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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 made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, 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 and 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 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 and Recreation – $4,050 for Ten Outdoor Musical Concerts
  • City of Northfield Arts and 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 and 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 = $414,610

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

  • Commonweal Theatre Company – $3,000 for Vectorworks Spotlight Software
  • Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center - $10,000 for 2014 Stringwood Chamber Music Festival
  • Lanesboro Arts Center - $8,800 for Lanesboro Artist Residency project
  • Lanesboro Public Library – $6,980 for The Libraries Grow Community Mural
  • Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association – $8,500 for August 2014 SEMBA Bluegrass Festival

Freeborn County

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

Houston County

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

Mower County

  • Austin Symphony Orchestra – $10,000 for Concert of Sweet Sounds with ASO

Olmsted County

  • Boys and Girls Clubs - $7,300 for Young Poets Program
  • Celebration of a City - $10,000 for River City Rhapsody Rochester 2014
  • Children’s Dance Theatre – $4,000 for Summer Dance Intensive
  • City of Rochester Music Department – $10,000 for World Music Mini Residencies
  • 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 to update the book Houses on the Hill
  • Rochester Art Center – $10,000 for Adolescence Through the Lens
  • Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale – $10,000 for Tchaikovsky’s Original Nutcracker Ballet
  • 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
  • Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras – $10,000 for SEMYO’s Y Music Outreach Program

Rice County

  • Bridge Chamber Music Festival - $10,000 for 2014 Bridge Chamber Music Festival
  • City of Faribault Parks and Recreation Department – $4,050 for Central Park Outdoor Concert Series
  • City of Northfield Arts and 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 Senior Citizens – $5,000 for Improved NSC Gallery Featuring Asian Brush Painting
  • 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 and Theatrical Arts

Wabasha County

  • Renewing the Countryside - $8,000 for Time Travel with the Art of Feltmaking

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
  • Minnesota Marine Art Museum – $9,905 for New Photographs by Chris Faust
  • Project FINE – $10,000 for Hearing the Voices of Refugees and Immigrants
  • Theatre du Mississippi – $10,000 for 2014 Programming Season
  • Winona Area Public Schools - $6,000 for Winona Senior High Film Making Project
  • Winona County Historical Society – $9,215 for The Art of Fine Furniture
  • Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance – $10,000 for the Great Dakota Gathering

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