Rita Dingman of St. Joseph will earn her master’s degree in education May 9 from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
Millstream Arts Festival was one of 29 regional arts projects awarded a $5,000 grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board to continue its outdoor, juried arts festival presenting visual artists and musicians in a family-friendly festival environment Sept. 27 on Minnesota Street in St. Joseph.
Other local entities awarded funding include the following: College of St. Benedict, CentraCare Health Foundation, Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, Downtown St. Cloud Art Crawl, Great Northern Theatre Company, Land of Lakes Choir Boys, Mississippi Strings Camp, Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society, Paramount Arts Resource Trust, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud Municipal Band, St. Cloud Film Festival, St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and Visual Arts Minnesota.
Three criteria are used in evaluating applications: Artistic quality and merit; ability of the organization to carry out the proposal; and the needs of the community. Funding for these CMAB Grants is provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the state’s general fund, and its Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created by the Voters of Minnesota.
For more on the other 18 local events that were funded as well as brief summaries of all 29 regional projects, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on May 1 People.
Central Minnesota Arts Board awards project grants to area organizations
At its April meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board awarded $151,270 in support of 29 regional arts projects. Three criteria are used in evaluating applications: Artistic quality and merit; ability of the organization to carry out the proposal; and the needs of the community.
Organizations may apply for up to $6,000 with a 30-percent match requirement for any one project or combined projects totaling no more than $6,000 in any one grant round. Organizations may apply for up to $8,000 with a 50-percent match requirement one time in any of the three grant rounds. Funding for these CMAB Grants is provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the state’s general fund, and its Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created by the Voters of Minnesota.
Millstream Arts Festival, $5,000, outdoor, juried arts festival presenting visual artists and musicians in a family-friendly festival environment Sept. 27 on Minnesota Street in St. Joseph.
CentraCare Health Foundation, $4,200, to enhance the Recovery Plus Artist In Residency Program with 14 professional artists representing 12 different mediums. All contracted artists live and work in the St. Cloud Area and are chosen for their empathy for the unique needs of persons who suffer with addiction/mental-health conditions and for their community contribution through work and volunteer involvement.
Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, $6,000, 2015 Fall Semester “Russian Classics” educational program for grade-school-age students to develop musicianship and perform an orchestral concert. Held Aug. 18-Nov. 28. A free public concert will be performed Nov. 21 at St. Cloud State University.
Chamber Music Society of St Cloud, $6,000, Aeolus Quartet concert and community outreach, Sept. 17-19 with several outreach activities in area schools and the community for people of all ages and levels of musical sophistication. The formal concert will be held at the Atonement Lutheran Church in St. Cloud.
City of Sartell, $6,000, Music in the Park series of four free outdoor community concerts that feature musicians from the region beginning July 15 through Sept. 1 at Pinecone Central Park in Sartell.
College of St. Benedict, $2,347, Dennis Alexander Piano Festival and Competition for 55 pre-college students from local school districts. The festival will feature composer Dennis Alexander, competition, repertoire workshops and group workshop Nov. 21 at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University in St. Joseph.
Downtown St. Cloud Art Crawl, $6,000, 2015 Sizzling Summer Art Crawl that will feature more than 50 visual artists exhibiting their work for sale at downtown venues with more than 40 musicians and street performers entertaining Aug. 14 along West St. Germain Street in Downtown St. Cloud.
Great Northern Theatre Company, $6,000, for the production of the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat that will provide the opportunity for 60 adult and 22 youth artists from the community to participate July 30-Aug. 7 at Glanville Smith Auditorium, Rocori High School, Cold Spring, Minn.
Land Of Lakes Choir Boys, $7,300, for a Summer Music Day Camp open to boys ages 8-14 in the community interested in a week-long exploration of music held at Elk River Lutheran Church and a resident camp for current enrollees focused on music and art exploration and team-building exercises held at Timber Bay in Onamia. Camps will take place July 27-Aug. 16.
Mississippi Strings Camp, $6,000, to promote the continuation of string education in the summer, open to students ages 8-18 ranging from beginner to advanced with the goal of developing skills and inspiring students to continue playing, held June 15-19 at Technical High School in St Cloud.
Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society, $5,500, 2015 Music in the Gardens series of six free music concerts held Sunday afternoons June 14-Aug. 23 and includes music for Art Faire in the Gardens on July 16 and Evening in the Gardens on Aug. 18. All Concerts are held in Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud.
Paramount Arts Resource Trust, $3,000, Statewide Juried Art Exhibit for artists to compete in a professional and emerging or student category hosted in Gallery Saint Germain, the Paramount Lobbies and Studio C Sept. 14-Oct. 19 and showcased at the annual Gala.
Paramount Arts Resource Trust, $3,000, to offer a free concert by the Minnesota Sinfonia that includes conductor Jay Fishman educating the public about the composer, the work, regional or personal events that inspired or shaped the work on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud.
St. Cloud State University, $3,000, The School of the Arts Creative Arts Series to bring director Godfrey Reggio to show his latest film Visitors followed by an audience question and answer on Feb. 9, 2016. Godfrey will offer a master class Feb. 10, 2016. Both events will be free and open to the public.
St. Cloud State University, $3,000, to support sponsorship of the 42nd Annual Lemonade Concert performed by St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra June 25 at St. Cloud State University.
St. Cloud Municipal Band, $6,000, to offer free concerts on Memorial Day in Briggs Lake, Minn., a 4th of July Concert at Hester Park and a Barden Park Series in St. Cloud.
St. Cloud Film Festival, $8,000, celebrates local and independent films in a combination of features and shorts during eight shows Nov. 12-19 at Pioneer Place Theatre in St. Cloud, with a Kids Stop-Motion Workshop for first- to 12th-grade students where participants will have their work shown at the festival and are eligible for a Most Promising Young Artist award.
St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, $6,000, to perform a concert that features music of the Beatles with soloist Billy Scherer with a preview of the 2015-16 Season at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in Ritsche Auditorium at St. Cloud State University.
Visual Arts Minnesota, $3,224, for Lemon Twist Fine Art Historic Home Tour to display 2-D and 3-D works of fine art from 20 artists in three to five historic homes in the south side university neighborhood June 25, 2015 in conjunction with the Lemonade Art Fair.
Benton County Agricultural Society, $4,035, Heritage Arts and Culture Education presentation and demonstration by Foci Glass Blowers of Minnesota Aug. 3-9 during the Benton County Fair in Sauk Rapids.
Buffalo (Minn.) Community Orchestra, $2,348, A Toast to Twenty Years Concert revisiting favorite themes and music with music specially composed by previous conductor, Michael Halstenson, May 9 at the Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center in Buffalo.
Buffalo (Minn.) Community Theater, $8,000, for the production of the Broadway musical Oliver with actors, artists, technicians and volunteers from Buffalo and the surrounding area. Six performances will be held July 17-19, 23-25 at the Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center.
Command Performance Choir, $6,287, Tales of Cinderella and Friends Event composed of music, story telling, calligraphy, painting and audience interaction with artists on May 16 at Salk Middle School in Elk River, Minn.
Elk River Arts Alliance, $6,000, ArtSoup 2015 community art and music festival that will offer a variety of demos, food, fine art vendors, music, and interactive activities for all ages, held Saturday, June 27 in downtown Elk River.
Lake Sylvia Flute Institute, $6,000, to provide eight days of music and art activities for 80 musicians and family members including lessons, ensembles, flute and recorder choirs, art classes and outdoor activities June 14-21 at Camp Chi Rho in Annandale, Minn.
Legacy Foundation of Big Lake, $5,365, Music in the Park Summer Concert Series held Thursday evenings June 4-Aug. 27 at Lakeside Park in Big Lake, Minn.
North Ballet Youth Company, $2,515, Cultural Dance Performance to bring classical ballet and a combination of multiple styles, stories and histories of dance of many different cultures through guest performers to the community July 30-Aug. 27 in Otsego, Minn.
Sherburne County Jail/Advisory Task Force on the Women and Juvenile Female Offender, $8,000, Women’s Writing Program at Sherburne County Jail where participants use creative writing for reflection, understanding and healing that result in professionally published chapbooks that will be be catalogued in the Great River Regional Library system and Elk River Branch collections. The workshop, taught by artists Diego Vazquez Jr. and Marcie Rendon, are held in four quarterly sessions June 1, 2015-April 1, 2016 and offered to women with short average sentences at the Sherburne County Jail.
SOAR Regional Arts, $8,000, for the production of High School Musical co-produced by SOAR Regional Arts Teen Advisory Group at St. Michael High School Performing Arts Center Aug. 6-9. The production will consists of only school-age students 13-18 years of age and offers teens the opportunity to be mentored by professional production staff.
The Central Minnesota Arts Board supports collaborative and innovative arts opportunities through partnerships and financial investments in Stearns, Benton, Sherburne and Wright counties as one of 11 Regional Arts Councils designated by the Minnesota State Arts Board. The CMAB works with community partners to increase access to the unique cultural assets of Minnesota.
Visit www.aroundthecloud.org Arts and Events Click and Go Guide to see a full listing of these arts events and more.
For more information about the Central Minnesota Arts Board visit www.centralmnartsboard.org or call the office at 320-968-4290, or toll free at 1-866-345-7140.