Development Grants Awarded to Arts Organizations

At the December 14, 2023 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $70,977 in Arts Organization Development Grants.

The CMAB Arts Organization Development program provides funds up to $10,000 to support activities and purchases that contribute to organizational sustainability, growth and improvement of nonprofit arts organizations in Region 7W. These funds are also available to assist arts groups in establishing 501(c)(3) status. Funding for this grant program is provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the state’s general fund, and the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund created by the Voters of Minnesota.

The following organizations were awarded:
1.  Avon Hills Folk School, $10,000, to support hiring a part-time Program and Outreach Coordinator responsible for programming, artist and maker recruitment and retention to deliver more diverse class offerings as well as serve as a community liaison.
2. Buffalo Community Theater, $3,304, for the purchase of sound, light controllers, and broadcasting equipment to enhance the ability of artistic staff and the audience experience.
3. Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, $10,000, for concert video recording, social media, and marketing management to increase online presence, audience retention and engagement and prepare for leadership succession and transition.
4.  Great River Educational Arts Theatre, $9,800, to support the professional development of the scenic and technical department through training and lighting equipment purchase that will contribute to the organization’s sustainability.
5. Melrose Area Arts Council, $7,915, to contract legal and accounting assistance for establishing their first year as a nonprofit 501c3 and for website maintenance and improvement to support organization growth.
6. Minnesota Center Chorale, $10,000, to support board and staff development training, technology upgrades for livestream and social media and a marketing plan focused on audience development.
7. Paramount Center for the Arts, $9,960, for organizational and leadership consulting, staff team building and executive training that would support organizational revitalization, innovation, and engagement.
8. The St. John’s Boys’ Choir, $4,999, for equipment purchases for transitioning to digital music scores and include built in features such as a metronome, pitch tuner, and digital keyboard that would increase capacity and efficiency.
9. Vocal Envy, $4,999, for the purchase of speakers, microphones, stands, cables, mixer, and cases designed for use by an acapella groups to provide a larger range of performance venues and the ability to reach a larger audience.

The Central Minnesota Arts Board supports collaborative and innovative arts opportunities through partnerships and financial investments in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties as one of eleven Regional Arts Councils designated by the Minnesota State Arts Board working with community partners to increase access to the unique cultural assets of Minnesota.