A Boon to Twin Cities Arts Groups

We love our arts here in the Twin Cities.  As it turns out, people and organizations outside of the metro do, too!  Eight Twin Cities arts organizations will share $5.3 million in grants from the New York-based Wallace Foundation.  The money is intended to build audiences and spur student participation. In addition, the foundation will give $1.6 million to Arts Midwest and the Minnesota Community Foundation over four years to create a learning network to available to all Twin Cities arts organizations. A grand total of $6.9 million, it is the largest single-year commitment Wallace has made to local arts organizations.

Six groups will receive grants of $750,000 over four years. They are MacPhail Center for Music, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Ordway Center and the MIA. Northern Clay Center will get $500,000, and Mixed Blood Theatre won $300,000.

In a separate announcement, the Wallace Foundation will bestow a $750,000 grant to Minneapolis public schools to strengthen arts education.

Historically, the Wallace Foundation has provided significant funding for Twin Cities arts groups. The Walker received $2 million in 2006 and $1.25 million in 1994.  The Children's Theatre Company, the Guthrie, the Loft Literary Center and Mixed Blood all have received Wallace money in the past.

Read the full article posted in the Pioneer Press to find out how each arts organization is going to use their gift.

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