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FY 2020 Grantees

Partners in Arts Participation

Project grants to nonprofit or public human service organizations to give underserved individuals or groups opportunities to experience the arts.

Number of grants awarded: 32
Total dollars awarded: $ 638,688

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Appetite For Change, Minneapolis $  21,696
Appetite For Change's Urban Youth group will perform "Trap or Grow" at North Minneapolis parks for children who participate in the summer free lunch program, encouraging them to eat healthier foods.
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, Saint Paul $  24,285
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities and ComMUSICation will present a performing arts program for 90 deserving youth, ages seven to fourteen, to improve confidence and well-being.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minneapolis $  25,000
Catholic Charities, with partner zAmya Theater, will provide robust and engaging opportunties for empowering voice for those experiencing homelessness.
Centro, Minneapolis $  25,000
Centro Tyrone Guzman will work with Teatro del Pueblo to design a multimedia stop-motion piece created by multigenerational groups of Centro's clients, to support and promote the Wise Elders Microenterprise project.
City of Lakes Community Land Trust, Minneapolis $  25,000
City of Lakes Community Land Trust will collaborate with Peyton Scott Russell to provide a graffiti art based experience culminating in the creation of a community mural.
Clare Housing, Minneapolis $  17,075
Clare Housing will collaborate with artist Brian Malloy to offer creative writing classes to persons living with HIV/AIDS, to build creative self-expression and tell their stories through poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction.
CommonBond Communities, Saint Paul $  25,000
CommonBond Communities will work with professional teaching artists to offer semester-long, sequential arts programs for older adults, building skills and confidence in creative self-expression, and increasing and deepening social connections.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Golden Valley $  16,975
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, in partnership with FilmNorth, will provide filmmaking classes for people with newly acquired disabilities to record their recovery process and learn adaptive artistic skills.
Ecumen Brooks and CountrySide, Owatonna $  13,281
Ecumen Brooks and CountrySide will collaborate with a COMPAS teaching artist to develop the artistic skills of 34 senior residents through a three-course program of multisensory, mosaic, and watercolor art.
Ecumen Prairie Lodge, Brooklyn Center $  13,569
Ecumen Prairie Lodge will engage with Kairos Alive! to facilitate dance, music, and storytelling experiences for elderly residents and their caregivers/families at Prairie Lodge's memory care and assisted living community.
Face to Face, Saint Paul $  14,846
Face to Face will work with COMPAS to offer arts instruction and engagement opportunities for youth served at SafeZone, a drop-in center in Saint Paul for youth experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
Fairview Foundation, Saint Paul $  13,927
Fairview Achievement Center will collaborate with MacPhail Center for Music to provide customized, in-house group choir and songwriting classes for clients living with multiple sclerosis and other neurological illnesses.
Family Tree Clinic, Saint Paul $  24,900
Family Tree Clinic, a sexual and reproductive health clinic, and artists Lisa Marie Brimmer and Joy Spika will join together to cultivate art spaces for queer people of color and promote healing and well-being through art creation.
Highland Friendship Club, Saint Paul $  25,000
Highland Friendship Club will hire Green Jeans Media and Cow Tipping Press to guide eight people with disabilities in writing their stories and creating documentaries with stop-motion animation techniques.
House of Charity, Minneapolis $  19,500
House of Charity and Juxtaposition Arts will provide residents an engaging arts experience to empower them to use their voice, share their stories, and take ownership of a community space making it truly their place.
Itasca Life Options, Grand Rapids $  25,000
Itasca Life Options will engage with local sculptor Aaron Squadroni and the MacRostie Art Center to work with artists with disabilities to collaboratively create and place a piece of public art.
Johanna Shores, Arden Hills $  20,416
Presbyterian Homes' Johanna Shores location will collaborate with Copper Street Brass to provide monthly music learning and enrichment sessions to serve several communities including memory care and independent living.
Keystone Community Services, Saint Paul $  9,845
Keystone Community Services will provide opportunities for 80 low-income youth in Saint Paul to engage with teaching artists to build skills in a variety of art forms including music, slam poetry, break dancing, ceramic sculpture, and Ethiopian and Eritrean dance.
Merrick, Inc., Vadnais Heights $  15,060
Merrick, Inc. will work with Upstream Arts to empower adults with disabilities to explore positive self-expression through a variety of artistic disciplines including visual art, theater, poetry, music, and dance.
Midwest Special Services, Saint Paul $  25,000
Midwest Special Services will collaborate with Kairos Alive! to offer participatory dance workshops to adults with disabilities. The project will culminate with an intergenerational dance hall that is open to the public.
Northwest Indian Community Development Center, Bemidji $  22,499
The Northwest Indian Community Development Center and the Miikanan Gallery at the Watermark Arts Center will collaborate to provide youth with a positive outlet for expression and identity through digital arts.
People Serving People, Minneapolis $  8,200
People Serving People will engage MacPhail Center for Music to offer weekly music classes to children experiencing homelessness who are enrolled in its early childhood development program.
Perspectives, Saint Louis Park $  17,250
Perspectives will collaborate with four artistic masters to offer extended learning camps to elementary and middle school students to provide exploration in puppetry, hip-hop, sculpture, and songwriting in a trauma sensitive environment.
Project for Pride in Living, Inc., Minneapolis $  19,070
Project for Pride in Living will engage with artists whose work reflects the cultural communities of residents who have experienced homelessness, building cultural understanding and connection through arts participation.
Riverside Plaza Tenant Association, Minneapolis $  18,199
Riverside Plaza Tenant Association will work with local filmmakers to empower Somali immigrants and refugees to tell their own stories through documentary filmmaking.
Saint Paul's Home, Minneapolis $  14,800
Saint Paul's Home will work in partnership with Ten Thousand Things Theater to provide intergenerational workshops focused on telling one's story and hearing others' and will collaborate on a performance of The Hatmaker's Wife.
Sanford Health Sylvan Court, Canby $  14,247
Sanford Health will offer Arts for Aging, a participatory arts program, to improve key self-reported health markers including pain, loneliness, and social engagement of older adults.
Tubman, Minneapolis $  24,933
Tubman will collaborate with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz and Shapiro & Smith Dance to provide workshops and performances for families experiencing trauma, to help them heal, build self-confidence, and strengthen positive connections.
Vail Place, Hopkins $  24,125
Vail Place and the History Theatre will collaborate to introduce adults with serious mental illnesses to theater arts and support their mental health recovery goals.
Voices for Racial Justice, Minneapolis $  25,000
Voices will use traditional cultural arts training to promote healing from racism, build relationships, and facilitate community building with formerly incarcerated people and families affected by incarceration.
The Yes Network, Saint Cloud $  25,000
The Yes Network, working with teaching artists, will create art experiences for children and teens in fourteen low-income neighborhoods to nurture creativity, strengthen social emotional skills, and create a sense of place.
YouthLink, Minneapolis $  24,990
YouthLink and arts partner Kulture Klub Collaborative will facilitate studio recording and performance opportunities for youth, ages 16-24, experiencing homelessness.


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