The Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation funds organizations primarily in Minnesota but also in Michigan. The Foundation typically provides annual grants ranging from $10,000 – $30,000 in support of specific programs or projects and occasionally provides general operating support. For 2020-2021, the Foundation made more general operating grants than in previous years to help grantees respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19.
The Foundation supported the following organizations for 2020-2021:
ALL MY RELATIONS ARTS – NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) is a community development intermediary organization that represents an alliance of Native American non-profits and businesses. The Foundation supports All My Relations Arts. Located in the American Indian Cultural Corridor on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, All My Relations Arts presents American Indian contemporary fine art and fills a critical space in the community, supporting Native artists and fostering community development.
American Composers Forum
The American Composers Forum provides opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engages communities in the creation, performance, and enjoyment of new music. The Foundation is supporting I CARE IF YOU LISTEN (ICIYL), an award-winning multimedia hub for living music creators that presents a unique blend of music criticism, promotional features, and multimedia content. It advocates for artists who have been historically underrepresented or marginalized in Western classical music. ICIYL was acquired by ACF in September 2020. The Foundation’s previous grants have typically supported NextNotes, a national competition for high school composers that is on hiatus for 2021.
Cedar Cultural Center
The Cedar promotes intercultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music and dance in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. The Foundation supports the Cedar’s Indigenous Music Series featuring critically acclaimed musicians from around the world whose music reflects the traditions and histories of their homeland and cultures.
Dream of Wild Health
Dream of Wild Health is a Native-owned organic farm that promotes health and well-being in the Native community by expanding knowledge of and access to healthy indigenous foods, medicines, and lifeways. The Foundation supports the American Indian Youth Education and Leadership Program where youth learn and practice organic farming, healthy life skills, and Native culture.
Grand Rapids Ballet
The Grand Rapids Ballet is Michigan’s only professional ballet company. Its mission is to lift the human spirit through the art of dance. Grand Rapids Ballet presents numerous styles of dance from some of the finest choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Foundation is supporting Jumpstart 2021, an annual showcase of emerging talent featuring the dancers of Grand Rapids Ballet as both choreographers and dancers.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Highpoint Center for Printmaking is dedicated to advancing the art of printmaking and is the only accessible, community-oriented facility of its kind in the Upper Midwest. The Foundation supports Highpoint’s education and community programs, which provide youth, families, and community members diverse hands-on printmaking experiences through school partnerships, teen programs, and open studio days.
Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) is a youth art and design education center, gallery, retail shop, and artists’ studio space in North Minneapolis. JXTA develops community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power. It also serves as a local hub for cultural and economic development. For 2020-2021, the Foundation is providing general operating support.
Minneapolis Institute of Art
The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) works to inspire wonder through the power of art. Its mission is to enrich the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible, outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures. The Foundation is a lead sponsor of Mia’s exhibition “Hearts of Our People: Native American Women Artists”, a celebration of the achievements of Native women artists. The exhibition includes more than 115 works of art and will tour nationally through 2020.
Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society collects, preserves, and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs, and book publishing. The Foundation is providing support for programming in the Minnesota History Center’s new Native American gallery. The gallery was partially funded by a major grant from the Foundation and opened its first exhibit, “Our Home: Native Minnesota,” in 2019. The Foundation is also supporting the Help History Fund for 2020-2021.
Minnesota Public Radio
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is one of the nation’s premier public radio stations producing programming for radio, online, and live audiences. It operates a 45-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. The Foundation is supporting MPR’s work in North Minneapolis.
Mixed Blood Theatre
Mixed Blood is a multi-racial theater company that promotes cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence. It aims to eliminate barriers to participation in the arts and build relationships with those who have been traditionally underserved. The Foundation’s previous grants have supported Mixed Blood’s access and engagement initiatives, including Radical Hospitality offering no-cost access to all mainstage productions. For 2020-2021, the Foundation is providing general operating support.
Northern Lake County Arts Board
The Northern Lake County Arts Board provides arts programming and events to residents and visitors in Lake County, Minnesota. The Foundation supports artist residencies in local schools that engage the community in multicultural arts and promotes cultural awareness and development.
Pillsbury House + Theatre
Pillsbury House + Theatre’s mission is to create challenging theatre to inspire choice, change, and connection. It works with diverse audiences to create transformational arts experiences including performances and early childhood and youth education. The Foundation’s previous grants have supported mainstage productions. For 2020-2021, the Foundation is providing general operating support.
The Schubert Club invites the world’s finest recital soloists and ensembles to Minnesota and promotes the finest musical talents of Minnesota through performances, education, and museum programs. For 2020-2021, the Foundation is continuing its funding of Schubert Club Mix, a unique series that takes the formality out of classical music and aims to engage new, diverse audiences with innovative programming, collaborations, and partnerships presented at unique venues. The Foundation has also made a grant award in support of Schubert Club’s Featured Artists for the 2020-2021 season, David Finckel and Wu Han.
Springboard for the Arts
Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization that works to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life. The Foundation supports Springboard’s general operations throughout Minnesota. It is also funding the commission of a piece of art by a Native artist for Springboard’s new office space on St. Paul’s University Avenue.
St. Cecilia Music Center
St. Cecilia Music Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan, has offered a range of affordable and accessible music education programs and performances from world-class musicians at the historic Royce Auditorium since 1883. The Foundation supports the annual Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series.
Ten Thousand Things Theater Company
Ten Thousand Things brings award-winning, high-quality theater to people with little access to the arts. It presents both old and new stories and plays with open interactions between actors and audiences in non-traditional venues at homeless shelters, prisons, low-income housing and community centers. The Foundation’s previous grants have supported featured productions. For 2020-2021, the Foundation is providing general operating support.
The Textile Center is a national center for fiber art that represents and supports fiber artists working in all forms of textile media. It aims to preserve traditional forms as well as encouraging experimentation and new fiber art forms. The Foundation supports the Youth Fiber Art Guild where children explore their creativity as they work together on fiber arts projects from diverse cultures.
TU Dance is led by Artistic Director and co-founder Toni-Pierce-Sands, an Alvin Ailey Dance Theater alum. Its celebrated professional company draws on diverse dance traditions and it offers accessible dance education at TU Dance Center on St. Paul’s University Avenue. The Foundation’s previous grants have typically supported commissions for new dance works for the company. For 2020-2021, the Foundation is providing general operating support.
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television’s mission is to enrich lives and strengthen its community through the power of media. The Foundation is supporting ART IS: SEASON 4, where established artists of color work with emerging artists to create a collection of unique short form media that is shared with a live audience and on various online platforms.
In 2018 the Foundation awarded a five-year $250,000 grant to the College of Liberal Arts to establish the David F. and Rosemary H. Good Fund in Heritage Studies and Public History (HSPH). The HSPH program enables students to develop methods for collaborating across the University and throughout the community to collect and share knowledge and interpretations of the past.
Walker|West Music Academy
Walker|West Music Academy provides exceptional, affordable music education and enrichment rooted in the African-American cultural experience. The Foundation’s previous grants have supported the Walker|West Scholarship Program. For 2020-2021, the Foundation is providing general operating funds to support Walker|West’s expansion of programming to make a bigger difference in the lives of families and students who are most in need.