St. Paul Arts Community Receives $8M Boost from Knight Foundation

Updated: 01/29/2014 10:42 PM
Created: 01/29/2014 8:08 PM
By: Cassie Hart

Minnesotans are proud to have such a rich and vibrant arts culture here, and now the Knight Foundation wants to make it even better.

On Wednesday night, they announced the St. Paul arts community will get an $8 million boost for the people, artists, non-profits, and big corporations that bind the community, keeping it on the cutting edge of culture.

"I’ve seen what a vibrant community it is, I’ve also seen what a collaborative community--I think it's the cold weather, everyone has to pull together sometimes,” Dennis Scholl, the Knights Vice President of Arts said.

The foundation handed out grants to five arts institutions including a million dollars to St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Arts Partnership. They also gave a half million dollars to TU Dance, Springboard for the Arts and Penumbra Theatre.

The Knight Foundation is also offering $4.5 million to people as part of a three year contest. "It invites everyone in St. Paul to give us your best art idea, every single person, don't have to be an organization, you can be a corporation," Scholl said.

Similar contests in Miami, Detroit and Philadelphia have led to 15,000 artistic ideas over the past six years.

There are 3 rules: your idea must be about art, it must take place in or benefit St. Paul, and if they choose your idea you must go out into the community and find matching money of some kind.

The Knight Arts Challenge will accept applications April 7 through May 5, 2014.

Get more information on the Knight Foundation here.

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