Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

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Location: 2324 University Ave W Ste 114, St. Paul, 55114 MN

EIN: 41-1684647

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Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

Jun 26, 2019

Reviewer 9765 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

MRAC purports to support innovation, equity, community-led projects, and collaborations between artists and non-arts orgs, but their process is incredibly discouraging and inequitable. If you are not an arts organization, think long and hard about whether it is worth your time to apply. The most discouraging thing is that reapplying the next round does not help; the review panel changes every time, and even if the Program Officers get to know you and appreciate your proposals or your capacity evolving, it doesn't matter. This disadvantages newer/emerging groups or artists, and nontraditional arts or non-arts organizations. It feels like an insiders' club, even though it is state sales tax-funded. MRAC is frustrating; that is widely known, so proceed carefully.


Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic

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