On March 20, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) awarded 29 grants for a total of $101,419 in funding to applicants throughout Southeast Minnesota. This included 16 individual artist grants for $62,210, five school residency grants to public schools for $14,500, and six general operating support grants to arts organizations for $24,000.
SEMAC is the State Arts Board-designated granting authority for local/regional arts producing and sponsoring organizations and disburses funds allocated for this purpose by the Minnesota State Legislature. The SEMAC region includes the counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona.
For information about the grant application process, eligibility, or grant writing assistance, contact the SEMAC office at 2778 D Commerce Drive NW, Rochester, Minn., 55901, or call 507-281-4848. Information may also be found at www.semac.org.
Grants were awarded to each of the following individuals, schools and arts organizations in Winona County:
• Nate Bauman received a $2,500 emerging artist grant for Reflections of Light and Living.
• Roger Boulay received a $5,000 advancing artist grant for photographs of closed and repurposed military sites.
• Lyon Smith received a $5,000 advancing artist grant for a driftless sculpture installation.
• Alessandra Sulpy received a $5,000 advancing artist grant for driftless painting series.
• Timothy Turner received a $2,500 emerging artist grant for Winona, I Love You.
• Mai’a Williams received a $5,000 advancing artist grant for The Bodies of the Desert.
• Mid West Music Fest received a $4,000 general operating support grant for staffing and salaries.
• River Arts Alliance received a $4,000 general operating support grant for staffing and salaries.
• Madison Elementary School received a $3,000 school residency grant for Latin American folktales through puppetry.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.