SMAC calendar published Sept. 2, 2020

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council news and deadlines


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 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.


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

Open office support: Sept. 8, between 10 a.m.and 2 p.m., for assistance with any grant-related questions. Email the SMAC office,, to set up a time to meet via phone or web conference for assistance with any grant-related questions. We can also accommodate group meetings digitally. Receive one-on-one guidance in: finding the right program, learning how to apply, preparing work samples, preparing budgets for proposals and more. SMAC staff will be available to help with any questions related to your applications, projects, final reports or eligibility.


Conversations for organizations: Sept. 8, 3 p.m., join our monthly conversations for organizations via your computer, tablet or smartphone. This month the main topic is “land acknowledgements.” Check website for log-in details.

Artist talk: Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m., join our monthly virtual conversations for artists, makers and creators. The guest artist speaker will be Jessica Bak of Windom. Check website for log-in details.

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.

Annual Celebration

The annual meeting and celebration will be held virtually throughout the afternoon and evening on Saturday, Sept. 26.


Beginning at 1 p.m. there will be Case Studies/Videos available for viewing. They will showcase one artist, arts organization or school grantee from each of our 18 counties.

There will be a virtual social hour at 4:30 p.m.

The annual meeting begins 5 p.m. with the county representative elections.

The award ceremony will be at 5:30 pm for the Prairie Star winner Tom Wirt of Hutchinson and the Prairie Disciple winner Julia Iverson of New London.

The Spirit of the Region raffle winners will be posted online at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the SMAC office in Marshall and from your county's SMAC board member. Call or email the office if you don’t know your county representative., 800-622-5284. According to Minnesota law they cannot be sold online and paid for by cash or check.

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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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