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 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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By Shelby Thomason, One Voice Mixed Chorus Last month our two new staff members, Josh Wise, executive director, and Shelby Thomason, operations manager, managed their first season-concert. Eat, Drink & Be Married was as much a performance as it was a celebration to honor individuals and organizations who have worked to secure civil rights for […]

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If you’re willing to seek out unlikely venues, you could probably see live stand-up comedy in St. Paul seven days a week. I’m certain I don’t know about every show happening, but as a St. Paul native and lifelong lover of comedy, I’ve put together a number of places where you can see stand-up, from […]

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If you’re connected in any way to the various arts communities in St. Paul, you’ve probably at least heard of the Saint Paul Art Crawl. Every spring and fall, numerous buildings, neighborhoods and organizations open themselves up for weekends full of art sharing, art selling and art making. But for the rest of the year, […]

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Hosted by TruArtSpeaks, the Be Heard MN youth poetry slam series is a statewide competition for youth ages 13 to 19 that seeks to identify a team of six to represent Minnesota in the international Brave New Voices youth poetry slam festival in Atlanta, Georgia in the summer of 2015. Since January 16th and running […]

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By Stephen Sokolouski, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra We’re thrilled to share the news that Zachary Cohen has been named our new Principal Bass. Zach has been Guest Principal Bass this season, and this appointment makes his position permanent. Zach is well-known and deeply respected bassist and brings to the SPCO particular talents as a […]

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Way back in early 2004, Jeff Kamin started a book club. There’s nothing terribly remarkable about a book club. At its most basic, a book club is a group of people coming together to discuss a book they’ve all read, sharing their likes and dislikes. If you poll a room full of people, it’s likely […]

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