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Walker|West is a Regional Cultural Treasure w/ 5 year, unrestricted, major gift

Walker|West is a Regional Cultural Treasure w/ 5 year, unrestricted, major gift

Walker|West was selected as one of 10 #MNCulturalTreasures for 2021. We’re honored to be part of this $12.6M initiative offering new funding for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American-led arts organizations to acknowledge and honor their remarkable contributions to MN, with funding made possible by a collaboration of the McKnight Foundation, Ford Foundation, the Bush Foundation, and Jerome Foundation.

As our Executive Director, Braxton Haulcy put it: “It’s a straight-up blessing. It couldn’t have come at a better time.”

This multi-year, unrestricted funding will help us invest in operations, strengthen our storytelling about the wonderful things happening at Walker|West, and this major gift leads us into our upcoming Capital Campaign. We are a best in class arts & culture organization that, like many organizations led by Black, Indigenous or people of color, has typically been under-invested. This award provides needed visibility for our decades of work, and is the first of it’s kind for us in our 33 year history. 

“It gets us where we need to go, and it gets us where we deserve to be”

We’re proud to be in the number along with other MN organizations: 

  • American Indian Community Housing Organization
  • Ananya Dance Theatre
  • Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center
  • Juxtaposition Arts
  • Mizna
  • Pangea World Theater
  • Somali Museum of Minnesota
  • Theater Mu
  • Truartspeaks

Read more about our work in the Star Tribune: https://startribune.com/ten-minnesota-arts-groups-of-color-to-split-7m-in-funding/600058346/

Read more about the #MNCulturalTreasures program: https://www.mcknight.org/MNCulturalTreasures