SEMAC awards arts grants


(11/22/2017)

On November 14, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) awarded 52 grants for a total of $311,525 in funding to applicants throughout Southeast Minnesota. This included $229,620 in arts and cultural heritage grants, $20,000 in general operating support, $9,000 for school residencies, $32,165 in presenter/production assistance, and $20,470 in small towns/rural areas grants.

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.

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 & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Grants were awarded to each of the following organizations, listed by county:


Fillmore County

• Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center received a $10,000 arts and cultural Heritage grant for 2018 Stringwood Chamber Music Festival.

• Lanesboro Arts Center received a $10,000 arts and cultural heritage grant for a performing artist engagement program.

• Lanesboro Barn Dance received a $2,470 small towns/rural areas grant for the 2018 Lanesboro Barn Dance series.

• Northland Words received a $10,000 arts and cultural heritage grant for “Roguish Peasant Slave: Original Shakespeare-inspired Music and Play.”

• Rushford-Peterson High School received a $3,000 school residency grant for a two-day workshop and concert with professional jazz musicians.

Houston County

• Chamber Music Live received a $10,000 arts and cultural heritage grant for the Apollo Musical Festival 2018.

• Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association received a $3,000 small towns/rural areas grant for a May 2018 bluegrass music festival.

Wabasha County


• Plainview Public Library received a $3,000 small towns/rural areas grant for a rural library residency.

Winona County


• Bluff Country Studio Art Tour received a $3,000 presenter/production assistance grant for Studio Art Tour 2018.

• Winona State University College of Education received a $3,000 presenter/production assistance grant for the Young Writers Conference (YWC).

• Great River Shakespeare Festival received a $10,000 arts and cultural heritage grant for Concerts on the Green 2018 season.

• Frozen River Film Festival received a $10,000 arts and cultural heritage grant for festival marketing assistance.

• Minnesota Marine Art Museum received a $10,000 arts and cultural heritage grant for water portraits by contemporary artist Mary Solberg.

• Mid West Music Fest received a $10,000 arts and cultural heritage grant for festival production assistance.

• Saint Charles Elementary School received a $3,000 school residency grant for “Drawing Deepens Our Understanding of the World Around Us.”

• Theatre du Mississippi received a $10,000 arts and cultural heritage grant for 2018 productions.

• Winona Symphony Orchestra received a $10,000 arts and cultural heritage grant for a 2018 children’s concert for third and fourth graders, and a $4,000 general operating support grant for staffing and salaries.

 

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