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

by Arts Midwest

Two young people dance together in the center of a drum circle.
Heritage Works provides a drum circle as part of Green Garage’s Noel Night celebration in 2018.

Arts and culture organizations across the Midwest region receive COVID-19 relief grants through the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund.


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. 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.”

Torrie Allen, President and CEO, Arts Midwest

United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund Awards: Phase 2

OrganizationCityStateAward
ArtHausDecorahIA$15,000
Station 1Des MoinesIA$20,000
Tai VillageDes MoinesIA$10,000
Public Space OneIowa CityIA$20,000
Red Cedar Chamber MusicMarionIA$25,000
Marshall County Arts & Culture AllianceMarshalltownIA$20,000
George Daily Community AuditoriumOskaloosaIA$35,000
Wieting Theatre and Opera HouseToledoIA$20,000
Youth Art TeamWaterlooIA$30,000
Public Media InstituteChicagoIL$40,000
Artists ReEnvisioning TomorrowPeoriaIL$40,000
Urbana Champaign Independent Media CenterUrbanaIL$30,000
Shawnee Theatre of Greene CountyBloomfieldIN$30,000
Beachfront Dance SchoolGaryIN$15,000
Freetown VillageIndianapolisIN$25,000
Iibada Dance CompanyIndianapolisIN$25,000
Indiana Performing Arts TheatreIndianapolisIN$20,000
N’Namdi Center for Contemporary ArtsDetroitMI$35,000
El Ballet Foklorico EsudiantilFlintMI$20,000
Shop Floor Theatre CompanyFlintMI$20,000
GRAAMA (Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives)Grand RapidsMI$15,000
Downtown Art PlaceIronwoodMI$10,000
Black Arts & Cultural CenterKalamazooMI$30,000
Riverfolk Music and Arts OrganizationManchesterMI$10,000
Voices Without BordersPetoskeyMI$15,000
Arts for All of Northern MichiganTraverse CityMI$25,000
Manidoo OgitigaanBemidjiMN$25,000
Minnesota Prison Writing WorkshopMinneapolisMN$40,000
Rosy Simas DanseMinneapolisMN$25,000
Threads Dance ProjectMinneapolisMN$25,000
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT)St. PaulMN$30,000
Indigenous Roots Cultural Art CenterSt. PaulMN$50,000
BrownbodyVadnais HeightsMN$30,000
Turtle Mountain Indian Historical SocietyBelcourtND$15,000
Ukrainian Cultural InstituteDickinsonND$15,000
African Arts ArenaGrand ForksND$10,000
Northern Valley Youth OrchestrasGrand ForksND$15,000
Minot Area Council on the ArtsMinotND$25,000
Nelson County Arts CouncilPekinND$15,000
Long X Arts FoundationWatford CityND$15,000
Passion WorksAthensOH$50,000
Black Swamp Arts FestivalBowling GreenOH$35,000
Majestic TheatreChillicotheOH$15,000
Maroon Arts GroupColumbusOH$15,000
Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural OutreachHomervilleOH$20,000
ArtSpace LimaLimaOH$40,000
Paper CircleNelsonvilleOH$10,000
Piqua Arts CouncilPiquaOH$25,000
The Youngstown PlayhouseYoungstownOH$50,000
Aberdeen Area Arts CouncilAberdeenSD$25,000
Crystal Theatre Cultural AssociationFlandreauSD$10,000
Chautauqua Craftsmen & Artisans of the Black HillsHot SpringsSD$10,000
Pierre Players Community TheatrePierreSD$10,000
He Sapa Wacipi Na Oshkate (Black Hills Pow Wow Association)Rapid CitySD$35,000
Racing MagpieRapid CitySD$35,000
Harmony South DakotaSioux FallsSD$30,000
Sisseton Arts CouncilSissetonSD$10,000
Ko-Thi Dance CompanyMilwaukeeWI$30,000
Walker’s Point Center for the ArtsMilwaukeeWI$50,000
Woodland Indian ArtOneidaWI$10,000
ArtStartRhinelanderWI$50,000
TOTAL$1,500,000

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