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Grantee Spotlight

From Worthington to Wadena, Minnesota's Legacy Amendment is making a difference. In this series of grantee spotlights, the Minnesota State Arts Board will feature examples of the outcomes of grants made with funding appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The benefits of arts legacy grants to individuals, the community, and the state are many, and can be as different as the participants, attendees, and artists themselves, as noted below.

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Veterans in the Arts: unleashing the inner artist within veterans

To some, the soldier and the artist may seem worlds apart. Yet linking together those two worlds is the goal of one Minnesota organization.

Launched in 2010, Veterans in the Arts is designed to introduce combat veterans to the power of the arts through community-based programs of progressive instruction in a variety of art forms.

With support from an Arts Learning grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Veterans in the Arts is collaborating with three arts centers—Northern Clay Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts—to help unleash the inner artist within veterans.

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Walker West Music Academy: teaching music, sharing music, creating community

From its earliest origins, music was always meant to be shared. In that spirit, Walker West Music Academy has utilized music as a means of creating community, both for its home in the culturally diverse Rondo neighborhood of Saint Paul, but also for the greater Twin Cities and state-wide community.

As one of the state’s oldest running non-profit music schools, Walker West provides individual, group, and ensemble instruction every year to students of all ages, from 5 to 105. In turn, the performers share their talents with thousands of Minnesotans around the state.

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