43 Saint Paul Projects Selected for Cultural STAR Funding

May 25, 2017

Mollie Scozzari
Department of Planning & Economic Development
City of Saint Paul 
651-266-6575 (office); 651-387-9045 (cell)

43 Saint Paul Projects Selected
for Cultural STAR Funding

SAINT PAUL – The City of Saint Paul awarded more than $800,000 in grants to 43 organizations to fund arts and culture projects and programs as part of the 2017 Cultural STAR Program. Founded in 1995, the Cultural STAR Program promotes economic growth in Saint Paul by strengthening the arts and culture sector and supporting the downtown area.

“A vibrant arts and culture scene is critical to Saint Paul’s success and growth,” said Major Chris Coleman. “The Cultural STAR program is a way for us to acknowledge their contributions to the city and support exciting new and existing initiatives.”

Among the broad range of projects receiving funding are cultural and neighborhood festivals like IndiaFest, the CHAT Fest, the Little Mekong Night Market, and the Highland Fest Poetry Contest; concert series like Taiko Tuesdays and Black Dog Music Program; and art installations like the 7th Street Arts Corridor.

“Saint Paul has a thriving arts scene—full of organizations, artists, programs, and venues that bring energy and vitality to the city—and this year’s recipients will make our arts community shine even brighter.” said Joe Spencer, Director of Arts & Culture. “Now in our 23rd year of the Cultural STAR program, we have seen this investment pay off exponentially, by bolstering the type of community where people want to live, work and play.”

The Cultural STAR Program is funded by revenue from a local half-cent sales tax, of which 10% is designated for grants and loans for cultural projects. Eighty percent of grant awardees each year are located within the Cultural District, defined as an area bordered by Interstate 94 to the north, the Lafayette Bridge to the east, Harriet and Raspberry Islands to the south, and Chestnut Road to the west.

“The Cultural STAR funding recognizes the fantastic creativity coming out of our downtown area and supports our reputation as a vital culture center,” said Ward 2 Councilmember Rebecca Noecker. “You could plan your entire summer with all of the great Cultural STAR-supported activities happening this year.”

Grant recipients received $5,000 to $175,000 in funding for their proposed projects. The organizations and projects receiving funding in Round 1 of 2017 include:

  • American Composer Forum, Landmark to Lowertown Lunchtime Concert Series
  • Artspace Projects, Inc., Lowertown artist space
  • Asian Economic Development Association, 2017 Little Mekong Night Market
  • Asian Media Access, Underpass TechPlus
  • Black Dog Cafe, Black Dog Music Program
  • Capitol River Council/B. Horst Productions, Outdoor Summer Arts and Entertainment
  • Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, CHATfest
  • CRASH, Sight of Hand with The Saints
  • Danger Boat Productions LLC, The Theater of Public Policy
  • Dayton’s Bluff District Four Community Council, 7th Street Arts Corridor
  • Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, East Side Works Rivoli Teen Concerts
  • District 2 Community Council, White Bear Avenue Parade
  • District 6 Planning Council, Rice Street and Marydale Festivals
  • Flying Foot Forum, Flying Foot Forum’s 25th Anniversary Concert
  • Germanic American Institute of Minnesota, Deutsche Tage: Celebrating the Integration of German and Turkish Culture
  • Highland Business Association, Highland Fest Poetry Contest and Slam
  • Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota, Tia-Simone Gardner Residency and Exhibition
  • India Association of Minnesota, IndiaFest 2017
  • Irish Music & Dance Association, 2018 St. Patrick’s Day and Day of Irish Dance Celebrations
  • James J. Hill Reference Library, The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
  • JazzMN Inc, JazzMN Orchestra at the Ordway
  • Lyra Baroque Orchestra, season and family concerts
  • McNally Smith College of Music Foundation, Lowertown Guitar Festival 2017
  • Minnesota Asian Peace Officers Association, 2017 National Asian Peace Officers Association Conference
  • Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater, Spring Flowers Autumn Fruits
  • Minnesota Public Radio, 50th Anniversary Street Party
  • Mississippi Park Connection, River City Revue
  • MNKINO, Film Score Fest
  • North East Neighborhoods Development Corporation, Cohen Memorial Project
  • Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Better is Peace: The Music of Karl Jenkins
  • People Incorporated, Artability workshops, show, and sale
  • Rondo Avenue, Inc., 2017 Rondo Days Celebration
  • Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Liquid Music 2017.18 Season
  • Saint Paul Public Library, collection materials
  • Mixed Precipitation, 2017 Picnic Operetta
  • Selby Avenue JazzFest, 2017 Selby Ave JazzFest
  • St. Catherine University, O’Shaughnessy on the Town
  • TaikoArts Midwest, Taiko Tuesdays
  • The Rose Ensemble, early music vocal ensemble programs
  • VocalEssence, VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! 2017
  • Walker West Music Academy, exterior revitalization at 760 Selby Avenue
  • Zeitgeist, Crocus Hill Ghost Story
  • Zorongo Flamenco, Inc., Café Flamenco and Toro performances

The deadline for Round 2 of funding is Friday, August 25, 2017, at 4 p.m. For more information, visit stpaul.gov/CulturalSTAR.