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SEMAC awards Arts & Culture Heritage Grants


Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

On February 16, 2010, the board of directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc., (SEMAC) awarded 15 grants in the new Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant category for a total of $178,250 in funding to arts organizations in southeastern Minnesota. This funding is made possible by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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.

Fillmore County

• Lanesboro Art Center, $12,000 for a pilot project involving educational workshops on iron casting and sculpture creation.

Olmsted County

• Choral Arts Ensemble, Rochester, $10,000 to perform a Symphonic Chorus including 80-voice choir, orchestra and vocal soloists.

• City of Rochester Music Department, $50,000 for World Music Series, a collaborative pilot project.

• Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota, Rochester, $10,000 for their third annual summer musical, Oklahoma, to be presented as part of Rochesterfest.

• Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester, $10,000 for outdoor sculpture by a local artist at the OMC main clinic, and $10,000 for artwork displays at two OMC locations.

• Judy Hickey, Rochester, $1,250 to work with RCTC and the Rochester Public Library for a Saturday at the Park program by the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet.

• Rochester Arts Council, $10,000 to provide stipends for artists participating in the public art bench decoration project.

• Rochester Civic Theatre, $10,000 for producing and presenting an original play in conjunction with the RACE exhibit.

• Rochester Dance Company, $10,000 for an eclectic multidisciplinary dance performance entitled Rise to be performed at the Mayo Civic Center.

Rice County

• ArtOrg, Northfield, $10,000 for their Five Sculptures project to create and place works by local artits at the Lampe Law Office in Northfield.

• Boys of America Brass Band, Northfield, $10,000 for presentation of their new twentieth season multimedia theatrical-musical .....
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Israeli jazz pianist and composer to perform in Lanesboro

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center will present internationally-acclaimed Israeli pianist and composer Anat Fort in concert on Saturday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. Anat Fort will perform with Adam Linz on bass and J.T. Bates ..... 
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Footloose is Chatfield's Western Days 2010 musical

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Wits' End Theatre has chosen Footloose for its 2010 Western Days musical. The play is billed as "the most successful rock & roll musical," and is loaded with dancing roles, mostly for teenagers. The story involves a group of teens pushing the author ..... 
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Footloose is Chatfield's Western Days 2010 musical

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Wits' End Theatre has chosen Footloose for its 2010 Western Days musical. The play is billed as "the most successful rock & roll musical," and is loaded with dancing roles, mostly for teenagers. The story involves a group of teens pushing the author ..... 
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Houston's Festival of Owls

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Fly on over to Houston, MN, to have a hooting good time at the International Festival of Owls March 5-7. There's no need to register to experience a Barn Owl flying over your head, make owl crafts, hoot it up at the kids' owl hooting contest, or to ..... 
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Old-Time String-Band music from the Carolina Chocolate Drops coming to Preston Public Library

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Preston Public Library in collaboration with Riverside Concerts, Arts Midwest and the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council will present old-time string-band music from the Carolina Chocolate Drops on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 7 PM in the Preston P ..... 
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Marge Gibson keynote speaker at Owl Festival

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

If anyone can speak bird, it's Marge Gibson. There is a special understanding that exists between Gibson and birds that is key to her success as a wildlife rehabilitator. But rehabilitation isn't what she set out to do.

Although she was know ..... 
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Merger is official: Cornucopia Art Center & Lanesboro Art Council become Lanesboro Arts Center

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

As of January 1, 2010, the merger of the Cornucopia Art Center and the Lanesboro Art Council is official, creating the newly named Lanesboro Arts Center. Governed by a board of directors made up of representatives from both organizations, the Lanesb ..... 
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Maple Syrup Program

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

John Carlin will be speaking at the Preston Public Library on February 23, 2010, at 7:00 pm about the process of making maple syrup. He and his son, David, have been making maple syrup for the past eight years. They tap more than 50 trees and make a ..... 
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