Twin Cities Media Alliance

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Twin Cities Media Alliance
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
January 2021
End Date
December 2021
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Our Space Is Spoken For is a multidisciplinary public art storytelling project to creatively foster largescale awareness and dialogue around the untold narratives of how historically marginalized communities redefine and negotiate space. TCMA will curate a cohort of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists and St. Paul BIPOC residents to create public art performances inspired by residents’ stories, which will be filmed and later screened as part of a public event and discussion.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Asneth Omare (Brooklyn Park, MN). Asneth is a Kenyan Immigrant who works in the non-profit and social service fields working on public health initiatives.

Al Lun (Rochester, MN) is a Chinese immigrant, former IT professional for IBM and currently is a board member of the Diversity Council and YMCA in Rochester.

Kieran Myles Andres Tverbakk (Minneapolis, MN) is a first-generation Mexican-Norwegian-American artist focused on visibility of BIPOC queer and trans individuals as well as creating space for Chicanx queerness.


Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Laura Benson

Minnesota Humanities Center


Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minn. State Legislature Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 8, (d)
Appropriation Language

$850,000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are for a competitive grants program to provide grants to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Humanities Center must operate a competitive grants program to provide grants to programs that preserve and honor the cultural heritage of Minnesota or that provide education and student outreach on cultural diversity or to programs that empower communities to build their identity and culture. Priority must be given to grants for individuals and organizations working to create, celebrate, and teach indigenous arts and cultural activities and arts organizations and programs preserving, sharing, and educating on the arts and cultural heritage of immigrant communities in Minnesota.

2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Shifting narratives is long-term, systems change work that we believe Our Space will play a role in affecting for years to come. Nonetheless, within the timeframe of this grant, we are hoping for the following outcomes:

  1. At least 70 percent of participants that engage with Our Space Is Spoken For (e.g., film attendees) will note engaging in a narrative that’s influenced or shifted their thinking about the lived experiences of BIPOC communities.
  2. 80 percent or more of Our Space artists will indicate having increased access and confidence in their ability to engage in public art.
  3. At least 70 percent of participants that engage with Our Space will indicate having a broader perspective/vision of public art.
Measurable Outcome(s)

In progress

Recipient Board Members
Carolyn Szczepanski, Cassandra Fenelon, Martin Hernandez, Kevin Kalla, Kadra Abdi, Georgia Fort
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Twin Cities Media Alliance
Administered By
Administered by

987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

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