SMAC calendar published Aug. 12, 2021

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council events in the next month


The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council serves 18 counties as a source of funds and technical assistance to enable local organizations, educational institutions and individuals to sponsor and/or create and promote arts in their communities. The office and gallery are at 114 North Third Street in Marshall. Workshops and grant writing webinars are free of charge, but advance registration is required. Call 800-622-5284, email, or see the website at Below are the grant deadlines for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Virtual grant Q&A: get your questions answered about our grant programs in one of three sessions from 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 or Jan. 6.

Webinars: grant-writing webinars are listed with each grant below.

Arty Party

The Arty Party in Yellow Medicine County will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26. This will be the kickoff event for an 18-month series of county networking events for every county in the council’s service region. From 5 to 7 p.m. the Say Yes! Capital Campaign Launch Party at the Yes! House. Join the Department of Public Transformation and check out designs, plans and progress for the renovation of The YES! House on Prentice Street in Granite Falls and learn more about being a part of building the future of this creative community gathering and social space. SMAC's Arty Party will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bluenose Gopher Public House and provide networking opportunities. SMAC staff will be in attendance to connect with attendees and get the word out about who SMAC is, what it does and what services and assistance the council can offer for communities.

Monthly grants

The monthly grants for arts organizations for the 2021-22 fiscal year are first-come, first-served with deadlines the first of each month August through April. Earliest start date will be the first of the following month.


Quick support for organizations: Provides up to $2,500 for activities such as planning for an Art Legacy Project, strategic planning or board training, costs to apply for 501(c)(3) status, small equipment purchases, or small arts projects. Grant writing webinar Dec. 7.

Quick support for artists: Provides up to $1,000 for activities such as purchasing

supplies, attending classes, and small artist-led community projects.Grant writing webinar on Jan. 18.

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), no cash match this year. Round 1: deadline Oct. 6, grant writing webinar Aug. 23, earliest start date Dec. 1.

Grants for artists

Grant deadlines for the 2021-22 fiscal year for individual artist grants. Grant writing webinars require advance registration.

Individual artist, emerging or established: Up to $2,500 to aid emerging artists and up to $7,000 to aid established artists for projects that will advance their careers. Round 2: deadline Jan. 12, grant writing webinar Nov. 30, earliest start date March 1.

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. Applications ongoing Aug. 1 through May 1, grant writing webinar Jan. 10.

Art Study Opportunity for Youth Grants: up to $500 in funding for students in grades 5-12 for an enrichment camp or specialty study. Standard weekly lessons are allowed only for those students who qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program. Deadline March 30, grant writing webinar Feb. 15, earliest start date May 1.


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. Round 2: deadline Jan. 12, earliest start date March 1.

Grants for Arts Organizations

Grant deadlines and webinar dates for the 2021-22 fiscal year. No cash match required this fiscal year. Deadlines and grant writing webinar vary. Webinars are free, participants must register to be able to join the meeting.

Art Legacy Project grants: Up to $20,000 in funding for large-scale projects that will leave an arts legacy; deadline Nov. 10, earliest start date Feb. 1.

Art Project grants: Up to $7,000 in funding, to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts; pre-packaged theater residencies limited to $2,500. Round 1 is deadline Aug. 18, grant writing webinar July 7, earliest start date Oct. 1.

Equipment/Facilities Improvement grants: Up to $10,000 in funding for the purchase of equipment items and facilities improvement that will improve the organization’s capacity to serve the arts needs. Round 1: deadline Sept. 8, grant writing webinar July 27, earliest start date Nov. 1.

Operating support: Two-year grants for arts organizations with a current 501(c)(3) and at least two years of programming and financials, to be used for operating expenses. Submit financial info in a pre-application to determine your request amount, 15% or 35% of your organization's

average operating budget, depending on budget size. Pre-app submission Sept. 15, application deadline Oct. 20, grant writing webinar Aug. 5, earliest start date Jan. 1.

Annual celebration

The annual meeting and celebration will be held in person as well as virtual Saturday, Sept. 18, in Jackson County. From 1 to 4 p.m. it will be an arts day in and around Jackson: Tour the Jackson Center for the Arts, view four community murals in progress, from 2 to 4 p.m. take a plein air art class led by Bobbie Alsgaard-Lien. The social hour begins at 4 p.m. at the historic Fort Belmont. The annual meeting begins at 5 p.m. with the award ceremony for Prairie Disciple winner Rosemary Glesener of Bird Island. The picnic dinner by Kat’s Hog Heaven will be $25 and tickets must be purchased by Sept. 15 from SMAC and are available online.

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