In this issue:

  • SMAC Awards $88,708 to Local Organizations

  • SMAC Gallery Updates

  • SMAC Grant Support Open Office Hours

  • Prairie Star & Prairie Disciple applications now OPEN

  • Minnesota Arts Advocacy Day: Plan to attend!

  • SMAC Annual Board Retreat Update

  • Upcoming webinars & grant deadlines

Pictured: Mixed Media class taught at the Young Artist Conference, put on by the Southwest West Central (SW/WC) Service Cooperative and sponsored partially by a SMAC board initiated grant.
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Awards local organizations $88,708 for Art Project & Art Legacy Projects

SMAC awarded $64,749 to local organizations for Art Project grants

Art Project grants  provide organizations in the SMAC region with up to $7,000 in matching funds to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts. 20% cash match required. The next deadline for this grant is March 25th by 4:30 pm. Grantwriting webinar: February 13, 2020, for more information click here. The following eleven organizations were awarded SMAC Art Project grants by the board on January 25, 2020:
Cultural Awareness Organization, Worthington, $5,865 for their annual festival titled Worthington International Festival . The Festival will take place July 9-11, 2020. The Festival's components include Thursday evening immigrant stories and panel discussion; Friday and Saturday folk and traditional artist performances, food vendors, artisan booths, ethnic cultural education booths, and activities for children. This organization seeks to include as many different folk and traditional artists as they can into the schedule. They focus on showcasing culturally authentic, well-qualified Minnesota based artists who represent various areas of the world. Pictured left is a photo from last years festival.

Friends of the Orchestra/ Southwest Minnesota Orchestra (SMO), Marshall, $5,245 for their 2020 Children's Concert & Concerto Competition. SMO will perform its annual Children’s Concert on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts at two different times: 10 am and 1 pm. This is also the concert which the orchestra features their Student Concerto Competition winner—a high school student from the SW Minnesota region that has shown identifiable progress. This year, the concert theme is "Once Upon a Symphony" which will combine fantastical music and story telling.
Hinterland Arts Council, Lamberton, $6,766 for their second annual arts tour. The Hinterland Art Crawl is a free, self-guided tour of art and artist studios in southwest Minnesota. The one-day art crawl is designed to showcase the works of artists living in the region who desire to show, demonstrate, or perform and sell their works to the public. This project aims to build upon the success of their first year tour (2019) by increasing their marketing reach, diversifying their artist roster to include youth and reaching out specifically to local diverse communities, and increasing their event accessibility. Pictured right: Print by Aaron Horkey, an artist who was on the 2019 Hinterland Art Crawl.

Loose Gravel Music Festival, Walnut Grove, $7,000 for their first music festival. The festival will be held on August 1, 2020 at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Outdoor Amphitheater west of Walnut Grove. The festival will host four to six live Minnesota based bands featuring bluegrass/Americana music. There will be food and drink on site from 10 am until 10 pm. This event is being offered with the Wilder Pageant Committee as a sponsor contributing use of the site as well as sound and light equipment.

Marshall Area Fine Arts Council , Marshall, $2,672 for their 2020-2021 Performance Series . This project combines five programs into the MAFAC 2020-2021 Concert Series. Artists are contracted through Allied Concert Services or are local performing groups. Performances will take place from September 2020 through April 2021 at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts (SCCPA). New to the program line-up for 2020-21 will be a magic/comedy show "The Chipper Experience", appropriate for all ages and taking place in March of 2021. Tentative dates for the four music concerts will be : Tajci: "Waking Up in America" Sep-Oct 2020, Prairie Arts Chorale Friday, Nov 6, 2020, Barron Ryan: "Classical Meets Cool" Oct-Nov 2020, and Branden & James in April 2021.
Minnesota Pottery Festival , Hutchinson, $7,000 for their 9th annual festival, which will be held on Saturday, July 25th, 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, July 26th, 2019 from noon to 4 pm on the grounds of the Clay Coyote Pottery and Gallery, five miles north of Hutchinson. They plan to host 35 potters from across the country. The festival will be using SMAC funds to reach new and diverse audiences to broaden the reach and impact of the Minnesota Pottery Festival. Pictured left: Participants taking part in activities at the Minnesota Pottery Festival.
RiverSong Music Festival , Hutchinson, $7,000 for their annual festival, this year in its twelfth year. This year, it will be held July 17th-18th at Masonic West River Park in Hutchinson. The festival will feature 15 artists on two stages. A variety of Americana, rock, roots, world, Cajun, country, reggae, and folk music will be featured. This music festival includes children-focused performers and workshops, food and beverage vendors, children’s activities, and on-site camping will add to the overall experience. It is a 99% volunteer-run festival made possible by community support.

Rhythm of the River , Jackson, $7,000 for their fourteenth annual music festival, which will be held during the late afternoon and evening of Friday July 10 and all day and evening of July 11, 2020 at the historic site of Fort Belmont in Jackson. Two stages allow for continuous activity as well as diversity in musical and artistic styles. The organization invites local and regional artisans to set up booths in the park grounds during the festival. This multigenerational event promotes songwriters and creativity in SW Minnesota.

Willmar Area Arts Council , Willmar, $3,589 for their sixteenth Annual Studio Hop. Their Studio Hop is a self-guided tour of studio spaces in Svea, Willmar, Spicer, New London and Atwater. The event in 2020 will be held on the third weekend of June.

Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra , Willmar, $5,612 for two concerts: 1."Dancing Shoes", featuring narrator Kaitlin Ramsey and dancers from Main Pointe School of Dance on Sunday, March 15 and also on Friday, March 13 for area 3rd graders. 2. The "Young Artist's Concert", featuring the winner(s) of the Young Artist Competition on Saturday, May 9.

Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra , Worthington, $7,000 for their 10th Anniversary Concert. The Spring Concert is planned for Memorial Auditorium in Worthington, MN on May 21, 2020. In celebration of WASO's 10th season, the orchestra will present a Russian Extravaganza! Orchestral masterworks by Russian composers Alexander Borodin, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will present, according to the applicant, the most challenging repertoire programmed thus far for Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra musicians.

SMAC awarded $23,959 to local organization for an Art Legacy Project grant

Art Legacy Project grants provide organizations in the SMAC region with up to $25,000 in matching funds to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts through large-scale projects that will leave an arts legacy in southwest Minnesota. 20% cash match required. The next deadline for this grant is March 25th by 4:30 pm. There will be a grantwriting webinar on February 13, 2020. For more information or to register, click here.

The Upper Sioux Community was awarded $23,959 for a Dakota Dance and Regalia teaching and celebration project. The project centers around the making of traditional Dakota regalia and dance techniques. According to the applicant, the knowledge this project would provide is frequently requested by community members and this project seeks to revitalize knowledge that has been declining in their community. Three series of classes for members of the Upper Sioux Community will culminate in a small wacipi (pow-wow) to showcase the results of these community-based classes. Students will also dance at Upper Sioux Community’s Annual Wacipi the first weekend in August, an event open to the general public.
The first series of classes will center on historical/social context and basic regalia making skills, including: a history of Dakota dance styles and regalia; basic beading; and traditional Dakota artistic design/meaning. The second series of classes will focus on the making of regalia. The third series will detail each of the contemporary Dakota dance styles: Men’s/Women’s Traditional; Men’s/Women’s Fancy Dance; Jingle Dress; Grass Dance; and social dances.
In the gallery: Kylie Rieke

Kylie Rieke of Fairfax will be exhibiting in the SMAC Gallery through February 28, 2020. Pictured above is Kylie (left) at her opening reception speaking with a guest.

Kylie is a ceramic artist who lives and works on her family farm near Fairfax, Minnesota. She is currently employed as a Production Potter for the Clay Coyote Pottery Studio in Hutchinson. In 2018 she was awarded a Developing Artist Grant (now called an Emerging Artist Grant ) from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council.
Next the gallery: Jessica Gorman

Jessica Gorman of Granite Falls received a Developing Artist Grant (now called an Emerging Artist Grant ) for her project "Follow the Yellowstone Trail," which she describes as "a photo-documentary that strives to capture the historic sites, details and town spirits of communities along the yellowstone trail from Buffalo Lake to Ortonville Minnesota, spanning the counties of Renville, Yellow Medicine, Chippewa, Swift & Big Stone." Photographs from her project will de displayed in the SMAC gallery from March 12 through May 1, 2020. Save the date for the artist reception on Thursday, March 12th from 5-7 pm!
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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.
Grant Support Open Office:: every second Tuesday of the month

NEXT EVENT:  Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Visit the SMAC offices from 10 am to 2 pm for assistance with any grant-related questions. These monthly events are a chance to get some work done, enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea, and talk with others in the arts community. Receive one-on-one guidance in: finding the right program, learning how to apply, preparing work samples, preparing budgets for proposals and more.
Come with ideas or questions, or come to learn from others. SMAC staff will be available to help with any questions related to your applications, projects, final reports, or eligibility.

These are casual events. Drop in for 30 minutes or stay the whole time. There is no presentation, so you can come and leave at your leisure. You can come planning to get work done, desiring to meet new people, have some specific questions addressed, or just sit and drink free coffee or tea.
No RSVPs are necessary. Feel free to stop by if your schedule allows.
The monthly segment where you can hear from SMAC grantees, participants, and members about their experiences. This what what one of our Art Study Opportunity for Youth grant recipients reported back after attending the Upper Midwest String Camp through our grant. The next application deadline for this grant is April 1st, 2020 by 4:30 pm. There will be an online grant webinar for this grant program on February 20, 2020; For more information or to register, click here.
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Seeks Board Representatives

SMAC is seeking representatives from Meeker County and Rock 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/
The Prairie Star and Prairie Disciple applications are now OPEN!!
Who will you nominate?
Applications are due April 15, 2020.

******Prairie Star Award******
Every other year, the Prairie Star Award ($5,000) recognizes an individual artist whose body of work has made a significant contribution to the arts over an extended period of time, who has been recognized by his or her artistic peers, and who has best exemplified the highest quality of work in the SMAC region. In recognizing these individuals publicly, the awards will raise the profile of the arts in their communities and throughout the SMAC region.

***Prairie Disciple Award***
The Prairie Disciple Award ($1,000) provides awareness and recognition of one individual per year from southwest Minnesota, whose activities and involvement have substantially contributed to the arts over an extended period of time. The accomplishments of arts advocates working in the region are often not widely known or appreciated. In recognizing these individuals publicly, the awards will raise the profile of the arts in their community and throughout the SMAC region. In 2020, SMAC is accepting nominations of teachers/educators only.

Learn more or start your nominations here: https://swmnarts.org/grants/smac-special-awards/
Visit our website at www.swmnarts.org and select the grant which your interested in seeing more information about. Then scroll down to see the details under each round. A link to the video will be posted. See below from a screen shot (with added red arrows) of our website for an example. Or, you may see all the ones we have to view on our YouTube here.
REGISTER:
Arts Advocacy Day in MN

Join your fellow Arts Advocates from across Minnesota for the Arts Community's Annual Day of Action!

Pictured right: Speaking with Representative Rod Hamilton.

WHEN: Thursday, March 19, 2020: 8 am- 2 pm

WHERE: At the Minnesota History Center & State Capitol Complex in Saint Paul

Arts Advocacy Day is an opportunity to educate and connect with new friends of the arts at the State Capitol. To guarantee arts funding remains safe, we need to help ensure legislators understand the importance of the arts. That's where we need you! The more representatives from our region of Southwest Minnesota, the better. Our legislators are meant to serve the interests and objectives of their constituents: that's you! Ensure that your voice and support of the arts is heard; we must show our legislators what it means to US.

Minnesota's Legacy Amendment and the unprecedented achievement of constitutionally guaranteed arts funding is recognized as the national leader in arts advocacy. Every year, you and all the arts advocates work together and prove the strength of Minnesota's arts community.

Plan to attend Arts Advocacy Day and help protect the arts funding you love.

Pre-Register by March 15th at ARTSMN.ORG

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council seeks panelists to review grants

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:

Remaining Grant review panel dates for FY2020

Round III: April 18, 2020

Round II: March 7, 2020

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

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.
SMAC staff has been asked by a statewide organization, MN Citizens for the Arts, and a national funder, Americans for the Arts (both of whom lobby on our behalf for funding dollars that SMAC re-grants out to arts organizations) to coordinate economic data survey collection in the SW Region.
 
The data collected will be used to form the Creative Minnesota 2021 Report that offers both a statewide and region-by-region rationale on why the arts is so important in our lives. The report provides a credible economic perspective on how arts funding supports the people of Minnesota.

SMAC staff has visited 3 sites so far with these surveys, all whom have received Art Project Grants for their projects: Prairie Dance Alliance's Nutcracker performances in December, Winsted Arts Council's concert with visiting band Le Vent du Nord (Canadian folk music group from Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu in Quebec), and Hutchinson Center for the Art's Artist Reception for their Annual Community Showcase exhibit, which features artists from all over the SW MN 18 county region. If these survey's are presented at an event you attend, please take the time to complete them-this important data that will be used to support our arts in Southwest Minnesota!
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council 2020 Board Retreat

The SMAC Board of Directors and Staff gathered on Saturday, January 25 for our Annual SMAC Board Retreat. This year the retreat was held at the Granite Area Arts Council in Granite Falls, MN. Craig Dunn (pictured left), consultant and director of (now-closed) VSA MN led us on an informative exploration of arts accessibility. The SMAC board sought to answer the following questions:

  • What are the things that prohibit people with ability issues from participating in the arts?
  • What can we do differently as a regional arts council to be more inclusive?

Continued focus on this topic and more education will be brought to the SMAC Board and our regional arts organizations at the upcoming ‘Arts Organization Summit’ scheduled for June 2020.
Board members were also treated to a tour of the YES! House in Granite Falls (pictured right) which will soon be the community hub for the activities led by the first GF City Artist in Residence -- and is the current meeting grounds for the Department of Public Transformation and its Exec Dir Ashley Hanson. Ashley shared exciting details about the planning and successful steps taken toward making a rural, small town city artist in residence happen. SMAC Board Members shared interest about bringing this community engagement model to other small towns in the southwest MN region.

Thanks to our presenters, board members and staff for endless support of the arts in our 18 counties.
Upcoming Grant Webinars

  • February 13, 2020: Webinar – Art Projects & Art Legacy Projects, 12:00-1:00 pm REGISTER HERE

  • February 20, 2020: Webinar – Art Study Opportunity for Youth, 5:30-6:30 pm REGISTER HERE
The Fiscal Year 2020 Grant Calendar is HERE!
February 1, March 1, April 1, 4:30 pm, 2020: 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.

February 12, 4:30 pm, 2020: 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.

March 25, 4:30 pm, 2020: Art Project & Art Legacy Project Grants Due
Art Project grants provide organizations in the SMAC region with up to $7,000 in matching funds to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts. 20% cash match required. Grantwriting webinar: February 13, 2020, for more information click here.

Art Legacy Project grants provide organizations in the SMAC region with up to $25,000 to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts through large-scale projects that will leave an arts legacy in Southwest Minnesota. 20% cash match required. Grantwriting webinar: February 13, 2020, for more information click here.

April 1, 4:30 pm, 2020: Art Study Opportunity for Youth Grants Due
Art Study Opportunity for Youth grants provide up to $500 to allow young artists entering grades 5 – 12 to attend an enrichment camp or specialty study. Standard weekly lessons (such as piano or voice lessons) are allowed only for those students who qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program. Arts supplies costs are allowed for students attending a MN public arts high school.  No match requirements. Grantwriting webinar: February 20, 2020, for more information click here.

April 15, 4:30 pm, 2020: Prairie Star & Prairie Disciple Nominations Due
The Prairie Star ($5,000) is awarded every other year. The award recognizes an individual artist whose body of work has made a significant contribution to the arts over an extended period of time, who has been recognized by his or her artistic peers, and who has best exemplified the highest quality of work in the SMAC region. In recognizing these individuals publicly, the awards will raise the profile of the arts in their communities and throughout the SMAC region.

The Prairie Disciple ($1,000) is awarded every year. The award provides awareness and recognition of one individual per year from southwest Minnesota, whose activities and involvement have substantially contributed to the arts over an extended period of time. The accomplishments of arts advocates working in the region are often not widely known or appreciated. In recognizing these individuals publicly, the awards will raise the profile of the arts in their community and throughout the SMAC region. In 2020, SMAC is accepting nominations of teachers/educators only.
Click on the links for more information
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 .

Right: RiverSong Music Festival received a SMAC Art Project grant for this annual festival in 2019. The next deadline for Art Project and Art Legacy Project grants is March 25, 2020. There is a Grantwriting webinar for this grant program on February 13, 2020; for more information or to register, click here.
Continue to keep up with news about the arts in our region!
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Left: The Tyler Arts Council received an Art Project grant for multiple fall events. Pictured is an alcohol inks class they offered as part of their fall programming. The next deadline for Art Project and Art Legacy Project grants is March 25, 2020. There is a Grantwriting webinar for this grant program on February 13, 2020; for more information or to register, click here.
  Memberships
From December 27, 2019 through January 30th, 2020

Contributors: Robert Mattson, New London • Beverley Raske, Renville • Agnes Alsgaard-Lien, Rushmore • Janet Olney, Willmar •

Supporters: Newberg Sky Spray/Ed & Connie Newberg, Hector • Delores Runge, Pipestone •

Sustainer: Marshall Area Stage Company, Marshall

Patron: David Pederson & Peggy Crosby, Dawson • Ken & Marlys Knuth, Slayton •

Benefactor: Big Stone County Commission, Ortonville • Meeker County Commission, Litchfield • Murray
County Commission, Slayton • 

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 - Mark Wilmes
Meeker - OPEN
Pipestone - Erica Volkir
Rock - OPEN
Chippewa - Georgette Jones
Kandiyohi - Janet Olney
Lyon - Michele Knife Sterner
Murray - Carisa Clarke
Redwood - David KelseyBassett
Swift - Alison Nelson
Cottonwood - Anna Johannsen
Lac qui Parle - Joyce Meyer
McLeod - Lisa Hill
Nobles - Brett Lehman
Renville - Anne O'Keefe-Jackson
Yellow Medicine - Claire Swanson
SW MN Arts Council STAFF
Executive Director - Nicole DeBoer
Grants/Financial Administrator - Caroline Koska
Marketing Coordinator/Receptionist - Krystl Louwagie