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LRAC Arts Mentorship Program

Grants to Minnesota High School Students in Eligible
Counties for Summer Arts Mentoring Programs

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Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC)

Deadline Date:

01/22/20 Midnight


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Grants with a $600 value to Minnesota high school students in eligible counties for a summer art study program in a range of disciplines. Funding is intended to improve the student's creativity and promote personal development, while helping qualified area artists who will serve as mentors. Art disciplines include visual arts, dance, creative writing, theater, music, design, media arts, and architecture. Students, grades 9-11, must reside in the nine-county region served by LRAC that includes Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens,Traverse, and Wilkin.

LRAC began the program in 1987 to supplement arts education programming in the region's high schools by providing selected students the opportunity to study their chosen art with a practicing, professional artist or participating in a workshop, residency program, or summer arts camp. Scholarships are awarded based on commitment, potential for artistic development and equitable  access. Previous formal arts training is not  required.

Students will have an opportunity to present at an Artist Mentorship Program Showcase in October 2020.

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GrantWatch ID#: 164811

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The value of the award is over $600. LRAC will reimburse the student up to $75 for materials and supplies (non-travel expenses).

Mentors will receive $600 for the mentorship.

Term of Contract:

This program funds studies taking place during the summer of 2020.

The summer study session offers selected students 15 hours of one-on-one study with a professional artist between June 1, 2020 and September 15, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding:
1. Student must be in grade 9, 10, or 11 and attend a public, private, or home school.
2. Student must be a resident of the LRAC region. The LRAC region includes nine counties: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin.
3. Students with little or no previous formal arts training as well as students with extensive arts backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
4. Student must submit a complete and accurate application online and upload all required supporting documents.
5. Student must participate in the Saturday, March 7, 2020 auditions.
6. Student can submit only one application per year. Students who have previously been awarded a mentorship may not apply again in the same discipline, but may apply in a different discipline.

Applicants not eligible for funding are:
- A student who is a member of the immediate household of a LRAC Board Member, a LRAC employee, or those having independent contracts with LRAC are not eligible to apply.

Arts Mentorship Program - Limited Use:
- Arts Mentorship Program grants cannot be used for services, workshops, classes or lessons that were initiated prior to the grant award. The goal of the program is to expose each student to new techniques or insights. Students cannot use a mentorship to study with their private teacher or any other teacher they have studied with before.

For information about qualified mentors, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Students submit online application through the LRAC online grant system by the midnight deadline on January 22, 2020.

Lake Region Arts Council/LRAC welcomes questions about eligibility, grant programs, and application support for grant applications. After reviewing the guidelines and application instructions, first time applicants are encouraged to contact the LRAC office for assistance before starting the application.

All students MUST participate in the audition process to be eligible for an Arts Mentorship Program scholarship. Auditions will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Underwood High School in Underwood, MN. The Arts Mentorship Program Coordinator will inform each applicant of their audition time and the Arts Assignment by February 12, 2020.

- January 22, 2020, midnight: Deadline for student application.
- February 12, 2020: LRAC announces student audition times and Arts
- March 7, 2020: Arts Mentorship auditions at Underwood High School in Underwood, MN.
- March 17, 2020: LRAC announces recipients of an Arts Mentorship Program Scholarship.
- May 1, 2020: LRAC notifies students who their mentors will be for the summer mentorship.
- May 25, 2020: Deadline for submission of the Arts Mentorship Program Contract and Mentorship Goals & Lesson Schedule Form (both documents must be signed by Mentor, Parent and Student).
- June 1, 2020: Mentorship begins.
- September 15, 2020: Mentorship ends.
- October 8, 2020: Deadline for submission of both the Mentor and Student Final Reports.
- October 17, 2020: Arts Mentorship Program Showcase at A Center for the Arts
in Fergus Falls, MN (attendance and participation is mandatory for all students).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Applicants needing assistance are encouraged to contact LRAC during regular office hours, at 218-739-5780 or

Lake Region Arts Council
133 South Mill St.
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin Counties

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