Dangerous Productions has been awarded a $10,000 Arts Learning grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to fund Happy Who Am I?: a collaborative community-based art project between St. Paul youth and local filmmakers. Happy Who Am I? will be in development through August 2016, as part of Dangerous Productions’ comprehensive Happy Frogtown street-level performance project.
“Dangerous Productions is really doubling down on St. Paul this year, and the Happy Frogtown project is a big part of that,” Producing Artistic Director Tyler Olsen (PTP 2000) explains. “Happy Who Am I? is an original interactive video project exploring identity with teens. [Dangerous Productions] is exploring interactive work a lot right now, and this show plays with a medium of interactivity that we have not been able to use yet.
“We’re looking to make St. Paul a place you’ll find art that you won’t find anywhere else in Minnesota,” Olsen adds.
The Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul lies directly to the west of the Minnesota State Capitol building, bordered by University Avenue, Lexington Parkway, and Rice Street. Frogtown boasts a wealth of immigrant-owned businesses including Halal meat markets, traditional Mexican carnicerías, and a string of restaurants serving authentic Cambodian, Thai, Laotian, Hmong, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Mexican cuisine.
Dangerous Productions is one of 25 Minnesota arts organizations in the first round of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s 2016 Arts Learning grant program, an award collectively totaling $234,295. The selected Arts Learning projects will provide high-quality arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding through the arts by engaging people in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. The Arts Learning grant program is a direct result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. All applications go through a competitive peer review panel process.