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Philanthropy


Our towns are nationally famous for the monetary contributions that corporations, foundations, and individuals make to the common good. Our museums and arts organizations large and small, our many and diverse social service nonprofits, think tanks, colleges, universities, and charities--all have benefited from a philanthropic largesse that grows out of a spirit of service. Our large foundations have a national reach, while corporate giants like Target and Medtronic supply a great deal of the material basis of our well-known art scene.

Features

Lou Bellamy and Sarah Bellamy

MSP's Theater Community Then and Now: Building New Rooms in a House They Constructed

The second article in our two-part series about the diverse people and companies that helped build the Minneapolis-St. Paul theater community.

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Cohorts, Capacity Building, Creative Communities: The Evolution of Artspace's Geographic Approach

The arts real-estate nonprofit Artspace is re-scaling its work to take a more geographic approach that includes consulting with a cohort of art organizations in Detroit and developing creative districts in rural Colorado. 

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Museums and Libraries as Co-Creators of Change

New research reveals the catalytic role that libraries and museums are playing in rebuilding troubled neighborhoods. These important  "anchor institutions" are helping drive economic, educational and social efforts in their neighborhoods.

Rayette Building in Lowertown

Transit-Oriented Development in St. Paul: Connections That Create Value

More transit means more value: How community-driven (Frogtown) and historically aware (Lowertown) TOD works using community-led initiatives paired with city-developed plans that include affordable housing.

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Funding, Policy, Persuasion, Need: How Artspace Gets Affordable Artist Live/Work Housing Done

Artspace’s residential projects fill a critical niche in a city’s ecosystem of affordable housing, particularly for artists. But making the case for public policies and resources to realize these transformative projects is challenging.
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