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61 Midwestern Arts + Culture Organizations Receive $1.5MM for COVID-19 Recovery

Sixty-one Midwestern arts and culture organizations received new COVID-19 relief grants today from Arts Midwest through Phase 2 of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund.

The Resilience Fund’s goal is to invest in historically under-resourced arts and culture organizations across the United States as they work to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with these priorities, thirty-two of the funded organizations are based in rural areas, twenty-five are led by and serving people of color, and five are led by and serving Native and Indigenous communities.

The sixty-one selected organizations will each receive between $10,000 – $50,000 as a one-time investment. Recipients may direct United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund grants to their most pressing needs and opportunities, from response activities to investments that build resiliency and sustainability.

The United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund began in June 2020, when each of America’s six Regional Arts Organizations, a national collective of place-based nonprofit arts service organizations, received allocations of a $10 million emergency grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Arts Midwest invested its initial $1.5 million share from the Mellon Foundation into thirty mid-to-large size organizations across the region. This investment was then matched by an anonymous donor, with Phase 2 supporting additional smaller organizations with annual budgets between $50,000 – $249,999.

To ensure that rural communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color were integral voices in the funding process, Arts Midwest shaped an equity-focused trust-based philanthropic model. Decision making on how to allocate all Resilience Fund grants has been guided by rural culture makers and arts leaders of color from across the Midwest as well as representatives from Arts Midwest’s nine partner State Arts Agencies.

In total, over eight hundred Midwestern organizations have been nominated by community members to receive money through the Resilience Fund. All nominated organizations will have access to free capacity building resources and webinars put on by Arts Midwest in the coming months.

“As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the nation, smaller arts and culture organizations are deeply hurting.” says Torrie Allen, President and CEO of Arts Midwest. “We are grateful to the Mellon Foundation and our anonymous funder for investing in the creative core of the Midwest. We are hopeful that these funds will help organizations across our region weather the storm so that they can keep serving their communities for years to come.”

United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund Awards: Phase 2

Organization City State Award
ArtHaus Decorah IA $15,000
Station 1 Des Moines IA $20,000
Tai Village Des Moines IA $10,000
Public Space One Iowa City IA $20,000
Red Cedar Chamber Music Marion IA $25,000
Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance Marshalltown IA $20,000
George Daily Community Auditorium Oskaloosa IA $35,000
Wieting Theatre and Opera House Toledo IA $20,000
Youth Art Team Waterloo IA $30,000
Public Media Institute Chicago IL $40,000
Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow Peoria IL $40,000
Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center Urbana IL $30,000
Shawnee Theatre of Greene County Bloomfield IN $30,000
Beachfront Dance School Gary IN $15,000
Freetown Village Indianapolis IN $25,000
Iibada Dance Company Indianapolis IN $25,000
Indiana Performing Arts Theatre Indianapolis IN $20,000
N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Arts Detroit MI $35,000
El Ballet Foklorico Esudiantil Flint MI $20,000
Shop Floor Theatre Company Flint MI $20,000
GRAAMA (Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives) Grand Rapids MI $15,000
Downtown Art Place Ironwood MI $10,000
Black Arts & Cultural Center Kalamazoo MI $30,000
Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization Manchester MI $10,000
Voices Without Borders Petoskey MI $15,000
Arts for All of Northern Michigan Traverse City MI $25,000
Manidoo Ogitigaan Bemidji MN $25,000
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop Minneapolis MN $40,000
Rosy Simas Danse Minneapolis MN $25,000
Threads Dance Project Minneapolis MN $25,000
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) St. Paul MN $30,000
Indigenous Roots Cultural Art Center St. Paul MN $50,000
Brownbody Vadnais Heights MN $30,000
Turtle Mountain Indian Historical Society Belcourt ND $15,000
Ukrainian Cultural Institute Dickinson ND $15,000
African Arts Arena Grand Forks ND $10,000
Northern Valley Youth Orchestras Grand Forks ND $15,000
Minot Area Council on the Arts Minot ND $25,000
Nelson County Arts Council Pekin ND $15,000
Long X Arts Foundation Watford City ND $15,000
Passion Works Athens OH $50,000
Black Swamp Arts Festival Bowling Green OH $35,000
Majestic Theatre Chillicothe OH $15,000
Maroon Arts Group Columbus OH $15,000
Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach Homerville OH $20,000
ArtSpace Lima Lima OH $40,000
Paper Circle Nelsonville OH $10,000
Piqua Arts Council Piqua OH $25,000
The Youngstown Playhouse Youngstown OH $50,000
Aberdeen Area Arts Council Aberdeen SD $25,000
Crystal Theatre Cultural Association Flandreau SD $10,000
Chautauqua Craftsmen & Artisans of the Black Hills Hot Springs SD $10,000
Pierre Players Community Theatre Pierre SD $10,000
He Sapa Wacipi Na Oshkate (Black Hills Pow Wow Association) Rapid City SD $35,000
Racing Magpie Rapid City SD $35,000
Harmony South Dakota Sioux Falls SD $30,000
Sisseton Arts Council Sisseton SD $10,000
Ko-Thi Dance Company Milwaukee WI $30,000
Walker’s Point Center for the Arts Milwaukee WI $50,000
Woodland Indian Art Oneida WI $10,000
ArtStart Rhinelander WI $50,000
TOTAL $1,500,000