Minnesota ranks 8th in the country for 2013 NEA grants
|The biggest 2013 NEA grant winners for Minnesota are Graywolf Press and Mixed Blood Theatre.|
Minnesotans won enough of them to make us the eighth-ranked state in the country for the prestigious awards.
- Playwright Carson Kreitzer awarded NEA grant
- St. Paul's Other Book Baron
Of $23.3 million in available NEA funds, Minnesota groups won 28 grants totaling $877,500. That's an increase of over $100K from last year, when the state took home $731,000.
The states that beat us out are predictable ones, with big cities and big populations: New York received $7 million for 236 grants, followed by California with $3.7 million, Illinois with $1.1 million, Massachusetts and Texas with amounts around $1 million, Pennsylvania at $973,000, and D.C. at $900,000.
Of the Minnesotans taking home national arts money, Mixed Blood Theatre leads the pack with a whopping $100,000. The award is $80,000 more than company received in 2012, and is earmarked to produce two new works and tour two other commissioned pieces.
Graywolf Press comes in second with $90,000 (a $20,000 increase), and our other beloved local presses, Milkweed Editions and Coffee House, will receive $65,000 each.
The full list of winners reads like an exciting sneak-peek at the upcoming year in arts in the Twin Cities and the state, including plans for the Minnesota Opera's world premiere of Doubt ($40,000) and a Northern Spark installation that will involve U of M architecture students recreating Marcel Breuer's St. Paul house, floating it down the Mississippi, and then setting it on fire "as a symbolic act of celebration and destruction" ($15,000). Check out all of the awards at the NEA site.