Art Grants Awarded to Local Organizations

Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at 5:10 am

Picture 983The Pine Center for the Arts in Pine City is receiving $14,844  in grant funds from the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECAC). The funding comes from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that passed in 2008 to provide funding for the arts and cultural heritage in Minnesota for 25 years. The funding focuses on Arts and Arts Access, Arts Learning and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The money for the Pine Center for the Arts is for funding to help establish and pay for operating support.

Braham’s Pie Day is receiving $14,622 to expand experiential learning in movement, literary, theatrical and visual arts for the public at the annual Pie Day event and with programming through February 2011.  The Kanabec History Center is Mora is receiving $15,000 to expand the eighth annual Sticks and Stones: Art and Cultural Festival taking place September 24 -26, 2010.

Over $13,000 in funds are  dedicated to the East Central Minnesota Chorale in Cambridge.

The ECAC awarded a total of $81,413 to five organizations and six individual artists in the first ever round of the ECAC Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grant program.

Individual grant awards:

Valorie Arrowsmith, Stanchfield, $2,500

Funding for the artist to study with artistic mentor, Marcia Soderman-Olson, to research for a series of watercolor paintings, and to conduct an outcome survey by sending her artwork to a randomly selected 100 people living in the 7E region.

Shelley Bragelman, Mora, $2,500

Funding to help pay for expenses to study photography with John and Barbara Gerlach and to exhibit the new photographs at the Kanabec History Center.

Ian Dudley, Lindstrom, $2,500

Funding to help pay for the artist to conduct research for three planned public sculptures featuring Swedish immigration to the Chisago Lakes region.

Terri Huro, Mora, $2,500

Funding to participate in a photography workshop with John Pennoyer.  The artist will also use grant funds to hold an exhibition of her new photography at the Kanabec History Center.

Dee Kotaska, Brook Park, $2,500

Funding to assist with expenses to study with Nancy Rotenberg at a digital photography workshop.  The artist will then hold a public exhibition at the Kanabec History Center to share her new photographs and techniques.

Kelli Maag, Ogilvie, $2,447

Funding to help cover costs of studying photography with John Pennoyer.  Grant funds will also help support an exhibition at the Kanabec History Center of the artist’s new work.

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