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Grant Writing Workshops

Learn How to Fund Your Work with Individual Artist Grants

SEMAC is coming to an area near you! In these in-person workshops, Executive Director Anastasia Shartin will go through the process of applying for a SEMAC Individual Artist Grant, step-by-step. Each workshop will be co-presented by a local artist with grant-writing experience who will share helpful tips and resources.

Technical Grant Writing for Artists Workshop – Northfield
Wednesday, March 27 | Cancelled
at the Northfield Arts Guild with artist Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo

Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo is a Chilean-American documentary filmmaker, artist and educator based in Northfield, Minnesota, the occupied ancestral land of the Wahpekute Band of the Dakota Nation. Locally rooted yet globally minded, her work examines notions of home and the immigrant experience while exploring the traces of historical trauma on people and places. An inaugural recipient of the 2020 McKnight Fellowship for Community-Engaged Artists, Cecilia’s work has received support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Jerome Foundation, and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. Her film work, currently distributed by Women Make Movies, has shown at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight and at multiple venues nationally and abroad.

Technical Grant Writing for Artists Workshop – Caledonia
Tuesday, April 23 | 6-8:30p
at Mainspring with artist Melissa Wray

Rural community is at the heart of Melissa Wray’s artistic practice and community work. She divides her time between two southeast Minnesota multidisciplinary arts organizations as executive director of Mainspring in Caledonia, and program director at Lanesboro Arts in Lanesboro. Melissa is a writer and textile artist, as well as a 2022-24 Rural Regenerator Fellow through Springboard for the Arts. Other current roles include Caledonia Chamber of Commerce Board Chair and board member of Department of Public Transformation in Granite Falls, MN. Past creative projects include podcast producer of MinnePod and co-founder of grassroots literary community Hazel & Wren. Melissa holds a Masters in Arts and Cultural Leadership from the University of Minnesota.

Technical Grant Writing for Artists Workshop – Albert Lea
Thursday, May 30 | 6-8:30p
at Freeborn County Arts Initiative with artist Elisha Marin