SMAC calendar published Aug. 19, 2020

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council news and deadlines



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

Artist talk: Aug. 20, 5:30 p.m., join our monthly virtual conversations for artists, makers and creators. The guest artist speaker will be Marjorie Nilssen of New London. Check website for log-in details.

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 required. Applications due Oct. 14, grant writing webinar 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3.

Grants for Artists

Grant deadlines for the 2020-21 fiscal year for individual artist grants. Round 2 deadline is Jan. 13, with 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. No match requirements and applications ongoing, Sept. 1 through May 1, 2021 or until funding for the year has been expended. Webinar noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 20 to learn about the guidelines, requirements, and application process. Webinar is free, participants must register to be able to join the meeting.


Emerging 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. No match requirements.

Grants for Arts Organizations

Grant deadlines and webinar dates for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Round 1 deadline Sept. 9, with earliest start date Nov. 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; no cash match required this year; grant writing webinar online from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 29, free, pre-registration required.

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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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