Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered to permanently protect, restore and enhance 1,630 acres of grassland and 294 acres of wetland as Waterfowl Production Areas in Western and Southern Minnesota. All lands acquired will be owned and managed in perpetuity by the USFWS as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System and open for public recreation.
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.
Ragamala Dance and Mu Daiko will present a shared public performance at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, providing an affordable experience of Indian and Japanese performing arts to the southern Twin Cities suburbs, and a free school matinee.
"Stories from Yesterday and Today: Continuing the Circle of Life" - A Center for the Arts, Kaddatz Galleries, and Otter Tail County Historical Society bring storytelling into senior centers while gathering stories from seniors to share with community and family.
Cantus's access project will bring its singers to community centers and other sites to perform and interact with underserved communities in a new Cantus Harmony initiative, and will dedicate 10 percent of home concert tickets to low-income music-lovers, an ongoing effort.
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.
The Loft will deepen its relationships with and investigate and remove barriers to participation in Loft programs for writers and literary readers and those in the makings who are recent immigrants, people living with disabilities, and teens.
The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra will perform five free concerts for seniors during July 2010: Four coffee concerts at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, with listeners bused in from Twin Cities' senior activity centers; and a neighborhood concert in Elliot Park.
To present the first annual Off-Leash Area Neighborhood Garage Tour of "A Gift for Planet BX63," a remount of its 2007 garage production, for a tour of sixteen performances in eight neighborhoods over two months, reaching an estimated 600 people.
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.
The Twin Cities Elder Choir mobilizes and celebrates the voices of Minnesota's seniors, engaging new audiences and building understanding through performances by an artistically ambitious, 50-voice chorus organized in collaboration with the MacPhail Center and residential care facilities across the Twin Cities.
VSA arts of Minnesota staff will conduct audience development work in five greater Minnesota communities to increase participation at arts performances by people who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/low vision.
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.
To support outreach efforts to the youth of North Minneapolis who are underserved and underrepresented and provide access to arts education and performance opportunities by eliminating perceived or real barriers to the arts.
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.
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.
Only 6.7 percent of schools with 55-100 percent of students getting free/reduced fee lunches access CLIMB although 716 of 716 Title 1 teachers surveyed want us. This proposal provides free performances of three plays we'll revise to meet Title 1 school needs.