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News Release: McKnight approves a total of over $14 million in second quarter of 2011, including $1.4 million to support small and mid

June 17, 2011 - McKnight's 2nd-quarter approved grants.

The McKnight Foundation awarded 128 grants totaling $14,248,000 in its second-quarter 2011 grantmaking. 
Of the $14.2 million total approved, $1.4 million went to 18 small and mid-sized arts organizations that model innovation in connecting artists and people, or that develop and deliver the work of Minnesota artists. Among these organizations, Arts Midwest of Minneapolis received $600,000 over three years to support ArtsLab, a capacity-building program for small artist-driven arts organizations; Fergus Falls Center for the Arts, Inc., received $65,000 over two years for general operations and to organize the first Rural Arts and Culture Summit; Kulture Klub Collaborative of Minneapolis received $50,000 over two years for its efforts to create working partnerships between homeless youth and professional artists; Lanesboro Arts Center received $40,000 over two years to support its general operations, including a sales gallery bolstering the careers of 80 southeast Minnesota artists; and Native American Community Development Institute received $75,000 over three years to support All My Relations, a professional art gallery that celebrates the relationship between contemporary Native American artists and the influence of preceding generations.

"The kaleidoscope of creativity that is Minnesota's arts ecosystem is a reflection of the variety of organizations supporting artists in the Twin Cities metro and around the state," says Robert J. Struyk, McKnight's board chair. "It is also clearly evident in the myriad ways these and other arts organizations connect artists and communities."

The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, coalition-building, and encouragement of strategic policy reform. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota-based Foundation had assets of approximately $1.9 billion and granted about $96 million in 2010.