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Minnesota State Arts Board awards grant to Northwest Indian Community Development Center


January 17, 2020

Saint Paul, MN -- The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded a $22,499 Partners in Arts Participation grant to the Northwest Indian Community Development Center (NWICDC), a Bemidji nonprofit organization that fosters well-being for Native families in northern Minnesota.

At its January meeting, the Arts Board approved 154 grants through its Partners in Arts Participation, Artist Initiative, and Cultural Community Partnership programs. These awards, totaling more than $1.77 million, conclude the agency’s fiscal year 2020 grant cycle.

“The Arts Board’s Partners in Arts Participation grants help health and human service nonprofits introduce or expand the use of arts in their programming and services,” said Arts Board executive director Sue Gens. “Through these funds, the arts can work hand in hand with community partners to promote health and well-being for Minnesota residents.”

The grant awarded will enable NWICDC to collaborate with the Miikanan Gallery at the Watermark Arts Center to provide youth with a positive outlet for expression and identity through digital arts programming.

Partners in Arts Participation grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

To learn more about fiscal year 2020 grantees and their activities, visit the Arts Board Web site at

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts. It receives appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Arts Board offers grants, services, and other resources to individuals and organizations throughout the state to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. Additional information about the Arts Board can be found online at


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