-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2020 Grantees

Arts Access

Project grants to help arts organizations identify underserved groups or communities, identify the barriers that keep them from engaging in the arts, and develop and implement strategies to reduce or eliminate the barriers.

Number of grants awarded:
Total dollars awarded:
$ 2,115,336

Grantee, City Grant Amount
AC3, Minneapolis $  25,000
AC3 will increase the access of Native American children and others to its culturally competent art workshops.
Cantus, Minneapolis $  31,931
Cantus will engage members of the Twin Cities' Latino community in its "Brave" program on contemporary masculinity, offering access to its concerts and access for young Latino voices to Cantus's platform.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  71,030
The Cedar will build and support an Artist Collective, a cohort of local community minded, multicultural musicians, to curate shows at The Cedar, develop initiatives to increase access to the organization, and broaden the diversity of programming.
Chamber Music Live, Houston $  18,420
Chamber Music Live will collaborate with the communities of southeastern Minnesota's bluff country to present chamber music of the highest quality bringing world-class musicians for nine days of concerts, master classes, and events.
Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, Rochester $  19,388
Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester will conduct 50 choral quartet programs by Choral Arts Ensemble singers at senior, memory care, hospice care, and medical housing locations in the Rochester area.
CLIMB Theatre, Inver Grove Heights $  49,883
CLIMB Theatre will collaborate with local playwrights who have connections to three underserved neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, working with residents to create community based theatrical works uncovering stories within those specific communities.
College of Saint Benedict Fine Arts Programming, Saint Joseph $  6,538
The Fine Arts Series at the College of Saint Benedict will provide at risk families the opportunity to attend two performances together by working in partnership with the Roosevelt Education Center.
ComMUSICation, Saint Paul $  23,590
ComMUSICation will conduct biweekly afterschool youth development music programs at Saint Paul district and charter public schools connecting with youth outside of their typical reach.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  75,000
COMPAS will work with adults with disabilities and five related agencies to build communities of artists through increased arts programming with professional artists, collaborative trainings, and exhibitions.
Copper Street Brass, Minneapolis $  31,860
Copper Street Brass will use music and social interaction to enrich the lives of seniors in care facilities, with a focus on those facing dementia, through its creative aging program "Soundtracks" in eight small communities in greater Minnesota.
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Minneapolis $  30,671
The Cowles Center will work with four Walker Methodist senior living facilities to host a MovementWise experience, which includes attending one matinee at the Center, eight weeks of workshops at each site, and a culminating event at Cowles Center.
Duluth Art Institute, Duluth $  32,280
The Duluth Art Institute will engage with community organizations to provide meaningful, relevant, and accessible experiences for youth, empowering them to connect and make an impact on their communities.
Duluth Playhouse, Duluth $  43,536
The Duluth Playhouse and the Masonic Clinic will conduct three ten-week sessions of Stage Play: Theatre for Children with Autism, serving youth with a variety of autism spectrum and related disorders.
East Metro Symphony Orchestra, Woodbury $  16,599
East Metro Symphony Orchestra presents Symphonies for Seniors, a program designed to expand access for seniors to live classical music in the east metro area by performing orchestral concerts at seven senior residences and nursing homes.
East Side Arts Council, Saint Paul $  13,040
East Side Arts Council will provide accessible and inclusive arts programs at three neighborhood sites with professional artists creating community through art.
The Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minneapolis $  70,000
The Film Society will present Cine Latino, a unique and distinctive program of 40+ acclaimed Spanish language films enhanced by off-screen community activities.
Forecast Public Art, Saint Paul $  45,000
Forecast Public Artworks will conduct Hacerlo Público (Making It Public) workshops in Spanish in three Minnesota Latinx communities.
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis $  74,828
The Guthrie will collaborate with members of the Native community on a breadth of activity that responds to participants' stated interests while also facilitating Guthrie staff members' engagement with Native arts organizations.
History Theatre, Saint Paul $  44,416
History Theatre will work with a cohort of young people on "The Year of Gordon Parks", a long-term, multifaceted project designed to address barriers of inexperience with the arts.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  49,750
Illusion will engage members of the homeless community from the northern five counties of the Twin Cities metro area with arts activities, incorporating their personal stories into presentations that speak to diverse audiences and provide access to Illusion's work.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  33,359
In Progress will continue its Fresh Voices project, dedicated to the creation of photographs, videos, and writing pieces that publicly acknowledge and celebrate the voice of Latinos living in the rural community of Crookston, Minnesota.
Interact, Saint Paul $  41,724
Interact Center will conduct Dis/Cover the Arts, providing access for people with disabilities to experience theater and visual arts created by artists with disabilities, and providing access to engagement with artists with disabilities in a diversity of communities and events.
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts, Eagan $  19,240
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts will hire top musicians to perform concerts and participate in outreach activities in Minnesota retirement communities.
Jungle Theater, Minneapolis $  40,900
Jungle Theater, through its coproduction partnership with Theater Mu, will build relationships with underserved Asian American, Southeast Asian, and Cambodian populations in Minnesota.
Kaddatz Gallery, Fergus Falls $  52,473
The Kaddatz Galleries and PioneerCare will collaborate to provide visual art workshops and resulting public exhibitions designed to enrich resident experiences in skilled care, memory care, and other housing settings.
Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis $  39,870
Kulture Klub Collaborative will facilitate visual and performance art programs for youth ages 16-24 experiencing and transitioning out of homelessness at four different transitional housing sites.
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis $  24,460
MacPhail Center for Music will collaborate with Northside Child Development Center to provide culturally responsive music activities for infants to five-year olds, their parents, and teachers in the Near North neighborhood of North Minneapolis in 2020.
MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids $  48,910
MacRostie Art Center will develop a program to support emerging artists in rural northern Minnesota.
Maia Maiden Productions, Richfield $  7,315
Maia Maiden Productions will create a ten-workshop program focused on KRUMP for young adults, ages 18-25.
Mankato Ballet Company, Mankato $  5,390
Mankato Ballet Company is committed to producing dance based concerts for southern Minnesota, while introducing the art of dance to underserved communities and youth.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis $  41,522
Minnesota Center for Book Arts will work with community stakeholders to address barriers to participation through a series of collaboratively designed listening sessions, arts workshops, trainings, and a culminating community print day.
Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona $  67,047
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum will collaborate with community partners to welcome area families to the museum through direct outreach events and activities called Second Saturdays.
Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul $  67,500
The Minnesota Museum of American Art (The M), Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, and SoulTouch Productions will work collaboratively with seniors and youth from Rondo neighborhood to provide an artistic and social platform to share their stories and engage the legacy of artist Gordon Parks.
Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis $  50,000
The Minnesota Orchestra will collaborate with community partners to create a series of concerts that provide individuals with sensory sensitivities and their families, with tailored and inclusive arts experiences.
Minnesota Sinfonia, Minneapolis $  16,194
The Minnesota Sinfonia will work collaboratively with staff at senior care centers to design programs to engage their residents in experiencing and appreciating top quality orchestral music through performances of meaningful, relevant concerts.
New Native Theatre, Saint Paul $  56,047
New Native Theatre artists will work closely with Dakota community members throughout Minnesota to bring their stories to the stage.
Northern Starz Children's Theatre, Ramsey $  34,600
Northern Starz will host The Penguin Project, a national theater program for students with disabilities.
Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis $  68,275
Pangea World Theater will conduct Lake Street Story Circles bringing Indigenous artists and artists of color together with the diverse communities along east Lake Street to create collaborative short plays and performances about daily life on Lake Street.
Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault $  45,891
The Paradise Center for the Arts will provide authentic, meaningful, and accessible live theater, visual, and film arts programs for underserved children, youth, and adults of all abilities.
Park Square Theatre, Saint Paul $  54,355
Park Square will select eight early career artists from a statewide, open application process for artistic fellowships that elevate diverse artistic voices on stage and connect underserved audiences to theater that is relevant and exciting to them.
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis $  75,000
Pillsbury House Theatre presents Illuminating Legacies to engage four African American artists to work with community to create public art that shines a light on the rich, but hidden, African American history of the area, connecting those who came before with those here now.
Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis $  35,000
Ragamala Dance Company will engage with community institutions to present Ragamala Rooted: Fires of Varanasi, a nine-month series of activities publicly exploring the cultural roots of Ragamala's work.
Reif Center, Grand Rapids $  47,989
The Reif will launch Arts At All Ages to focus on two underserved age demographics, ages 0-4 years and 65+, offering music introduction to children and daytime bus in arts events for senior citizens.
Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Saint Cloud $  22,515
Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra musicians will perform in central Minnesota senior residences, and for seniors in two targeted performances at the Paramount Center, expanding access to high quality live music for seniors with limited mobility.
Saint Paul Almanac, Saint Paul $  75,000
Rondo Lives! will empower Rondo youth filmmakers to connect with the Rondo community in creation of a feature-length film documenting the devastating impact of gentrification in this historic African heritage community.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul $  75,000
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will collarboate with the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis to celebrate the northside community through music and stories.
The Somali Museum of Minnesota, Minneapolis $  8,595
The Somali Museum of Minnesota will conduct three performance series in three months engaging Saint Cloud area residents with Somali arts including dance, singing, and storytelling.
St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls $  12,950
St. Francis Music Center will design and implement a program of lessons, classes, and artistic programming for the senior population of Morrison County.
Teatro del Pueblo, Saint Paul $  34,400
Teatro del Pueblo will introduce its Barrio project, bringing a culturally specific Latinx variety podcast show with live music, satirical dramatic sketches, and interviews with local community heroes to a number of undeserved neighborhoods throughout the metro area.
Theater Mu, Saint Paul $  39,240
Theater Mu will present quarterly Exploration Days for families to experience and explore theater firsthand.
Tru Ruts, Minneapolis $  5,940
Tru Ruts Black Film Forward is an immersive film lab for emerging Black filmmakers who are training in the art of making film and creating new narratives of Black Minnesota, by developing and producing E.G. Bailey's Web series Northstar.
TU Dance, Saint Paul $  7,382
TU Dance, in partnership with LoveWorks Academy charter school, will engage in dance activities at TU Dance Center with underserved North Minneapolis youth ages 8-14.
Upstream Arts, Inc., Minneapolis $  48,135
Upstream Arts will design and carry out new multidisciplinary arts programming for 60 adults with disabilities who are nonverbal and/or communicate in nontraditional ways, while expanding its relationship with three major disability organizations.
zAmya Theater, Minneapolis $  40,358
ZTP, the newly branded zAmya Theater, will increase capacity to serve and reach new participants with disabilities experiencing homelessness through ExpandAble-a listen, learn, practice project that consists of a twelve-week creative series and training in creating inclusive experiences.


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