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SEMAC awards Arts Grants


Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
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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 with the Copper Street Brass Quintet.

•Red Dragonfly Press received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant to launch two new publication series.

Houston County

•Sara Lubinski received a $5,000 McKnight Established Artist grant for River Sojourn: A Painter’s Portfolio of the Mississippi River Blufflands.

•Bluff Country Artist’s Gallery received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for rental of gallery space.

Mower County

•Keith Cich received a $5,000 McKnight Established Artist grant for Reexamining the Dakota Conflict.

•Austin Symphony Orchestra received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant to pay a portion of the business coordinator’s salary.

Olmsted County

•Bernadine Jax received a $2,500 McKnight Emerging Artist grant for Use of Mandala as Art Form for Healing Mind Body & Spirit.

•Katie Hae Leo received a $4,530 McKnight Established Artist grant for Travel and Writing Support.

•Claire Targonski received a $5,000 McKnight Established Artist grant for Memorial Portraits.

•Children’s Dance Theatre received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for administrative staff costs.

•Northland Words received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant to hire an administrative assistant.

•Rochester Arts Council received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for standard administrative costs.

•Rochester Chamber Music Society received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for salary and administrative expenses.

•Rochester Dance Company received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for artistic staff teaching costs and rental fees.

•Rochester Male Chorus received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for compensation of executive director.

•Rochester Repertory Theatre received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for salaries for part-time staff and honoraria for artistic staff.

•Sing Out Loud received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for support two community youth choirs.

•Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for conductors and sectional coaches.

Rice County

•Kathleen Miller received a $4,980 McKnight Established Artist grant for Visual Explorations - A Voyage of Discovery.

•Jorge Ponticus received a $4,960 McKnight Established Artist grant for Life and Work of Local Farmers.

•Leanne Stremcha received a $5,000 McKnight Established Artist grant for New Body of Contemporary Jewelry.

•Lockwood Theatre Company received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for royalties, rent, publicity and stipends.

•Northfield Youth Choirs received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for expansion of collaborations with area ensembles.

Steele County

•New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Elementary School received a $2,000 Artists in Education grant for Brass Day with the Copper Street Brass Quintet.

•Scott Roberts received a $5,000 McKnight Established Artist grant for Children’s book made by photographing clay figurines; written, developed and photographed by Scott.

•Christina Spencer received a $5,000 McKnight Established Artist grant for Creatively Nesting.

Wabasha County

•Lake City Music Boosters received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant to hire a color guard instructor, marching band festival and jazz festivals.

Winona County

•Michael Larson received a $5,000 McKnight Established Artist grant for Thirty Streams in Ninety Days.

•Bernadette Mahfood received a $5,000 McKnight Established Artist grant for Pollinators in Glass.

•Alma Onate Palomino received a $2,500 McKnight Emerging Artist grant for Traditional Mexican Crochet.

•Jamie Schell received a $5,000 McKnight Established Artist grant for Krenovian Exploration, the Art of Making Fine Furniture.

•Cha Neng Vang received a $2,500 McKnight Emerging Artist grant for Traditional Hmong Knives.

•Frozen River Film Festival received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for administrative support to include attending Telluride Mountainfilm.

•Winona Public Schools received a $2,000 Artists in Education grant for Shakespeare in the Schools.

For information about the grant application process, eligibility, or grant writing assistance, contact the SEMAC office at 2778 D Commerce Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901 or call 507-281-4848. Information may also be found on our Web site at www.semac.org.

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