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FY 2019 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: 13
Total dollars awarded: $ 104,000

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Duluth Art Institute, Duluth $  8,000
Aki-nomaje means to gain knowledge from the earth. Vern Northrup captures images that recognize the land as a storyteller. The Duluth Art Institute brings Aki-nomaje to Duluth's art scene.
EssJay TheAfrocentricRatchet, Saint Paul $  8,000
EssJay T will collaborate with SafeZone's Drop-In Beats music program, creating, recording, and performing original music throughout the Twin Cities. The program will result in a showcase to display the art created in the program.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis $  8,000
Artist Dyani White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota) will collaborate with Highpoint Center for Printmaking to conceive and create a new body of work of fine art prints, an exhibition of the prints, artist talks, and a free community day.
Patti Kameya, Saint Paul $  8,000
Kameya and Debra Stone will write essays, Internal Migration: African American and Asian American Narrative, and hold a public reading and workshop for crafting participants' migration stories.
Katha Dance Theatre, Crystal $  8,000
"Katha Dance Theatre will collaborate with composer J. D. Steele to create a new dance work, ""Shaamya - Of Equality,"" based on the early twentieth-century work of Bangladesh poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and featuring gospel inspired music ."
Cori Lin, Minneapolis $  8,000
Lin will create a five-painting series called What We Feed Ourselves; Off-Menu Dishes from Immigrant Restaurants on Lake Street. The series will profile immigrant restaurants, highlighting the differences between food that they serve versus food they cook for themselves. The work will examine "authentic" cuisine through a lens of acculturation.
Sachiko "La Chayí" Nishiuchi, Minneapolis $  8,000
Flamenco dancer Sachiko "La Chayí" and Arts Nest will conduct six tablao style Flamenco dance and music performances at Phoenix Theater in September 2019.
Pabaksawin, Saint Paul $  8,000
Wakinyan Luta, a community drum and dance society created by Lorenz and her husband, will engage in a regalia project, designing and creating regalia that is modern and representative of each individual's nation. Lorenz will host a fashion show at Indigenous Roots.
Damian Rodriguez, Minneapolis $  8,000
Rodriguez will collaborate with Carifest to create a well notated repertoire of songs from Cuba. The works will be featured at the annual Carifest Festival and performed at other venues throughout the Twin Cities.
Khaldoun Samman, Minneapolis $  8,000
Arabic musician Samman will collaborate with theater director Dipankar Mukherjee to create The Beats of Time, using traditional Arabic drumming to tell the story of Lebanese and Syrian migration.
Taylor Seaberg, Minneapolis $  8,000
Seaberg and Juliette Myers will organize two large multimedia art events with experimental performances, live art, and music, and will build an artist community through a small-scale artist networking series.
Ryan Stopera, Minneapolis $  8,000
In Stopera's sci-fi musical film, cinematic storytelling, traditional Chinese music, hip-hop, and diverse cultures intersect to inspire powerful conversations to use art as a tool for social change.
Davon L. Suttles, Fridley $  8,000
Suttles' work, Melanized, shares a journey of pride in our heritage through tap, music, song, poetry, and media. Let's inspire all youth to follow their dreams because every step, by every person, enriches all our lives.


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