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Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council Awards $160,435 in Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants to Area Arts Organizations, Community Groups & Schools

Two Martin County organizations received arts grants totaling $14,400. Fairmont Opera House received $7,200 and will sponsor their 2017-18 subscription series. Funds will be used for a classical music concert by “The Minnesota Sinfonia”, an orchestra composed of professional musicians from around the world, April 14, 2018. Martin County Preservation Assoc., Red Rock Center for the Arts received $7,200 and will sponsor their 2017-18 season of arts programming; including the “Lunch with the Arts” series; art education classes for children and adults; and musical performances by songwriter and storyteller Dan Weber, classical pianist Radoslav Lorkovic, and indie folk music by Dusty Heart. They will also purchase two hands free microphones.

The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council is pleased to announce that grants of $160,435 from the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund have been awarded to twenty-four non-profit arts organizations, community groups and schools in the region. This fund was created by the people of Minnesota to support the arts and preserve our heritage. The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, passed by the voters in 2008, created new resources for land conservation, water conservation, parks and the Arts.

In Region Nine these grant funds were awarded to organizations to increase their artistic offerings and to provide a variety of activities including: arts & cultural festivals, instrumental and vocal music concerts, public art, theater performances, visual art classes and exhibitions, and arts field trips for schools, etc. “Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants were awarded to each of these twenty-four non-profit organizations ranging from $2,975 to $8,000 for a total of $160,435,” noted Brenda Byron, PLRAC Executive Director.

Other grantees in the region include: Blue Earth County–$46,380: Kearny International Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato $2,975; Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra $8,000; Mankato Children’s Chorus $8,000; Mankato Symphony Orchestra $8,000; Merely Players Community Theatre $7,200; Minnesota Valley Chorale $6,800; and Musicorum $5,405. Brown County–$17,150: Springfield Community Theatre $3,150; State Street Theater Company, New Ulm $7,200; and Summit Avenue Music Series, Martin Luther College $6,800. Faribault County–$6,800: Blue Earth Valley Concert Association $6,800. LeSueur County–$7,200: DalekoArts, New Prague $7,200. Nicollet County-$30,000: Arts Center of Saint Peter $8,000; Minnesota Valley Sweet Adelines $6,800; Saint Peter Choral Society $7,200; and South Central Service Cooperative $8,000. Sibley County–$10,600: Minnesota New Country School $3,400 and T-Bird Community Arts, Gibbon $7,200. Watonwan County–$8,000: City of St. James $8,000. Waseca County–$19,905: Project GEM $8,000; Waseca Arts Council $7,200; and Waseca County Historical Society $4,705.

Applications from Non-profit Arts Organizations, Community Groups and Schools will be accepted twice a year and the next Arts & Cultural Heritage deadline is February 1, 2018. Small Arts Project Grants of up to $2,000 are available for smaller arts activities and the next deadlines are November 1 and December 1, 2017. With the addition of the Arts and Culture Heritage Funds every Minnesotan’s lives will be enriched by the arts no matter where you live. The citizens of Minnesota will have increased access to stronger and more stable arts organizations providing an increase in quality arts experiences.

The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council is committed to supporting and expanding the arts in the nine-county area; knowing that the Arts improve the quality of life in our region. Grant guidelines and a link to our online applications are available at or by contacting Brenda Byron, Executive Director, at the Prairie Lakes office in Waseca, 1-800-298-1254 or We serve a nine-county area including Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan Counties.

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