Arts Council awards $94,289 in grants to area groups and artists
Luverne, Slayton, Edgerton and Jackson groups included in grant offerings.
MARSHALL — The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council board has awarded $94,289 in grant funds to 14 organizations, eight students and four artists in southwest Minnesota.
Fourteen organizations were awarded SMAC Art Project grants of up to $7,000 to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts. They include:
- The Friends of the Edgerton Public Library, which was awarded $2,500 to bring youth theater to their town via the Missoula Children's Theatre . MCT is a professional traveling theater organization that sends two directors to a location for a week-long residency and manages a full-length musical featuring 50 to 60 local students, including auditions, rehearsals, two public performances and three workshops. Costumes, sets and make-up are included. "Little Red Riding Hood" will be performed in July.
- Green Earth Players of Luverne, which received $4,114 for its upcoming community theater production of "Elf, The musical Jr." this November at the Palace Theatre in Luverne. Grant funds will go towards set production, costumes and staging. The applicant said, "it is our belief that this well-know show will offer young people a long-awaited chance to participate in a production."
- Murray County Historical Society in Slayton, which was given $5,550 for its annual Front Porch Music series, this year expanding to four concerts. The society's goal is to provide a unique historic venue to those who may have little or no experience with the museum or live music. The first concert will be at the End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum in Currie on July 21, and the last three will be on the following Thursdays at the Dinehart-Holt House in Slayton, from the front porch.
- Rhythm of the River in Jackson, which was awarded $7,000 for its 15th music festival, set for July 8-9 at the historic Fort Belmont in Jackson. Music, art, as well as local and regional artisans will be included in the festival, a multigenerational event that promotes songwriters and creativity in southwest Minnesota.
Three artists were awarded SMAC Quick Support for Individual Artist grants, which provide artists with up to $1,000 for purchasing supplies, attending classes, and doing small artist-led community projects. They included:
- Steven Bergeson of Jackson, who was awarded $1,000 to mount and frame 16 watercolor paintings and 12 oil paintings for his upcoming exhibit in Jackson at the Jackson Center for the Arts .
All SMAC grants are reviewed by SMAC grant panelists and then approved by the SMAC board. To learn more, visit