Knight Foundation grants $8 million to arts in St. Paul

  • Article by: Kristin Tillotson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 30, 2014 - 12:13 PM

The national foundation decided to throw its support behind the city because of the “organic momentum” of St. Paul's growing arts scene.

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forpeopleJan. 29, 14 8:19 PM

With homelessness on the rise and on-going problems with low-wage jobs, I certainly wish that McKnight had different priorities. An emphasis on the arts is not what is going to build future prosperity for Minnesota. History is replete with nations that emphasized the arts while they were falling behind in what was actually needed for nation building. Such nations sometimes survive but barely.

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MetrowomanJan. 29, 14 8:30 PM

This is great news. Hooray for St. Paul. Thank you to the Knight Foundation.

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gemie1Jan. 29, 14 9:37 PM

The Ordway offers so much to the community. There are street fairs where people can sit and listen to music outside (when weather permits). People are introduced to the music, dance and arts of other cultures and all this is happening in down town St. Paul. A ticket to the Ordway can be pricey, but everyone is welcomed to all the outside events that do not cost anything, because of the generosity of these type of foundations donating money to the arts and the community. Homelessness is a problem facing every city in our country, but I see the arts as offering an avenue of expression and a sense of hope. It helps foster sometimes, a shared humanity.

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nanettepJan. 29, 1410:20 PM

Congratulations to TU Dance, one of the best artistic assets in town!

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kmtillotsonJan. 30, 14 9:30 AM

forpeople, it is the Knight Foundation, a Miami-based national grant giver, not the Minnesota-based McKnight Foundation, that is issuing these grants. Similar names, so confusion understandable.

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scandigalJan. 30, 14 9:47 AM

I don't think some people realize what the arts does for the economy. When people drop $50 to see a show at The Ordway, they also spend $10 for parking and $30 for dinner. Because they are out and about, they also might do some shopping-particularly people from the suburbs and out-state who come to the city for an arts event. This is the same principle that applies to sports...look at what The Wild contributes to St. Paul's bottom line. Remember the economic devastation during the hockey strike?

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unicorn4711Jan. 30, 1410:17 AM

These organizations are trying their best, but their existence is a part of the problem. People can feel good about the donations and work of non-profits, but the capital they started with only exists because of an unfair system where a lot of people contribute to make something and a very small number of people get all the rewards and money. Rather than applaud when rich people form organizations that do some good work, we should just change the initial distribution of wealth.

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downtownfunJan. 30, 1412:15 PM

I can't find this anywhere on the front page of the pioneer press online but Joe Soucheray's column is there for the 3rd day in a row. This is kind of what is wrong with St. Paul, great orgs. but the city is not really behind them.

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absent_carloJan. 30, 14 1:32 PM

forpeople - You realize that it's good to invest in things the people that are paying for everything like to do. If you don't do that, you end up with Detriot.

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