-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2014 Grantees

Arts Learning

Project grants to support lifelong learning in the arts

Number of grants awarded on September 4, 2013
Total dollars awarded on September 4, 2013
$ 2,478,538

Grantee, City Grant Amount
John M. Akre, Minneapolis $  12,000
In Transitions Animated, students will work with animator John Akre to create a life-size animated film telling the story about the history of the ground on which their school, Minnesota Transition Charter School, sits.
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul $  105,189
Wilder will provide arts learning for older adults, including those with Alzheimer's disease, by collaborating with the Alzheimer's Poetry Project, MacPhail Center for Music, Kairos ALIVE!, Northern Clay Center, and visual artist Sandra Menefee-Taylor.
ArtStart, Saint Paul $  47,800
Beneath the Surface: Integrating Art and Poetry deepens learning about the ecological, cultural, and historical significance of place through four residencies and a professional development institute for naturalists, educators, and artists.
Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis $  50,876
Bedlam Theatre will contract five teaching artists to offer public workshops on the technical skills of lighting design, sound design and engineering, props, and puppetry in a collaborative atmosphere with practical applications.
Vigee Blue, Minneapolis $  18,258
Teaching artist, Vigée Blue, will conduct classes instructing artists with disabilities in the fine points of traditional oil painting and the business skills needed to become a successful artist.
Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, Eagan $  21,839
The Caponi Art Park/Glacier Hills partnership will provide students the opportunity to explore classroom concepts through hands-on arts learning projects at Caponi Art Park, focusing on nature, the environment, and recycling.
Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  75,000
Building Bridges will serve 200 low-income kindergarten students and their classroom teachers with in-depth, developmentally appropriate theater arts-based residencies linked to state education standards in theater and language arts.
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater, Saint Paul $  32,850
CAAM CDT's residency and education program in Chinese dance arts will expose Crookston area art learners to Chinese dance and culture and prepare them to perform for their own greater community during the 2013/2014 academic year.
CHOICE, Unlimited, Duluth $  75,300
CHOICE, Unlimited's ARTS (Activities Revealing Talents and Skills) Program is dedicated to providing and expanding opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Minnesota, to study, participate, and share their artwork with the community.
CLIMB Theatre, Inver Grove Heights $  91,636
CLIMB actor-educators will conduct a 30-hour summer theater skills workshop for 96 high school age youth in twelve rural Minnesota towns. Workshops culminate in student performances of three short, wordless plays to be presented at local fairs and festivals.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  89,740
1,700 students in eight public schools will engage in creative, in-depth projects that integrate the arts and a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) topic. Art forms and STEM topics were chosen to best meet each school's learning goals.
Concordia College, Moorhead $  8,900
Concordia College, in partnership with Contempo Physical Dance, will offer a Brazilian dance residency for students and residents of Moorhead. Classes will include capoeira, Afro-Brazilian contemporary dance, choreography and Brazilian social dance.
The Copper Street Brass Quintet, Minneapolis $  11,100
The Copper Street Brass Quintet's "Brass TACS Program" enhances and expands inner city students' learning and potential through sustained and recurring music mentorship. The program takes place at three in-need schools in Minneapolis: Northeast, Anwatin, and Ramsey Middle Schools.
Epic Enterprise Inc., Dundas $  71,200
In partnership with Northern Clay Center, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, and independent visual artist Lori Brink, Epic Enterprise will provide arts learning and arts appreciation opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
Susan E. Feigenbaum, Eden Prairie $  22,430
Susan Feigenbaum will bring clay classes to three senior communities in the southwest metro area. Participants will learn artmaking skills and concepts, engage socially, and share their learning at art exhibits open to the public.
Folwell Performing Arts Magnet, Minneapolis $  65,585
Folwell Performing Arts Magnet will partner with storyteller/teaching artist Katie Knutson to conduct extended arts-integrated, standards-based, cross-curricular, arts learning residencies with 30 core groups of students, teachers, and specialists.
Forecast Public Art, Saint Paul $  15,900
The 4th grade at Glacier Hill's Elementary will design and create sculptures focused on water stewardship and oral/written stories collected from the community. Teaching artists Anna Metcalfe and Carrie Christiensen will work with educators and Forecast Public Art staff to integrate public art into existing STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) curriculum.
Gita J. Ghei, Saint Paul $  9,800
Sculptor Gita Ghei will lead ten veterans from Minnesota Chapters of Veterans for Peace in lost wax bronze workshops using sustainable processes to create bells and individual work. The participants will discuss their work at a public event.
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis $  33,799
The Creating Dialogue residency, a partnership with Harding High School on Saint Paul's East Side, will deepen 250 students' engagement with theater through the critical study of, and participatory response to, four curriculum-aligned productions.
Harambee Elementary School, Maplewood $  20,430
Teaching artists from COMPAS will conduct music and visual arts residencies with 455 Harambee students. The project links science, culture, and the arts by connecting Latin American music to migratory birds traveling the flyway between South America and Minnesota.
Ann K. Heymann, Winthrop $  61,686
Using performance, audiovisuals, exercises, and discussion, a five program Gaelic harp series will enable learners in five communities to further their musical understanding and skills. Ten motivated learners will each build a harp and receive yearlong instruction.
Jennifer Bowen Hicks, Saint Paul $  56,978
Instructors will teach creative writing to incarcerated Minnesotans in (16) ten-week courses in rural state prisons. Inmates will give readings and compile journals. Instructors will host a taped public reading of inmate work at Hamline & Micawber's. Audiences may respond to inmates' work via prepaid postcards.
History Theatre, Saint Paul $  29,000
History Theatre's Seats to Stage Residencies offer diverse, often at-risk students from six under-resourced middle and high schools time with professional artists to explore playwriting and acting, with opportunities to explore, create, and respond.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  45,000
NEXUS is dedicated to increasing the professional expertise and viability of emerging media artists from underserved communities. The program includes professional skill training, mentorship, critique, presentation, and networking opportunities.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis $  40,050
In the Heart of the Beast Theatre will create an arts integration partnership with Seward Montessori School, pairing teaching artists with classroom teachers and students to develop and deliver curricula rooted in the arts for grades 4 through 6.
Interact, Minneapolis $  64,195
One Heart/Many Voices promotes inclusion for people with disabilities and celebrates diversity. Seven teaching artists and ten coteachers with disabilities will create theater with ninety 3rd graders and special ed students for three weeks, providing skill-building workshops and a public performance.
Intermediate School District 287, Plymouth $  50,858
District 287 Public Art Connections will engage students with disabilities and other at-risk student groups, in an extended arts residency to design and create permanent mosaic and garden art sculpture installations at four school sites.
Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program, Grand Rapids $  10,450
The Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program will present a one week summer jazz camp with Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis, for youth ages 8 - 18, currently studying a string instrument.
Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis $  19,900
Kulture Klub Collaborative will work with dance artist Kenna Cottman to create a unique arts learning experience for youth experiencing homelessness.
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis $  82,064
The MacPhail Online Community Partnership pilot project with Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg schools will provide residents (ages 3 - adult) of five southwestern Minnesota counties with a range of opportunities to create, perform, and respond to music.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis $  31,000
The Lifelong Learner Scholarship Project eliminates financial barriers to high-quality arts education opportunities at MCAD. Low-income adults and K-12 students, as well as arts educators, receive scholarships for lifelong learning arts courses that inspire creativity, introduce techniques, and advance professional skills.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association, Minneapolis $  12,000
Kids Play is an instrumental music program offered in collaboration with Minneapolis South and Southwest High Schools. Minneapolis Pops Orchestra professional musicians provide coaching and side-by-side performance experiences in the summer and during the school year.
Cheryl K. Minnema, Milaca $  64,909
The Mino-Bimaadiziwin (Good Life) Project will produce a collection of beaded velvet bandolier bags to represent Natures' seasonal offerings. Public exhibitions and artist demonstrations will promote Ojibwe contributions to Minnesota arts and culture.
Minnesota Children's Museum, Saint Paul $  36,950
Minnesota Children's Museum is piloting a teaching artist series to extend the learning of two upcoming exhibits, Blue Man Group and Native Voices, guiding children's artistic exploration through activities in which they will create or respond to art.
Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata $  142,741
Minnetonka Center for the Arts will conduct fifteen experiential visual arts residencies: nine for seniors and adults with special needs; five programs for underserved and special needs children with five organizations; and a pilot artist-in-residence program at a local public high school.
Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School, West Saint Paul $  107,085
Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School will bring Monkey Mind Pirates, Z Puppets' arts and mindfulness initiative integrating puppetry, music, and yoga, to K-4 students, teachers, and parents in spring/fall 2014.
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis $  60,086
Northern Clay Center will arrange a series of collaborations with community organizations that serve individuals 55 years of age and older, through skilled nursing care, independent living cooperatives, clinical settings, nursing homes, and day programs.
Kimber L. Olson, Eden Prairie $  16,790
Teaching artist Kimber Olson will present a fiber arts program to three groups of arts learners at Shakopee Corrections facility. Through a series of projects, participants will create symbolic wall hangings that will be exhibited at the center.
Open World Learning Community, Saint Paul $  20,390
In collaboration with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, students in an advanced Spanish class will research, conceive, write, design, build, and perform a puppet show, in Spanish (and English), on the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and the United Farm Workers.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Paul $  60,605
Residencies with three teaching artists (Leah Nelson, Karla Nweje, and T. Mychael Rambo) will connect learning to artistic and cultural content, in shows by Rennie Harris Puremovement, Step Afrika, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Paideia Academy, Apple Valley $  7,544
5th-8th grade students at Paideia Academy will participate in a two-week residency with the metal sculpture artist, Gita Ghei. Students will learn the history, engineering, and practices of metal art mobiles as they work together to make a large mobile for public display.
Photography at the Center, Minneapolis $  23,128
The three-trimester KIPP Stand Academy after school photojournalism project will teach eighth graders what it means to be a photojournalist and how to think like one while they work as photographers and reporters on their new KIPP Stand school paper.
Richard Reeder, Minneapolis $  141,626
Film in the City is a visionary arts learning initiative with a mission to transform the lives of homeless youth through creative exploration, technical learning, and community-building around the art of filmmaking. This pilot year of arts learning culminates in an original film screening.
Rochester STEM Academy, Rochester $  14,085
Teaching artist Frank Sentwali will conduct a five-week spoken word/poetry residency for 85 Somali students, promoting literacy, creativity, and self-expression.
Saint Louis County Sherriff's Office-Jail Division, Duluth $  33,800
Inmates at the Saint Louis County Jail will work with a teaching artist, using theater to identify, explore, and rehearse thought patterns and actions as a means to empower them to resolve conflict in their lives.
Saint Paul Public Schools, Saint Paul $  19,254
Fifth grade students from three arts-focused Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) will create and publicly perform art as practiced by cultures prominent in SPPS. These standards-based arts immersion experiences will foster learning and celebrate community.
Luverne G. Seifert, Saint Anthony $  106,590
The Peer Gynt Project is a unique residency project in which 90-120 actors in three greater Minnesota towns will learn and apply newly acquired skills in performance, alongside professional actors who have performed on such notable stages as The Guthrie, Children's Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune.
Southside Family Charter School, Minneapolis $  15,000
Seeing Social Justice is a visual arts program for Southside students (K-8) to work with visiting artists, learning about form, technique, and art history in order to produce quality works of art that express social justice concepts and ideas.
Liza Sylvestre, Minneapolis $  69,093
Angela Olson, Liza Sylvestre, and Canae Weiss will lead a series of art residencies for deaf and hard of hearing students. Taught by artists of different backgrounds and hearing abilities, the arts programming will show students the possibilities of art as a communication tool and art as a means to build bridges between communities.
Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival, Duluth $  23,000
Connecting children and adults with elite music educators for training and performance, this year-round chamber music program nurtures technical, artistic, and creative growth in participants, and expands the horizons of all local audiences.
Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center, Inc., Shoreview $  35,973
Teaching artists Huanru Zhang and Dao Lan will teach 80 Asian youth and 20 adults to learn Asian ethnic dances, to promote the diversity of arts culture.
Zeitgeist, Saint Paul $  14,150
Zeitgeist's Early Music Workshop: The Magical Realism of George Crumb, (4) two-hour sessions, will feature live performance, lecture/demonstration/discussion, and compositional activities for adult learners.
Zenon Dance Company and School, Inc., Minneapolis $  82,926
Zenon will conduct seven weeks of residency programs at schools in Bemidji, Grand Marais, Elk River, Faribault, Minneapolis, and Saint Paul, serving deaf/hard of hearing, at-risk, and general population students.


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