Sponsors & Partners

City of Saint Paul's Cultural STAR program

The Cultural STAR Program was created to promote economic growth in Saint Paul by strengthening the arts and cultural sector and by supporting Downtown as a vital cultural center.

The Saint Paul City Council has designated ten percent of the total tax revenue from this program to grants and loans for cultural projects. At least eighty percent of Cultural STAR funds will be invested in projects located within the targeted area known as the Cultural District.

Remaining funds may be allocated toward projects outside the Cultural District within the legal limits of the City of Saint Paul.  The Cultural District is defined as the geographic area bordered by Interstate 94 to the North, the Lafayette Bridge to the East, the Mississippi river to the South, and Chestnut Road to the West.


The McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, coalition-building, and encouragement of strategic policy reform. The Foundation makes grants in support of children and families, region and communities, the environment, the arts, neuroscience research, and select international efforts. For more than 50 years, its primary geographic focus has been the state of Minnesota.


Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC)

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council promotes incorporation of the arts into the daily life of communities by providing leadership, advocacy, grants, and services. As one of 11 regional arts councils in Minnesota, MRAC is largely funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. MRAC also receives a generous grant from The McKnight Foundation.


Lowertown Future Fund

The Lowertown Future Fund is a donor-advised fund of the St. Paul Foundation, dedicated to working to preserve and enhance the successful community-building efforts of its predecessor organization. It has been established to provide financial support and guidance to innovative projects and programs which have the potential to enhance and enrich the artistic, cultural and social lives of Lowertown's growing community of residents, workers, artists and other creatives,  businesses and visitors.


Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a private, nonprofit, membership organization established in 1945 to support the Saint Paul Public Library. Today, The Friends boasts a membership of close to 3,000 individuals.

Our mission is to increase the use of the Library through public awareness and cultural programming; to advocate for strong public funding of the Library; and to provide private funding to enhance Library services. Through this work, The Friends serves as a national model for its unique, comprehensive support of the Saint Paul Public Library.


Saint Paul Public Schools

With more than 38,000 students, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is Minnesota's second-largest school district. Through highly trained and deeply dedicated staff, innovative education programs, and the support of our community, we offer students and families a world of opportunities.

Our student population is diverse. Students hail from countries throughout the world, speak more than 70 languages and dialects, and come to the district with an array of educational experiences and skills. Their experiences help us create a multicultural educational energy that supplements classroom lessons and helps all students and staff develop a better understanding of the world in which they live.


Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN)

SPNN is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 charity, a community media center serving Saint Paul, MN and the Twin Cities metro area. Our mission is to make media available, reflective and responsive to the needs of people in Saint Paul in order to increase understanding and respect for the diversity of people and ideas in our democratic society. We operate five channels on the Comcast cable system, which reach 52,000 cable households in Saint Paul.


Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar

The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar is the central hub of Lowertown, St. Paul, and plays host for many Almanac events, such as the Lowertown Reading Jam series. The café features the finest locally-roasted espresso and gourmet coffees, a select and creative wine list, your favorite domestic and imported beers, and just the right tasty treats to go with them! The Black Dog offers free wireless Internet and features organic and/or locally grown produce whenever possible.


Clouds in Water Zen Center

Clouds in Water Zen Center is a community of lay practitioners devoted to awakening the heart of great wisdom and compassion. This heart is your own true heart—the essence of peace, harmony and joy—and it is not separate from the heart of all beings. To all spiritual seekers we offer meditation instruction, classes, workshops, communal meditation, retreats, liturgy, community events and a practice for children and youth. We offer support for meditation and mindfulness, whether at home, work or at the center.


Twin Cities Daily Planet

The Twin Cities Daily Planet is an online publication connecting citizens in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul with one another and with the global community. The Daily Planet is a project of the Twin Cities Media Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the digital divide and helping citizens empower themselves with media.

Each day, the Daily Planet publishes multiple original articles and blog entries and also republishes several articles and blog entries from our 100+ community media partners.


KFAI Radio, 90.3 Minneapolis, 106.7 St. Paul

KFAI is a volunteer-based community radio station that exists to broadcast information, arts and entertainment programming for an audience of diverse racial, social and economic backgrounds. By providing a voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media, KFAI increases understanding between peoples and communities, while fostering the values of democracy and social justice.


Nautilus Music Theater Nautilus-Logo

Since 1986, Nautilus (formerly The New Music-Theater Ensemble) has been dedicated to the development of new operas and other forms of music-theater, along with innovative productions of existing work. Our goals include the formation of partnerships between creators, performers, and audiences, and the creation of professional training programs for artists. We use music-theater as a tool to create enriching experiences for artists and audiences, supporting the individual and collective growth of the human spirit.


Sendero Flamenco sendero-flamenco

Sendero Flamenco was formed in 2004 by four fantastic friends passionate about the art of flamenco. Sendero Flamenco is: Tara Weatherly and Michael Ziegahn. Retired, but not forgotten: Shari Peterson and David Elrod. Studio Sendero is a dance and music collaborative studio in Lowertown, Saint Paul which is home to classes, workshops, events, and performances. Established in 2010.


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