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A Minnesota That Works for Everyone

WE ARE COMMITTED TO DISMANTLING A BELIEF IN A HIERARCHY OF HUMAN VALUE, WITH A FOCUS ON RACIAL EQUITY.

As we work to create a just and vibrant Minnesota where all communities and people thrive, we know we can never realize our vision unless we advocate for equity.

Facing Race Awards

Our Annual Facing Race Awards celebrate individuals and organizations working to create a racially equitable community.

Narrative Change

Storytelling is how we make sense of the world around us. We can’t get to a just and equitable world until our collective narrative fairly and wholly represents each and every one of our communities.

Art In This Present Moment

During challenging times, artists are at the forefront of expressing a community's response and demanding change. We launched Art in This Present Moment, an initiative of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, with funding from the McKnight Foundation, to support their work.

We are providing financial support to artists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are changing and challenging dominant narratives through their craft.

Equity Resources

These articles, links and other resources offer ways to act now and learn more about how to be anti-racist and advocate for racial equity.

Analyzing Our Grantmaking

In 2020, we undertook a project to assess our grantmaking and measure how we use our grant dollars to contribute to racial equity within the East Metro and the state of Minnesota as a whole.

To fully understand our contributions to the various racial and ethnic communities that live here, we set out to disaggregate all of our grantmaking data from the past few years. Our data disaggregation project methodology report is available for those who would like to learn more, and we wrote about our learnings in a recent blog post.

Saint Paul Urban Tennis executive director Song Thao

Stories of Advocating for Equity

Read Indigo: A Music, Dance and Video Project

Indigo: A Music, Dance and Video Project

Indigo is a Hmong girl group created by Lucy Vang, Nancy Thor and Alexis Vang, whose goal is to shine light on their community through music and dance.

View the Artists' Work
Read Chief Buffalo Memorial Mural

Chief Buffalo Memorial Mural

The Chief Buffalo Memorial Mural in Duluth visually tells the story of a community and the descendants of Chief Buffalo, remembered as a prominent figure in northern Minnesota.

View the Mural

Frogtown Farm: An Urban Oasis

Frogtown Farm is an urban farming oasis located in Saint Paul, consisting of over 5 acres of green space, including wildflowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Watch the video to hear from Frogtown Farm staff and board members.

Watch the video
Read Art In This Present Moment Grants Announced

Art In This Present Moment Grants Announced

Funding recognizes Minnesota’s Black, Indigenous and people of color artists and their work created at the intersection of cultural art and activism.

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