|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.
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.
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
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.