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January 30, 2013 

For Immediate Release
Mara Miller
(651) 523-6384

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) Awards 215,730
in Arts Learning Grants to 23 Organizations
On January 29, 2013, MRAC awarded 215,730 to 23 organizations in the first round of its FY 2013 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts. MRAC's goals for the Arts Learning grant program are to cultivate creativity and deepen knowledge of and/or through the arts for children, youth, and adults by engaging people in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. The Arts Learning grant program is a direct result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. All applications go through a competitive peer review panel process. The MRAC board of directors makes the final decisions on all panel recommendations.


The following is a list of awarded projects sorted by the county of affiliation. Organization websites are included when available as a way to get more information about the groups and awarded projects. 


Carver County


Chaska Valley Family Theater                  $10,000

Funding for a Puppet Design Learning program for teens and young adults in conjunction with the theatre's summer 2013 production of Seussical.


Dakota County


Caponi Art Park                   $9,950

Funding for the 2013 Family Fun Tuesdays program of 13 weekly interactive performances and workshops for inter-generational audiences during summer 2013.


Vecchione/Erdahl Duo                  $9,100

Funding for a series of five one-hour programs exploring music and music-literature for audiences at seven senior centers from February through July 2013.


Hennepin County


20% Theatre Company Twin Cities                    $10,000

Funding for the 2013 Apprenticeship Program, which will match high school or college participants with professional theatre mentors for two main stage productions.


Community Celebration of Place             $8,618

Funding for an Elders' Wisdom, Children's Song residency with seventh grade students at Sanford Middle School in Minneapolis from March to June 2013.


Copper Street Brass Quintet                     $10,000

Funding for performances, master classes, and lessons for band students at Northeast and Anwatin Middle Schools in Minneapolis during the 2013 - 2014 school year.


Flying Foot Forum              $10,000

Funding for dance and music residencies at three St. Paul schools: Monroe Community School, the Creative Arts High School, and Highland Park High School. Students will have the opportunity to perform in Flying Foot Forum's 2014 premiere of ALICE.


Kulture Klub Collaborative                       $10,000

Funding for youth experiencing homelessness to build a sound sculpture in the Archdale community art garden under the direction and guidance of Franconia Sculpture Park artists during summer 2013.


Link Vostok              $10,000

Funding for professional dance artists, choreographers, and performers to take workshops and master classes with Italian based Company Blu during the Mississippi/Volga V Dance Festival in July 2013.


Open Eye Figure Theatre               $9,800

Funding for a three-week summer camp for 25 neighborhood youth in the Phillips community of South Minneapolis to learn puppetry, performance, and collaboration in an accessible, hands-on learning environment.


St. Stephen's Human Services                   $10,000

Funding for the zAmya Theater Project to provide Forum Theater training to its members in an effort to deepen their skills in theater for social change and engage audiences at the Opportunity Center in a theatrical conversation about homelessness.


Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater                      $10,000

Funding for the Family Albums Project, a two-week residency with fourth and fifth grade students at Garden City Elementary School in Brooklyn Center that will culminate in a public performance in May 2013.


Studio 206                $10,000

Funding for Train at 206 Summer Intensive, a physical theatre training series in June 2013 at Studio 206 in the Ivy Building for the Arts in Minneapolis.


Young Dance, Inc.                $10,000

Funding for Integrated Dance Workshops designed to engage dancers with and without disabilities to redefine dance for the local community. The classes and integrated dance workshops will be conducted between February and December 2013.


Ramsey County


ArtStart                     $10,000

Funding for "River EcoJourneys," a series of eight, five-day school residencies featuring storytelling, drumming, dance, and the creation of puppets and masks. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the EcoArts Festival on May 18, 2013 at Harriet Island in St. Paul.


Deborah Elias Danza Espanola                 $9,730

Funding for a series of residencies in flamenco dance, music, and culture at seven elementary schools from February through May 2013. Each residency will culminate in a community celebration.


Magic Lantern Puppet Theater                 $4,392

Funding for color shadow-puppet residencies with local Hmong artist May Lee-Yang, author of the book Imaginary Day, at Phalen Elementary, Hmong International Academy, and Four Seasons Elementary Schools in Ramsey County.


Sounds of Hope, Ltd.                      $10,000

Funding for Sounds of Hope youth to conduct a 25-week percussion and movement residency with seniors at Sholom Home care facilities in St. Paul.


Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation- Calibre Ridge       $5,000

Funding for a two-week summer arts program during which artists from Barebones Productions will lead youth from Calibre Ridge affordable housing development in building animal puppets from African fables that will culminate in a community event in June 2013.


Walker West Music Academy                  $10,000

Funding for the 2013 Summer Music Enrichment Program, a day camp for 35 students ages 5 to 12. The program will culminate in a public performance on July 25, 2013 at the Hallie Q. Brown Center in St. Paul.


Women's Writing Program                      $10,000

Funding for creative writing and spoken word workshops for women incarcerated at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility. The women will author four chapbooks, which will be produced by Saint Paul Almanac and placed in the Saint Paul Public Library collection.


Suburban Ramsey County


Keane Sense of Rhythm                  $9,140

Funding for after-school tap dance training at Mississippi Magnet, Folwell Elementary and St. Paul Music Academy between February and June 2013.


Lakeshore Players, Inc.                 $10,000

Funding for the 22nd Annual Summer Youth Program, a three-week summer musical camp for 40 youth ages 8 to 12 culminating in a one-act musical performance of Willy Wonka, and a five-week summer camp for 30 teens ages 13 to 18 culminating in a public production of Alice in Wonderland.



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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