SMAC Awards $6,344 to area Artists and Arts Organizations

Provides community-based arts organizations in the SMAC region with up to $5,000 in matching funds to increase their long-term stability and capacity through organizational development and management projects. 
Wilder Pageant Committee, Walnut Grove, $2,060 to analyze what the Wilder Pageant needs to remain viable as a theatrical experience for actors, technical staff and audiences in the future. Five focus groups will be created, including board mission and vision, evolving the theatrical production, audience development in increasingly competitive markets, funding Sources and sustaining the production, and community partnerships that support the production. 

Provides community-based arts organizations with up to $4,000 in matching funds for the purchase of equipment items and facilities improvement that will improve the organization's capacity to serve the arts needs of the SMAC region.
The Barn Theatre, Willmar, $1,251 for removable/accessible seating. The new seating will be able to be removed to accommodate a more diverse audience comfortably. The new seating will be located in the first and back row of the theatre's seating. 
Provides up to $5,000 to aid established career artists in the advanced stage of their career development with projects that will advance their career.

John Ginocchio , Marshall, $1,983 to travel to Spain for the purpose of researching the music of Moorish and Christian marches. Ginocchio plans to meet with directors and officers of the Music Societies, observe performances, and attend some of the Festivals of Moors and Christians where this music is performed. Ginocchio plans on bringing back the knowledge to share the tradition with the Minnesota community through many concert performances, presentations, and written work to make this music more easily accessible for bands of all levels.

Provides newly formed art organizations up to $2,000 to develop articles of incorporation, by-laws, and apply for their 501(c)(3) status. No catch match required.
Tyler Art Council, Tyler, $1,050 to fund applying for 501(c)(3) status.
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Highlights from SMAC's annual
Celebration of Art and Artists   
2-4 pm, An Arts day in Windom
The Unsung Songwriters performed for guests at the Business, Art & Recreation Center (BARC) in Windom. Laura Nerness' paintings and photography are featured on the right wall.

Top left: Shelley Cords-Swanson displayed her fiber art at BARC as well. Top left: Anita Skow displayed and worked on her pastel art at the Cottonwood County Historical Center. Also at the Historical center was Mary Christeson with her portrait pieces (middle right), and Marget Floyd (bottom) with her nature paintings.
Guests look at Haley Tardiff's exhibit Return at the Remick Gallery.

River City Eatery for Social Hour, Annual Meeting, Dinner, and the
Spirit of the Region raffle!
Social hour and time to study the raffle baskets. David Strom's paintings, also a featured artist during the day visits, has three paintings behind the raffle table at River City Eatery. 

Top left: Executive Director Nicole DeBoer presents Andy Kahmann with the 2017 Prairie Disciple Award. On the right, Nicole introduces Kindred Spirits (Emily Hoffman on vocals, Darwin Dyce on flute and drums, and Pete Lothringer on guitar) who performed during dinner. Bottom: Greta Murray receives standing ovation for her recognition of service with SMAC.
Thanks to your support, SMAC's annual celebration was quite a success! We'll see you again next year!
Save the date and start your GTMD17 campaigns TODAY!

SMAC highly encourages all our area non-profits to actively campaign for fundraising through give to the MAX day. has many useful tools and opportunities to help raise money in Minnesota for non-profits and for us to show what a wonderfully giving state we live in! We know our state values the arts because the voters of Minnesota made the arts and cultural heritage fund possible! Tap into that support and promote your organization this year through GTMD! Here's how to get started:

Click to get more information on GTMD trainings, toolkit, and guidelines.

For our readers, please also plan to remember SMAC and your other favorite non-profits on November 16, 2017. Your donation (or SMAC membership renewal) will be eligible to win even MORE funds for the organizations of your choice by being chosen for one of the many prizes provided by Click here to visit SMAC's givemn page.  
We will publish more details about GTMD in our next newsletter, so stay tuned!
Thank you for your support!
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Memberships from August 30 to September 27, 2017: Louise Olson, Appleton * New Clay Pottery, Hutchinson * Luverne Area Chamber, Luverne * Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Marshall * Marshall Area Stage Company, Marshall * Deb & Craig Maki, Marshall * Beth Steuck, Marshall * Loralee A. Miller, Minneota * Erica L. Volkir, Pipestone * Carla & Ron Skjong, Tyler * Brett Lehman, Worthington * Judy Foley, Willmar * Suzanne & Marvin Napgezek, Willmar * Bonnie Smith, Willmar * Cheryl Hanson, Windom * Kathleen Kusz, Worthington *


Big Stone - John White                      Chippewa - Georgette Jones        Cottonwood-Marilee Strom
Jackson -  Kathy Fransen                   Kandiyohi - Janet Olney                Lac qui Parle - Joyce Meyer
Lincoln - Pam Blake                            Lyon - Michele Knife Sterne         McLeod - Tom Wirt
Meeker - Joyce Aakre                        Murray - Kelly Muldoon                Nobles - Brett Lehman
Pipestone - Reggie Gorter                Redwood - Dan Wahl                     Renville - Anne O'Keefe-Jackson
Rock - Cindy Reverts                          Swift - Dana Conroy                       Yellow Medicine - Claire Swanson

SW MN Arts Council STAFF 
Executive Director - Nicole DeBoer                    Financial & Grants Administrator - Caroline Koska
                                                                                  Marketing Coordinator & Receptionist - Krystl Louwagie
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SW MN Arts Council

The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) is a non-profit organization committed to promoting and encouraging the development of the arts in the eighteen counties of southwestern Minnesota by serving as a source of funds and technical services which enable local organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to sponsor and/or create and promote the arts in their communities.

SMAC receives funding from individuals, businesses, organizations, schools, cities, counties, private foundations including the McKnight Foundation, an allocation from the State of Minnesota, and a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, made possible by the voters of Minnesota.

Thank you for supporting the arts in the southwest Minnesota region!  
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