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Regional Arts Council Seeking Board Members

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 5:39 am

The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is accepting applications from individuals wishing to serve on the Board of Directors. There are currently openings for Chisago, Isanti, and Pine County representatives.

ECRAC offers grant support and technical assistance to individual artists and non-profit arts organizations within the five counties which make up the East Central Minnesota Region: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine.

ECRAC is looking for individuals with knowledge of various art forms and perspectives. Those encouraged to apply are: arts advocates; past grantees; active artists working in all disciplines; artists from communities of color; arts supporters/collectors; or individuals with knowledge of their local arts community.

ECRAC meets the third Tuesday evening of each month in Braham. Council members serve as panelists to award project-based funding to regional non-profit arts organizations and also to artists. Members also assess the art needs in the region and develop programs that promote the regional arts community. Council members are volunteers, but are paid a mileage reimbursement for attending meetings. Serving on the board gives an individual the opportunity to learn about arts activities in the region; to increase their knowledge of grant writing and the review process; to network with other artists and arts professionals; and to have input into matters that affect arts funding in the region.

ECRAC is the primary funding source for artists and arts organizations in east central Minnesota, and awarded almost $300,000 in grant support last year. ECRAC administers five grant programs for regional non-profit arts organizations and three grant programs for regional artists.

ECRAC’s programs are made possible, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund, and its Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and also by The McKnight Foundation.

The deadline for submitting an application is December 31, 2011. Interested individuals may contact the ECRAC office at director@ecrac.org or 320-396-2337 for more information about responsibilities, the council and its grant programs, and to receive a self-nomination form.

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