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You could get money for art projects that help 'enrich' St. Paul

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There's $1.5 million in funding available for people who want to improve St. Paul through art.

The Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul is open for submissions as of Monday.

It's the second year for the program, which offers grants to winning projects. It's not a free-for-all, however. There are three big rules:

  1. The project must be about art.
  2. It must takes place in or benefit St. Paul.
  3. Winners have to find additional funding to match whatever the Knight Foundation awards. (So if you want $3,000 from the foundation, you also have to come up with $3,000 yourself).

This year's total offering is $1.5 million, the Pioneer Press reports. The foundation handed out $1.36 million in grants for last year's inaugural effort.

Winners in 2014 included a participatory theater workshop that helps students examine race and racism, light projections on the steam plume of the landmark St. Paul power plant, a Latino radio show, and the expansion of a Hmong fashion show.

Click here to submit ideas, in English, Spanish or Hmong. Submissions will be allowed through May 18, and winners will be named in the fall.

The foundation was established in 1950 by newspaper executives John S. and James L. Knight, who once owned the Pioneer Press. The goal of the foundation, KSTP says, is to invest in the 26 communities where Knight-Ridder owned newspapers.

In January of 2014, the foundation announced an $8 million grant for the city to bolster the St. Paul arts scene.

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