7 young area artists and 2 area arts organizations received SMAC grants on April 25, 2017
Contact: Krystl Louwagie

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council awards $9,450 to young area artists and arts organizations

Annabelle Lecy performing at a SMAC gallery reception in 2016. 
Seven young
artists within the 18 county region of southwest Minnesota were awarded Art Study Opportunity for Youth grants on April 25, 2017 from Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) for a total of $3,795.

Art Study Opportunity for Youth grants provide up to $500 to aid in the development of young artists 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. No match requirements. The next proposed* deadline for applying for this grant is March 28, 2018, with the earliest study start date of May 15, 2018.

Annabelle Lecy, David Rabaey, John Rabaey (all of Marshall)
and Olivia White of Montevideo have each been awarded $500 to attend the 2017 Southwest Minnesota
Olivia White performing at a SMAC gallery reception in 2015. 
String Festival, which takes place at Southwest Minnesota State University campus in Marshall from
July 23th to July 29th, during which students will reside on campus. The Southwest Minnesota String Festival brings young musicians from across the Midwest together for musical studies, chamber music, and musical community. Highly qualified faculty provides daily private lessons, chamber music coaching, and musicianship classes. Performance opportunities at daily convocations and at the final concert will give participants a chance to share their talents with each other and the local community. http://www.southwestminnesotastringfestival.com/
Aleigha Glidewell of Valley Springs was awarded $500 to attend Stringwood Chamber Music Festival, which
is an intensive summer program founded by the Artaria String
Henry Herrick performing a Russian split jump in 2017. 
Quartet for advanced string players. The two week festival includes
chamber music coaching, masterclasses and special guest presentations, private lessons and performing in public concerts. http://www.stringwood.com/YAP.htm
Henry Herrick of Marshall has been awarded $500 for Dance Master Classes taught by Zac Hammer at Southwest School of Dance in Marshall. Classes will be for two hours for four days and focus on professional jumps and turns, jazz technique and choreography methods.

Ava Holmgren of Marshall
was awarded $295 to attend the 2017 Prairie Dance Alliance Summer Camp, which takes place at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall from July 24-27, with a showcase performance on July 26.
Four instructors from various parts of the country will be brought in to teach classes and choreograph short combinations in order to develop a broader knowledge and understanding of dance for the students. This four day camp expands upon skills and experiences for dancers in southwest Minnesota.
Ava Holmgren during a solo performance in 2016.
Maeve Winter of Willmar was awarded $500 to attend the Upper Midwest Strings Camp, held at St. Benedict's campus in St. Joseph from July 23-28. Maeve says, "It is a week-long camp taught by experienced musicians from all across the state and out of state. We play orchestral and chamber music. I have gone to this camp before and learned a lot from all of our practices and performances throughout the week."
The Upper Midwest String Camp is jointly sponsored by The College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph and MNSOTA. It is a summer program for students eager to develop their string playing through chamber music, string orchestra and technique classes. http://www.mnsota.org/events/upper-midwest-camp
SMAC also awarded two area arts organizations on April 25, 2017 for a total of $5,655.
An Arts Organization Development grant 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. This grant has a first-come, first-served monthly deadline until all funds have been expended; the proposed* deadlines for application submission is the 1st of each month by 4:30 pm, August 2017 through November 2017 and January 2018 through April 2018.
Big Stone Arts Council (BSAC) of Ortonville was awarded $4,000 to hire a professional consultant to assist the organization in needs assessment, strategic planning, and a capacity building project. The project will build on BSAC's mission and enable them to challenge and stretch the organization and their community. BSAC will develop a comprehensive plan with a clear focus on their mission, building existing and new arts programs and services, and identifying its communities needs and interests. BSAC's board members and some community members will be involved in the development of this project. https://bigstonearts.wordpress.com/
An Arts Organization Start-Up grant 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 cash match required. This grant also has a first-come, first-served monthly deadline until all funds have been expended; the proposed* deadlines for application submission is the 1st of each month by 4:30 pm, August 2017 through November 2017 and January 2018 through April 2018.
The Arts & Mentoring Project (AMP) of Pipestone has been awarded $1,655 for aiding in their non-profit start up. AMP's purpose is to provide an arts experience dedicated to mentoring and performing, regardless of barriers such as socio-economic status or means, ethnicity, and/or age. By welcoming all students, AMP hopes to commit to guiding their character and artistic passion in a fun, disciplined environment advancing both the individual and the community.
*All grants deadlines described are contingent upon funding from the Minnesota State Legislature and the McKnight Foundation. Programs will be finalized by June 1st, unless the Legislature goes into special session.
All SMAC grants are reviewed by SMAC grant panelists and must then be approved by the SMAC board. All positions are volunteer. If you are interested in serving on the grant panel, please visit our website at swmnarts.org/about/become-a-grant-panelist/ to learn more!

If you would like to learn more about SMAC grants, please visit our website at: swmnarts.org/grants/. You can also call, email, or visit our office with any questions, use the information provided below.
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
PO Box 55
114 N 3rd St
Marshall, MN 56258

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