St. Paul

The Knight Arts program is now seeking grant opportunities in St. Paul that can create transformational and sustainable change through artistic excellence and collective cultural experiences. If you’re interested in learning more about working with Knight in the arts, please contact Program Director Polly Talen.

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St. Paul City-Artist-In-Residence Marcus Young and the artists of the Grace Minnesota have been encouraging folks to cut loose and dance in the streets since 2008. This year, on Aug. 1 in Minneapolis’ Peavey Plaza, they’ll do so to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Minnesota’s legalization of same-sex marriage. The idea behind the ongoing project, “Don’t you […]

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By Renee Prola, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts It was the perfect night for dancing…sunny with a slight breeze and Rice Park was the perfect setting. A large group gathered by 6pm for Salsa lessons lead by Manny and Carmen Rubio, who were joined by their daughters. The Rubio family taught Salsa, Mambo, Cha […]

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Live in the middle of a city, and you can’t escape the cyclical flux of abandonment, demolition and development. Businesses come and go. A once-prosperous neighborhood hits hard times, and slowly dilapidating properties bear witness to its residents’ struggles. But the truth is, in an urban center, space is precious – even derelict land eventually […]

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By Dayna Martinez, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Hundreds of people boogied on down to Rice Park on July 10th for Summer Dance – man, it was Disco night! The weather was beautiful, and so were the people, as they learned some ‘far out’ dance moves from the Arthur Murray dance instructors.  And then, […]

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We are excited to announce 69 finalists for this year’s Knight Arts Challenge in St. Paul. This spring, we asked the community for their best ideas for the arts. More than 850 people shared their passion and projects with us. Our panel of 10 local readers — artists and arts leaders from a variety of […]

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When I first encountered the poems in Kathryn Kysar’s 2011 collection, “Pretend the World,” I was struck, most of all, by the expansiveness of her voice and vision. Here’s a thumbnail description of the collection, from my review of her book written shortly after it was published: The St. Paul-based poet speaks for herself, of […]

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By Kirstin Wiegmann, Forecast Public Art Roosevelt High School, a public school located in the Standish-Ericsson neighborhood of South Minneapolis, has been quietly working on plans for a large scale outdoor sculpture for the school and the larger community. In collaboration with Forecast Public Art and artist Randy Walker, the Connections Gallery is a permanent […]

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By Jack Becker, Forecast Public Art  After months of planning with dozens of artists and creative business leaders in the neighborhood surrounding Forecast Public Art, the Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) was transformed on June 14 into a one-day pop-up cultural park to celebrate the launch of the new Green Line light rail connecting Minneapolis and […]

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Over the holiday weekend, Garrison Keillor and the gang behind “A Prairie Home Companion” are returning home to Macalester College, the site of the show’s very first broadcast nearly 40 years ago on July 6, 1974. Over the course of its hugely successful four-decade run, the locally produced public radio show has become a Midwestern […]

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The Lift | Laura Zabel & Dennis Scholl Interview from The Lift on Vimeo. Knight’s Dennis Scholl is at the Aspen Ideas Festival this week, talking about the impact of culture on communities.  While there, he spoke with Springboard for the Arts’ Laura Zabel on local TV about how artists can better connect with their neighbors. The St. […]

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