Archive for the ‘Arts’ Category

Artists as Must Haves: Why Our Communities Need the NEA

    In my office, I’ve hung a quote on poster paper that reads: “Artists are MUST HAVE, not nice to have. They are essential, not peripheral.” It’s a conviction our board and staff share as McKnight’s arts program places working artists at the core of our focus. Millions of Americans agree that artists and the […]

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How We Got Here: McKnight’s Arts Approach Explained

  McKnight’s arts team recently shared the following letter with arts grantees about a program update that increases transparency about our grantmaking approach.   Dear McKnight Arts Grantee, In 2015, The McKnight Foundation granted $9.1 million — more than 10% of our total payout for the year — to arts organizations in Minnesota. McKnight has supported Minnesota’s artists since 1981, the inaugural […]

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Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy: A Work in Progress

  I came to philanthropy after nearly a decade as the executive director of a culturally-specific arts organization. I understand that in addition to the general struggle to thrive that exists for most artists and arts organizations, artists of color and arts organizations founded and led by people of color especially struggle to own space […]

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Rick Shiomi, McKnight’s 2015 Distinguished Artist

  Below is board chair Meghan Binger Brown’s foreword from the recently released commemorative book celebrating McKnight’s 2015 Distinguished Artist, Rick Shiomi — theater artist, musician, and founder of Mu Performing Arts. Playwright, Director, Musician, Mentor: An Artist’s Zen Journey “Minnesota would be the last place in the world I’d want to end up,” Rick Shiomi wrote in […]

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Valuing Artists: The McKnight Artist Fellowships

A Long Tradition of Honoring Artists Here at The McKnight Foundation, the annual celebration of McKnight Artist Fellows is one of our favorite evenings of the year. In September, we celebrated the new 2015 cohort of 42 talented artists along with the eight administrative partners that make our program possible. The event is a chance for […]

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