SMAC calendar published April 7, 2021

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council events in the next month



The workshops are free of charge, but advance registration is required. Call 800-622-5284 or email Check the website for more information.

Copyright workshop: April and May, Springboard for the Arts will host the hour-long virtual workshop with experienced attorneys on copyright and the arts. See more details on the SMAC website.

Artist talk: April 15, 5:30 p.m., join our monthly virtual conversations for artists, makers and creators. The guest artist will be Dan Wahl on his current interactive exhibit in Walnut Grove called “Don’t Doubt Your Horses.” Check the website for log-in details. Third Thursday of the month.

Grants for schools

Arts in the Schools: for artist residencies or field trips that include educator training and community involvement; juried student art exhibits; and prepackaged theater experiences. Up to $4,000 (artist residencies) or $2,500 (field trips, juried exhibits, or prepackaged theatre), 20% cash match for prepackaged theatre only. Applications due April 14, earliest start date June 1. These grants can be used in summer and fall of 2021 or winter and spring of 2022.

Grants for Artists

Grant deadlines for the 2020-21 fiscal year for individual artist grants.


Artist Equity grants: up to $4,000 to aid Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other artists of color with projects that will advance their skills and artistic careers. No match requirements and applications ongoing, through May 1, or until funding for the year has been expended.

Grants for Arts Organizations

Grant deadlines and webinar dates for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Going virtual equipment, technology and training grant: This special grant program, funded with Minnesota Disaster Relief Funds, provides up to $1,000 to aid arts organizations in the SMAC Region with equipment or technology that will allow them to provide virtual events and programming. Applicants can also use the monies to participate in “go-virtual” training or consultations. No match requirements, funds still available through May 1.

Prairie Disciple Awards

The Prairie Disciple award provides awareness and recognition of one individual from the 18-county area of southwestern Minnesota served by SMAC, whose activities and involvement have substantially contributed to the arts over an extended period of time. The accomplishments of arts advocates working in the region are often not widely known or appreciated. In recognizing these individuals publicly, the awards will raise the profile of the arts in their community and throughout the SMAC region. Nominations are due by April 15 and must be made online on the SMAC website,

Art Legacy Project Grants

Receiving Art Legacy Project Grants of up to $20,000 in matching funds to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts through large-scale projects that will leave an arts legacy in Southwest Minnesota recently were:

Department of Public Transformation, Granite Falls, $20,000, for "Ignite Rural," project which will engage four BIPOC rural and/or tribal artists in Southwest Minnesota through a 4-month “at-home” arts residency culminating in four public arts projects across our region.

Lower Sioux Indian Community of Morton, $19,516, to ensure that artists and visitors have access to original art and art supplies for decades to come in their new 15,950 square foot intergenerational arts incubator Cansayapi Wicoigage Oti or CWO which will be a bridge between generations.

Grants for Facilities

The Equipment and Facilities provide up to $10,000 in matching funds for the purchase of equipment items and facilities improvement that will improve the organization’s capacity to serve the arts needs. No cash match this year.


Bird Island Cultural Centre, $10,000, for facility improvements with new windows and frames and insulate and resurface the east exterior cement block wall which community members can use as a surface for self-expression using pastels or sidewalk chalk (public outdoor canvas).

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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