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Ten Minnesota arts groups serving communities of color to split $7M in funding

At least $500,000 each for "cultural treasures" linked to communities of color

Ten Minnesota arts groups are getting surprise grants of $500,000 or more as part of a new program meant to grow organizations rooted in communities of color.

The grants, to be announced Tuesday, launch the regional, $12.7 million phase of a national Ford Foundation initiative that last year recognized St. Paul's Penumbra Theatre as one of "America's Cultural Treasures."

Minnesota is the first to roll out its regional picks. The McKnight Foundation is partnering with Ford and others to provide $7 million in new funding for Black, Indigenous, Latin and Asian American-led organizations working in theater and visual arts, music and the spoken word.


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