Rowell Minnesota State Arts Board
-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2022 Grantees

Creative Support for Individuals

Creative Support for Individuals is designed to help Minnesota artists and culture bearers adapt to changes in their working environment caused by the global pandemic. Grantees will be able to use funds to sustain their practice and stay relevant and connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future. This grant program aims to help Minnesota artists and culture bearers maintain their visibility and financial sustainability by using their creativity and connections to community.

This list reflects the first round of grants awarded in this program. Additional grants will be awarded, and this page will be updated, in January 2022.

Number of grants awarded:
Total dollars awarded:
$ 940,204

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Sara N. Abdelaal, Minneapolis $  5,399
Abdelaal will work to play a large variety of shows in her community featuring music from her new cross genre album, in hopes of uplifting her community through soul bass and dance music.
Silvana Agostoni, Minneapolis $  6,000
Agostoni will finish editing a new body of photographic work, redesign her website, and make her website fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
Charles E. Alberti, Bemidji $  6,000
Alberti will create a body of painting, drawing, and graphics utilizing the Fibonacci Sequence and Golden Ratio to illustrate the connections between mathematics and visual arts creations. Alberti will also create a booklet of the work to explain and inform participants.
Mike Alberti, Minneapolis $  6,000
Alberti will read from his debut short story collection, Some People Let You Down, and teach remote writing workshops at ten senior living facilities in rural Minnesota.
Hend A. Al-Mansour, Saint Paul $  5,998
Al-Mansour will pursue the creation of contemporary Islamic animated films that will be part of 3D art installations through the purchase of technology that can support the creation of digital works.
Gabrielle M. Anczarski, Minneapolis $  6,000
Anczarski will display fine art photographs of Twin Cities' nature in local businesses.
Michael S. Arturi, Red Wing $  6,000
Arturi will give a talk and present a live concert illustrating the origins of American folk, blues and rock and roll, and the convergence and delivery of these art forms into lasting mainstream awareness in the mid '60s by The Lovin' Spoonful.
Karlyn Atkinson Berg, Bovey $  6,000
Atkinson Berg will produce and publish hands-on collage project workbooks to be used at in person events where possible, and at live virtual interactive workshops and video webinars. The project will be shared on a social media site.
Leila Awadallah, Minneapolis $  6,000
Body Watani dance project, the creative collective of Leila and Noelle Awadallah with Nakita Kirchner, will premiere their emerging work TERRANEA, which embodies research on ancestral resonances in the body, Arab roots on lands, and the memory of Mediterranean waters.
Ryan Bajan, Ely $  6,000
Bajan will create ways to teach and share traditional Anishinaabeg art forms through virtual platforms and safe in person settings, including an interactive website, videos, and a new space for hosting in person activity.
Brendan Barrett, Minneapolis $  5,200
Barrett will launch his debut furniture collection both digitally and physically, creating both an augmented reality experience and an in person event.
Bruce Bartos, Grand Rapids $  4,600
Bartos will purchase a raku kiln and offer a series of workshops for youth and adults to expand opportunities to create raku pottery in the Itasca County area.
Amy R. Beaulieu, Mahnomen $  6,000
Beaulieu will present teachings of beading to the youth and community.
Bebe Zahara Benet, Minneapolis $  6,000
Benet and the House of Zahara (HOZ) will hold the HOZ Bazaar: a multicultural, cross-disciplinary community event showcasing LGBTQIA+, AAPI, BIPOC, and immigrant artists.
Tiffany L. Besonen, Menahga $  6,000
Besonen, a Minnesota sculptor, will direct a collaborative short film, featuring original sculpture, music, and dance by Minnesota artists to be shared online, in galleries, and rural Minnesota public settings.
Martha Bird, Minneapolis $  6,000
Bird will update her website, improve artwork documentation, and address accessibility needs by purchasing equipment to improve administrative functioning and engagement with Minnesota audiences in her visual arts practice.
Melissa A. Borman, Minneapolis $  6,000
Borman will create and distribute a publication of photography and installation works that blurs the boundaries between an artist book and an exhibition catalog. The publication will include creative and critical writings by regional writers.
Neegonee B. Brunner, Ponsford $  6,000
Brunner will explore ways to teach surrounding communities about her Native American culture with her artwork. She will set up online and in person classes.
Bart Buch, Minneapolis $  6,000
Buch will create his first professional puppet video with local puppeteers, musicians, and youth, to share online with Minnesotans.
Cassandra R. Buck, Rochester $  6,000
Buck will work with and collaboratively create neighborhood murals with underserved communities in Rochester.
Julie A. Buffalohead, Saint Paul $  6,000
Buffalohead will create work, exhibit, and engage diverse audiences throughout Minnesota addressing Native history and tradition, social issues in America, and personal themes.
Bullet Bob, Askov $  6,000
Bullet Bob will record and broadcast original drum solos for track work. Bob will acquire more training for recording and mastering for projects brought to him via the studio over the Web or in person.
Blayze J. Buseth, Fergus Falls $  6,000
Buseth will explore video content sharing to extend the reach of his pottery and sculpture workshop, Creation Shop.
Greg Byers, Minneapolis $  6,000
Byers will compose, record, and produce his jazz cello album, Dear Zbigniew, in collaboration with members of the Minneapolis jazz community. He will also create several music videos and physically press CDs.
Amanda R. Callahan, Fergus Falls $  6,000
Callahan will purchase equipment and connect with her community by providing ceramics classes for individuals that identify as having mental health issues and/or a history of chemical dependency.
Sun Mee Chomet, Saint Paul $  6,000
Chomet will create a solo dance-theater piece titled Trauma: Held, exploring how historical trauma is held in and moves through the Asian American female body.
Joshua Cobb, Minneapolis $  6,000
Cobb will create Irenic, a podcast anchored in healing, growth, and vulnerability in the confines of the exploration of Black masculinity.
Ebony A. Coles, Maplewood $  5,800
Coles will explore creative ways to offer and present visual arts services online and in person.
Dana Conroy, Madison $  6,000
Conroy will make a narrative short film about her recent visual disability.
Cecilia M. Cornejo, Northfield $  6,000
Expanding on her ongoing exploration of home and belonging, Cornejo will develop Sonic Landscapes of Rural Minnesota, a sound mapping website built from audio testimonies recorded with community members in Northfield and Lanesboro.
Bianca M. Dawkins, Minneapolis $  5,140
Employing a collaboration of artists, counselors, and recovering victims, Dawkins's The I.C.O.N. (I Can Overcome Negativity) Project will provide opportunities for trauma victims to develop permanent strategies for healing.
Michelle de Joya, Minneapolis $  6,000
de Joya will develop her musical, HAENYEO, about the women free divers of Jeju, Korea, which explores the pain passed down through generations of AAPI women via song and movement. As part of the process, she will provide dance therapy to AAPI youth.
Christopheraaron Deanes, Minneapolis $  5,200
Deanes will create a series of large-scale paintings that will be exhibited at Galeria Do Beija Flor. Deanes will host a gallery event for community and facilitate a discussion about race, social civility, and benevolence.
Ruth Denny, Minneapolis $  6,000
Denny will organize a public reading with other Native writers and/or rappers, and read from her upcoming memoir, I Am Zibiquah.
Paul K. Dice, Northfield $  6,000
Dice will compose three new works for Chinese and Japanese instruments and upload videos of the performances to his YouTube channel to stay connected to and expand his audience.
Danielle R. Dinger, Saint Cloud $  6,000
Dinger will explore creating her own ceramic glazes by enrolling in a glaze class, purchasing necessary equipment and supplies for glaze making.
Dolo The Singer, Minneapolis $  6,000
Jackson will produce North Jubilee: Celebratory Songs With Secrets For Perseverance, an album and performance presentation, to broadcast and preserve the legacy of hope in the spirit of North Minneapolis community.
Antonio Duke, Minneapolis $  6,000
Duke will collaborate with a playwriting mentor to write and perform his solo performance piece, SOAR, an examination of bipolar affective disorder, culminating in a virtual in-home, ten-minute excerpt posted on Facebook.
Emily L. Dzieweczynski, Minneapolis $  6,000
Dzieweczynski will explore how we reconnect, post pandemic, through a show at Second Shift Studio, a book distributed through Minnesota, and a public database that collects pandemic experiences/ She will also host coding workshops at Second Shift Studio.
Katharine Eksuzian, Victoria $  6,000
Eksuzian will maintain artist presence and financial sustainability through the procurement of equipment, supplies, and marketing services. New work will be presented at Minnesota exhibitions, shops, and fine art fairs.
Kyle Ensrude, Becker $  6,000
Ensrude will produce a short narrative film to bring attention to the plight of at-risk and LGBTQIA youth in the juvenile justice system.
Alisha N. Fagan, Blaine $  6,000
Fagan will continue providing and expand services of dance classes for youth in the North Minneapolis community. Through Fagan's classes, youth explore different dance cultures and obtain the appropriate skills to help build their confidence, self-esteem and courage.
Namir Fearce, Minneapolis $  6,000
Fearce will produce In this Wicked Womb, an experimental documentary, a parable of pleasure, and an intensive study of the survival of Black American descendants of the great migration from the Mississippi River regions.
Alec M. Fischer, Minneapolis $  6,000
Fischer will develop a digital workshop about using identity as a method of storytelling and present it virtually to communities in Minnesota.
Susan A. Foss, Sandstone $  6,000
Foss will produce a sixteen-foot bas relief mural of Mah kah day gwon and her two children paddling a canoe to save a white family from the great Hinckley fire in 1894.
Silent Fox, Minneapolis $  6,000
Silent Fox will produce Self Define, a new series embracing many different art forms and hoping to inspire members of the community to express themselves through art. The series will be exhibited online, with process videos shared on YouTube and on the artist's website.
Denise M. Friesen, North Mankato $  6,000
Friesen will create monotypes and oil paintings in a series and explore opportunities to exhibit locally as southern Minnesota galleries return to scheduling.
Aaron A. Gabriel, Minneapolis $  6,000
Gabriel will complete, digitize, and begin recording their score for the theatrical concept album Hearts Are Broke, a new musical written for and about genderqueer characters, particularly those sharing multiple marginalized identities.
Parker Genné, Minneapolis $  6,000
Genné's Folktopia Band will bring the original folk opera SILVER HANDS to three intergenerational audiences, breaking stereotypes about disability and aging to show how pain, healing, joy, and the natural world are part of our universal stories.
Christy Goulet, Dilworth $  6,000
Goulet will video record tutorials with community and tribal elders who will teach the Lakota, Ojibwe, and Dakota languages to all participants. Goulet will use formats such as Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube as online mediums.
Ines Guanchez, Minneapolis $  5,510
Guanchez will work with Sofia Schutte as the Venezuelan ensemble Duo Avila to create a multidisciplinary art exhibition where music, animation, and visual art intersect to immerse audiences in the works of seven female composers.
Kathryn J. Haddad, Minneapolis $  6,000
Haddad will work with the local Arab American community to explore immigration stories through storytelling, music, dance, and visual art.
Carla D. Hamilton, Duluth $  6,000
Using film, photography, painted portraits, and other mixed media methods, Hamilton will create an installation titled Hunger, exploring her encounters with mental health systems as a black woman in greater Minnesota.
Elissa L. Hartwig, Brainerd $  6,000
Hartwig will create a series of ten twelve-by-twelve stained glass panels to be displayed throughout downtown Brainerd businesses in an art walk format.
Chandra Hawkins, Minneapolis $  3,850
Hawkins will continue to offer free photography to low-income families, empowering women and bringing artists together.
Susan Hawkinson, Grand Rapids $  6,000
Hawkinson will offer two outdoor performances of her family play, Paddle Off the Map, in Grand Rapids.
Justin Hicks, New Ulm $  6,000
Hicks will continue to support local podcasters and musicians through teaching and production to help them meet their creative goals.
Lisa Higgs, Rochester $  5,775
Higgs will create new work looking at how environmental, cultural, and political changes are impacting the world, update her website to include audio and video, and coordinate a poetry/arts collaboration with an event at a Rochester art gallery.
Howard W. Hirdler, Cass Lake $  6,000
Hirdler will finish his musical, KING JAMES' CHRISTMAS, and record instrumental and vocal tracks using members of the Bemidji and Walker theater and musician communities.
Markus Hoeckner, Minneapolis $  6,000
In collaboration with Oscar nominated actor Barkhad Abdi, the Niyyah Recovery Initiative, and local community leaders, Hoeckner will write a short film screenplay raising awareness about the fentanyl epidemic in the Somali community.
Jaysen T. Hohlen, Minneapolis $  6,000
Hohlen will produce and exhibit a series of photographs of rural queer folks and manual laborers.
Carolyn L. Holbrook, Saint Paul $  6,000
Holbrook will complete the first draft of her new novel about how both trauma and resilience have been passed down through the DNA of Black women and girls from abuses, disappearances, and deaths since the beginning of slavery in 1619 up to the present day. Holbrook will engage communities in blog based and in person readings and public conversations on the novel's content and impact.
Gao Hong, Northfield $  6,000
Hong will compose a pipa concerto that she will premiere in her debut performance with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis during the orchestra's seventieth season, and present outreach for Minnesotans young and old.
Elizabeth Horneber, Mankato $  6,000
Horneber will compose new essays towards the completion of her first book length collection and create an artist website.
C. B. Jacobson, Saint Cloud $  6,000
Jacobson will create a feature film, set and produced within Minnesota, staffed entirely with Minnesota located or connected cast and crew.
Thomas Jaszczak, Shafer $  6,000
Jaszczak will open his studio to the public for a weekend when the community will be able to handle hand-made pots, ask questions, view the studio and kiln, and purchase work.
Rachel H. Jendrzejewski, Minneapolis $  6,000
Jendrzejewski will collaborate with composers Chris Hepola, Jenna Wyse, and five other Minnesota musicians to create a studio recording of their musical score for her experimental rock opera, MEMORY LAWS, to share with presenters and audiences.
Deborah K. Jiang-Stein, Minneapolis $  6,000
Jiang-Stein will complete a narrative photo essay titled The Discarded, and exhibit her photo series of lost and tossed face masks. Each image will be paired with quotes and poetry excerpts from lifers in prison.
Tahiel Jimenez Medina, Minneapolis $  6,000
Jimenez Medina will hold the space for a cinema production workshop for aspiring filmmakers to create their first short film and screen it for their community.
John S. Jodzio, Minneapolis $  6,000
Jodzio will complete a short story collection and share this work by giving three readings in outstate Minnesota.
Jacelyn P. Johnson, Plymouth $  6,000
Johnson (JahPenée), a multi hyphenate creator from Minneapolis, will continue development of a sci-tech anthology television series and showcase the work at local screenings with panel discussions.
Kymani Kahlil, Saint Louis Park $  6,000
Kahlil will work with composer Aaron Gabriel to complete Peaches & Pickles, her one-person musical performance intended for police academy law enforcement recruits and police officers.
Asuka Kakitani, Northfield $  6,000
Kakitani will produce a CD and digital recording of her solo percussion suite, Twelve Months in Minnesota, featuring Eri Isomura, to reach Minnesota audiences disconnected from live music due to COVID-19.
R. J. Kern, Minneapolis $  6,000
Kern will present a community exhibition of photography at seven historical society venues in greater Minnesota. Exhibition programming will be complemented by a series of artist talks and book signings.
Narate J. Keys, Minneapolis $  6,000
Keys will work in partnership with community members to produce a historical and cultural play called Apsara.
Michael S. Khuth, Rochester $  6,000
Khuth will print physical copies of Generation Magazine, an art and culture magazine dedicated to amplifying the various experiences, identities, generations, and dreams of the Cambodian diaspora.
Davida D. Kilgore, Saint Paul $  5,987
Kilgore will write and publish a poetic graphic novel about African American Minnesotans with differing abilities, shown through a creative and psychological lens. She will also create an interactive storytelling space on her website.
Sophia E. Kim, Minneapolis $  6,000
Kim will engage with Asian American women in a series of study groups to discuss works of literature by Asian and Asian American women writers.
Halee Kirkwood, Minneapolis $  6,000
Kirkwood will engage workers in the service industry through creative writing workshops exploring labor throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, culminating in a public reading. Kirkwood will write 40 pages of a new poetry manuscript on this topic.
Julie A. Koehnen, Crystal $  6,000
Koehnen will develop SUMMIT AVENUE, the screenplay for a full length feature film inspired by true events of the Gilded Age and the Industrial Revolution, and present it in a staged reading.
Ben Kreibich, Minneapolis $  6,000
Kreibich will create a documentary about trans people living with severe mental illnesses to get and present a better understanding of what it looks like to be trans and mentally ill in Minnesota, in hopes of reducing stigma.
Mary C. La Patka, Willmar $  5,525
La Patka will paint three native Minnesota wildflowers in watercolor, which will be included in her next exhibit with narrative that these native plants are integral to Minnesota's ecosystem and part of Minnesota's rich and diverse plant heritage.
Brook LaFloe, Saint Paul $  6,000
LaFloe will transform the Niniijaanis War Pony for statewide arts education services to Minnesota's tribes and metro. The Niniijaanis War Pony will receive a cultural and artistic makeover.
Kerry Lambertson, Saginaw $  6,000
Lambertson will produce a booklet and music CD that explores the violin making process and the relationship between instrument making and music making.
Jessica Lamphere, Saint Cloud $  6,000
Through an art education program, Lamphere will educate people of Minnesota about local flowers and plants that will help the wildlife of Minnesota.
Ashley Lauren, Minneapolis $  6,000
Lauren, a Minneapolis photographer, will continue building an online platform that supports artists and businesses whose livelihood has been impacted by COVID-19 and/or civil unrest.
Gregory E. Lecker, Minneapolis $  6,000
Lecker will create Puzzling the Gap to explore what separates and what connects the Red River and Minnesota-Mississippi River watersheds, while engaging Minnesotans in conversation and painting demonstrations offered within each waterscape.
Jes Lee, Minneapolis $  6,000
Lee will create a series of photo books documenting bodies of water in Minnesota. The artist will host virtual events showcasing this work and her artistic process.
Indira Lorick, Cambridge $  6,000
Lorick will create a musical children's show using mixed media to explore themes of adaptation, freedom, acceptance, maturity, fortification, independence, vulnerability, and patience as experienced by the diverse cast of characters.
Amy M. Lucas-Peroceski, Chisholm $  5,860
Lucas-Peroceski will lead art clubs in three rural communities, targeting individuals with special needs. She and the participants of the clubs will make connections while making art.
Brian J. Malloy, Minneapolis $  5,710
Malloy will collaborate with Quatrefoil Library to offer a creative writing class specifically for older LGBTQIA adults. The class will use learners' own life experiences as inspiration for poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction.
Eva Margaret, Willmar $  6,000
Margaret will create new works that she will exhibit in the rural community of Willmar.
Adam J. McCauley, Duluth $  6,000
McCauley will create a new series of paintings, and document and show them virtually through social media sites.
Angela M. McDowell, Minneapolis $  6,000
McDowell will present Matter is Black, a virtual album that allows community to record a two-minute dubplate using the music and lyrics.
Joshua D. McGarvey, Minneapolis $  6,000
McGarvey will present new and recent video work through public outdoor screenings in Minneapolis.
Kelly J. Meyer, Saint Joseph $  6,000
Meyer will work alongside individuals with disabilities to create artwork that is accessible to all, while serving those whose needs are often unmet in traditional art classes through the use of adaptive equipment and sensory engagement.
Liz Miller, Good Thunder $  6,000
Miller will create a series of ten wall based fiber works that integrate architectural fragments from the small town where she lives, using visual and written documentation to create a record of place, identity, and connection.
Lara Mimosa Montes, Brooklyn Center $  5,950
Montes will consult with a mentor on a novel in progress, lead a series of virtual writing workshops, and launch a redesign of her website.
Stephanie Mirocha, Aitkin $  5,700
Mirocha will complete and prepare for exhibition a themed body of work for presentation to the public in 2022 in art centers across Minnesota, and also for online viewing on her website.
Natalia Moiseeva, Shoreview $  6,000
Moiseeva will create a professional video recording of twenty-four virtuoso etudes for solo violin by Venjamin Sher and post them on a YouTube channel, to be used as supplemental teaching materials for students in any part of Minnesota and beyond.
Desi Murphy, Saint Cloud $  6,000
Murphy will establish a virtual gallery and online sales platform for her ceramic artwork.
Sona A. Nair, Plymouth $  6,000
Nair will create a website and set up a studio facility to demonstrate and publish high quality videos of the South Indian classical dance form Mohiniyattam, to make this unique dance form more popular, informative, and accessible for the Minnesota community.
Goddesses L. Negus, Bloomington $  6,000
Negus will explore ways of presenting spiritual well-being seminars in a physical, in person medium. Negus will be working to bring all age wellness education through the arts to disenfranchised communities like North Minneapolis.
Autumn M. Ness, Stillwater $  6,000
Ness will create and perform a groundbreaking and intimate theatrical collaboration with neurodiverse and special needs youth, ages five through eighteen.
Rico L. Nevotion Woodard, Rogers $  6,000
Nevotion Woodard will produce a new album called The Ugly Truth, a continuation of his recent album Bad Chapter In A Good Book, which received numerous awards. He will also complete a college tour.
Jila Nikpay, Minnetonka $  6,000
Nikpay will purchase a computer with professional capabilities to complete the animation segment of her thirty-minute documentary essay. She will also develop a three-day workshop for adolescents to teach them documentary essay form and animation.
Eric E. Olson, Bemidji $  5,805
Olson will present public string quartet performances in northern Minnesota.
Farhia Omar, Minneapolis $  6,000
Omar will create a body of work exploring trauma and the immigrant experience. She will hold a panel to discuss the role of art in healing and storytelling.
Pooja G. Pavan, Minneapolis $  6,000
Pavan will work with an experienced filmmaker and video editor to produce a new music video of an earlier recorded Sufi song, gaining a strong promotional tool and allowing her to reach new audiences.
Jean R. Perrault, Duluth $  6,000
Perrault will compose a new work titled Dialogues for Violin and Cello. This composition will chronicle the lives of two immigrants adjusting to their new lives, and depict their hurdles and successes in their pursuit of the American dream.
Andrew T. Peterson, Minneapolis $  5,500
Peterson will create a searchable online archive of his work as a film producer, director, screenwriter, and consultant.
Neal C. Peterson, Minneapolis $  4,978
Peterson will document Voyageurs National Park to create a new artwork combining photography with collage and artificial intelligence. The artwork will reenvision the park as a surreal, dreamlike impression.
Teresa Peterson, Belview $  6,000
Peterson will create new prose focused on gardening and gathering foods, ceremony, and wellness within a Dakota framework.
Atlas O. Phoenix, Minneapolis $  6,000
Phoenix will gather footage for their documentary, Beautiful Boi. The finished film will be seen in theaters, public spaces, and festivals. The film is a Black/multiracial, disabled, transmasculine journey to self-love.
Niphone Phommaras, Saint Paul Park $  6,000
Phommaras will engage students in traditional Laotian dance.
Daniel F. Pinkerton, Minneapolis $  6,000
Pinkerton will produce a twenty-five-hour workshop in order to develop a new musical, COLD PLANET WARM HEART.
Dante Pirtle, Minneapolis $  6,000
Pirtle will hold a workshop to develop his music theater piece, WORD: THE URBAN MUSICAL.
Mary Plaster, Duluth $  6,000
Plaster, a transdisciplinary artist activist, will explore ways of presenting her creative projects safely distanced or in an online medium. She will purchase necessary equipment, materials, and training to continue connecting with Minnesotans.
Nirmala Rajasekar, Plymouth $  6,000
Rajasekar will create six five-minute length videos titled Carnatic Bytes. Each episode will highlight a different aspect of the 2,000-year-old music of India, Carnatic music, on India's national instrument, the Saraswati veena.
Steve Rowell, Morris $  5,980
Rowell will complete a film about sites of indigenous significance, displacement, and the impact of colonial settler agriculture on a million years of native tallgrass prairies, nonhumans, and forests.
Gary B. Rue, Saint Paul $  6,000
Rue will create, produce, and host a bimonthly online interactive series of live episodes titled Music & Lyrics: The Art of the Craft, featuring segments dedicated to compositional technique, process, performance, and pop music history.
Anne Rynearson, Northfield $  6,000
Rynearson will create and manage an online gallery to foster exhibition opportunities and career for Minnesota artists. Rynearson will also create new work for this gallery project.
Dave Sandersfeld, North Mankato $  4,999
Sandersfeld will purchase recording equipment to allow him to explore his musical ideas at home and in a cost-effective way. He will utilize the equipment to release new music to the public.
Fatawu Sayibu, Minneapolis $  6,000
Sayibu will invest in equipment and studio space to ensure affordable, safe, and quality in person and online access to African drum, dance, and culture for K-12 students, community members, and members of Tiyumba African Drum & Dance Company.
Kurtis R. Scaletta, Minneapolis $  6,000
Scaletta will complete a memoir about parenting and share his work in a public event with two or three other writers on a similar theme.
Linda J. Schaumburg, Askov $  6,000
Schaumburg will create access to belly dancing instruction/participation to the public in her local area as student entertainment. She will do this online from her studio, widening to in-house studio access within the guidelines of distancing.
Serenity D. Schoonover, Duluth $  6,000
Schoonover will create new community entry points into ceramics through a workshop at the Damiano Center and a public installation.
Luverne G. Seifert, Saint Anthony $  6,000
Seifert and Joy Dolo will develop the first phase of THE CABIN, an exploration of a couple facing the onset of Alzheimer's.
Hassan Shahid, Saint Paul $  6,000
Shahid will explore the vulnerabilities of a black man through his songwriting, using authentic guitar composing and melodic singing to create a soothing sound and provide a refreshing feeling within the Minnesota songwriting community.
Blake Shepherd, Minneapolis $  6,000
Shepherd will design and curate a series of five large-scale hand tufted rugs. The rugs will be auctioned in a gallery where the proceeds from the auction will go to paying for three therapy sessions for three different black female creatives.
Sima Arts, Marshall $  6,000
Wewetzer will explore ways of presenting her art exhibition in galleries and online medias.
Loretta J. Simonet, Minneapolis $  6,000
Simonet will make a CD of her original songs that were inspired by the pandemic. She will do three CD release concerts and stay connected with her followers by posting videos online showing the process of making the CD.
Joshua Smith, Minneapolis $  6,000
Smith will create a documentary that centers around homelessness in Minneapolis, using media arts to expand hearts and minds and make them colorful in a world that is loud and tends to be black and white.
MR. Smith, Eagan $  6,000
Smith will create and exhibit a series of masks rooted in the black experience.
Rose J. Smith, Eagan $  6,000
Smith will create a series of large-scale oil paintings celebrating the lives of black women.
Torina Stark, Wrenshall $  6,000
Stark will fully develop her artist's website for online sales, accessibility, and art education to further engage Minnesota individuals and communities.
William D. Stately-Robinson, Minneapolis $  6,000
Stately-Robinson will explore ways of presenting his art through in person events, a physical and online awareness campaign, and digital media content.
Ryan Stopera, Minneapolis $  6,000
Stopera will produce a new body of work exploring Asian American masculinity through community engagement and dialogue, collaborative concept development, and a film photography archive.
Deja J. Stowers, Saint Paul $  6,000
Body prayers is a healing practice that explores ASL, dance, and breathwork to evoke healing in the body, mind, and spirit. Stowers will guide free sessions for three months to integrate the aesthetic into community alternative healing practices.
Chholing Taha, Anoka $  4,800
Taha will share star knowledge via a small website and a new painting titled Star Nursery. The painting will go on display in an Indigenous art setting and online, also providing links and excerpts from other culture bearers on this topic.
Yuko Taniguchi, Rochester $  6,000
Taniguchi will continue producing Counterspaces, a collective healing project for Rochester community members who have been impacted by the existing and increasing acts of racialized violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Black and other people of color.
Gino Terrell, Maple Grove $  6,000
Terrell will create a short film to enrich and engage with the African American community in the greater Twin Cities region in Minnesota.
Bryan Thao Worra, Minneapolis $  6,000
Thao Worra will explore innovative audience connection and engagement strategies for poets among Minnesotan refugees.
Hedy Tripp, Saint Cloud $  6,000
Tripp will explore ways to present her literary art in a communal space by creating an artist website. She will design her art to be engaging in order to create multicultural experiences and antiracist relationships for her Minnesotan audience.
Jeffery A. Truax, Winona $  6,000
Truax will continue to bring environmental awareness through the creation of twelve new artworks that will be displayed in one or two gallery spaces in Winona, while engaging the community with closing reception arts talks.
Lisa S. Truax, Winona $  6,000
Truax will create and exhibit ceramic sculptures based on abstractions of the local environment and incorporating local and recycled materials, with a focus on rural Minnesota.
Jim Umhoefer, Sauk Centre $  6,000
Umhoefer will produce Seasoned Vagabond, an online travel magazine devoted to travel and outdoor adventures for all ages, and facilitate in person Minnesota workshops to encourage others in their own writing and photography work.
Chitra Vairavan, Minneapolis $  6,000
Vairavan will focus creative research in an interdisciplinary study group of South Asian artists doing anti-caste and anti-racism work from the diaspora gesturing towards the homelands.
Nancy X. Valentine, Underwood $  6,000
Valentine will compose an anthology of twelve artist statements for her series The Audacity to be Asian in Rural America: we owe you no apologies, that she will publish on her website and share in tandem with the series.
Kang V. Vang, Saint Paul $  6,000
Vang will produce a ten-minute sample from his new feature film script called Eat 30 (Noj Peb Caug), that can also work as a stand-alone short film.
Moira I. Villiard, Duluth $  6,000
Villiard will create a collaborative art film with award winning poet Tanaya Winder titled Love Letters in a Time of Settler Colonialism, exploring topics of boarding school/colonial history, MMIW, and Indigenous love.
Michael J. Weatherly, Elbow Lake $  6,000
Weatherly will continue a series of large-scale prints on doors addressing the current opioid epidemic. Weatherly will also continue outreach with recovering addicts with discussions and teaching printmaking.
Lyman R. Weaver, Waubun $  6,000
Weaver will travel to powwows throughout Minnesota where his beadwork will be on display and for sale. He will also create a web page where his beadwork will be displayed.
Erinn P. Webb, Fergus Falls $  5,639
Webb will create a new body of raku fired ceramics.
Gregory T. Wilkins, Mankato $  6,000
Wilkins will create and exhibit sixteen mixed media works, which will be part of a larger solo exhibition at the Blue Earth County Historical Society, the Whit Gallery in Saint Cloud, and the Hutchinson Center for the Arts.
Arneshia Williams, Apple Valley $  6,000
Williams will create a dance film to amplify community.
JM Wilson, Saint Louis Park $  5,800
Because COVID is still a concern, Wilson will film stage productions for easy distribution.
Dawn Wing, Saint Paul $  6,000
Wing will publish a historical graphic narrative biography about Tien Fu Wu, a Chinese American translator for justice, survivor, and advocate for victims of human trafficking.
Dan Yang, Saint Paul $  5,499
Yang, a local Twin Cities filmmaker, will use funds to procure essential equipment for the production of the Fong Lee film.


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