From the streets of Lowertown to Rondo and the West Side, 40 ideas will bring art to neighborhoods across St. Paul, with $1.29 million in funding from the Knight Arts Challenge.
A program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the challenge funds ideas for engaging and enriching St. Paul through the arts. The 2015 winners include large and small arts organizations, collectives and individual artists. Their diverse ideas range from a Winter Carnival concert played on instruments made of ice to flash mobs of flamenco dancers and the transformation of a water tower with stained glass murals.
All of the winners answered the question, “What’s your best idea for the arts in St. Paul?”
“This year’s winners reflect community-driven ideas that will bring the arts more deeply into neighborhoods across St. Paul,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation. “Their work reflects the breadth, promise and talent of this community.”
Award recipients are Alberto Justiniano, Arcata Press/St. Paul Almanac, Asian Economic Development Association, Brownbody, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), Coffee House Press, Cracked Walnut, Dangerous Productions, Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, Deborah Elias/Danza Española, Electric Machete Studios, Erik Barsness, Flying Foot Forum, Full Circle Theater Company, Greg Herriges, Healing Place Collaborative, Heather (Desdamona) Ross, Hmong Museum, In Progress, Kala Vandanam Dance Company, Kaotic Good Productions, Karl Unnasch, Katie Ka Vang, Levi Weinhagen, Mary Ellen Childs, Metropolitan State University Screenwriting Program, Million Artist Movement , Naomi Cohn, Northern Lights.mn, One Voice Mixed Chorus, Public Art Saint Paul, Public Domain Productions, Sarah Peters, SoulTouch Productions, Springboard for the Arts, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Drawing Project, The Theater of Public Policy, Twin Cities Film Fest and Walker West Music Academy. Awards ranged from $5,000 to $115,000.
The challenge is part of an $8 million arts investment in St. Paul that Knight Foundation announced in January 2014, which includes funding for the Arts Challenge and for anchor arts institutions. Knight has provided more than $64 million in support to the St. Paul community since 1977.