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FY 2020 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:
$ 548,235

Grantee, City Grant Amount
CHAT, Saint Paul $  31,508
The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) will celebrate and expose Hmong arts to the community through CHATFEST, featuring a fun festival atmosphere that has family activities, vendors, several artistic showcases and sports activities.
Dear Gaza, Minneapolis $  5,000
Dear Gaza will present the Dear Gaza Block Party to feature Palestinian narratives through the language of art, music, and celebration.
City of Eden Prairie, Eden Prairie $  10,042
The City of Eden Prairie will present the third annual PeopleFest, offering a series of community events celebrating the unique cultures represented in Eden Prairie. A culminating party will showcase multicultural performances, booths, food, and hands-on activities.
Ely Winter Festival, Ely $  11,125
The 27th annual Ely Winter Festival will feature giant snow sculptures, art in store windows, an arts and crafts marketplace, a writers' crawl, classes, and musical performances from February 6-16, 2020, in celebration of Ely's beautiful winter season.
Ethnic Fest Committee, Walker $  10,000
The Walker Ethnic Fest Committee will collaborate with up to fifty artists to bring cultural performances to the Leech Lake area in an event that includes music, dance, arts, and food.
Frozen River Film Festival, Winona $  50,000
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.
Hispanic Outreach Program of Goodhue County, Red Wing $  23,020
Hispanic Outreach will present a Hispanic Heritage Festival that is open to the public, encourages Minnesota Hispanic artists and residents to celebrate their varied cultures, and invites nonHispanic residents to experience, enjoy, and learn about these cultures.
India Association of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  24,066
IndiaFest will engage 20,000 Minnesotans with Asian Indian arts and culture on August 15, 2020, on the State Capitol grounds in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Indigenous Roots, Saint Paul $  9,555
Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center will work with community leaders to present the Mexica New Year festival, an event that is open to the public and includes folk and traditional performers, foods, artist booths, and children's activities.
International Institute of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  32,987
International Institute of Minnesota will present the Festival of Nations, a festival that inspires Minnesotans to explore the cultural diversity in our community.
Irish Fair of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  50,000
The Irish Fair of Minnesota is 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to presenting an Irish arts and culture festival each August on Harriet Island in Saint Paul, featuring over 150 musicians, over 500 dancers, and staffed by over 550 dedicated volunteers.
The Loppet Foundation, Minneapolis $  50,000
The City of Lakes Loppet Festival will engage thirty-one local artists to present an interactive ice music concert, a soul music band, a rotating ice spire forest, and a family of performing penguin puppets during its 2020 Luminary Loppet event.
McDonough Recreation Center, Saint Paul $  15,000
McDonough Recreation Center will present an arts festival in the North End of Saint Paul that is open to the public and includes performers, art booths, art activities, and food.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation, Minneapolis $  34,825
Minneapolis Park and Recreation will present the Minneapolis Monarch Festival or Festival de la Monarca, which celebrates the monarch butterflies' 2,300-mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, art, monarchs, education, food, plants, and more.
Renewing the Countryside, Minneapolis $  18,150
Renewing the Countryside will incorporate a rich, interactive arts experience into the FEAST! Local Foods festival in Rochester, including a vegetable alfombra, artistic string survey, and live music.
RiverSong Music Festival, Hutchinson $  20,950
RiverSong Music Festival will host its twelfth two-day, outdoor, family friendly music festival in Hutchinson on July 10-11, 2020, introducing audiences to a variety of music in a scenic, riverside setting.
Rochester Art Ensemble, Rochester $  5,450
Rochester Art Ensemble will present Day of the Dead Poets Slam 2019, a public festival that combines Dia de los Muertos celebrations with a poetry slam, including community arts activities, altar building, aztec dance, and poetry performance.
Selby Ave JazzFest, Saint Paul $  20,000
The eighteenth annual Selby Ave JazzFest will feature a full day of live jazz, family activities, and artist demonstrations all surrounded within an inclusive community on September 14, 2019, at Selby and Milton in Saint Paul.
Tru Ruts, Minneapolis $  17,860
Tru Ruts will present SANKOFA, Minnesota's only African Film Festival featuring screenings, networking, and skills exchanges for Minnesota artists and community, in the fall of 2019.
Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Saint Paul $  50,000
Twin Cities Jazz Festival will attract 35,000 festival goers from throughout the state of Minnesota to Lowertown and downtown Saint Paul, showcasing 200 Minnesota jazz artists from diverse communities and genres from June 25-27, 2020.
Twin Cities Pride, Minneapolis $  50,000
Twin Cities Pride will present a festival with over sixty artists, including more than twenty-five queer artists of color, increasing their exposure to diverse audiences.
Worthington International Festival, Worthington $  8,697
The Cultural Awareness Organization will work with community leaders to present the Worthington International Festival, a multicultural festival that is free to the public and includes Minnesota folk and traditional performers, foods, artist booths, and children's activities.


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