Kurt Andersen, host of PRI's "Studio 360," which received a $100,000 NEA grant.
As part of its annual state and regional funding allocations, the National Endowment for the Arts has granted $705,400 to the Minnesota State Arts Board to fund programming and arts promotion in 2014. Arts Midwest, a regional noprofit serving seven states based in Minneapolis, got just over $1.3 million.
Earlier, the NEA announced its second round of fiscal year 2013 Arts Work grants, with 24 going to Minnesota organizations. The biggest winner was Public Radio International in the Media Arts category. PRI received $100,000 in support of the weekly culture program “Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen” and $50,000 for “Global Hit,” a short musical feature that runs on the news program “The World.”
MacPhail Center for the Arts received the second-largest grant, $75,000, for its Online School Partnerships program, which teaches students how to play musical instruments through remote online instruction. Also notable was a $40,000 grant to the Minnesota Orchestra for its Symphony for the Cities free outdoor summer concerts. The orchestra’s musicians remain locked out and its management announced today that the remainder of the 2012-13 season has been cancelled.