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SMAC calendar published Oct. 17, 2019

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council news and deadlines

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Art Project Grants

Art Project Grants provide organizations with up to $7,000 in matching funds to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts; 20% cash match required. Receiving a grant was:

52 Wing Restoration Committee, Appleton, $3,264 to support music at their fall festival. Appleton native Doug Woolverton, one of the top trumpet players in the country, and his Los Angeles based band, performed a concert, held a brass clinic and an improvisational jam session.

Arts Organization Development

The Arts Organization Development grant provides community-based arts organizations with up to $5,000 in matching funds to increase their long-term stability and capacity through organizational development and management projects. 20% cash match required. Receiving grants were:

Department of Public Transformation, Granite Falls: $4,700 to work with Propel Nonprofit to set up online QuickBooks accounts to match their increasingly complex accounting needs and to provide training on the system.

Willmar Area Arts Council, $610, to support the printing of new brochures which were last made in 2013. They were designed by a volunteer board member who has recently retired from a successful career in marketing.

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Community Collaboration

These grants provide up to $10,000 in funding for artists to create a major new work while collaborating with the community, introducing community members to the arts in a new way. Receiving a grant was:

Tamara Isfeld, Granite Falls, $10,000 to to support the community of Renville in producing a community mural on Main Street Bar and Grill wall space in downtown Renville. Working with the Lions Club, input will be gathered from various age, denominational and cultural groups within Renville over the winter to produce a cohesive design representing the spirit of the community for implementation in spring 2020.

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 (through 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. Sessions will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at each site, Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Redwood Falls Public Library; Wednesday, Oct. 30, Cottonwood County Historical Society, Windom and Thursday, Nov. 7, Hutchinson Center for the Arts.

Board members

SMAC is currently seeking individuals to serve on its board of directors as representatives for the counties of Meeker, Rock and Lincoln. The board meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday evening at the SMAC office in Marshall to set policies, make final decisions on grant awards with input from grant review panels, share ideas and information from their representative counties, and to design programs that enable SMAC to best serve our communities. To learn more and to fill out an application, go to the SMAC website, www.swmnarts.org.

Grant review panelists

The SMAC Board of Directors is looking for panels of artists, arts administrators, arts volunteers, and arts appreciators representing multiple artistic disciplines from throughout the SMAC geographic region. For more information about panelist responsibilities, dates for this year’s panels, and to apply, go to the SMAC website, ww.swmnarts.org.

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 August through November and January through April.

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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.

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, and webinar Oct. 29. 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 percent cash match required for the purchase of equipment items and facilities improvement that will improve the organization’s capacity to serve the arts needs.

Organization Operating Support Grants: Two-year grants for organizations that have been designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) for a minimum of three years. Required pre-application deadline of Sept. 18 for the financial information, deadline Oct. 16, earliest start date Jan. 1, 2020, and webinar July 16.

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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.

Developing 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.

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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.
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