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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 format performances.

• Northfield Public Library, $5,000 for their annual Books & Stars summer program.

• Vintage Band Music Festival, Northfield, $10,000 to provide guest band concerts in neighborhood parks and retirement centers in Northfield.

Wabasha County

• Jon Hassler Theater, Plainview, $10,000 to provide no-cost seating for low-income, student, senior citizen and first-time patrons.

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 arts organizations to apply for Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants is Thursday, April 1, 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. Additional due dates this year are June 15, and October 1, 2010.

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