Several Dakota County art projects have been selected to receive grant funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.
On Oct. 22, the MRAC board awarded $806,429 to 84 organizations/projects in the first round of its FY 2020 Arts Project Support grant program. The Arts Project Support grant program is made possible with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment, according to a news release.
The following Dakota County art projects will receive grant funding:
• CommonBond Communities, $10,000 – funding for four 10-week art classes at four East Metro senior housing communities. The classes will take place between January and April 2020.
• Eagan Art Festival, $10,000 – funding for the 26th annual Eagan Art Festival taking place in June 2020.
• Eagan Parks and Recreation, $10,000, funding for Art Block 2020 in Eagan during September 2020. Art Block 2020 is a two-week collaborative arts event, featuring over 20 collaborators, presenting over 40 arts activities within a 1-square-mile area in the heart of Eagan.
• Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, $7,000 – funding for a new project, Oh, the Places I’ve Been! / Life Stories told through movement and music, for low-income seniors at Oakwoods and Oakwoods East residences in Eagan during spring 2020.
• Youth Dance Ensemble, $9,844 – funding for the Modern Dance Project, an eight-week after-school program for economically disadvantaged and academically at risk 6th-8th grade youth from Burnsville. The project takes place January through March 2020 and culminates with a Community Concert at Burnsville High School’s Mraz Performing Arts Center.