Organization Awards

Listed below are the most recent awarded grants from each program. For past program recipients, please contact the office at info@aracouncil.org.


Rural and Community Art Project Grant Recipients

ARAC granted $23,930 in Rural and Community Art Project funding to the following organizations on September 20, 2018:

Ely ArtWalk, Ely, St. Louis, $5,000
Support to fund the 2019 Ely ArtWalk, to be held February 7-17, 2019. The EAW is designed to reach out to an underserved group, the artists who make their homes in the Ely area, by bringing their work to a wide audience and giving them an opportunity to sell their work.

Good Harbor Hill Players, Grand Marais, Cook, $5,000
Support to fund the Good Harbor Hills Players 2018 Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet performance, an original shadow puppet performance with live music for the occasion of the winter solstice, December 21st, 2018.

Itasca Choral Society/Itasca Community Chorus, Grand Rapids, Itasca, $3,930
Support to fund The Wonder of Christmas, a concert of Choral music, performed by the Itasca Community Chorus along with a local handbell choir and a choir consisting of youth from the Grand Rapids Boys and Girls Club.

VFW Post 1720, Grand Rapids, Itasca, $5,000
Support to fund Barnabas 22, a project to raise awareness about veteran suicide and the role of canine companions in supporting veteran well-being. VFW Post 1720 will work with Grand Rapids artist Mary Corwin to create an exhibit of paintings that are portraits of canine companions to Minnesota veterans.

Steger Wilderness Center, Ely, St. Louis,$5,000
Support to fund “Preserving the Artistic Legacy of the Steger Wilderness Center,” an effort to produce a website that will publicly host more than 50 years of archival media documenting and empowering the folk-trade community of the Iron Range.

 


Arts Learning Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Arts Learning funding to the following organizations on September 20, 2018:

Duluth Children’s Museum, Duluth, St. Louis, $5,000
Support to fund hosting an artist in residence for the fourth year in a row. This year’s artist Dr. Paula Gudmundson a professional flutist. She will both demonstrate her musicianship and teach children different musical techniques alongside an interactive exhibit for children.

Justin Anderson, Duluth, St. Louis, $5,000
Support to fund a series of workshops that will explore artistic expression and understanding through learning traditional craft skills with community participants.

Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Duluth, St. Louis, $1,500
Support to fund the Quartet Project, an intensive summer chamber music program for approximately 20 to 24 middle and high school string students.

Lake Superior Youth Chorus, Duluth, St. Louis, $5,000
Support to fund the Lake Superior Youth Chorus’ Outreach program, Prelude, which invites students in grades 2-5 for a once per week after-school music program for 8 weeks each semester

Melissa Wickwire, Grand Marais, Cook, $5,000
Support to fund Clay Club, a free after-school opportunity for youth to learn, grow, express themselves, and connect with others through the complex and creative process of ceramic arts.

Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, Virginia, St. Louis, $3,370
Funds will be used to send an ensemble of MSO musicians accompanied by retired teacher and MSO board president, Lynn Evenson, and MSO executive director, Rena Hartman, to schools in northern Saint Louis County. During these visits, Lynn and Rena will act out a story derived from Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, while MSO musicians provide sounds from Edvard Greig’s accompanying music to enhance the performance. They will work through the story showing how music can enhance the spoken word

North Shore Music Association, Grand Marais, Cook, $5,000
Support to fund the 28th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort. Three days of small-group jamming around the lodge, one full day of vocal workshops with vocalist Valerie Smith, and a concert from Valerie Smith and her band Liberty Pike.

Prøve Collective, Duluth, St. Louis, $4,230
Support to fund an on-going series of educational workshops, led by Duluth-based artists and art instructors in order to better fulfill the organization’s primary mission

The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, St. Louis, $5,000
Support to fund an artistic and educational collaboration between The College of St.Scholastica and North Shore Community School. Teaching artists, Sarah Brokke Erickson and Adam Swanson will guide NSCS and CSS Art students through the process of creating a collaborative mural.


Art Project Grant Recipients

ARAC granted $38,330 in Art Project funding to the following organizations on September 20, 2018:

Damiano Center, Duluth, St. Louis, $3,900
Support to fund the restoration, framing, and display of a painting by Joe Geshick, titled “The Old People,” as well as the framing and display of numerous photos by Quinn Holte in the Damiano Center Community Kitchen.

Duluth All Souls Night, Duluth, St. Louis, $5,000
Support to fund the tenth annual Duluth All Souls Night, Saturday, November 10, beginning at 5:00 p.m. All Souls Night is an annual Twin Ports fall arts festival held in and around the west side Duluth Depot and Public Library since 2008.

Matinee Musicale, Duluth, St. Louis, $5,000
Funding will be used to invite the Harlem Quartet to participate in two community outreach events and perform a concert.

Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, Virginia, St. Louis, $5,000
Support to fund the Spring performance of Suite No. 1 from Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt,” and an original story written and performed by the Twin Cities storytelling group Impossible Salt.

North Shore Music Association, Grand Marais, Cook, $4,990
Support to fund Kansas City Blues, R&B, and Boogie-Woogie singer and keyboardist Kelley Hunt as she performs in concert with her band at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais, MN on July 13, 2019.

Spirit Lake Poetry Series, Duluth, St. Louis, $5,000
Support to fund the Spirit Lake Poetry Series as it sponsors five poetry readings during its 2018-19 season.

WDSE-WRPT, Duluth, St. Louis, $4,440
Funding will be used to commission a piece of artwork by Ojibwe artist Carl Gawboy centered around storytelling.

Wise Fool Shakespeare, Duluth, St. Louis, $5,000
Support to fund the production of “Wiley and the Hairy Man,” a children’s play that will be performed March 1-10, 2019 at Lincoln Park Middle School.


Two-Year Operating Support Grant Recipients

ARAC granted $67,910 in Two-Year Operating Support funding to the following organizations on January 18, 2018:

Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, St. Louis, $15,000
Support to help general operating support will be used to continue offering exhibits, classes, residencies, festivals and studio space, providing community connections, exhibition space, and opportunities for art making and art exploration, engagement and learning, nurturing all facets of the visual arts in the Twin Ports.

Grand Marais Playhouse, Grand Marais, Cook: $15,000
Support to fund the creation of a four-year transitional plan that will include clarified board and staff roles, evaluate programming, create a new staffing structure, and develop a succession plan.

Lyric Opera of the North, Duluth, St. Louis, $15,000
Support to be used for administrative capacity building and salary support for the General Artistic Director.

Matinee Musicale, Duluth, St. Louis, $9,320
Support to be utilized as part of a capacity-building effort including increasing visibility, adding on online ticketing option, and obtaining and reviewing real-time financial and marketing information.

Northwoods Friends of the Arts, Cook, St. Louis, $13,590
Support to be used in part to create a fundraising/marketing plan, upgrade computer systems, and subsidize the additional rental cost.


Quick Start Grant Recipients

ARAC granted Quick Start funding to the following organizations in FY18:

Aitkin Community Education, Aitkin, Aitkin, $800
Support for summer theater camp for teens and young adults.

Borealis Art Guild, Hibbing, St. Louis, $1000
Support to purchase a dedicated computer for its recently acquired large format scanner and printer.

Gary-New Duluth Development Alliance, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000
Support to present “Music from the Alps to the Adriatic” at the new performance pavilion in the Gary-New Duluth Recreation Area.

Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, Virginia, St. Louis, $1000
To work with a web designer to update and upgrade the MSO’s website.

Minnesota Museum of Mining, Chisholm, St. Louis, $1000
Support for upcoming ‘Iron Pour on the Iron Range’ event.

Nordic Center, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000
Support for a concert with Frigg (from Finland) at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth.

Oldenburg Arts & Cultural Community, Carlton, Carlton, $1000
Support to work with a web designer to create a website for the organization.

Spirit Lake Poetry Series, Duluth, St. Louis, $1000
Support to host a reading with former US Poet Laureate, Natasha Tretheway.