Center for a 16-week workshop series focused on ceramic arts.
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis $  128,514
MacPhail will deepen its impact in 22 greater Minnesota communities by providing new and expanded supplemental music learning opportunities to rural students through innovative live online instruction.
MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids $ 20,530
MacRostie Art Center will collaborate with ISD #318 to deliver an artist residency program to fourth graders in Grand Rapids. Students will connect with the active visual arts community in northern Minnesota and present a public exhibition of their work.
Midwest Special Services, Inc., Saint Paul $  97,550
Participants from Midwest Special Services will collaborate with local sculptors to learn about 3-D art forms and create a sculpture on the East Side of Saint Paul.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association, Minneapolis $ 6,743
Kids Play, offered in collaboration with two public school instrumental music programs, provides students with mentors through sectional coaching and side by side performances with MPO professional musicians.
Minnesota Children's Museum, Saint Paul $  31,293
Minnesota Children's Museum's artist in residency programs engage children and parents with Minnesota artists through guided arts learning workshops and drop-in activities in which they will create or respond to art.
Minnesota Dance Theatre and School, Minneapolis $  12,000
Minnesota Dance Theatre (MDT) will offer children from low-income families the opportunity to experience training in MDT's school and attend a matinee showing of Loyce Houlton's "Nutcracker Fantasy."
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, Bemidji $  33,500
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference will bring award winning writers of national stature to present craft talks and readings and teach weeklong intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction beside Lake Bemidji.
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, Minneapolis $  48,485
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW) will provide high quality arts education and foster community in five Minnesota prisons by empowering five student led advisory councils, teaching sixteen creative writing classes, and holding a public reading of student work.
Minnesota Sinfonia, Minneapolis $  87,864
The Minnesota Sinfonia will engage students and community members in improving their understanding of great music, and will use classical music as a tool to engage elementary students in learning core academic subjects.
Mississippi Creative Arts School, Saint Paul $  23,158
Mississippi Creative Arts will expand an arts learning partnership with Children's Theatre Company through an early learner residency including nineteen sessions in PreK/K classrooms, using theater strategies to transform learners from listeners to storytellers.
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, New York Mills $  13,144
The New York Mills Cultural Center will collaborate with Z Puppets to conduct workshops focusing on movement and music for elementary school students that will culminate in a public performance incorporating the students as actors.
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis $  64,099
Northern Clay Center will collaborate with community organizations that serve older adults, delivering educational clay programs tailored to engage those in skilled nursing care, independent living co-ops, clinical settings, and day programs.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Paul $  74,835
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will extend and expand its in-school dance residency program to provide dance education to 750 students across seven schools.
Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis $  81,055
Pangea World Theater will offer Direct, Write, Move Theater Institute to facilitate input from underserved communities, youth, and nontraditional learners in creating theater.
Partnership Resources, Inc., Minneapolis $  31,387
Partnership Resources, in collaboration with Upstream Arts, will deliver customized arts programming for up to 60 adults with disabilities using a multidisciplinary approach to skill development for increased personal and professional achievement.
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis $  114,308
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 underresourced neighborhoods.
Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Minneapolis $  18,154
In partnership with celebrated artist J.D. Steele, the Capri Theater will offer Capri Glee, a North Minneapolis community choir for adults that provides in-depth arts learning while boosting community connections.
Prairie Creek Community School, Northfield$ 9,009
K-5 students will collaborate with poets, artists, and bookmakers to document their original stories by engaging in a multimodal process. Students will become authors and illustrators, creating a striking object celebrating their images and words.
Red Wing Arts Association, Red Wing $  6,831
Red Wing Arts Association will provide relevant and requested arts learning experiences in conjunction with current exhibits at the Depot Gallery.
Saint Paul Music Academy, Saint Paul $  18,900
Saint Paul Music Academy will collaborate with the Copper Street Brass to foster communication and collaboration skills through chamber music. Band students, coached by Copper Street, will perform music composed for them by their peers.
The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts, Minneapolis $  5,000
The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts will help 100 people develop skills in mosaic arts where learners will create public mosaics that express their community's hopes.
She Rock She Rock, Saint Louis Park $  43,250
Girls Rock n Roll Retreat is a five-day music program for girls, gender nonconforming and trans youth, ages 8 to 18, where they will learn an instrument, form a band, collaboratively write original music, and perform in two live shows.
South High School, Minneapolis $  40,370
South High School students will collaborate with six teaching artists from four community arts organizations and engage in hands-on art and social justice experiences to create spoken word poems, plays, collage art, murals, and participate in the May Day Parade.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Minneapolis $  49,500
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater will present two family albums residencies, engaging elementary students at schools in Duluth and Rochester, who will create and perform original stageworks and connect via live streaming.
TaikoArts Midwest, Minneapolis $  5,000
TaikoArts Midwest will partner with Linwood Monroe Arts Plus school to offer a taiko residency for 3rd-6th graders through a combination of in school and after-school enrichment programs.
Talahi Community School, Saint Cloud $  9,067
Talahi Community School will work with COMPAS teaching artist Christopher Lutter-Gardella to create ten large-scale puppets with third grade students for a parade. The puppets will be animal representations of the students' hopes, aspirations, and concerns.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis $  7,110
Ten Thousand Things Theater will present 24 workshops for the women housed at Shakopee Correctional Facility, focused on the skills of self-expression through theater making and theater performance.
Textile Center, Minneapolis $  32,125
Textile Center's Youth Fiber Art Guild teaching artists will bring eight monthly multicultural fiber art making projects to students in after-school programs in underserved communities, culminating in public exhibition.
Upstream Arts, Inc., Minneapolis $  96,210
Upstream Arts will carry out residency programs in the special education classrooms of 25 Minneapolis public schools, bringing theater, music, dance, visual arts, and poetry to 375 students with disabilities.
Carrie Vecchione, Apple Valley $  24,710
OboeBass!, Carrie Vecchione, and Rolf Erdahl, will conduct a series of music education programs in nine senior residences in various Minnesota cities.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  106,454
VocalEssence Youth Choral Arts Initiative is an eight-month choral arts apprenticeship for Twin Cities high school students to learn from and create with master artists, and to celebrate African American and Mexican art influences.
Wonderlust Productions, Saint Paul $  11,014
Wonderlust Productions professional theater artists will engage Capitol workers in theater arts learning to create and perform a community driven play.
Zenon Dance Company and School, Inc., Minneapolis $  49,903
Zenon will conduct four weeks of residency programs at schools in greater Minnesota, bringing dance education and performance to students who are underserved by this art form.


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