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December 19, 2012

For Immediate Release
Mara Miller
(651) 523-6384

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) Awards $287,974
in Community Arts Grants to 61 Organizations
On December 18, 2012, MRAC awarded $287,974 to 61 organizations/projects in the first round of its FY 2013 Community Arts grant program. The organizations and projects chosen demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a connection to a community. This round's funded projects include: early childhood music classes in Anoka County, a literary and performing arts event in Carver County, three coffee concert recitals in Dakota County, a juried art competition in Scott County, a Hip-Hop festival in Washington County and many other theater, art, and music events/projects around the 7-county metro area.  

The Community Arts grant program utilizes a block grant system to ensure funds are distributed broadly in the seven counties in MRAC's service area.  The following is a list of this round's grant recipients sorted by the county of activity that includes award amounts, project summaries, and links to the grantees' websites when available. Please note that the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are separated from the surrounding suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey counties.  

Anoka County


Musikgarten of Anoka                                $5,000

Funding for winter and spring sessions of early childhood music classes in the northwestern suburbs for children up to six-years-old and their families.


Northern Symphony Orchestra                            $3,380

Funding for two concerts as part of the orchestra's 2012-2013 season. Performances will take place at Anoka High School in February and June 2013.


Carver County


ISD 108 Community Education                            $5,000

Funding for a Music in the Park series of eight performances on Thursday evenings in Norwood Young America during summer 2013.


ISD 112 Community Education                            $5,000

Funding for Hooked on Books... and the Arts, too!, a one-day literary and performing arts event featuring author and illustrator Keiko Kasza at Chaska High School in February 2013.


River City Theatre Company                                 $5,000

Funding for performances of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center in September 2013.


Dakota County


Burnsville Visual Arts Society                             $4,800

Funding for Art Fete, a juried visual arts exhibition featuring a free opening reception and awards ceremony. The exhibition will be shown at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center Gallery in March 2013.


Chamber Music Lakeville                          $4,750

Funding for three Coffee Concert Recitals featuring The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo & Friends, CRASH Music in Motion, and Bell' Alma Duo. The concerts will take place at the Lakeville Area Arts Center from February through May 2013.


Chameleon Theatre Circle                                   $5,000
Funding for half of its 2013 season consisting of Completely Hollywood, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. The performances will take place at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center from February through May 2013.


Eagan Men's Chorus                                   $2,308

Funding for 13 concerts at assisted living and senior housing facilities, and Associated Male Chorus of America events in Dakota County from January through June 2013.     


Exultate                                 $5,000

Funding for three performances of Mozart's Grand Mass in C Minor featuring 50 additional musicians to the chamber choir and orchestra. The concerts will take place in Minneapolis, Woodbury, and Arden Hills in March 2013.


International Festival of Burnsville                                $5,000

Funding for the International Festival of Burnsville featuring cultural displays of art, traditional dress, ethnic foods, and music and dance performances. The festival will be held at Nicollet Commons Park and the Burnsville Performing Arts Center in July 2013.


Rosemount Area Arts Council                             $5,000

Funding for the Rosemount Bluegrass and Americana Festival, a three-day event held in Rosemount's Central Park in July 2013.


South Metro Chorale                                  $5,000

Funding for two performances of Schubert Meets Copland, a concert featuring Franz Schubert's Mass in G and Aaron Copland's Old American Songs, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bloomington and All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville in May 2013.


Velvet Tones                                    $5,000

Funding for nine vocal performances for groups with limited arts access. The performances will take place in the greater metropolitan area between January and June 2013.


Hennepin County


20% Theatre Company Twin Cities                                $5,000

Funding to produce and stage the world premiere of Changes in Time, by E.B. Boatner. Performances will be held at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage in May 2013.


Bells of the Lakes                            $5,000

Funding to perform five handbell concerts of music ranging from classical to pop. The free public concerts will take place at five metro area venues between February and April 2013.


Cleveland Neighborhood Association                            $5,000

Funding for Live On the Drive, a free concert series held on Victory Memorial Drive in North Minneapolis celebrating the diverse talents of the community. The series will consist of three concerts held on the second Thursday of June, July, and August 2013.


Eclectic Edge Ensemble                             $5,000

Funding for their Tenth Anniversary Concert, featuring both new and reworked choreography in collaboration with four local composers. Performances will take place at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis in July 2013.


EDIT                           $4,750

Funding for Awareness through Performance, a 16-week program for 15-20 youth participants who will research, design, develop and implement a performance based on social justice issues of their choosing. The program will culminate in a performance in May 2013.


Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra                                    $5,000

Funding for three distinct symphony orchestra programs resulting in six live performances. The free public performances will be held at several metro area locations between February and June 2013.


Magic Lantern Puppet Theater                             $5,000

Funding to re-envision and perform a Spanish-version, color shadow puppet show titled, Nalah y el Tigre Rosa. Performances will take place at Latino social service sites, the Hennepin County Public Libraries, and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in April and May 2013.


Minneapolis Southside Singers                            $5,000

Funding to present 20 free concerts to under-served audiences across the seven-county metropolitan area during the 2013 calendar year.


Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault                             $5,000

Funding for a series of three storytelling workshops using theater, movement and literary arts for 36 members of HOPE (Honoring Our Personal Experiences). Workshops will be held at DevJam Studios in South Minneapolis between February and May 2013.


Minnesota Spoken Word Association                            $5,000

Funding to conduct a three-part series of workshops for urban youth exploring the spoken word poetry technique and history, while opening a gateway for them to write, perform and celebrate their personal narratives. The workshops will culminate in a public performance at the Brian Coyle Community Center in April 2013.


Out Twin Cities Film Festival                               $5,000

Funding for the 2013 Out Twin Cities Film Festival, a safe and supportive event for artists and audiences to view and discuss GLBTQ inspired films and the ideas presented in them. Screenings will take place at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis in May and June 2013.


Patrick's Cabaret                             $4,500

Funding for the creation of a new series of evening performances for spoken word artists and singer/songwriters. The three nights of performances will take place between February and June 2013 at the Cabaret.


Photography at the Center                         $5,000

Funding for a photography program for Native American high school students. Students will partner with mentors to study the history of Native American portraits, and to learn the technical and artistic skills necessary to create their own photographs. The program will take place in the spring of 2013.


South Sixteenth Hijinks                             $5,000

Funding for the annual Powderhorn Artsled Rally, a free winter celebration with sled-making workshops and sled art to be held at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis in January 2013.


The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists                         $5,000

Funding to present Sticks and Stones: Music for Percussion and Choir, two public concerts exploring rarely performed contemporary compositions from around the world. Performances will take place in February 2013.


Twin Cities Carifest                                    $5,000

Funding for Carifest, a family-friendly festival featuring Caribbean music, storytelling, dance, cuisine, and a Carnival-style parade that will take place in Minneapolis in July 2013.


Whittier Alliance                            $5,000

Funding for Artists in Storefronts, a three-month display of public art works in vacant or underused storefronts along the "Eat Street" commercial corridor in the Whittier Neighborhood. The installations will be on display between June and September 2013.


Workhaus Playwrights Collective                                   $5,000

Funding to produce and stage the premiere of Buried Treasure, by local playwright Alan Berks. Performances will take place at The Playwrights' Center in April 2013


Ramsey County


Crow With No Mouth Promotions                                  $5,000

Funding for a 12-concert series presenting composers and performers working in contemporary electro-acoustic improvisation. The concerts will be held at Studio Z in St. Paul between March and December 2013.


Friends of Swede Hollow (FOSH)                                   $5,000

Funding for the annual Art in the Hollow, a one-day multidisciplinary outdoor arts festival in June 2013.


Hamline Midway Coalition                                   $5,000

Funding for the Hamline Midway Hartwood Festival, a free all-day event featuring local bands, theater performances, visual arts, food vendors, civic engagement opportunities, and resources for residents. The festival will take place at Newell Park in St. Paul in June 2013.


Ladyslipper Baroque                                 $5,000  

Funding for six free concerts in their 2012-2013 season, featuring baroque music infused with Jazz and Latin flavors. The concerts will take place at various venues in the metro area between February and May 2013.


Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company                              $5,000

Funding for Compulsion or the House Behind to be performed at Hillcrest Recreation Center in March 2013.


Minnesota Productions, Inc.                                 $5,000

Funding to produce and stage Visiting Mr. Green, by Jeff Baron at the Lowry Lab Theater in St. Paul in June 2013.


Minnesota State Band                                 $5,000

Funding for one ceremonial and seven formal concerts to be presented at a variety of metro area locations from March through November 2013.


Pan Asian Arts Alliance                             $5,000

Funding for a Pan-Asian arts/dance showcase at the Pan-Asian Arts Festival at the Landmark Center in St. Paul in May 2013.


Saint Paul Area Council of Churches                              $5,000

Funding for weekly art opportunities for families seeking shelter through Project Home. The activities will take place between January and May 2013.


Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation                                  $5,000

Funding for a two-week summer arts program for youth living at the Liberty Plaza affordable housing development in St. Paul. The program will feature artists from Barebones Productions and culminate in a community event in August 2013.


Twin Cities Show Chorus                          $5,000

Funding for I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, a musical theater performance and two Young Women In Harmony workshops. The performance will take place at St. Patrick's Church in St. Paul in April 2013.


Upper Midwest Flute Association                                   $5,000

Funding for Flute Fest, a one-day flute festival at Hamline University in April 2013.


YouthCARE                           $4,824

Funding for Camp CAMERA, an eight-week photography program pairing high school-aged youth with Macalester College photography students. The program will culminate in an exhibition of student work in spring 2013.


Scott County


Savage Arts Council                                    $4,800

Funding for the seventh annual Juried Art Competition and Show, a visual arts exhibition for both professional and amateur visual artists. The artwork will be displayed throughout the community of Savage in April and May 2013.


Suburban Hennepin County


After 5                                   $1,905

Funding for Live Music 2013, six performances with a variety of musical styles presented to communities with limited arts access in the seven-county metro area between December and August 2013.


Hopkins Westwind Concert Band                                   $3,796

Funding for its 30th Pearl Anniversary Season and a special anniversary performance in June 2013.


Music Association of Minnetonka                                   $5,000

Funding for four young people's concerts focused on building children's familiarity with instruments in the orchestra. The concerts will be presented at Colonial Church of Edina and Minnetonka United Methodist Church in February and at Minnetonka City Hall in October 2013.


Orono Community Education                               $5,000

Funding for Giraffes Can't Dance - a book comes to life, featuring multidisciplinary arts activities for children ages three to five. Activities will take place from January through May 2013 and will culminate with a showcase event at the Discovery Center in Maple Plain.


Twin Cities Youth Chorale                                    $5,000

Funding for Singing Lights the Fire, a children's choir festival featuring four metro area choirs at Beautiful Savior Church in Plymouth in March 2013.


Women of the West Quilt Guild                           $5,000

Funding for Pieces of Our Lives, the seventh biannual quilt show featuring quilts by the Women of the West Quilters, at the Plymouth Creek Center in October 2013.


Suburban Ramsey County


Harmonic Relief                              $5,000

Funding for Dynamic Duos, a two-hour choral show featuring songs written by duos. The performances will take place at the Maplewood Community Center in May 2013.


Honeywell Concert Band                           $3,000

Funding for 12 concerts presented at care centers, assisted living centers, senior housing complexes, and public parks between February and November 2013.


Lakeshore Players, Inc.                             $5,000

Funding for 17 performances of Seussical, The Musical at the Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake in April and May 2013.


North Suburban Chorus                            $5,000

Funding for 40 choral performances presented at nursing, healthcare, and retirement centers in the north suburban area from January through December 2013.


Roseville String Ensemble                                    $4,000

Funding for its Spring 2013 Concert featuring violinist Aaron Janse and including young musicians from the north suburban music community at Concordia Academy in Roseville in April 2013.


Three Rivers Park District - Silverwood Park                         $5,000

Funding for The Silverwood Park Summer Performance Series of twelve free concerts at the Silverwood Park outdoor amphitheater between May and September 2013.


Washington County


Encore Wind Ensemble                             $1,161

Funding for two free concerts, including one concert featuring local high school-aged musicians from Rosemount High School. The concerts will take place at metro area locations in March and April 2013.


FamilyMeans                                    $5,000

Funding for the Arts Exploration Workshop, free weekly art experiences in visual arts and hip hop dance for youth ages 5 to 18 in the mobile home community of Landfall. The art experiences will take place at the Teen Center from January through June 2013.


Paint on the Water: St. Croix Valley Hip Hop Festival                         $5,000

Funding for Paint on the Water: St. Croix Valley Hip Hop Festival, a one-day Hip-Hop event featuring aerosol art, B-Boy-ing, B-Girl-ing, MC-ing and DJ-ing at Lowell Park in Stillwater in September 2013.


About the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council


The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) serves nonprofit arts groups in the seven-county (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties) metropolitan area of Minnesota with annualized operating expenses less than  400,000. In FY 2012, MRAC received 840 applications and awarded 419 grants totaling  2,738,936 to arts organizations and/or projects including a grant to VSA Minnesota for its regranting program, the ADA Access Improvement Grants for Metro Arts Organizations. These grants were funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund, and by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. MRAC also received 366 applications from individual artists in the Next Step Fund program and awarded 32 grants totaling  155,900 with funds from The McKnight Foundation. MRAC also provided 32 arts management training sessions and 26 grant application workshops.

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