-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2015 Grantees

Arts Learning

Project grants to provide opportunities for lifelong learners to acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts


Number of grants awarded on September 3, 2014
Total dollars awarded on September 3, 2014
$ 2,463,160

Grantee, City Grant Amount
AchieveMpls, Minneapolis $  26,321
MPS' HipHopElements is a hip-hop arts integration residency led by practicing Minneapolis hip-hop artists for ninth grade students and teachers at four Minneapolis schools; Edison, Roosevelt, Southwest, and South.
Artaria String Quartet, Saint Paul $  32,000
Artaria String Quartet will invigorate the chamber music environment of Dawson-Boyd and Marshall, southwest Minnesota communities that value and nurture the arts, by engaging residents of all ages in participatory activities.
ArtStart, Saint Paul $  48,850
Students and educators at five schools participate in integrative, multidisciplinary artist residencies, fieldtrips, and professional development (for educators) to study and create art in historically, environmentally, and culturally significant places.
Asian Media Access, Minneapolis $  107,126
Asian Media Access will collaborate with local African/A musicians, recording/vocal artists, to present A4A* Story411 for at-risk youth, who will learn the creative languages to express themselves with songs, raps, stories, and youth radio.
Autism Society of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  128,386
The Autism Society of Minnesota will collaborate with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz to bring Monkey Mind Pirates arts and mindfulness programs to youth and families living with autism in Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester.
Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis $  60,000
Bedlam and teaching artist Khoo Wu Chen will expand the Technical Tools of the Trade series providing low-cost workshops, intensives, and apprenticeships in theater stagecraft for professional and aspiring community artists.
Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, Bloomington $  14,757
Teaching artists will help ninety female inmate learners create, share, and respond to visual journals, reflecting on the learners' identities as persons, women, mothers, caregivers, and nurturers.
Jennifer Bowen Hicks, Inver Grove Heights $  69,914
Instructors teach creative writing to incarcerated Minnesotans in nineteen 10-week courses and incorporate peer mentoring. Inmates give readings and compile a journal. Instructors host a public reading of inmate work and audience responds via postcards.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  108,944
Midnimo (“unity” in Somali) engages Somali artists from around the world to conduct day-long poetry, songwriting, and dance workshops that teach culturally-specific artistic skills and further intercultural appreciation.
CLIMB Theatre, Inver Grove Heights $  54,049
CLIMB Theatre works with 829 at-risk, low-income teenagers enrolled in five metro and five greater Minnesota work readiness programs in order to train them in the theater skills that will help them get and keep a job.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  68,700
COMPAS will infuse the literary arts—creative writing, spoken word, and poetry—into the lives of 1,850 students in eight schools throughout Minnesota, who will be guided in in-depth residencies to tell their stories authentically.
Crossroads School and Vocational Center, Saint Francis $  9,000
Dunyia Drum and Dance will conduct residencies and student performances on West African drumming and Dance at Crossroads School in Saint Francis.
East Side Arts Council, Saint Paul $  11,250
East Side Arts Council is bringing arts learning to two East Side schools. Visual arts and poetry inspired by a field trip to Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary will bring Native American history and the study of ecosystems alive.
Ebenezer Society Foundation, Saint Paul $  41,265
Ebenezer's “Make Yourself Heard” artist residency project will allow older adults of all abilities to create original group poems using call-and-response techniques and capture the creative experience through video recording.
Susan E. Feigenbaum, Eden Prairie $  21,195
Susan Feigenbaum will teach clay classes at five senior communities. Independent, assisted, and memory care residents will learn art concepts, artmaking skills, engage socially, and share their learning at art exhibits open to the public.
Frank Theatre, Minneapolis $  37,550
Frank Theatre will conduct a three-part residency at MERC Alternative High School that will employ storytelling, theater games and writing games, and culminate in a public performance created by the students.
Free Arts Minnesota, Minneapolis $  21,973
Free Arts Minnesota willcollaborate with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and sculptor Sara Hanson to bring the teaching artist series “Breaking the Mold: A Celebration of Self” to 100 youth at four Twin Cities social service agencies.
Lori Greene, Saint Paul $  17,784
Young men formerly housed at Boys Totem Town, a juvenile detention facility in Saint Paul, will learn about the history and techniques of mosaic art, then design and create a 10' x 20' mosaic mural for 638 Snelling Avenue North.
Christopher E. Griffith, Minneapolis $  83,829
Puppetry artist Chris Griffith and collaborator Shari Aronson will collaborate with Stillwater Public Library and Valley Friendship Club for Z Puppets science, technology, engineering and math performances and workshops.
High School for Recording Arts, Saint Paul $  143,765
Two of Saint Paul's most well known, and most unalike, music education institutions will team up to provide arts instruction in their fields of expertise to each other.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  75,000
Illusion Theater will collaborate with Sanford Middle School in Minneapolis to provide sixth, seventh, and eighth graders with enjoyable and involving arts learning throughout the school year that links to real life issues.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  57,500
NEXUS is dedicated to increasing the professional expertise and viability of emerging media artists from underserved communities. The program includes skill training, mentorship, critique, presentation and networking.
Intermediate School District 287, Plymouth $  38,170
The Digital Rock Clock and HistoPop residency will engage students with developmental and mental health disabilities in a 16-week arts residency to study and create pop music through the decades WWII to present, culminating in a final performance.
KAIROS ALIVE!, Minneapolis $  31,360
Kairos Alive! Residencies/Dance Halls™ engage elder and intergenerational arts learners with professional artists through unique participatory performing arts methods to recreate community cultural centers of participation, enjoyment, and learning.
Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis $  21,000
Kulture Klub Collaborative will host artists Shá Cage and E. G. Bailey to create spoken word pieces with homeless youth.
Annette S. Lee, Foreston $  24,940
“Native Skywatchers–Earth Sky Connections” weaves together art, science, and culture in a way that will inspire learners to create art in relation to the stars and earth. Participatory art workshops offered in northern and central Minnesota.
The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis $  18,017
The Loft Literary Center and Lake Region Writers Network (LRWN) will collaborate to provide creative writing classes for adults in west central Minnesota to support LRWN's capacity building and constituent service goals.
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis $  89,393
To meet the needs of school music programs in greater Minnesota, MacPhail will provide new online music learning for students in grades 5-12 and their school music educators and will add six new online school partnerships.
Midwest Special Services, Inc., Saint Paul $  28,293
Artists with disabilities from Midwest Special Services create a feature film and documentary short.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association, Minneapolis $  10,983
Kids Play, offered in collaboration with several public school instrumental music programs, provides students with mentors through sectional coaching and side-by-side performance experiences with Minnesota Pops Orchestra professional musicians.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association, Minneapolis $  10,983
Kids Play, offered in collaboration with several public school instrumental music programs, provides students with mentors through sectional coaching and side-by-side performance experiences with Minnesota Pops Orchestra professional musicians.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis $  23,899
In Minnesota Center for Book Arts's dynamic This is Book Art program, emerging and practicing artists will explore the aesthetic qualities of the book arts in roundtable discussions, customized workshops, a symposium, and an exhibition of work.
Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School, West Saint Paul $  80,998
Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School in Saint Paul and Z Puppets will expand successful arts and mindfulness residencies, family workshops, and professional development to add after-school and summer programs.
Mu Performing Arts, Saint Paul $  15,822
Mu Performing Arts will work with immigrant and underserved youth in grades 1-8 at Battle Creek, Bryn Mawr, and Linwood through Mu's empowering Educational Outreach Program, including a new parent-child taiko class.
Nautilus Music-Theater, Saint Paul $  50,000
Nautilus Music-Theater will offer professional operatic and music-theater training to Minnesota writers, composers, directors, and performers through its Artist Development Program.
Pan Asian Arts Alliance, Saint Paul $  55,800
Plan summary - My Stories is a yearlong three-part program enabling Hmong youth to learn and tell their stories through animation in order to articulate social and cultural issues in the Hmong community.
Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis $  91,200
The Lake Street Corridor Arts Learning Project will impart theater arts and skills to youth and adults from Native, Latino/a, and Somali communities empowering our audiences to understand work that comes from multiple contexts.
Phoenix Alternatives, Inc., White Bear Lake $  12,399
Phoenix Alternatives, Inc. engages adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in learning new and refining visual art techniques. This provides opportunity for self-expression, life purpose, and income.
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis $  88,489
Three Pillsbury House Theatre teaching artists, working in partnership with human service programs and schools, will provide intensive arts learning to 204 young people facing multiple barriers to participation.
Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Minneapolis $  73,140
Capri Glee will offer three participatory, multicultural music experiences for multigenerational learners through song, workshops, and musical theater at the Capri Theater led by teaching artists J. D. Steele, Dennis Spears, Greta Oglesby, and Kevin West.
Reif Center, Grand Rapids $  20,000
Reif Dance wishes to continue to offer an arts learning opportunity for its dancers in which they can grow into skilled professionals with the tutorship and rigorous training provided by James Sewell Ballet of Minneapolis.
Rochester STEM Academy, Rochester $  17,460
Teaching artist Frank Sentwali will conduct a 6-week spoken word residency for 100 Somali immigrant students drawing on the rich Somali tradition of poetry.
Saint Paul Music Academy, Saint Paul $  30,600
Grade 5 students and educators at three Saint Paul Public Schools will explore peace and reconciliation through the arts, teacher training, and field trips, inspired by the 60th anniversary of the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City relationship.
Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis $  54,205
Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Assoc.in collaboration with Folwell School and Corcoran Neighborhood Org. will work with muralist Greta McLain to create a mural that unites the neighborhoods and school in one cooperative project.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Minneapolis $  59,850
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater will engage schools in two Minnesota communities, Duluth and Rochester, through in-depth Family Albums/Expanding Relationships residencies, culminating in performances created by the students.
Tofte Lake Center, Ely $  8,036
Tofte Lake Center will offer a Visualizing Nature workshop to provide visual arts programming as part of its summer 2015 activities.
Upstream Arts, Inc., Minneapolis $  84,000
Upstream Arts will carry out residency programs in the special education classrooms of twenty Minneapolis Public Schools in the 2014-15 school year. This program will bring theater, music, dance, visual arts, and poetry to 300 students with disabilities.
Carrie Vecchione, Apple Valley $  22,370
Carrie Vecchione and Rolf Erdahl will present their Pages of Music series of music education programs, once a month for seven months, in ten different senior residences in various Minnesota cities for a total of seventy presentations to Minnesota seniors.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  73,548
Mexican composers Rodrigo Cadet and Novelli Jurado will spend three weeks working with elementary and high school students and community members in Rochester to explore Mexican culture and choral music traditions.
Women's Writing Program of Advisory Task Force on the Women and Juvenile Female Offender in Corrections, Saint Paul $  5,000
Women's Writing Program will build self-confidence and self-esteem in incarcerated women by engaging published writers Diego Vazquez and Tish Jones to teach creative writing with publication of poetry chapbooks for public libraries.
Woodland Hills Academy $  6,750
Woodland Hills Academy will collaborate with a teaching artist to implement an integrative arts learning curriculum, using theater to explore the theme, confronting injustice, in literature and the arts learners' lives.
Zeitgeist, Saint Paul $  12,680
Zeitgeist will present its early music workshop—The Sonic Spirituality of Stockhausen—a series of educational workshops for the general public featuring live performance by Zeitgeist, discussion, and composition and performance activities.
Zenon Dance Company and School, Inc., Minneapolis $  75,600
Zenon proposes five weeks of residency programs at schools in greater Minnesota, bringing dance education and performance to students who are underserved by this art form.


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