2018 Round 1 Awardees

113
Chamber Opera Production with Quince Vocal Ensemble

113, in conjunction with the acclaimed Chicago-based Quince Vocal Ensemble, will present The Golden Ass (working title), a one-act 60-minute chamber opera for six vocalists with prerecorded electronics and visual projections at Nautilus Music Theater on June 22, 2019 in Lowertown Saint Paul, as well as a series of interactive community workshops about modern music written for the voice. Cultural STAR funds will support the vocalists' rehearsal and performance stipends.

113collective.com


Actors Theater of Minnesota
Expansion of Educational Programs

Actors Theater is seeking to implement a three-year plan to expand its educational program, The Creative Institute (CI), and grow The CI into a self-sustaining operation.  Cultural STAR funds will be used to hire a permanent, part-time director and additional instructors. 

actorsmn.org


African Economic Development Solutions
Little Africa Fest 2018

African Economic Development Solutions, a nonprofit seeking to build wealth and improve quality of life among African immigrants in the Twin Cities, will present the 2018 Little Africa Fest, an annual celebration of Saint Paul's Little Africa business and cultural district and creative placemaking initiative for connecting African immigrant business, art, culture, music and food to mainstream markets, and; Explore Africa, a new initiative. The goals of these events are to build and diversify audiences for African immigrant artists and business and build social cohesion.


American Composers Forum
Landmark to Lowertown Lunchtime Concert Series

American Composers Forum's Landmark to Lowertown Performance Series happens in public spaces in Downtown Saint Paul, meeting an unmet need for more free and accessible workday cultural experiences targeting the Downtown workforce and population. Project objectives include: infuse noontime/daytime Downtown Saint Paul's unlikely places with new music; make music accessible to Saint Paul artists, workers, students, and residents by intersecting with other cultural happenings and/or high pedestrian traffic zones; and increase awareness of the importance of cultural vitality in Saint Paul. Cultural STAR funds will compensate composers and performers.

composersforum.org


American Craft Council
American Craft Show - Let's Make

Let's Make, a program at the American Craft Show, enables ACC to collaborate with local artists and organizations, building lasting partnerships. These partnerships enhance audience appreciation for craft through onsite workshops and demonstrations. Located in the center of the Saint Paul show floor, Let's Make gives exposure to specific craft forms such as pottery, glass, wood turning, weaving, boat building, and more; and introduces the partnering organizations to new audiences. In turn, these partners leverage their own communities to drive more visitors to the show in support of the exhibiting artists. Cultural Star funds will expand marketing efforts through Let's Make to broaden and diversify audiences at the 2019 American Craft Show in Saint Paul.


Artspace Projects, Inc.
Northern Warehouse Updates

About 1.5 years ago, the Northern Warehouse Artists Lofts in Lowertown absorbed a group of displaced artists from Saint Paul's Jax building, which was sold for redevelopment. Artspace has co-managed the Northern Warehouse for nearly 30 years, and wishes to upgrade and professionalize the basement gallery space to remain high quality yet affordable for the local artists, now called the Lowertown Underground, it was designed to serve. Improvements include interior and exterior signage including wayfinding signs, professional gallery lighting, moveable gallery walls, museum-quality vitrines, and other amenities. Work would take place from May 2018 to May 2020.

artspace.org


ARTS-Us
Camp Timbuktu 2018

Camp Timbuktu is a 5-week camp that provides K-8th grade Saint Paul youth the opportunity to explore and create through the arts, build success in learning, engage in healthy mentoring relationships with adults and other youth working together creatively through the arts, and gain new skills for employing the arts for expression, communication and coping. This year, a new arts and healthy eating workshop will be included in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention.

arts-us.org


Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
Celebrating 15 Years of Music in Mears

It's a reset year when it comes to Music in Mears Park. The new iteration, Celebrating 15 Years of Music in Mears, continues to bring energy and revitalization to Lowertown Saint Paul. The 3-month series is a destination mainstay for music lovers and those who love spending time in a beautiful park within community. The Series takes place most Thursdays from June-August and serves as a music, food, and artisan showcase. Cultural STAR funds support the band budget and sound production.

mnbtyr.ng.mil


Center for Hmong Arts and Talent
Fresh Traditions Show

Fresh Traditions, a program under Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, is a culturally inspired fashion event at the Intercontinental Hotel on Sept. 21, 2018 featuring the creativity, originality, and quality of work inspired by traditional Hmong art. Prior to the fashion show, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent will hold a few meetings and gatherings that will connect fashion designers, business leaders, buyers and merchandisers together to have a conversation about elevating the profile and the art of Hmong inspired designed cultural and casual apparel. Cultural Star funds will pay for artistic contractors, rental fees, materials and promotions.

aboutchat.org


Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education
Jazz Artists in the Schools and Community

Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education's Jazz Artists in the Schools and Community program works directly with school and community partners to provide free, engaging, and high-quality jazz education experiences for Saint Paul students. Students are reached through in-school residencies in Saint Paul schools, free community-wide workshops, and by curating opportunities for them to perform at professional venues like the Black Dog Cafe and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Each part of this program provides access to young people to experience jazz in new ways through working with a musically and culturally diverse range of incredible artist-educators.

dakotafoundationforjazzeducation.org


District 2 Community Council
White Bear Avenue Parade

District 2 partners with the White Bear Avenue Business Association and Ramsey County Fair to produce the annual White Bear Avenue Parade in effort to promote a positive image of the Northeast Neighborhoods and the entire Eastside of Saint Paul. The District 2 Community Council is requesting funds from the Cultural STAR funds will help subsidize band and musical unit participation.

district2council.org


District 6 Planning Council
Rice Street and Marydale Festivals

The Rice Street Festival, the last weekend in July, has existed for over 100 years.  In 2016, District 6 Planning Council began hosting the Marydale Festival, a local art fair which including children's arts activities, the fourth Saturday in September. Both Festivals promote a positive image and engage the local community. Cultural STAR funds will subsidize general costs including equipment rental, marketing, arts activities, and performances.

nenostpaul.org


Flying Foot Forum
Flying Foot Forum's production of HEAVEN

From May 31 to June 23, 2019, Flying Foot Forum will mount Heaven, a powerful dance/musical theater work at Park Square Theater in Saint Paul. Created collaboratively by choreographer Joe Chvala and rock/theater composer Chan Poling (of Glensheen and “The Suburbs”), this evening-length concert combines dance, theater and music that follows photographer Peter Adamson on an epic journey with his translator Faruk to save Faruk's wife during the Bosnia war in the 1990s. Through the people and stories Adamson encounters, he takes the audience on its own journey to understand the issues, the cultures, the international response, and the human cost. Heaven played to sold out houses and critical acclaim during its original production at the Guthrie Theatre in 2011.

flyingfootforum.com


Gender Reel
Gender Reel

Gender Reel is the Twin Cities only trans led, grass-roots, film festival dedicated to enhancing the visibility of trans and gender diverse people in film and media. The festival consists of three days of film programming over the course of one weekend. Cultural STAR funds will support all three days of the festival, which includes multiple film screenings, panel discussions, guest speakers, performances and meet and greet receptions.

genderreel.com


Germanic-American Institute (GAI)
Saint Paul Oktoberfest Enhanced Entertainment Programming

The 2018 Saint Paul Oktoberfest (SPOK) produced by the Germanic-American Institute (GAI) is a free outdoor ethnic festival held September 14-15th at the Schmidt Brewery in Saint Paul. Open to all, SPOK seeks to increase the number of continuous entertainment groups programmed for the main stage. Increase in programming will include hiring more diverse performers as well as culturally relevant groups. Cultural STAR funds will be used to hire and pay performers fees for musicians, dancers, and singers, as well as production costs related to hiring ten new local entertainment groups and two national acts.

gai-mn.org


Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies
String Orchestra Camps

Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies’ (GTCYS) two, five-day String Orchestra Camps introduce young string musicians to the excitement of playing in an orchestra. Launched in 2010 as a single-session camp, a second session was added in July 2017 to meet popular demand. In July 2018, a total of 100 campers will rehearse at the Landmark Center, share a flash mob performance in Rice Park, and visit prominent institutions in Saint Paul's Cultural District including the Minnesota Public Radio Studios, the Schubert Club's instrument museum, and The Ordway. Each camp culminates in a free public concert at the Science Museum of Minnesota, drawing a cumulative audience of 500 people to Saint Paul.

gtcys.org


Highland Business Association
Highland Fest

Highland Fest is a multi-cultural community festival serving the Highland Park community and surrounding areas. The entertainment lineup on two different stages includes live cultural music such as gospel singers, poetry readings, robotic competition, jazz music, Irish dancers, Hmong dancers, Nigerian group, square dancing and storytelling. Other features include an art fair with over 100 artists from all over the country, and a Non-Profit Village that highlights different and diverse groups in the Highland Park area and throughout the metro. Cultural STAR funds help cover the expense for the sound systems, stages, security, tents, signage, public relations and advertising.


History Theatre, Inc
A Crack in the Sky Video

Based on tremendously enthusiastic responses to the current world premiere production of A Crack in the Sky, History Theatre will remount the show for a limited run in Jan 2019, and partner with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) to create a 90-min video of the performance. Written by Ahmed Ismail Yusuf and Harrison David Rivers, A Crack in the Sky tells Ahmed's epic true story of immigrating from Somalia and how, inspired by Malcom X and Maya Angelou, he discovers the power of the written word. Through the remount and the 60-min video, this incredible true story can become more accessible to students and new immigrants, ensuring it reaches the communities with which it will most resonate while attracting new audiences to Downtown.

historytheatre.com


Hmong Cultural Center of Minnesota
Hmong Folk Arts Education Initiative

The Hmong Folk Arts Education Initiative is a holistic project involving the implementation of comprehensive instructional programming to educate both Hmong and non-Hmong about Hmong ceremonial folk arts the Center has taught for 25 years, including the Qeej instrument, and recited wedding and funeral songs. It also involves the implementation of educational programming including a visitor curriculum for a museum-quality interactive exhibit open to the public on the folk arts heritage of Hmong Minnesotans.

hmongcc.org


 


Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together
Hmong Elders Mural Project

Hmong Elders Mural Project is a project of Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together (HWAT) that brings together artists and youth participants to design and implement a public art project at the Hmong Elders Center, an adult day center serving Hmong seniors, located at 1337 Rice Street. The youth will meet and consult with elders about what they would like incorporated into the mural, develop several designs ideas, and select the final mural concept. The mural's dimensions will be 100x10. The project will be from May - August 2018. Cultural STAR funds will pay for artist fees and paint supplies.

hmongwomen.org


IGNACIO "NACHITO" HERRERA
NACHITO HERRERA AFRO LATIN RENAISSANCE

Nachito Herrera Afro Latin Renaissance is a cultural, educational project based on music, dance, and painting, on December 1, 2018 at The Ordway. The event features the collaboration between different history roots of Afro American and Latin American communities. The deep, emotional "tour" visits the heart of cultural identities, bringing the colors, flavors, and authenticity of countries and increasing the diversity of our society through the arts. The combination of artistic roots and all-ages participants proves, once again, the power of music as the universal language of unity, peace, and all the different aspects that cultures have in common.


In Progress
North End Arts Initiative              

The North End Arts Initiative brings youth, families and neighbors together in celebration of who they are through the art of digital media. The project includes high quality digital arts activities that result in photographic, video, and music pieces. Activities move between the Front Avenue studio and area libraries, rec centers, and businesses. Completed artwork is presented publicly through screening events, exhibits and formal gatherings.

in-progress.org


Indigenous Roots
Organizational Development

Indigenous Roots seeks to increase programming and financial administration support for artists and community members of color who have limited access to local spaces and culturally relevant arts and wellness programming. The unique approach to community engagement and outreach centers artists and community members of color in leadership. The collective consists of individuals and groups that are themselves diverse culturally, in age, gender and sexuality.  Cultural STAR funds will support organizational development.

indigenous-roots.org


Irish Fair of Minnesota
2018 Irish Fair of Minnesota

The Irish Fair of Minnesota hosts an Irish Arts and Culture Festival annually the second weekend of August each year since 1980, incorporating as a nonprofit in 1999. IFM is currently the United States' largest free Irish Festival and is in the top five largest Irish Festivals nationwide every year. In 2018 IFM will present over 150 local, national, and Irish musicians, over 600 Irish dancers at 12 stages and venues over three days at Harriet Island Regional Park in Saint Paul, MN. Over 550 volunteers will staff the event. Cultural STAR funds will be used to bring headlining national and international artists to Saint Paul free of charge for 85,000 memebers of the public to enjoy.

irishfair.com


James J. Hill Reference Library (JJHC)
The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society

The James J. Hill Center, in association with Ghoulish Delights, is hosting a series of five Sunday afternoon performances to revisit the great horror and suspense shows of the golden age of radio drama. Thanks to support and sold out shows last year, the series is expanding from two performances to five. Each afternoon show will consist of two unique episodes, performed live on stage with five actors playing multiple roles and producing all of the sound effects with various objects, instruments and fun original gadgets. Each performance will be include a pre-show with 1930s jazz by The Kings of Cole and a Q&A with actors after the show. Cultural STAR funds will support the talented five actors and two musicians for five shows.

jjhill.org


Katha Dance Theatre
Concert of the Legends in Parampara - The Tradition

80-year-old legendary Kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj will perform Concert of the Legends: The King of Kathak Dance, a magnificent traditional Kathak dance from Temples to Royal Courts, through Hindu to Muslim cultures by himself as well as through Parampara, the tradition where he will present his family members: daughter, son, and grandchildren, who are all world-class dancers. Ustad Zakir Hussain, a legend himself, a Grammy Award-winning Tabla maestro will accompany Pandit Birju Maharaj. 

Katha Dance Theatre (KDT) remains true to its mission: to educate, encourage and stimulate the creation, appreciation, and performance of art. KDT will partner with East Side Arts Council and Project Success to bring in students and seniors to this event, free of charge.

kathadance.org


Lowertown Blues Festival
Lowertown Blues Festival

What started as the Famous Dave’s BBQ Blues festival that ran from 2004 to 2012, re-started at Mears Park in 2014 with the new name Lowertown Blues Festival. In 2016, thanks in large part to Cultural STAR funds and a major donor, a second day was added to include funk music. In 2017, over 25,000 attended the festival with more expected in 2018. Cultural STAR funds will be used to increase local and national performer’s fees including the Ohio Players and Marcia Ball, production fees and additional stages in Saint Paul venues. 

lowertownbluesfestival.com


Lyra
Lyra Baroque Orchestra Season Concerts, Family Concerts, and Outreach

Cultural STAR funds will provide support for musician fees, travel, and administration for three Lyra Baroque Orchestra season concerts at Sundin Hall in Saint Paul, three Lyra Baroque Orchestra Family Concerts at The Baroque Room in Lowertown, and three master classes at The Baroque Room in Lowertown; as well as marketing, administrative and staff time to support these programs. All activities will feature the highest caliber local, national, and international baroque experts as guest soloists, orchestra members, and instructors.

lyrabaroque.org


Midwest Special Services, Inc.
Expanding Access to Art through Technology

At The Show Gallery Lowertown, in the Saint Paul Arts District and operated by Midwest Social Services (MSS) and its partners, outstanding work by artists with and without disabilities is displayed side by side.  In the 4th quarter of 2018, MSS, a nonprofit serving adults with disabilities, will upgrade equipment to support live streaming of show openings, events, and art demos.  Live streaming will make gallery offerings accessible to Saint Paul residents who are not able to get to shows/openings or hear artist talks. This will also allow MSS to feature digaital art created by the people we support and community artists. After this one-time installation, MSS will be able to livestream 12 show openings and at least 5 events each year.  New audiences will be engaged.

mwsservices.org


Minnesota Fringe
Family Fringe

The new Family Fringe in Saint Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) will provide performances at Celtic Junction and free shows at Can Can Wonderland geared towards young people and families during 30 performances of six productions over two long weekends.

Family Fringe will expand connections to CEZ and adjacent neighborhoods, broadening Fringe’s connections and geographic footprint. This smaller juried festival is a laboratory for innovation focused on artistic excellence, diversity, inclusion and access. Cultural STAR funding will support creation and distribution of marketing and engagement tools, including digital media, purchasing paid ads in area press; a focused mailing campaign; and engagement in area events leading up to Family Fringe.

minnesotafringe.org


Mississippi Park Connection
River City Revue

The mission of Mississippi Park Connection's River City Revue is to connect Twin Cities residents to the Mississippi River through history, art, culture, and science. River City Revue presents a series of on-river events on the Jonathan Padelford Riverboat that features eclectic programs and interactive presentations by artists.

In 2018, Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service will once again partner with Fearless Comedy Productions to commission an original play and host a minimum of two interactive performances aboard the Jonathan Padelford. The murder mystery will be Mississippi River-themed and highly interactive for participants. Each performance will serve 160 people.

parkconnection.org


Mixed Blood Theatre Company
AUTO PARTS: a drive through theater spectacle

AUTO PARTS: a drive through theater spectacle, is a 12-scene whodunit performed in a parking ramp in downtown Saint Paul. Audience members will experience the show from the comfort of their cars with a lush bed of sound pumped into their cars’ sound systems to advance the narrative and create the environment. Patrons will drive to the top level of the ramp; scenes will take place on each descending level, each scene having a collection of cars as backdrop, connected by theme. Thirty professional actors, an elaborate media and sound design, and 42 cars will bring to life a mystery thriller penned by former Saint Paul resident, Ken LaZebnik. The performance will take place in May 2019. Cultural STAR funds will support production costs.

mixedblood.com


Model Cities of Saint Paul, Inc.
The Reading Room at BROWNstone

In 2017, Model Cities completed its' BROWNstone project, a mixed-use transit-oriented development that includes affordable rental housing and commercial space. Additionally, the development includes a Community Room that provides space for local groups to hold meetings and events, as well as a Reading Room which serves as a vibrant gathering space for curators, artists, community members and visitors to be introduced to a variety of artistic work.  The space is inspired by stories of African American Railroad workers and their contributions to the labor and social justice movements. Cultural STAR funds help leverage resources needed to offer quality arts and cultural activities in Saint Paul's Ward 1 District.  

modelcities.org


One Voice Mixed Chorus
"Roots & Wings" at the Ordway Concert Hall

One Voice Mixed Chorus will performs their 30th anniversary concert, Roots & Wings at the Ordway Concert Hall on LGBT Pride weekend June 23 and June 24, 2018. The program includes a chorus of One Voice founders and alumni, songs from past concerts, brand new commissions, and a performance of a new TransVoices Chorus. The concert reflects on the 30-year journey and honors the resilience the LGBT community has experienced. One Voice is a vibrant and growing arts organization, actively developing an audience base in Saint Paul. Concerts offer economic impact through partnerships with area businesses.

onevoicemn.org


People Incorporated
2018 Artability Show & Sale

Artability encourages mental health through visual and written artistic expression, providing workshops and exhibition opportunities free of charge to individuals with mental illness. The program’s main event is the annual Artability Show & Sale, held at the Great Hall in the Saint Paul Cultural District, October 25-28. More than a hundred visual artists and writers will share their work with hundreds of attendees, with 80% of sales going to the artists and 20% to the program. The show is free and open to the public. Cultural STAR funds help cover event costs including location rental and exhibit supplies.

peopleincorporated.org


PRIME Productions
PRIME Productions presents MARJORIE PRIME

Marjorie Prime, a new play by Jordan Harrison, challenges perceptions of memory, grief, family dynamics, and how technology changes what we know. It’s the age of artificial intelligence and 85-year-old Marjorie has a handsome new companion programmed to feed her the story of her life. Given the chance to edit our past, what would we remember or forget? This show will be produces in a Theatre in Residence partnership with Park Square Theatre, running April 19 - May 19, 2019 (18 performances) on Park Square Theatre’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage. Cultural STAR funding will support artist's fees. Play licensing approval is pending as of Feb 23, 2018.

primeprods.org


Ramsey County Historical Society
Assessment of RCHS Membership Program to Build for the Future

Ramsey County Historical Society (RCHS) will hire professional consultants to conduct a performance assessment of the RCHS membership program and develop strategic recommendations that will re-energize the membership program by strengthening acquisition, retention and upgrade initiatives. The assessment will take place from July to October 2018 in the Cultural District of Saint Paul and greater Ramsey County. Cultural STAR funds will provide a portion of the consultant's time, fees and travel as well as materials related to staff training, a member survey, and the membership planning meeting to include members of the RCHS Board of Directors.

rchs.com


RONDO AVENUE INC
Rondo Days Festival 35

Remembering Rondo was originally designed 35 years ago to build awareness of the wonderfully diverse, engaged and economically thriving Rondo community, including its artists, businessmen and women, political leaders and the citizens that made Rondo a nationally recognized African American community.  The intention is to provide the residents with an opportunity to engage with our youth and elders around art, music, and a vibrant sense of intentional community building.  Remembering Rondo will provide a safe environment with trappings that reflect the intended high quality of life for all residents past, present and future.

rondoavenueinc.org


Selby Ave JazzFest
2018 Selby Ave JazzFest

Since 2002 on the second Saturday in September, the intersection of Selby and Milton has played host to the Selby Ave JazzFest, a grass roots community celebration that features a free full-day of quality live jazz, tasty food, artist demonstrations, family activities and more. Attracting as many as 15,000 guests, The Fest has earned a reputation as one of the Twin Cities most inclusive and welcoming community events. 2018 marks JazzFest's 17th anniversary. This year's event will take place on Sat. Sept. 8th from 11 AM - 8 PM. Cultural STAR funds will assist in covering the costs associated with our performing artists (fees, stage/sound, travel & backline) and marketing/promoting the event (adv., printing).

selbyavejazzfest.com


Skylark Opera
Cosi Fan Tutte

Skylark Opera Theatre will present an immersive production of Mozart's opera Cosi Fan Tutte, in English, on October 5-14, 2018 at the historic Mounds Theatre in the Dayton's Bluff area. The Mounds is a flexible space, newly-equipped through a STAR grant, that will be configured for 150 seats. The production will reinterpret a piece traditionally viewed as misogynistic, drawing out the text's nuances portraying female strength and the power-sharing in all human relationships. Underscoring its modern relevance, the production will be set in 2018. The audience will be intimately involved in the action as it is played in, around, and among them rather than on a central stage. Cultural STAR funds will pay a portion of the cast's fees.


SteppingStone Theatre Company
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: Interdisciplinary Performance

In February of 2019, SteppingStone Theatre (SST) for Youth will present an adaptation of John Steptoe's Award-Winning picture book Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.  First produced by the Dallas Children's Theater, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters has been hailed as a "breakthrough" and "a proud celebration of the cultural richness of the African experience." The play is for audiences from Kindergarten through adults and incorporates dance, music, puppets, and masks with a cast of 20 youth actors and five adults.  Anticipated attendance is over 5000 youth in school groups and 2400 general audience members.  Cultural Star funds will provide support for music and dance components of the production that are beyond SST's typical production funding.


The Baroque Room
Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl               

Taking place during the April 2019 Saint Paul Art Crawl, the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl will feature 20 groups in the Saint Paul classical music scene with 80 live performances throughout the day in art studios and other Art Crawl venues. Groups will perform 15 minutes of music four times during two hour sets (15 minutes on, 15 minutes off, etc.). Minnesota Public Radio will provide live tours during the event starting on the hour throughout the day. Almost every major Saint Paul classical music organization will be represented.

thebaroqueroom.com


The Film Society of Minneapolis Saint Paul        
Film Society Year-Round Expansion into Saint Paul

The Film Society of Minneapolis Saint Paul requests support to continue its growing annual programming in Saint Paul.  Activities include curated programs of notable international independent cinema, presented around the year, as part of the annual Cine Latino film series, and especially during the annual April centerpiece, the Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF). Films will be presented in collaboration with Saint Paul based organizations and at Saint Paul locations including Metropolitan State University's Film Space, Minnesota History Center, TPT Headquarters and Film North. We propose that Cultural STAR funding support key venue, outreach and staffing costs.

mspfilm.org


The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
2019 Minnesota Book Awards

The Minnesota Book Awards is one of the nation's premier literary recognition programs; it identifies and celebrates the best books by state writers in the past year. Books are judged in two facilitated rounds, with four finalists chosen in each of nine competitive categories ranging from children’s literature to poetry to Minnesota nonfiction. An April awards ceremony reveals the winners to a live audience of 900+ literary fans. Additional awards recognize a book artist and lifetime achievement for work in the literary community. The April awards ceremony features writers, illustrators, live music, readers, an exhibition of the book artist's work; this is a meaningful convening in the heart of the Saint Paul Cultural District.

thefriends.org


The Rose Ensemble
New Staff Position for Donor Cultivation              

The Rose Ensemble's (TRE) 2016-2018 Strategic Plan calls for hiring a full-time Development Associate for individual donor cultivation and stewardship. Currently, individual donations constitute only 20% of TRE’s annual income. This fall, TRE hired a part-time development contractor to work on 2 year-end donor campaigns. As a result, TRE exceeded campaign goals by 12%. In order not to lose momentum and to maximize organizational capacity, TRE seeks to hire a full-time Development Associate no later than July 1, 2018. The new staff position will have a long-term impact by strengthening operations, enhancing artistic output, and increasing audience reach.

roseensemble.org


The Schubert Club
Schubert Club Mix, Taking the Formality out of Classical Music

Schubert Club Mix will present 3 performances during the 2018-2019 season in Saint Paul, each performed twice at the new Saint Paul's Performing Arts Center, and James J. Hill Center in downtown Saint Paul. Schubert Club Mix concert series is held in non-traditional venues designed to attract music lovers for whom the rituals and formality normally associated with classical music are a deterrent. Informal seating, refreshments, and technology will be enjoyed during the evening. Cultural STAR funds will help support the artists for the following: 2 concerts each by Harlem String Quartet on Nov. 8, 2018, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on Mar 26, 2019, and by composer-in-residence Reinaldo Moya presenting "Luis Garzon" on Apr 25, 2019.

schubert.org


Twin Cities Public Television (TPT)
ART IS: US

Based on the successful launch of its ART IS project, TPT proposes a new iteration, “ART IS: US.” This project is a series of 4 events in which established, local Muslim artists will each “curate” the work of 3 emerging artists of their choice. TPT will collaborate with each cluster of artists to create a unique arts-centered experience showcasing the artists’ work before a live audience at TPT. Prior to and following each event, TPT will create and distribute digital media about the artists, along with other content. Our goal is to use art to celebrate diverse artists, and introduce audiences to new perspectives, voices and stories from our shared community. STAR funding will cover artistic fees for the artists and post-production costs.Based on the successful launch of its ART IS project, TPT proposes a new iteration, ART IS: US. This project is a series of 4 events in which established, local Muslim artists will each curate the work of 3 emerging artists of their choice. TPT will collaborate with each cluster of artists to create a unique arts-centered experience showcasing the artists work before a live audience at TPT. Prior to and following each event, TPT will create and distribute digital media about the artists, along with other content. The goal is to use art to celebrate diverse artists, and introduce audiences to new perspectives, voices and stories from our shared community. Cultural STAR funds will cover artistic fees for the artists and post-production costs.

tpt.org


Union Park
Music and Art-National Night Out and Beyond

Union Park is focused on creating programming through art in the local parks. Building upon the last year’s celebration of Future Park planning and the Ice Cream, Peanut Butter and Jam event in Merriam Park, this year’s plan is to partner with the Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD) to create art and music events around National Night Out.  Union Park will be providing Playing with Music Classes and pair them with creating murals at events related to National Night Out in the targeted areas of Future Park and Merriam Park.  The vision is to engage residents by providing them the opportunity to be exposed to art in new ways.  The murals would displayed by SPPD at events and locations throughout the year.

unionparkdc.org


VocalEssence
VocalEssence ¡Cantare! 2018

The VocalEssence ¡Cantare! Community Concert is a bilingual celebration of the music and culture of Mexico held at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul on May 22, 2018. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the concert will feature performances of new Spanish language songs composed by two composers from Mexico, performed by more than 500 local elementary and high school students who worked in cross-cultural residencies with the composers over the course of the school year. A diverse group of more than 1,000 people will visit Saint Paul to attend the concert, including members of the Latinx community, VocalEssence audiences, and families from communities throughout the Twin Cities metro.

vocalessence.org


Walker|West Music Academy
Walker|West 2018 Summer Music Camp

The 2018 Summer Music Camp (SMC) is a 3-week music day camp for 35 students ages 5 to 12, held at Walker|West’s new facility at 760 Selby Avenue in Saint Paul. This year's camp runs July 9-27, 2018. The camp provides students with the opportunity to experience instrumental and vocal music for the first time. Students work with four teaching artists and six assistants to learn fundamentals and simple tunes on violin, African drums, piano, a woodwind or brass instrument, and in a group choir.  Cultural STAR funds support the salaries of the teaching artists and the assistants.

walkerwest.org


Zeitgeist
HALLOWEEN AT STUDIO Z

Zeitgeist presents Halloween at Studio Z (HSZ), a six-day festival of Halloween themed programming featuring Twin Cities performers. HSZ will take place in October 2018 at Studio Z, Zeitgeist's performance space in Lowertown Saint Paul. Studio Z will be transformed into a haunted house for the event through set pieces and a soundscape created by composer Eric Gonzalez. Each evening will include music by Zeitgeist and several other musical groups, storytelling, and film with newly created pieces, spooky standards, and re-imagining of classic works. Guest speakers will tell of Saint Paul's haunted history. Cultural STAR funds will support personnel, marketing, and production costs.

zeitgeistnewmusic.org


Zorongo Flamenco, Inc
CARAVAN Performances

Zorongo presents Caravan, a celebration of the nomadic nature of past gypsy life and their passion for music and dance which led to the creation of flamenco. Caravan will include a flamenco guitar concert, a high-quality flamenco dance performance, and the children's puppet show TORO. Performances will take place October 19-21, 2018 at the Black Dog Cafe, Park Square Theatre and the Wellstone Center.

zorongo.org