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SMAC calendar published Oct. 20, 2021

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council events in the next month

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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 114 North Third Street in Marshall. Workshops and grant-writing webinars are free of charge, but advance registration is required. Call 800-622-5284, email info@swmnarts.org, or see the website at www.swmnarts.org. Below are the grant deadlines for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Open office support: Nov. 8, in-person, the second Tuesday of the month, between 10 a.m.and 2 p.m., for assistance with any grant-related questions. Or schedule an appointment with the grants administrator.

Virtual grant Q&A: get your questions answered about our grant programs in one of two sessions from 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 or Jan. 6.

Webinars: grant-writing webinars are listed with each grant below.

Art Project Grants

Receiving Art Project Grants of up to $7,000 in matching funds to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts recently were:

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Demo Inc.: Svea, $4,515 for arts programming focusing on at-risk youth. Classes, workshops and drop-ins will be offered during the remainder of 2021 through May/June 2022, to greater Minnesota at-risk teens and adults that work with youth.

Meander Art Crawl of the Upper Minnesota River Valley: $7,000 for its 2022 event, which will take place the first weekend of October.

Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra: $7,000 for three concerts, Dancing Shoes in October, taking place both as a live performance that will be open to the public and a recorded performance to send to area schools and concerts in January and March.

Individual Artist Grants

Individual Artist grants provide up to $2,500 to emerging artists and $7,000 to established career artists for projects that will advance their skills and artistic careers. The Individual Artist Community Collaboration Grants provide 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. Receiving grants were:

Dana Conroy: Madison, $7000 for a short art film, using animation and experimental filmmaking techniques to help recreate the world she now lives in as an artist with a visual disability.

Olga Krasovska: Granite Falls, $7,000 for her Opposites in Harmony painting series.

Dani Prados: Granite Falls, $10,000 Community Collaboration Grant, for her community project that will culminate in a professionally printed book of stories, memories, tall tales, jokes, poems, recipes, photographs and old documents from individual people and research. The final product will be made available to the community in public places with a series of public events, as well as editions being sold at the local arts gallery.

Artists Equity grant

The artist equity grants provide up to $4,000 to aid Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other artists of color with projects that will advance their skills and artistic careers. Receiving a grant was:

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Teresa Peterson: Belview, $4,000 to support a book launch and marketing activities for a new book that was a collaborative effort with her uncle. "Voices from Pejuhutazizi: Dakota Stories and Storytellers" is being published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. It will be used to develop an artist website and promotion of the book virtually and in-person.

Quick support for artists

The monthly grants provide up to $1,000 for activities such as purchasing supplies, attending classes, and small artist-led community projects. Receiving a grant was:

Andrew Nordin: New London, $1,000 to purchase art supplies (canvas and linen) and equipment, such as a heater for his new home studio so that he can work year-round. He is creating new works for three upcoming exhibits spanning March to August in 2022.

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. The last grant-writing webinar is recorded and available on the website.

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 webinar Dec. 7.

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

supplies, attending classes, and small artist-led community projects. grant-writing webinar on Jan. 18.

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 this year; deadline Jan. 26, grant-writing webinar Dec. 15, earliest start date March 1.

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Grants for artists

Grant deadlines for the 2021-22 fiscal year for individual artist grants. grant-writing webinars require advance registration.

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 through May 1, grant-writing webinar Jan. 10.

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; deadline Jan. 12, grant-writing webinar Nov. 30, earliest start date March 1.

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; deadline Jan. 12, grant-writing webinar Nov. 30, earliest start date March 1.

Grants for Arts Organizations

Grant deadlines and webinar dates for the 2021-22 fiscal year. No cash match required this 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; deadline Nov. 10, 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; deadline Dec. 8, grant-writing webinar Nov. 1, earliest start date Feb. 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; deadline Feb. 9, grant-writing webinar Jan. 5, earliest start date April 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; deadline Oct. 20, grant-writing webinar recorded and available on website, earliest start date Jan. 1.

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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