Feds set stage with funds for Minnesota arts groups

December 2, 2012 by  

The U.S. Federal Government, through the National Endowment for the Arts, has awarded grants totaling $877,500 to the State of Minnesota. The funding is to be divided among 28 organizations dedicated to arts and culture.

One of the big winners of will be Mixed Blood Theater Company, which will receive the highest grant. The Minneapolis theater group will receive the lion’s share – a total of $100,000 to be used in the creation of scripts and production for two plays and to take two bodies of commissioned pieces on the road.

An influx of cash for theater in Minneapolis is likely to mean marketing people will be looking for print companies to handle playbills and poster printing for new productions.

The next lucky arts group consists of small, independent publishers Graywolf Press, Milkweed Editions, and coffee House Press. Graywolf will receive $90,000 while the other two will receive $65,000 each. All are located in the Twin Cities area.

More well-known groups, such as the Minnesota Museum of American Art located in St. Paul, are slated to receive $60,000. This sum is to be used for an exhibition of the work of George Morrison – an aboriginal artist. The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts has $40,000 from the federal grant, which will be used to conduct research for a Delacroix exhibition – a co-presentation with the National Gallery in London, England. Also receiving a $40,000 check is the Minnesota Opera and VocalEssence – a local choir.

A complete list of recipients is available on the National Endowment for the Arts website.