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Recent SEMAC Grant Awards

On November 14, 2023, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council awarded grants to 49 applicants for a total of $334,910 in funding to organizations throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included 27 Legacy grants for $226,460, nine Programming grants for $43,650, eight Small Towns/Rural Areas grants for $39,800, and five General Operating Support grants to arts organizations for $25,000.

Listed by county, grants for arts programming were awarded to the following arts organizations, schools, and other nonprofit organizations.

Dodge County

  • Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for Bridge Over Troubled Water in Kasson.

Fillmore County

  • City of Whalan received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for Music in the Bluffs.
  • Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Stringwood Chamber Music on the Hill.
  • Friends of Peterson received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Gammel Dag Fest – A Midsummer Festival.
  • Hesper-Mabel Steam Calliope received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for Music from Steam 2024.
  • Root River Current received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for Art and Artists: Storytelling in SE MN.
  • Wits’ End Theatre received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for The SpongeBob Musical.

Freeborn County

  • Freeborn County Arts Initiative received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Arts Initiative Programming Support and a $5,000 General Operating Support grant for Facilities & Maintenance.

Goodhue County

  • The Artist Sanctuary received a $5,000 General Operating Support grant for Staffing & Salaries.
  • Red Wing Arts received a $10,000 Legacy grant for 18th Annual Red Wing Arts Plein Air.
  • Sheldon Theatre Brass Band received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Spring and Fall Concert Series.
  • Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Community Performance Residencies 2024.
  • Universal Music Center received a $9,990 Legacy grant for Community Outreach Expansion.

Houston County

  • International Owl Center received a $4,520 Legacy grant for 2024 Children’s Int’l Owl Art Contest.
  • Lanesboro Barn Dance received a $4,800 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for 2024 Lanesboro Barn Dance Series.
  • Mainspring received a $5,000 General Operating Support grant for Staffing & Salaries.
  • Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for May 2024 Bluegrass Music Festival.
  • Ye Olde Opera House received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for Theatrical Sound Amplification in a Barn.

Mower County

  • Austin Area Commission for the Arts received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Emerging Artists at ArtWorks Festival.
  • Summerset Community Theatre received a $10,000 Legacy grant for A Bright Tomorrow – Season 56.
  • Welcome Center received a $2,300 Legacy grant for Taste of Nations Austin MN.

Olmsted County

  • Calliope Theatre Company received a $5,000 Programming grant for Once: The Musical.
  • Children’s Dance Theatre received a $5,000 Programming grant for Promenade a Paris: Colette and the Enchanted Museum.
  • Gallery 24 Artists Collaborative received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Spring and Summer Classes.
  • John Marshall High School received a $5,000 Legacy grant for JM: Piecing Together OUR Legacy.
  • Med City Arts Festival received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Multicultural Stage Programming.
  • Rochester Art Center received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Native American Exhibition & Programs.
  • Rochester Chamber Music Society received a $5,000 Programming grant for Rochester Chamber Music Society Concerts.
  • Rochester Civic Theatre Company received a $5,000 Programming grant for Production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
  • Rochester International Film Group received a $5,000 Programming grant for 27th Rochester International Film Fest.
  • Rochester Male Chorus received a $5,000 Programming grant for Spring Tour 2024.
  • Rochester Repertory Theatre Company received a $3,650 Programming grant for Reaching New Audiences: Accessibility.
  • Rochester Symphony received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Concerts for 4th Grade Students.
  • Shorewood Senior Campus received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Seniors Engage in World Art.

Rice County

  • Bridge Chamber Music Festival received a $9,650 Legacy grant for Chamber Music Festival 2024, and a $5,000 General Operating Support grant for Staffing & Salaries.
  • Healthy Community Initiative received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Art Access for All.
  • International Cello Institute received a $10,000 Legacy grant for CelloCentric Community Connections 2024.
  • Northfield Public Library received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Library Oasis Mural.
  • Paradise Center for the Arts received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Marquee Childrens Theatre Season 2024.
  • Vintage Band Festival received a $10,000 Legacy grant for July Festival 2024.

Wabasha County

  • Widespot Performing Ars Center received a $10,000 Legacy grant for 2024 Wabasha Community Cultural Project.

Winona County

  • Bluff Country Studio Art Tour received a $5,000 Programming grant for Bluff Country Studio Art Tour 2024.
  • Engage Winona received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Creative Community Leadership.
  • Great River Shakespeare Festival received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Summer Shakespeare Classes for Kids.
  • Mid West Music Fest received a $10,000 Legacy grant for 2024 Winona Festival Expenses.
  • River Arts Alliance received a $5,000 General Operating Support grant for Staffing & Salaries.
  • Upper Mississippi Jazz Society received a $5,000 Programming grant for Dixieland Jazz Festival.

FY2024 Awards, 8/2023 thru 10/2023
FY2023 Awards: 8/2022 thru 5/2023
FY2022 Awards: 8/2021 thru 5/2022
FY2021 Awards: 8/2020 thru 5/2021
FY2020 Awards: 8/2019 thru 5/2020
FY2019 Awards: 8/2018 thru 5/2019
FY2018 Awards: 8/2017 thru 5/2018
FY2017 Awards: 8/2016 thru 5/2017
FY2016 Awards: 8/2015 thru 5/2016