Cultural STAR Board

The Cultural STAR Board reviews all applications and makes funding recommendations to the Mayor and City Council. Board members are also asked to help promote the program to arts and cultural organizations, neighborhood and business groups, and others that may be interested.

The board meets twice a year to review each round of applications, interview all eligible applicants, and deliberate and agree upon their funding recommendations. Meetings typically take place in April and October each year and require 3 full days of participation for each round. Lunch and parking costs are provided at these meetings.

The board may meet at other times in the year to discuss recommendations around procedures and policies of the program.

The board is made up of nine members appointed by the Mayor in staggered three year terms:

  • 2 representatives of large cultural organizations (defined as nonprofit organization with annual operating budget of $1 million or over)
  • 2 representatives of mid-sized cultural organizations (defined as nonprofit organization with annual operating budget of over $250,000 and less than $1,000,000)
  • 1 representative of a small cultural organization (defined as nonprofit organization with annual operating budget of $250,000 or less)
  • 1 representative of a philanthropic organization
  • 1 representative of the Saint Paul business community
  • 2 at large representatives
  • At least 5 members must be residents of Saint Paul
  • The remaining 4 must work or live in Saint Paul
  • At least 1 must represent a neighborhood organization

Organizations where board members work or serve as board members are eligible to receive Cultural STAR funding. Board members are required to declare conflicts of interest and not participate in any discussion or decision-making around funding for projects where they have a conflict of interest.

The Cultural STAR Board is currently seeking one member to fulfill its Philanthropic Organization representative role. This member must also be a Saint Paul resident.

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    Cultural STAR Board Members 

    Chris Widdess, Chair
    Seat: At-large
    Term expires: December 2020


    Lana Barkawi
    Executive and Artistic Director, Mizna
    Seat: Small Cultural Organization
    Term expires: December 2020


    Shannon Forney
    Co-owner, Workhorse Coffee Bar
    Seat: Saint Paul Business Community; Saint Paul Resident
    Term expires: December 2021


    Steve Heckler
    Founder and Executive Director, Twin Cities Jazz Festival
    Seat: Mid-sized Cultural Organization
    Term expires: December 2021


    Barry Kempton
    Executive and Artistic Director, The Schubert Club
    Seat: Large Cultural Organization; Saint Paul Resident
    Term expires: December 2019


    Lindsay Kimball
    Little Bohemia Neighborhood Association
    Seat: At large; Saint Paul Resident; Neighborhood Organization
    Term expires: December 2020


    Dayna Martinez
    Artistic Director of Community and Education Programming, Ordway Center for Performing Arts
    Seat: Large Cultural Organization
    Term expires: December 2021


    Dr. Mark Pfeifer
    Director of Programs, Hmong Cultural Center
    Seat: Mid-sized Cultural Organization; Saint Paul Resident
    Term expires: December 2021


    VACANT
    Seat: Philanthropic Organization; Saint Paul Resident

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