-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2016 Grantees

Arts Access

Project grants to help arts organizations identify underserved groups or communities, identify the barriers that keep them from engaging in the arts, and develop and implement strategies to reduce or eliminate the barriers

Number of grants awarded on September 2, 2015
Total dollars awarded on September 2, 2015
$ 2,155,284

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Ananya Dance Theatre, Minneapolis $  23,030
Ananya Dance Theatre will create a series of workshops connecting refugee, immigrant, and native girls and women with dance, dancemaking, and self-expression through movement, creating access to professional concert dance and building cultural leadership.
Artistry, Bloomington $  18,170
Bloomington Theatre and Art Center will pilot PenARTS in Penelope 35, a federally-subsidized housing complex, to increase arts engagement among 80 low-income seniors.
ArtStart, Saint Paul $  49,450
ArtStart will engage twenty underserved teenagers in an exploration of studio arts, poetry, arts education, nonprofit management, and public art through the lens of nature and environmental stewardship.
Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, Eagan $  19,806
Caponi Art Park will develop and pilot Creative Adventures@Caponi Art Park to provide hands-on art experiences and interactive performances to 290 low income preschool children participating in Head Start in Dakota County.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  100,000
The Cedar will host residencies featuring Somali musicians, copresent events with Somali organizations, and conduct ticket giveaways and culturally competent marketing in order to engage Somali audiences and promote intercultural appreciation.
Chamber Music Live, Houston $  5,000
Chamber Music Live will collaborate with Minnesota native Garret Ross to present the Apollo Chamber Music Festival consisting of five free concerts and five free master classes in piano, voice, violin, and cello.
Circus Juventas, Saint Paul $  27,710
Circus Juventas will run a fourteen week circus arts residency program for each of four middle schools in the Saint Paul Public Schools after-school program, reaching ethnically and socio-economically diverse youth.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  100,000
COMPAS will engage teens and community members to transform a utilitarian bridge underpass into a welcoming passageway adorned with a large-scale mosaic and paint a mural that reflects the community’s diverse heritage and interests.
East Side Arts Council, Saint Paul $  12,330
East Side Arts Council will pilot Senior Arts to identify and address barriers to participation by bringing poetry, memoir, visual arts, and story theater classes to culturally diverse senior citizens in East Saint Paul.
Forecast Public Art, Saint Paul $  99,000
Forecast Public Art and The Cornerstone Group will work with artists Sha Cage, E.G. Bailey, and Greta McLain to engage Richfield residents in the arts through the Richfield Artist Engagement Program (RARE).
Hennepin Theatre Trust, Minneapolis $  100,000
Hennepin Theatre Trust is collaborating with Fraser and other local nonprofits to provide increased access to theater programming for patrons with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorders, anxiety, and other cognitive disabilities by providing services to prepare for a theater experience and a sensory friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King, in July 2016.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  75,000
Illusion Theater will partner with Youth for Cultural Appreciation & Racial Equality to engage 275 at-risk Twin Cities youth with Illusion with an aim to provide access to theater and improve their life chances.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  41,960
Fresh Voices is a digital arts project dedicated to the creation of photographs, videos, and writing pieces that publicly acknowledge and celebrate the voice of Latinos living in the rural community of Crookston, Minnesota.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis $  91,460
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre will provide year-round arts activities for 90 K-12 youth enrolled in programming at three sites serving at-risk youth in underserved Minneapolis neighborhoods.
Interact, Minneapolis $  36,550
Dis/Cover the Arts grows audiences of people with disabilities by providing access to Interact’s award-winning performances and visual arts exhibitions, created by artists with disabilities.
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis $  97,153
Intermedia Arts will increase access to high quality arts experiences for communities of color, youth, and LGBTQIA+ communities by addressing barriers of cost, transportation, visibility, representation, and engagement.
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, Minneapolis $  37,000
Iraqi Voices is a community-run, collaborative art lab that gives Twin Cities-based Iraqi refugees an artistic platform to share their stories.
James Sewell Ballet, Minneapolis $  31,462
James Sewell Ballet will bring a dance experience to two underserved communities via a program called MeMoves (TM), using movement vocabulary to improve wellness for populations with addiction and various mental illnesses.
Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis $  72,065
Juxtaposition Arts will work with local youth and artists to produce quality, fun, interactive pop-up community engagement events that are a platform for underengaged people to influence decision making and increase social connections in their neighborhood.
KAIROS ALIVE!, Minneapolis $  44,160
Kairos Alive! will provide dance, storytelling, and performance opportunities to elder veterans of United States conflicts, their caregivers, and families to enhance the well being of all participants and encourage respect for the lives of our aging vets.
The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis $  18,860
The Loft will expand and improve access to year-round youth writing classes for underserved and economically disadvantaged youth by addressing community identified financial and scheduling barriers.
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis $  87,971
MacPhail Music for Life™ meets seniors with memory loss where they live and gather with musicmaking opportunities designed to overcome physical and cognitive challenges, lack of transportation, financial barriers, and social stigma.
Mill City Summer Opera, Minneapolis $  26,200
Mill City Summer Opera will engage underserved teens from the Twin Cities to explore opera in a hands-on summer camp with opera artists and see a vision for their futures, culminating with a free performance held outdoors for them and their families.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis $  26,235
Minnesota Center for Book Arts on the Road will resolve geographic and socioeconomic barriers that limit participation in two greater Minnesota communities by providing needed access to free and low cost inspirational art experiences.
Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  100,000
Mixed Blood Theatre will produce two mainstage and two touring productions bringing focus to the Latino experience in America through the voices of Latino artists.
Mizna, Saint Paul $  35,000
Mizna will conduct Silaat/Connections, a project of engagement and accessibility that brings Arab and Muslim audiences together through art and culture.
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis $  40,925
Northern Clay Center will collaborate with regional institutions and clay artists and offer Minnesota art educators workshops that are designed to enrich their curricula, combining lesson plans and historical and social context with studio art practice.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Paul $  86,039
The Ordway will present a series of performances, films, conversations, and an exhibit that will highlight arts and culture of Eastern Asian communities for East Asian, Asian American, and broader audiences.
Park Square Theatre, Saint Paul $  95,400
Park Square Theatre will expand organizational partnerships to engage 600 at-risk youth and families and provide access to theater, artists, and performance opportunities.
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis $  98,500
Pillsbury House Theatre will convene, train, and support 27 community-based artists as art block leaders who will create art projects to engage neighbors on the blocks where they live and support them in patronizing arts assets in their community including four culminating projects that will engage the wider public.
Saint Paul Almanac, Saint Paul $  99,800
Storymobile is a complex, solar powered, moveable art space that will be used by artists to help people share their stories on the street in writing, film, and performance.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul $  40,570
Through a three concert chamber series at the Capri Theater, in addition to education and outreach programming, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestera will further its mission of making world-class orchestral music accessible to as many people as possible.
The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, Saint Paul $  46,700
Saint Paul Conservatory of Music will deliver weekly after-school music enrichment in violin, cello, guitar, and rock ensemble to underserved youth attending Saint Paul schools to stimulate them to become engaged in art and life.
Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis $  15,815
Soo Visual Arts Center and Walker Methodist Health Center will collaborate on engaging older adults in art tours, gallery discussions, and art making experiences led by teaching artists, culminating in an ongoing exhibition.
Sounds of Hope, Ltd., Saint Paul $  20,900
Saint Paul based Songs of Hope will provide programming in five cities in northern Minnesota for the first time, while targeting seniors, youth, and new populations.
TU Dance, Saint Paul $  88,740
TU Dance will provide access to dance education for under-represented students of color and low-income students through an expanded network of partnerships with metro schools and expanded opportunities at TU Dance Center.
Upstream Arts, Inc., Minneapolis $  34,399
Upstream Arts will provide participatory arts programming for aging individuals with developmental disabilities at Community Involvement Programs, Midwest Special Services, and Opportunity Partners.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  46,375
VocalEssence will expand a new program, Vintage Voices, to provide 100 seniors at four local senior centers and assisted living facilities access to quality choral music with professional musicians.
zAmya Theater Project, Minneapolis $  65,549
zAmya Theater will provide in-depth theater workshops to 60 people who have experienced homelessness and present an original play based on their stories to the public and a targeted audience of people experiencing homelessness.


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