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Work of Art+: Funding Panel

Date: June 23, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Zoom Webinar
Price: Free
Category: Work of Art+

Work of Art logoLearn about navigating the funding landscape and hear from members of the arts community, experienced both in granting organizations and as independent artists. Presented in partnership with Dakota County Library.

Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 6:00-8:00 pm

Presenters: Panelists Ka Oskar Ly (Ua Si/Springboard ACC), Masami Kawazato (MRAC), Natalie Kennedy Schuck (Bell Museum/formerly MSAB), and Kelly Turpin (An Opera Theatre) . Moderated by Dana Sikkila (Artist Career Consultant, Springboard for the Arts).

Ka "Oskar"LyKa Oskar Ly (she/her/they/them) Ka Oskar Ly is a queer Hmong French American multi-disciplinary artist, creative strategist, and cultural producer. Their work span from experiential events, public installations, social enterprise (ArtCrop.co), fashion art (Os.Couture), curating, creative branding, and community building. They have received MSAB, Jerome, Forecast, and CURA grants. They support creatives to ideate and identify their options, providing admin and management coaching to help artists find the focus to follow through. Visit their website at oskarlyart.com and read more about Oskar on Creative Exchange.


Masami Headshot - MRACMasami Kawazato (she/her/hers) is the lead program director for the Equity Response grant program at Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), but also supports all of the current grant programs. In past years she was responsible for all Hennepin county based applicants to the Arts Learning and Arts Project Support grant programs and can still assist with project changes and final reports in these programs. She advises groups on the MRAC grant guidelines, eligibility, and decision-making processes and offers grant workshops to both applicants and grant review panelists, along with providing review of grant proposals in advance of the deadlines. Outside of MRAC, Masami serves on Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Made Here Arts Advisory Panel and is the events coordinator at Bogart’s Doughnut Company. She and her husband live in South Minneapolis and enjoy bicycling, cooking, and attending arts events in the Twin Cities.


Natalie Kennedy (she/her/hers) recently joined the Bell Museum as the Director of Statewide Engagement to advance the Bell's mission of being a museum without boundaries. Natalie is an Americans for the Arts, Arts & Culture Leaders of Color fellow and a member of the inaugural artEquity BIPOC Leadership Circle. Natalie spent five years as a program officer for the Minnesota State Arts Board directing statewide programs for lifelong learning and access initiatives. She co-founded and co-chairs the MN Access Alliance, an organization that provides professional development training and resources for arts and cultural administrators to increase their capacity to provide accessible arts and cultural experiences across the Minnesota. Natalie has focused her career on advancing the interests of communities by helping to shape responsible and responsive organizational leadership, engagement, and equitable access. Natalie was most recently a director on the boards of the Lexington-Hamline Community Council and Mississippi Market where she was also chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. Natalie holds a Masters in Nonprofit Management and a BA in music.


Kelly Turpin HeadshotKelly Turpin (she/her/hers) Kelly Turpin is the founder, Producer, and Artistic Director of An Opera Theatre. Kelly’s career in artistic development and administration began as Company Director for Mill City Summer Opera. Since then, she has worked with The Southern Theater, 113 Composers Collective, and Cantus on top of her responsibilities at AOT. Originally planning on a career in opera performance, (Ithaca College BM, Arizona State MM) she quickly tired of the stale and pompous US opera culture and invested in creating a space for greater transparency and honesty in the art form. AOT was founded on this vision of social action and community inspired through opera. When not dreaming up new artistic ventures in Minneapolis, Kelly enjoys cooking, swimming, running, road trips, and reading all in the company of her favorite collaborator, Justin Spenner, and their cat kids Percy and Motley.


Dana Sikkila (she/her/hers) Dana Sikkila is a Minnesota-based interdisciplinary maker and creator. At just 35 years old, Sikkila has been named one of the most well-known creative leaders of Southern Minnesota. Known for her social practice and activism programs, creative consulting, public speaking, and her theory development within creative curriculum, Sikkila's practices span from working in communities from rural to the Twin Cities. Her self-defining administration style has bridged the gap between arts creation and administration. Developing numerous grassroots cultural projects and exhibitions throughout the state. Visit her website at  danasikkila.com and read more about Dana on Creative Exchange.

Online Platform: Zoom Webinar
Note: Zoom Webinars are designed so that the host and any designated panelists can share their video, audio and screen. Webinars allow view-only attendees. They have the ability to interact via Q&A, Chat, and answering polling questions. The host can also unmute the attendees. Attendees in webinars, can not rename themselves as well.

Recording: This session will not be recorded.
Captioning: This event will be captioned using AI generated live transcription.

Register: To register, click on the red "Register" button below. If you have questions, contact Zaraawar Mistry at 651-789-2282 or zaraawar@springboardforthearts.org.