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Friends of the Mill District Secures 3rd MRAC Grant to Continue Funding the Mill City Singers

Article by Claudia Kittock

The Friends of the Mill District are honored to share the news that we have received an Metropolitan Regional Art Council (MRAC) Grant for the 3rd year. Our grant award of $8000 was announced with the following message from MRAC, “We are pleased to inform you that the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council has approved an Arts Activities Support grant to your organization on June 26, 2018, following the review and recommendation from the panel.”

We applied for an MRAC grant to help fund the Mill City Singers. The only cost incurred for sponsoring the Singers is for the salaries of the magical J.D. and Fred Steele who lead our group. We contract for their services through MacPhail Center for Music and are thrilled to be able to have them as our directors.

A part of the grant requires that we have matching funds, and because of our lengthy list of generous donors, we are able to meet that requirement. We all know how blessed we are to have the friends we have.

Our motto is ‘stronger together’ and it is something we live every day and are reminded of over and over. Every contribution matters. Every voice matters. Every person who comes to hear us sing matters. Every donor who makes it possible to do our work matters.

The Singers began with the suggestion that there wasn’t enough music in our neighborhood. We are honored to say that while there still may not be enough, there is more! The Mill City Singers sing songs of joy, songs of hope, and songs of community. Join us! We have an open-door policy and would love to have you help us be ‘stronger together’. Every voice matters! Every voice makes us better. Contact Claudia Kittock at

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About Claudia Kittock

Claudia is a resident of the Mill District. In addition to writing for Mill City Times, she is a founding Board Member of Friends of the Mill District. Claudia is the author of Health Through Chaos, mentors young adults at YouthLink, and has served on the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA).


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