The Central Minnesota Arts Board awards Public Art Grant


At the October 10, 2019 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded a Public Art Grant in the amount of $6,690 to The City of Monticello for artist Hallie Leffingwell Street Art Project, which will consist of small-scale murals in multiple sites that lead people from the riverfront parks through downtown to the community center.  The CMAB Public Art program provides funds for the completion of well-planned works of public art that are accessible to the general public and supported by the community. An organization must provide a minimum of 25% in matching funds. Public Art Grants are provided through Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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.

Central MN Arts Board awards Project Grants to area organizations


At the September 19, 2019 meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $99,653 in support of seventeen regional arts projects. Applications are scored by a panel of volunteer artists, administrators and members of other community groups. Panel scores are provided to the Board of Directors and used in determining how to allocate funds. Criteria used in evaluating applications include: artistic quality & merit, demonstrated need, outcomes & evaluation and ability to complete the proposal.

Organizations may apply for up to $7,000 with a 25% match requirement for any one project or combined projects in a grant round. 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 & Cultural Heritage Fund created by the Voters of Minnesota.

  • 510 Art Lab, $4,558, to purchase equipment to offer the community classes and opportunities to use clay to create artistic products.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MN, $7,000 for the Youth Arts Initiative’s 2019 Holiday Showcase, “Global Wonderland” that will explore how different cultures celebrate the holidays around the world at the Eastside Boys & Girls Club in Saint Cloud on Wednesday, December 18th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Buffalo Community Orchestra, $7,000 for “Brass Spectacular!” featuring guest artist Robert Baca performing with the orchestra and leading a day of brass and jazz clinic sessions for local high school musicians and orchestra members at the Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center October 26 & 27, 2019.
  • Buffalo Community Theater,$7,000 for the production of “Go Back for Murder” that will involve artists, technicians and volunteers from Buffalo and surrounding communities October 25-27 and Nov. 1-3, 2019 at Discovery Auditorium in Buffalo.
  • Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, $3,955 to present the Mill City String Quartet outreach programs with local schools, family concert at the Great River Regional Library and formal concert at Atonement Lutheran Church in Saint Cloud May 22-23, 2020.  
  • Holdingford Public Schools, $5,017 for Collaged Identities II residency with artist Sarah Drake who will lead South Junior High and Holdingford Public Schools’ eighth grade students in mixed media collage and two-dimensional art projects.
  • Kennedy Community School One Act Play, $2,525 to provide a theatre experience for their performance through the rental of the Gorecki Family Theater at College of St. Benedict.
  • Minnesota Dance Ensemble, $7,000 for the performance of “The Snow Maiden” “Снегурочка”a Ballet/Opera directed by Samantha Collen, with guest principal dancers from around the country and local corps de ballet at the Paramount Theater on Saturday, January 18th, 2020.
  • Paramount Center for The Arts, $6,598 for the Juried High School Art Exhibition to offer youth in Central Minnesota the opportunity to create and showcase their visual art at the Paramount Gallery St. Germain March – April 2020.
  • St. Cloud Film Festival, St Cloud Film Fest $7,000 to host monthly film screenings of independent cinema at The Black Box in downtown St Cloud beginning in the fall of 2019.   
  • St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, $7,000, for “Horizons” diverse symphonic music concert inspired by nature in collaboration with Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society 20th anniversary of “Music in the Gardens” at St. Cloud State University Ritsche Auditorium February 22, 2020.
  • St. John’s University, Fine Arts, $7,000 for “Scrap Arts Music” performance and outreach residency activities November 11-16, 2019 that introduce participants to a unique and innovative genre using instruments crafted from reclaimed industrial scraps.
  • STMA Music Boosters, $7,000 for Voces8 vocal masterclass for local high schools and formal concert at the St. Michael – Albertville High School Performing Arts Center February 19, 2020.
  • The St. John’s Boys’ Choir, $7,000 for KidSing 2020 – Music Changes the World concert with Jim Papoulis, who with local choral organizations, will engage more than 500 Central Minnesota youth in a series of song-writing workshops and a Festival Concert January 9-11, 2020.
  • Wirth Center Performing Arts, $3,500 for the Spring Gala 2020 ensemble concert with 200+students of all ages performing multiple disciplines on a professional stage at Sauk Rapids Rice High School in Spring 2020.
  • Wirth Center Performing Arts, $3,500 for School of ROCK 2020, a 6-day camp where students are formed into bands, learn the ins and outs of being in a rock band, and end with a large scale, professional rock concert in August of 2020.
  • Youth Chorale of Central MN, $7,000, “All Is Well” collaboration with the St. Cloud String Quartet featuring a commissioned piece by Isaac Lovdahl December 8, 2019 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Saint Cloud.

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.

Visit aroundthecloud for a full listing of these arts events and Everything Arts in Central Minnesota.

Central MN Arts Board Awards Arts Legacy funds for Artist In Residence Grants


At the September 19, 2019 meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $7,000 in Arts Legacy funds to two area organizations in support of Artist Residencies.

The Artist in Residency (AIR) program is designed to enhance education through the arts with supportive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations. The intention of any residency proposal must be to increase interaction between students, community members and professional artists.

  • St. Michael-Albertville High School, $3,500 for STMA Theater department to collaborate with a lighting technician in the fall and a fight choreographer in the spring for professional artist training to educate and enhance both students on stage and off-stage skills.
  • Talahi Community School, $3,500 for artist Ann Reid to conduct Learn to Paint Fall Colors residency with first grade students October 2019.

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.

For more information visit www.centralmnartsboard.org or call 320-968-4290, toll free at 1-866-345-7140.

CMAB Awards Teaching Artist Grant to St. Cloud Artists


Residency painting

At the September 19, 2019 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $3,600 in Teaching Artist Grants.

  • Dan Mondloch, $1,800 to work with several groups from the St. Cloud VA Health Care System over a 4-week period creating watercolor paintings that will also have a therapeutic component for veterans.
  • Sarah Drake, $1,800 to work with K-8 Promise Neighborhood students on “The Power to make a difference” studying the role of art in the civil rights movement. Student work will be on display Monday, January 20, 2020 at the River’s Edge Convention Center.

The CMAB Teaching Artist Grant is available to artists who complete the CMAB Teaching Artist Roster Program and are listed on the CMAB Teaching Artist Roster. The goal of the program is to support local artists in sharing their knowledge, skills and process with learners throughout the region by increasing the opportunities for artist residences.

Funding for the TAG program is provided by the McKnight Foundation.

For more information about the Central MN Arts Board Teaching Artist Roster go to

www.centralmnartsboard.org or call the office at 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-345-7140.

CMAB Awards Arts Organization Development Grant


A Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) Organizational Development Grant in the amount of $2,000 was awarded to Minnesota Dance Ensemble in support of equipment purchases that will improve performances, promotion and expand outreach efforts within the community.

The CMAB Organizational Development program provides funds to help establish, maintain & strengthen the infrastructure of nonprofit arts organizations. 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.

Visit the website for more information www.centralmnartsboard.org or call the office at 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-345-7140.

Central MN Arts Board awards Project Grants to area organizations


Congrats Project Grant Awards

At the May 9, 2019 meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $191,951 in support of twenty-nine    regional arts projects. Applications are scored by a panel of volunteer artists, administrators and members of other community groups. Panel scores are provided to the Board of Directors and used in determining how to allocate funds. Criteria used in evaluating applications include: artistic quality & merit, demonstrated need, outcomes & evaluation and ability to complete the proposal.

Organizations may apply for up to $7,000 with a 25% match requirement for any one project or combined projects in a grant round. 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 & Cultural Heritage Fund created by the Voters of Minnesota.

Avon Hills Folk School, $7,000, to expand on the outreach and class offerings for Hand Camp 2019, held September 20-22, 2019, Avon, MN.

 Buffalo Community Orchestra, $7,000, “Music in Full Bloom” concert featuring Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major with guest violinist Sabrina Tabby and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” May 11, 2019 at Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, MN. As a concert partner, the Wright County’s Horticultural Society will highlight the joys of spring in Minnesota gardens.

 Buffalo Community Theater, $7,000, “The Music Man” performance that involve artists, technicians and volunteers from Buffalo and surrounding communities July 19-21, 24-27, 2019 at BHS Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, MN.

Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, $7,000, World’s Fair: Science & Technology- student performance of music inspired by science and technology through the eyes of a World’s Fair experience November 16, 2019 United Methodist Church, Sartell, MN.

Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, $7,000, Hub New Music concert and community outreach programs at area K-12 schools, St. Cloud State University and free family concert -Fall 2019 in St. Cloud, MN.

City of Monticello, $5,781 for muralist, Limpio to create a large entrance mural at the Monticello Community Center while teaching two workshops involving local seniors, kids and teens September 2019 in Monticello, MN.

Create CommUNITY, $7,000, to bring Pillsbury House Theatre as a keynote speaker to the 14th Annual Conversation on Race to provide a program that uses drama, humor, poetry and monologue to explore how systemic inequities, subconscious bias and misperceptions show up in relationships among people. An organized discussion facilitated by a trained artist follows each performance and uses deep reflection and dialogue to inspire action. October 9, 2019 at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN.

Downtown St. Cloud Art Crawl Collaborative, $7,000, Sizzling Summer Art Crawl 2019 that will feature artists exhibiting, selling and demonstrating their work, musicians and street performers in downtown St. Cloud- 5th, 6th and 7th Avenues and St. Germain Street September 9, 2019.

Great River Educational Arts Theatre, $7,000 for a student-directed musical performance of “Rainbow Fish” designed as a first theatre experience for young audiences ages 3-6 and their favorite adults November 2019 at Helgeson Learning Lab in Waite Park, MN.

Great Northern Theatre Company, $7,000 to present The Addams Family, A New Musical August 2-11, 2019 at the Glanville Smith Auditorium in Cold Spring, MN

HLWW Theatre Arts Boosters, $7,000, to present The Drowsy Chaperone July 12 – 200, 2019 at the Laker Theater HLWW High School in Howard Lake, MN.

Independent Music Collaboration of Central MN, $7,000 to produce the film Common Roots – A History of Local Music in Central Minnesota with a premier intended during the opening celebration of Common Roots August 21, 2019 at Beaver Island Brewery.

Minnesota Dance Ensemble, $7,000, “Love from Beyond the Grave” a moving story about how love conquers all challenges by remaining strong even for a zombie bride and groom October 31, 2019 at the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud, MN.

Monticello School District, $7,000, for local artist, Allison Hunsley, to conduct a workshop in mural painting instruction culminating in a mural on 155 Broadway St. E, in Monticello, MN July 2019.

Millstream Arts Festival, $7,000, for Millstream Arts Festival outdoor, juried arts festival presenting visual artists and musicians in a family-friendly festival environment September 29, 2019 in St. Joseph, MN.

Mississippi Strings Camp, $7,000, for Mississippi Strings Camp offering summer orchestra instruction and enrichment opportunities to area students through scholarships, lessons and guest teachers in June 2019 at Apollo High School in St. Cloud, MN.

Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society, $7,000, Music in the Gardens summer series of six free chamber music concerts presented on Sunday afternoons June 9 through August 18, 2019 and music for Art Fair in the Gardens July 18, 2019 in the Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, MN.

Rose Hall Media Company DBA Lyricality, $6,750, Poetry Pop Ups that consists of 15 or more established and emerging Central MN poets, family activities to engage young people and their parents/guardians in the reading and making of poems, distribution of free “pocket poems” in the November 23, 2019 “Shop Small Business Saturday” including downtown areas of St. Cloud and St. Joseph, MN. The project also includes nine digital “Poetry Pop Ups “on Lyricality’s website and social media platforms.

Paramount Center for The Arts, $7,000, Aquila Theatre “1984” presentation of George Orwell’s cautionary novel November 1, 2019 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in St. Cloud, MN.

Rough Draft Productions, $5,000, for the production of “Attack Plan Alpha!” original play written by Anthony Schrock October and November, 2019 at Pioneer Place Theatre in St. Cloud, MN. 

Sinclair Lewis Foundation, $6,750, Sinclair Lewis 2019 Writers Conference, offering all writers a chance to hone their craft and to form networks on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at First Lutheran Church of Sauk Centre in Sauk Centre, MN.

SOAR Regional Arts, $7,000, for Readers Theater, a strategy that combines reading practice and performing to enhance students’ reading skills and confidence August 2019 at Saint Michael Middle School West, Saint Michael, MN.

St. Cloud Film Festival, $7,000, 2019 St Cloud Film Festival to celebrate independent, local, and global cinema showing a combination of features and shorts from November 2-9, 2019 at the Black Box Theater and St Cloud State University in St. Cloud and Brickhouse Cinema in Foley, MN.

St. Cloud State University, $7,000, 2019 Lemonade Concert and Art Fair annual free-to-the-public outdoor concert by the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra as well as a side stage throughout the day featuring local performance artists from various performance media on June 27, 2019 at St. Cloud State University campus in St. Cloud, MN.

St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, $7,000, “Answering the Call” concert built around the consequences of artists answering the call Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Ritsche Auditorium, St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN.

The St. John’s Boys’ Choir, $7,000, Opera4Kids to introduce young performers and observers in the production of staged musical theater from the classical tradition spanning a variety of musical genres October 11-13, 2019 at Helgeson Learning Lab Theater in Waite Park, MN.

The Yes Network, $7,000, Art on the Move where art professionals share their art for inspiration and give access to a variety of art experiences for kids in fourteen area neighborhoods June through August, 2019 in St. Cloud, MN.

Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, $7,000, to provide students with more affordable lessons while enabling instructors to receive their regular rate with Discounted Lessons for Fall Semester 2019 in St. Cloud, MN.

Youth Chorale of Central MN, $5,529, A Choral Community outreach concert to bring in a variety of community, church and school choirs, in the spirit of collaboration November 3, 2019 at the Blattner Energy Arts Theatre in Albany, MN.

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.

Visit aroundthecloud for a full listing of these arts events and Everything Arts in Central Minnesota.

The Central Minnesota Arts Board awards Public Art Grants


Congrats Public Art Grantees

At the May 9, 2019 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $38,000 in Public Art Grants to three local recipients.

The CMAB Public Art program provides funds for the completion of well-planned works of public art that are accessible to the general public and supported by the community. An organization must provide a minimum of 25% in matching funds. Public Art Grants are provided through Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

1. City of Monticello, $9,400, artist D. Helene Woods will create and install a mural series on the exterior of the Monticello Community Center designed to depict healthy activity opportunities available in the center.

2. Community Legacy Foundation, $19,750, artist Roger Reinardy and Nick Christianson from Brodin Studios in Kimball, MN, will work together to create a bronze rendering of Sinclair Lewis to be installed at the Sinclair Lewis Library to coincide with the 2020 centennial celebration of Lewis’ novel, “Main Street” July 2019 in Sauk Centre, MN.

3. Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture, $8,850, for Spark the Power of Art- vinyl utility box sleeves with photos of work created by local artists: Donna Rice, glass sculptor; Emily Lynch Victory, mathematical illustrator; Mitch Kezar, Photographer; Jill Woodward, painting and drawing; Shari Zimmerman, painting and mix media; Sarah Flicek, metalsmith; to be installed August 2019 in downtown Delano, MN.

The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) strives to enhance appreciation of the essential economic and social roles the arts play in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties by providing grants and professional development services to arts and community organizations, schools, government units and individuals.

CMAB Awards Sixteen Student Arts Scholarships


Student Arts Scholarship Congrats

At the April 11, 2019 meeting, The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded Arts Scholarships to sixteen students totaling $24,000. The Student Arts Scholarship Program is designed to support individuals entering or enrolled in an accredited institution and who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in the arts. Applicants are eligible to receive up to four Student Arts Scholarships in a lifetime.

A panel of volunteer artists, arts professionals and educators evaluate each applicant according to established criteria. The CMAB directors received the recommendation from the panel and awarded funding to applicants that scored the highest.

The CMAB Student Arts Scholarship Award recipients are (listed alphabetically by city):

Isabella
ISABELLA SEARCY

Buffalo, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Violin Performance at Luther College, Iowa

DAYLIN PAULSON

Cold Spring, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Music and Theater at
Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN

JACI EATHERTON

Elk River, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Graphic Design at St. Cloud
State University, St. Cloud, MN

CARTER SCHEELE

St. Cloud, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Music at Saint John’s Univ./ College of
St. Benedict, Collegeville, MN

ZOE ROGERS
Sauk Rapids, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Bachelor of Fine Arts at
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

KAYA INKSTER

St. Cloud, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Art Therapy at St. Cloud
State University, St. Cloud, MN

SYDNEY KAKUK
St. Cloud, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Performance at University of
Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

CHRISTOPHER BREWER
St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Design and Development at University of
Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

NICOLE MEYER
St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts and Theater at Gustavus Adolphus
College, St. Peter, MN

MEGAN OTTE
St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
BFA in Interior Design at
University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

TAYLOR ROBERS
St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Arts at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

JACK SCHULTZ

St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Product Design at the University of
Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
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HANNA MILLER
St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Medical Illustration at 
Moorhead State
University, Moorhead, MN

JONATHAN MILLER
Waverly, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Music Education with an emphasis on
choral conducting at University of Northwestern-St. Paul


CHLOE KASPER
Zimmerman, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Filmmaking and Media Arts at the
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

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KYLEE JOHNSON
Zimmerman, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Multimedia Arts at the Minneapolis
College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

 

The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) strives to enhance appreciation of the essential economic and social roles the arts play in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties by providing grants and professional development services to arts and community organizations, schools, government units and individuals.

CMAB Awards Artist Learning Grants


Grant Award Announcement

The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) recently awarded $1,118 in Artist Learning Grants (ALG) to three regional artists.

  • Anthony Stokes, St. Cloud, MN received $250 for Drawing Faces class series with Suzanne Beck.
  • Arlys Krim, Albany, MN, received $370 for Camp Candace advanced writing workshop with Sheila O’Connor.
  • Jay Grammond, Princeton, MN, received $498 to attend the Photoshop World 2019 conference.

Region 7W Artists (Benton, Sherburne, Stearns & Wright Counties) can apply for an ALG of up to $500 to advance their artistic skill through a learning experience; funding for the ALG program is provided by The McKnight Foundation.

Seven Area Artists Receive Individual Artist Awards


Individual Artist Awards Congratulations

The Central MN Arts Board is excited to announce the Individual Artist Award (IAA) recipients for 2019!

The Individual Artist Award provides up to seven (7) awards of $3,500 each as recognition and support for outstanding artists living in the Minnesota counties of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns or Wright (Region 7W). Funding for the program is generously provided by The McKnight Foundation.

Artists are invited to apply for this award once each year in January. A panel of six arts professionals reviewed and scored each application individually. Applications with the highest average score were recommended to the CMAB Directors for awards. At their March 15, 2019 board meeting, the CMAB Directors accepted the review panel’s recommendations.
Fiscal Year 2019 Individual Artist Award recipients are:

Fiscal Year 2019 Individual Artist Award recipients are:

  • Glenn Quist, Visual Artist/Painting – Sherburne County
  • Dan Mondloch, Visual Artist/Watercolor – Stearns County
  • Craig Palm, Visual Artist/Sculpture – Sherburne County
  • JD Jorgenson, Visual Artist/Wood-fired Ceramics – Stearns County
  • Barb Kellogg, Visual Artist/Photography – Stearns County
  • Charles Norwood, Visual Artist/Photography – Stearns County
  • Timothy Takach, Music Composer – Sherburne County
After the FoxSeason's EndMetal ElkWood Fire clay sculpture of bolt nutsGo Gently Into the NightMountain pass

The 2019 Individual Artist Award Panelists volunteered an average of 20 hours reviewing applications. Those volunteers included:

Jo McMullen-Boyer – CMAB Director, Station Manager of KVSC Radio at St. Cloud State University. Grant writer, small and large music concert producer and community events organizer. Patron of the arts personally and in giving access and promotion to arts and arts producers through college and community radio.

Denise Todd – CMAB Director, B.S, Business Administration with a Minor, Dance Valdosta State University; U.S. Air Force Veteran, Geospatial Intelligence Analyst; undergraduate at St. Cloud State University pursuing a Major in Community Health, Planning and Community Development and a Minor, Ethnics, Human Relations.

Donna Rice- Glass casting artist, BFA from Carnegie Mellon University; 2017 Artist Initiative recipient, CMAB FY15 Individual Artist Awardee and grant recipient, which helped to support her glass casting studio in Delano. In the spring of 2020, Rice’s crystal sculptures will be featured at the Minnesota Arboretum Spring Flower Show.

Susan Dean- Mosaics artist involved in arts crawls, classes, exhibits, juried art shows and CMAB FY17 Individual Artist Awardee and grant recipient; Member of the board of Central Minnesota Arts Council and was involved in the transition to VAM (Visual Art Minnesota); Involved in brain storming/ marketing committees for the Paramount. Owner of Newcomer Service that includes an Art’s Directory to introduce new movers to the arts & culture in our community. Arts appreciator and supporter with a goal for our community engage local artists with each other in an effort to work together in supporting the arts.

Natalie Carr- Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in dance, University of Minnesota; dances with Black Label Movement modern dance company. Teaching artist at the Boys and Girls Club of Central MN, designs a rich dance program for ages 10 and up with additional programming for youth age 5-9 teaching youth hip hop, modern, jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and some tumbling.

Lester Hoikka- Multi-media metal sculptor with a strong nod to construction techniques of tin toys from the mid 20th century colored in patterns and bright colors that embrace ideas that inhabit an area between touching and humorous but always a little bit strange; Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota; Hoikka has won awards in International, National and Minnesota exhibits as well as CMAB FY08 and FY18 Individual Artist Awards.

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.