Motionpoems is a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization and accepts foundation, government, corporate, and individual contributions. We operate on an annual budget of approximately $200-300,000, the vast majority of which is spent on programs. Details below in our Annual Report


Major funding has come from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The City of St. Paul Cultural Star Program, The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Warhol Foundation, and The Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation. We are grateful for their ongoing support of our initiatives.


Individual donors can donate here to support our work with artists and communities. Contact us to inquire about large gifts or bequests, or to support a specific project, program, or film. 


Motionpoems presents poems as cutting-edge films, for free to everyone. We pair great poems with amazing filmmakers, and then we step back. FORBES has called our films “astonishing, powerful, and hilarious.”

We’ve got a lot of big plans ahead. You’re part of our story. Contribute what you can, and share our success. Click here to donate. 





Individuals, foundations, and communities are invited to commission films, pop-ups, installations, and custom programs to suit your needs. Contact us to get started.



It’s affordable and fun to host a Motionpoems screening or pop-up event in your community. From premieres to themed shows, from Hothouse to major commissioned installations, we’re ready to roll. Contact us to learn how. 


Subscribers get first look at our films, and advance word about our pop-ups, installations, and special projects, including discounted tickets and bonus content.  Fill out the form below to subscribe for free.

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Motionpoems has earned a Gold Seal of Transparency from nonprofit watchdog GuideStar, and Motionpoems also participates in the Cultural Data Project’s financial reporting system. We are accountable to a board of directors, and to our many funders and donors. Our latest annual report is available for download here