Here is a list provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of the 42 projects that will split $1.365 million in grants from the foundation:

Aaron Dysart, Andrea Steudel, Emily Stover and Asia Ward

$35,000 to celebrate the landmark power plant in downtown St. Paul as a largely sustainable fuel source by projecting a light show on the steam plume that billows from the roof.

Alec Soth/Little Brown Mushroom

$35,000 to create “The Winnebago Workshop,” a mobile classroom where teens are paired with artists to create multimedia stories.

American Composers Forum

$7,000 to bring the arts into people’s everyday lives by infusing music experiences into unlikely places in downtown St. Paul during the noontime hour..

Ananya Dance Theatre

$50,000 to tell the story of women’s roles in the global food system through an interdisciplinary piece.

Asian Economic Development Association

$50,000 to explore the significance of water through art at the St. Paul Water Festival, a Minnesota adaptation of celebrations that take place in Southeast Asia..

Barry Madore

$50,0000 to showcase Latino East Siders through a fictional radio novela/variety show, broadcast on the new Dayton’s Bluff FM station.

Button Poetry

$40,000 to provide the community with access to top spoken-word artists through monthly performances and workshops.

Center for Hmong Arts and Talent

$35,000 to highlight the best of Hmong design through the Fresh Traditions Fashion Show, where contestants incorporate the five traditional Hmong fabrics into contemporary form.

Contempo Physical Dance

$30,000 to challenge assumptions about African and contemporary dance through an annual choreography residency for those working in Brazilian or African Diaspora contemporary dance.

Curious incident

$15,000 to highlight the history of St. Paul’s unused spaces by energizing them with immersive arts events.

East Side Freedom Library

$25,000 to commission large-scale artworks that promote “the work of freedom” and honor the people who have shaped the city’s East Side.

Hamilton Ink Spot

$50,000 to expand this storefront cooperative that provides classes and mentorship programs for the hand printing of original artwork.

In Progress

$50,000 to build understanding of the long invisible yet vibrant North End community through digital storytelling by local youth and adults.

Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota

$60,000 to help develop local screenwriters through a fellowship competition where all finalists receive mentoring and classes to improve their work.

Jeff Bartlett

$45,000 to transform landmark buildings in St. Paul by having master lighting designer Jeff Bartlett turn architectural icons into kinetic canvases for light, color and drama..

Jonathan Oppenheimer

$25,000 to amplify artists’ and immigrant business owners’ voices along Snelling Avenue through mosaics, graffiti art and paint murals that showcase the neighborhood’s stories.

Ka Joog

$20,000 to preserve the art of Somali poetry through a mobile art program offering performances and educational programming.

M2 Foundation

$30,000 to foster a love for music in St. Paul youth by teaching them to perform African and Brazilian rhythms on percussion instruments, preparing for performances at the St. Paul Saints’ new ballpark.

McNally Smith College of Music Foundation

$20,000 to provide high school students interested in music careers with the rare opportunity to attend a prestigious Grammy Camp, staffed by music professionals.

Michael Bahl

$40,000 to create a landmark for St. Paul bicycle culture through a sculpture that doubles as a bike rack.


$40,000 to introduce new audiences to Arab-American artistic expression by bringing local and national Arab writers and filmmakers to the city’s parks, art spaces and cafes.

MN Spoken Word Association

$14,000 to celebrate the city through spoken word by creating a tapestry of poems written by residents in 10 rapidly growing neighborhoods.

Mu Performing Arts

$70,000 to empower immigrants in the Twin Cities to tell their stories by creating an original play about the 21st century immigrant experience in collaboration with artist Masanari Kawahara.

Nautilus Music-Theater

$40,000 to become a major resource in the renaissance of Lowertown St. Paul by expanding programming and audience engagement efforts in a new street-level space.

Ragamala Dance Company

$18,000 to bring a traditional Indian celebration of the arts into the public sphere with “Navaratri: Bringing the Arts from Home to Community.”

Rogue Citizen/Free Range Music Cooperative

$15,000 to celebrate St. Paul hip-hop through an arts and music series that draws attention to an often-overlooked culture in the city.

Saint Paul Public Schools and Partners

$5,000 to encourage creative expression by creating a public gallery to present high-quality student-produced art events.

Science Museum of Minnesota

$55,000 to explore race and racism through community workshops that are paired with a museum exhibition, led by Penumbra Theatre Company, and grounded in theater techniques.

Shades of Yellow

$19,000 to build the Hmong/Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQ artist community by opening a studio where artists can create, perform and receive support to creatively share their stories.

Silvia Pontaza

$40,000 to make art more accessible to the Latino community by creating a community radio show and podcast that provides context on local cultural exhibits and events.

Stahl Construction Company

$45,000 to preserve the legacy of St. Paul’s architecture by restoring historic company signs that distinguish Lowertown.

Sumunar Indonesian Music and Dance

$15,000 to introduce local audiences to Indonesian shadow puppet plays, known as wayang kulit, based on traditional stories and current events in Minnesota.

Sweet 317

$6,000 to offer a free monthly music series at this intimate space in Lowertown focused on art-forward events.

The Baroque Room

$12,000 to showcase the St. Paul classical music scene during the Art Crawl through performances in art gallery spaces.

The Bindery Projects

$50,000 to ensure the city is part of the national discourse on contemporary art by showcasing prominent artists at this artist-run exhibition space.

The Winding Sheet Outfit

$4,000 to infuse a sense of magic and wonder into theater through a storytelling performance that takes place beneath a black tent that travels around the city.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

$125,000 to increase audiences for jazz by expanding the outdoor stages in Lowertown for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.

Unify University!

$7,000 to celebrate cultural unity by commissioning artists to build giant street puppets for the Unify University Community Parade.

Walker West Music Academy

$25,000 to bring jazz music back to Selby Avenue through a monthly free concert series at Walker West’s new music center.

Wonderlust Productions

$35,000 to provide a behind-the-scenes peek at the state Capitol through a site-specific play generated by the people who bring the place to life each day.

WorkHorse Coffee Bar

$5,000 to engage Green Line LRT commuters by creating “the smallest museum in St. Paul” in a vintage fire-hose cabinet along University Avenue.


$10,000 to meld the musical and culinary arts by pairing foods with new musical compositions.