Annual Celebration

OLIVIA – The annual meeting and celebration begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, with “Arts Day In and Around Olivia,” with a chance to visit art installations produced in conjunction with Olivia Main Street Project, stop by the Bird Island Cultural Center to view the outdoor mural and exhibit by Gathering Friends Quilt Club and visit different sites and visit with artists in the Hinterland Art Crawl. The evening will continue for those who pre-registered with social hour at 4 p.m. at Max’s Grill in Olivia. Following a brief meeting, the Prairie Disciple Award will be presented to Linda Clarksean. During dinner there will be live entertainment. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased by Sept. 16. For more information call 800-622-5284, or email info@swmnarts.org, or check the website www.swmnarts.org.

Board members

SMAC is currently seeking individuals to serve on its Board of Directors as representatives for the counties of Kandiyohi, Meeker, Lac Qui Parle, Yellow Medicine and Lincoln. The board meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday evening at the SMAC office in Marshall to set policies, make final decisions on grant awards with input from grant review panels, share ideas and information from their representative counties, and to design programs that enable SMAC to best serve our communities. To learn more and to fill out an application, go to the SMAC website at swmnarts.org.

Grant review panelists

The SMAC Board of Directors is looking for panels of artists, arts administrators, arts volunteers, and arts appreciators representing multiple artistic disciplines from throughout the SMAC geographic region. For more information about panelist responsibilities, dates for this year’s panels, and to apply, go to the SMAC website at swmnarts.org.

Monthly grants

The monthly grants for arts organizations for the 2019-20 fiscal year are first-come, first-served with deadlines at 4:30 p.m. the first of each month August through November and January through April.

Legacy Project Planning Grants: up to $2,500 with 20% cash match required to plan for a specific large-scale project or activity that will create or advance a strong arts legacy.

Organization Development Grants: up to $5,000 in funding with 20% cash match required to increase long-term stability and capacity through organizational development and management projects.

Start Up Grants: up to $2,000 in funding with no match required, for art organizations with at least two years programming to develop articles of incorporation, by-laws, and apply for their 501(c)(3).

Grants for schools

Grant deadlines for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Round 1 deadline is Oct. 9 with earliest start date Dec. 1, and webinar Aug. 29. Round 2 deadline Jan. 22, 2020, earliest start date March 1, 2020, and webinar Dec. 10

Grants to schools for artist residencies or field trips that include educator training and community involvement, juried student art exhibits, and prepackaged theater experiences. Up to $2,500 (field trips, juried exhibits, or prepackaged theater) or $4,000 (residencies), 20% cash match required for prepackaged theater only.

Grants for Arts Organizations

Grant deadlines and webinar dates for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Round 2 deadline Dec. 11 with earliest start date Feb. 1, 2020. and webinar Oct. 29. Round 3 deadline March 25, 2020, with earliest start date May 1, and webinar Feb. 13.

Art Project Grants: up to $7,000 in funding with 20% cash match required to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts. (pre-packaged theater residencies limited to $2,500).

Art Legacy Project Grants: up to $25,000 in funding with 20% cash match required for large-scale projects that will leave an arts legacy.

Grants for Facilities

Grant deadlines and webinar dates for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Round 1 deadline is Sept. 11 with earliest start date Nov. 1. Round 2 deadline Feb. 12, 2020, earliest start date April 1, 2020, and webinar Jan. 2.

Equipment/Facilities Improvement Grants: up to $10,000 in funding with 20 percent cash match required for the purchase of equipment items and facilities improvement that will improve the organization’s capacity to serve the arts needs.

Organization Operating Support Grants: Two-year grants for organizations that have been designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) for a minimum of three years. Required pre-application deadline of Sept. 18 for the financial information, deadline Oct. 16, earliest start date Jan. 1, 2020, and webinar July 16.

Grants for Artists

Grant deadlines for the 2019-20 fiscal year for individual artist grants. Round 2 deadline is Jan. 8, 2020, with earliest start date March 1, 2020, and webinar Nov. 26, 2019.

Developing Artist Grants: up to $2,500 to aid emerging artists at an early stage of their career development with projects that will advance their career.

Established Career Artist Grants: up to $7,000 to aid established career artists with projects that will advance their career.

Community Collaboration Grants; up to $10,000 to artists to create a major new work while collaborating with the community, introducing community members to the arts in a new way.