-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2023 Grantees

Creative Support for Organizations

This program 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.

Number of grants awarded:
Total dollars awarded:
$ 9,380,203

Grantee, City Grant Amount
10th Wave Chamber Music Collective, New Brighton $  23,100
10th Wave will perform two original programs in the Twin Cities featuring composers of color and professional musicians of color and/or local to the region. Concerts are held in accessible venues.
180 Degrees, Inc., Minneapolis $  27,348
180 Degrees will engage COMPAS to provide five workshop series with guest artists to at risk and homeless youth at 180 Degrees emergency shelter programs.
826 MSP, Minneapolis $  30,000
826 MSP will foster a supportive community of BIPOC Twin Cities youth to help them see themselves as writers and artists, and develop confidence in their artistic abilities through creative writing and publishing programming.
Afoutayi Haitian Dance, Music and Arts Company, Lakeville $  30,000
Afoutayi will sustain, consolidate, and expand regular weekly classes in Haitian folkloric dance, percussion, singing, and artisan crafts, as well as conduct regular company rehearsals and creative development in a newly leased, dedicated studio.
African Economic Development Solutions, Saint Paul $  30,000
African Economic Development Solutions will produce the 2023 Little Africa Festival and Parade to celebrate the art and culture of Minnesota's diverse African communities, facilitate cross cultural learning and community building, and support African artist entrepreneurs.
The Aliveness Project, Minneapolis $  8,200
The Aliveness Project will partner with teaching artist Brian Malloy to offer drop-in creative writing sessions for persons living with HIV.
Alliance of Minnesota Chinese Organizations, Saint Paul $  20,000
Alliance of Minnesota Chinese Organizations will hold Our Moon Festival and New Year celebrations to bring 60 Chinese organizations together to enrich the cultural landscape of the state.
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul $  16,571
Wilder will offer hands on arts access residencies, including singing and movement, to older adults living with physical or cognitive disabilities to promote creativity, social interaction, and joy.
An Opera Theatre, Minneapolis $  30,000
An Opera Theater will increase administrative capacity, and produce its spring 2023 production of "DIVAS and DRAG".
The Anderson Center, Red Wing $  30,000
Anderson Center will continue relationships and foster community momentum with new public artworks reflective of diverse Red Wing area histories and cultures, while increasing engagement with existing public art through interpretation and wayfinding.
APIA MN Film Collective, Savage $  25,000
The APIA MN Film Collective will continue to provide filmmaking workshops and filmmaking opportunities for Asian Pacific Islander Desi identifying Minnesotans.
April Sellers Dance Collective, Minneapolis $  25,000
April Sellers Dance Collective will visit ten Minnesota towns with significant community participation in each site.
Armory Arts and Music Center, Duluth $  25,000
The Music Resource Center will reopen its program in person so that area teens can once again participate in an affordable and high quality after-school music education experience.
Art Buddies, Minneapolis $  25,000
Art Buddies will bring free, after-school arts mentoring to scholars at Twin Cities' highest need schools, helping kids to learn applied skills, grow imaginations, create connection, and help build a foundation of creative confidence.
Art in Motion on the Lake Wobegon Trail, Holdingford $  11,800
Art in Motion will host dual art shows and music concerts connecting emerging artists to established artists to work on professional development in preparation for a public presentation of their art.
Art of the Lakes, Battle Lake $  21,500
Art of the Lakes will become more sustainable by providing leadership development to its decision makers, and hiring administrative support to strengthen member relationship for Minnesota audiences.
Art Shanty Projects, Minneapolis $  30,000
Art Shanty Projects will engage 150+ artists to transform a barren, frozen lake into an immersive, participatory arts environment and then welcome thousands of Minnesotans to experience joy, connection, and community through art over four winter weekends.
Art To Change The World, Inc., Minneapolis $  27,000
Art to Change the World will expand and improve programming, including programming in transitional housing where families previously homeless will experience art lessons designed by them, a licensed counselor, and a veteran artist/teacher to support trauma recovery.
Artistry, Bloomington $  30,000
Artistry will support its education team, adding new teaching artists who will roll out programming in its community. It will invite historically underrepresented artists into the crucial and influential positions on its teams.
Arts Center of Saint Peter, Inc., Saint Peter $  12,000
The Arts Center of Saint Peter will strengthen new education, performance, and artist exhibition and sales programs, focusing on creative work as a means of building solidarities.
ArtStart, Saint Paul $  30,000
ArtStart will implement an integrated, standards based arts and environmental project which engages urban and rural students with artists to create art works inspired by naturalist artist led experiences on/at the Mississippi River and tributaries.
ARTS-Us, Saint Paul $  25,000
ARTS-Us will develop Twin Cities urban youth leaders in and through the arts.
Asian Economic Development Association, Saint Paul $  30,000
Asian Economic Development Association will partner with southeast Asian artists to offer exhibitions, performances, and shows in the XIA Gallery Artist Space and outdoor pop-up events in the Little Mekong District to celebrate, explore, and preserve southeast Asian cultures and identities.
Avivo, Minneapolis $  20,000
Avivo ArtWorks will provide artists living with mental illness opportunities to teach, exhibit their work, and expand their professional skills, and will provide Minnesota residents living with mental illness free arts classes and exhibition opportunities.
Away Runakuna, Saint Paul $  25,000
Away Runakuna will host a live performance show for communities in Minnesota to celebrate Ecuadorian heritage by performing a variety of Ecuadorian traditional dances.
Bagley Area Arts Collaborative, Bagley $  30,000
The Bagley Area Arts Collaborative, Inc. will develop an arts enrichment program for elderly residential facilities as well as continue offering quality arts experiences to the residents of north central Minnesota.
The Barn Theatre, Willmar $  30,000
The Barn Theatre of west central Minnesota will provide theater performing arts opportunities to its community and the surrounding area. Patrons and participants will enjoy arts, entertainment, and education with live onstage theater.
Bella Voce Young Women's Choir, Rochester $  30,000
Bella Voce Young Women's Choir will develop artistic excellence by working with dedicated music directors and guest clinicians. Audience members of all ages and abilities will have increased access to the choral arts with opportunities for artistic appreciation.
Berne Wood Fired Pizza and Summer Concert Series, West Concord $  28,400
Berne Summer Concert Series will provide weekly concerts showcasing professional bands, seeking to engage audiences of all age levels emphasizing accessibility and diversity with outdoor fun and relaxation.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, Minneapolis $  28,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters Free Arts Program will connect young Minnesotans to the arts through arts learning facilitated by volunteers and special guest teaching artists, provided on-site with youth served through community partner organizations.
Bird Island Cultural Centre, Bird Island $  18,862
Bird Island Cultural Centre will build up its media presence and increase communication with audience, artists, students, members, and the regional community in support of its online exhibition experiences.
The Black Ensemble Players, Saint Paul $  30,000
The Black Ensemble Players will produce Ifè Lab, a five-week fellowship highlighting three BIPOC performing artists in the Twin Cities by commissioning new work and filming their processes, culminating as a thirty-minute documentary.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota, Saint Cloud $  20,000
Boys and Girls Club youth participants will build resiliency and pride in their self-identity through intentional projects on diversity, equity, and inclusion that empower youth to express their feelings and use their creative voice in the community.
Boys of America-Finnish American Brass Band, Northfield $  18,670
Boys of America-Finnish American Brass band will perform a series of concerts at elderly residential facilities in greater Minnesota.
BRKFST Dance Company, Saint Paul $  25,000
BRKFST Dance Company will invest in Minnesota choreographers by subsidizing rehearsal space for one year while creating a new work at the intersection of breaking and contemporary dance vernacular to premiere at the Cowles Center in March 2024.
Brownbody, Vadnais Heights $  30,000
Brownbody will bring together students and audiences from Brownbody's educational and artistic programming for a weekend of free classes, workshops, and performances to launch its new community programming initiatives.
BSA, Minneapolis $  30,000
Black Storytellers Alliance will produce and present a family friendly, public, in person three day Black Master Storytellers Festival, called "Signifyin' and Testifyin'". American Sign Language interpreters will be present Thursday and Saturday evening.
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater, Saint Paul $  30,000
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater will seek new and innovative ways to create, adapt, and grow programs that strengthen community, artists, and their connections to Chinese dance arts, as well as contribute to diverse art traditions in Minnesota.
Cantus, Minneapolis $  25,000
Cantus will perform the Minnesota debut of "and all the days were purple," a Pulitzer finalist song cycle that honors the Yiddish language in classical music, on a program that will be livestreamed on a pay what you can basis that emphasizes access.
CAPI USA, Brooklyn Center $  23,000
CAPI will present Twin Cities World Refugee Day, an occasion for local refugee artists to present creative elements of their cultures, and for the wider community to get an educational and humanizing idea of the 120,000 refugees who are their neighbors.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  24,700
The Cedar Cultural Center will produce and present the 2023 Global Roots Festival, the only free international music festival of its kind in Minnesota.
Central Lakes College Foundation, Brainerd $  27,500
Verse Like Water will host poets Valzhyna Mort, Ilya Kaminsky, and Nikola Madzirov for readings and craft talks at Central Lakes College, CSB/SJU, and SCSU, and distribute to high schools an anthology these poets created together.
Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center, Brainerd $  25,000
Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center will develop new arts opportunities for the Brainerd Lakes region through family programming, youth education, and reduced cost ticketing initiatives.
Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, Saint Cloud $  20,230
The Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra will present a master class and share a stand event alongside professional musicians discovering nontraditional styles of music.
Central Square Cultural and Civic Center, Glenwood $  30,000
Central Square will expand arts programming by creating an open artist studio space, executing a singer songwriter showcase, elevating educational class curriculum, and deepening artist engagement through career development opportunities.
Centro, Minneapolis $  16,350
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.
Cerenity Senior Care-Humboldt, Saint Paul $  22,435
Cerenity Senior Care - Humbolt will use art as a wonderful, therapeutic, beneficial, and effective way to engage seniors who have mental and physical disabilities in an assisted living and nursing home environments.
Chamber Music Live, Houston $  30,000
Chamber Music Live will present the Apollo Music Festival-free classical chamber music concerts in southeastern Minnesota-with an emphasis on both standard and underrepresented repertoire, and educational opportunities for student musicians and children.
Chamber Music Society of Saint Cloud, Inc., Saint Cloud $  20,750
The Chamber Music Society of Saint Cloud will plan and present its 44th season to be a hybrid, in person, and virtual chamber music concert series and related outreach programs by four guest ensembles.
Chatfield Center for the Arts, Inc., Chatfield $  13,600
Chatfield Center for the Arts will develop a program of educational discussions and tours that enable rural students and seniors to experience classical, modern, and contemporary art and architecture and engage with working artists.
Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  13,500
Children's Theatre Company will remove barriers to family participation in live, professional theater for students, parents, caregivers, and staff at North Minneapolis's Bethune Arts Elementary School.
CHOICE, Unlimited, Duluth $  30,000
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.
Chops, Inc., Saint Paul $  30,000
Chops, Inc. will conduct free steel drum residencies at low income Twin Cities public schools during the 2023/24 academic year, teaching at least 800 K-12 students the fundamentals of music on the steel drum and introducing Caribbean culture.
Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, Rochester $  24,900
Choral Arts Ensemble will collaborate with Minnesota professional musicians and singers on a choral masterwork. Three area high school choirs will be coached on a portion of the work and will sing it with Choral Arts Ensemble, soloists, and musicians during the High School Festival.
Cine Latine, Minneapolis $  24,800
Cine Latine will provide support and mentorship for seven BIPOC emerging filmmakers to write and direct their first narrative short film.
Clean River Partners, Northfield $  25,000
Clean River Partners will organize, curate, and host the Downstream Environmental Film Festival in four small communities in southern Minnesota. Participants will experience high quality, short local, national, and international films.
Clear Waters Life Center, Clearbrook $  25,000
Clear Waters Life Center will host regular art programming with open studios, studio mentors, and guest artists sharing their art talents in a variety of art mediums in our very small rural community, weaving ongoing art experiences into the fabric of our community.
CLUES, Saint Paul $  30,000
CLUES will celebrate Latino arts, artists, and heritage through its free and accessible arts gallery, festivals, and community events.
The College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth $  13,500
The College of St. Scholastica will enhance its Freshwater Review publication, expanding its reach to attract more diverse artists and audiences.
COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company, Saint Paul $  30,000
Collide will create high quality theatrical jazz dance shows that welcome diverse audiences, and support work and training opportunities for its artists, all Minnesota professionals.
CommonBond Communities, Saint Paul $  25,000
CommonBond Communities will partner with professional teaching artists to deliver 40 weeks of arts classes to seniors and individuals with disabilities who live in CommonBond's affordable housing communities in the Twin Cities metro area.
Commonweal Theatre Company, Lanesboro $  20,000
The Commonweal Theatre will remain committed to a mission of enriching the common good and continue to reconnect with its family of patrons by telling stories to uplift and to inspire.
ComMUSICation, Saint Paul $  30,000
ComMUSICation will hire diverse teaching artists to support the interests of its youth and families in more diverse musical offerings.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  30,000
COMPAS will work with communities and artists to cocreate and run participatory arts education programs that engage Minnesotans of all ages in high quality creative arts experiences in literary, visual, musical, and performing arts.
Cow Tipping, Minneapolis $  30,000
Cow Tipping Press will support six creative writing classes for Minnesotans with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 2023- three online classes serving remote students and three classes prioritizing students of color.
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Minneapolis $  30,000
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts will work with students from five metro high schools to participate in fifteen Creations dance residencies and a day of master classes, followed by a performance on stage to share their choreography with peers.
Crescendo Youth Orchestra, Hibbing $  28,550
Crescendo Youth Orchestra will engage with the public beyond school district limitations in a new, dedicated physical location.
Crossing Arts Alliance, Brainerd $  25,000
Crossing Arts Alliance will share monthly creativity kits with new techniques and materials that enable people of all ages to create and grow through art, with specialized kits to reach targeted and underserved groups.
Crow River Singers, Hutchinson $  10,650
Crow River Singers will rehearse and perform two winter concerts and two spring concerts. All ages and abilities are welcome.
Cultural Awareness Organization, Worthington $  25,025
The Cultural Awareness Organization will work with community leaders to present a multicultural festival that is free to the public and includes Minnesota folk and traditional performers, foods, artist booths, and children's activities.
CultureWin, Saint Paul $  25,000
CultureWin will provide programming for youth to learn how to use their imagination to create paintings, poems, and photography to become young entrepreneurs.
DalekoArts, New Prague $  30,000
DalekoArts will produce and present theater works inspired by community stories, including some written by Minnesota playwrights.
DanSan Creatives, Brooklyn Park $  22,000
DanSan Creatives will elevate black and brown storytelling in greater Minnesota by supporting local creatives and organizing youth oriented hip hop and poetry programming.
Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, Saint Paul $  30,000
Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services will provide flexible, collaborative support for east side Saint Paul community led arts and cultural events to deepen shared cultural ownership at sites that support economic empowerment and environmental justice.
Deep Valley Book Festival, Madison Lake $  10,225
The Deep Valley Book Festival will expand its audience in the southern Minnesota region by offering high quality literary arts experiences during the 2023 festival, namely through the presence of keynote speaker William Kent Krueger.
Department of Public Transformation, Granite Falls $  30,000
Department of Public Transformation will produce the YES! Presents community art event series in Granite Falls.
Drama Interaction, Chaska $  19,419
Drama Interaction will transition back to in person delivery of hands-on arts experiences for adults dealing with developmental and physical disabilities, while laying the foundation for outreach to new audiences.
Dreams United/Sueños Unidos, Long Prairie $  10,450
Dreams United/Sueños Unidos will work with the central Minnesota Latinx and immigrant community to locate a minimum of ten artists. They will publish selected work of those artists in the bilingual community newspaper La Voz Libre.
Duluth All Souls Night, Duluth $  10,000
Duluth All Souls Night art collective will develop a 2023 hybrid virtual and in person public festival. It will represent diversity of creative, healing approaches of recognizing and processing grief and death for returning and new audiences.
Duluth Art Institute, Duluth $  22,000
The Duluth Art Institute will provide robust art exhibitions and learning opportunities that enhance community engagement in the arts and amplify absent narratives.
Duluth Playhouse, Duluth $  29,999
Duluth Playhouse will continue to offer high quality theater performances and education to the twin ports.
East Metro Symphony Orchestra, Woodbury $  23,000
East Metro Symphony Orchestra will provide eight small ensemble performances at senior living residences between May 2023 and April 2024. Most performances will be scheduled monthly in the fall 2023 and winter 2024.
East Side Arts Council, Saint Paul $  29,800
East Side Arts Council will provide free and accessible arts classes taught by artists for older people and youth, showcasing the work created in its gallery and connecting people to arts in neighborhoods of east Saint Paul underserved by the arts.
Ely Artwalk, Ely $  8,150
Ely ArtWalk will display the works of area artists in the windows of retail stores where they may be viewed by people walking by on the sidewalks, turning the entire city into an outdoor art gallery, providing a unique arts experience.
Ely Folk School, Ely $  30,000
Ely Folk School will expand Anishinaabe culture and heritage and ceramics programming and establish an instructor development program while continuing to provide meaningful arts and folk education to northern Minnesota residents and visitors.
Ely Historic State Theater, Ely $  30,000
Ely Historic State Theater will expand its offering of live events in addition to first-run, recent, classic, documentary, foreign, and art house films; plays and concerts; community events; and educational presentations.
Ely Winter Festival, Ely $  22,450
Ely Winter Festival will present outdoor arts events and a host of other activities. The Snow Sculpture Symposium will place snow sculptures in a downtown park.
Emerging Curators Institute, Minneapolis $  30,000
The Emerging Curators Institute will support the next generation of Minnesota curators and artists, emphasizing gender equity, as well as LGBTQIA2S+ and BIPOC individuals, by providing four curatorial learning fellowships.
Encouraging Leaders, Minneapolis $  27,000
Encouraging Leaders will offer hip hop folk dance performance art programing. This programming will go a long way in educating north Minneapolis youth and their families on African American cultures.
Engage Winona, Winona $  25,000
Engage Winona will curate a series of cultural feature stories highlighting local artists and culture bearers, which will be shared in an online gallery and offered as a printed magazine.
Epic Enterprise Inc., Dundas $  30,000
Epic Enterprise will work collaboratively with community art organizations to provide access to high quality art experiences for people with disabilities.
Episcopal Homes Foundation of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  24,100
Episcopal Homes will partner with SprayFinger Graffiti Education to explore graffiti as a powerful medium to combat isolation, foster artistic growth, and offer a unique way for older adults to be "seen" as both individuals and as a community.
Exposed Brick Theatre, Saint Paul $  25,000
Exposed Brick Theatre will support the development of three new plays by BIPOC playwrights, including the world premiere of Muyehpen by Ehkudah Zar.
Face to Face, Saint Paul $  30,000
Face to Face will implement the SafeZone Recording Arts Program which provides music mentorship and opportunities for creative expression to young people who are experiencing homelessness and other barriers.
Fairmont Opera House, Fairmont $  30,000
Fairmont Opera House will support workshops and camps for youth.
The Farmstead, Andover $  30,000
Presbyterian Homes' The Farmstead location will collaborate with Copper Street Brass to provide music learning and enrichment sessions to serve its communities, including memory care and independent living.
Festival de las Calaveras, Minneapolis $  25,000
Festival de las Calaveras 2023 will engage Minnesotans in the Mexican/Latinx tradition of Day of the Dead through music, visual arts, and performance.
FilmNorth, Saint Paul $  17,000
FilmNorth will bring filmmaking programs to underrepresented communities including BIPOC, LGBTQIA2+, rural, older adults, and people living with a disability by offering classes online and in community settings.
FinnFest USA Events, Minneapolis $  30,000
FinnFest USA Events will create an orchestra of Minnesota musicians to perform a concert of past and contemporary classical Finnish music, giving voice to a small global culture surrounded by a world defined most often by mass culture's pop music.
Fireweed Community Woodshop, Minneapolis $  30,000
Fireweed Community Woodshop will develop and present educational programming in the art of woodcraft for women, nonbinary, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities in Minnesota.
Flip the Script Festival, Minneapolis $  30,000
Flip the Script Festival will expand its in person programming of multidimensional queer films to include screenings in rural areas to increase representation and strengthen community ties to greater Minnesota.
The Fosston Community Library & Arts Association, Fosston $  22,500
Fosston Community Library and Arts Association (FCLAA) will provide audiences of all ages access to a variety of concert and theater experiences.
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer $  30,000
Franconia Sculpture Park will host artist residencies and public programs celebrating diverse Minnesota artists and narratives, serving a growing audience of nearly 200,000 annual visitors.
Freeborn County Arts Initiative, Albert Lea $  30,000
The Freeborn County Arts Initiative will create hybrid and multimedia exhibitions and other programming to engage the community in a safe, accessible, and meaningful way.
FreeWriters, Minneapolis $  25,000
FreeWriters will provide 1,000 to 1,500 Hennepin County Jail residents with creative writing classes that promote free expression and relieve stress.
Friends of Downtown Northfield, Northfield $  25,000
The Friends of Downtown Northfield will support unique and creative placemaking projects to engage the community in the sights, sounds, and overall character of the city by bringing joy, humor, and playfulness to the streets of downtown Northfield.
Full Circle Theater Company, Saint Paul $  25,000
Full Circle Theater will produce Anne Carson's ANTIGONICK, a reenvisioning of Antigone, that powerfully addresses issues of social justice.
Funny Asian Women Kollective, Saint Paul $  25,000
Funny Asian Women Kollective will provide APIDA artists opportunities to create and showcase new work, and will produce a comedy show.
Gallery North Art Gallery, Bemidji $  15,250
Northern Artists Association and Gallery North in Bemidji will host a creative arts lecture series. A variety of local artists, authors, and musicians will present their work and answer questions during ten different months in 2023.
The Givens Foundation for African American Literature, Saint Louis Park $  30,000
The Givens Foundation, dedicated to enriching cultural understanding and learning through programs that advance and celebrate African American literature and writers, will create season eight of Black Market Reads.
Giving Voice Initiative, Bloomington $  30,000
Giving Voice Initiative will provide access to the arts for singers with dementia and their care partners in Minnesota by offering dementia friendly choruses with high artistic quality, weekly rehearsals and social time, and public performances.
Good Samaritan Society-Westview Acres, Waconia $  29,959
Good Samaritan Society-Westview Acres and International Falls long-term care facility residents will participate in art classes and attend arts programming. Some events will include family and community members.
Good Thunder Reading Series, Mankato $  30,000
The Good Thunder Reading Series will bring seven acclaimed authors to southern Minnesota for public workshops, craft talks, and readings.
Govenaires Performing Arts Association, Saint Peter $  15,000
The Govenaires will develop a winter drumline that promotes awareness to and knowledge of the marching arts and percussion by conducting educational workshops in four high schools in greater Minnesota, and by performing in events in the state.
Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais $  30,000
The Grand Marais Art Colony will offer high quality virtual learning opportunities as well as in person engagement opportunities with artists and art at two festivals.
Grand Marais Playhouse, Grand Marais $  30,000
The Grand Marais Playhouse will provide high quality theater and educational opportunities to Cook County and its visitors.
Grand Rapids Players, Inc., Grand Rapids $  30,000
Grand Rapids Players will deliver a quality theater experience, cultivating talent, partnerships, and diversity and showcasing classic and original work.
Granite Area Arts Council, Granite Falls $  25,000
Granite Area Arts Council will continue expanding its programming and arts access, developing new cross sector community partnerships, and offering new opportunities to engage youth in the arts.
Graywolf Press, Minneapolis $  29,400
Graywolf Press will work with its Engagement Circle to create a workshop for high school teachers and an event for community members that will enable people from the state's diverse populations to have enhanced access to the literary arts.
Great Northern Union, Saint Louis Park $  30,000
Great Northern Union will advance its journey of radical inclusion with Roots Re-Visioned, an interactive workshop that reimagines barbershop singing through the eyes of the descendants of the communities from which it was appropriated.
Great River Chorale, Sauk Rapids $  10,360
Great River Chorale will develop and present public concerts in central Minnesota to in person and livestream audiences as part of its 2022-23 concert season.
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis $  25,000
The Guthrie will produce relaxed performances for seven of its productions, inviting in an audience that hasn't typically felt welcome in the performing arts.
Hallberg Center for the Arts, Wyoming $  30,000
Hallberg Center for the Arts will continue increased hours at its art center, allowing greater availability to the public by increased staffing hours. This will allow the art center to host more educational and artist workshop opportunities.
Hatch Dance, Minneapolis $  25,000
Hatch Dance will produce Live @ The Shed 2023, an outdoor dance event that includes the premiere of a collaborative ensemble work, featuring a large cast of dancers from the Twin Cities, in collaboration with HoneyWorks.
Heartland Symphony Orchestra, Little Falls $  14,850
Heartland Symphony Orchestra will continue its mission of providing quality musical experiences to participants and audiences of rural communities of west central Minnesota.
Hennepin Theatre Trust, Minneapolis $  30,000
Hennepin Theatre Trust will create The Hennepin Avenue Art Gallery, a free public window art gallery displaying work by Minnesota artists.
Henning Landmark Center, Henning $  5,108
Henning Landmark Center will increase communications with program participants, provide the ability to create artwork using photoshop and an existing printer, and aid in promotion of arts workshops and events.
Highland Friendship Club, Saint Paul $  10,000
Highland Friendship Club will provide arts programming available to teens and adults with disabilities via two programs: a performance theater class and a phone photography class.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis $  30,000
Highpoint Center for Printmaking will create a learning and teaching program to engage BIPOC artists in the printmaking arts, provide access and the resources to expand skills, and the support to teach and engage with the arts community.
Hinterhands Puppet Company, Minneapolis $  30,000
Hinterhands Puppet Company will extend its education programming and create more sustainable programming for young audiences.
Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County, Red Wing $  25,000
Hispanic Outreach will present the 2023 Hispanic Heritage Festival that is open to the public and enourages Minnesota Hispanic artists and residents to celebrate their varied cultures and invites all residents to experience, enjoy, and learn.
Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes $  30,000
The Historic Holmes Theatre will continue serving its region with unique arts experiences and engage artists in community outreach activities, expanding on multigenerational access.
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead $  16,500
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County will provide a year-long apprenticeship in hardanger fiddle making culminating in a concert, and will also produce Pangea: Cultivate our Cultures Festival.
History Theatre, Saint Paul $  29,500
History Theatre will produce two world premieres works: The Root Beer Lady and Diesel Heart. To broaden and deepen the plays' reach and impact, it will collaborate with community organizations and local schools on mutually beneficial activities.
Hmong Cultural Center, Saint Paul $  20,000
Hmong Cultural Center will maintain all of its vital arts programs in 2023 in the aftermath of the pandemic–a time of continuing shifts in arts funding, social unrest, and economic and health disparities.
Hollywood Studio of Dance, Minneapolis $  30,000
Hollywood Studio of Dance will provide dance programming for Minneapolis residents.
Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center, Inc., Park Rapids $  30,000
Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center, Inc. will work with local artists to add new visual arts programs to target positive changes in the cognitive, social, and spiritual needs of participants, helping them grow in confidence and challenge perceptions of disability within the community.
I A.M. Arts (formerly Alanna Morris-Van Tassel Productions), Saint Paul $  25,000
I. A.M. Arts will resource BIPOC creatives through workshops and artist talks, expand dance education, and support staff salaries for program administration.
Iglesia Piedra Viva UMC, Minneapolis $  25,000
Iglesia Piedra Viva UMC will implement music programming to enhance and strengthen the lives of children, adults, and families. Strong families build strong communities. When music is an integral part of our lives, creativity is awakened, academic performance improves, and self-esteem is heightened.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  30,000
Illusion Theater will partner with schools, youth organizations, and community groups throughout Minnesota to engage diverse, underserved young people and adults with relevant and meaningful arts experiences of the highest quality.
Impact Services, Fridley $  12,000
Impact Services will offer Voices of Impact, a choir for people living with memory loss or dementia and their caregivers, using music to open memory, encourage group activities, and build community.
In Black Ink, Saint Paul $  30,000
In Black Ink will connect Black writers and publishing arts professionals with eager readers, learners, and listeners through print, through public literary gatherings that welcome all audiences, and through archiving for future generations.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  30,000
In Progress will provide quality mentorship and access opportunities for digital art makers living in Crookston and Saint Paul, serving emerging artists of all ages while modeling innovative mentorship practices both in person and online.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis $  30,000
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre will conduct one community workshop and one school workshop to teach large-scale puppet building.
India Association of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  24,745
India Association of Minnesota will present IndiaFest as an in person, free event featuring live, in person performances by six professional and twenty community performing groups in August 2023.
Indian Music Society of Minnesota, Minneapolis $  25,000
Indian Music Society of Minnesota will present an in person music concert series in the summer and fall of 2023. The four concerts (including two lecture demonstrations) will feature world class artists of Indian classical music from India.
Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, Saint Paul $  30,000
Indigenous Roots will establish a Culture Bearer Exchange Network providing opportunities for intercultural, intergenerational, and intracultural exchange, empowering participants to unpack their cultural identities and strengthen their practices.
Interact, Saint Paul $  30,000
Interact will present a season of high quality, professional, visual arts and theater by artists with disabilities, presenting in galleries and performance venues throughout the metro area, and on its global online gallery.
International Cello Institute, Northfield $  29,300
International Cello Institute students will offer accessible community concerts in Northfield and surrounding communities. Younger cello students will receive instruction and be paired with older student mentors through the iConnect program.
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts, Eagan $  30,000
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts will hire top professional musicians from a variety of cultures and genres to present live or virtual concerts in retirement communities and film the concerts for future use.
Intro To Success, Minneapolis $  25,000
Intro To Success will develop a new marketing campaign and rebrand, and execute a series of events and interactive experiences to generate brand awareness for regular and new audiences to express and connect.
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, Minneapolis $  24,975
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project will present accessible, high quality and relevant multimedia arts programming for Minnesota audiences to mark and reflect on the 20th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq in 2023.
Iron Range Original Music Association, Virginia $  24,820
The Iron Range Original Music Association will develop an acoustic concert series and singer songwriter events featuring original music to engage audiences throughout the Iron Range in meaningful community participation.
Itasca Life Options, Grand Rapids $  12,242
Itasca Life Options will provide accessible music and movement classes, as well as tickets to professional quality matinee shows, thus promoting arts accessibility to individuals who otherwise may not have the opportunity.
Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program, Grand Rapids $  21,633
The Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program will deliver participatory programmming to rural northern Minnesota youth through Carnegie Hall's Linked Up program and outreach by The Third Coast Chamber Collective.
Jackson Center for the Arts, Jackson $  25,000
Jackson Center for the Arts will increase its presence in the community and region, providing more arts opportunities to patrons of all ages and groups.
Jaques Art Center, Inc., Aitkin $  20,395
The Jaques Art Center will present art exhibits, workshops, seminars, and programming in the arts for people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds at its regional site for art education, appreciation, and permanent Francis Lee Jaques gallery.
JASM, Minneapolis $  30,000
Japan America Society of Minnesota will develop an online and in person Japanese concert opera for its annual Harukaze festival for regular and new audiences.
Jazz Access, Minneapolis $  25,000
Jazz Access will present outdoor concerts at Rondo Plaza in Saint Paul and Capri Plaza in Minneapolis. Offered free of charge, the concerts will provide an ideal setting for diverse communities to enjoy and interact with top local jazz artists.
Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis $  30,000
Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) will employ young artists in hands on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power, offering free, paid, comprehensive art and design training for youth in north Minneapolis.
Ka Joog Nonprofit Organization, Minneapolis $  30,000
Ka Joog will work with renowned Somali American artist Nimcaan Hilaac to offer songwriting and composition workshops to 150 to 200 Somali American youth in FANKA, its culturally attuned arts education program in the Twin Cities.
Kaddatz Gallery, Fergus Falls $  29,850
Kaddatz Galleries will celebrate the artistic legacy of Charles Beck in west central Minnesota through a year of exhibitions, events, and activities commemorating Beck's work and exploring the relief printmaking process.
KAIROS ALIVE!, Minneapolis $  30,000
Kairos Alive! will expand Kairos Clubhouse live, interactive, participatory, two-way dance, music, and story engagement webcasts to individuals and groups of underserved, intergenerational participants in greater Minnesota and in the metro Twin Cities.
Karen Organization of Minnesota, Roseville $  30,000
The Karen Weaving Circle will support the first generation of Karen refugees in Minnesota to preserve their textile weaving traditions through weekly master weaving workshops and hands on classes for Karen youth.
Keystone Community Services, Saint Paul $  25,500
125 low income youth and 64 seniors in Saint Paul will work with teaching artists to build skills in a variety of art forms, such as spoken word, watercolor, Ethiopian dance, clay, music mixing, and graphic design.
Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead, Moorhead $  16,027
The Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead will perform summer park concerts in Moorhead and Detroit Lakes.
Kinship of Rivers, Saint Paul $  30,000
Kinship of Rivers will bring communities together through poetry, story, art and prayer flags. We travel along rivers, to host poetry and art workshops to make flags for rivers, then install them at rivers to inspire more people to love and protect our earth.
La Grande Bande, Gaylord $  30,000
La Grande Bande will develop plans to engage rural audiences, and bridge the urban rural divide, through thoughtful, engaging, and educational musical programs using in person programming.
Ladyslipper Ensemble, Saint Paul $  15,000
Ladyslipper Ensemble will present three live concerts that will be recorded and also available for public access on the group's website, as well as social media pages.
Lake Street Council, Minneapolis $  25,000
The Lake Street Council will engage residents and visitors alike through a series of block party events that will feature arts programming and opportunities for community engagement and healing.
Lake Superior Writers, Duluth $  13,000
Lake Superior Writers will provide virtual and in person educational programs staffed by accomplished instructors to benefit both experienced and novice writers.
Lanesboro Arts, Lanesboro $  30,000
Lanesboro Arts will expand justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion programming that aligns with and amplifies its vision for communities, especially rural communities, to embrace artists as culture bearers, community builders, and problem solvers.
Lao Culture Dance and Traditional Fashion Show LLC, Saint Paul Park $  30,000
Lao Culture Dance and Fashion Show will present dance and fashion events in the metro area.
Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being, Fridley $  29,000
Lee Carlson Center's Bridgeview program for adults experiencing severe and persistent mental illness will develop an artist-in-residence program to grow members' knowledge of and confidence in producing high quality art.
Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota, Baxter $  30,000
Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota which already partners with secondary schools, senior, low income, rural, and veteran groups (underserved populations) will expand to include ASL, group home, assisted living participation in Legacy's choir and audience.
Leslie Parker Dance Project, Saint Paul $  25,000
Leslie Parker Dance Project will develop "Divination Tools: imagine home," a powerful collective of Black visual artists, musicians, and femme dance artists reflecting on divinity and lineage that draws from Blackness in music, dance, and storytelling in real time.
Lightning Rod, Minneapolis $  30,000
Lightning Rod will present a performance showcase to complete its annual Q-Stage: New Works Series, supporting vital new works from Queer/Trans/GNC Minnesota artists with financial, technical, administrative, and critical support.
Little Earth Residents Association, Minneapolis $  21,384
Little Earth Resident Association's Native Youth Arts Collective will expand and reinvigorate its weekly arts opportunities for youth ages 16 to 24 from Little Earth and the surrounding east Phillips neighborhood.
Little Theatre Auditorium, New London $  25,000
Little Theatre, in partnership with In the Heart of the Beast, will engage community members, local musicians and artists in conversations about their hopes, fears, and visions of future New London to produce a music filled Harvest Fest Puppet Parade.
The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis $  30,000
The Loft, in response to community input, will improve accessibility to its classes and Wordplay literary festival for people who have a hearing or mobility disability, providing equitable access to Loft programs for writers and readers.
Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, Long Prairie $  9,525
The Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra will invite other local music talent to perform with them to showcase the talent in its community, and to provide scholarships and instruments to local students and transportation to the elderly for concerts.
Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts, Minneapolis $  25,000
Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts will hire a community engagement coordinator dedicated to connecting more children from North Minneapolis to its arts programming using new and innovative strategies to build community knowledge.
Lyric Center for the Arts, Virginia $  25,000
The Lyric Center for the Arts will continue to employ a paid director who will advance the goals and mission of the organization through community engagement and board development.
Lyric Opera of the North, Duluth $  25,000
Lyric Opera of the North will embrace programming that allows for a broader understanding of opera audiences and opera engagement, connecting with more patrons and artists in the north and exploring new ideas and relationships.
Lyricality, Sauk Rapids $  30,000
Lyricality will expand its teaching artist programming to provide live and virtual art experiences and artist services to four underserved populations in Benton and Stearns counties.
MACMH's Fidgety Fairy Tales-The Mental Health Musicals, Saint Paul $  30,000
Fidgety Fairy Tales - The Mental Health Musicals will reimagine familiar stories to give kids and adults the tools to have conversations about mental health. Funding will support the rehearsals and performances of its fall 2023 tour throughout Minnesota.
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis $  30,000
MacPhail will diversify music education in Minnesota by making instruction more representative and respectful of cultures and traditions that represent its communities.
City of Mahnomen, Mahnomen $  29,450
The City of Mahnomen's Manoomin Arts Initiative will support local artists and invigorate the town's revitalization efforts through community engaged public art residencies and the fall Wild Rice Arts Festival.
Maia Maiden Productions, Richfield $  30,000
Maia Maiden Productions will present ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening 2023.
Mankato and North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer's, Mankato $  25,000
Mankato and North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer's will offer fall and spring chorus sessions, concerts, and sing-along videos designed for people impacted by Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. A new arts program will be introduced in 2023 featuring dance.
Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra, Mankato $  19,000
The Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra will offer year-round music performance opportunities for school-age children in a professional orchestra environment, programming works from the repertoire of the great symphonic tradition.
Mankato School of Music, North Mankato $  30,000
The Mankato School of Music will continue providing meaningful arts access to more than 250 students in greater Mankato.
Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Mankato $  30,000
The Mankato Symphony will produce a hybrid virtual and live concert as outreach to its regular audience, audiences in institutions, and new audiences.
Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, Puposky $  19,426
Mask and Rose Theater will develop a rural, multidisciplinary arts outdoor traveling spectacle celebrating the importance of the bicycle as we address changes needed referenced to climate change.
Matchbox Children's Theatre, Austin $  25,000
Matchbox Children's Theatre will host classes, camps, and work with other organizations to spark imaginations through theater.
Meander Art Crawl, Appleton $  25,000
The Meander Art Crawl will coordinate the Meander Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl event for regular and new audiences.
Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community, Mendota $  15,700
The Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community will preserve, protect, and promote the Dakota culture for future generations.
Merrick, Inc., Vadnais Heights $  30,000
Merrick, Inc. will provide high quality, in person music activities for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, Virginia $  30,000
Mesabi Symphony Orchestra will perform as a full orchestra before live audiences. It will seek to expand its string sections and fill vacancies in other sections with a focus on attracting Iron Range musicians.
MICC, Richfield $  12,500
MICC will collaborate with Cow Tipping Press to offer two literary courses. After completion, participants will have a published book of writings and present it to the community at an open reading night.
Mid West Music Fest, Winona $  30,000
Mid West Music Fest will provide a hybrid virtual and in person music series for regular and new audiences, with the artists comprised of up and coming musicians from across the country, focusing on Minnesota musicians.
Midwest Special Services, Saint Paul $  30,000
Midwest Special Services will collaborate with guest curators, community artists, and teaching artists from Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center to foster community connections for individuals with disabilities at Fresh Eye Gallery.
Milan Village Arts School, Milan $  17,200
Milan Village Arts School will pursue its mission of providing the highest quality classes, coupled with the finest instructors in the best facilities, in art forms not readily taught or accessed by the community.
Million Artist Movement, Saint Paul $  25,000
Million Artist Movement will host a series of quilting sessions at Gospel Temple Church, creating quilts to celebrate elders and ancestors. Families and community will be invited to record stories about elders made available on Millian Artist Movement's website.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minneapolis $  30,000
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will present the Monarch Festival, a free, bilingual, bicultural, annual event that celebrates the beginning of the monarch butterflies annual 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, dance, art, food, monarchs, and education.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association, Minneapolis $  30,000
The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra will safely deliver programming for its 2023 concert season.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis $  30,000
Minnesota Center for Book Arts will engage Minnesotans in meaningful in person and virtual arts programs, including affordable workshops in bookbinding, printing, and papermaking taught by a diverse team of teaching artists, and free exhibitions and hands on creative activities.
Minnesota Chorale, Minneapolis $  24,000
Musicians from the Sounds of Blackness will lead a series of workshops for northside Minneapolis youth in grades five through eight, culminating in a concert presentation at Fellowship Baptist Church in north Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, Winona $  24,000
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will execute its twentieth annual Summer Dance Intensive, a one of a kind, immersive, three-week dance education program that connects youth with professional dancers, and the community to dance through a showcase performance and local field trips.
Minnesota Dance Theatre and School, Minneapolis $  15,000
Minnesota Dance Theatre will continue to offer in person and virtual dance performance and training opportunities at no cost to Minneapolis Public School children ages seven through ten.
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm $  21,999
Minnesota Discovery Center will collaborate with Indigenous artist Moira Villiard to create a mural, while engaging regional artists and the public to help with its creation. An exhibition of the mural and a short film showcasing its creators will be debuted as part of an event.
Minnesota Fringe, Minneapolis $  30,000
Minnesota Fringe will record live festival offerings, then post virtual performances during fall / winter months with additional accessibility services to build capacity of and entice new artists while also ensuring successful audience interaction.
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, Bemidji $  25,000
The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference will continue to provide Minnesotans a high quality and affordable literary arts experience with a talented and diverse group of award winning writers in a safe and inclusive setting.
Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis $  25,000
The Minnesota Orchestra will collaborate with community partners to create a series of concerts that provide individuals with sensory sensitivities and their families with tailored and inclusive arts experiences.
Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, Minneapolis $  30,000
Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, America's first LGBTQ orchestra, will provide reduced admission concerts showcasing the talents of LGBTQ musicians and feature works by underrepresented composers.
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, Minneapolis $  30,000
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop will deliver remote creative writing classes to Minnesotans incarcerated across eight state prisons. Courses were designed in collaboration with "writers collectives" of experienced students at each facility.
Minnesota Salsa Fiesta, Minneapolis $  25,000
Minnesota Salsa Fiesta will present a showcase of sizzling salsa music, amazing dance, and inspired Latino art at Mill City Museum, engaging over thirty performing artists and hundreds of audience members with live salsa music in the iconic ruins courtyard.
Minnesota Tamil Sangam, Minnetonka $  24,900
The Tamil Association of Minnesota will train community members on Tamil folk and traditional arts, both instrumental music and dance, with a final performance at Sangamam Event, an annual Tamil festival to be held in January 2024.
Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  30,000
Mixed Blood will work with organizations and artists to commission and produce twelve artistic events in twelve communities in the Twin Cities to capture neighborhood stories, form relationships, and identify community needs and issues for further exploration.
Mixed Precipitation, Saint Paul $  25,000
Mixed Precipitation will tour The Pickup Truck Opera, a lively outdoor opera and harvest celebration, presenting a contemporary interpretation of Handel's Giulio Cesare.
MIXTAPE, Saint Paul $  29,250
The MIXTAPE Collective will create a hybrid live and virtual hip hop dance performance that explores issues of racial equity, the immigrant experience, and solidarity movements.
MN Zej Zog, New Hope $  25,000
MN Zej Zog will present Storytelling to Bridge Generations, a project to inspire the next generation of youth to appreciate their elders and have a deeper understanding of the Hmong culture through Hmong folktales, traditional singing, and dance.
Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop, Minneapolis $  30,000
Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop will support participating puppet artists in learning filmmaking skills to create puppet films with a culminating screening of the new short puppet films.
MontiArts, Monticello $  30,000
MontiArts will build community and enliven Monticello through arts and cultural activities, events, and installations. Community building using the arts as a tool is the foundational impetus of Montiarts.
Moonplay Cinema, Saint Paul $  25,000
Moonplay Cinema will write and release educational materials, teach professional development workshops, develop a mentorship program, and screen films to the public.
More Than a Single Story, Saint Paul $  30,000
More Than A Single Story will present readings and public conversations in panel story circle format, engaging BIPOC writers with communities as a way to balance public discourse and provide a forum for cross-cultural empathy and understanding.
MOVO SPACE, Minneapolis $  30,000
MOVO will offer an opportunity for program artists to engage the public and share their unfinished works and developing practices.
Music Mission, Saint Paul $  24,090
Music Mission will develop and execute a series of presentations exploring identity and background of performing artists, with a final presentation at Lakeside Guitar Festival 2023.
Native Skywatchers, Maple Grove $  29,996
Native Skywatchers will present Turtle Island Skywatchers-A Night Sky Experience which supports a team of Indigenous Minnesota artists to produce culture based, art infused stories embedded with relationship to earth and sky. One immersive digital night sky experience will premiere at a Minnesota venue.
Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids $  25,000
The Nemeth Art Center will continue pursuing its mission of providing compelling, relevant, and sometimes challenging contemporary art to its rural Minnesota audience through remote, in person, and educational programming.
(Neo)Muralismo Mexicano en Minnesota, Saint Paul $  25,000
(Neo)Muralismos de Mexicano en Minnesota will lead and coordinate five community engaged muralism and public art projects that will uplift their cultural heritage of muralism. Projects will take in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Red Wing, and Austin.
New Arab American Theater Works, Minneapolis $  25,000
New Arab American Theater Works will present and support its Arabic drumming ensemble YALLA DRUM!, and create a cohort of local SWANA playwrights who will develop and present new plays for its community.
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, New York Mills $  29,587
The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will collaborate with artist John Noltner in gathering stories of underrepresented voices from its rural region and sharing their struggles, hopes, and dreams through photographs and stories.
Noatun Community Wooden Boat Works, Duluth $  25,000
Noatun Community Wooden Boat Works will build a lapstrake boat with community volunteers. Participants will develop and share new skills working with wood, metal, and fiber arts.
Nordic Center, Duluth $  30,000
The Nordic Center will connect with and broaden its community in 2023/2024 by developing and delivering safe, diverse, and inclusive arts programming for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Norman County Developmental Activities Center, Ada $  29,919
The Norman County Developmental Activities Center will partner with local artists and participate in a variety of arts experiences to provide an opportunity for increased arts expression for persons supported.
North House Folk School, Grand Marais $  30,000
North House Folk School will continue to advance opportunities for local and visiting youth to connect with hands on craft learning through unique programs and the support of a part-time youth and family coordinator staff position.
North Shore Music Association, Grand Marais $  19,300
The North Shore Music Association will present culturally and artistically diverse, high quality musical performances and educational outreach for its community and its visitors.
Northeast Contemporary Services, Inc., Roseville $  27,120
Northeast Contemporary Services, Inc. will partner with Upstream Arts to provide adults and seniors who have developmental disabilities with The Art of Voice and Choice programs to explore and build self advocacy.
The Northern Film Alliance, Duluth $  15,450
Northern Film Alliance will enhance the film festival experience for filmmakers and audiences and engage with underserved and rural communities, supporting a network of filmmakers through diverse screening options and enriching educational opportunities.
Northern Lakes Arts Association, Ely $  23,431
Northern Lakes Arts Association will create a season of events throughout 2023 that will engage, excite, and empower people to participate in the arts. They will do this through art shows, poetry nights, theatrical productions, and collaborations with other local nonprofits.
Northern Light Opera Company, Park Rapids $  30,000
The Northern Light Opera Company of Park Rapids will hire professional artists and produce a summer musical production.
Northern Lights Music Festival, Inc., Gilbert $  30,000
Northern Lights Music Festival will present a full season of professional classical music and opera during the month of July to the residents and visitors of the Iron Range of northern Minnesota.
Northern Starz Children's Theatre, Ramsey $  30,000
Northern Starz Theatre Company will offer The Penguin Project to engage individuals with special needs to be the star of the show by developing new skills on and off stage.
Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield $  25,000
The Northfield Arts Guild will work toward reconnecting with the community and returning participation to prepandemic levels while building new audiences through quality education and engagement, as well as theater, music, and gallery shows.
Northfield Union of Youth, Inc, Northfield $  10,550
The Northfield Union of Youth will provide weekly arts instruction with a consistent arts coordinator and guest artists. Relationship building between youth and adults will be gained through the process of collaborative creation.
Northfield Youth Choirs, Northfield $  30,000
Northfield Youth Choir will offer outstanding choral music education opportunities for youth, with choirs led by highly credentialed conductors and enriched through guest artists, partnerships, tours, retreats, and camps.
Off-Leash Area, Minneapolis $  30,000
Off-Leash Area will increase connection and participation with the disability community, an important and growing constituency of the organization, through its FY 2023 core community programs: Off-Kilter and the Neighborhood Garage Tour.
Old Wadena Society, Staples $  25,000
The Old Wadena Society will hold the 2023 Old Wadena Rendezvous at Old Wadena County Historic Park on the Crow Wing River in Wadena County August 12 and 13, featuring hands-on learning about our stories and traditional arts along with old fashioned entertainment.
OMG Digital Media Solutions LLC, Saint Paul $  29,999
OMG Digital Media Solutions will build cultural sustainability in which music and art are essential to human survival and development.
One Voice Mixed Chorus, Saint Paul $  20,000
One Voice Mixed Chorus will present One Earth, a weekend of three outdoor concerts celebrating our earth and water, and honoring the people who are working to protect it, in June 2023 on Raspberry Island in downtown Saint Paul.
Open Arts Minnesota, Mankato $  25,000
Open Arts Minnesota will develop and implement plans to deliver in person and virtual theatrical and literary programming for people with disabilities in communities throughout southwest Minnesota.
Open Eye Theatre, Minneapolis $  30,000
Open Eye will invest in diverse artists, expand their geographic reach, and build new audiences with a series of innovative arts events for all ages.
Paramount Center for the Arts, Saint Cloud $  30,000
Paramount Center for the Arts will create new and expanded arts classes, partnerships, and community programs to ensure increased educational opportunities for central Minnesotans to experience personal creativity, exploration, and lifelong appreciation of the arts.
Partnership Resources, Inc., Minneapolis $  30,000
"Partnership Resources, Inc. will train an arts focused direct support professional to implement the next phase of rebuilding arts programming so more adults with disabilities have access to high quality arts experiences.
Penumbra Theatre, Saint Paul $  30,000
Penumbra will develop a new curriculum, PRIDE (Positive Racial Identity Development and Empowerment), working with youth and families engaging concepts and experiences of race, identity, and social justice via acting, writing, movement.
People Serving People, Minneapolis $  15,229
People Serving People will partner with MacPhail Center for Music to offer weekly music classes to children experiencing homelessness or housing instability at its shelter and Center of Excellence.
Perham Center for the Arts, Perham $  24,950
Perham Center for the Arts will develop an arts outreach program that engages underserved populations in its community with enriching art making experiences that foster skill development, creative confidence, and community connection.
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis $  30,000
Pillsbury House Theatre will work with a coalition of BIPOC artists and institutional partners to produce a Black Dance Improvisation Festival in April 2023 as part of the larger "Call to Remember" initiative.
Pine River Area Foundation, Inc., Pine River $  30,000
The Pine River Area Foundation will host the 16th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival that celebrates and preserves uniquely American roots bluegrass music. Included are main stage performances, food booths, and interactive workshops.
Placebo Records, Saint Louis Park $  29,999
Placebo Records will present a quarterly series of events to continue to connect and engage its community with accessible equipment and professional stage production.
Planet Firebomb, Saint Paul $  24,499
Planet Firebomb will host a POC fashion week honoring BIPOC fashion artists and featuring diverse bodies, identities, and abilities.
Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute, Saint Paul $  20,200
Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute will train youth artists and preserve the cultural heritage of the African diaspora through workshops and a writing competition. The culmination of these efforts will be the publication of a children's book focused on food justice.
The Playwrights' Center, Minneapolis $  30,000
Playwrights' Center will provide increased support for its Jerome and Many Voices playwriting fellows, including residencies, increased annual stipends, and benefits that foster deeper engagement in Minnesota.
Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Minneapolis $  25,476
Plymouth Christian Youth Center, in partnership with celebrated artist J. D. Steele, will offer Capri Glee, a North Minneapolis community choir for adults that provides in-depth arts learning while boosting community connections.
Praxis Photo Arts Center, Minneapolis $  18,661
Praxis will create a weekend monitor position to allow consistent community access to its various facilities during weekend hours.
PRIME Productions, Saint Louis Park $  25,000
PRIME Productions will present PRIME Voices: A Staged Reading Series consisting of three plays in three months at three venues that will challenge audience and artists' perspectives, leading to a change in their attitudes and behavior, and broadening its audience.
Project SUCCESS, Minneapolis $  25,000
Project Success will use the power of theater to inspire, build community, and spark discussion for Minneapolis students. Opportunities include professional theater performances, school musicals, field trips, and residencies.
Prøve Gallery, Duluth $  27,900
Prøve Gallery will host arts exhibitions, art making events, music and multimedia events, 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 $  28,400
Public Art Saint Paul will offer poetry workshops in Dakota, English, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish that will be offered in person and online, as well as engaging writers of color to serve as curators and jurors of the Sidewalk Poetry Contest.
Purple Playground, Minneapolis $  24,950
Purple Playground will provide Academy of Prince music education programs where teens learn to collaboratively write and record original songs. These classes foster friendship, confidence, and creativity in teens from diverse backgrounds.
RARE Productions, Minneapolis $  21,500
RARE Productions will engage Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ artists in programming that encourages time to recover, reimagine, and heal.
Really Spicy Opera, Minneapolis $  30,000
Really Spicy Opera will recruit, train, and engage Minnesota composers and librettists from outside the metro region to create, workshop, record, and distribute new opera arias over two months, with an instruction and support team and Minnesotan singers.
Red Rock Center for the Arts, Fairmont $  30,000
Red Rock Center for the Arts will develop an in person concert series and create art education opportunities to engage people of all ages in the arts.
Red Wing Arts, Red Wing $  29,700
Red Wing Arts' Clay and Creativity Center will honor the legacy of clay in Red Wing with hands-on experiences, artist led instruction, and showcasing a diversity of clay art for all.
Regents of the University of Minnesota - Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Minneapolis $  30,000
The University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will create a six-month artist-in-residence program that will invite artists from diverse backgrounds to participate in weekly classes with adolescents to explore multiple facets of creativity through arts engagement.
Reif Center, Grand Rapids $  30,000
The Reif Arts Council will present a series of daytime, midweek matinee music concerts and theater events to engage older adults and adults in assisted living facilities in greater Minnesota who traditionally lack access to events of this nature.
Resounding Voices, Rochester $  25,000
Resounding Voices Chorus will have weekly rehearsals specially designed for people living with dementia or cognitive impairment and their care partners, during two semesters per year, each culminating in a community concert.
Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment, Minneapolis $  29,145
Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment will produce and distribute a multimedia collection of stories featuring Muslim women changemakers and trailblazers.
Rice County Neighbors United, Northfield $  25,000
Rice County Neighbors United will bring art to groups not usually engaged in the arts because of socioeconomic barriers and being in minority groups. Illustrated poetry in a bag and Native American art will reach low income, immigrant, and refugee groups.
Rise, Spring Lake Park $  25,000
Rise will expand art therapy programming for people with disabilities, serving 300 artists. Rise will provide paid internships to art therapists in training, buy art supplies, and mail supply kits to artists in virtual programming.
River Arts Alliance, Winona $  9,784
River Arts Alliance will increase Minnesotans' understanding and skills in the arts by offering autumn plein air painting workshops and monthly public artsXchange gatherings with Minnesota artists.
Rochester Art Center, Rochester $  30,000
Rochester Art Center will host exhibitions and public programs, providing high quality art experiences to greater Minnesota residents.
Rochester Civic Theatre, Rochester $  24,950
Rochester Civic Theatre will hire shadow interpreters to accompany actors performing The Miracle Worker, helping deaf audience members follow and understand dialogue and actions, overcoming barriers to access.
Rochester Dance Company, Rochester $  23,500
Rochester Dance Company will provide professional, high quality dance training and choreography for youth artists and will produce its 20th annual The Nutcracker in December 2022.
Rochester Repertory Theatre Company, Rochester $  13,425
Rochester Repertory Theatre will produce a play in its season that will promote participation by BIPOC individuals both as theater artists and audience members.
Rosy Simas Danse, Minneapolis $  30,000
Rosy Simas Danse will offer artist-in-residence programs to Native and BIPOC transdisciplinary and dance artists. The residencies will include resources for creation and healing, as well as public performances, workshops, dialogues, and community gatherings.
The Rourke Art Gallery Museum, Moorhead $  23,600
The Rourke will support a collections coordinator and registrar to maintain the recently enhanced efforts to preserve and present the museum's collections for the access and benefit of Minnesotans.
Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth $  19,500
Sacred Heart Music Center will help promote community engagement and offer a state of the art performance venue for musicians through a virtual and hybrid music series.
Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Saint Cloud $  30,000
The Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra will perform seven concerts of diverse orchestral repertoire for Saint Cloud area audiences. Outreach activities will include chamber music programs for youth in schools and for seniors in community centers and senior residences.
Saint Paul Almanac, Saint Paul $  15,065
Saint Paul Almanac will engage writers and their communities in its mission to share stories across cultures, and to cultivate dialogue that promotes understanding, relationships, and collaborative action.
Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, Saint Paul $  30,000
The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music will build on its 1,000 Conversations Project, bringing world class performers and instructors into Saint Paul communities to build new audiences and students of classical music.
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, Saint Paul $  24,200
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network will help early media makers develop documentary filmmaking skills through team projects and mentorship from local artists. The filmmakers will select topics of importance to the community and will share their final pieces on SPNN's platforms.
City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul $  30,000
The City of Saint Paul will support the Dayton's Bluff Project: Celebrating Community Through Art, whcih will provide quality art instruction to community youth, teaching them new art skills, and unite all participants in a community celebration showcase.
Saint Peter Community and Family Education, Saint Peter $  29,980
Saint Peter Community and Family Education's sPARK Mobile Art Studio will expand programming to year-round arts access for BIPOC and economically disadvantaged children with a mirrors and windows approach to diverse artists and art forms through art lessons, guest artists, and take-home art kits.
Saint Therese, Saint Louis Park $  29,993
Saint Therese will collaborate with local artists to integrate new arts into its community life programs with two main objectives: promote healthy aging and increase the cultural awareness of our residents, staff, volunteers, and broader community.
Salt and Light Dance Studio, Duluth $  30,000
Salt and Light Dance Studio will offer safe lesson plans for in person classes with an online contingency plan to stay connected with dance lessons during this time. Outreach programming has kept students connected to the dance community.
The SEAD Project, Minneapolis $  30,000
The SEAD Project will grow its cultural and arts programs for Southeast Asian communities, redefining what community development looks like for the Southeast Asian diaspora.
Selby Ave JazzFest, Saint Paul $  21,500
The 22nd annual Selby Ave JazzFest will present the 22nd annual festival on September 9, 2023, at Selby and Milton in Saint Paul. The free event features a day of live jazz, kids' activities, and artist demonstrations, all surrounded with an inclusive community vibe.
The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts, Minneapolis $  30,000
Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts will offer free and low cost art classes in its studio, to neighbors in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Serpentina Arts, Minneapolis $  29,885
Serpentina Arts will identify and establish an infrastructure to support and promote Minnesota Latinx visual artists in professional development and advancement of their creative artistry.
SEWA-AIFW, Minneapolis $  30,000
SEWA-AIFW will engage relationship violence victim survivors from the South Asian community in culturally affirming art activities that promote rehabilitation and well being, with an emphasis on expanding access to high quality artistic experiences.
Sexual Violence Center, Minneapolis $  25,000
Sexual Violence Center will present Journey Through the Arts, a ten-week program that uses art to help victims of sexual violence. Each session is facilitated by an artist and a trained sexual assault advocate to create meaningful sessions that explore how art can heal.
Shakespearean Youth Theatre, Saint Paul $  30,000
Shakespearean Youth Theatre will produce Love's Labour's Lost and The Comedy of Errors at the Crane Theatre, performed by actors, ages twelve to nineteen.
SHAPESHIFT, Minneapolis $  25,000
SHAPESHIFT will present excerpts of its production "Be Your Own SuperHero," and a series of interactive dance and theatrical workshops to underserved and student audiences throughout Minnesota.
She Rock She Rock, Saint Louis Park $  30,000
She Rock She Rock will present the Girls Rock N Roll Retreat to empower girls, women, trans, and nonbinary folks through the art of music.
The Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing $  30,000
The Sheldon Theatre will present high quality performing arts experiences that reflect the diverse interests of its greater Minnesota community and supporting diverse artists and in demand art forms.
Sidekick Theatre, Mound $  25,000
Sidekick Theatre will mount a full production of Hit and Run, an original play that recounts the true story of the integration of baseball in Minnesota.
SOAR Regional Arts, Saint Michael $  30,000
SOAR Regional Arts will create strategic and purposeful outreach to underserved populations in order to help overcome barriers and increase access and participation in high quality performing arts.
Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis $  21,500
Soo Visual Arts Center will develop additional programming with exhibiting artists during its exhibitions. These programs can take any form and will be developed with each artist starting May 2023, adding layers of engagement.
Soomaal House of Art, Minneapolis $  30,000
Soomaal House of Art will increase capacity to engage with 20 percent more participants through in person and online arts programming. Funds will be used to pay staff salaries and purchase promotional materials, equipment, and supplies for arts programming.
Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras, Rochester $  25,000
Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras will provide youth opportunities to grow through musical learning, discovery, and performance.
Spark, Rochester $  25,000
The Children's Museum of Rochester and local artists will provide hands on arts education to over 1,000 underserved and underrepresented children and families in the community.
Speaking Out Collective, Minneapolis $  29,960
Speaking Out Collective will lead storytelling residencies to nurture curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking for urban public school students.
St. Andrew's Village, Mahtomedi $  30,000
Presbyterian Homes' St. Andrew's Village location will collaborate with Copper Street Brass to provide music learning and enrichment sessions to serve its communities, including memory care and independent living.
St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls $  12,400
St. Francis Music Center will offer free weekly classes in ukulele, recorder, and visual arts to rural seniors to develop creative skills and encourage participation in the arts.
Story Portage, Ely $  13,000
Story Portage will create The Veterans Mural project, a collaborative project led by Marine veteran Annie Humphrey, to create a permanent mural at Veterans on the Lake Resort in Ely.
StoryArk, Stillwater $  30,000
StoryArk will work with teenagers from the Twin Cities and south central Minnesota school districts to learn storytelling skills and to plan, implement, lead, and participate in podcast, film, and creative writing camps held during the summer of 2023.
TaikoArts Midwest, Minneapolis $  25,000
TaikoArts Midwest will use funds to expand staff and programming in order to support operating its own event space, launch youth programming, and increase its community impact via events and a documentary film.
Tangible Collective, Minneapolis $  25,000
Tangible Collective will curate a visual art exhibition and a performance based showcase for six emerging Black artists.
Teatro del Pueblo, Saint Paul $  30,000
Teatro del Pueblo will produce Love in the Time of Hate, a cultural adaptation of Romeo and Juliet that tackles important LatinX issues of race, discrimination, and hatred at the southern border.
Textile Center, Minneapolis $  25,000
Textile Center will present Mining Mending to deepen engagement with fiber artists, focusing on supporting BIPOC artists through exhibitions, internships, mini residencies, classes, and Zoom forums creating educational opportunities for Minnesotans to explore fiber art.
Theater Mu, Saint Paul $  25,000
Theater Mu will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary season through two mainstage world premieres, two collaborations, an AAPI Generations Conference, and educational programs that support the Asian American community of Minnesota.
Theatre 55, Saint Paul $  30,000
Theatre 55 will produce and present A Chorus Line with actors, singers, and dancers, aged 55+, at Caponi Art Park.
Theatre B, Moorhead $  30,000
Theatre B will engage regional audiences with provocative new plays, adaptive performances, and thoughtful discussions that challenge assumptions, inspire conversation, and create connection.
Theatre Novi Most, Minneapolis $  22,505
Theatre Novi Most will produce staged readings of new plays by Ukrainian playwrights followed by story circle discussions with audiences about the effect of the war in Ukraine on immigrants from the former U. S. S. R. in Minnesota.
Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, Thief River Falls $  30,000
Thief River Falls Area Community Theater will produce four full-length, high quality theatrical productions and a series of new radio shows to benefit performers and audiences alike.
Threads, Minneapolis $  6,100
The Threads Youth Dance Project, a preprofessional dance training program for youth ages 12 to 16 will seek to innovate dance education by welcoming aspiring BIPOC dancers who struggle to find affirming and culturally sustaining spaces to study.
Timber Hills, Inver Grove Heights $  30,000
Presbyterian Homes' Timber Hills location will collaborate with Copper Street Brass to provide music learning and enrichment sessions to serve its communities, including memory care and independent living.
Tofte Lake Center, Ely $  29,170
Tofte Lake Center will host six Minnesota BIPOC artists and four Minnesota parent artists for residencies, providing them with a supportive creative retreat to focus on their work and opportunities to engage with northern Minnesota residents.
Toot, Minneapolis $  30,000
Toot will begin the development of a new theater piece through a workshop with many rehearsals open to community members.
TU Dance, Saint Paul $  30,000
TU Dance will launch CULTIVATE, a new dance trainee program created to meet the specific needs of advanced dance performing artists and fully prepare them for, and foster connections that support their finding, a career in the professional field.
Tubman, Minneapolis $  30,000
Tubman will partner with local artists Afrocontigbo and Titambe to deliver interactive West African drumming and dance workshops for families experiencing trauma to help them heal, build self-confidence, and strengthen community ties.
Turtle Theater Collective, Minneapolis $  25,000
Turtle Theater Collective will develop an outreach program that travels workshops to Minnesota reservations to teach acting, improv, writing, and more to provide more access to under privileged communities.
Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, Lakeville $  30,000
Twin Cities Ballet will produce the full-length original ballet "Cinderella 1944," a sensory relaxed show, and an educational outreach workshop.
Twin Cities Carifest, Minneapolis $  25,000
Twin Cities Carifest will present its annual festival to celebrate and share the many cultures of the Caribbean. Presented along the banks of the Mississippi, the day-long event will connect artists with diverse communities via island music, dance, arts, and food.
Twin Cities Catalyst Music, Burnsville $  15,000
Twin Cities Catalyst Music will continue offering year round hybrid artist development, technology, leadership, and video performance program for its community of young people and aspiring artists.
Twin Cities Film Fest, Saint Louis Park $  30,000
Twin Cities Film Fest will present a COVID agile, year-round, hybrid program giving unparalleled access for all Minnesotans to explore Minnesota and American independent films, while elevating marginalized voices and providing a safe space for conversations and discourse.
Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, Minneapolis $  30,000
Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus will celebrate Pride 2023 with "and IIIIIIII", the music of Whitney Houston, at Ted Mann Concert Hall featuring the full chorus, two small ensembles, and guest artists.
Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective, New Brighton $  24,000
The Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective will present a variety of programming designed to showcase the richness of Iran's artistic and cultural heritage, through music, dance, literature, and the visual arts.
Twin Cities Jazz Workshop, Minneapolis $  25,000
Twin Cities Jazz Workshop will expand beyond its summer program to offer weekly workshops from September 2023 through April 2024. Students will play in small ensembles, receive instruction from jazz professionals, and learn a varied jazz repertoire.
Twin Cities Pride, Minneapolis $  25,000
Twin Cities Pride will hire Minnesota artists to perform at its annual festival, assisting them in growing their queer audience. In return, the audience will engage with both well-known entertainers and those new to the craft.
Twin Cities Steppers Association, Saint Paul $  25,000
Twin Cities Steppers Association will offer stepping dance classes in the Twin Cities urban core and engage audiences and artists by presenting a free music and movement festival at Western Sculpture Park in Saint Paul.
Universal Music Center, Red Wing $  21,500
Universal Music Center will present community friendly group music programs which will be facilitated by Universal Music Center instructors.
Unprison Project, Minneapolis $  25,000
UNPRISON PROJECT will engage people in Minnesota prisons with story writing and telling, and informal discussion to build belief in the art of their story messaging. Compiled, these will be a hybrid series of live performances with an online audio cast.
Upstream Arts, Inc., Minneapolis $  30,000
"Upstream Arts will carry out residency programs in five special education classrooms in the Minneapolis Public School District. This programming will bring theater, music, dance, visual arts, and poetry to 75 students with disabilities.
The Urban Spectrum Theatre, Minneapolis $  25,000
The Urban Spectrum Theatre Company will create a new online and live performance series presenting figures and stories from history representing the diverse cultural heritage of the citizens of Minnesota.
USA Community Chorus, Swanville $  19,000
USA (Upsala/Swanville area) Community Chorus will continue its choral arts education program that, for 22 years, has provided access to some of the nation's finest choral conductors for singers in the central Minnesota area.
Vail Place, Hopkins $  16,500
Vail Place will collaborate with the History Theatre 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 $  30,000
Valley Friendship Club will give kids, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to stay connected to the arts through visual art, theater, improv, and music experiences.
Velvet Tones, Lakeville $  10,000
The Velvet Tones senior choir will perform concerts at care facilities and senior homes for people with limited access to live performances. The choir recruits seniors who like to sing; no audition required.
Victoria Theater Arts Center, Saint Paul $  27,140
Victoria Theater Arts Center will staff, develop, and produce creative programming over the summer of 2023, in preparation for the opening of its permanent art space at 825 University Avenue.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  30,000
VocalEssence will create innovative concert and engagement experiences that celebrate the diverse cultural arts traditions in Minnesota and engage new audiences in choral music.
Walker Methodist, Minneapolis $  30,000
Walker Methodist will work with Rhythmically Speaking and COMPAS Artful Aging program to bring teaching artists to residents living at six Walker Methodist communities.
Walker|West, Saint Paul $  29,995
Walker West Music Academy will engage 40 students in a fun Grow Through Music summer camp in which they learn to play simple tunes on several instruments and play in a culminating group performance.
Watermark Art Center, Bemidji $  10,950
Watermark Art Center will provide live music performances, artist demonstrations and expanded family friendly art activities for festival attendees.
White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake $  30,000
White Bear Center for the Arts will equitably pay qualified teaching artists as they provide a range of classes that serve all abilities and generations.
The Wildling, Minneapolis $  24,976
The Wildling will partner with teaching artists to produce three youth storytelling experiences to nurture underrepresented voices, provide youth storytelling education, and culminate in a public event and digital library.
Wingspan Life Resources, Saint Paul $  15,354
Wingspan Life Resources will offer art residencies to clients with developmental disabilities in partnership with COMPAS artists, accommodating accessibility needs, and providing a showcase opportunity for each residency.
Winona Symphony Orchestra, Winona $  30,000
The Winona Symphony Orchestra will continue providing annual educational arts programming and will work with new and existing community partners to perform four new outreach concerts in the Winona community.
Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Cloud $  21,000
Wirth Center for the Performing Arts will utilize funds to produce and present the Young Artist Piano Camp to further engage with the central Minnesota community and promote meaningful engagement in artistic practice.
Wonderlust Productions, Saint Paul $  30,000
Wonderlust Productions will complete production of a community driven play about caregiving using source material collected from story circles. An epic script told from multiple perspectives will be performed by participants and professional actors.
Young Dance, Saint Paul $  25,628
Young Dance will grow the Young Dance Performing Company and the All Abilities Dancing Initiative, which integrates dancers with and without disabilities across multiple programs.
Youth Performance Company, Minneapolis $  18,000
Youth Performance Company will produce Claudette and Rosa by Lauren Mann. Activist Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat at the front of the bus nine months before Rosa Parks did the same.
Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, Minneapolis $  30,000
Z Puppets Rosenschnoz will produce and premiere a new episode of Star Turtle, a family friendly Web series about keeping alive the Cherokee language, with a mix of free in person screenings and online streaming events at Twin City community sites.
zAmya Theater Project, Minneapolis $  30,000
zAmya Theater Project will create multiple spaces for expression, creativity, and connection with people currently or formerly homeless. The art generated is shared with the public, helping create a community that works for housing justice for all.
Zeitgeist, Duluth $  30,000
Zeitgeist will launch a new round of digital media and filmmaking classes, host the second annual North x North digital media arts festival, and produce a theatrical performance of Roe.
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and School, Minneapolis $  30,000
Zorongo will present a series of flamenco performances, workshops, and lecture demonstrations that connect Minnesota audiences to the emotional power of flamenco and impart the skills of flamenco masters to students and apprentice performers.
Zumbrota Community Band, Zumbrota $  9,310
Zumbrota Community Band will present annual concerts to the public and will have a presence in local communities' parades. It will also recruit new members for their artistic expression and enjoyment.


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