-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2021 Grantees

Creative Support for Organizations

Creative Support for Organizations is designed to help arts organizations, and nonarts organizations that regularly offer arts programming as an integral part of their mission, adapt to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic. Grantees will be able to use funds to support people and activities that will be needed to stay relevant and connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future. The intent of this grant program is to help maintain the financial sustainability and long-term viability of organizations that offer valuable arts programming for Minnesotans.

Number of grants awarded:
Total dollars awarded:
$ 6,877,000

Grantee, City Grant Amount
10th Wave Chamber Music Collective, New Brighton $  15,000
10th Wave Chamber Music Collective will safely present one virtual and two outdoor concerts featuring music by local composers and composers of color.
113, Falcon Heights $  14,938
113 Composers Collective will present a six-episode streamable podcast and interactive remote workshop series about music in film, contemporary composition and performance techniques, black excellence in classical music, and living composer spotlights.
20% Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  15,000
20% Theatre Company will continue to engage its community through safe virtual and live events.
A 20/20 Life, Minneapolis $  15,000
A 20/20 Life will present podcasts providing valuable visual information to achieve equity and access to virtual and live performances.
4CT, Wayzata $  15,000
4 Community Theatre builds bridges between communities and generations while providing an outlet for artistic expression and quality entertainment in western Hennepin and Wright Counties of Minnesota.
826 MSP, Minneapolis $  15,000
826 MSP will amplify the voices of historically marginalized K-12 young authors in the Twin Cities through creative writing programming leading to publication.
A Center for the Arts, Fergus Falls $  14,100
Fergus Falls Center for the Arts will develop ongoing online performance and education programming to take it into a new dimension of arts and education for generations to come as it connects with the citizens of Minnesota and beyond.
Afoutayi Dance, Music and Arts Company, Lakeville $  15,000
Afoutayi Dance, Music & Arts Company will present traditional Haitian folklore from 'The Mermaid and the Whale' interweaving dance, music, and storytelling in public outdoor performances with safety measures and social distancing in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.
Alanna Morris-Van Tassel Productions, Saint Paul $  15,000
Alana Morris-Van Tassel Productions will adapt to the pandemic and provide performances, dance classes, an artist's retreat, and a mentorship/coaching program.
Albert Lea Art Center, Albert Lea $  14,450
Albert Lea Art Center will serve its community by providing art exhibits by southern Minnesota artists five days a week.
Alive & Kickin, Minneapolis $  15,000
Alive & Kickin will deliver virtual programming to help 4,000 older Minnesotans ages 60-99+ combat isolation and loneliness through music participation and social connection.
Alliance Française of Minneapolis/St Paul, Minneapolis $  15,000
Alliance Française of the Twin Cities will present relevant visual and performing arts, representative of diverse French speaking cultures from around the world.
The American Composers Forum, Saint Paul $  15,000
American Composers Forum will offer an artist equity summit that will illustrate examples of equitable collaboration and highlight work being created in Minnesota today by historically excluded artists.
American Craft Council, Minneapolis $  7,500
American Craft Council will engage BIPOC and rural MN writers and photographers, and expand American Craft magazine's local audiences and readership and the many ways readers can support craftspeople.
American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis $  15,000
The American Swedish Institute will uplift arts access and distance learning for Minnesotans of all ages and backgrounds through a suite of virtual arts programs designed to preserve the vital connection between artist and participant.
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul $  15,000
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation will host a series of artist residencies for clients of its Caregiver Respite and Customized Living programs.
An Opera Theatre, Minneapolis $  15,000
Arbeit Opera Theatre will develop socially relevant virtual programming and stipends for four administrative positions to safely advance its mission of bringing communities together by breaking down the cultural and financial barriers of classical art forms.
The Anderson Center, Red Wing $  15,000
The Anderson Center will provide its First Step Public Artist Residency helping artists deepen practices in storytelling, cultural arts organizing, and collaborative community engagement, while serving as a catalyst for relationship building in a changing environment.
Andrew Volstead House Museum, Granite Falls $  15,000
The Andrew Volstead House Museum will create a public outdoor and indoor photography exhibit celebrating the one-hundredth anniversary of cooperatives in Minnesota.
ANEW BAM, Saint Paul $  15,000
ANEW BAM's virtual artist residency program empowers students by teaching history through culturally relevant arts curriculum presented by Black teaching artists.
Angelica Cantanti, Bloomington $  15,000
The Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs will launch a new music outreach program called The ACYC Neighborhood Choir for elementary school chidlren who love to sing.
Aniccha Arts, Minneapolis $  15,000
Aniccha Arts will pilot Root Space, a response to the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on artists working in performance, researching possibilities for a reciprocity based artist ecology.
APIA MN Film Collective, Savage $  15,000
The APIA Minnesota Film Collective will provide filmmaking workshops and filmmaking opportunities for its communities.
Appetite For Change, Minneapolis $  15,000
Appetite For Change will produce a series of new music videos to spread the message of health, wealth, and social change across our communities. At least one of these videos will highlight youth resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Armory Arts & Events Center, Park Rapids $  15,000
Armory Arts & Events Center will secure a Lead for Minnesota Fellow to advance as a regional center for arts.
Art of the Lakes, Battle Lake $  15,000
Art of the Lakes will create an outdoor "festival of the arts" over the course of six summer weekends combining a plein air competition for Minnesota artists and artists workshop series.
Art of the Rural, Winona $  15,000
Art of the Rural will provide community focused arts programming in Winona and foster rural urban exchange between artists and communities.
Art Shanty Projects, Minneapolis $  15,000
Art Shanty Projects staff will facilitate a multisession online charette with shanty artists working in teams to envision new ways of building a temporary community on ice amidst major changes in public gatherings.
Art To Change The World, Inc., Minneapolis $  14,850
Art to Change the World will create programs that support artists from all disciplines.
Art4Trails, Rochester $  15,000
Art4Trails will publish and administer its fifth juried competition to add four temporary sculptures to Rochester's recreational trails with plans for safe public access to artists and their artwork.
Artaria String Quartet, West St Paul $  15,000
Artaria String Quartet will adapt to the Covid-19 reality by presenting chamber music in new ways through safe educational, outreach, and performing services.
ArtiCulture, Minneapolis $  15,000
ArtiCulture will develop and deliver quality arts programming to all ages and abilities in a safe and supportive arts learning environment.
Artistry, Bloomington $  15,000
Artistry will provide access to high quality, vibrant and diverse exhibitions, and will communicate the availability and safety of these experiences to its community.
ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater $  15,000
ArtReach St. Croix will build on a 2016 vision document and road map titled Navigating Change in the Saint Croix Valley: finding power at the intersection of arts and nature, to reinvigorate art programming rooted in the region's conservation ethic.
ArtReach, Red Wing $  10,829
ArtReach will enhance its online content and increase the availability of take-home art kits to encourage individuals to be creative within their own homes.
Arts Center of Saint Peter, Inc., Saint Peter $  12,000
The Arts Center of Saint Peter will strengthen new education, performance, and artist exhibitions, focusing on creative work as a means of building solidarities.
Arts Consortium of Carver County, Chaska $  14,800
Arts Consortium of Carver County will welcome people of all colors, religion, sexual orientation, abilities, and age in a photography art project incorporating a new perspective and inviting people to dialogue.
ArtStart, Saint Paul $  15,000
ArtStart reestablishes connections to schools and community organizations through quality, live, virtual arts instruction for youth and adults.
ARTS-Us, Saint Paul $  15,000
ARTS-Us will engage youth and artist mentors to document and respond to our current reality in the wake of coronavirus and the murder of George Floyd.
Ashland Productions, Inc., Maplewood $  15,000
Ashland Productions will continue to shift in person arts programming to online programming for participants and patrons alike.
Austin Area Arts, Austin $  10,000
Austin Area Arts will connect with rural Minnesota audiences with live music by presenting two events: online only live music and a hybrid inperson audience with online component.
Autism SIBS Universe, Plymouth $  15,000
Autism SIBS Universe will provide semester-long poetry mentorships for neurodivergent learners who will write and publish books of poetry under the imprint Unrestricted Editions.
Avivo, Minneapolis $  15,000
Avivo will provide individuals living with mental illness a multipart literary and visual art program led by COMPAS teaching artists and Avivo staff.
Avon Hills Folk School, Avon $  14,400
Avon Hills Folk School will seek members of the community to guide it in a journey of growth and inclusion.
Away Runakuna, Minneapolis $  9,500
Away Runakuna will preserve and teach in the diverse traditions of Ecuador through the art of dance.
Bach Roots Festival, Inver Grove Heights $  15,000
Bach Roots Festival seeks funding to present a safe, nimble, and adaptable eight day classical music festival in summer of 2021 across the Twin Cities and in southern Minnesota.
The Bach Society of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  15,000
Bach Society of Minnesota will present The Vagabond Series, bringing classical music into people's neighborhoods, living rooms, and local community venues.
Backus Community Center, International Falls $  15,000
Citizens for Backus/Alexander Baker will develop and present a series of mini performances showcasing local artists and students connecting with greater Minnesota audiences via public access television and Internet.
Bagley Area Arts Collaborative, Inc, Bagley $  6,000
The Bagley Area Arts Collaborative will create a virtual classroom to deliver arts programming to the residents of our region in a safe, creative manner.
The Bakken Trio, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Bakken Trio will develop curated digital programming to continue connecting Minnesota audiences with artists.
Ballet Co.Laboratory, Saint Paul $  15,000
Ballet Co.Laboratory will use innovation and technology to adapt the performance, education, and outreach programs of its 2020/21 season. Minnesotans will connect to the art of dance through a hybrid of outdoor, virtual, and in person offerings.
Ballet Minnesota, Saint Paul $  10,300
Ballet Minnesota will develop virtual arts and performance outlets for those unable to leave their homes or have limited exposure to the arts.
The Barn Theatre, Willmar $  15,000
The Barn Theatre of Willmar will provide theater education and performing arts opportunities to its community and surrounding area.
Bella Voce Young Women's Choir, Rochester $  15,000
Sing Out Loud has developed a hybrid plan to deliver choral arts education programs for treble choirs, to continue engaging singers and audiences in southeastern Minnesota.
The Belwin Conservancy, Afton $  14,850
The Belwin Convervancy's Arts, Culture, and Ecology program will take advantage of its outdoor venue to safely accommodate social distancing in 2021 and create access to high quality arts experiences for a growing number of people from greater MN and the east metro.
Bemidji Community Theater, Bemidji $  14,452
Bemidji Community Theater will develop plans to safely deliver theater programming and education via online platforms.
Bemidji Sculpture Walk, Bemidji $  8,280
Bemidji Sculpture Walk will ensure inclusion of Native American art and increase engagement via social media.
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji $  15,000
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will develop plans to safely perform live concerts for smaller audiences and will livestream performances to serve audiences remotely.
Berne Summer Concert Series, West Concord $  15,000
The Berne Summer Concert Series will provide weekly concerts showcasing a wide variety of professional bands.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, Saint Paul $  15,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities will connect young Minnesotans to the arts through virtual arts learning featuring Minnesota teaching artists. Arts programming will be offered in partnership with community based organizations that serve youth and families.
Bird Island Cultural Centre, Bird Island $  15,000
The Bird Island Cultural Centre will provide month-long art exhibitions of Minnesota artists, remote interactive learning, streaming, and professionally filmed tutorials.
Black Storytellers Alliance, Minneapolis $  15,000
Black Storytellers Alliance will host twelve weekly virtual storytelling classes that connect, teach, and offer intrinsic healing for the traumatic effects of systemic racism, COVID-19, and the dangers of pandemic fatigue within our community.
Bluff Country Studio Art Tour, Winona $  6,825
Bluff Country Studio Art Tour will develop and implement measures to increase safety for participating artists and attendees during its 2021 studio tour and create video studio tours to enable remote participation.
Bollywood Dance Scene, Minneapolis $  14,797
SAATH will continue to safely engage community in the joyful medium of dance, performing arts, and related South Asian cultural traditions through digital platforms.
Border CrosSing, Saint Paul $  15,000
Border CrosSing will premiere new works for choir in a virtual choir format to continue to perform and engage with audiences online while in person concerts are not safe.
Borikén Cultural Center, Saint Paul $  15,000
Borikén Culture Center is dedicated to developing and delivering high quality programming and events virtually.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota, Saint Cloud $  15,000
Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota will use the arts to build resiliency in youth through projects that empower them to express feelings about the effects of the pandemic on their lives, develop a more positive self-identity, and become a voice for peace and change.
Breanna's Gift, Minneapolis $  11,000
Breann's Gift will present Art Take, a two-part series of video classes for children with cancer and other serious illnesses who are in the hospital or a health care facility.
BRKFST Dance Company, Saint Paul $  15,000
BRKFST Dance Company will subsidize the rental of a COVID conscious rehearsal space for a Twin Cities community of revolutionary dance makers.
Brownbody, Vadnais Heights $  15,000
Brownbody will expand research, strategies, and programming to deepen the relationships it holds with the communities Brownbody is a part of and serves.
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater, Saint Paul $  15,000
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater will seek new and innovative ways to adapt and create programs that strengthen community and its connections.
Cantus, Minneapolis $  14,996
Cantus will expand its Championing Black Voices series of performance videos, which offers Cantus's platform to black artistic partners to collaborate, create, and curate repertoire that shares their lived experiences.
CAPI, Brooklyn Center $  15,000
CAPI USA will present its annual Twin Cities World Refugee Day as an online summit conducted over three days gathering community leaders and the public in dialogue around the relationship between refugees, their art, and local identity.
Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, Eagan $  15,000
Caponi Art Park will upgrade its website with a multiingual interactive map and guidebook to enhance safe, on-site visitor experiences.
Catalyst Arts, Minneapolis $  15,000
Catalyst Arts will create a program, Art Changes Everything, as a platform to engage artists and everyday people in experiments of visual and performance art.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Cedar Cultural Center will produce four episodes of The Cedar Public Access Channel, a music driven, online content stream created to maintain engagement with its audience and provide support for Twin Cities musicians during the pandemic.
Celtic Junction Arts Center, Saint Paul $  14,750
Celtic Junction Arts Center will offer live online concerts and cultural programming in continuation of its 10-year commitment to promoting Celtic culture and music with live programs.
The Center for Irish Music, Saint Paul $  15,000
The Center for Irish Music will create new programs designed specifically for virtual delivery, adapt current programs to suit online delivery, and increase communication with stakeholders.
Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center, Brainerd $  15,000
The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center will enhance its capability to serve distanced audiences both during the time of pandemic and beyond.
Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, Saint Cloud $  12,100
The Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra will safely and creatively provide a Sybarite5 residency with local schools and continue to offer CMYO programming in the central Minnesota region.
Central Square Cultural and Civic Center, Glenwood $  13,571
Central Square Cultural and Civic Center developed a Curbside Craft Kit program in response to the 2020 pandemic and cultural dissension, offering creativity as a simple and effective method of coping with the stress of a world in chaos.
Centro, Minneapolis $  15,000
Centro Tyrone Guzman will engage low-income Latine participants of all ages, from preschoolers through elders, in culturally affirming art activities that promote well-being and community building.
Chamber Music Live, Houston $  15,000
Chamber Music Live's Apollo Music Festival will create a set of offerings designed to connect southeastern Minnesota through classical music, while keeping its community safe by adhering to the state guidelines to stop the spread of COVID.
Chamber Music Society of Saint Cloud, Saint Cloud $  14,170
The Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud will develop, plan, and safely deliver programming by guest chamber music ensembles including performances and educational programs.
CHAT, Saint Paul $  15,000
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent will develop high quality arts performances for the public, sharing the diverse stories of Hmong Americans in Minnesota.
Chatfield Center for the Arts, Chatfield $  15,000
Chatfield Center for the Arts will utilize online video platforms to present and promote the talents of local creatives and artists and to deliver programs to community members who are unable to participate in live performances and educational activities.
Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, Minneapolis $  14,530
Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center will provide a range of arts education and studio access programs to its community, with limitations necessitated by COVID-19 safety protocols, and will hire a new shop assistant position to support its stability and operations.
Children's Castle Theater, Lakeville $  15,000
Children's Castle Theater will priortize providing compensation to staff in order to engage community in hands-on theater arts activities.
CHOICE, Unlimited, Duluth $  15,000
CHOICE, unlimited's arts program will provide quality, accessible arts instruction and participation in a variety of mediums for adults living with disabilities, both in person and in remote settings.
Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, Rochester $  14,195
Choral Arts Ensemble will develop, produce, and premiere virtual choir events to maintain its thirty-sixth season in 2021.
Clare Housing, Minneapolis $  14,176
Clare Housing will connect people living with HIV with writing experiences, working with an artist to create a spoken word piece that expresses an aspect of their journey.
Clear Waters Life Center, Clearbrook $  15,000
Clear Water Life Center will develop a new programming plan to safely deliver art programming in greater Minnesota.
CLIMB Theatre, Inver Grove Heights $  15,000
CLIMB Theatre pivots to online programming, bringing radical play lessons focused on encouraging social emotional skills directly into Minnesota's virtual classrooms.
CLUES, Saint Paul $  15,000
CLUES will uplift, celebrate, and connect Minnesota's Latino and immigrant community and artists through arts and cultural activities that represent their lived experience and create hope during these unpredictable times.
Coffee House Press, Minneapolis $  15,000
Coffee House Press will continue to diversify and equitably compensate interns and editors while bringing national recognition to Minnesota's literary publishing ecosystem, and develop, publish, and uplift the work of underrepresented Minnesota authors.
College of Saint Benedict Fine Arts Programming, Saint Joseph $  14,950
The College of Saint Benedict Fine Arts Series will utilize grant funding to improve streaming infrastructure and capability in order to stream performances and visual arts gallery talks and connect to underserved audiences via remote workshops.
COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company, Saint Paul $  15,000
Collide Theatrical Dance Company will grow and maintain relationships with the community through outreach performances created with long-term residents of Episcopal Homes.
CommonBond Communities, Saint Paul $  15,000
CommonBond Communities will collaborate with teaching artists and residents to safely provide distance learning arts classes to seniors and people with disabilities who live at CommonBond's affordable housing communities in the Twin Cities metro area.
Commonweal Theatre Company, Lanesboro $  15,000
Commonweal Theatre Company is committed to reconnecting with its family of patrons to continue its long history of telling stories to uplift, heal, and inspire.
ComMUSICation, Saint Paul $  15,000
ComMUSICation will provide various virtual music ensemble experiences for youth in grades four through ten.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  15,000
COMPAS will work with communities and artists to cocreate and run participatory arts programs that engage people in high quality creative arts experiences and work within the constraints of our current environment.
Copper Street Brass, Minneapolis $  15,000
Copper Street Brass will use live music and social interaction to enrich the lives of seniors in care facilities with a focus on those facing dementia through its creative aging program, Soundtracks, in socially distanced outdoor performances.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Golden Valley $  15,000
Courage Kenny will present the 2021 virtual Art of Possibilities art show and sale to highlight the work of artists with disabilities, build awareness, and provide a platform for the sale of their artwork.
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Cowles Center's Creations program will work with five metro high schools to facilitate virtual dance instruction led by skilled teaching artists, where students learn new dance forms, choreograph and record a dance, and share it with peers.
Crescendo Youth Orchestra, Hibbing $  15,000
Crescendo Youth Orchestra will enhance video editing capabilities in order to create distance performance opportunities and provide student scholarships during a depressed year of increased need due to COVID-19.
Cross River Heritage Center, Schroeder $  15,000
The Cross River Heritage Center will develop plans to safely deliver expanded arts programming and virtual tours.
Cuban American Youth Orchestra, Minneapolis $  15,000
Cuban American Youth Orchestra will provide arts content for audiences and students while rebuilding to full capacity.
CultureWin, Saint Paul $  15,000
CultureWin will teach youth how to use storytelling to enhance and empower their voice and community.
Curio Dance Company, Saint Paul $  15,000
Curio Dance Company trains, promotes, and supports UpDown Funk Dance Troupe, dancers with intellectual disabilities who entertain, inspire, and share their love of dance with everyone.
Dakota Wicohan, Morton $  15,000
Dakota Wicohan will innovate ways to continue offering Dakota arts programming to its community.
DalekoArts, New Prague $  15,000
DalekoArts will offer Daleko Home Invasion, a full 2020-21 season of virtual theater subscription boxes for audiences to engage with online.
Dance Conservatory of Southern Minnesota, Mankato $  15,000
Dance Conservatory of Southern Minnesota will use funds to keep its programming and scholarships available for dancers ages eighteen months to adult to experience dance and movement.
Dark & Stormy Productions, Saint Paul $  15,000
Dark & Stormy Productions will collaborate with the web series THEATER PEOPLE to reach new audiences and engage a diverse group of artists.
Dayton's Bluff NHS, Saint Paul $  15,000
Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services will renew WEQY radio as a hub of creativity and connection with expanded "create your own radio" access and a flexible framework to add artists and DJs to community led events.
Deep Valley Book Festival, North Mankato $  5,000
The Deep Valley Book Festival will create a robust website to inform the public of regional literary programming and serve as a resource for the southern Minnesota literary community.
Department of Public Transformation, Granite Falls $  15,000
The Department of Public Transformation, an artist led nonprofit, will facilitate three rural community artists-in-residence, supporting rural BIPOC artists to help residents connect with each other through arts and culture experiences.
The DIAL Group, Minneapolis $  15,000
The DIAL Group will collaborate with media artists of color to evolve its arts based curriculum for the new distance learning environment.
Discovery Arts Council, Long Lake $  15,000
Discovery Arts Council will enhance arts access through a shared arts calendar and new ways for youth and adults to engage in the arts including virtual classes, at home art kits, in person classes with safety procedures, and new outdoor events.
Division of Indian Work, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Division of Indian Work will expand culturally based traditional arts programming and activities for youth in our Youth Leadership Development Program and Youth Leadership Council.
Dreams United/Sueños Unidos, Long Prairie $  9,350
Dreams United/Sueños Unidos will collect poems, photos, essays, and other artistic work from the immigrant community and arrange them into designs to be published in the newspaper La Voz Libre.
Duluth Art Institute, Duluth $  15,000
The Duluth Art Institute provides exceptional and engaging visual arts experiences to help the community make sense of the complex issues we face today.
Duluth Dylan Fest, Duluth $  15,000
Duluth Dylan Fest will increase audience engagement in local arts and provide opportunities for artists to perform as part of the 2021 Duluth Dylan Fest in celebration of Duluth native Bob Dylan's 80th birthday.
Duluth Playhouse, Duluth $  15,000
The Duluth Playhouse works to maintain a strong connection with its community and deepen the representation and engagement of marginalized populations.
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Duluth $  15,000
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra is launching a virtual season with smaller chamber orchestra works as it returns to performances under state guidelines.
Eagan Art House, Eagan $  15,000
Eagan Art House will restore participation levels from 2020 decreases, and activate new neighborhood outreach programs for Eagan's underserved populations.
East Polk Heritage Center, Fosston $  8,500
East Polk Heritage Center will bring cultural arts programs to schools and the general public.
East Side Arts Council, Saint Paul $  14,860
The East Side Arts Council will develop arts programming that will be safely delivered online and through social distancing using CDC guidelines to bring the arts to older people, youth, families, and others in inner city, underserved east Saint Paul.
East Side Freedom Library, Saint Paul $  15,000
East Side Freedom Library will assemble a working group of artist activists who will engage community, curate cultural spaces and conversations, and create art to catalyze vital public conversations, especially those accentuated by pandemic and uprising.
East Side Neighborhood Development Company, Saint Paul $  15,000
Eastside Neighborhood Development Company will stage a street arts festival with the theme of "Honoring Native Lands and Protecting the Environment," featuring a juried art exhibit, live music, dancers, storytellers and community activities.
Echoes of Peace, Duluth $  15,000
Echoes of Peace will add a codirector and continue arts programming directed and designed by and for Black, Indigenous, People of Color that amplifies BIPOC artists and engages under represented participants in greater Minnesota.
Ecumen Prairie Lodge, Brooklyn Center $  14,124
Ecumen Prairie Lodge will collaborate with Kairos Alive! to facilitate dance, music, and storytelling experiences for elderly residents at Prairie Lodge's Assisted Living community using technology to work around COVID-19 restrictions.
Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley, Apple Valley $  6,250
Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley will work with COMPAS to develop the artistic skills of twenty residents through a two-course digital program of collage work and seed art specifically designed to support COVID safe learning for older adults.
Ely Artwalk, Ely $  5,000
Ely ArtWalk will turn the entire city of Ely into an outdoor art gallery, providing a unique public art experience.
Ely Folk School, Ely $  15,000
The Ely Folk School will develop expanded programming through live, online classes and events combined with safe on-site classes and events to continue to provide arts education to Minnesota residents and communities.
Ely Winter Festival, Ely $  15,000
The Ely Winter Festival will present two outdoor arts events and a host of other activities including the Snow Sculpture Symposium and the Ely ArtWalk.
Emerging Curators Institute, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Emerging Curators Institute will support the next generation of Minnesota curators and artists, emphasizing gender equality as well as LGBTQIA2+ and BIPOC individuals, by providing four curatorial fellowships and diverse public programs.
Encouraging Leaders, Minneapolis $  10,000
Encouraging Leaders will successfully overcome cultural barriers and change perception of stereotyping through the art of spoken word.
Episcopal Homes Foundation of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  15,000
Episcopal Homes will safely deliver arts programming to foster growth, combat isolation, and engage the creative spirit.
Ethnic Fest Committee, Walker $  15,000
The Ethnic Fest Committee will work to help its local arts stay in the public eye by helping with zooms and virtual concerts through the year.
Exposed Brick Theatre, Saint Paul $  15,000
Exposed Brick Theatre will workshop eight new plays in the Through Our Eyes 20/20 project, and create reader's theater pieces to virtually share with its communities.
Face to Face, Saint Paul $  15,000
Face to Face will offer the Recording Arts program, providing youth experiencing homelessness with a therapeutic creative outlet for their emotions while also helping them access resources, support, and real-world experiences in the music industry.
Fairmont Opera House, Fairmont $  15,000
Fairmont Opera House will offer a virtual after-school children's theater residency with Compass Creative, including an in person children's theater program in the spring, and an adult theater program.
Family Tree Clinic, Saint Paul $  15,000
Family Tree Clinic, a sexual and reproductive health clinic in the Twin Cities, cultivates art spaces for diverse communities to promote healing, well-being, and liberation through art creation.
FAWK, Saint Paul $  15,000
Funny Asian Women Kollective (FAWK) will offer humor based storytelling workshops through public panels and master classes.
The Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul will present We the People: Required Watching, a virtual film series speaking to racial and social inequality, enlightened by conversations with artists and community leaders discussing how together we can support systemic change.
FilmNorth, Saint Paul $  11,500
FilmNorth will enhance its online arts learning and screening programs to safely offer professional development to filmmakers across the state and new opportunities for audiences to experience independent film.
Flying Foot Forum, Minneapolis $  15,000
Flying Foot Forum will finish the creation of two short films adapted from its original choreography for the stage, which will be used to stay better connected with its existing audience and to expand its audience and reputation throughout Minnesota.
FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, Minneapolis $  15,000
FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Arts will develop an online gallery for artist sales and exhibitions in order to deliver safe programming and sales opportunities for artists who have seen their traditional sales venues become unavailable.
Folk Will Save Us, Minneapolis $  15,000
Folk Will Save Us will produce online workshops and pop-up outdoor events for teaching and learning music from folk traditions, deepening community for those who use heritage as a tool to enact social change.
Fosston Community Library & Arts Association, Fosston $  14,999
Fosston Community Library and Arts Association will provide livestream concerts, theater productions, author readings, and art classes to its community.
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer $  15,000
Franconia Sculpture Park will expand its visitorship to Minnesotans through unique in person and online art programs that support diverse voices and narratives.
Freeborn County Arts Initiative, Albert Lea $  15,000
The Freeborn County Arts Initiative will create multimedia virtual arts and cultural programming to engage the community in a safe, accessible, and meaningful way.
Friends of the Mill District, Minneapolis $  10,500
Friends of the Mill District/Be That Neighbor's Mill City Singers, with director J. D. Steele, will continue to share opportunities for any interested community members to experience the joys of singing together with a diverse group regardless of experience or singing ability.
Frozen River Film Festival, Winona $  15,000
Frozen River Film Festival presents the art of documentary filmmaking in celebration of community, connecting audiences with filmmakers and other artists who explore global and local issues focusing on our human connections to the world.
Full Circle Theater Company, Minneapolis $  15,000
Full Circle Theater will maintain strong connections with Minnesota communities by producing online theater programs related to social justice.
Give with Chandra Photography Inc, Brooklyn Center $  5,000
Give with Chandra Photography empowers women to become entrepreneurs by supplying photography editing, camera kits, and traning.
The Givens Foundation for African American Literature, Saint Louis Park $  15,000
The Givens Foundation will provide programming dedicated to enriching cultural understanding and learning through programs that advance and celebrate African American literature and writers.
Giving Voice Initiative, Bloomington $  14,942
Giving Voice Initiative will maintain connections to singers with dementia and their care partners in Minnesota by offering chorus participation with weekly rehearsals and social time in a safe online platform.
Good Samaritan Society-Westview Acres, Waconia $  15,000
The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Waconia and International Falls long term care facilities will deliver artistic programming to elderly and disabled residents. This programming will have a virtual option for participation.
The Grand Center for Arts and Culture, New Ulm $  7,300
The Grand Center for Arts and Culture will continue to develop virtual and socially distanced programming to safely deliver arts access and education.
Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais $  15,000
The Grand Marais Art Colony will support Minnesotans by providing in person as well as virtual/remote arts education opportunities to students of a variety of ages and skill levels.
Grand Marais Playhouse, Grand Marais $  15,000
The Grand Marias Playhouse will continue to provide high quality theater and educational opportunities to Cook County residents and its visitors in creative ways while ensuring the safety of all participants.
Grand Rapids Players, Inc., Grand Rapids $  9,100
The Grand Rapids Players will develop interactive theatrical entertainment for small groups for a COVID-19 compliant experience.
Granite Area Arts Council, Granite Falls $  14,815
The Granite Area Arts Council presents local art exhibits, gives artists an opportunity to sell their work, and hosts a variety of events and classes.
Great Northern Union Chorus, Richfield $  14,650
The Great Northern Union Chorus will stay relevant and deepen its connections to community through the Performance Feast: Feed Your Mind, Nourish Your Heart series.
Great River Chorale, Sauk Rapids $  14,628
Great River Chorale will develop and produce a virtual choral concert to deliver a safe, accessible, online program to its central Minnesota audience and the wider community.
Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona $  14,899
The Great River Shakespeare Festival radio play podcast will make the high quality professional performance of Macbeth available through streaming or download, along with artist interviews about the language and story of the play.
GREAT Theatre, Waite Park $  15,000
GREAT Theatre will continue its partnership with Discovery Community School to create integrated theater experiences focused on social emotional learning through a virtual or in-school residency.
Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts, Pequot Lakes $  7,000
Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts will provide virtual locally produced theatrical performances and concerts.
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Guthrie Theater will make its popular summer camps and classes virtual, enabling third through twelfth grade students from all over Minnesota to participate.
Headwaters Music and Arts, Bemidji $  14,650
Headwaters Music and Arts will develop plans to safely deliver high quality music education and art experiences to youth and adults in Beltrami and Cass counties.
Heart of Dance, Minneapolis $  14,450
Heart of Dance will provide its Dancing Classrooms Homeroom Edition residency program to fifth grade students adapted to virtual live streaming and in person, no touch lessons.
Heartland Symphony Orchestra, Little Falls $  14,268
Heartland Symphony Orchestra will continue its mission of providing quality musical experiences to its community, developing a virtual program using previous concerts and new performances that occurred this summer and fall.
Her Voice Productions, Minneapolis $  15,000
Her Voice Productions, Twin Cities Women's Choir, will present a season of varied online musical programming, dedicated to the empowerment of women's voices, and focused on building common connections through singing and music.
Highland Friendship Club, Saint Paul $  15,000
Highland Friendship Club will provide arts programming to teens and adults with disabilities.
Hispanic Outreach Program of Goodhue County, Red Wing $  15,000
Hispanic Outreach will present a Hispanic Heritage Festival that is open to the public, encourages Minnesota Hispanic artists and residents to celebrate their varied cultures, and invites all residents to experience, enjoy, and learn about these arts forms.
Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes $  15,000
Historic Holmes Theatre will continue to give residents access to arts and arts education through safe offerings of visual arts classes, mini musical performances for area schools, and the annual Holmes Art Show.
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead $  15,000
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County will actively engage live and virtual audiences in diverse, enriching arts experiences.
Hmong Cultural Center, Saint Paul $  15,000
Hmong Cultural Center seeks support to maintain all of its arts programs in 2021 in the aftermath of the pandemic.
Hmong Museum, Saint Paul $  15,000
Hmong Museum will develop a series of Hmong paj ntaub flower cloth lessons in video format that will be available for download and viewing.
HoneyWorks, Saint Louis Park $  15,000
HoneyWorks will present Live @ The Shed, a public, outdoor dance event celebrating live performance in the Twin Cities.
Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota, Rochester $  15,000
Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota will continue to engage singers and audiences during the pandemic through safe and effective programming.
The Hook & Ladder Theater, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Hook and Ladder Theater will remain committed to its mission and to bringing high quality arts and performances to residents across the state through the newly developed online HookStream platform.
Hope Community, Inc., Minneapolis $  5,800
Hope Community will produce cohort based community arts programs in both virtual and outdoor/socially distanced settings.
Hopewell Music Cooperative North, Minneapolis $  15,000
Hopewell Music Cooperative North will deliver consistent virtual music programming and complete a full program evaluation to inform future programming and communication and outreach practices.
Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center, Park Rapids $  15,000
Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center will add music to its current visual art and theater program to target positive changes in the psychological, physical, cognitive, and social needs of its participants.
Huge Improv Theater, Minneapolis $  15,000
HUGE Improv Theater will innovate to continue engaging with an increasingly diverse and inclusive improv community throughout this pandemic.
Hutchinson Center for the Arts, Hutchinson $  15,000
The Hutchinson Center for the Arts will engage the community through monthly take home art kits for youth, an arts education program partnership with McLeod Treatment Programs for Adolescents, and online artist talks.
The Icebox Radio Theater, International Falls $  14,634
The Icebox Radio Theater will develop ways to safely continue bringing the northland's stories to the world.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  15,000
Illusion Theater will collaborate with schools and community organizations throughout the state of Minnesota to provide diverse, underserved Minnesota youth and adults with high quality arts education programs and direct access to theater arts.
Impact Services, Coon Rapids $  12,000
Impact Services will coordinate Voices of Impact, a choir for people living with dementia and their caregivers, using music to open up memory and build community.
In Black Ink, Saint Paul $  15,000
In Black Ink will connect Black writers and publishing arts professional with eager readers, learners, and listeners through print and through public literary gatherings that welcome all audiences.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  15,000
In Progress will provide quality mentorship and access opportunities for digital artmakers living in Crookston and Saint Paul, serving emerging artists of all ages, while modeling healthy mentorship and training practices both in person and online.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis $  15,000
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre will offer accessible and virtual puppetry workshops and arts experiences that bring the power of puppetry into the homes of Minnesotans across the state.
India Association of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  15,000
India Association of Minnesota will deepen its livestream capacity for events, including Virtual IndiaFest, that will livestream shows by six professional and eighteen community performing groups during August 2021 for up to 15,000 participants.
Indian Music Society of Minnesota, Minneapolis $  15,000
Indian Music Society of Minnesota will present a virtual online season of music presenting world class artists of Indian classical music.
Indigenous Peoples Task Force, Minneapolis $  15,000
Indigenous Peoples Task Force will partner with Minnesota tribes and organizations to show the film Everything is a Circle by the Ikidowin Native youth, and make the film accessible online for free.
Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, Saint Paul $  15,000
Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center will continue to provide a critical, accessible, and culturally relevant space and programming, during the pandemic, civil unrest, and economic downturn for artists to work and mobilize.
Interact, Saint Paul $  15,000
Interact will present a virtual season of high quality, professional visual arts and theater by artists with disabilities, serving artists in the metro area and in greater Minnesota.
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts, Eagan $  15,000
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts will explore digital and virtual options for bringing top professional music from a variety of cultures to residents in retirement communities and nursing homes during lockdowns.
Intro To Success, Minneapolis $  15,000
Intro to Success will ensure programming success over the next year with the rental of a space where participating resident artists can develop their work from concept to fruition.
Inverted Arts, Minneapolis $  15,000
Inverted Arts will increase student internship opportunities, develop collaborative peaceful protest projects, offer enhanced virtual art exploration programs, and work to diversify lead staff.
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, Minneapolis $  15,000
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project will explore and create responsive and accessible art programming for its community, including touring the Iraqi Voices photography exhibition, The House of Our Memories, and presenting a weekly Arabic radio progr
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Italian Cultural Center will create a broad and inclusive cultural community through classic and contemporary Italian arts and culture.
Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program, Grand Rapids $  10,510
The Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program will sustain current programming despite the effects of COVID-19 and expand outreach to more rural Minnesota residents.
Jackson Center for the Arts, Jackson $  11,645
Jackson Center for the Arts will engage the community in designing and producing interactive paintings and murals for display in and around Jackson to promote tourism and local pride.
Jawaahir Dance Company, Minneapolis $  15,000
Jawaahir Dance Company will sustain artist and audience engagement in virtual space with a monthly cabaret series, dance classes, and student performances to celebrate Arabic dance in Minnesota.
JazzMN Orchestra, Saint Paul $  15,000
JazzMN Orchestra will perform a virtual outdoor concert at Crooners Supper Club in Fridley offering live streaming and open to all Minnesota residents.
Jones-Harrison, Minneapolis $  8,499
Jones-Harrison Residence will make the transition to virtual arts programming for residents during COVID-19.
Jungle Theater, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Jungle Theater will create a three-part series of audio plays called JUNGLE SERIAL: Words with Music.
Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis $  15,000
Juxtaposition Arts will continue JXTALabs, its youth employment and creative sector training program, with COVID-19 safe adjustments.
Kaddatz Gallery, Fergus Falls $  15,000
Kaddatz Galleries will expand its reach and maintain connection with community members by developing online and virtual arts education and appreciation, and in person options when it is safe and feasible to do so.
KAIROS ALIVE!, Minneapolis $  14,960
Kairos Alive! will continue its Accessible Creativity Together two-way webcast series providing interactive, participatory performing arts and health engagement serving the older adult/disability community.
Katha Dance Theatre, Crystal $  15,000
Katha Dance Theatre will utilize a hybrid of virtual and socially distanced dance performances and classes to provide Kathak dance, music, poetry, and storytelling.
Keystone Community Services, Saint Paul $  15,000
Keystone Community Services will engage teaching artists to work with 80 low-income youth and 30 seniors in Saint Paul to build skills in a variety of art forms, including music, spoken word, jewelry making, plein air painting, ceramics, and Ethiopian dance.
Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead, Moorhead $  13,695
Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead will perform summer park concerts featuring iconic big band jazz.
Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis $  15,000
Kulture Klub Collaborative will provide innovative and responsive artistic programs for youth experiencing homelessness.
La Grande Bande, Gaylord $  15,000
La Grande Bande will develop plans to safely engage rural audiences through thoughtful, engaging, and educational musical programs using virtual and in person programming.
Lake Superior Writers, Duluth $  10,000
Lake Superior Writers will offer educational opportunities for writers via virtual programs and increase opportunities in order to reach more people and safely maintain a strong writing community.
Lake Superior Youth Chorus, Duluth $  15,000
Lake Superior Youth Chorus will develop plans to continue its mission of cultivating an active and inclusive community of young choral artists, centered on a holistic music education.
Lakes Area Music Festival, Brainerd $  15,000
Lakes Area Music Festival will maintain its mission of excellent classical music performance and education through streaming concerts and newly conceived distance learning for all ages.
Lakes Bluegrass Festival, Pine River $  15,000
The Pine River Area Foundation will develop plans to safely deliver the 15th Lakes Bluegrass Festival that celebrates and preserves American roots music of bluegrass music including main stage performances, food booths, and interactive workshops.
Lakeshore Players Theatre, White Bear Lake $  15,000
Lakeshore Players Theatre will offer virtual performances for its next season, pivoting the originally planned season to include recorded performances, smaller casts, and other creative solutions to ensure safety while continuing to engage its community.
Lanesboro Arts, Lanesboro $  15,000
Lanesboro Arts will design COVID-19 safe programming to align with and amplify its vision for communities, especially rural communities, to embrace artists as economic drivers, culture bearers, community builders, and problem solvers.
Lao Assistance Center, Minneapolis $  15,000
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota will continue to provide access to Lao traditional and modern art with Minnesota artists and audiences.
Lao Culture Dance and Traditional Fashion Show LLC, Saint Paul Park $  15,000
Lao Culture Dance and Traditional Fashion Show will use digital media or live events to reach audiences safely.
Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota, Baxter $  15,000
The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota will continue to provide access to high quality performances of choral music to central Minnesota.
The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis $  13,900
The Loft will expand access to high quality creative writing and literature classes for Minnesotans whose economic circumstances otherwise prevent participation and individuals whose backgrounds and identities are underrepresented in publishing.
Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, Long Prairie $  13,800
The Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra aims to expand beyond its primary activities in arts and arts access by mentoring young musicians and performing online events with groups that represent the cultural diversity of their communities.
LOON, Duluth $  15,000
Lyric Opera of the North will utilize new ideas, relationships, and technologies in order to provide a path into the beautiful, elevating, and enriching art of opera.
Lower Phalen Creek Project, Saint Paul $  14,985
Lower Phalen Creek Project will develop and implement environmental and cultural arts programming for youth and community in honor of Minnesotan American Indian Month in May.
Lowertown Blues Festival, Maplewood $  15,000
The Lowertown Blues Festival is planning to produce livestreaming concerts with professional Minnesota blues musicians throughout the spring and summer of 2021 that are free and accessible to all.
Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts, Minneapolis $  15,000
Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts will modify instruction of dance, voice, and drama to safely adapt to coronavirus, in order to connect with students and advance arts learning for its audiences.
Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Saint Paul $  15,000
Lyra Baroque Orchestra will create professional performance and educational videos and livestream chamber concerts, to safely deliver programming and engage a broad audience across Minnesota.
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Anoka $  15,000
Lyric Arts will develop and produce two virtual theater experiences in collaboration with its artistic community, giving artists an opportunity to utilize their diverse talents while providing access to the performing arts for audiences.
Macalester-Groveland Community Council, Saint Paul $  7,500
Macalester-Groveland Community Council will host a single day community festival featuring local Twin Cities artists, performers, and art organizations in late spring 2021.
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis $  15,000
MacPhail Center for Music will continue its Global Music Initiative (GMI), a BIPOC-led effort to diversify music education in the Twin Cities by making instruction more representative and respectful of cultures and traditions from outside the Eurocentric classical canon.
MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids $  15,000
MacRostie Art Center will adapt its visual arts programming to provide live and virtual art experiences in exhibition, arts learning, and artist services to the greater Itasca County area.
Maia Maiden Productions, Richfield $  15,000
Maia Maiden Productions will create new opportunities for artistic growth and development.
Manidoo Ogitigaan, Bemidji $  15,000
Mandioo Ogitigaan connects Minnesotans with Ojibwe artists and storytellers, while increasing appreciation of indigenous art for generations to come in order to bridge the gap between Native and nonNative community members.
Mankato and North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer's, Mankato $  15,000
Singing Hills Chorus brings together people living with Alzheimer's and other associated dementias, their care partners, and volunteer singers to participate in a choral experience that fosters joy, well-being, purpose, and community understanding.
Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra, Mankato $  15,000
The Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra provides music education and performing opportunities in a professional symphony atmosphere.
Mankato Ballet Company, Mankato $  13,100
Mankato Ballet Company offers the highest level of dance instruction in a positive, respectful, and safe environment.
Mankato Children's Chorus, Mankato $  15,000
The Mankato Children's Chorus will provide an opportunity for youth to experience the joy of singing while developing healthy vocal techniques. This year, a virtual choir will allow youth to maintain a connection to one another and to choral music.
Mankato Playhouse, North Mankato $  15,000
Davori Productions will produce high quality musical theater performances and Broadway Teen Workshops each season to showcase the talent we have in our local and surrounding communities.
Mankato School of Music, North Mankato $  15,000
The Mankato School of Music will reach a larger number of students in greater Minnesota and meet the financial need of those facing hardship.
Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Mankato $  15,000
The Mankato Symphony Orchestra will find creative ways to share music with the community through outdoor venues and virtual recordings, and will develop online music education materials for young students.
Mask and Rose Theater, Puposky $  14,988
Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective plans to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage with Women in the Year of the Centennial.
Matchbox Children's Theatre, Austin $  5,065
Matchbox Children's Theatre will broadcast and livestream four radio entertainment shows in January, February, and March 2021 in coordination with the Hormel Historic Home.
Mathew Janczewski's ARENA DANCES, Minneapolis $  15,000
ARENA Dances will adapt performances and outreach activities to celebrate its 25th anniversary season and continue to work toward a more inclusive Minnesota dance community.
Matinee Musicale, Inc., Duluth $  14,580
Matinee Musicale will present a season of free, on demand online classical chamber music programming and create plans to safely present live concerts when possible to do so.
McDonough Recreation Center, Saint Paul $  15,000
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation will create art learning videos to engage youth in the arts.
Merely Players, Mankato $  15,000
Merely Players Community Theatre will provide opportunities for participation in the dramatic arts in a safe and creative environment.
Merrick, Inc., Vadnais Heights $  15,000
Merrick, Inc. will provide music activities in person and remotely for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Merrill Arts Center, Woodbury $  15,000
Merrill Arts Center will develop communication and operating plans to regain relationships with its community, remain relevant to its community, and safely deliver programming.
Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, Virginia $  15,000
Mesabi Symphony Orchestra will livestream and broadcast as a string orchestra and small feature ensembles until it can safely resume normal operations with a full orchestra.
Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, Arden Hills $  15,000
The Remember Project will build the infrastructure of the organization to fully support the capacity for online programming.
Mid West Music Fest, Winona $  15,000
Mid West Music Fest will engage the community by safely in person or virtually providing quality musical experience, giving artists an opportunity to showcase their work and build community among themselves and a constantly evolving audience.
Midtown Greenway Coalition, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Midtown Greenway Coalition will deliver arts programming in the Lake Street Greenway corridor that increases racial equity and creates a more welcoming public space for people of color.
Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis $  15,000
Midway Off-Site will present a series of art exhibitions located outdoors or in large spaces offering art in a socially distanced context during the pandemic
Midwest Special Services, Saint Paul $  14,999
Midwest Special Services will create art kits for the artists it supports and build capacity for existing arts programming.
Milan Village Arts School, Milan $  14,500
The Milan Village Arts School endeavors to engage people in the practice of traditional, contemporary, and folk arts while fostering prosperity, community, and culture in its region.
Million Artist Movement, Saint Paul $  15,000
Million Artist Movement will host virtual sewing sessions and create Power Tree Quilt kits to be safely distributed to the community.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation, Minneapolis $  15,000
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation will provide Art and Monarchs, prioritizing Latinx artists to provide experiential and immersive arts experiences to serve participants that usually engage with the Minneapolis Monarch Festival, Festival de la Monarca.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association, Minneapolis $  15,000
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra will develop plans to safely deliver programming for its 2021 concert season.
City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis $  15,000
The City of Minneapolis will engage two staff to manage program areas that develop partnerships between city staff and community artists as a part of equity work for and within communities of color.
Minnesota Ballet, Duluth $  15,000
The Minnesota Ballet plans to safely offer its Nutcracker in a narrated video of highlights, safely produced repertory performances in videos, and its Around the Town promotional video with dancers safely filmed at iconic community sites.
Minnesota Bluegrass, Minneapolis $  14,950
Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association will host four bluegrass and old-time events for fans old and new to connect with its music.
Minnesota Boychoir, Saint Paul $  7,340
The Minnesota Boychoir will engage residents of several senior living facilities, shelters, and/or care centers through virtual winter concert performances.
Minnesota Center Chorale, Saint Cloud $  10,250
The Minnesota Center Chorale will draw members throughout central Minnesota to perform a mixture of classical and contemporary music.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis $  15,000
Minnesota Center for Book Arts will inspire connection, creativity, and community for participants in their homes by collaborating with a diverse team of artists to facilitate affordable virtual workshops in bookbinding, printing, and paper making.
Minnesota Chinese Music Ensemble, Richfield $  15,000
Minnesota Chinese Music Ensemble will offer free online erhu (Chinese violin) lessons and Chinese music seminars to all interested Minnesota residents.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, Winona $  15,000
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will offer programs to keep residents of southeastern Minnesota connected, creative, and active through quality virtual, outdoor, self-paced and in person art classes and performances.
Minnesota Dance Theatre & School, Minneapolis $  14,900
Minnesota Dance Theatre will continue to offer enhanced curriculum through its community engagement program, CAN Dance, providing dance performance and training opportunities for second and third grade children from Minneapolis Public Schools.
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm $  14,999
Minnesota Discovery Center plans to develop a series of online videos highlighting regional artists' work, culture, and heritage and connect them with audiences across greater Minnesota.
Minnesota Folklore Theater, Walker $  7,900
Minnesota Folklore Theater will provide arts programming for senior citizens, youth, and others as an integral part of its Leech Lake communities.
Minnesota Fringe, Minneapolis $  15,000
Minnesota Fringe Festival will expand digital offerings of virtual performances to build organizational capacity and improve community vitality through arts and culture, while offering artists and audiences a way to successfully interact online.
Minnesota Guitar Society, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Minnesota Guitar Society will provide standard and adaptive guitar education to students in mainstream and special needs classes at four schools, and document student performance with video recordings to be uploaded to the Society's YouTube channel.
Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona $  15,000
Minnesota Marine Art Museum will continue developing and offering virtual and distance fine art engagement activities for Minnesotans through retention of its valuable staff members that have the skills necessary to succeed with this new work.
Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul $  15,000
The Minnesota Museum of American Art will develop a series of digital community convenings that connect museum audiences to the content of the M's exhibitions.
Minnesota Music Coalition, Saint Paul $  15,000
Minnesota Music Coalition will serve a diverse Minnesota music community by connecting musicians, providing supportive programs such as the Minnesota Music Summit, workshops, and mentorship and will cultivate performance opportunities for new audiences.
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, Bemidji $  15,000
The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference will continue to provide Minnesotans a high quality and affordable literary arts experience.
Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, Minneapolis $  15,000
Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, America's first GLBTQ orchestra, will continue to showcase the talents of GLBTQ musicians, by planning and performing virtual music concerts featuring works by local and underrepresented composers.
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, Minneapolis $  15,000
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop will deliver four remote creative writing classes to Minnesotans incarcerated across eight state prisons.
Minnesota Salsa Fiesta, Minneapolis $  15,000
Minnesota Salsa Fiesta will connect with its community online, better prepare its artistic operations, and prepare to expand beyond the Twin Cities into greater Minnesota.
Minnesota Sinfonia, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Minnesota Sinfonia will continue its outreach of top quality music activities to the citizens of Minnesota.
Minnesota Tamil Sangam, Minnetonka $  9,040
Tamil Association of Minnesota will enable access to Tamil folk and traditional arts skills.
Minnesota Theater Alliance, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Minnesota Theater Alliance will engage in a community driven strategic planning and programming process.
Minnesota Youth Symphonies, Saint Paul $  15,000
Minnesota Youth Symphonies will continue to provide excellent orchestra education to students, providing scholarships to those who apply, in a creative virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mixed Precipitation, Saint Paul $  15,000
Mixed Precipitation will stage The Pickup Truck Opera, mixing Monteverdi melodies and Dolly Parton tunes, on a pickup truck and trailer in the streets of southeastern Minnesota, Rochester, and the North Shore in summer 2021.
MIXTAPE, Saint Paul $  15,000
MIXTAPE Collective will create performances that encourage audiences to be fully present, honoring vulnerability as a strength, and resisting political landscapes that try to keep us apart.
Mizna, Saint Paul $  15,000
Mizna will develop plans to safely deliver excellent and accessible programming centering the work of Arab and Southwest Asian and North African artists.
Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop, Minneapolis $  15,000
Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop will stay connected to its community by supporting participants with online mentorship and community work sessions.
Montiarts, Monticello $  15,000
The city of Monticello will present Montiarts, developing the ability to provide high quality arts experiences to its community, and to provide context and more in depth information regarding public art installations and exhibits through the digital realm.
More Than a Single Story, Saint Paul $  15,000
More Than A Single Story will present five panel format events engaging BIPOC writers in conversation with public audiences as a way to balance public discourse and provide a forum for cross-cultural understanding.
The Moving Company, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Moving Company will research and implement best practices for a safe return to live theater performance, including contingency planning and continued development of accessible, online engagement options.
MOVO SPACE, Minneapolis $  15,000
MOVO Space will pilot a class series that will safely provide teaching opportunities for LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC artists to innovate, share curriculum, and expand their followings.
The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Museum of Russian Art is engaging the public with exhibitions, audio tours, website features, and a variety of virtual programming.
Music Resource Center-Duluth Armory, Duluth $  5,000
The Music Resource Center-Duluth will seek new ways to serve musical kids while it cannot be open in person due to COVID-19.
Native American Community Development Institute, Minneapolis $  15,000
All My Relations Arts will continue to provide opportunities for Native artists and authors to create work and present to Native neighbors and Minnesotans in general through online vehicles and social distancing until we can return to the gallery.
Native Skywatchers, Maple Grove $  15,000
Native Skywatchers Making Spirit, Making Puppets will weave together art, culture, and science in a way that will engage learners to create art in relation to the earth, sky, and cosmos.
Nautilus Music-Theater, Saint Paul $  15,000
Nautilus Music-Theater will offer its nationally recognized Composer Librettist Studio to Minnesota based writers, composers, and performers, teaching basic skills of operatic writing and collaborative creativity.
NEMAA, Minneapolis $  15,000
Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association will present Art-A-Whirl 2021 and further develop artawhirl.org to serve as a means to facilitate engagement for artists and audience members, particularly those constrained by geography, a lack of mobility, and the need for social distance.
Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids $  15,000
The Nemeth Art Center will continue building its remote programming, which aims to provide top notch arts access to a socially diverse, rural community.
New Arab American Theater Works, Minneapolis $  15,000
New Arab American Theater Works is requesting funding to support the continued development of its community Arabic drumming ensemble, and a series of community showcases.
New London Little Theatre, New London $  15,000
New London Little Theatre will implement an artist residency program for performance artists creating COVID-19 safe, place based art experiences for small audiences or audiences of one.
New Native Theatre, Saint Paul $  15,000
New Native Theatre will focus on nurturing and developing Native American artists.
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, New York Mills $  15,000
The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will develop new methods of delivery for arts access including education and performances via virtual experiences, outdoor venues, and limited, adapted in person events.
Nisswa-stämman, Scandinavian Folk Music and Cultural Festival, Brainerd $  14,800
Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival will present the highest quality traditional Scandinavian folk music to the public in performance and in workshops where local musicians can learn tunes and techniques from master Nordic musicians.
Nordic Center, Duluth $  15,000
The Nordic Center in Duluth will continue to connect with and broaden its community by implementing plans to safely and effectively develop and deliver programming.
North House Folk School, Grand Marais $  15,000
North House Folk School will develop accessible online offerings, classes, and local programs to maintain strong connections with the community of artisan instructors.
North Shore Music Association, Grand Marais $  11,900
North Shore Music Association will meet its community's need for unique, diverse, interactive musical education for all ages, offering programs that allow flexibility between in person and virtual delivery, to keep its community safe and healthy.
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis $  15,000
Northern Clay Center will continue to develop and implement opportunities for engagement and enrichment through education and exhibitions with specific focus on traditionally underserved populations and those restricted or compromised by the pandemic.
The Northern Film Alliance, Duluth $  11,800
Northern Film Alliance will enhance the film festival experience for filmmakers and audiences, and engage with underserved and rural communities in support of a network of filmmakers through diverse screening options and enriching educational opportunities.
Northern Light Opera Company, Park Rapids $  15,000
The Northern Light Opera Company of Park Rapids will present its 20th summer musical.
Northern Lights Music Festival, Inc., Gilbert $  15,000
Northern Lights Music Festival plans to present a full season of classical music events following Minnesota guidelines and informed by its experiences producing a full, safe, season of events in 2020.
Northern Lights.mn, Minneapolis $  15,000
Northern Lights.mn will support artists to make new work that helps Minnesotans stay connected through culturally diverse, experimental, participatory public art experiences delivered in innovative and safe ways.
Northern Starz Children's Theatre, Ramsey $  15,000
Northern Starz Theatre Company troupe Jewels of de-nial will write, produce and perform shows involving topics geared toward ages 55+ through drama, laughter, and self-expression.
Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield $  14,865
Northfield Arts Guild will retain key staff (education assistant and outreach coordinator) to ensure that it can continue to deliver creative arts outreach programs to its community.
Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, Northfield $  15,000
The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation will support creative placemaking projects that provide opportunities for local artists and engage the community in the sights, sounds, and overall character of downtown Northfield.
Northfield Union of Youth, Northfield $  15,000
Northfield Union of Youth will provide arts programming to youth and create a caring and enriching community.
Northrop, Minneapolis $  15,000
Northrop will provide access to cultural experiences to communities throughout Minnesota, through high quality, live stream broadcasts.
Northwest Indian Community Development Center, Bemidji $  15,000
Northwest Indian Community Development Center will expand their support to regional Indigenous artists increasing their visibility through online marketing, videos, and hosting artist web pages.
Off-Leash Area, Minneapolis $  15,000
Off-Leash Area will employ a range of supporting initiatives to maximize the accessibility and visibility of its FY 2021 programming in response to challenges posed by the viral pandemic.
Old Wadena Society, Staples $  15,000
Old Wadena Society will offer Old Wadena Rendezvous & Chautauqua, a hands-on learning experience featuring stories and traditional arts along with old fashioned entertainment.
Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community, Carlton $  15,000
Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community will safely deliver arts and culture programs, form an artists' support structure called the Carlton Area Creatives Collaborative, and embed creative placemaking in regional planning efforts.
One Voice Mixed Chorus, Saint Paul $  15,000
One Voice Mixed Chorus will embark on an ambitious hybrid season of in person and virtual events that will keep members and audiences active, engaged, and enriched with quality choral music.
Open Arts Minnesota, Mankato $  15,000
Open Arts Minnesota will develop and implement plans to deliver virtual theatrical and literary programming, and in person activities when it is safe, to people living with disabilities in three communities in southwest Minnesota.
Open Eye Theatre, Minneapolis $  15,000
Open Eye Theatre will produce a diverse three-show series of puppetry, music, and storytelling that celebrates unique voices and stories, supports artists at different stages of their careers, and entertains audiences of every age.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Paul $  15,000
The Ordway will develop curriculum and community engagements together with In Blank Ink, that will enhance the Sally Awards Honor Visionary Black Artists: For Such a Time as This, a celebration of artists whose work addresses social and racial injustice.
Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis $  15,000
Pangea World Theater will continue to gather stories, give voice, and archive the experiences of communities dealing with the pandemic and uprising from Bde Maka Ska to the Mississippi.
Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault $  15,000
Paradise Center for the Arts will develop multiple ways to safely deliver its valuable arts programming.
Paramount Center for the Arts, Saint Cloud $  14,934
The Paramount Center for the Arts will transition presentations from live performances to compelling livestreamed events, in a hybrid approach to engage audiences and reestablish sustainable earned income.
Parents In Community Action, Inc., Minneapolis $  14,900
Parents In Community Action, Inc. will collaborate with the Children's Theatre Company's Early Bridges program to promote early literacy in young children and to maintain a connection with the arts during the pandemic and beyond.
Park Square Theatre, Saint Paul $  15,000
Park Square Theatre will adapt live theater into Zoom versions of plays and activities for distance learning.
Partnership Resources, Inc., Minneapolis $  15,000
Partnership Resources will work with Upstream Arts to increase capacity for arts programming so more adults with disabilities can access arts.
Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Bemidji $  15,000
Paul Bunyan Playhouse will work with local art tech professionals to stream high quality performances featuring local artists to homes throughout Bemidji and greater Minnesota.
Penumbra Theatre, Saint Paul $  15,000
Penumbra Theatre will program through its center for racial healing that invites growth, stimulates wellness, and catalyzes equity while nurturing black artists to create beautiful, radical, life-giving art that answers its communities' most pressing needs.
Pine to Prairie Folk School, Fosston $  8,200
The Pine to Prairie Folk School will offer classes in traditional arts and crafts.
Pipestone Performing Arts Center, Pipestone $  15,000
Pipestone Performing Arts Center will work to keep to its mission in the periphery of the community and to keep local artists active and well represented.
The Playwrights' Center, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Playwright's Center seeks funds to expand and sustain its accessibility initiatives, as well as support salaries for collaborating artists and critical staff, helping to connect to all Minnesotans through free, inclusive, and meaningful arts experiences.
Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Minneapolis $  14,175
Capri Theater in North Minneapolis will continue adapting its existing arts programs to meet public health needs.
Poetry for People, Minneapolis $  15,000
Poetry for People will commission four BIPOC and/or GLBTQ+ poets, who are parents, to create short videos featuring their poetry and prompts designed to help parents reflect on the transformations that came from parenting in a global pandemic.
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis $  14,246
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association will produce and celebrate its thirtieth annual Powderhorn Art Fair by showcasing over 100 juried artists in an online environment that features a seamless e-commerce shopping experience.
Prairie Arts Continuum, Windom $  15,000
The Prairie Arts Continuum will produce Shrek The Musical for its 2021 musical production including opportunities for all ages, abilities, and nationalities.
Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, Morris $  14,265
Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance will develop and deliver safe, meaningful ways of engaging in the arts by creating an online local art marketplace, launching virtual exhibits, and offering online classes.
Praxis Photo Arts Center, Saint Paul $  13,115
Praxis Gallery and Photographic Arts Center will develop video 3D virtual gallery tours and video workshops and demonstrations.
Project FINE, Winona $  15,000
Project FINE will host workshops on the importance of story in various cultures and engage refugees, immigrants, and native born residents to share their traditions and experiences by sharing stories in written or video format.
Project G.E.M., Pemberton $  10,000
Project G.E.M. will provide safe, online distance learning using art, creative writing, and music movement programming for low-income and disadvantaged youth within the greater Mankato area.
Project SUCCESS, Minneapolis $  15,000
Project Success will demonstrate the power of theater to inspire, build community, and spark discussion.
ProMusica Minnesota, Mankato $  8,000
Summit Avenue Music Series, operated by ProMusica Minnesota, will offer a variety of the highest quality instrumental chamber music to nourish, educate, and inspire its Southern Minnesota community.
Prøve Gallery, Duluth $  14,550
Prøve Gallery will develop virtual programming, gallery window displays, and mail art projects, providing quality artistic content to connect with and expand its audience, and positively impact its community through arts and equity initiatives.
Public Art Saint Paul, Saint Paul $  15,000
Public Art Saint Paul will maintain connections by organizing a 2021 Sidewalk Poetry Contest and launching a COVID relief art project to recognize and lift spirits of seniors in care facilities with an outdoor show.
Purple Playground, Minneapolis $  14,990
Purple Playground will develop multiple programs through Zoom to foster confidence and creativity in teens by teaching them how to write and record original songs, inspired by Prince, the musician.
Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis $  15,000
Ragamala Dance requests support to develop Subcontinuity, a new podcast highlighting the cultural impact of South Asian-Americans', part of a broader initiative to explore how immigrant art forms can catalyze connection and resilience in traumatic times.
Rain Taxi Review of Books, Minneapolis $  15,000
Rain Taxi will expand virtual events featuring diverse voices, deepen communications and services to readers and partners, and reach out to engage more Minnesotans of all demographics in the literary arts.
Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis $  15,000
Red Eye Collaboration will support local artists to safely develop and present work publicly through a unique and modified version of the annual New Works 4 Weeks festival.
Red Rock Center for the Arts, Fairmont $  15,000
The Red Rock Center for the Arts will develop new opportunities and create safe access to the arts within its rural community.
Red Wing Arts, Red Wing $  15,000
Red Wing Arts will continue to offer COVID safe shared arts experiences to the community and support its community of artists.
Reflections Dance Company, Ely $  13,000
Reflections Dance Company will present Work/Play, following physical distancing and mask guidelines for the health and safety of all participants, including limited ticket sales and masks for audience members.
Reif Center, Grand Rapids $  15,000
Reif Center will provide arts education opportunities for area youth to promote positive mental health, physical conditioning, and arts appreciation for both dance and theater education.
Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment, Minneapolis $  14,949
Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment will produce and distribute a multimedia collection of stories featuring Muslim women changemakers and trailblazers.
Rhythmically Speaking, Saint Paul $  11,500
Rhythmically Speaking will safely engage Minnesotans with quality jazz dance education and performance through synchronous virtual and film based opportunities.
Rise, Spring Lake Park $  14,800
Rise will grow its online art therapy options for people with disabilities by disseminating art supplies and developing new and innovative virtual opportunities for artist expression.
River Arts Alliance, Winona $  15,000
River Arts Alliance artist members will learn how to sell their works online and receive photography assistance, and will rebuild its website to attract a diverse membership, add mobile responsiveness, and enhance video and social media integration.
Riverside Concerts, Rochester $  14,590
Riverside Concerts will continue to develop its livestreaming production capabilities utilizing the "Live from Med City" online music show platform.
RiverSong Music Festival, Hutchinson $  6,280
RiverSong Music Festival will provide a snippet of its festival from the comfort of audiences' own homes through monthly broadcasts.
Rochester Art Center, Rochester $  14,725
Rochester Art Center board and staff are committed to providing welcoming, safe, and diverse opportunities that encourage creativity and critical thinking through contemporary art.
Rochester Repertory, Rochester $  15,000
The Rochester Repertory Theatre will produce and stage live theater for audiences in greaterr southeastern Minnesota while following COVID-19 guidelines for the safety of all.
Rochester Symphony, Rochester $  15,000
Rochester Symphony will offer digital options to reach southeastern Minnesota residents with performance recordings and education programming in a safe manner.
Rosy Simas Danse, Minneapolis $  15,000
Rosy Simas Danse will create a safe space for creation, healing, and networking for native, indigenous, black, and people of color working in the performing arts in Minnesota.
Rough Magic Performance Company, Minneapolis $  6,000
Rough Magic Performance Company will develop season two of the Rough Magic Podcast to connect with theater audiences and artists during the pandemic.
The Rourke Art Gallery Museum, Moorhead $  13,800
The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum will redevelop its website to deliver new and more robust content for Minnesotans.
Rumriver Art Center, Anoka $  15,000
Rumriver Art Center will stay connected to the community by continuing to provide virtual arts programming to older adults and youth.
Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth $  15,000
Sacred Heart Music Center will promote community engagement in the arts through a virtual concert series.
Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Saint Cloud $  15,000
The Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra will safely deliver live and virtual performances and educational services for residents of central Minnesota in 2021.
Saint Croix Valley Opera, Stillwater $  15,000
Saint Croix Valley Opera will offer an expanded season calendar that will provide the Stillwater region with additional opportunities to access the arts, through significant educational efforts and additional events.
The Saint John's Boys' Choir, Collegeville $  15,000
The Saint John's Boys' Choir will innovate its safety measures, virtual programming, digital access, and physical presence to maintain connection with current audiences in central Minnesota and expand outreach beyond traditional channels.
Saint Louis Park Friends of the Arts, Saint Louis Park $  15,000
Saint Louis Park Friends of the Arts will present arts activities that engage local youth and artists of all levels in safely creating and displaying artwork in public spaces and for in person or online viewing based on COVID-19 safety guidance.
Saint Paul Almanac, Saint Paul $  15,000
Saint Paul Almanac will engage writers and their communities in its mission to share stories across cultures, and cultivate dialogue that promotes understanding, relationships, and collaborative action.
Saint Paul Ballet, Saint Paul $  14,100
Saint Paul Ballet will create online programming for students and audiences who cannot participate in person during the coronavirus pandemic and will carry online programming forward to reach more people in its community.
Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, Saint Paul $  15,000
Saint Paul Conservatory of Music will safely reach students and audiences in Minnesota with new and expanded online and community based education and performance opportunities.
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, Saint Paul $  15,000
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network will continue to provide resources to underrepresented communities to come together in person and virtually to learn, create, and share media in a safe and supportive environment.
Salt and Light Dance Studio, Duluth $  7,000
Salt and Light Dance Studio has developed safe lesson plans for in person classes with an online contingency plan to stay connected with dance lessons during this time.
The Schubert Club, Saint Paul $  14,000
Schubert Club will create virtual KidsJam experiences that will benefit Saint Paul Public School students, urban community center after school programs, and other Minnesota schools and civic groups.
The SEAD Project, Minneapolis $  15,000
The SEAD Project is strengthening and expanding access to arts among Southeast Asian diaspora communities through cultural workshops, community storytelling and public art exhibitions, and community response programming.
Selby Ave JazzFest, Saint Paul $  15,000
Selby Ave JazzFest will continue to offer monthly livestreamed performances in place of its in person events.
The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts, Minneapolis $  15,000
Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts will create safe outdoor and online arts experiences with neighborhood residents to keep peace, hope, beauty, and connection alive during the pandemic and after.
Shakespearean Youth Theatre, Saint Paul $  15,000
Shakespearean Youth Theatre engages alternatively schooled youth and their communities through The Dream Project interactive website and Audio Drama ensemble performances.
SHAPESHIFT, Minneapolis $  15,000
SHAPESHIFT will host biweekly virtual dance workshops and periodic panel discussions accessible to the general public and will continue to adapt its live productions to multiple platforms such as film and video.
She Rock She Rock, Saint Louis Park $  15,000
She Rock She Rock will deliver empowering music programming to girls, women, trans, and nonbinary participants of all ages.
The Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing $  15,000
The Sheldon Theatre will connect regional audiences to Minnesota based performance events, expanding expectations of the stage and honoring the artistic excellence.
Sidekick Theatre, Mound $  15,000
Sidekick Theatre will develop a musical about King Solomon's Mines, the 1960s era Minneapolis nightclub that catered to both black and white patrons.
Sinclair Lewis Foundation, Sauk Centre $  9,150
The Sinclair Lewis Foundation will develop plans to provide virtual access to the 2021 Writers Conference while providing a safe in person conference, the virtual component will increase access for writers of all ages and experience levels.
Singing Slovenes, Duluth $  14,895
The Singing Slovenes will plan on performing at venues that are outdoors and follow State of Minnesota health guidelines.
Skylark Opera Theatre, Saint Paul $  13,770
Skylark Opera Theatre will present a series of live, socially distanced programs of opera, operetta, and musical theater selections at senior residences throughout the greater Twin Cities.
Sod House Theater, Saint Anthony Village $  15,000
Sod House Theater will broadcast four social media outreach events to keep audiences safely engaged and promote a tour of Arla Mae's Booyah Wagon.
Solomon Sessions, Saint Paul $  15,000
Solomon Sessions will curate a summer jazz series at Rondo Plaza in Saint Paul. Shows will be presented the third Friday in June, July, and August 2021. Concerts will provide the surrounding community with a setting to experience dynamic jazz performances.
Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum, Minneapolis $  15,000
The Somali Museum of Minnesota will deliver Somali traditional programs virtually to the community.
Sonora Winds, Edina $  15,000
Sonora Winds will transform its musical programming to safely and effectively serve physically disabled Minnesotans.
Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis $  12,500
Soo Visual Arts Center will strengthen our current online programming and reopen with a hybrid model of onsite and online content to maintain a connection to our community.
Sounds of Hope, Ltd., West St Paul $  15,000
Sounds of Hope will create video recordings to reach and engage both new and existing audiences throughout the state.
Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras, Rochester $  15,000
Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras will provide youth with opportunities for musical learning, performance, and discovery, through a modified program of small ensemble rehearsals and online instruction.
Spit Take Comedy, Minneapolis $  15,000
Spit Take Comedy Series will financially support artists in developing new performances and provide a unique way for its audience to learn about comedy performance.
St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls $  6,000
St. Francis Music Center will offer three free lessons to 100 new or returning students to encourage the continuation of music studies and support families with reduced incomes.
Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins $  15,000
Stages Theatre Company will maintain its commitment to Minnesota youth, families, and schools by developing and delivering creative, inclusive, innovative out of the box theater arts and education experiences that bridge the distance created by the pandemic.
Staples Area Women's Chorus, Staples $  14,250
The Staples Area Women's Chorus will host a virtual choral performance featuring treble voices of mixed ages utilizing a digital platform.
State Street Theater Co., New Ulm $  15,000
State Street Theater will hire a new staff person to expand outreach to communities and cover costs of essential operating needs, ensuring the theater's survival and safety through the pandemic.
SteppingStone Theatre, Saint Paul $  14,910
SteppingStone Theatre will provide programming for young people as part of a full season of virtual classes and performances.
StoryArk, Stillwater $  15,000
StoryArk will work with high school students from Stillwater, Hastings, Mankato, and Saint Peter school districts to initiate virtual creative teams that produce podcasts, short films, and literary arts.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Minneapolis $  15,000
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater will create and present a series of ten live and virtual Caring for the Caregiver workshops to help diverse Minnesota healthcare workers cope with the stress of the pandemic.
Sumunar, Saint Paul $  15,000
Sumunar will revitalize community arts classes, support its lead artists, broaden and diversify audiences, and develop a financial sustainability plan to help recover from and thrive beyond the pandemic.
TaikoArts Midwest, Minneapolis $  15,000
TaikoArts Midwest will cover administrative and teaching artists' salaries and post-production costs to complete the HERbeat documentary film.
Tasks Unlimited, Minneapolis $  13,475
Tasks Unlimited will collaborate with COMPAS teaching artists Mica Lee Anders and Katrina Knutson to safely maintain access to the arts for people with mental illness by offering virtual as well as in person arts learning and creative activities.
Teatro del Pueblo, Saint Paul $  15,000
Teatro del Pueblo will produce Real Women Have Curves by Josefina López with an all female creative team to be professionally filmed at Park Square Theatre and presented virtually.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Saint Paul $  15,000
Ten Thousand Things Theater will engage with new media resources and professionals to safely and creatively showcase the work of prominent local artists.
Textile Center, Minneapolis $  15,000
Textile Center presents We Are the Story, a quilt initiative focusing on racism in America, engaging Minnesotans through on-site and online exhibitions, forums, and youth curriculum, with the Women of Color Quilters network.
Theater Latté–Da, Minneapolis $  15,000
Theater Latté–Da will develop new musical theater in collaboration with writers and composers and will engage audiences virtually.
Theater Mu, Saint Paul $  15,000
Theater Mu will present a responsive season that includes virtual and flexible in person programming to connect with the Asian American community and to tell Asian American stories through theater.
Theatre B, Moorhead $  15,000
Theatre B will present a season of small cast plays and at home artistic projects modified to engage audiences both in person and online.
Theatre L'Homme Dieu, Alexandria $  15,000
Theatre L'Homme Dieu will retain staff to develop plans to safely deliver arts programming.
Theatre Pro Rata, Bloomington $  15,000
Theatre Pro Rata will present Heather Meyer's new adaptation of the 1668 play Convent of Pleasure by Margaret Cavendish.
Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, Thief River Falls $  15,000
Thief River Falls Area Community Theater will connect local performance artists and audiences safely by recording performances to be displayed publicly.
Threads, Golden Valley $  15,000
Threads Dance Project will develop and provide relevant and safe programming for the community.
Three Rivers Park District, Saint Anthony $  11,900
Silverwood Park will create and deliver free supply kits and a series of virtual programs to address the barriers that have limited audiences in senior living communities from taking part in arts and nature education opportunities.
TigerLion Arts, Minneapolis $  15,000
TigerLion Arts will implement safety protocols to enable it to continue to engage audiences through its forthcoming production of The Buddha Prince, a walking play celebrating the life of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Tofte Lake Center, Ely $  15,000
Tofte Lake Center will host twelve Minnesota BIPOC artist residencies, providing them with a supportive creative retreat to focus on their work.
Toot, Minneapolis $  15,000
Toot will host a Toot Suite cabaret event that will commission local artists to create new work for exhibition.
Tru Ruts, Minneapolis $  15,000
Tru Ruts will produce Legacies Untold, micro documentary shorts that tell the story of families and community legacies.
TU Dance, Saint Paul $  15,000
TU Dance will adopt a hybrid model for dance programs and classes, offering a combination of online and in person engagement.
Tubman, Minneapolis $  14,960
Tubman will collaborate with local artists to deliver interactive West African drumming and dance performances for families experiencing trauma to help them heal, build self-confidence, and strengthen community ties.
Turtle Theater Collective, Minneapolis $  15,000
Turtle Theater Collective presents a series of online play readings by three Native playwrights that speak to the Native experience performed by a Native ensemble.
Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth $  15,000
The Tweed will engage an arts educator to raise its visibility in engaging local and regional communities across ages through informative and fun virtual arts programs, addressing Minnesota's diverse arts scene and relevant topics of today's global world.
Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, Lakeville $  15,000
Twin Cities Ballet will design its performances and outreach programs to creatively and safely provide dance performances and arts opportunities for Minnesotans.
Twin Cities Carifest, Minneapolis $  15,000
Twin Cities Carifest will provide Caribbean arts and cultural programming including steel drums and dance lessons, and mask making classes.
Twin Cities Catalyst Music, Burnsville $  14,650
Twin Cities Catalyst Music is adapting to the current landscape by offering safe virtual programming and performance opportunities to its community of young people and aspiring artists.
Twin Cities Film Fest, Saint Louis Park $  15,000
Twin Cities Film Fest has created a COVID agile festival and year-round programming giving unparalleled access for all to explore Minnesotan and American independent film, elevate marginalized voices, and build networks and skills.
Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, Minneapolis $  15,000
Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus will leverage technology and employ creative resources to present concerts for its fortieth season.
Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective, Minneapolis $  12,750
The Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective will focus on capacity building and community engagement, creating monthly virtual events while preparing for post pandemic opportunities.
Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Saint Paul $  15,000
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival will produce a series of weekly livestreaming and community concerts featuring Minnesota based and nationally known artists at Minnesota venues throughout spring and summer.
Twin Cities Jazz Workshops, Minneapolis $  15,000
Twin Cities Jazz Workshop will develop curriculum and purchase equipment that will allow it to expand its offerings to a greater diversity of students.
Twin Cities Media Alliance, Minneapolis $  15,000
Twin Cities Media Alliance will support wages for program staff to be adaptive and responsive to the evolving needs and requirements around engaging community.
Twin Cities Pride, Minneapolis $  15,000
Pride will present the 2021 festival specifically providing LGBTQIA and BIPOC artists paid work during this pandemic.
Twin Cities Steppers Association, Saint Paul $  15,000
Twin Cities Stepper Association will update its organizational processes, provide essential training for staff, implement a new digital marketing strategy, and research and develop outdoor programming.
TWIN RIVERS, Mankato $  15,000
Twin Rivers will produce and display Silo Art Experience, an immersive exhibit chronicling the transformation of the Ardent Mills silos.
Unite Cloud, Saint Cloud $  15,000
Unite Cloud will host two book clubs focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. At the end of each book club, the members will work together on a collective art project designed by a local artist.
Universal Music Center, Red Wing $  11,890
Universal Music Center will bring high quality private music lessons, live performance, songwriting, recording, and arts learning programs to southeast Minnesota.
Unrestricted Editions, Minneapolis $  15,000
Unrestricted Editions will produce and release Silently Loud, a compilation album of songs by nonspeaking writers on the autism spectrum.
Upstream Arts, Inc., Minneapolis $  15,000
Upstream Arts will research, develop, and provide new online arts programming specifically designed for adults with significant disabilities who are disproportionately isolated and without arts access due to COVID-19.
USA Community Chorus, Swanville $  14,925
USA Community Chorus will continue its choral arts education program serving rural, low-income areas of central Minnesota.
Vail Place, Hopkins $  15,000
Vail Place and the History Theatre will collaborate to introduce adults with serious mental illness to theater arts and support their mental health recovery goals through connection and access to the arts.
Valley Friendship Club, Stillwater $  11,690
Valley Friendship Club will give kids, teens, and young adults with disabilities the opportunity to stay connected to the arts through weekly virtual art projects and The Silent Film Project, in partnership with The Zephyr Theatre.
Victoria Theater Arts Center, Saint Paul $  15,000
The Victoria Theater Arts Center will engage a new community coordinator and support the continued work of its executive director.
Violence Free Minnesota, Saint Paul $  15,000
Violence Free Minnesota and Speaking Out Collective will work together to create a socially distanced storytelling and theater residency. Sessions will include storytelling and theater games, as well as group discussion that centers creative transformation.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  15,000
VocalEssence has adapted its concerts and engagement programs to share them through an online streaming platform allowing the opportunity to reach a larger array of new audiences.
Voices for Racial Justice, Minneapolis $  15,000
Voices for Racial Justice will engage Black, Indigenous and Minnesotans of Color in using traditional cultural arts to heal from racism, build relationships, and reconnect with cultural traditions as a strategy for digital storytelling and collective care.
WACOSA, Waite Park $  7,400
WACOSA will work in partnership with local artist Heather Mastromarco and artist Nicholas Pawlowski to engage Minnesotans with cognitive and physical disabilities to virtually explore the magic of theater and dance.
Walker Methodist, Minneapolis $  15,000
Walker Methodist will collaborate with COMPAS to continue professional teaching artist led art residencies, either in person or virtually, for older adults living in six Walker Methodist communities who have been isolated due to COVID-19 since March.
Walker|West, Saint Paul $  15,000
Walker West Music Academy will provide a digital concert series for students at Obama Elementary School to continue to connect through music and improve music appreciation and knowledge.
Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  15,000
Walking Shadow Theatre Company will develop and present Cpvenant, an online play for four households at a time, that uses elements of gaming to explore how people can find connection when they've been driven apart, both physically and ideologically.
Waseca Art Center, Waseca $  15,000
The Waseca Art Center will safely deliver local artist exhibitions and art programming for the people of the greater Waseca County area, while enhancing its interactive, online gallery; e-commerce; and in person gift shop.
Watermark Art Center, Bemidji $  15,000
Watermark Art Center will develop educational plans to provide art materials and experiences for its northern Minnesota community during these transitional times.
Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Minneapolis $  15,000
Weavers Guild of Minnesota will sustain community engagement through digital communications, online talks, instructional videos, and virtual meetings.
White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake $  15,000
White Bear Center for the Arts will continue providing access to quality arts experiences for thousands in the northeast metro region, offering a full portfolio of classes and exhibitions.
Wilder Pageant Committee, Walnut Grove $  14,985
Wilder Pageant Committee will create safe and entertaining live outdoor theater and an engaging digital parallel to celebrate the culture and history of Walnut Grove.
The Wildling, Minneapolis $  7,200
The Wildling will develop engaging virtual storytelling classes and original workbooks for middle school aged youth.
Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra, Willmar $  10,800
Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra will present three concerts to audiences in the west central Minnesota area.
Winona Symphony Orchestra, Winona $  14,500
The Winona Symphony Orchestra will maintain its successful annual children's concert and expanded educational programming through a new interactive, livestreamed format to connect to the greater Winona community while maintaining safe practices.
WINONArts, Winona $  15,000
WINONArts will present eight drive-in music concerts and movies to socially distanced greater Minnesotans, working in partnership with organizations to ensure access to additional underserved populations and first time performers at a talent show.
Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Cloud $  14,790
Wirth Center for the Performing Arts will adapt its offerings to focus on online delivery of lessons and performances in order to provide lessons and high quality performances safely to Minnesotans.
Women's Drum Center, Saint Paul $  14,000
Women's Drum Center will empower communities through the study and performance of world music teaching the cultural significance and importance of percussion music as a community builder.
Wonderlust Productions, Saint Paul $  15,000
Wonderlust Productions will activate imaginations and increase access to community stories through creative story circles, video series, sound installations, and graphic novels.
Yellow Tree Theatre, Osseo $  15,000
Yellow Tree Theatre will engage its community safely by creating and producing a combination of virtual and in person theater experiences.
The Yes Network, Saint Cloud $  15,000
The Yes Network, working with teaching artists, will create art experiences for children in low-income neighborhoods to nurture creativity, strengthen social emotional skills, and create a sense of place.
Young Dance, Saint Paul $  15,000
Young Dance engages youth dancers of all abilities in creative expression and community through the art of dance with online programming.
Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota, Saint Cloud $  14,840
Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota will continue to offer engaging programming for singers and patrons.
Youth Dance Ensemble and School, Burnsville $  11,200
Youth Dance Ensemble and School will secure contracts with five outstanding teaching artists for sixteen weeks to work with students in both instruction and creating new works of choreography to be presented at a community concert.
Youth Performance Company, Minneapolis $  15,000
Youth Performance Company will conduct program assessment through surveys and will collect quantitative information through the number of individuals participating in programming.
zAmya Theater Project, Minneapolis $  15,000
zAmya Theater (ZTP) will expand capacity to reach participants experiencing homelessness, and audiences for their work, through online workshops and broadcasts.
Zeitgeist, Saint Paul $  15,000
Zeitgeist will safely create, record, and share newly created music with audiences.
Zeitgeist, Duluth $  15,000
Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community will pivot its artistic programming in ways that are appropriate and safe during the COVID pandemic.
Zenon Dance Company and School, Minneapolis $  15,000
Zenon Dance Company and School will support the Twin Cities dance community with affordable and safe online and in person classes and performance opportunities.
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and School, Minneapolis $  14,998
Zorongo will hire local flamenco artists and arts collaborators in order to meaningfully engage Minnesotans in arts experiences and benefit underserved populations during the pandemic and after.
Zumbrota Community Band, Zumbrota $  5,455
Zumbrota Community Band will increase capacity for outreach to recruit and retain band members and to raise public awareness of performances and events.


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