-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2020 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:
Total dollars awarded:
$ 3,094,769

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Achieve Language Academy, Saint Paul $  21,195
Achieve Language Academy will work with the Copper Street Brass to foster communication and collaboration using chamber music. All seventh and eighth grade students will perform music they created together throughout the year.
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul $  37,994
Amherst H. Wilder's adult day program will host seven teaching artists for eight residencies exploring the arts and culture through Global Journeys.
Anne Sullivan Communication Center, Minneapolis $  28,789
Anne Sullivan School will expand its partnership with the Children's Theatre Company with two residencies, using theater and storytelling strategies to create, perform, and respond to stories of marginalized Minnesotans.
Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation, Coon Rapids $  55,932
Anoka-Ramsey will collaborate with muralist Greta McLain and GoodSpace Murals to engage students, staff, and faculty in designing and creating a large community driven mural that reflects participants' diverse understanding of community.
APIA MN Film Collective, Savage $  21,050
The Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Minnesotan Film Collective will create space and opportunities for the APIA filmmaking community in the Twin Cities.
Artaria String Quartet, West Saint Paul $  39,850
Artaria String Quartet will enrich and energize nine Minnesota communities by engaging residents in experiential chamber music.
ArtStart, Saint Paul $  48,800
ArtStart will work with students in six schools to create quality art, poetry, music, and/or performances based on the science of Minnesota pollinators; students will learn actions they can take to sustain pollinator health and showcase their work at ArtStart's EcoArts Fest.
ARTS-Us, Saint Paul $  46,866
ARTS-Us will develop young leaders through the arts, culture, and sciences of the African diaspora through a supportive and enriched arts environment for Saint Paul youth in after-school and summer programming.
The Bakken Trio, Minneapolis $  33,000
The Bakken Trio will collaborate with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz in From the Monkey Mountains listening parties and performance at the East Side Freedom Library for people ages ten and up, to make new connections to classical music through visual art and puppetry.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, Saint Paul $  20,211
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities will combine the power of a teaching artist and neighborhood young artists to collarboratively create murals for its new headquarters in the Hawthorne neighborhood of North Minneapolis in an intensive twelve-week program.
Bloomington Public Schools, Bloomington $  26,469
The Bloomington Public Schools Gifted and Talented Department will collaboare with storyteller and teaching artist Katie Knutson to provide fourteen unique storytelling, drama, and writing residencies that meaningfully engage students in the writing process.
Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, Eagan $  22,215
Caponi Art Park will collaborate with Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science on nature based visual journaling, a residency for first and fifth grade students that builds observation and visual communication skills for inquiry in art and science.
Catalyst Arts, Minneapolis $  20,315
Catalyst Arts will host a six-month visual and performance art workshop series for indigenous, POC, and LGBT artists.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  44,235
The Cedar Cultural Center will establish an African based music mentorship program for elementary and middle school students at the Cedar Riverside Community School (CRCS) in partnership with after-school tutoring and the STEAM skill building organization Mind Foundry.
Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, Minneapolis $  32,783
Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center will work with Roosevelt High School to teach students poetry, photography, and sculptural welding skills to create interdisciplinary, community engaged public art.
Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  35,146
The Children's Theatre Company and School will deliver an adapted version of its Neighborhood Bridges program, an award winning in school residency that marries critical literacy and theater arts skills to three special education classrooms at Mississippi Creative Arts School.
CHOICE, Unlimited, Duluth $  76,132
CHOICE, Unlimited will provide quality, accessible arts instruction and participation in a variety of mediums for adults living with disabilities.
CLUES, Saint Paul $  58,400
Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) will develop a new muralism apprenticeship program led by Minnesota based Latino muralists. The project will reclaim, revive, and advance this Latino cultural tradition through relevant art history, dialogue, hands-on practice, group critiques, and site visits.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  92,000
Over 1,700 students in four greater Minnesota and three metro public schools will create original multidisciplinary pieces that incorporate lyric writing, music, and performance, increasing their artistic skills and supporting English language arts standards.
Copper Street Brass, Minneapolis $  48,330
The Copper Street Brass program, Big Ears and the Blue Ox, will teach active listening skills in an interactive musical context with those who are most intensely learning and practicing their communication skills: young people ages two to ten
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Minneapolis $  53,941
The Cowles Center will engage with eight Minnesota high schools to facilitate two part creative residencies where dance classrooms work with teaching artists to create a dance and then bring schools together for one day for master classes and sharing.
Crossroads School and Vocational Center, Anoka $  7,020
Dunyia Drum and Dance group will conduct two residencies on drumming and dancing from West Africa at Crossroads School to increase students' exposure to music and diversity, and their ability to work together.
Guillermo Cuellar, Shafer $  21,500
Cuellar will mentor two aspiring potters in a studio residency focused on craft skills, professional development, and community engagement, culminating in a gallery exhibition and presentation and a studio sale and educational public kiln opening.
Detroit Lakes High School, Detroit Lakes $  44,700
Detroit Lakes Senior High will collaborate with Copper Street Brass to present a yearlong, district and community wide music learning residency with a focus on small group learning using chamber music.
The DIAL Group, Minneapolis $  21,000
The DIAL Group presents the Youth Empowerment Studios: Digital Media Arts and Youth Leadership program, which provides low income youths of color access to a free high quality, after-school media arts program coupled with service learning art projects.
Duluth Art Institute, Duluth $  27,200
Duluth Art Institute Association will provide programming for students to use visual art to engage with the world around them.
Emerging Curators Institute, Minneapolis $  5,000
The Emerging Curators Institute will present a speaker series designed to change conversations around how curatorial work is valued, and diversify a changing field with new practitioners.
Epic Enterprise Inc., Dundas $  41,187
In partnership with a musician from Toneworks Music Therapy Services, visual artist Sandy Spieler, and fabric artist Chiaki O'Brien, Epic Enterprise will provide in-depth arts learning opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities as well as three public exhibitions.
The FAIR School Crystal Campus, Crystal $  9,153
The FAIR School Crystal Campus will engage with visual artist, Victor Yepez, to engage fifth through eighth grade students, and community members, in a three-week residency to design and create a large-scale painted mural, and celebrate the process and final product with a community event.
FilmNorth, Saint Paul $  24,500
FilmNorth will collaborate with six schools to provide in school residencies that teach filmmaking to high school students and culminate in a screening for the public.
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer $  62,588
Franconia Sculpture Park will engage professional artists to provide arts learning programming to rural youth, to expand learners' knowledge of sculpture and art making processes through tours, curricula, and hands-on art making activities.
Gita J. Ghei, Saint Paul $  11,580
Wind Jammers will engage young people at the West Minnehaha Recreation Center in Saint Paul through contextual field trips, workshops in metal and engineering, and collaboration to design and create kinetic art for their park.
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Saint Paul $  85,800
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies will collaborate with Riverview School to provide after-school violin and cello instruction to third, fourth, and fifth graders, inspiring music learning with mentoring, performance opportunities, and summer programs.
Hammer Residences, Inc, Wayzata $  13,770
Hammer will partner with the Minnetonka Center for the Arts to offer art classes for persons with developmental disabilities, by pairing participants with artist partners we will exemplify ability over disability while promoting community connection.
High School for Recording Arts, Saint Paul $  37,100
The High School for Recording Arts and its Check Yo'Self Health and Wellness Center will collaborate with local People of Comedy artists for a Comedy Clinic residency featuring biweekly workshops, performances, recordings, and a final show.
Highland Friendship Club, Saint Paul $  25,000
Highland Friendship Club will engage COMPAS to develop the artistic skills of twenty people with low incomes and disabilities as they create individual mosaics and a traveling exhibit of mosaics telling the story of their community.
Highland Park Middle School, Saint Paul $  5,010
Design artist, Leon Wang, will collaborate with Highland Park Middle School students in a three-day Design for Activation and Change workshop, culminating in a large-scale installation of the students' final products, and a community event.
History Theatre, Saint Paul $  45,150
Participants in the History Theatre's arts residencies will create plays based on lived experiences and then perform them, an expansion of Cabaret for Seniors incorporating music into two residencies for older adults.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  52,500
Illusion Theater will work with Washington Technology Magnet School and Olson Middle School to provide diverse eighth graders with a curriculum integrated, arts based learning program that helps prepare them for high school success.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  49,950
NEXUS provides quality arts learning activities for emerging artists in the field of digital media which includes skill training, mentorship, presentation, and networking opportunities.
Jenny Lind Elementary School, Minneapolis $  49,962
Jenny Lind Elementary School's preK through fifth grade classrooms will extend their partnership with the Children's Theatre Company, using theater to transform arts learners from observers to storytellers.
Taous Claire Khazem, Saint Paul $  12,765
Taous Khazem and theater artists will work with students in grades one through five at L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion on "Ecouter! Collaborer! Jouer!" an original play based on a folktale from North Africa with French speaking teaching artists.
Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis $  10,252
Kulture Klub Collaborative will facilitate a twelve-week series of ceramics classes at Northern Clay Center for youth, ages 16-24, experiencing homelessness.
Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts, Anoka $  37,070
Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts will partner with Z Puppets to provide Monkey Mind Pirates residencies for several grade levels in addition to family workshops, a community performance, and professional development.
Lower Sioux Indian Community, Morton $  90,936
The Lower Sioux Indian Community will sustain the Dakota tradition of pottery by contracting with master artists to train apprentices in the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to become independent pottery teachers.
MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids $  35,000
MacRostie Art Center will work with Keewatin Elementary School to deliver an artist residency program in which students will connect with the active visual arts community in northern Minnesota and present a public exhibition of their work.
Midwest Special Services, Saint Paul $  21,373
Midwest Special Services will collaborate with artists from the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center for a workshop series on blacksmithing, metal casting, glasswork, and porcelain enameling for adults with disabilities.
Kaleena Miller, Minneapolis $  16,020
Dancer/choreographer Kaleena Miller will collaborate with the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education to bring Music/Motion, a workshop exploring the intersection of two distinctly American artforms--tap dance and jazz music--to four high school jazz bands.
Million Artist Movement, Saint Paul $  6,385
Million Artist Movement's Joy and Movement Sessions are arts workshops that equip children with skills in critical literacy and self-healing of trauma using African American artistic traditions of protest song, performance poetry, and visual arts.
Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul $  66,032
A new cohort of teaching artists will engage arts learners at the Minnesota Museum of American Art through tours that contextualize the museum's exhibitions, build inclusive definitions of American art, and catalyze individual creativity.
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, Bemidji $  34,000
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference brings award winning writers of national stature to present craft talks, public readings, and weeklong intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction beside Lake Bemidji, benefitting writers from the local community and all over Minnesota.
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, Minneapolis $  73,845
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop will work with student advisory councils to design and teach twenty intro creative writing classes in seven prisons connecting new students with the literary community. Classes will host local writers as guests.
Minnesota Sinfonia, Minneapolis $  33,695
The Minnesota Sinfonia will provide exciting arts learning experieces for elementary students with in school classical music learning activities, increase skills of middle school students, and engage the community at large with a public forum and performance.
Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop, Minneapolis $  5,000
Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop will work with master puppet artist Andrew Kim to teach adult learners, targeting Native/POC, the fundamentals of puppet performance in a weeklong workshop.
Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School, West Saint Paul $  40,590
Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School in West Saint Paul will engage with Z Puppets to focus their Monkey Mind Pirates arts and mindfulness program on two sets of learners: students in kindergarten and first grade and their families.
Mounds View Public Schools, Shoreview $  47,136
The Mounds View School District will collaborate with artist in residence, Joko Sutrisno, to provide all third to fifth grade students further instruction on the Indonesian gamelan, a nonWestern ensemble percussion instrument.
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis $  86,372
Northern Clay Center collaborates with community organizations that serve older adults and delivers educational clay programs, tailored to engage those in skilled nursing care, independent living cooperatives, clinical settings, and day programs.
Northern Monday Films, Saint Louis Park $  16,000
Refugee Voices: Impact Lab empowers Minnesota based refugee and immigrant filmmakers to create and deploy impact campaigns for their short films.
Paramount Center for the Arts, Saint Cloud $  49,818
Paramount Center for the Arts will utilize music, art, and dance to enrich the lives of Saint Cloud's underserved residents: adults over 65, adults with memory loss and their care partners, and adults living in long-term care facilities.
Penumbra Theatre, Saint Paul $  33,509
Penumbra's theater based Equity Workshop merges expert facilitation with visual artistic explorations of race in America, live monologues, and on your feet games for embodied learning.
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis $  100,000
Pillsbury House Theatre will work with four resident teaching artists who will offer year-round intergenerational arts learning experiences that support all community members in our surrounding neighborhoods to access and exercise their creativity.
Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Minneapolis $  16,993
In partnership with celebrated artist, J. D. Steele, the Capri Theater will offer Capri Glee, a North Minneapolis community choir for adults that provides in-depth arts learning while boosting community connections.
Rochester Alternative Learning Center, Rochester $  19,800
Rochester Alternative Learning Center students will work with artists in residence to gain skills in nontraditional multimedia art processes.
Rochester Symphony, Rochester $  14,560
Rochester Symphony will deliver an advanced preparatory experience with professional orchestra for advanced youth musicians, resulting in a capstone concerto performance at a public concert.
Roosevelt High School, Minneapolis $  10,055
Roosevelt High School will bring in Mathew Janczewski's ARENA DANCES, a professional contemporary dance company, to lead two one-week, immersive residencies--a program titled DanceON (Dance Outreach Network).
Saint Paul Almanac, Saint Paul $  33,153
Arcata Press's Community Editors Project builds writing skills, nurtures literary vision, and teaches equity focused editing skills that bring multiple community voices to publication.
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, Saint Paul $  30,000
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network will lead a seven-month documentary cohort for emerging media artists from underrepresented communities. Doc U Fellows will elevate unique and underrepresented voices and stories and support artists growing as documentary filmmakers.
The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts, Minneapolis $  15,311
The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts will teach mosaics with at risk youth, immigrants, and people with physical challenges and across cultures. Learners will create public art installations that tell the stories of their communities.
Shakespearean Youth Theatre, Saint Paul $  11,750
Shakespearean Youth Theater Company offers a Tech Theatre program for lighting, costume, scenic and sound design that includes a ten-week class and an eight-week mentorship, culminating in a full production of Pericles, incorporating students' unique design concepts.
She Rock She Rock, Saint Louis Park $  48,000
Girls Rock n Roll Retreat is a five-day summer camp for girls, trans, and nonbinary youth, ages 9-18. Participants will learn an instrument, form a band, write original songs, take workshops, and perform in two live shows.
South High School, Minneapolis $  35,536
Students will collaborate with six teaching artists from four community arts organizations; they will engage in hands-on art and social justice experiences and create a spoken word poem, play, collage art, mural, and participate in the MayDay Parade.
Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins $  49,183
Stages Theatre Company will collaborate with Alive and Kickin to connect youth and elders in an intergenerational exploration of peace titled Peace for the Ages, using writing, theater, music, and dance to create an original show for the public.
StoryArk, Stillwater $  17,800
StoryArk students will join one of three film teams to create either a short film or comedic video, sharing enrichment opportunities and learning about the process of filmmaking from script to screen will connect all the teams together.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Minneapolis $  48,600
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater's Family Albums/Across Generations will engage fifth graders and senior adults in two-week residencies in Duluth and Rochester, providing movement workshops and an original student performance.
Yuko Taniguchi, Rochester $  22,635
Poet, Yuko Taniguchi, will provide a creative writing and origami program for psychiatric nurses at Mayo Clinic to develop a sustainable educational model for engaging and aiding in healing adolescents with mental health challenges.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis $  17,700
Ten Thousand Things will present 24 workshops for women housed at Shakopee Correctional Facility and twelve workshops for men housed at Ramsey County Corrections, focusing on the skills of self-expression through theater making and theater performance.
Theater Mu, Saint Paul $  36,700
Theater Mu will collaborate with Chinese language schools to provide weekly theater classes for students throughout the school year. Each school will present two performances each for family and friends at progress points during the year.
Twin Cities Catalyst Music, Burnsville $  17,312
Twin Cities Catalyst Music will work with the City of Burnsville, YMCA, and Burnsville-Eagan-Savage ISD 191 to offer Burnsville Made Music, a yearlong after-school recording, creative writing, and performance program for middle school students.
Ubah Medical Academy, Hopkins $  78,305
Ubah Medical Academy will provide 100 youth from East African immigrant communities with inspiring learning experiences in photographic and graphic design expression and enriching exposure to postsecondary education in the visual arts.
Upstream Arts, Inc., Minneapolis $  99,400
Upstream Arts will carry out residency programs in the special education classrooms of 25 Minneapolis public schools, bringing theater, music, dance, visual arts, and poetry to 375 students with disabilities.
Carrie Vecchione, Apple Valley $  24,810
OboeBass!, Carrie Vecchione and Rolf Erdahl, will present a series of music education programs, once a month for seven months, in nine senior residences in various Minnesota cities for a total of 63 presentations to Minnesota seniors.
Walker|West, Saint Paul $  80,114
Walker West Music Academy will collaborate with the High School for Recording Arts to execute a digital music production program that will result in a cross pollination between acoustic music and music technology.
Aby Wolf, Minneapolis $  17,900
Musician Aby Wolf will engage Cooper High School in an extended residency that will encourage students to express their creativity and culminate in the performance of original student musical compositions.
Wonderlust Productions, Saint Paul $  30,031
Wonderlust Productions will work with incarcerated community members who have trained alongside professional artists to learn to share their stories, challenges, and dreams in the format of live theater.


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