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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By Levi Weinhagen, St. Paul arts blogger “We Are Hmong Minnesota,” the new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center developed in partnership with many individuals and organizations active in the local Hmong community, does an amazing job of letting visitors stand in the past and look through the present into the future. The diaspora of […]

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By Stephen Sokolouski, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra This week, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is heading west to the Bay Area for a three-day residency at Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley. The SPCO will be the first chamber orchestra to participate in this program, joining the ranks of such world-renowned orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic, […]

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By Levi Weinhagen, St Paul arts blogger Over the past 15 years, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) has gone through a host of transitions – from giving over artistic direction to its own musicians to inaugurating a new concert hall to rave reviews earlier this month. During that time, the orchestra’s President and Managing […]

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This article is cross-posted with permission from Creative Exchange. You may have read that the rise of the creative entrepreneur is leading to the death of the artist. That’s not our experience. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with people in communities all across the United States, and there are artists everywhere. There […]

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There’s enough storytelling being performed in the Twin Cities that just the fact that a new show is happening has become unremarkable. However, the people behind Culture Casts are producing something new that promises to be much more than just another storytelling show. “Off Our Chests: Women Talk Breasts” is an evening of music, storytelling, […]

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You should go see West St. Paul-based artist Carolyn Swiszcz’s exhibition, “Inventory,” which is currently on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as part of their Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP). That’s putting it pretty plainly, but if you’re in the Twin Cities and can make the time, it’s worthwhile to see the video […]

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By Thomas F. Surprenant, Stahl Construction Company Receiving a grant from the Knight Foundation to restore and conserve some of the historic “ghost signs” in St. Paul’s Lowertown has been enjoyable and rewarding, though it also brings challenges that have kept me awake at night. Where do I find the matching funds? How does Stahl […]

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By Stephen Sokolouski, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Only one week remains until the highly anticipated Ordway Concert Hall Opening Celebration, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s (SPCO) first official concerts in its new downtown Saint Paul home. Recently, Kristin Tillotson of the Star Tribune previewed the new hall: Ever since Ordway Center was built 30 years ago, the […]

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On June 1st, 2014, educators Peter Rachleff and Beth Cleary, supported by a board of directors, formally launched the East Side Freedom Library. A Knight Arts grantee, this new institution is housed in the former Arlington Hills Library building through a 15-year lease with the City of St. Paul. The organization’s goal is to provide […]

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Part of what makes Jonathan Oppenheimer willing to launch a project like Midway Murals (a Knight Arts grantee) is his propensity to not fully consider what he’s getting into. “If there’s something I decide I want to do, I don’t always think it through, which is a blessing and curse. I don’t do a lot […]

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