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SMAHC awards arts grants to area applicants

Marshall, MN — Forty-six area artists, schools and arts organizations have recently been awarded a total of $183,773 in grants from the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council (SMAHC).

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Local artists received $20,628 to create new works, purchase equipment and direct productions. A total of $20,541 was awarded to area schools for artist residencies and arts field trips. Local arts organizations received $142,604 to put on performances, exhibits, classes and festivals, upgrade facilities and equipment, and carry out public art projects.

SMAHC grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, by the McKnight Foundation, and by contributions from individuals, businesses, organizations, schools, cities and counties.

SMAHC is the designated regional arts council for 18 counties in southwest Minnesota (Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine). The organization provides financial and technical assistance to non-profit organizations and schools interested in sponsoring or producing arts activities, as well as offering grants to individual artists.

The following grants were among those awarded: Mark Thode, Pipestone, $703 to create a new body of work (photography); Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School, $2,000 to offer arts workshops during the Region IIIA Visual Arts Competition; Pipestone Performing Arts Center, $9,342 for a new lighting console; Business, Arts, & Recreation Center, Windom, $15,000 for new stage curtains and electrical upgrades; Rock County Fine Arts Association, Luverne, $4,900 for its seventh Annual Art Rocks! festival; Civil War Days, Pipestone, $5,000 for its 2014 festival; and Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra, $5,000 for its fall 2013 concert.

Contact the SMAHC office at (507) 537-1471 or toll free at 1-800-622-5284 for information on grant guidelines or applications, or email at