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April 24, 2013

For Immediate Release
Mara Miller
(651) 523-6384

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) Awards
  Creative Intersections Grants to Nine Organizations
MRAC's FY 2013 Creative Intersections grants will fund nine projects that will build and enrich communities through an engagement in the arts. MRAC's goals for the Creative Intersections program are to support innovative partnership projects that address a community challenge or leverage an opportunity within community for growth and enrichment. The Creative Intersections grant program is funded through the legislative appropriation for the arts and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment.

The following is a list of funded projects sorted by the county of affiliation. Please note that the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are separated from the surrounding suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey counties.

Hennepin County


Minneapolis Community Education                                15,000

Funding for a painted mural on Green Central School, involving students and community residents, as a bright declaration of neighborhood pride. Project Partners: We Win Institute, Tamales y Bicicletas, Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization, and Hosmer Library.


St. Stephen's Human Services                               15,000

Funding for theatrical workshops and performances that will bring downtown Minneapolis residents, businesses, employees, worshipers and homeless people together to explore perceptions and realities about homelessness. Project Partners: Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness and Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness.


Stevens Square Community Organization                                  15,000

Funding for the Summer Art Series, consisting of the Red Hot Arts festival, and Cinema and Civics in Stevens Park. Project Partners: Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board and Boiler Room/Nicollet Coffee Shop.


Upstream Arts, Inc.                                    9,219

Funding for an exhibition and activities to increase participation of young people with disabilities in the Stillwater area. Project Partners: ArtReach St. Croix and Valley Friendship Club.


Ramsey County


Arcata Press d.b.a. Saint Paul Almanac                             15,000

Funding for Soul Sounds Open Mic, a series of 48 weekly open mics that include a featured performer, and 12 writing workshops at the Golden Thyme Coffee Shop in St. Paul. Project Partners: Golden Thyme Coffee Shop and Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.


One Voice Mixed Chorus                           15,000

Funding for Minnesota Voices, a project to engage youth at three St. Paul high schools in performances, diversity training, music composition, and shared rehearsals to teach about diversity, challenge homophobia, and build community. Project Partners: Out for Equity, Community of Peace Academy, Creative Arts High School, and Open World Learning Community.


Suburban Hennepin County


Maple Grove Arts Center                           15,000

Funding for a public art installation project and a seven-week series of classes and events at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove. Project Partners: The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Hennepin County Library - Maple Grove, and Arbor Lakes Senior Living.


Suburban Ramsey County


COLLAGE                               10,000

Funding for Not in my Backyard: Hunger in the Suburbs, a variety of arts experiences designed to engage the community in a discussion on hunger. Project Partners: East Metro Women's Council, Century College, Lakeshore Players Theatre, White Bear Center for the Arts, and White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf.


Rosetown Playhouse                                  9,203

Funding for "How I Got Here," a series of original performances in which American and KaRen refugee teenagers create and perform the stories of their families' journeys to America. Project Partners: KaRen Organization of Minnesota and Roseville Parks and Recreation.


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. MRAC operates with funds from 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 receives a generous grant from The McKnight Foundation, which supports the Next Step Fund for individual artists program.

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