New MacPhail Center gets big grant

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March 1, 2004 // UPDATED 9:23 am - April 25, 2007
By: Bao Ong
Bao Ong

U.S. Bank recently announced that the MacPhail Center for Music received a $250,000 capital support grant from the U.S. Bancorp Foundation for its new building located between 2nd Avenue and South 5th Street near the Milwaukee Depot.

"MacPhail Center for Music is a community asset," said Amy Frantti, a U.S. Bank spokesperson. "Its extensive partnerships with community organizations and schools provide quality music education to families who would not have access otherwise. Broadening access to the arts is a priority for the U.S. Bancorp Foundation."

David O'Fallon, president of MacPhail, said a capital campaign to raise $20 million began 11 months ago. Since January 2003, the campaign has raised $8.5 million.

The music center, which offers a wide range of music lessons to students of every age and skill level, hopes to break ground for its new facility in 12 to 18 months, O'Fallon said.

Part of the $8.5 million raised has come from local businesses such as Target Corp. and General Mills. Target donated $500,000 while General Mills donated $300,000. Private donors have also contributed.

Of the 28 organizations that applied for the U.S. Bank grants, 10 received awards ranging from $5,000 to $250,000. Other Twin Cities groups receiving grants were Minnesota FoodShare; Project for Pride in Living, Inc.; and the Community Reinvestment Fund.

U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank, which has 14 Minneapolis locations.