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FY 2018 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 July 12, 2017 and November 1, 2017
Total dollars awarded July 12, 2017 and November 1, 2017
$ 569,830

Grantee, City Grant Amount
CAPI USA, Minneapolis $  10,000
The Twin Cities World Refugee Day Festival will celebrate the stories, arts, and cultures of refugees in Minnesota and the diversity of experiences and assets that refugees bring to our community.
East Side Neighborhood Development Company, Saint Paul $  8,000
The Payne Arcade Harvest Festival will hold its 95th annual celebration in Saint Paul on September 23, 2017, featuring intercultural activities, music, folk dance, food, and crafts.
Frozen River Film Festival, Winona $  44,035
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.
Historic Paramount Theatre, Austin $  30,934
The Austin Area Commission for the Arts will present the seventh Annual Austin ArtWorks Festival, a two-day celebration of visual, literary, and performance art in Austin, Minnesota.
India Association of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  22,920
The India Association of Minnesota will present IndiaFest 2018, featuring music and dance performances at the Capitol in Saint Paul on August 18, 2018.
International Festival, Worthington $  9,518
The Cultural Awareness Organization will work with community leaders to present the Worthington International Festival, a multicultural festival that includes Minnesota folk and traditional performers, food, artist booths, and activities for children.
International Institute of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  60,000
The International Institute of Minnesota will present the Festival of Nations, a four-day festival representing ethnic groups throughout the state, and raising awareness and appreciation of the diversity of the people living in Minnesota through traditional and folk arts.
Irish Fair of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  74,725
The Irish Fair of Minnesota will present an Irish arts and culture festival on Harriet Island in Saint Paul, featuring over 400 performers and staffed by over 650 dedicated volunteers.
The Loppet Foundation, Minneapolis $  35,330
The City of Lakes Loppet Festival will present ice sculpture features, illuminated penguin puppets, and a music concert during the 2018 Luminary Loppet event.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation, Minneapolis $  32,550
The Minneapolis Monarch Festival/Festival de la Monarca will celebrate the 2,300 mile migration of the Monarch butterfly from Minnesota to Mexico with music, art, monarchs, education, food, plants, and more, in September 2017.
Mizna, Saint Paul $  26,000
Mizna will present the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, showcasing the best independent cinema of the Arab and Arab American world and connecting Minnesota audiences to the perspectives of local, national, and global Arab filmmakers.
NEMAA, Minneapolis $  55,425
NEMAA will present the 22nd annual Art-A-Whirl, an open studio tour throughout Northeast Minneapolis, May 18-20, 2018. Art-A-Whirl provides an opportunity to connect with over 600 artists in their studios, attend demonstrations, and purchase local artwork.
Pollinator Friendly Alliance, Stillwater $  5,000
Polli-NATION: Art Festival of the Bees will blend art, science, and community to engage, celebrate, and inspire people of all ages around the importance of pollinators.
Red Wing Arts Association, Red Wing $  34,690
The Red Wing Arts Festival, October 14-15, 2017, will celebrate its 51st year by showcasing over 100 local and regional artists in historic downtown Red Wing.
RiverSong Music Festival, Hutchinson $  21,281
RiverSong Music Festival will host its tenth outdoor music festival in Hutchinson, Minnesota, July 13-14, 2018, introducing a diverse audience to a variety of music in a scenic, riverside setting.
Selby Ave JazzFest, Saint Paul $  15,415
The sixteenth annual Selby Ave JazzFest will take place on September 9, 2017, at Selby and Milton in Saint Paul, featuring a full day of live jazz, family activities, artist demonstrations, and community.
Square Lake Film and Music Festival, Stillwater $  9,050
The fifteenth annual Square Lake Film and Music Festival will present a daylong outdoor celebration of Minnesota-produced music and short film near Stillwater, Minnesota.
Twin Cities Pride, Minneapolis $  74,957
The 2018 Twin Cities Pride Festival will present over sixty artists, including more than twenty-five queer artists of color, increasing artist exposure to diverse audiences.


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