In the gallery: Cole Behrends
Cole's exhibit will run from July 11 through August 30, 2019.

About the Artist: Cole Behrends received an Emerging Artist grant in 2018 for art supplies and to aid in the printing of his zines. Behrends lives in Lakefield Minnesota and studied studio art at South Dakota State University. He currently works at the Livewire Printing Company in Jackson Minnesota as a graphic artist.

Cole is exhibiting some work from his zine project, titled "The Paintbrush Graveyard", as well as other acrylic works, posters, and more. Of the "The Paintbrush Graveyard", Cole said, "This project stemmed form drawings that were created due to the lack of a painting studio during a Minnesota winter. I set a goal to draw 100 drawings on these four by six inch cards I found. I wanted people to see these drawings as a set and I thought a free zine would be the perfect format to present them. Four zines in total. Each holding 25 drawings." If you visit the SMAC gallery during his exhibit, you can get your hands on the free zines! You can read more about Cole and his exhibit here .
Next in the gallery: Robyn Sand Anderson

Robyn's exhibit will run from September 12 through October 23, 2019. You are invited to attend the artist's opening reception on Thursday, September 19 from 5-7 pm, where you will be able to also enjoy live music and light refreshments.
Robyn received an Individual Established Career Artist grant in 2018 to explore interpreting music with color, movement and texture. She traveled to Bergen, Norway to study Edvard Greig's music and environment that informed his choral/orchestral musical compositions. She then studied with abstract artist Jane Davies in Vermont to learn more about acrylic abstract painting and created a body of work interpreting Grige's music of a century ago with contemporary abstract expressionist painting.
Pictured above: Antiphon 3, Acrylic
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These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional funding provided by the McKnight Foundation. Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive. The McKnight Foundation supports working artists to create and contribute to vibrant communities.
The Fiscal Year 2020 Grant Calendar is HERE!
August 1, September 1, October 1 & November 1, 4:30 pm, 2019: Monthly Arts Organization Grants (Art Legacy Project Planning Grants, Arts Organization Development Grants & Arts Organization Start Up Grants) Applications Due  
Monthly Arts Organization grants are on a first-come, first served monthly deadline until all funds have been expended. Deadline is the 1st of each month, 4:30 pm, August-November 2018 & January-April 2019. Earliest project start date is the first day of the following month after board action.
 
Art Legacy Project Planning grants provide organizations with up to $2,500 to plan for a specific large-scale project or activity that will create or advance a strong arts legacy in Minnesota.
 
Arts Organization Development grants provide arts organization 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.
 
Arts Organization Start Up grants provide arts organizations with at least two years of programming up to $2,000 to develop articles of incorporation, by-laws, and apply for their 501(c)(3) status.
 
August 14, 4:30 pm, 2019: Individual Emerging Artist Grants, Individual Established Career Artist Grants, & Individual Artist Community Collaboration Grants Applications Due    
Individual Artist grants for Emerging Artists provide up to $2,500 to aid emerging artists at an early stage of their career development with projects that will advance their career. Grantwriting webinar: July 2, 2019, for more information click here
 
Individual Artist grants for Established Artists provide up to $7,000 to aid established career artists with the advanced stage of their career development with projects that will advance their career. Grantwriting webinar: July 2, 2019, for more information click here
 
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. Grantwriting webinar: July 2, 2019, for more information click here

September 11, 4:30 pm, 2019: Equipment/Facilities Improvement Grant Applications Due
Equipment/Facilities grants provide arts organizations with up to $10,000 in matching funds for the purchase of equipment items and specific improvement that will strengthen the organization's capacity to serve the arts needs of the SMAC region. Grantwriting webinar: August 1, 2019, for more information click here

September 18, 4:30 pm, 2019: Operating Support Pre-Application Deadline
Operating Support Grants are two-year grants for arts organizations that have been designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) for a minimum of three years. For organizations with an average operating budget of less than $25,000, this grant provides up to 35% of the organization's average operating budget each of the two years. For organizations with an average budget more than $25,000, the grant provides up to 15% of the organization's average operating budget for each of the two years. Required Pre-Application Deadline: September 18, 2019 (Submit financial information to determine your request amount.) Grantwriting webinar: July 16, 2019, for more information click here

October 9, 4:30 pm, 2019: Arts in the Schools Grant Applications Due
Arts in the Schools Grants provide grants to schools for artist residencies or field trips that include educator training and community involvement, juried student art exhibits, and prepackaged theatre experiences. Up to $2,500 (field trips, juried exhibits, or prepackaged theatre), or $4,000 (artist residencies). Grantwriting webinar: August 29, 2019, for more information click here

October 16, 4:30 pm, 2019: Operating Support Grant Deadline
Operating Support Grants are two-year grants for arts organizations that have been designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) for a minimum of three years. For organizations with an average operating budget of less than $25,000, this grant provides up to 35% of the organization's average operating budget each of the two years. For organizations with an average budget more than $25,000, the grant provides up to 15% of the organization's average operating budget for each of the two years. Required Pre-Application Deadline: September 18, 2019 (Submit financial information to determine your request amount.) Grantwriting webinar: July 16, 2019, for more information click here
Click on the links for more information
You are invited to join us in celebration of the arts and artists of our 18 county region!

1-4 pm, An Arts Day in and Around Olivia, MN
~Experience art and visit artists participating in the HINTERLAND ART CRAWL
  
~Visit art installations produced in conjunction with Olivia Main Street Project
  
~Stop by the Bird Island Cultural Center (5 miles away) to view the outdoor mural and exhibit by ‘ Gathering Friends’ Quilt Club
Social Hour begins at 4:00pm at the banquet room in Max’s Grill. At 5pm SMAC will host a brief annual meeting, an award ceremony for 2019 SMAC Prairie Disciple Linda Clarksean, and guests will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for our annual “Spirit of the Region” raffle.

Stick around to enjoy a delicious meal served by Max’s Grill catering. During dinner enjoy live entertainment from performers in our region: more details coming soon!

Socialize and celebrate with artists and arts supporters across the Southwest Minnesota region and learn about the grants and activities SMAC has funded in the past year.

Join the Celebration!

TICKETS:
Just $25/person  Advance ticket purchase required by SEPT 16.

Payment options:

1)  CHECK: Complete the online registration form below and send a check for tickets to the SMAC office: PO Box 55, Marshall, MN 56258 

2)  CREDIT CARD: Complete the online registration form below and then click the credit card button to pay online.
 
~ No physical ticket will be sent or given, instead your name and information will be kept on our reservation list – ready to welcome you at the event. ~
EVENT DETAILS:
*” Spirit of the Region” Raffle A $10 raffle ticket will get you the chance to win a basket of specialty goods made in the SMAC Region (from wine to honey, beer to fudge). Raffle tickets available in advance at the SMAC office or through a SMAC Board Member. Raffle tickets also available onsite at the dinner.
 
* Awards : 2019 Prairie Disciple Award – Educator: Linda Clarksean, Alpha. This award is to recognize a person who has been instrumental in promoting the arts in the 18-county area of southwestern Minnesota. Clarksean’s nominator, Kathleen Fransen, had this to say about her, “As a lifelong teacher, Linda has always had a passion for encouraging and growing creativity in children…As an ECFE teacher, she wanted every child to explore their own creativity on each surface. The impact that Linda has had on children in the Jackson school system is one that most will carry throughout their lives. When Linda retired from over 30 years of teaching, she continued to feel a need to teach Art. That passion has resulted in the creation of Jackson Center for the Arts. Once Linda became inspired with the vision of an Art Center in Jackson, she was determined that it was going to happen, and it was going to be part of the revitalization of the ‘downtown’ economy in Jackson. She has changed the attitude of an entire community, and I believe that she was able to do that because many of the adults supporting her have been her students. They have been inspired, moved, and motivated to pass on the spark of creativity.”
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council seeks panelists to review grants 2019-2020

For grant programs in fiscal year 2020 (July 2019 - June 2020), the SMAC Board of Directors seeks panels of artists, arts administrators, arts volunteers, and arts appreciators representing multiple artistic disciplines from throughout the SMAC geographic region.

You may apply to serve on one or more of the following panels:

Grant review panel dates for 2019-2020

Round I: August 17, 2019
Round II: January 4, 2020
Round III: April 18, 2020

Round I: October 12, 2019
Round II: March 7, 2020

November 9, 2019

Arts in the Schools Round I: November 2, 2019
Arts in the Schools Round II: February 15, 2020
Art Study Opportunity for Youth: April 21 (Tuesday Evening)

Round I: September 7, 2019
Round II: February 1, 2020

Round I: September 7, 2019
Round II: February 1, 2020

TO APPLY:
  1. Please read the Grant Panel Responsibilities.
  2. Read and sign our Conflict of Interest policy.
  3. Download, print, or fill out a copy of the Grant Review Panelist Application (pdf) or word document (you can also fill out an online form here).
  4. Email your completed application, resume, and signed Conflict of Interest document to info@swmnarts.org or use the submit button below, or mail to SW MN Arts Council, PO Box 55, Marshall, MN 56258.
The monthly segment where you can hear from SMAC grantees, participants, and members about their experiences! Let's hear from some our of panelists on why they serve! There are many different reasons, could it be right for you? If so, visit: https://swmnarts.org/about/become-a-grant-panelist/
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Seeks Board Representatives

SMAC will be seeking representatives from Kandiyohi County, Lac qui Parle County, Meeker County, Lincoln County and Yellow Medicine County to serve on it’s Board of Directors. The Board meets monthly on the 4th 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 www.swmnarts.org/about/become-a-board-member/
Remember to check out our regional arts calendar!
 
Click here to see the many arts events happening in our community! 
 
If you would like your arts event to be listed on our calendar, submit here .

Left: Prairie Arts Chorale, who received a SMAC Art Project grant for their 2019 Spring concert series.
Continue to keep up with news about the arts in our region!
Click the links below to read about:





Above : Performance from the Winsted Arts Council Music Series, which received funding through a SMAC Art Project grant .
These webinars cover changes to the grant program as well as tips for applying – and allow you to ask questions specifically about your proposed project. Webinars videos are posted online after each one, so you can always view the latest one through our website. Just visit the information page for the grant you're interested in and find the video link! You can also find all of our videos on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2QEa_wOC837gx2eEOBp1-A
Our Executive Director, along with Sue Gens, Leslie LeCuyer, and Rita Walaszeck were part of a panel for Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) that discussed the last 10 years of Legacy Funding and its impact on Minnesota lives. GIA quoted Nicole DeBoer as saying “We need to have art where we are. We live in rural and remote communities and people do not have the opportunity to travel for arts events. These communities are filled with artists - who maybe don’t call themselves that - in Dakota, Hmong, and other communities of color. Without legacy funding, the people in our communities would be missing a huge piece of who they are.” 
  Memberships
From June 26 to July 28, 2019
Contributors: Dede & Larry Burlingame, Gary, SD • Marshall Lyon-County Library, Marshall • A to Z Letterpress Printing, Montevideo • Shelley Cords-Swanson, Odin • Dennis & Diane Hansen, Pipestone • S usan & Bryan Nelson, Redwood Falls
Supporters: Joyce & Randy Meyer, Canby • Randy & Sima Wewetzer, Marshall •
Sustainers: Pipestone Performing Arts Center, Pipestone
Patrons: Dawson-Boyd Arts Association, Dawson •

Would you like to become a contributing member of SMAC or renew your membership?
You can do so online or by mail, for an individual membership, business membership, or organizational membership. For more information, visit:
2019 SW MN Arts Council BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Big Stone - John White
Jackson - Kristen Kuipers
Lincoln - OPEN
Meeker - OPEN
Pipestone - Erica Volkir
Rock - Scott Wessels
Yellow Medicine - Claire Swanson
Chippewa - Georgette Jones
Kandiyohi - Janet Olney
Lyon - Michele Knife Sterner
Murray - Emily Petersen &
Carisa Clarke
Redwood - David KelseyBassett
Cottonwood - Anna Johannsen
Lac qui Parle - Joyce Meyer
McLeod - Lisa Hill
Nobles - Brett Lehman
Renville - Anne O'Keefe-Jackson
Swift - Alison Nelson &
Lynette Swenson
SW MN Arts Council STAFF
Executive Director - Nicole DeBoer
Grants/Financial Administrator - Caroline Koska
Marketing Coordinator/Receptionist - Krystl Louwagie