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FY 2018 Grantees

Cultural Community Partnership Grants

Cultural Community Partnership grants are designed to enhance the careers of individual artists of color.

Artists can apply for grants to help support a collaborative project with another Minnesota artist of color or a Minnesota nonprofit organization.

Number of grants awarded January 10, 2018 and March 7, 2018 15
Total dollars awarded January 10, 2018 and March 7, 2018 $ 104,000

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Ananya Dance Theatre, Minneapolis $  8,000
Vocalist and songwriter Liz Lassiter will collaborate with Ananya Dance Theatre to create an original score for dance theater with vocal contrasts that support the theme of transforming women's blues into a range of colors.
Krista L. Beier, Minneapolis $  5,110
Beier will create Sustenance: Intersections of Body and Art. She'll create a food mandala which will be cooked and served to the community during a round table discussion on the intersections of art, food, and well-being.
Black Table Arts, Minneapolis $  5,000
Black Table Arts will create A Garden of Black Joy, an anthology highlighting joy in black life. Writing workshops will be held at The Loft Literary Center through the Black Lines Matter program that enriches black artists and develops writing skills.
Vie Boheme, Minneapolis $  8,000
Vie Boheme will collaborate with Eric Mayson on an original show with original music anchored in blurring the edges of the relationship of movement to sound, pushing the boundaries of performance, and in turn pushing a community.
Brownbody, Vadnais Heights $  8,000
Brownbody will collaborate with Thomasina Petrus on a project that blends music, dance, figure skating, and film to tell the story of a black child's experience in the predominantly white world of competitive figure skating.
Exposed Brick Theatre, Saint Paul $  6,554
Exposed Brick Theatre will collaborate with emerging playwright Ashawnti Ford to workshop and develop her new play, Edges, which explores the hair stories of African American women in the past and present.
FilmNorth, Saint Paul $  7,950
FilmNorth will curate and produce an exhibition of artist Teo Nguyen's new paintings that depict the experience of being "other" in the Midwest.
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer $  8,000
In collaboration with Franconia Sculpture Park, professional artist Peter Morales will create a collaborative sculpture with Minneapolis youth. The completed artwork will be exhibited at Franconia in the City@Casket in northeast Minneapolis and at the Community Learning Center at Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer.
Full Circle Theater Company, Minneapolis $  5,000
Full Circle Theater will engage theater artist Roxane Battle as a key collaborator for its world premiere production of Barbara Kingsley's Under this Roof, directed by James A. Williams, at the Guthrie Theater Dowling Studio.
GLITCH, Minneapolis $  4,156
GLITCH will engage artist Abdiwak Yohannes to create Odaa, an original work in the emerging digital games medium that explores the Oromo struggle in Ethiopia. Odaa will be presented during an interactive gallery exhibit.
Carolyn L. Holbrook, Saint Paul $  8,000
African American writer Holbrook and Web designer Travon Sellers will collaborate to create a new online platform for More Than a Single Story, a series of readings and conversations by writers of color and indigenous writers.
Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul $  8,000
The Minnesota Museum of American Art will engage artist Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra and three additional artists from Electric Machete Studios, to inaugurate Artist Takeover, a residency in the expanded Minnesota Museum of American Art.
North Shore Music Association, Grand Marais $  7,430
The North Shore Music Association will host Congolese musician/composer/educator Siama Matuzungidi and his four-piece ensemble, The Congo World Quartet. The Congo World Quartet will present two afternoon workshops and an evening concert in Grand Marais.
Melissa J. Olson, Minneapolis $  8,000
In collaboration with KFAI Community Radio, audio storyteller Olson will tell a new story about the work of Brad Kalhamer and how he navigates two very distinct cultural identities as an artist and Lakota adoptee.
Yuki Tokuda, Minneapolis $  6,800
Ballet dancer and choreographer, Yuki Tokuda will collaborate with professional Japanese artists to make a show celebrating dance, music, and Japanese culture in Minnesota.


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