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FY 2019 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:
Total dollars awarded:
$ 524,237

Grantee, City Grant Amount
All My Relations Arts, Minneapolis $  29,625
The Native American Community Development Institute will present the Indigenous Peoples Day Festival featuring cultural presentations, indigenous food events, indigenous dance exhibitions, interactive art experiences, contemporary performances, and an arts market with booths for multimedia Native artists.
Bollywood Dance Scene, Minneapolis $  7,225
Bollywood Dance Scene will present MinneUtsav: a South Asian Performing Arts Festival for all ages, featuring a Bollywood dance drama, dance shows, music, comedy, dance/acting workshops, and a fashion show, in a spirit of relentless social positivity.
Frozen River Film Festival, Winona $  47,439
The Frozen River Film Festival will present the art of documentary filmmaking in celebration of community. Festival activities will connect audiences with filmmakers and other artists who explore global and local issues that focus on our human connections to the world.
India Association of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  22,920
IndiaFest will engage 20,000 Minnesotans with Asian Indian arts and culture on August 17, 2019, at the state capitol grounds.
International Festival, Worthington $  10,858
The Cultural Awareness Organization will work with community leaders to present a multicultural festival that is free to the public and includes Minnesota folk and traditional performers, foods, artist booths, and children's activities.
Irish Fair of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  75,000
The Irish Fair of Minnesota will present an Irish arts and culture festival in August 2019 on Harriet Island, Saint Paul, featuring over 150 musicians, 350 dancers, and staffed by over 550 dedicated volunteers.
The Loppet Foundation, Minneapolis $  44,417
The City of Lakes Loppet Festival will engage twenty-nine local artists to present an ice music concert, an ice-spire forest, and illuminated puppetry, during its 2019 Luminary Loppet event.
Mid West Music Fest, Winona $  29,100
Mid West Music Fest will present a festival of multigenre original music in several venues in downtown Winona. The festival will feature 81 performances by 250 musicians reaching an expected audience of 2,400 people.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation, Minneapolis $  38,325
The Minneapolis Monarch Festival/Festival de la Monarca celebrates the monarch butterfly's 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, art, monarchs, education, food, plants, and more.
RiverSong Music Festival, Hutchinson $  20,808
RiverSong Music Festival will host its eleventh two-day, outdoor, family friendly music festival in Hutchinson, Minnesota, July 12-13, 2019, introducing a diverse audience to a variety of music in a scenic, riverside setting.
Selby Ave JazzFest, Saint Paul $  13,970
The 17th annual Selby Ave JazzFest will feature a full day of live jazz music, family activities, and artist demonstrations, all surrounded within an inclusive community on September 8, 2018 at Selby and Milton in Saint Paul.
Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Saint Paul $  75,000
Twin Cities Jazz Festival will attract 35,000 festivalgoers to Lowertown and downtown Saint Paul on June 20-22, showcasing 300 Minnesota jazz artists.
Twin Cities Pride, Minneapolis $  75,000
Twin Cities Pride will present more than sixty artists, including more than twenty-five queer artists of color, increasing their exposure to diverse audiences.
Ukrainian Heritage Festival of Minnesota, Minneapolis $  5,000
Ukrainian Heritage Festival of Minnesota will host its 18th annual cultural festival September 15, 2018, featuring performances of traditional Ukrainian folk dance, music, and song, along with ethnic foods, craft vendors, kid's activities, and a cultural display.
Vintage Band Festival, Northfield $  29,550
Vintage Band Festival will present a four-day event featuring over 100 concerts by 25 historical and ethnic bands. Concerts will be held in parks, pubs, and halls in and around the city of Northfield, Minnesota.


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