Area theaters, artist awarded grants

Grants presented by Southwest Minnesota Arts Council.

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MARSHALL — The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council awarded $39,515 in grants to five southwest Minnesota organizations and six artists during its March 22 board meeting.

Friends of the Auditorium in Worthington was awarded $10,000 to purchase and install two ETC High End Systems Lonestar LED lights. The lights include more features with existing lighting instruments.

Green Earth Players, Luverne, was awarded $6,508 to update its rehearsal space, including replacing the stage floor with a more permanent solution for a better, stronger and safer stage floor. Funds will also go toward the purchase of speakers and a small scale mixing board, a new electric piano/keyboard, and basic shop tools.

Adrienne Herbert of Lakefield was awarded a SMAC Quick Support for Individual Artist grant of $954 for supplies to prepare an exhibit for the Nobles County Art Center in Worthington. She will also take a class on working with Encaustics.

All SMAC grants are reviewed by SMAC grant panelists and must then be approved by the SMAC board.

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