The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Accelerated Prairie Grassland Restoration and Management Program had a successful first round of funding from the Legacy Funds. The program worked through the growing pains and obstacles in getting a new program up and operational and was successful in enhancing nearly 5,800 acres of prairie and grasslands in eight of the ecological subsections of Minnesota. A contractor base has been established for this type of work statewide that needs to be evaluated and expanded on for future appropriations.
Ducks Unlimited enhanced 6,882 wetland acres through the bio-engineering and installation of water control structures on managed shallow lake outlets for Minnesota DNR, and protected 76 wetland and 103 upland acres on a shallow lake through a purchased conservation easement.
At 410 acres, Lake Owasso is the largest lake in the Grass Lake Water Management Organization (GLWMO) and one of the most pristine. Maintaining the lakes water quality is a priority for the GLWMO. A long urbanized area along Aladdin Street in Roseville currently lacks stormwater features to remove pollutants and reduce water volume. The rainwater from this area drains directly to a wetland which is hydrologically connected to Lake Owasso. Adjacent to the residential area is a 0.5 acre parking lot which drains into a ditch which eventually enters the same wetland.
A direct appropriation of $400,000 in FY 2010 for the Anoka Conservation District (ACD) is for the metropolitan landscape restoration program for water quality and improvement projects in the seven-county metro area (the law also provides $600,000 for this purpose in FY2011).
To edit and revise a completed draft of Seven Acts of Mercy--a historical novel about the baroque painter Caravaggio--before sending it to a literary agent who has requested first look at the manuscript.
Fresh Voices is a digital arts project dedicated to the creation of photographs, videos, and writing pieces that publicly acknowledge and celebrate the voice of Latinos living in the rural community of Crookston, Minnesota.
IFP Minnesota will provide classes in photography and filmmaking six times per year to residents of the Inpatient Transitional Rehabilitation Program at Courage Center. Students will receive training in digital video and/or photography, and have opportunities to express themselves through these mediums. An exhibition of this work will be provided through a photography show and screening at Courage Center, and through presentations on Courage Center' intranet and closed circuit television, and on IFP Minnesota's website.
TU Dance proposes to launch an access initiative reaching out to people of color to engage new (first-time) audiences, with presentations by the artistic directors to target groups throughout the Twin Cities supported by efforts that address specific participation barriers.
Mu Performing Arts requests $30,000 to hire a community development liaison, who will oversee our Stories program, a theater education initiative for underserved Asian American youth to articulate their lives and address their needs through the performing arts.
Songs of Hope youth performers from Madagascar, Uganda, Israel, Turkey, Italy, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Jamaica, China, and USA will present concerts for diverse audiences in Lake City, Wabasha, Winona, Lanesboro, and Austin, with music by an ensemble of professional musicians.
The Neighborhood Video Project offers access to the media arts for middle school-aged youth who cannot participate in the arts because of transportation and financial barriers, in order to empower them to share their diverse cultural heritages with the community.
Through new and expanded partnerships with three Saint Paul Public School District schools in targeted communities, we will increase accessibility to high-quality music education and performance opportunities for disadvantaged youth, families, and neighborhoods in the east metro of the Twin Cities.
TU Dance will tour to two greater Minnesota communities (Bigfork and Fergus Falls), presenting public performances and collaborating with each partner to conduct master classes, reach underserved populations, and engage the largest and broadest possible audiences.
The proposed project would test our capacity to reach more widely into underserved Twin Cities communities with a greater number of mini-concerts and workshops for seniors, people with developmental disabilities, low-income families, at-risk youth, etc.
In its 32nd season, Music in the Park Series will present an 8-concert chamber music series and 3-concert family series, and educational activities in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul and the greater metropolitan area.
COMPAS will collaborate with the Kulture Klub Collaborative to provide a worksite for homeless youth to create art under the guidance of visual artist Rogger Cummings, while participating in ArtsWork, an arts-based summer employment program.
Dakota Music Tour is Brent Michael Davids, Maza Kute Singers, Cochise Anderson, Manny Laureano, and Mankato Symphony Orchestra engaging Minnesota's Dakota communities with concerts merging American Indian and Western classical music together, including scholars and dancers from each community.