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St. Paul Awards Nearly $1.3 Million in Funding to 66 Arts and Cultural Organizations

The St. Paul City Council has approved $1,294,853 in Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) grants to support programming, capital improvements and organizational development activities for 66 local nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

A mayoral-appointed board reviewed all applications and made funding recommendations to the Mayor and City Council prior to approval at the November 15, 2023, council meeting.

“Empowering our vibrant arts scene through targeted support ensures our community remains a hub of creativity, expression, and cultural vibrancy,” said Mayor Carter. “The Cultural STAR grants signify our commitment to nurturing local talent and fostering the growth of our diverse artistic community.”

For more than 25 years, the Cultural STAR program has used a portion of a half-cent sales tax to strengthen the City of St. Paul’s arts and cultural sector and support downtown as a vital cultural destination.

The most recent funding round will help support events such as Rondo Night at the Winter Carnival, mobile mini concerts from the Bach Society of Minnesota, the Transforming Generations Pride BBQ Festival, the Flint Hills Family Festival, the Lowertown Sounds music series, the Minnesota Qeej and Hmong Arts Festival and the COMPAS Emerging Young Artists Juried Student Show, all in downtown St. Paul.

To learn more and see the full list of 2023 Cultural STAR recipients, visit

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