Foundation / Corporation
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC)
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Grants of up to $4,000 and grants of up to $2,500 to Southwest Minnesota public schools to host artist residencies or conduct arts-focused field trips that include community involvement, educator training, pre-packaged theater events, and juried student art exhibits. Funding is intended to support projects and programs in schools located in the eighteen counties of the Foundation's service region.
The service region is the counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine.
Projects may include, but are not limited to:
- Artist Residencies: An artist residency is a unique learning partnership between a professional artist and a school. Artists in any arts discipline may be contracted to teach and work side by side with students, conduct in-service or special teacher’s training, and conduct performance, demonstrations, exhibitions, or special classes for the community at large. For requirements, see page 1 of the AIS Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.
- Juried Art Exhibits: A school or group of schools can bring in professional artists to jury a student art show that is open to the public. Grant funds can pay for the artists, advertising the show in the community, student awards, etc. Schools may also wish to include student music performances during the event. Only one grant per show is allowed, regardless of the number of schools involved.
- Field Trips: Field trips are intended to help increase the exposure of students to professional artists through visits to studios, performances by professional theatre, dance or musical groups, readings by writers, visits to art galleries or other locations pertinent to the creation and exhibition of art.
- Pre-packaged Theater: Schools may bring in pre-packaged theater experiences, such as Prairie Fire or Missoula Children’s Theaters.
GrantWatch ID#: 147581
Arts in the Schools grants are available in the following amounts:
- Artist Residencies: Up to $4,000, with no cash match required
- Juried Art Exhibits: Up to $2,500, with no cash match required
- Field Trips: Up to $2,500, with no cash match required
- Pre-packaged theatre projects: Up to $2,500 or 80% of the total project cash costs, whichever is less, with a 20% match from the school
The start date for a SMAC grant is defined as the point at which the project is set in motion (e.g. rehearsals, advertising and public notification, payment of fees, ordering and/or paying for supplies or printed material, etc.). No funds can be expended prior to the project start date.
Round I earliest project start date: December 1, 2019
Round II earliest project start date: March 1, 2020
No paid advertising by the applicant organization can take place before the start date, whether or not it will be paid for through the grant. However, posting basic information such as event dates is allowed.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online application portal: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=smahc
Caroline Koska, Financial & Grants Administrator
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
114 North 3rd Street
PO Box 55
Marshall, MN 56258
Toll Free:+1 800 622 5284
Telephone:+1 507 537 1471
USA: Minnesota: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine Counties
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