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Media Coverage of $12.6 million regional initiative of America’s Cultural Treasures

Read a collection of the news coverage following the announcement of a $12.6 million regional initiative providing new funding for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American-led arts organizations.


AMPERS “Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice” | Ten Black, Indigenous, Latino and Asian American-led arts organizations in the Twin Cities and Duluth got news Tuesday of surprise grants of at least half a million dollars each.

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Bemidji Pioneer | Ten arts group serving Minnesota communities of color to split $7M in funding

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KARE 11 | Local arts organizations say ‘We are a worthy community investment.’ Ten Twin Cities arts organizations serving BIPOC communities have been given grants to further their missions.

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Tribal Business News | A pair of Indigenous groups receive $500K America’s Cultural Treasures grants.

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Pioneer Press | Massive new McKnight Foundation program to grant $12.6 million to Minnesota BIPOC arts groups

Earlier this month, Ananya Dance Theatre artistic director Ananya Chatterjea was arguing with her landlord over window repair at the group’s St. Paul theater space, which was damaged during the unrest that followed the death of George Floyd last May. Later that day, she received an email with news that her company was getting a $650,000 grant, administered over the next five years.

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Star Tribune | Ten Minnesota arts groups serving communities of color to split $7M in funding

Ten Minnesota arts groups are getting surprise grants of $500,000 or more as part of a new program meant to grow organizations rooted in communities of color.

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MPR | 10 Minnesota cultural organizations led by people of color get $500,000 each

Ten Minnesota cultural organizations including Theater Mu, Mizna and Juxtaposition Arts will each receive unrestricted grants of at least half a million dollars under a new philanthropic program announced Tuesday.

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Sahan Journal | Arts groups led by people of color often get little in foundation grants. Now some groups in the Twin Cities and beyond are in line for a major boost in funding.

Keeping an arts organization afloat is a constant struggle. Foundations are granting $12.6 million to groups in Minnesota and the Dakotas, providing some badly needed financial stability.

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Red Lake Nation News | Ten Minnesota arts groups serving communities of color to split $7M in funding

Ten Minnesota arts groups are getting surprise grants of $500,000 or more as part of a new program meant to grow organizations rooted in communities of color.

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Duluth News Tribune | Duluth’s AICHO recognized as ‘regional cultural treasure’ with $500,000 grant

AICHO’s arts program was one of 10 arts organizations in Minnesota to be designated a Regional Cultural Treasure and receive an unrestricted grant of at least $500,000.

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WDIO | AICHO dubbed “regional cultural treasure,” will receive $500,000

Ten Minnesota arts groups are getting surprise grants of $500,000 or more as part of a new program meant to grow organizations rooted in communities of color.

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Topic: Arts, The McKnight Distinguished Artist Award

May 2021

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