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SMAC calendar published Nov. 7, 2019

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council news and deadlines

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Workshops

The workshops are free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Call 800-622-5284, or email info@swmnarts.org. Check the website www.swmnarts.org for more information.

Grant information sessions: include an overview of all SMAC grant programs for the current year (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). Learn about the grant opportunities for organizations, schools, and individuals, walk through our grant application process, and answer any questions you may have. The final sessions will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts.

Monthly grants

Grant deadlines for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Monthly grants: Arts Organization Development, Legacy project planning and Organizations start-up; first-come, first-served monthly deadlines are 4:30 p.m. the first of each month January through April.

Grants for schools

Grant deadlines for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Round 2 deadline Jan. 22, 2020, earliest start date March 1, 2020, and webinar Dec. 10

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Grants to schools for artist residencies or field trips that include educator training and community involvement, juried student art exhibits, and prepackaged theater experiences. Up to $2,500 (field trips, juried exhibits, or prepackaged theater) or $4,000 (residencies), 20% cash match required for prepackaged theater only.

Grants for Arts Organizations

Grant deadlines and webinar dates for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Round 2 deadline Dec. 11 with earliest start date Feb. 1, 2020. Round 3 deadline March 25, 2020, with earliest start date May 1, and webinar Feb. 13.

Art Project Grants: up to $7,000 in funding with 20% cash match required to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts. (pre-packaged theater residencies limited to $2,500).

Art Legacy Project Grants: up to $25,000 in funding with 20% cash match required for large-scale projects that will leave an arts legacy.

Grants for Facilities

Grant deadlines and webinar dates for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Round 2 deadline Feb. 12, 2020, earliest start date April 1, 2020, and webinar Jan. 2.

Equipment/Facilities Improvement Grants: up to $10,000 in funding with 20% cash match required for the purchase of equipment items and facilities improvement that will improve the organization’s capacity to serve the arts needs.

Grants for Artists

Grant deadlines for the 2019-20 fiscal year for individual artist grants. Round 2 deadline is Jan. 8, 2020, with earliest start date March 1, 2020, and webinar Nov. 26, 2019.

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.

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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.

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 April 1, 2020, earliest start date May 1, 2020, grant writing webinar Feb. 20.

Equipment/Facilities Grants

Grants that provide community-based arts organizations with 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; 20% cash match required. Area groups that received the grants were:

Barn Theatre, Willmar: $10,00 to purchase new equipment, such as new chairs, tables, table covers, phones, computers and associated software to upgrade their current systems. The applicant said the update on tables and chairs is needed primarily because of safety and accessibility issues. The current phone system is 15 years old and will be replaced by a system that is easier for volunteers to use. The new computers and software will ensure that patron data is kept secured, as the previous system is becoming too outdated to do so.

Art Legacy Project Planning

Provides organizations with up to $2,500 to plan for a specific large-scale project or activity that will create or advance a strong arts legacy in Minnesota; 20% cash match required.
Department of Public Transformation, Granite Falls: $2,500 to support their group, Women's Empowerment Creative Action Network (WE CAN!), on a retreat for planning for their first year of events. Funding will go towards artist fees for time spent planning and promoting, transportation to the planning event, supplies/materials, rental of retreat space, food/hospitality, and publicity for the cost of designing and printing multilingual posters for their first public kick-off event.

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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 dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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