SMAC calendar published June 9, 2021

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council events in the next month


Annual Artist Retreat

Since the annual Artist Retreat still isn't possible this year, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council will be holding a series of smaller art classes taught by artists from the region for artists in the region. Each class will be taught in three locations within our region. The cost is $15 per class and the class size is limited to 10 participants. Registration links found on the website at

Poetry: June 19 at Pipestone Performing Arts Center; 1 to 3 p.m., instructor Saara Myrene Raappana.

Native Art, Beaded Medicine Bags: June 23 at Pipestone Performing Arts Center; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., instructor Fern Cloud.

Plein Air Painting: June 12 at Shetek State Park in Currie; July 31 at Camden State Park in Lynd; noon to 3 p.m.; instructor John Sterner.

Watercolor: June 17 at the Prentice Street location of Makers Market on the Minnesota in Granite Falls, 6 to 8 p.m.; June 18 at the Greenwater Garage in New London, 1 to 3 p.m.; third class has not been set; instructor Tamara Isfeld.


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 theater), no cash match this year. Round 1 deadline is Oct. 6, grant writing webinar is Aug. 23, earliest start date is 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 1 deadline is Aug. 4, grant writing webinar June 24, earliest start date Oct. 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 webinars July 1 and 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.

Grants for Arts Organizations

Grant deadlines and webinar dates for the 2021-22 fiscal year. Deadlines and grant writing webinars 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; no cash match required this year; deadline Nov. 10, grant writing webinar Sept. 20, 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; no cash match required this year; Round 1 is deadline Aug. 18, grant writing webinar July 7, earliest start date Dec. 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. No cash match this year. 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.

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 webinars on June 28 and Dec. 7.

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

supplies, attending classes, and small artist-led community projects.Grant writing webinars on July 19 and Jan. 18.

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