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SEMAC awards Arts Grants


Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Education

On March 19, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 46 grants for a total of $183,305 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included twenty-three McKnight Individual Artist Grants for $99,305, nineteen General Operating Support Grants to arts organizations for $76,000, and four Artists in Education Grants for $8,000.

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.

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

Fillmore County

•Courtney Bergey received a $2,500 McKnight Emerging Artist grant for Of the Earth.

•Columcille Driscoll received a $2,500 McKnight Emerging Artist grant for Painting Plays.

•Nancy Huisenga received a $5,000 McKnight Established Artist grant for Breakfast at the Habberstad House.

•Barbara Keith received a $4,950 McKnight Established Artist grant for Glass Enamels into Mosaics.

•Jon Laging received a $4,910 McKnight Established Artist grant for Jacob said and then Sarah said.

•Slim Maroushek received a $4,975 McKnight Established Artist grant to Wood Carve a 5’ Austrian Bass Fiddle Player.

•Fillmore Central Schools received a $2,000 Artists in Education grant for Big Band Bash Artist in Residence 2013.

•Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for administrative operations.

Freeborn County

•Teresa Kauffmann received a $2,500 McKnight Emerging Artist grant for Light Painting.

•Albert Lea Art Center received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for provide visual arts opportunities.

•Albert Lea Community Theatre received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for support new management of the theatre building.

Goodhue County

•Lauren Pelon received a $5,000 McKnight Established Artist grant for Earth Tones.

•Cannon Falls High School received a $2,000 Artists in Education grant for Brass Day wi .....
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Chatfield discusses snow day makeup

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge With snowy Mondays all throughout the month of March, area schools have delayed and cancelled classes for the safety of their students. The story was the same for Chatfield School District. But how many snow days are too many ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board looking at high school schedule changes

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Fillmore Central Principal Heath Olstad gave the school board his report during the regular meeting on March 25, and he talked about the possibility of making some changes to the daily schedule at the high school. For a while now, th ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation for students on Thursday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Gym. Please use the elementary entrance. ..... 
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Seeking volunteer host families to host exchange students for 2013/2014 school year

Thu, Mar 14th, 2013
Posted in All Education

“Hosting an international exchange student is a wonderful way for American families to learn about another country and culture without ever leaving their homes,” says Laura Stahl, Special Services Director for Organization for Cultural Exchange A ..... 
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Educational summer camps offered for deaf and hard-of-hearing students

Thu, Mar 14th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Camps for are planned this summer at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where deaf and hard-of-hearing teenagers will get hands-on experience building computers or other high-tech devices, learn which col ..... 
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Southeast Service Cooperative Offers Sessions for Parents of Gifted/Talented Children

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All Education

In an effort to meet the needs of area parents, Southeast Service Cooperative (SSC) will offer presentations, geared to parents, from some of the nation’s foremost experts on gifted and talented learners through its Gifted and Talented Learners’ ..... 
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Root River program to get new Occupational Therapy services

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

Michelle Breitsprecher, Director of the Root River Program, spoke to the Fillmore Central School Board at their regular meeting on Feb. 26. She stated they had been receiving Occupational Therapy services from Southland for five days a month, but th ..... 
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R-P continues with analysis

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Peterson Education

The R-P School Board has approved a Comprehensive Educational Analysis and Facility Engineering Analysis. Provided by architectural firm ATS&R and ICS Consulting, the analysis will provide a thorough picture of the district’s needs. “In my opi ..... 
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