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Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants

Since its inception in February 2010, the Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant program has awarded 166 grants to nonprofit arts and non-arts organizations located in the SEMAC region. The following activities were funded by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, and made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 Fiscal Year 2010 = $332,187

Fillmore County

  • Commonweal Theatre Company - $20,000 for Commonweal Presents
  • Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative – $6,000 for the Play! in the Barn series
  • Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center – $6,400 for the Stringwood masterclass
  • Lanesboro Arts Center – $12,000 for the iron casting/sculpture project
  • Northland Words – $10,000 toward theater classes for young people
  • Southeast MN Bluegrass Association – $3,055 for bluegrass jam camp

Goodhue County

  • Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies – $1,350 for children’s book celebration
  • Art Reach – $3,200 for at-risk middle school art classes
  • Picaresque II – $10,000 for The Story of Music, Stories from Home

Mower County

  • Northwestern Singers – $4,000 toward annual spring concert

Olmsted County

  • Children’s Dance Theatre – $10,000 for partnership with the MN Ballet
  • Choral Arts Ensemble – $10,000 toward Symphonic Chorus
  • City of Rochester Music Department – $50,000 for World Music Series Pilot
  • Honors Choirs of Southeast MN – $10,000 toward third annual summer musical
  • John Marshall High School – $10,000 for leaded glass installation project
  • Olmsted Medical Center – $10,000 for artwork display at OMC locations
  • Olmsted Medical Center – $10,000 outdoor sculpture for OMC main clinic
  • RCTC & RPL - $1,250 for performances by the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
  • Rochester Arts Council – $10,000 toward artist stipends for public art benches
  • Rochester Arts Council – $10,000 in artist stipends for ARTikids
  • Rochester Civic Theatre – $10,000 for a play at the RACE exhibit
  • Rochester Dance Company – $10,000 for eclectic dance performance Rise
  • Rochester Music Guild – $7,800 toward scholarship competition and recitals
  • Southeastern MN Youth Orchestras – $13,632 for a community outreach partnership

Rice County

  • ArtOrg – $10,000 for the Five Sculptures project
  • Boys of America Brass Band – $10,000 toward 20th season multimedia show
  • Lockwood Theater Company – $10,000 for the musical melodrama Jesse
  • Northfield Public Library – $5,000 toward annual Books & Stars program
  • Paradise Center for the Arts – $10,000 for Paradise Kids theater camp
  • Vintage Band Music Festival – $10,000 to provide free guest band concerts

Steele County

  • Owatonna Arts Center – $10,000 toward a marathon of clay pot throwing
  • Vega Productions – $5,500 for an after-school guitar program

Wabasha County

  • Jon Hassler Theater – $10,000 to provide seating for low-income patrons
  • Plainview Economic Development Authority – $3,000 for five summer musical concerts

Fiscal  Year 2011 = $402,416

Fillmore County

  • Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative – $4,200 for the Play! In the Barn series 2011
  • Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center – $6,800 for Stringwood Festival Concerts
  • Lanesboro Arts Center – $9,000 toward Lanesboro Artist Residencies
  • Northland Words – $31,365 for the 2011 Production Season
  • Northland Words – $38,759 for two added productions and classes
  • Southeast MN Bluegrass Association – $3,725 for second project in pilot jam camp

Freeborn County

  • Freeborn County Agricultural Society – $3,150 for free stage entertainment at Freeborn County Fair

Goodhue County

  • Picaresque II – $2,450 for The Story of Music from Home

Houston County

  • Giants of the Earth Heritage Center – $10,000 for Giants Folk and Fine Arts School

Mower County

  • Austin Symphony Orchestra – $7,500 for Connecting Community project
  • Northwestern Singers – $2,195 for the annual spring concert
  • Riverland Community College – $7,805 towards a corrections public mural project

Olmsted County

  • Ability Building Center – $10,000 for Empowering Through Art
  • C Productions – $9,897 toward The Syringa Tree one-woman show
  • City of Rochester Music Department – $35,500 for World Music Series Pilot, Year 2
  • Rochester Art Center – $10,000 for Adolescence Through the Lens
  • Rochester Arts Council – $10,000 toward ARTigras 2011
  • Rochester Civic Theatre – $10,000 for Moving Forward, Giving Back
  • Rochester Dance Company – $10,000 for the Wizard of Oz and other classics
  • Rochester Repertory Theatre – $10,000 toward Lighting the Rep Stage
  • Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale – $10,000 for SEMSA Playing with the Pros
  • Samaritan Bethany Foundation – $10,000 to create display of regional artwork
  • Southeastern MN Youth Orchestras – $13,850 for continued partnership with YMCA

Rice County

  • Mural Society of Faribault – $10,000 for 2010 tilt-a-whirl Mural Project
  • Northfield Senior Citizens – $10,000 to provide arts programmming for seniors
  • Paradise Center for the Arts – $15,000 for a visual arts educational program

Steele County

  • Main Street Mural Committee – $10,000 for Owatonna’s Main Street Mural Project
  • Vega Productions – $14,600 to expand the after-school guitar program

Wabasha County

  • Jon Hassler Theater – $10,000 to provide seating for low-income patrons

Winona County

  • Land Stewardship Project – $8,300 for the play Look Who’s Knockin’
  • Minnesota Marine Art Museum – $39,990 for a community engagement initiative
  • Winona Area Public Schools – $8,330 to expand artist residency programs
  • Winona Fine Arts Commission – $10,000 to provide Family Art Day Extravaganza

Fiscal Year 2012 = $343,685

Fillmore County

  • Commonweal Theatre Company – $10,000 for Post Apprentice Fellowship
  • Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative – $3,200 for Play! in the Barn
  • Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center – $9,200 for Stringwood Festival Concerts
  • Fillmore Central Schools – $3,200 for the Copper Street Brass Quintet Residency
  • Lanesboro Arts Center – $9,200 for Lanesboro Residency Project
  • Northland Words – $10,000 for Words Players Jr. Troupe and Shakespeare Theatre Events

Freeborn County

  • Freeborn County Fair – $4,600 for A Touch of Broadway

 Goodhue County

  • Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies – $3,725 for Poetry Reading by Ted Kooser, former U.S. Poet Laureate
  • Canon Falls High School – $3,200 for the Copper Street Brass Quintet Residency
  • Fairview Red Wing Health Services – $5,400 for Sheldon at Fairview: Arts for Your Health
  • Kenyon-Wanamingo High School – $4,000 for the Copper Street Brass Quintet Residency
  • Picaresque II – $4,300 for The Story of Music, Stories from Home

Mower County

  • Austin Community Charitable Fund – $10,000 for Austin Artworks Festival artist fees
  • Austin Symphony Orchestra - $10,000 for the 56th Season: A Musical Potpourri

 Olmsted County

  • Cambodian Association of Rochester – $10,000 for a Cambodian Traditional Arts Presentation
  • Children’s Dance Theatre – $3,335 for the Summer Dance Intensive
  • City of Rochester Music Department – $10,000 for World Music Series Pilot, 2012
  • City of Rochester Music Department – $10,000 for World Music mini-residencies, 2013
  • Diversity Council – $10,000 for Celebration of Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Hambone Music Festival – 410,000 for the 2012 festival
  • Rochester Arts Council – $10,000 for ARTigras 2012
  • Rochester Music Guild – $6,850 for Scholarship Competition and Winners’ Recitals 2012
  • Rochester Music Guild – $5,430 for Scholarship Competition and Winners’ Recitals 2013
  • Rochester Repertory Theatre – $10,000 for Completion of the Sitting Pretty Campaign
  • Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale – $10,000 for Playing with the Pros: A Concerto Preparatory Experience
  • Samaritan Bethany Foundation – $10,000 for Art Access for Life
  • Sing Out Loud – 10,000 for formation of Bella Fiore teaching Choir and the Sing Out Loud? Young Women’s Choral Festival
  • Southeastern MN Youth Orchestras – $10,000 for a music program partnership with the YMCA
  • Wit’s End Theatre – $6,200 for costuming for The Last Boy in Blue

 Rice County

  • Carleton College – $10,000 for Field Drawing From the Ground Up
  • Cello an American Experience – $6,000 for drawing world-class performers to southeastern MN
  • City of Northfield Arts & Culture Commission – $7,100 for Sidewalk Public Poetry Project
  • Northfield Public Schools – $4,150 for Northfield Young Sculptors Project
  • Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division – $6,500 for Books & Stars 2012
  • Paradise Center for the Arts – $10,000 for the musical Into the Woods with Northfield Arts Guild

 Steele County

  • Owatonna Arts Center – $10,000 for Children’s/Teen Education Supervisor
  • Riverland Community College – $10,000 for Community Corrections Partnershp Public Mural Project
  • Vega Productions – 7,590 for after school Guitar Program

 Wabasha County

  • Lake City Music Boosters – $3,000 for the Anne Drummond Artist Residency
  • Wabasha-Kellogg Public School – $4,000 for the Copper Street Brass Quintet Residency

 Winona County

  • Frozen River Film Festival – $10,000 for Frozen River Film Festival 2012
  • Great River Shakespeare Festival – $10,000 for workshop and staged reading of Georama
  • Minnesota Marine Art Museum – $10,000 for Craig Blacklock’s Lake Superior and related programs
  • Project FINE – $10,000 for Cultural Art and Ancestry
  • SEED Performance Art – $10,000 for the Experiment Performance Series
  • Winona State University – $3,505 for summer Shakespeare symposiums

Fiscal Year 2013 = $455,024

 Dodge County

  • Dodge County Historical Society - $3,285 for production of A Mother’s Story at Wasioja Civil War Days

Fillmore County

  • City of Harmony – $10,000 for Musicians of Harmony
  • Commonweal Theatre Company - $10,000 for the Commonweal Theatre’s Ibsen Tour
  • Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center - $9,750 for the 2013 Stringwood Music Festival
  • Lanesboro Art Center - $8,950 for the Lanesboro Artist Residency Project
  • Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association – $7,455 for August 2013 Bluegrass Festival
  • Wykoff Historical Society – $4,800 for Facing Wykoff

Goodhue County

  • Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies – $3,000 for
  • Cannon Falls Area Historical Society – $9,510 for Cannon Falls Heritage Mural
  • Friends of the Sheldon – $6,845 for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Mayo Clinic Red Wing – $5,380 for Sheldon Presents Arts for Your Health
  • Sheldon Memorial Theatre - $10,000 for Sheldon School of the Performing Arts 2013 Sessions

Houston County

  • Friends of the Houston Nature Center – $10,000 for Outdoor Concrete Mosaic Owl Sculpture

Mower County

  • Austin Area Commission for the Arts – $10,000 for Austin Artworks Festival
  • Austin Symphony Orchestra – $10,000 for Make New Friends but Keep the Old

Olmsted County

  • C4 Concerned Citizens for a Creative Commuity – $10,000 for The Venue
  • Celebration of a City (Rochesterfest) – $10,000 for River City Rhapsody
  • City of Rochester Music Department – $10,000 for World Music Mini Residencies
  • Diversity Council - $10,000 for Celebrating Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Hambone Music Festival - $10,000 for the 2013 Hambone Music Festival
  • Minnesota Ballet Theatre – $10,000 for Festival of Holidays & Traditions
  • Northland Words – $10,000 for the 2013 Annual Jr. Troupe and Shakespeare Productions
  • Rochester Art Center - $10,000 for Adolescence Through the Lens
  • Rochester Arts Council - $10,000 for ARTigras V
  • Rochester Civic Theatre – $10,000 for The Legacy Series
  • Rochester Dance Company - $7,000 for The Nutcracker: A Tradition for All
  • Rochester Irish Fest – $5,000 for Irish Fest Labor Day W.eEekend Festival
  • Rochester Male Chorus – $10,000 for RMC Christmas Extravaganza
  • Rochester Repertory Theatre – $10,000 for Installation of Air Conditioning at the Performance Venue
  • Rochester Senior Center – $10,000 for Arts 101: A “semester” of learning
  • Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale - $10,000 for Symphonic Interactive Media Art
  • Ronald McDonald House of Rochester Minnesota – $10,000 for Hand in Hand – Heartists Helping Children
  • Southeastern Minnesota outh Orchestras – $10,000 for Y Music Outreach Program

Rice County

  • Bridge Chamber Music Festival - $9,900 for Chamber Music, Jazz Concerts and Community Outreach
  • City of Faribault Parks & Recreation – $4,050 for Ten Outdoor Musical Concerts
  • City of Northfield Arts & Culture Commission – $10,000 for the 2013 Sidewalk Public Poetry Project
  • Laura Baker Services -$4,905 for Bridging with Taiko
  • Northfield Healthy Community Initiative – $9,930 for Window to Our World Art Enrichment at Summer PLUS
  • Northfield Public Schools - $6,635 for the Northfield Young Sculptors Project
  • Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division – $3,475 for Books & Stars
  • Northfield Senior Citizens – $4,096 for the Senior Women’s Chorus and NSC Gallery
  • Paradise Center for the Arts – $6,000 for Kids Visual Arts Summer Camps
  • South Central Minnesota Studio ArTour – $4,650 for Ninth Annual Studio ArTour
  • Time Track Productions – $10,000 for new work for Winona State University
  • Vintage Band Festival - $5,000 for Road to the VBF Pre-Festival Programs

Steele County

  • Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum – $6,808 for Reader’s Theatre Production
  • Owatonna Arts Center - $10,000 for the 21st Annual Owatonna Festival of the Arts

Winona County

  • City of Winona – $10,000 for Family Art Day Extravaganza
  • Frozen River Film Festival - $10,000 for the 2013 Frozen River Film Festival
  • Great River Shakespeare Festival - $8,605 for the 2013 Concerts on the Green Series
  • Minnesota Marine Art Museum – $6,855 for Youth Art Month Programming
  • Minnesota Marine Art Museum – $3,140 for Tri-State Invitational
  • Project FINE – $10,000 for Cultural Art and Ancestry
  • Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance – $10,000 for Great Dakota Gathering

 Fiscal Year 2014 = $265,960 to date

Dodge County

  • Mantorville Art Guild - $10,000 for MAG Kids Summer Camps
  • Mantorville Economic Development Authority - $5,300 for Old Tyme Days: A Celebration of Arts & Culture in Mantorville

Fillmore County

  • Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center - $10,000 for 2014 Stringwood Chamber Music Festival
  • Lanesboro Arts Center - $8,800 for Lanesboro Artist Residency project

Freeborn County

  • United Way of Freeborn County - $5,000 for administrative costs for Battle of the Bands

Olmsted County

  • Boys & Girls Clubs - $7,300 for Young Poets Program
  • Celebration of a City - $10,000 for River City Rhapsody Rochester 2014
  • Community Alliance of Rochester for Equality - $10,000 for Art, Collaboration, and Cultual Awareness
  • Diversity Council - $10,000 for Celebrating Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Hambone Music Festival - $10,000 for Hambone Music Festival 2014
  • Madonna Living Community - $10,000 for Art for Health and Wellness
  • Northland Words - $10,000 for 2014 Annual Jr Troupe and Shakespeare Productions
  • Olmsted County Historical Society - $10,000 for update book “Houses on the Hill”
  • Rochester Chamber Music Society - $6,000 for Four Concerts by RCMS
  • Rochester Community Media - $10,000 for Multimedia Artist Spotlight Video Series
  • RCTC LIFE Program - $10,000 for The “LIFE” Writing Project
  • Rochester Dance Company - $4,000 for Special Performances of “The Nutcracker”
  • Rochester Irish Fest - $10,000 for Irish Fest 2014 – Labor Day Weekend Festival
  • Rochester Music Guild - $7,160 for Annual RMG Scholarship Competition

Rice County

  • Bridge Chamber Music Festival - $10,000 for 2014 Bridge Chamber Music Festival
  • City of Northfield Arts & Culture Commission - $10,000 for Northfield Sidewalk Public Poetry Project 2014
  • Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf - $10,000 for Hands in Action by National Theatre of the Deaf
  • Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - $10,000 for “Here We Are” Art Enrichment at PLUS and Summer PLUS
  • Northfield Public Schools - $6,400 for Northfield Young Sculptors Project
  • Northfield Union of Youth - $10,000 for “Unlock Your Voice” art workshops at The Key
  • Paradise Center for the Arts - $10,000 for PCA After School Program: Visual & Theatrical Arts

Winona County

  • Frozen River Film Festival - $10,000 for Frozen River Film Festival 2014
  • Great River Shakespeare Festival - $10,000 for 2014 Concerts on the Green Series
  • Mid West Music Fest - $10,000 for Developing Minnesota Musicians through a Community-Supported Music Festival
  • Winona Area Public Schools - $6,000 for Winona Senior High Film Making Project

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