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SEMAC awards arts grants


Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

On May 20, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 32 grants for a total of $181,585 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included five Presenter/ Production Assistance grants for $13,325, nine Small Towns/Rural Areas grants for $19,610, and eighteen Arts & Cultural Heritage grants for $148,650.

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 organizations, listed by county:

Fillmore County

•Commonweal Theatre Company received a $3,000 Arts & Cultural Heritage grant for Purchase of Vectorworks Spotlight Software.

•Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative received a $3,000 Presenter/Production Assistance grant for Play! In the Barn Series 2014.

•Lanesboro Community Theatre received a $650 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for Silent Movies in the Park After Dark 2014.

•Lanesboro Public Library received a $6,980 Arts & Cultural Heritage grant for The Libraries Grow Community Mural.

•Peterson Committee for the Arts received a $2,960 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for The Arts Blossom in Peterson.

•Southeast MN Bluegrass Association received a $8,500 Arts & Cultural Heritage grant for August 2014 SEMBA Bluegrass Festival.

Houston County

•Giants of the Earth Heritage Center received a $10,000 Arts & Cultural Heritage grant for GOE Fine and Folks Art School.

•Lawn Chair Concert Series received a $3,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for Lawn Chair Concert Series 2014.

Winona County

•Minnesota Marine Art Museum received a $9,905 Arts & Cultural Heritage grant for New Photographs by Chris Faust.

•Project FINE received a $10,000 Arts & Cultural Heritage grant for Hearing the Voices of Refugees and Immgrants.

•Saint Charles Community Education received a $1,500 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for Cinderella - A Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Production.

•Theatre du Mississippi received a $10,000 Arts & Cultural Heritage grant for 2014 Programming Season for TdM.

•Winona County Historical Society received a $9,215 Arts & Cultural Heritage grant for The Art of Fine Furniture.

•Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance received a $10,000 Arts & Cultural Heritage grant for Great Dakota Gathering.

On March 18, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 32 grants for a total of $126,910 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included eleven McKnight Individual Artist grants for $50,000, four Artists in Education grants to public schools for $12,000, and seventeen General Operating Support grants to arts organizations for $64,910.

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

Fillmore County

•Chatfield Center for the Arts received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for Staffing and Salaries.

•Fillmore Central Schools received a $3,000 Artists in Education grant for Big Band Bash Artist Residency Program.

Winona County

•Frozen River Film Festival received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant for Staffing and Salaries.

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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