SMAC calendar published March 22, 2023
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 509 West Main Street in Marshall. They are open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays. Workshops and grant-writing webinars are free of charge, but advance registration is required. Call 800-622-5284, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or see the website at www.swmnarts.org. Below are the grant deadlines for the 2022-23 fiscal year.
Open office support: second Tuesday of the month, between 10 a.m.and 2 p.m., in-person, for assistance with any grant-related questions. Or schedule an appointment with the grants administrator.
Webinars: All grants have a grant-writing webinar which is listed with each grant below. Each will be recorded and is available on the website.
The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council will have a live presentation at 7 p.m. March 27 via Zoom on their fiscal year 24-25 biennial programming and strategic focus.
A preview of the Biennial Plan Draft will be available on the SMAC website beginning March 20 through March 27, where a comment opportunity will be provided. Individuals can respond through the website link, by phone, mail, or during the live presentation on March 27.
Email email@example.com to register for the meeting and receive information to join.
The 18 counties in SMAC are Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine.
Grants for artists
Grant deadlines for the 2022-23 fiscal year for individual artist grants. Grant-writing webinars require advance registration.
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 29, earliest start date May 1.
The monthly grants for arts organizations for the 2022-23 fiscal year are first-come, first-served with deadlines the first of each month August through May. 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.
Quick support for artists: Provides up to $1,000 for activities such as purchasing supplies, attending classes, and small artist-led community projects.
Artist equity grants: Up to $4,000 to aid Black, Indigenous, and other artists of color at any career stage with projects that will advance their skills and artistic career.