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All The World’s A Stage -William Shakespeare

MRAC TRIANNUAL NEWSLETTER January 2016 - May 2016 MRAC Triannual | Jan - May 2016

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DIRECTOR’S LETTER Dear Friends, There is widespread recognition of the proliferation of theater arts in Minnesota, and frequent per capita statistical reports compared to Chicago or New York of the number of theater companies and the number of tickets to theatrical performances sold. These data aside, MRAC serves approximately 45-50 groups presenting

theater, whose annual operating budgets are less than $400,000, and are located in the seven-county region. While none of our grant programs or arts management trainings are discipline-specific, we thought it would be interesting to provide a sampling of a few of these groups in this issue of our triannual newsletter. Jeff Prauer Executive Director Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

ABOUT MRAC Mission The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council increases access to the arts in 7-county metropolitan area communities by providing information, organizational support and grants.

Vision We believe that the arts strengthen communities, and stimulate diversity of expression, communication, and commemoration of communities and cultures, and that all people should have opportunities to engage in the arts. Accordingly, MRAC’s vision for the region is that: Artists, arts organizations, and arts activities

thrive. Art is integrated into the social fabric and identity of every community. Public value of the arts is understood and acted upon by community members, leaders and policy makers.

Goals MRAC will provide grant applicants and other constituents with clear, thorough, prompt and respectful service and assistance. MRAC will maintain transparent decisionmaking processes, and accessible public information. MRAC’s programs and services will reflect its Mission, and achieve its Vision.

Service The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council serves nonprofit arts

organizations, informal arts groups, community education, and non-arts nonprofit organizations with annual operating expenses under $400,000, and individual artists in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties. This region includes urban, suburban, and rural communities. While the region comprises only 4% of the state’s geography, its population is approximately 50% of the state’s total. As one of the 11 regional arts councils in Minnesota, MRAC’s funding is derived primarily from appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. MRAC also receives a generous grant from The McKnight Foundation. - See more at: mrac.org/about-us MRAC Triannual | Jan - May 2016

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ESPRESSO TALK Meet our Board Member

Jamil Jude is a freelance director and producer in the Twin Cities. He has directed locally and nationally, including local Theaters like Park Square Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Lakeshore Players, and Freshwater Theatre and has assistant director credits at the Guthrie Theater, Pillsbury House, Children’s Theatre Company and Mixed Blood Theatre to name a few. Jamil is the co-producer of the New Griots Black Arts Festival and a participant in the Leadership U: One-onOne program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.

Q: What is your current title, role, and involvement in Theater?

A. I am currently the Artistic Programming

A. I think I’ve always liked the idea of telling stories but I didn’t know you could still tell new stories through plays until I was in college. A football teammate of mine encouraged me to

Associate at Park Square Theatre. I am

audition for a play he wrote. I was inspired by his

responsible for providing assistance to the artistic

ability to tell such a moving and deeply personal

director on season planning, fundraising, and

story and the fact that he could immediately

strategic planning. Additionally, I lead a charge

affect an audience. I took up writing and directing

to identify new plays for Park Square Theatre to

plays after that and haven’t looked back.

produce.

Q: How did you get involved in Theater?

Q: What was your first solo directed production?

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I wrote about injustices in the legal system called

with the smaller companies doing the engaging and

Ballard v. State. As a professional, my first directing

inclusive work. This will only strengthen the theatre

credit was for a production of “for colored girls who

community, and our greater Twin Cities community,

have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.”

as well.

Q: What does Theater mean to you?

Q: What’s the best kept secret about Theater?

A. Theater, for me, is an opportunity to spend time with humanity. It inspires me to think more

A. That it is the best therapist you could ask for!

critically about my role in society and encourages

Sometimes we can’t identify our own faults until

me to have more of an active role in creating the

they are projected back at us. The theater has always

world I want to live in. I believe theater can teach us

been a great mirror for humanity. I’ve learned so

empathy--and with that, we can all move toward our

much about myself, and the person I want to be, by

own paths of self-actualization.

sitting in a dark theatre, in comfortable seats, seeing

Q: Is Theater in the Twin Cities diverse?

A. Theater in the Twin Cities isn’t as diverse as I would like it to be, especially in the regional theater

the best and worst parts of me projected back from the stage.

Q: What has been your biggest regret in your career thus far?

model. There are great, culturally diverse theater

A. I regret not taking more time to tell my mentors

pieces popping up here, but most of the work is

how much they’ve meant to me. I’m doing a better

being done by companies not on the regional theater

job of it now, but I for a while spent time dwelling on

map. As someone who grew up in that environment,

what they didn’t do for me as opposed to what they

that troubles me. There is a lot of aesthetic diversity,

have done for me. I am working on that now.

which is exciting, but that isn’t enough. When we don’t aspire to having diverse stories, told from the full spectrum of experiences, especially those by people of color, we all lose. We deny ourselves a chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes. We miss out on a chance to connect, viscerally, with a story that isn’t our own--a

Q: In three words, describe what Theater means to you?

A. Creating, Dynamic, Empathy. Q: In your own words, how do you define MRAC?

chance to stretch our empathy muscles. A. MRAC allows artists, communities, and

Q: What are some equality and diversity efforts that you would like to incorporate in the Theater world? A. As someone who advocates for diversity and

organizations to embrace the power of the arts and use that power to better themselves and the world around them. Interviewed by: Raeisha Williams, MRAC Communications & Events Coordinator

inclusion, I challenge organizations to look outside of their current circles. Clearly, the methods they have employed to this point still aren’t producing diverse seasons. I challenge organizations to partner MRAC Triannual | Jan - May 2016

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SQUARELY ROOTED IN THE THEATER

Photos for this article courtesy of Park Square Theatre

When Director Paul Mathey founded Park Square Theatre, it was fate that current Artistic Director, Richard Cook, was around in those early days to engineer the vision of this now staple institution into the future. It isn’t a far leap from open mics and poetry readings to full, live-action theater presentations. However familiar the two, the difficulty always comes in funding such a leap and Mathey, a disabled veteran, held limited resources in 1974. The then tiny 88-seat space, lofted on the 2nd floor of the Minnesota Public Radio building was largely financed through Mathey’s war pension and some small grants. The Park Square Theatre was uniquely centered to introduce and enrich the Twin Cities through their passion for rich, accessible theater experiences in an ever-evolving culture. “People line up for hours before the show and it’s on a first come, first served basis. The 99-cent preview allows everyone an opportunity to see a show,” said Cook. “The ‘Theater for you’ motto is that we want that ‘you’ to apply to as broad of a range as possible.” Park Square Theatre's cooperative spirit is what’s kept it afloat in those early years. The group is strengthened by a healthy, reciprocal relationship with local artistic and philanthropic communities. Written by: Angela McDowell, Contributing Writer

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"Paul Mathey took the organization nonprofit. He would do Harold Pinter plays. It was a very sophisticated merging of new and classic work. I was invited in the first season as a production designer for a Shakespeare play and given a $500 budget. I was assisting Paul and I became artistic director in 1980. Paul was on disability from his military service. I needed a salary. I could afford to participate as volunteer for a while but not forever. The first grant I received from MRAC was really substantial in those days."- Richard Cook. The performing arts community traditionally relies on support of the community it serves. Combined with grants like that from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Park Square Theatre has kept its doors open for decades to provide quality entertainment. This is no small feat for any small theater company and Artistic Director and founding member Cook understands how to maintain important relationships with groups like MRAC. "MRAC always makes its decisions based on the needs of the artists on the ground. We wouldn’t have grown to the size where we were eligible for state funding if we hadn’t had support of the last couple of decades from MRAC. There was United Arts Fund which no longer exists. But that was the only place [MRAC] where the public arena could get funding. They were one of two great resources. It’s very grassroots; it’s hard work. The state funding and the funding from MRAC is paramount to all the arts organizations."- Richard Cook. In the forthcoming season, The Park Square Theatre is slated to present an adaptation of the iconic Soul singer Nina Simone’s song, Four Women. The play will feature Minneapolis-based talent Regina Williams and tell the story of a range of women of African descent. “I started listening to her music and recordings,” Cook remarks, “and she had so many different voices. Our cast of four women are four of the most amazing singers. Simone’s story is an amazing one of not only the Civil Rights Movement

and feminism but of her own battles with her own mental problems. She is just a really complicated woman.” Tickets to Park Square Theatre productions range from 99-cent previews to $60 and can be purchased for a single show or per season online or at the box office. It is important to also note that there are special discounts for audiences under age 40 and teenagers. “We talk about being quote unquote relevant but the challenges in performance arts are the same as our society as a whole,” Cook laments. “I’ll be retiring fairly soon and it’s really important that I leave Park Square Theatre firmly planted in the 21st century. It’s our marching orders to learn to hear and speak some new languages so that our past users still find it exciting to spend their time there.” MRAC Triannual | Jan - May 2016

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FULL CIRCLE THEATER Photos for this article courtesy of Full Circle Theater

There is a new theater company dedicated to diversifying the theater community in the Twin Cities! It is Full Circle Theater, brought to us by the artistic leadership circle Rick Shiomi, Martha Johnson, James Williams, Lara Trujillo, and Stephanie Lein Walseth. They created the company because they felt that the Twin Cities really needed a theater company that dealt with diversity in all of its aspects.

Rick Shiomi, co-director and artistic leadership member, was excited to talk about Full Circle Theater’s mission “to produce heartfelt, groundbreaking theater that artfully addresses issues of diversity and social justice for 21st century audiences.” Shiomi, passionate about the cause, says that FCT believes diversity itself is an issue of social justice. And they definitely push the boundaries of diversity! In addition to uplifting visions of artists of color in performance, writing, and creative processes, Shiomi says FCT also promotes diversity by incorporating intergenerational collaboration (exploring all stages of development), the female glare (the feminist response to the male gaze), and disabled people’s stories. As Shiomi says of FCT, “Diversity is in our DNA.” The theater, now a certified nonprofit, produced their first

play with the help of MRAC’s grant. Theater: A Sacred Passage, written by the artistic leadership circle and directed by Shiomi, is an emotional narrative piece made up of monologues, short scenes, and choreography that deeply explores each artist’s identity and personal coming-of-age story. People have said of it: “[It was] a tapestry of human experience and exploration of diversity,” “It was wonderful. It told of the shame people feel as a minority,” and, from Gordon Nakagawa, a consultant on diversity, “[most interesting is its] uncompromising ‘fronting’ of difference, oppression, power, and Otherness.” It will get a second run this spring in a larger production. And for future shows? Full Circle Theater is at this moment searching for compelling pieces written either locally or nationally. Written by: Ariel Zitny, Contributing Writer

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BARE BONES Photos for this article courtesy of BareBones Productions

There is something powerful about seeing large scale objects in the night. Since 1993, Twin Cities audiences have witnessed the dynamic evolution of BareBones Productions and the community-spun theatrics of the Minneapolis-based 501(c)(3) performing arts nonprofit. The name speaks volumes to the group’s grassroots approach to artistic expression. It’s hard to believe The Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza has transformed from the days of guerilla-style shows dared in the 1990’s crisp Minnesotawintered nights, to the current fully-permitted high-flying, fiery spectacles at Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul every evening of Halloween season. (Yes. Actual fire. This isn’t your Friday afternoon daycare marionette show. We’re talking exaggerated Viking figurines clashing with live action giants kicking dust to grapple for the skull of…well, some questions are better left unanswered.) MRAC Triannual | Jan - May 2016

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Some may also agree that certain creatures are better left unimagined and unrealized, but these folks may not want to attend a community kick-off workshop for The Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza that has, since its inception, sought to highlight the circle of life by celebrating the culmination of the Fall. These workshops are where the storyboard is collectively painted with enough colors and creatures to weave a stream of consciousness into an exaggerated live-action show. “In the performance there is always a space for people to call the names of their beloved that died,” explains two-year Co-Artistic Director Madeline Helling. “Public workshops run from August to October for the community to give as much input as they would like. The workshops are about the community coming together to create something far bigger than anything they could do on their own. It really is a pretty intimate community that’s created for that time period. It’s a place for someone to talk about death and grief.” If this sounds like a hugely sacrificial undertaking for a community-based puppet theater troupe, then the three main ingredients may have not been considered. BareBones Productions inevitably keeps in step with the heartbeat of the Twin Cities as they appropriate the efforts of over 250 local artists, musicians, technicians, ushers, puppeteers and other skilled volunteers.

Volunteer and Grant Writer Brent Harring explains how Board Member Angie Courchaine rose from humble beginnings with the organization. “Angie Courchaine started as a painfully shy volunteer but she was always building something. As a volunteer she wasn’t dancing, she was building stuff. Angie is one of those people that just shows up.” When something needs to be done she’s been someone doing it. Harring continued, “The name BareBones comes out of this reality that you can make a puppet out of scavenges and newspaper. You’re taking salvaged garbage and recyclables and repurposing stuff that at its root is very expensive and with this analog technology you can achieve things of scale.” That’s right! This goes for the rusty water barrel in granny’s backyard collecting rain for birds that have already flown south by the time BareBones’ volunteers come rummaging for The Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza that runs for five shows during the Halloween season. In addition to The Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza held at Hidden Falls Park that comes complete with a free community meal from not-for-profit sustainable food activists group Sisters Camelot, BareBones has also produced five annual Winter Pageants on ice and snow, five summertime Dumpster Duels performances where they competed using their customary scavenged materials to create customary themed characters, and also several outdoor puppet shows including Raven Steals the Sun. Written by: Angela McDowell, Contributing Writer

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MRAC ANNOUNCEMENTS Arts Midwest is announcing an ArtsLab

information about the application process

peer learning community for performing

will be available at: artslab.artsmidwest.org/

arts organizations in the seven county

programs/peer-learning-communities If

metropolitan area surrounding Minneapolis

you have any questions regarding involvement,

and St. Paul.

please contact:

Focused on building resilient business models,

Sharon Rodning Bash, ArtsLab Program

this ArtsLab opportunity will take place from

Director at:

July through November 2016. More detailed

sharon@artsmidwest.org.

2016 Artist Fellowships @ Franconia Sculpture Park

Each artist undergoes a transformation, leaving with a renewed focus, new skills, and lifelong connections.

Franconia Sculpture Park is now accepting applications for our 2016 artist opportunities! Located on 43-acres in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, 45 miles northeast of Minneapolis/ St. Paul, MN, USA. Franconia offers a place where artists live, create, and exhibit threedimensional artwork. Artists push themselves to achieve new visions at Franconia, beyond what they ever thought was possible.

The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) seeks proposals from local creatives for design and fabrication of custom amenities to be placed in the public right-of-way along West Broadway Business Improvement District. Artists and designer teams are invited to apply to produce one or more of the following

With the launch of the National Endowment for the Arts’ 50th anniversary on September 29, Chairman Jane Chu announced the initiative Creativity Connects. This initiative will show how the arts are central to the country’s creativity ecosystem, investigate how support systems for the arts have changed, explore how the arts connect with other industries, and invest in innovative projects to spark new ideas for the arts field. An important component of this initiative is a pilot grant opportunity that will support partnerships between nonprofit

For complete residency details and application instructions, visit Franconia’s website: franconia.org Contact John Hock with questions: info@franconia.org (651) 257-6668 Deadline: February 6, 2016

types of infrastructure: sidewalk benches; bicycle racks; recycling and trash receptacles; informational kiosks; and sidewalk planters. RFP Workshop 12/9, 6:30-8pm, Submit Intent to Apply, December 15, 2015; Proposal Deadline, January 13, 2016. Read more here.

arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors which include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology. Questions should be directed to: CreativityConnectsGrants@arts.gov The application deadline is March 3, 2016 and a webinar about applying for these grants will take place on January 27. MRAC Triannual | Jan - May 2016

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CHASKA FAMILY THEATRE

Photos for this article courtesy of Chaska Family Theater

FAMILIES. INSPIRATION. THEATER. The holiday season beckons for togetherness. It is realized that above all, family is the most imperative focus. There also lies the recognition that the smallest of ideas or notions can be life changing. In some ways, the best gifts are extracted from within. If anyone has been looking for creative activities in which the entire family can participate throughout the year, look no farther than Chaska Valley Family Theatre, who has set a strong foundation and exemplified the viability of the live experience since 1995. The idea of keeping it family friendly and oriented formed through a reunion and meeting of the minds of some former Chaska High School performing arts students who wanted to involve their own families into their art. Productions include an arra y of musicals such as “Shrek: The Musical” and “Little Women: The Musical.” Local talent and family groups are encouraged to be actors, creating everlasting memories and bonds that may not exist otherwise.

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President Bill Coldwell, who has worked diligently for the organization for the past 16 years, has “been hooked since high school,” and honors the opportunity to impact the lives of those he works with through theater. This organization has kept uppermost the ideal of affordability while providing unmatched artistry to patrons, performers, production staff, and volunteers, who President Coldwell feels are the major portion of how the playhouse functions. “We want to get the most out of people,” Coldwell said, expressing the tremendous appreciation for the time and effort committed by his team members. Treasurer Courtney Pernat, hailing from the Iron Range, has watched her high school age daughter grow into herself as a performer for nearly six years. Mrs. Pernat has spent many of those years working in the box office, evolving with the times, but maintaining accessibility as a primary focus in the coming seasons. She speaks of love and appreciation for the entire team, noting that working with her daughter “is really unlike any other feeling.” This playhouse has adjusted well to the digital age as they use social media platforms to entice and engage with actors and dancers. Mrs. Pernat is looking forward to expanding important programming, such as Dragonfly--a split, two week summer camp beginning in August, which nurtures the passions of the youth that are involved and allows them to shine. Dragonfly also spotlights a director who often debuts new work. Courtney Pernat and Bill Coldwell are excited about the new talent and shows to come, hoping to motivate the right individuals to commit their talents and time. Their current production, “A Christmas Story: The Musical” should bring warmth and invigorate the holidays for all. Chaska Valley Family Theatre continues to give immensely to the Twin Cities by modeling the importance of family in a time where there may be noticeable static in connections. They inspire families to challenge themselves, and most of all, to enjoy each other, together. Written by: Shaunte' Douglas, Contributing Writer

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ARTS AND CULTURE FUNDER DEADLINE CALENDAR The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Arts, Culture, and History Funder Deadline Calendar is a free 24/7 calendar of funders deadlines during the next three months.

Questions?

Funders—both resident and non-resident funders—included in this Calendar award grants to Minnesota Metro Area arts, culture, and history organizations.

Grants opportunities not profiled in the Arts

The database associated with this calendar provides detailed information on 400+ funders, including financial data, contacts, giving priorities, sample grants, application procedures and giving history.

Steve Paprocki at Access Philanthropy (4info@ accessphilanthropy.com).

& Culture Database are linked to their related websites. A list of funders for February 2016 is displayed here, for the full calendar with details and links please visit: funders.accessphilanthropy.com/clients/mrac

FEBRUARY 2016 February 1

February 12

February 25

Best Buy Foundation, Bradley Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Securian Foundation, Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Trust for Mutual Understanding

Bank of America, Minnesota State Arts Board

National Endowment for the Humanities, Workshops for School Teachers NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes

February 2 National Endowment for the Humanities, National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

February 15 Bay and Paul Foundations, BMI

February 26

February 17

Sustainable Arts Foundation

National Endowment for Humanities

February 27

February 18

City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program

February 3

National Endowment for the Arts

St. Croix Valley Foundation

February 20

Gannett Foundation

February 6

Eden Prairie Community Foundation

February 29

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

February 10

February 24

February 28

USA Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Pohlad Family Foundation

Kinder Morgan Foundation

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STAFF KELLY AFFELDT

GREG NIELSEN

Program Associate

Program Director

JEFF PRAUER

BOB BURNS

Executive Director

Program Director

RAEISHA WILLIAMS

KATIE KAUFMANN Grants and Operations Coordinator

Communications and Events Coordinator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers

Members

PETER LEGGETT, President

Julie Andersen

Tom Moffatt

SHELLY CHAMBERLAIN, Vice President

Jill Anfang

Kathy Mouacheupao

DAYNA MARTINEZ, Treasurer

Bethany Brunsell

Adam Napoli-Rangel

Marisol Chiclana-Ayala

Heather Rutledge

Anthony Galloway

Andrea Sjogren

Jamil Jude

Melissa Wright

DAMEUN STRANGE, Secretary

Tricia Khutoretsky Colleen McLaughlin

CONTRIBUTORS

ESPRESSO TALK - Raeisha Williams BAREBONES PRODUCTION, SQUARE PARK THEATRE - Angela McDowell FULL CIRCLE THEATER - Ariel Zitny CHASKA FAMILY THEATRE - Shaunte' Douglas GRAPHIC DESIGNER - Genesia Williams COPY EDITOR - Rachel Wannarka

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MRAC FY16 Deadlines FY16 GRANT DEADLINES The application process for all grant programs is now

ONLINE ONLY

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date. Dates are subject to change. Guidelines and link to the application may be found at www.mrac.org  

Program Name Arts Activities Support Round I Arts Activities Support Round II Community Arts Round I Community Arts Round II Organizational Development

Capital Arts Learning Round I Arts Learning Round II Management Consulting Fund Management Training Fund Emergency Accessibility

Panel Review

4:30 P.M. July 13, 2015

Week of Sept. 14, 2015

Sept. 23, 2015

Bob Burns 651.523.6386 Greg Nielsen 651.523.6381

4:30 P.M. April 11, 2016

Week of June 20, 2016

June 29, 2016

Bob Burns 651.523.6386 Greg Nielsen 651.523.6381

4:30 P.M. Oct. 5, 2015

Week of Dec. 7, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Bob Burns 651.523.6386 Greg Nielsen 651.523.6381

4:30 P.M. Jan. 11, 2016

Week of March 14, 2016

March 23, 2016

Bob Burns 651.523.6386 Greg Nielsen 651.523.6381

4:30 P.M. Aug. 31, 2015

Week of Nov. 16, 2015

Nov. 25, 2015

Shannon Forney 651.523.6391

4:30 P.M. Aug. 31, 2015

Week of Nov. 16, 2015

Nov 25, 2015

Shannon Forney 651.523.6391

4:30 P.M. Nov. 9, 2015

Week of Jan. 18, 2016

Jan. 27, 2016

Jeff Prauer 651.523.6390

4:30 P.M. March 7, 2016

Week of May 16, 2016

May 25, 2016

Jeff Prauer 651.523.6390

4:30 P.M. Last business day of the month

Reviewed monthly

One complete month after submission

Shannon Forney 651.523.6391

Minimum 2 weeks before proposed training

Reviewed weekly

Reimbursement program

Shannon Forney 651.523.6391

Minimum 10 days before proposed project

Reviewed weekly

Reimbursement program

Shannon Forney 651.523.6391

11:59 P.M. March 7, 2016

Week of June 13, 2016

June 29, 2016

Bob Burns 651.523.6386 Greg Nielsen 651.523.6381

Awardees selected by the MRAC Board of Directors

Awards presented at the MRAC annual meeting in July 2016

Shannon Forney 651.523.6391

Program Type

Project support up to $10,000 for arts activities in all disciplines

Project support up to $10,000 for arts activities in all disciplines

Project support up to $5,000

targeting first time applicants, volunteer & community-based efforts

Project support up to $5,000

targeting first time applicants, volunteer & community-based efforts

Organizational support up to $10,000 designed to strengthen management or administration of nonprofit arts groups

Organizational support up to $10,000 to purchase equipment, supplies, or make capital improvements

Arts Learning support up to

$10,000 for arts education in all disciplines

Arts Learning support up to

$10,000 for arts education in all disciplines

Consulting support up to $1,500 for focused and targeted management projects

Training support up to $600 annually May be split among group members

Access support up to $600 annually for unforeseen project costs to facilitate access for persons with disabilities

Individual Artist support

Next Step Fund up to $5,000 for career advancement Arts Achievement Award  

Excellence $5,000 award for 2

Nominations due 4:30 P.M.

arts organizations that exemplify MRAC’s mission, vision, and values

Earliest Project Start Date

Application Deadline

April 11, 2016

Program Director(s)

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