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2023 Awards

In FY2023, SEMAC awarded $852,829 in grants to 90 organizations and 46 individual artists, listed by county.

Dodge County

  • Danielle Barck received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for Art vs Work – Just Another Saturday.
  • Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for The Folsom Prison Experience in Kasson.
  • Mantorville Art Guild received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Youth Summer Art Camp 2023.
  • Mantorville Economic Development Authority received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Larger than Life 2023 Support.
  • Mantorville Theatre Company received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for the Completion of Enhanced Safety and Portability of Audience Seating and a $5,000 Programming Grant for Arts Organizations for 50th Anniversary MTC Summer Melodrama Season.
  • Triton Public Schools received a $2,810 School Residency Grant for Sarah Curtiss Guest Flute Residency

Fillmore County

  • Delia Bell received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for Exploring Ceramic Slab Vessels.
  • Paul Brokken received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for Landscapes Inspired by Southeast MN.
  • Livingstone Carver received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for My Foray Into Creating Public Art.
  • Kaley Cross received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant for Instinctual Quilt.
  • Barbara Jeffers received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for Norway – From the ground up.
  • Lane Powell received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for The Back End Of It (MN Funk Style Music).
  • Michael Seiler received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for Marketing Training Program for Artists.
  • Chatfield Brass Band received a $4,690 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for Chatfield Music in the Park Summer Concerts.
  • Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Stringwood Chamber Music on the Hill in Lanesboro.
  • Fillmore Central Schools received a $3,000 School Residency Grant for Big Band Bash at Fillmore Central High School
  • Friends of Peterson received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Gammel Dag – A Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration.
  • Lanesboro Arts received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Disrupting the Binding: Social Justice in Rural MN.
  • Lanesboro Businesses Promotion Group received a $4,980 Legacy grant for Downtown Art Pocket Park.
  • Lanesboro Community Theatre received a $4,800 Programming grant for Summer 2023 production of The Sound of Music.
  • Peterson Committee for the Arts received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for The Arts Blossom in Peterson – Summer Music Series.
  • Rushford Area Society of the Arts received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for Seussical.

Freeborn County

  • Jacob “The Fox” Schlichter received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for The Wildlife of Southern Minnesota.

Goodhue County

  • Heidi Bacon received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for The Trickle Down Effect – Watersheds.
  • Cheryl Finnegan received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant for Individuals from Pine Island, Minnesota.
  • The Anderson Center at Tower View received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Minnesota Children’s Book Festival.
  • Kenyon-Wanamingo Community Education received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for Summer Community Theatre.
  • Red Wing Art Association received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Poet Artist Collaboration 2023.
  • Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Red Wing Pottery Historic Kiln Restoration.
  • Red Wing Downtown Main Street received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Summer of Creativity.
  • Zumbrota Area Arts Council received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for 2023 Summer Music in East Park.

Houston County

  • Mary Denzer received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for Poetry Bookmaking with Original Linocuts.
  • Lanesboro Barn Dance received a $4,520 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for 2023 Barn Dance Series.
  • Mainspring received a $10,000 Legacy grant for SmallArt Gallery + Youth Art Collective.
  • Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for May 2023 Bluegrass Music Festival and a $10,000 Legacy grant for August 2023 Bluegrass Music Festival.
  • Spring Grove Schools received a $5,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for Theatre Partnership.

Mower County

  • Austin Area Commission for the Arts received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Emerging Artists Supports for the ArtWorks Festival.
  • Austin Community Band received a $5,000 Programming grant for Summer Concerts in the Park.
  • Austin Symphony Orchestra received a $5,000 Programming grant for Drama & Democracy with Soprano Alexandra Louisiana, and a $10,000 Legacy grant for Celebrating our 2023-24 Season.
  • City of Austin Culture & Arts Commission received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Mural Celebrating Diverse Community Members.
  • Matchbox Children’s Theatre received a $5,000 Programming grant for the Production of James and the Giant Peach.
  • Summerset Community Theatre received a $10,000 Legacy grant for A Hair Raising, Curious, Rotten! Season 55.
  • Welcome Center received a $2,180 Legacy grant for Inviting Table Community Dinners.

Olmsted County

  • Joseph Alexander received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant for The Grand Drag Legacy of SE Minnesota.
  • Terri Allred received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant for Transformation through Transitions.
  • Michael Anderson received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant for Surrender: Paint on Canvas.
  • Carrie Arnold received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for Produce Plein Air with Cultural Textiles.
  • Rachel Brokenicky received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant for Illustration of a Children’s Book.
  • Curtis Butturff received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant for In Visible: Waterways of Minnesota.
  • Willow Gentile received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for Pleinair Paint Historic SE MN Libraries.
  • Kait Glaswell received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for Bodies of Earth (by Bicycle).
  • Lydia Hansen received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for Sensory Sculpture Garden.
  • Jae Havoc received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for The Only Way Out is Through.
  • Spencer Johannes received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant for Seeking Help Purchasing a Kiln.
  • David Kassler received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for Composer and Poets Collaboration Recital.
  • Vivian Lark received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for Song EP and One Music Video.
  • Greg LeGette received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for “Human”.
  • Alexander Ortberg received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for Rock Band with an Orchestra.
  • Maggie Panetta received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for Zumbro River Underpass Mural.
  • Samantha Reiter received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for Beyond the Surface: Biological Art of MN.
  • Beth Sievers received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant for Encaustic Expansion.
  • Sydney Swanson received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for Elemental Body – a dance film.
  • Hannah Lou Woods received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for Marketing Costs for my EP Release.
  • Absolute Theatre received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Launch Season 22-23 after Pandemic Pause.
  • Art on the Ave received a $5,000 Programming grant for Neighborhood Public Art.
  • Byron Community Education received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Starting Up a Middle School Art Club.
  • Calliope Theatre Company received a $5,000 Programming grant for Once: The Musical.
  • Children’s Dance Theatre received a $5,000 Programming grant for Rapunzel – A Story Ballet.
  • Choral Arts Ensemble received a $10,000 Legacy grant for High School Choral Festival 2023.
  • City of Rochester Music Department received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Global Music Series 2023.
  • Eyota Days Committee received a $5,000 Programming grant for Blackbeard the Pirate – Missoula Children’s Theatre.
  • Gage Elementary School received a $3,000 School Residency Grant for Mosaics by Many Hands
  • Gallery 24 Artists Collaborative received a $9,299 Legacy grant for Summer Art Classes.
  • Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Med City Talking Trails.
  • Music Lessons for All received a $7,335 Legacy grant for Sponsoring 7 Students for Piano and Guitar Lessons.
  • Rochester Alternative Learning Center received a $3,000 School Residency Grant for Improvisation with Created Instruments and Piano
  • Rochester Art Center received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Arts Programming.
  • Rochester Chamber Music Society received a $5,000 Programming grant for A Concert by Rochester Chamber Music Society.
  • Rochester Civic Theatre Company received a $5,000 Programming grant for Mask and Puppet Creation for The Little Mermaid and a $10,000 Legacy grant for Matilda the Musical.
  • Rochester Community Band received a $5,000 Programming grant for Band Concerts for the Community.
  • Rochester Dance Company received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Odyssey: The Epic Journey Home.
  • Rochester Ensemble of Dance received a $10,000 Legacy grant for The Polar Express dance production.
  • Rochester International Film Group received a $5,000 Programming grant for the 26th Rochester International Film Festival.
  • Rochester Male Chorus received a $5,000 Programming grant for Spring Tour. and a $10,000 Legacy grant for A Jazzy Christmas.
  • Rochester Music Guild received a $10,000 Legacy grant for the 58th Annual Music Competition.
  • Rochester Repertory Theatre Company received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Royalties and Artist Stipends for 2023-24 Season.
  • Rochesterfest received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Rochesterfest 2023 Featuring Local Entertainment.
  • Shorewood Senior Campus received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Arts for Active Seniors..
  • Sing Out Loud received a $5,000 Programming grant for Youth Choral Arts Outreach and Engagement Program and a $10,000 Legacy grant for Youth Choral Music Community Outreach Initiative.
  • Southeast Minnesota Federation Music Club received a $5,000 Programming grant for SE MN FMC Festival 2023.
  • Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Professional Coaching for Youth Musicians.

Rice County

  • Jennie Autonoe received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant for Transformation Poetry.
  • Timothy Goodwin received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant for Record Album of Original Songs.
  • Kent McInnis Jr received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for Interference: Reimagining Pastorals.
  • Emery Stephens received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant for Sharing the Legacy of Spirituals.
  • Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Harp Concerto Commission, the young artist/orchestra.
  • Carleton College received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Copper Street on College Street: Brass at Carleton.
  • Faribault Community Education received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Opening the Doors to the Arts.
  • Faribault Parks & Recreation received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Faribault Concerts in the Park series.
  • Fifty North received a $2,675 Legacy grant for Improving Access to Asian Artistry for Seniors.
  • Northfield Arts Guild received a $9,775 Legacy grant for Kids Spin Through the Arts.
  • Northfield Healthy Community Initiative received a $5,000 Legacy grant for The Art of Engagement.
  • Northfield Public Schools Community Education received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Concerts & Community: Books & Stars.
  • Northfield Troubadours received a $4,700 Programming grant for Strengthening Choral Singing to Special Audiences.
  • Northfield Union of Youth received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Strengthening Youth Through Art.
  • Paradise Center for the Arts received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Marquee Children Theatre 2023.
  • Saint Olaf College received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Somali Songs: Building Community through Sound.
  • Save the Northfield Depot received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Summer Concert Series at the Northfield Depot.
  • South Central Minnesota Studio ARTour received a $5,000 Programming grant for South Central Minnesota Studio ARTour 2023.
  • Vintage Band Festival received a $10,000 Legacy grant for July Festival 2023.

Steele County

  • Kathryn Wood received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for “Wings and Things” in Watercolor.

Wabasha County

  • Sue Mundy received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for Public Places are Sacred Spaces.
  • Plainview-Elgin-Millville Community Schools received a $1,165 grant for Dance Intensive.
  • WideSpot Performing Arts Center & Community Project received a $5,000 Programming grant for 2023 Wabasha Community Cultural Project.

Winona County

  • “Doctor Bob” Armstrong received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for Flotsam, Adventures on the Mississippi.
  • Joy Davis Ripley received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant for Un/Masking: Portraits of Mental Health.
  • Gina Favano received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for Back Channel Radio.
  • Sharon Mansur received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant for Tracings.
  • Harrison McCormick received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for Post-Production for a Short Film.
  • John Paulson received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant for 10th Anniversary Big Band Jazz Concerts.
  • Kathleen Kenney Peterson received a $5,000 Advancing Artist Grant grant for Return Engagement, theatre production.
  • Jamie Schwaba received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for The Art of Melody.
  • Kristen Young received a $3,000 Emerging Artist Grant grant for Winona Estro-Jam.
  • Bluff Country Studio Art Tour received a $5,000 Programming grant for Bluff Country Studio Art Tour 2023.
  • Frozen River Film Festival received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Presenting Documentary Film Art.
  • Great River Shakespeare Festival received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Shakespeare for Young People Classes.
  • Mid West Music Fest received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Music Festival Expenses 2023.
  • Minnesota Marine Art Museum received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Water Music: Driftless.
  • Project FINE received a $4,940 Legacy grant for Cultural Arts & Ancestry.
  • River Arts Alliance received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Family Art Day 2023.
  • Saint Mary’s University Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Celebrating 50 Years of Artistry & Community.
  • Sandbar Storytelling Festival received a $10,000 Legacy grant for 2023 Festival.
  • Theatre du Mississippi received a $5,000 Programming grant for Original Play Competition and a $10,000 Legacy grant for 25th Anniversary Season.
  • Winona ORC Industries received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Showing Off Our Colors.
  • Winona Parks & Recreation received a $5,000 Legacy grant for Prairie Island Campground: Campfire Concert Series.
  • Winona Symphony Orchestra received a $10,000 Legacy grant for Libby Larsen commission, premier and recording.