Saint Paul, MN -- The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded grants to nonprofit organizations Life House and the Duluth Art Institute; and to five Duluth area visual artists. The grants, totaling $80,974, were approved by the Arts Board at its January 2019 meeting, concluding the agency’s FY 2019 grant cycle. 

Life House, which provides transitional housing and services to homeless and at-risk youth, was awarded $23,000 through the Partners in Arts Participation grant program. This grant program is designed to broaden opportunities for Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Grant funds are designated for Minnesota nonprofit health or human service organizations to integrate the arts into their programming or services. Life House will work with Duluth artist Adam Swanson in collaboration with homeless and at-risk youth in designing and painting a mural on the Life House Youth Drop-in Center building.  

The Duluth Art Institute was awarded $8,000 through the Cultural Community Partnership grant program, a program that supports the artistic and career development of artists of color. Retired firefighter and Fond du Lac band member Vern Northrup captures images that recognize the land as a storyteller. The Duluth Art Institute will feature an exhibit by Northrup, sharing the concept of aki-nomaje, which means to gain knowledge from the earth, with Duluth area residents and visitors.

Five Duluth artists were awarded grants through the Artist Initiative grant program. Artist Initiative project grants support the artistic and career development of Minnesota artists.  These grants support artists working in the disciplines of dance, media arts, music, photography, poetry, prose, theater, and two- and three- dimensional visual arts.  Artist Initiative grants are awarded by the Arts Board throughout the fiscal year. These awards are in visual arts.              

FY 2019 Artist Initiative Grants Awarded:

Keith Hopkins                                                       $10,000

Susanna C. Gaunt                                                  $10,000

Catherine F. Meier                                                 $10,000

Solomon J. Trimble                                                $ 9,974

Moira I. Villiard                                                     $10,000

For the full list of FY 2019 grant recipients, visit the Arts Board Web page.

The Partners in Arts Participation grant program is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The Cultural Community Partnership grant program is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Artist Initiative grant program is made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to legislative appropriations from the state's arts and cultural heritage fund and its general fund. The program is also supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts. It receives appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Arts Board offers grants, services, and other resources to individuals and organizations throughout the state to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. Additional information about the Arts Board can be found online at www.arts.state.mn.us