-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2019 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:
Total dollars awarded:
$ 2,940,971

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Achieve Language Academy, Saint Paul $  18,000
Achieve Language Academy will collaborate with Copper Street Brass to foster communication and collaboration using chamber music. All seventh and eighth grade students will perform music they create together throughout the year.
Artaria String Quartet, West St Paul $  41,840
Artaria String Quartet will energize chamber music in eight greater Minnesota communities by engaging residents of all ages in experiential music.
Artistry, Bloomington $  11,725
Artist Melodee Strong will engage 175 third graders at two Bloomington elementary schools in an eight-week residency to foster their learning about the history, tools, and techniques of mural making, and deepen their understanding of equity and inclusion.
ArtStart, Saint Paul $  49,930
Water stewardship will serve as a springboard for an integrated eco arts residency in five schools. Students work with two artists, a poet and musician team to create a river tapestry-puppet-poetry-soundscape installation and showcase artwork at a public event.
Cantus, Minneapolis $  32,527
Cantus will expand its residency model from the high school level to the Minnesota Boychoir's Cantabile group (ages 9-14). Cantus will guide those at the cusp of voice-change on vocal health in master classes/rehearsals leading to a shared concert.
Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, Eagan $  27,095
Caponi Art Park will partner with Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science on Nature Journaling, a year-long residency for first and fifth grade students that builds observation and visual communication skills for inquiry in art and science.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  43,600
A group of Somali middle and high school youth will participate in an artist-led design and illustration workshop to create a digital liner note booklet for a new bilingual children's album titled Children's Songs from the Somali Diaspora.
CHOICE, Unlimited, Duluth $  73,347
CHOICE, Unlimited's ARTS Program has a mission to provide quality, accessible arts instruction and participation in a variety of mediums for adults living with disabilities. The project will offer dynamic, accessible, professional classes to students, increasing knowledge and skill while instilling the value and power that art can deliver to individuals and culture.
CLIMB Theatre, Inver Grove Heights $  42,948
CLIMB Theatre will partner with eight Twin Cities middle and high schools to teach playwriting skills and teach youth that they have the power to propel others towards change.
CommonBond Communities, Saint Paul $  49,800
CommonBond, in collaboration with EngAGE, will offer semester-long multidisciplinary arts classes for seniors at affordable senior living communities in Minneapolis and the west metro. Classes will conclude with a performance or exhibit in the community.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  85,500
In this multidisciplinary project, over 1,400 students in four greater Minnesota and three metro public schools will work with a COMPAS artist to build language arts skills as they create visual or performance art, as chosen by each school.
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 those who are most intensely learning and practicing their communication skills: young people ages 2 - 10. The program will be presented in elementary schools in small communities in greater Minnesota.
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Minneapolis $  40,432
The Cowles Center will partner with seven Minnesota high schools to facilitate two-part creation residencies. Dance classrooms will work with teaching artists to create a dance and then schools will be brought together for one day for master classes and sharing.
Crossroads School and Vocational Center, St Francis $  7,470
Duniya 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.
Dakota Wicohan, Morton $  74,731
Dakota Wicohan's Tawokaga Program will add a Horse Regalia module to our programming that reclaims and sustains the value of Dakota arts in relationship with artists and communities in southwestern Minnesota.
Denfeld High School, Duluth $  59,100
The Acting Out Loud Project at Denfeld High School will bring together students who feel they do not have a voice and teaching artists in a service learning class to listen, learn, understand, and create a performance to tell their stories.
East Side Freedom Library, Saint Paul $  31,955
East Side Freedom Library and master drummer Babatunde Lea will provide a 34 week clinic in African drumming techniques for East Side Saint Paul students in grades 5-12. Clinics meet for two hours twice weekly from September 2018-June 2019, culminating in four public performances.
Epic Enterprise Inc., Dundas $  25,149
In partnership with a clay artist from Northern Clay Center, poet Becca Barniskis, and musician Nick Jaffe, Epic Enterprise will provide three in-depth arts learning opportunities for 45 adults with developmental disabilities.
FilmNorth, Saint Paul $  19,152
FilmNorth will collaborate with a local teaching artist to provide an eight-week documentary filmmaking intensive for up to twelve students ranging in age from 19 to 24. It will culminate in a screening of the films produced during the intensive.
Nathan H. Fisher, Minneapolis $  49,450
Minnesota Refugee Voices 2019 will be a yearlong workshop for Twin Cities-based refugees to learn filmic storytelling skills as they produce a short documentary. Adult learners will write treatments, then produce and direct short films from their treatments.
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer $  59,903
Franconia Sculpture Park in conjunction with professional artists will provide arts learning programming to rural youth, to expand learners knowledge of sculpture and art making processes through tours, curricula, and hands-on art making activities.
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Saint Paul $  82,275
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies will partner with Riverview Elementary School to provide after-school violin instruction to third, fourth, and fifth graders, inspiring music learning with mentoring, performance opportunities, and summer programs.
Guadalupe Alternative Programs, Saint Paul $  5,000
Guadalupe Alternative Programs will partner with theater artist Janelle Ranek, who will work with eleventh and twelfth grade students to create a live performance piece based on students' lives and cultural experiences.
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis $  64,774
By expanding its network of school partnerships to two sites in greater Minnesota, the Guthrie will encourage deeper engagement by students with theater arts and artists and use the creative process to boost students' academic and personal growth.
Highland Friendship Club, Saint Paul $  44,975
Highland Friendship Club will partner with Upstream Arts, Cow Tipping Press, and Mike Nichols Video for theater, writing, and video workshops for adults with disabilities, ending in original student work presented in a video screening, reading, and theater piece.
Hillcrest Community School, Bloomington $  48,336
Hillcrest Community School will partner with Children's Theatre Company to deepen their Artful Learning programming by providing 153 fourth and fifth grade students with a yearlong theater arts and storytelling residency.
History Theatre, Saint Paul $  29,865
History Theatre will pilot an intergenerational experience with Avalon School and Episcopal Homes. In arts residencies for youth and older adults, participants will create plays based on lived experiences and perform them at History Theatre.
Hopewell Music Cooperative North, Minneapolis $  25,000
Hopewell Music will collaborate with North Minneapolis Nellie Stone Johnson elementary school in a yearlong instrumental experience, entitled Proud to be a Northsider, that culminates in a public performance.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  49,500
Illusion Theater will partner with Washington Technology Magnet School to provide diverse 8th graders with a curriculum integrated, arts based program that helps prepare them for high school success.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  49,950
In Progress will run NEXUS, a quality arts learning activity for emerging artists in the field of digital media. The program will include skill training, mentorship, presentation, and networking opportunities.
Indigenous Peoples Task Force, Minneapolis $  33,525
Indigenous Peoples Task Force and Native teen Ikidowin Acting Ensemble will collaborate with a variety of professional teaching artists to perform We Will Do It For The Water and Touch for audiences in Minnesota.
Interact, Saint Paul $  122,989
One Heart/Many Voices! 12 teaching artists, eight coteaching artists with disabilities, and the Mississippi Creative Arts School students create poetry, original music, puppets, and theater in five weeks of learning, and two performance celebrations.
Jenny Lind Elementary School, Minneapolis $  43,150
Jenny Lind Elementary will expand our partnership with Children's Theatre Company for an eleven-session arts learning residency in 22 elementary classrooms, using storytelling and theater strategies to question, re-imagine, and perform stories.
Jungle Theater, Minneapolis $  88,500
The Jungle Theater will offer an expanded 25-week playwriting education and mentorship program and a new four-week summer section of the program for teen girls/young women ages 14-18 that links with the theater's productions.
KAIROS ALIVE!, Minneapolis $  44,554
Kairos Alive! will create three sets of Dancing Heart, culminating in three sets of Intergenerational Dance Hall programs serving people in distinct communities within three areas of Minneapolis. Learners will have a greater knowledge of dance genres, greater attitude of confidence or joy, improved dance skill, new openness to others, or improved mobility.
Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis $  16,060
Kulture Klub Collaborative will collaborate with Highpoint Center for Printmaking for a twelve-week workshop series focused on printmaking for youth ages 16-23 experiencing homelessness.
Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts, Anoka $  32,090
Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts will collaborate with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz to present the Monkey Mind Pirates arts and mindfulness program to 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and special needs students plus family workshops, a public performance, and professional development.
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Anoka $  24,800
Lyric Arts Youth Theater Ensemble, a company run by students aged 15 to 20, will present a summer production through training by professional theater artists in arts leadership, performance, directing, writing, design, marketing, and management.
MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids $  28,500
MacRostie Art Center will partner with Independent School District 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.
Brian J. Malloy, Minneapolis $  5,100
Teaching Artist Brian Malloy will collaborate with Quatrefoil Library to offer creative writing classes to gay seniors and other interested persons focused on the early years of the AIDS pandemic.
Mathew Janczewski's ARENA DANCES, Minneapolis $  26,500
ARENA DANCES will engage Creative Arts Secondary School, Highland Park Senior High School, and Roosevelt High School each in two-week long residencies that encourage dance and movement literacy and culminate in the performance of new student dance works.
Cody M. McKinney, Minneapolis $  18,000
Composer/musician Cody McKinney will engage South High School in a cross-curricular residency in which music and nonmusic students will become composers and see their creativity nurtured and encouraged through the creation of original work.
Kaleena Miller, Minneapolis $  16,020
Dancer/choreographer Kaleena Miller will collaborate with the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education to bring Music/Motion, a workshop exploring the intersection of two distinctly American art forms, tap dance and jazz music, to four high school jazz bands.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association, Minneapolis $  11,550
Kids Play, offered in collaboration with public high school instrumental music programs, will provide students with sectional coaching and side-by-side performances with Minneapolis Pops Orchestra professional musicians. Kids Play will expand to three schools in 2018.
Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul $  85,963
The Minnesota Museum of American Art will bring skilled teaching artists and folk and fine art, media, and design classes to arts learners ages four and up in the new Sifo Center for Creativity, a new hub for creative expression in Saint Paul.
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, Bemidji $  34,000
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference will bring award winning writers of national stature to present craft talks and public readings and teach weeklong intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction beside Lake Bemidji.
Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis $  71,775
Minnesota Opera will expand Music Out Loud, a free after-school music education program for underserved students that uses opera as the foundation for learning and arts engagement. During the 2018-19 school year, two teaching artists will lead classes four days per week and serve 60 5-8th grade students at Folwell Performing Arts Magnet.
Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop, Minneapolis $  5,000
Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop will work with master puppet artist Andrew Kim to teach Native/people of color adult learners the fundamentals of puppet performance in a weeklong workshop.
Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School, West St Paul $  45,333
Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School in West Saint Paul will reteam with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz to expand their Monkey Mind Pirates arts and mindfulness program to three sets of learners: Kindergarten students, their families, and all K-4 teachers.
Mounds View Public Schools, New Brighton $  47,136
The Mounds View School District will collaborate with artist in residence Joko Sutrisno to provide all grade 3-5 students an experience of learning to play the Indonesian Gamelan, a nonwestern ensemble percussion instrument.
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, New York Mills $  12,272
The Cultural Center in New York Mills will collaborate with professional teaching artist Cheryl Bannes to present artwork and art workshops to students in grades 4 - 6 in New York Mills, Wadena, Battle Lake, Henning and Perham elementary schools.
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis $  79,488
Northern Clay Center will collaborate with community organizations serving older adults, delivering educational clay programs tailored to engage those in skilled nursing care, independent living coops, clinical settings, and day programs.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Paul $  71,000
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will engage 832 schoolchildren from 35 classrooms in school residency programs that both teach skills in movement and music, and connect students to premier touring artists from Minnesota.
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis $  130,000
Pillsbury House Theatre's Arts Integration Project (AIP) weaves arts learning into the fabric of our community in order to support people of all ages in accessing and exercising their creativity.
Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Minneapolis $  15,825
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 $  11,766
Our Circus Stories will be a collaborative residency program between leading arts educators at Circus Juventas and Prairie Creek Community School, guiding students through an intentional encounter with the circus arts as learners as well as performers.
Rochester STEM Academy, Rochester $  14,420
Rochester STEM Academy students will collaborate with four professional teaching artists for spoken word poetry. Students will demonstrate the achievements of their residency with four poetry readings and a competition with programs from around Rochester.
Seward Montessori School, Minneapolis $  7,260
Teaching artist Wing Young Huie will engage fourth and fifth grade students in a five-week photography and chalk talk residency. Students will create personal statements to accompany their photos and take part in an art exhibition and community event.
Shakespearean Youth Theater Company, Minnetonka $  11,750
Shakespearean Youth Theater will offer a Tech Track program focused on lighting, costume, scenic and sound design during a ten-week class and eight-week rehearsal period culminating in a five-show run of Troilus and Cressida incorporating students' unique design concepts.
She Rock She Rock, St Louis Park $  48,000
She Rock She Rock will hold a five-day Girls Rock n Roll Retreat music program for girls, gender nonconforming, and trans youth, ages 8 to 18. Participants will learn an instrument, form a band, collaboratively write original music, and perform in two live shows.
South High School, Minneapolis $  35,198
South High School students will collaborate with six teaching artists from four community arts organizations. They will engage in hands on art and social justice experiences and create spoken word poem, play, collage art, mural, and participate in the May Day Parade.
Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis $  34,034
Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association will collaborate with Folwell School and teaching artists to write a poem and create three mosaic benches that will visualize the written work.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Minneapolis $  48,600
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater will present two 2-week intensive Family Albums residencies engaging elementary students in the creation and performance of original stage works based on their family stories while connecting two distinct school communities in Rochester.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis $  8,770
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.
Ubah Medical Academy, Hopkins $  59,726
In collaboration with Somali American photographer and visual storyteller, Mohamud Mumin, Ubah Medical Academy will provide 70 youth from East African immigrant communities with inspiring learning experiences in photographic expression and enriching exposure to postsecondary education in the visual arts.
Upstream Arts, Inc., Minneapolis $  102,089
Upstream Arts will carry out residency programs in the special education classrooms of 25 Minneapolis Public Schools in the 2018-19 school year. This program will bring theater, music, dance, visual arts, and poetry to 375 students with disabilities.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  125,000
Singers Of This Age is a nine-month choral/multiarts apprenticeship for metro high schoolers, who will learn from and create alongside master artists, celebrating African American, Mexican, African, Eastern European, and other arts in our communities.
Aby Wolf, Minneapolis $  16,690
Musician Aby Wolf will engage Hopkins High School in an extended residency that will encourage students to express their creativity and culminate in the performance of original student musical compositions.
Young Dance, Minneapolis $  7,344
Young Dance will conduct an all school residency at Bridge View School and Focus Beyond Transition Services, implementing a creative movement based curriculum to reinforce learning goals of the school community.
Zeitgeist, Saint Paul $  10,665
Zeitgeist will present Zeitgeist Early Music Workshop: Pauline Oliveros, a series of four educational workshops for the general public featuring live performance by Zeitgeist, discussion, and hands-on performance activities for participants.


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