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SEMAC awards arts & cultural heritage grants


Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

On May 18, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 20 grants in the new Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant category for a total of $159,876 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

• Commonweal Theatre Company, Lanesboro, $20,000 for the program Commonweal Presents

• Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative, Wykoff, $6,000 for the series Play! in the Barn

• Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, $6,400 for Stringwood festival concerts

• Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association, Rushford, $3,055 for a bluegrass jam camp

• Words Players Theatre, Chatfield, $10,000 for theater opportunties/classes for young people

Goodhue County

• Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Red Wing, $1,350 to celebrate Minnesota children's book authors and illustrators

• Art Reach, Red Wing, $3,200 to partner with Remedy to offer art classes to at-risk students

• Picaresque II, Red Wing, $10,000 for a traveling program of music and stories

Mower County

• Northwestern Singers, Austin, $4,000 towards annual spring concert

Olmsted County

• Children's Dance Theatre, Rochester, $10,000 to partner with the Minnesota Ballet

• John Marshall High School, Rochester, $10,000 for leaded glass arts immersion project

• Rochester Arts Council, Rochester, $10,000 for artistic demonstrations at ARTikids

• Rochester Music Guild, Rochester, $7,800 for scholarship competition and winners' recitals

• Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras, Rochester, $13,632 for community outreach with the Rochester YMCA

Rice County

• Lockwood Theater Company, Northfield, $10,000 for their melodrama/musical Jesse

• Paradise Center for the Arts, Northfield, $10,000 for kids summer theater camp

Steele County

• Owatonna Arts Center, Owatonna, $10,000 for a marathon of clay pot throwing

• Vega Productions, Owatonna, $5,500 for a ten-week after-school guitar program

Wabasha County

• Greenwood Prairie Art League, Plainview, $5,939 for a series of fine art workshops

• Plainview Economic Development Authority, Plainview, $3,000 for a series of summer musical concerts

Future funding of Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants depends on appropriate use of current funding. SEMAC urges arts organizations, non-arts organizations with an arts component, and government entities to apply. The next postmark deadline for these organizations to apply for Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants is Tuesday, June 15, 2010. First-time applicants must call the SEMAC office to sign up for a grant writing workshop. All applicants are encouraged to attend these workshops. A final due dates this calendar year will be October 1, 2010.

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