CMAB Awards Arts Recovery Support to area organizations


At the June 10, 2021, meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $125,500 in Arts Recovery Support to thirteen area organizations.

The CMAB Arts Recovery Support grant provides funds up to $10,000 for organizational recovery, rebuilding staff, reopening programming, modified remote programming or other costs related to pandemic recovery, organizational stability, and diversity, equity & inclusion efforts. Funding for this grant program is provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund created by the Voters of Minnesota.

The following organizations were awarded:

1.   510 Art Lab, $10,000, for part-time staff and equipment that will provide air filtration for classes.

2.   Avon Hills Folk School, $10,000, for growing board membership and to support hiring a part-time, local artist digital marketer to execute a communications plan through the new website and social media

3.  Buffalo Community Theater, $5,500, to hire an Interim Marketing Director Andrea Paukert Krinke to conduct Social Media Community Management, essential relaunch activities and community engagement. Krinke will also work with the administrator and volunteer publicity committee to provide guidelines and training to continue the strategies used.

4.  Chamber Music Society of St Cloud, $10,000, in support of strategic plan development and implementation that include staff costs, contracting facilitator and executive coach, Vicki Benson, board training and outside assistance in areas of accounting, technology, marketing/audience development and evaluation.

5.  Great River Chorale, $10,000, to recover operational funding and produce 20th anniversary season and fund website maintenance for twelve months.

6.  Great River Educational Arts Theatre, $10,000, to hire a consultant to engage the Board of Directors, artists and staff with education, tools, and resources to create a culture of equity on all levels.

7.  herARTS in Action, $10,000, for a free weekly streaming book readings by 12 Black and African Minnesota authors with live Q & A in collaboration with United Way’s Community. Additional funds will be used for branding and marketing, student work study and to contract a project administrator.

8.  Rose Hall Media Company DBA Lyricality, $10,000, to invest in core staff, connect with audiences, social media promotion and train a team of facilitator-artists to begin leading LyricaliTea circles in diverse communities throughout central Minnesota in 2022.

9.  Sinclair Lewis Foundation, $10,000, to create a writing curriculum to support secondary students in exploring and sharing their own ideas, perspectives and experiences using video content, interactive writing exercises, digital/printable workbooks, and an online student community.

10.  SOAR Regional Arts, $10,000, to support the reopening of their fall family musical providing more opportunities for the community, and to pay local artists/staff to create art and continue to provide free opportunities to the community.

11. John’s University – Fine Arts, $10,000, to support the assessment of Stephen B. Humphrey Theater’s HVAC system to provide audiences an effective message of re-opening plans and safety procedures.

12.  Wirth Center for Performing Arts, $10,000, to contract with Propel Nonprofits to lead the board of directors and administrative team in strategic planning as well as discounted lessons for families based on Federal Poverty Guidelines.

13.  Youth Chorale of Central MN, $10,000, for maintaining current staff, purchasing audio visual equipment and to offer a Choir director Social and Rehearsal Camp to re-engage audiences and youth singers.

 

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.

CMAB Awards Teaching Artist Grant to Area Artist


At the June 10, 2021 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded Teaching Artist, Kelly Lundquist $2,000 to conduct a 10-session Scene Craft Workshop residency focused on how to make your writing more vivid and memorable September – December, 2021 at Monticello Arts Initiative in Monticello, MN.

The Teaching Artist Grant is available to artists who complete the CMAB Teaching Artist Roster Program and are listed on CMAB’s 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 visit www.centralmnartsboard.org or call the office at 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-825-1471.

Project Grants Awarded to area organizations


At the May 13, 2021, meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $98,652 in support of twenty regional arts projects. Applications are scored by a panel of artists, nonprofit 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: pandemic sustainability & diversity, equity & inclusion, artistic quality & merit, demonstrated need, outcomes & evaluation and ability to complete the proposal.

Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 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

The following organizations were awarded:

1.  4 Community Theatre, $5,000, for a 10-Minute One Act Play Festival performance comprised of 5 plays that will be performed outdoors at Wright County parks in Rockford and Delano, MN from May to October 2021.

2.  Avon Hills Folk School, $5,000, Adult Hand Camp where exemplary artists, crafts persons and artisans will share and teach their art form to participants providing experience and skills in traditional and other folk art in the Fall of 2021 in Avon, MN.

3.  Buffalo Community Orchestra, $3,652, for Holiday for Orchestra with Ringers and Singers annual festive collaboration between the Buffalo Community Orchestra, the wRight Ringers Community Handbell Ensemble, the Wright County Chamber Chorus and members of the Buffalo High School Concert Choir in December 2021 at the Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, MN.

4.  Buffalo Community Theater, $5,000, for the production and six performances of “Junie B. Jones, Jr. the Musical” that will involve youth performers, artists, technicians and volunteers in February 2022 at Discovery Auditorium in Buffalo, MN.

5.  Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, $5,000, for “CREATION: Sounds of Nature” video or online performance in November 2021 that will include a collaboration with Schmitt Music to bring in the Lux Quartet who will perform a few pieces, offer sectional work, and a Q/A session for students.

6.  Chamber Music Society, $5,000, for Dali String Quartet performance and three-day residency during the 2021-2022 concert season in the St. Cloud, MN area.

7.  Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture, $5,000, for the Inaugural Sculpture Walk unveiled in June 2021. Sculptures will be on display through May 2022 at the Delano Sculpture Park, Delano Spirit of Community Trail and historic downtown Delano, MN.

8.  Great River Educational Arts Theatre, $5,000, to provide livestream access to performances for Summer 2021 Theatre Camps and two Broadway musicals July and September 2021 at The Ledge Amphitheatre in Waite Park and the Paramount Center for the Arts in St. Cloud, MN.

9.  Millstream Arts Festival, $5,000, for Millstream Night Market featuring artists in all areas held outdoors weekly throughout summer and into fall of 2021 in downtown St. Joseph, MN.

10.  MontiArts, $5,000, where local artist Ali Yager will work with community participants to help build an installation using discarded and reclaimed materials that will be displayed in panels in unused green space in the pedestrian corridor in Monticello, MN.

11.  Paramount Center For The Arts, $5,000, to support a 100th Anniversary Public Art installation on St. Germain Street in St. Cloud, MN created by local artists and the community with a planned unveiling in July 2021.

12.  Quiet Oaks Hospice House, $5,000, for photographer Judy Garing to work with residents and their families for Heart Held Hands 2021.The project’s purpose is to bring about healing for those impacted by death and serve to educate the community.

13.  SOAR Regional Arts, $5,000, for SOAR Teen Intensive “Into the Woods Jr” production and free outdoor performance in Summer 2021 at Otsego Prairie Park in Otsego, MN.

14.  St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, $5,000, “A Century Apart” concert November 6, 2021, at St. Cloud State University Ritsche Auditorium in St. Cloud, MN.

15.  Swan City Heritage Foundation, $5,000, for a project that will link five local artists with five local businesses to create art installations during Summer 2021 in Monticello, MN

16.  Talahi Community School, $5,000, for artist Jill Dubbeldee Kuhn to work with students on an outdoor nature themed mural on the north atrium entrance during Summer 2021 at Talahi Community School in St. Cloud, MN.

17.  The Yes Network, $5,000, Intercultural Harmony Through the Arts where teaching artists provide high-quality art experiences to children in St. Cloud, MN neighborhoods during Summer 2021.

18.  Too Much Talent, $5,000, to host a Juneteenth Parade to pay tribute to the Black community of St. Cloud, MN during Granite City Day on June 24, 2021.

19.  Unite Cloud, $5,000, for “Rise Up to Equity” project that consists of three community Artists who will create and facilitate an interactive portable public art installation to engage public in the conversations around Equality and Equity.

20.  Youth Chorale of Central MN, $5,000 for “A Choral Community” concert that will include the Youth Choral ensemble, Sauk Rapids-Rice High School Concert Choir, area churches and community choirs October 2021 at the Performing Arts Center in Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, Sauk Rapids, 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.

**Event dates may change due to the current environment, visit aroundthecloud.org and organization websites for recent updates.

Student Arts Scholarship Awards


Student Arts Scholarship Congrats

CMAB Awards Sixteen Student Arts Scholarships

At the April 8, 2021 meeting, The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $22,500 in Arts Scholarships to fifteen students. 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):
The CMAB Student Arts Scholarship Award recipients are (listed alphabetically by city):

Parker
PARKER KULM
Annandale, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts in Digital Design at
Rocky Mountain Collage of Art & Design, Lakewood, CO
Jessica
JESSICA STENBERG
Big Lake, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Vocal Music Education at
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, MN
Trent
TRENT RAMERT
Big Lake, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Musical Theater at Columbia University,
Chicago, IL
Shanna
SHANNA PIRNESS
Big Lake, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Studio Art at St. Cloud State
University, St. Cloud, MN
Tate
TATE STEVENS ALDRICH
Buffalo, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Studio Art at Gustavus Adolphus
College, St. Peter MN
Sarah
SARAH WARREN
Clear Lake, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts, Illustration at University of
Wisconsin Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
Daylin
DAYLIN PAULSON
Cold Spring, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Music and Theater at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN
Karl
KARL PEDERSON
Elk River, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Violin Performance at University
of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Abigail
ABIGAIL NEUSES
Monticello, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Game Design Development at University
of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI
Kaya
KAYA INKSTER
St. Cloud, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Art Therapy at St. Cloud
State University, St. Cloud, MN
Kathryn
KATHERYN BLOMMEL
St. Cloud, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts at University
of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
Leah
LEAH DONNELY
St. Cloud, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Digital Culture at Arizona
State University, Tempe, AZ
Kristina
Kristina Zabinski
St. Cloud, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Art Education/Integrated Media at
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
Megan
MEGAN OTTE
St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Interior Design at University of Wisconsin Stout, Menomonie, WI
Samantha
SAMANTHA BROWN
St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Technical Theatre at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Anoka, 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.

For more information about the Central MN Arts Board grant opportunities and services go to www.centralmnartsboard.org or call 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-825-1471. For print resolution photos of students, contact Melissa at media@centralmnartsboard.org, 320-968-4290 ext. 4.

Ten Area Artists Receive Individual Artist Awards


The Central MN Arts Board is excited to announce the Individual Artist Award (IAA) recipients for 2021!

The Individual Artist Award provides awards of $2,000 each in recognition and support of 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. Those with the highest average score were recommended to the CMAB Directors for awards. At their March 11, 2021 board meeting, the CMAB Directors accepted the review panel’s recommendations.

Fiscal Year 2021 Individual Artist Award recipients are:
1. Naomi Hart, Visual Arts mixed media – Stearns County
2. Paula Benfer, Visual Arts collagraph printmaking – Sherburne County
3. Sandy Bot-Miller, Visual Arts fiber – Stearns County
4. Sarah Drake, Visual Arts paper collage – Benton County
5. Heidi Jeub, Visual Arts painting & bookbinding – Stearns County
6. MacKenzie Mitzuk, Visual Arts surrealism painting – Sherburne County
7. Sydney Kakuk, Music classical voice – Stearns County
8. Christopher Bolin, Literary Art poetry – Stearns County
9. David Swenson, Visual Arts ceramics – Wright County
10. Cezarija Abartis, Literary Arts fiction – Stearns County

The 2021 Individual Artist Award reviewers included:

Sean Donahue: Central MN Arts Board Director, Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools Board Member, Theatre Manager, Central MN Theatre, President.

D. Helene Woods: Visual and public artist, BFA fine arts, experience in grant writing; Hennepin County Multi Cultural Arts committee, committee member Other Worldly Arts, prior director for the Central MN Arts Board and past grant recipient.

Donna Rice: Professional sculptor with a BFA in Glass and Metals and a wide-ranging interest in all of the arts; served as a panelist for Central MN Arts Board Project and Individual Artist awards and juried the Uptown Art Festival in Minneapolis.

Jeffrey Bleam: St. Cloud State University Associate Professor of Theatre, BSED Communication, MA Theatre/PhD Theatre, freelance director/designer, experience in graphic design, visual arts, filmmaking and creative writing; served as a panelist for the Central MN Arts Board and for Minnesota State Arts Board.

Tracy Rittmueller: Lyricality Founder, Director; B.A. in English Literature Creative Writing; Pushcart Prize Nomination, Loft/Jerome Foundation Emerging Writer’s Award Honorable Mention, 2020 American Benedictine Academy Essay Contest 1st place; Central Minnesota Arts Board Artist Career Development Grant award recipient and served as a panelist for the Central MN Arts Board.

Erica Witzmann: Artist, instructor, Bachelor of Arts, Art History major, Monticello Arts Initiative volunteer; served as a panelist for Central MN Arts Board.

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 about the Central MN Arts Board, visit http://www.centralmnartsboard.org or call the office at 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-825-1471.

CMAB Awards Teaching Artist Grants


At the March 11, 2021 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $3,200 in Teaching Artist Grants.

1. Heidi Jeub, $2,000, for a Photography & Scale Residency that will include bookmaking, critical review, and an online exhibition with Foley High School photography students in Spring 2021.

2. Alison Yager, $1,200, for “Land Art for Kids!” residency where PreK and Kindergarten Nature Based Education students at Bertram Park in Monticello will collect and sort different sized rocks from the park and place them in a pattern to create a walkway from the outdoor classroom to the Amphitheater.

The Teaching Artist Grant is available to artists who complete the CMAB Teaching Artist Roster Program and are listed on CMAB’s 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 visit www.centralmnartsboard.org/teaching-artist-grant or call the office at 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-825-1471.

Project Grants Awarded to area organizations


At the December 11, 2020 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $91,575 in support of twenty regional arts projects. Applications are scored by a panel of artists, nonprofit 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: pandemic sustainability & diversity, equity & inclusion, artistic quality & merit, demonstrated need, outcomes & evaluation and ability to complete the proposal.

Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 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

The following organizations were awarded:

1. 510 Art Lab, $5,000, for Veterans Pottery Project- curriculum and practical lab experience for Veterans residing at the Eagles Healing Nest in Sauk Centre, MN.
2. Albany Area Community/Senior Center Club, $875, to develop and present a one-day, Ukulele: from pick-up to performance class within the community of Albany, MN.
3. Art Experiment 56340, $5,000, to host “Art on a Roll” Art education program at Art in Motion on the Lake Wobegon Trail in Holdingford, MN.
4. Avon Hills Folk School, $5,000, for Youth Hand Camp artistic learning and experiences for children ages 8-12 within the natural setting of the Avon Hills in Avon, MN.
5. Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MN, $5,000, for the 2021 Youth Arts Initiative Spring Showcase: “Whatever It Takes to Create . . .” presentation and exhibit.
6. Buffalo Community Orchestra, $5,000, for “Scandinavian Postcards” concert in collaboration with the Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag (TCNL), a Swedish “key fiddle” group affiliated with the American Swedish Institute.
7. Buffalo Community Theater, $5,000, for the production and performance of Neil Simon comedy “Barefoot in the Park” May 14-16 and May 21-23, 2021 at Discovery Auditorium in Buffalo, MN.
8. Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, $5,000, for “Shine Sing to Your Hearts Content” performance of music inspired by the art of voice spanning across different eras and focused on vocal-related music that have been influences on culture in Sartell, MN.
9. Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, $5,000, Artaria String Quartet live virtual concert and community outreach in Saint Cloud and surrounding communities.
10. Elk River Public Arts Committee, $4,150, for “Slipstream”, a 10’ bronze, tempered glass, stainless-steel and verdigris sculpture produced by Milligan Studios that will be permanently installed at the intersections of Parrish Avenue and Main Street in downtown Elk River, MN.
11. Great River Educational Arts Theatre, $5,000, for a Teen Artist Project: Charlotte’s Web Play produced in an intimate space for very young audiences that will be digitally accessible.
12. Higher Ground Church of God in Christ, $1,550, for artist, Heidi Jeub to present “Colorful Reflections”, a biweekly studio program, for youth of Higher Works Collaborative from January to June, 2021 in Saint Cloud, MN.
13. MontiArts, $5,000, to issue a request for a proposal for a large sculpture to be installed East Bridge Park in Monticello, MN.
14. Paramount Center for the Arts, $5,000, for the presentation of the 2021 Juried High School Art Competition open to high schools in Central Minnesota.
15. Rose Hall Media Company DBA Lyricality, $5,000, for “Read Poetry Central MN 2021” program that will include “THIS IS WHERE”, a published volume of poems by Anishinaabekwe writer Louise K. Waakaa’igan, distributed along with a lesson plan for ESL teachers, video of the author reading and a Zoom Event.
16. SOAR Regional Arts, $5,000, for the production of SOAR Academy’s “Peter Pan, Jr.” in February 2021 at Saint Michael-Albertville High School in St. Michael, MN.
17. Unite Cloud, $5,000, to partner with artists Vatsalaa Jha and Heidi Jeub to facilitate Equity vs Equality research that will culminate in a final design for a portable art installation that will visit various locations in Summer and Fall 2021.
18. WACOSA, $5,000, to bring local artist, Dan Mondloch for “Individuals of All abilities want to enjoy the arts” where Dan will work directly with adults with severe cognitive and physical disabilities in the medium of acrylics. Paintings, chosen by the participants, will be developed into two mosaic wall murals installed as permanent fixtures in the WACOSA building in Waite Park, MN.
19. Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, $5,000, for student Spring Recital performance presented with community mitigation guidelines on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Sauk Rapids Rice High School Performing Arts Center in Sauk Rapids, MN.
20. Youth Chorale of Central MN, $5,000, to produce “Requiem for the Living” concert in collaboration with an orchestra that will be live-streamed at the Paramount Center for the Arts on April 25, 2021.

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.

**Event dates may change due to the current environment, visit aroundthecloud.org and organization websites for recent updates.

Organizational Development Grants Awarded


CMAB Awards Arts Organization Development Grant

At the December 11, 2020 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $34,455 in Organizational Development Grants.

The following organizations were awarded:

1. Avon Hills Folk School, Stearns Country received $5,000 to support hiring a part time Programming Director for program development and outreach.

2. Buffalo Arts Council, Wright County, received $5,000 in support of the process to establish nonprofit 501c3 status.

3. Buffalo Community Orchestra, Wright County, received $2,730 for website, software and licensing upgrade to allow digital publication and streaming of concerts.

4. Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, Stearns County, received $5,000 to conduct strategic planning and to support purchases that update office equipment.

5. Lucent Movement Arts, Stearns County received $1,725 in support of establishing nonprofit 501c status.

6. Paramount Center for the Arts, Stearns County, received $5,000 to support Virtual Field Trips where artists will provide a “live” component to their field trip experience.

7. The St. John’s Boys’ Choir, Stearns County, received $5,000 to support investing in their technological infrastructure and provide professional development in audio/video production for the Artistic Director.

8. Youth Chorale of Central MN, Stearns County, received $5,000 to hire Chad Nelson, Director of Photography at KARE11 as camera and equipment consultant and to purchase video equipment and software necessary to increase access to rehearsals and performances.

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 nonprofit 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.

Teaching Artist Grant Awarded


At the November 12, 2020 meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded Sarah Drake a $2,000 Teaching Artist Grant to work with participants from the 2021 Dexter R. Stanton MLK Art and Essay Contest during a residency focused on MLK’s life, legacy and the role art played in the Civil Rights Movement. The final artwork will be exhibited at the annual MLK breakfast celebration in January 2022.

The Teaching Artist Grant is available to artists who complete the CMAB Teaching Artist Roster Program and are listed on CMAB’s 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.

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.

Organizational Development Grants Awarded


At the September 17, 2020 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $20,000 in Organizational Development Grants to help maintain & strengthen the infrastructure of nonprofit arts organizations in Region 7W.

The following organizations were awarded:
1. Buffalo Community Theater, Wright County, received $5,000 for theater technology upgrades in sound and lighting for future performances.
2. Great River Chorale, Benton County, received $5,000 for the redevelopment and redesign of their website to improve accessibility and content updates as well as provide virtual rehearsals and performances.
3. Great River Education Arts Theatre, Stearns County, received $5,000 to hire Bit Stream Productions, a local company, to partner in four live stream public performances.
4. Paramount Center for the Arts, Stearns County, received $5,000 in support of upgrading the building for COVID-19 mitigation as well as orientation material on health and safety protocol for staff, performers and patrons.

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.