CMAB Awards Project Grants in support of regional arts projects


At the May 12, 2022, meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $236,243 in support of thirty-one 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 to inform funding decisions. Criteria used in evaluating applications include pandemic sustainability & diversity, equity & inclusion, artistic quality & merit, demonstrated need, outcomes & evaluation, and ability to complete the proposal.

Applicants may request up to $8,000 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. Avon Hills Folk School, $6,743, to provide learning and experience in traditional or folk arts during adult Hand Camp in fall 2022 at Avon Hills Folk School in Avon, MN.
2. Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MN, $8,000, to showcase student work in visual arts, digital arts, fashion, spoken word and dance during Whatever it Takes youth initiative Winter 2022, reception and exhibit at the Eastside Club in December 2022 with viewing options for those who cannot attend.
3. Buffalo Community Orchestra, $7,465, for the concert performance of “Let’s Dance!” that will include a wide variety of orchestral dance music in March 2023 in Buffalo, MN.
4. Buffalo Community Theater, $8,000, to produce the Ken Ludwig comedy, “Leading Ladies” in October 2022 that will include an apprentice program for technical positions.
5. Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, $8,000, to perform “Afflictions of Humanity: LOVE AND WAR” musical works focused on some of humanities complicated challenges concert in November 2022 including an online performance.
6. Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, $8,000, 2022-23 concert season featuring guest artist, the Harlem Quartet performance and community outreach activities at area schools, the St. Cloud library, and the Whitney Senior Center. The concert will be recorded and made available online in November 2022.
7. College of Saint Benedict, $8,000, to present Red Sky Performance featuring “Trace”, a highly kinetic dance work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories that will include outreach activities on October 28, 2022 in St. Joseph, MN.
8. Community Legacy Foundation, $8,000, for Shawn McCann, professional chalk, and mural artist, and ten professional chalk artists to create an interactive display of chalk art in June 2022 on the street of Sinclair Lewis Avenue in Sauk Centre, MN.
9. Fred Yiran Legacy Project, $8,000, to provide opportunities for African artistic display of dance, African art, drumming, storytelling, bead making, professional teacher workshops during Fred Yiran African Arts Day in June 2023 in St. Cloud, MN.
10. Great River Educational Arts Theatre, $8,000, to perform Langston Hughes’s “Black Nativity” in collaboration with Higher Works Collaborative in December 2022 in Waite Park, MN.
11. Hanover Elementary School, $2,200, for artist Mary Ellen Gutknecht design a stained-glass panel with student input to be installed above the doorway leading to the playground and the school forest in Hanover, MN.
12. Independent Music Collaboration of Central MN, $8,000, for Common Roots Fest 2022, a four-day, multi-venue music event held August 17-20, 2022, in downtown St. Cloud.
13. Jeub, Heidi, $8,000, for Whitty Artist Camp at The Whit Gallery in St. Cloud and Tiny School of Art & Design in Avon, Holdingford and St. Cloud communities held June – September 2022.
14. Lyricality, $8,000, for eight diverse writers to facilitate “Celebrating LyricaliTea Circles” events that will feature poetry and spoken word that demonstrates the creativity and distinct artistic voices of circle participants by regionally and nationally recognized poets and writers August – November 2022 in
Cloud and Holdingford, MN.
15. Melrose Area Art Council, $7,000, to fund the research, development, and community feedback for the proposal of a monument style welcoming sign for the City of Melrose, MN.
16. Millstream Arts Festival, $8,000, Millstream Arts Festival 2022 outdoor juried art festival featuring local and regional artists’ work, live music, street performances, children’s art, exhibits, demos and enticing foods held August 2022 in St. Joseph, MN.
17. Minnesota Dance Ensemble, $6,990, to produce “Love from Beyond the Grave” Halloween themed dances, music and costumes in October 2022 at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud, MN.
18. Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society, $8,000, for “Art Fair in the Gardens” that features art, theatre performers and artists in a variety of genres including Central Minnesota Theatre performing Shakespeare’s Abridged Stories all day at various locations throughout the gardens in July 2022 in St. Cloud, MN.
19. Paramount Center For the Arts, $8,000, for The Blind Boys of Alabama performance concert February 24, 2023 at the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud, MN.
20. Paynesville Area Community Theater, $6,500, to produce and perform “Little House on the Prairie, The Musical” in July 21-24 at the Paynesville Area High School Auditorium in Paynesville, MN.
21. Rum River Art Center, $8,000, to provide a series of single outreach classes/workshops to older adults ages 55+ through the Senior-Art Reach Programming at Elk River Senior Center and St. Michael Library.
22. Sinclair Lewis Foundation, $7,545, Sinclair Lewis 2022 Writers Conference that will focus on the writing process from the perspectives of various professional writers by providing four sessions that include a panel discussion and small group presentations in October 2022 at the Sauk Centre High School Auditorium.
23. Cloud State University, $8,000, Lemonade Concert and Art Fair to bring performance and visual art experiences to the SCSU campus that engage the community in the support of the arts and provide local artists with an opportunity to showcase their art June 2022 in St. Cloud, MN.
24. St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, $8,000, Finding Home at the Movies concert performance that will include beloved and award-winning movies and music on September 24, 2022, at Ritsche Auditorium, St. Cloud State University.
25. John’s University – Fine Arts, $8,000, SJU Native Group Exhibition guest curated by Travis Zimmerman, manager of the Mille Lacs Indian Museum, former Indian Affairs Liaison and SJU alum from August 28 – October 28, 2022 at the Alice R. Rogers and Target Galleries on the campus Saint John’s University.
26. TEDxStCloud, $8,000, for TEDxStCloud 2022: Rattle event with live speakers and arts performances combine to spark deep discussion and connection among attendees in the Fall of 2022 at the Paramount Theater including livestream.
27. The St. John’s Boys’ Choir, $8,000, Boys BACK on Broadway 2022 production to mark the return to the stage for three for school audiences and two public productions in October 2022.
28. The Yes Network, $8,000, to provide Thinking Skills That I Learned Through Art experiences for three days a week for children ages of five to fifteen within St. Cloud, MN in Summer 2022.
29. Unite Cloud, $7,800, to host photographer, KOBI (aka Henry Bannerman) for an exhibition called “BlackMan…BlackMan…” in July 2022 at The Whit Gallery in St. Cloud, MN.
30. VanderEyk, Deb, $8,000, for “Trail Mix Art Show” juried exhibit focused on beauty of nature and the importance of protecting natural habitats throughout the world in partnership with the College of St. Benedicts and St. John’s University that include a guest speaker and artist reception. The Exhibit will be viewable November – December 2022 at The Whit Gallery in St. Cloud, MN and the Good Earth Coop in St. Joseph, MN.
31. Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, $8,000, for “Young Artist Piano Camp”, a piano education, peer mentorship, and performance opportunities for young artist held in Summer 2022 at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, 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.

Visit the website for more information www.centralmnartsboard.org or call the office at 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-825-1471.

The Central Minnesota Arts Board Awards Public Art Grants


At the May 12, 2022, meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded a total of $16,770 in Public Art Grants. The CMAB Public Art program provides funds for the completion of well-planned works of public art that are accessible to the 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 following were awarded:
1. Community Legacy Foundation, $6,770, for a large-scale hockey mural designed by artist Roger Reinardy and painted by community members of The Eagles Healing Nest, The Hockey Association, Alumni and hockey parents on the exterior of the Civic Arena in Sauk Centre, MN.

2. Monticello Arts Initiative (MontiArts), $10,000, for metal sculptor, Parker McDonald, to install a 12’-15’ sculpture of a small mouth bass at Ellison Park along the Mississippi in Monticello, MN.

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 Contact Us or call the office at 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-825-1471.

CMAB Awards Nineteen Student Arts Scholarships


Student Arts Scholarship Congrats

At the April 14, 2022 meeting, The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $28,500 in Arts Scholarships to nineteen 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):

Megan
MEGAN MCDOWELL
Albertville, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Animation and Digital Media at
University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI
Annika
ANNIKA NORGREN
Annandale, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Exhibit and Graphic Design
at Bemidji State University, MN
Trent
TRENT RAMERT
Big Lake, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Musical Theater at Columbia University,
Chicago, IL
August
AUGUST CARLSON
Buffalo, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Illustration at University of
Wisconsin Eau Claire, WI
Tate
TATE STEVENS ALDRICH
Buffalo, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Studio Art at Gustavus Adolphus
College, St. Peter MN

KAI BRISK
Buffalo, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts at Northern State
University, Aberdeen SD

JOSEPH KOROLL
Clearwater, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Vocal Music Education
at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
Ella
ELLA OVALL
Elk River, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Animation at University of
Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie, WI
Kathryn
KATHRYN BLOMMEL
Saint Cloud, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts at University of
Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Leah
LEAH DONNELY
Saint Cloud, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Digital Culture at Arizona
State University, Tempe, AZ
Kaya
KAYA INKSTER
Saint Cloud, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Art Therapy at St. Cloud
State University, St. Cloud, MN
Breanna
BREANNA RHODES
Saint Cloud, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts, 2D Media at
Saint Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
Andrew
ANDREW ZELLGERT
Saint Cloud, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Creative Writing & Film at
Saint Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

JACKSON GERADS
Saint Joseph, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts at University of
Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Samantha
SAMANTHA BROWN
Saint Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Technical Theatre at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Anoka, MN
Camryn
CAMRYN LUKKAR
Saint Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts at Minneapolis
College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
Amelia
AMELIA JOHNSON
Saint Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Art Education at University of
Minnesota, Duluth, MN
Megan
MEGAN OTTE
Saint Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Interior Design at University of Wisconsin Stout, Menomonie, WI
Kassidy
KASSIDY BECKWORTH
Sauk Rapids, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Studio Art at University
of Minnesota, Morris, 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.

CMAB Awards Teaching Artist Grant to Area Artist


At the March 10, 2022 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded Teaching Artist,
Kelly Lundquist $2,000 to conduct a week-long workshop “Write it Wrong to Write it Right: Overcoming the Fears That Keep us Stuck as Writers” for students age 14-18 at Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy in Maple Lake, 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 /teaching-artist-roster

Seven Artist receive Individual Artist Awards


The Central MN Arts Board is excited to announce the Individual Artist Award (IAA) recipients for 2022!

The Individual Artist Award provides awards 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 and may receive up to $5,000 in Individual Artist awards in a lifetime. A panel of arts professionals reviewed and scored each application. Those with the highest average score were recommended to the CMAB Directors for awards. CMAB Directors accepted the review panel’s recommendations at their March 10, 2022, board meeting with a total of $22,000 in awards.

The 2022 Individual Artist Award recipients are:

Mike Odden, Visual Artist, painting; Stearns County
Kiera Faber, Visual Artist, photography; Stearns County
Tracy Rittmueller, Literary Artist, Poetry; Benton County
Susan Davies, Visual Artist, painting; Wright County
Kathryn Blommel, Visual Artist, drawing & painting; Stearns County
Vatsalaa Jha, Literary Artist, Poetry; Stearns County
Desi Murphy, Visual Artist, Ceramics; Stearns County

To view samples of the winning artists’ work, visit the IAA Awards Page!

The 2022 Individual Artist Award reviewers included:

Board of Directors, Joyce Lyons: Vocalist, actress and vocal coach with a B.A. in Voice Performance/Theater from Colorado Women’s College University of Denver; adjunct for the Artist-in-Residence program at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado; vocalist for the West Metro Big Band and New York City Jazz Trio; Advisory Board, Buffalo Community Orchestra and Co-Chair of the UUCM Performing Arts Committee in Wayzata.

Dodie Logue: MFA from Bard College, BA from the University of MN; working artist for over 25 years, managed Art Gallery in Manhattan. Grant panelist for the MN State Arts Board; board of directors for the Lake Pepin Art and Design Center; Worked for UCCCA, non-profit state Arts Council, New York.

Katie Ruprecht-Wittrock: Humanities and Social Sciences Degree, College of Saint Benedict; Arts Programming at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MN; Participant in a national research study with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The Wallace Foundation Teaching artists; Graduate of the Community Arts and Leadership Institute, Guild of Community Arts Education; Fundraising and Audience Development manager at College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University’s Fine Arts Series; Advocate for the arts in Central MN

David Hood: Musician; Trumpet, School of Music at Northwestern University, IL; member of the 451st Army Reserve Band at Ft. Snelling, founded Twin Cities Brass Quintet; taught private music lessons, performance coaching; freelance work in Germany; served as an adjudicator for the Young Artists Award program, Butler University; At-Large Board Member, Bells of the Lakes; At-Large Board Member, Delano Community Band, Trumpet player for North Hennepin Community College Jazz Band and Concert Band, West Metro Big Band, Delano Community Band; Conductor/Music Director, Delano Community Band

Keshia Anderson-King: Resource Navigator, United Way of Central Minnesota; SVP grant panelist, Jugaad Leadership, Stearns County Human Advisory Board.

Betzy Steichen: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL – B.S Art Education; Auburn University, Auburn AL – Master Certificate in Project Management 2010; gallery assistant at The Whit Gallery; Broken Color – Still Image Travel Stories and Art; Phoenix Art Museum exhibition, “Violet Protest”, Group Exhibition and Public Engagement and special honor “Square of the Week”; Northside Arts Collective (NAC), Heritage Park Center, Minneapolis, MN, Group Exhibition “The Things We Love”; Business Analytical Support, Project Management, Information Technology, IT Systems Security Compliance and Management Consultation.

Thomas Berger: Co-Producer at Masterpiece Media working with Belville Productions/Bons Tempos Theatre and Lynn Lohr production of ‘Qaddafi’s Cook’ by Lance S. Belville and Carlos Ambrosi at the District Theatre in IN and Brava Theatre in CA in September 2022, and San Francisco International Arts Festival in 2023; Co-Produced a world premiere play with music ‘The Cowboy and The Widow’ by Lance S. Belville featuring music by Eric Peltoniemi, Dolan Ellis and Wayne Hamilton; 2018 Production Manager/Tour Director/Designer for ‘Atlanta Burning: Sherman’s Shadows’ by Lance S. Belville; Managing Director, General Manger, Production Manager, Stage Manager Tour Director, Educational Project Director and Designer.

Community Arts Support Grants awarded to area arts organizations


Community Arts Support Awardees

The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB), at their March 10, 2022 meeting, awarded fourteen (14) Community Arts Support Grants totaling $118,001.

The CMAB Community Arts Support Program provides biennial grants for administration, operations, equipment purchases and to improve access and outreach to underserved groups. These unrestricted grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations that demonstrate efficient management and high-quality artistic programming.

Award recipients:
1. 510 Art Lab, $7013 – Stearns County
2. Avon Hills Folk School, $7,907 – Stearns County
3. Buffalo Community Orchestra, $8,460 – Wright County
4. Buffalo Community Theater, $10,000 – Wright County
5. Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, $6,982 – Stearns County
6. Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, $10,000 – Stearns County
7. Granite City Folk Society, $4,925 – Stearns County
8. Great Northern Theatre Company, $10,000 – Stearns County
9. Great River Chorale, $10,000 – Benton County
10. Minnesota Dance Ensemble, $4,070 – Stearns County
11. SOAR Regional Arts, $10,000 – Wright County
12. St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, $10,000 – Stearns County
13. Sinclair Lewis Foundation, $8,644 – Stearns County
14. Youth Chorale of Central MN, $10,000 – Stearns County

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.

Project Grants awarded to area organizations


CMAB Awards Project Grants to area organizations

At the December 9, 2021 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $220,556 in support of thirty-one 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 includes pandemic sustainability & diversity, equity & inclusion, artistic quality & merit, demonstrated need, outcomes & evaluation and ability to complete the proposal.

Organizations may apply for up to $8,000 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, $8,000, for “She Loves Me” Musical performance July 2022 in Delano and Rockford, MN.
2. Art Experiment 56340, $5,450, for Art on the Roll: Drop-in Art Education program held weekly beginning Memorial Day weekend through October 2022 at Art in Motion on the Lake Wobegon Trail in Holdingford, MN.
3. Avon Hills Folk School, $6,554, for art instructors to engage children ages 8-12 in understanding, embracing and practicing folk art during Youth Hand Camp held in the summer of 2022 at Avon Folk School in Avon, MN.
4. Ballet Folklorico Rosa Quetzal, $8000, for a Showcase Spectacular that highlights traditional Mexican and Latin American folk dance in Spring 2022 in Waverly, MN.
5. Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MN, $8000, for the Youth Arts Initiative’s 2022 Spring Showcase “Whatever it Takes to Create” empowering youth through intentional projects that conclude in an exhibit and performance held in May 2022 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Saint Cloud, MN.
6. Buffalo Community Orchestra, $7,418, for “At the Movies” program that features symphonic music from a variety of films in October 2022 at the Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, MN.
7. Buffalo Community Theater, $8000, for the performance of “Mama Mia” including an apprentice program that encourages development in the artistic and technical aspects of the production held in July 2022 at Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, MN.
8. Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, $8,000, for the preparation and performance of “Creation: Lands Beyond” musical works inspired by nature that includes a collaboration with St Cloud State to provide a clinician with a Native American representative to discuss experiences and the influence of Music in connecting with nature. The performance will be held April 2022 at the First United Methodist Church in Sartell, MN
9. Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, $8,000, for the presentation of three live concerts January through May of 2022. Pacifica Quartet will perform a concert honoring the memory of former Executive Director Susan Dubin January 29, 2022 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Saint Cloud. Park-Ainomäe-Balge Trio will perform March 13, 2022 at SCSU Ruth Gant Recital Hall, Saint Cloud, MN and La Grande Bande will perform May 22, 2022 at Cathedral of St. Mary.
10. City of Holdingford, $1,884, for Music of our Heartland: The Concertina held Spring of 2022 in Holdingford, MN, that will focus on the importance of the Concertina to the history and development of rural Stearns County.
11. Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture, $8,000, for the second annual Sculpture Walk held that features 12 works by Minnesota artists that will be displayed for one year beginning July 2022 in the Delano Sculpture Park along the Crow River and through historic downtown Delano, MN.
12. Elk River High School ISD 728, $2,352, for “Evening of the Arts” community event that celebrates high school student artists, musicians, dancers, poets, writers, actors and photographers of all abilities on April 28, 2022 at Elk River High School, Elk River, MN.
13. Great River Chorale, $8000, for the performance of “In Every Corner Sing” as part of a fine arts series April 28, 2022 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Minneapolis and May 1, 2022 at Saint John’s University Abbey Church, Collegeville, MN.
14. Great River Educational Arts Theatre, $8,000, for Youth Artist Project: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus where high school artists direct and design a musical mentored by theatre professionals, providing the opportunity for audiences to experience local live theatre performed Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Helgeson Learning Lab in Waite Park, MN including school matinees held March 22 & 24, 2022 and streaming on demand March 22-29, 2022.
15. Heidi Jeub, $8,000, for “Our Narratives” co-taught by hiphop artist Terrell Woods that will provide a residency type program that includes workshops, performances, exhibition, and community facilitation March 10 – 13, 2022 at The Whit Gallery in Saint Cloud, MN.
16. Lyricality, $8,000, to pay core staff and diverse literary artists to lead 2-hour long monthly small group workshop, LyricaliTea Circle, for emerging writers held virtually and at community centers in Saint Cloud and Holdingford, MN.
17. Minnesota Dance Ensemble, $7,990, for the performance of Emotion Made Visible 2022 that will showcase new and unique choreography in April 2022 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Saint Cloud, MN.
18. MontiArts, $8,000, for Monticell-GLOW 2022 with guest artist Joel Sisson to work with teen art club, area artists, and community members to design and build new entries for glow parade on February 26, 2022 between Monticello Community Center and West Bridge Park in Monticello, MN.
19. Monticello Community Strings, $6,043, for three different ability-based multi-generational ensembles to rehearse for seven weeks concluding in a performance July 2022 at the Monticello High School Performing Arts Center in Monticello, MN.
20. Morrison County Historical Society, $3,585, for “Exploring History and Culture in Central Minnesota” event series in February 2022 that include online presentations by curators from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library and traveling exhibits in partnership with Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns Historical societies.
21. Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society, $8,000, for 22nd Music in the Gardens performance series held on Sundays, June through August 2022 at Munsinger Clemens Botanical Gardens in Saint Cloud, MN.
22. Paramount Center for the Arts, $8,000, for the performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” comic opera by NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players March 5, 2022 at the Paramount Theater in Saint Cloud, MN.
23. Sauk Centre History Museum and Research Center, $8,000, to commissioning area artists to paint original scenes or images of people to be placed over existing boarded up windows providing a visual sign to community members that the Blue Valley Creamery building in Sauk Centre, MN is in the process of being restored.
24. SOAR Regional Arts, $8,000, to produce Mary Poppins, Jr and include an immersive flying workshop with ZFX Flying Directors. The performance will be February 25-27, 2022, at St. Michael-Albertville High School in St. Michael, MN.
25. St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, $8,000, for “Umoja” concert and discussion on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Ritsche Auditorium, St. Cloud State University in Saint Cloud, MN.
26. STMA Music Boosters, $8,000, for the STMA Concert Choir and guest artists to present “The Sacred Veil”, a Midwest premiere of composer Eric Whitacre’s new multimovement work, March 2022 in St. Michael, Mahtomedi, Collegeville and Moorhead, MN.
27. Talahi Community School, $7,280, for Minnesota author and illustrator Nancy Carlson to conduct a character drawing and storytelling residency with kindergarten through second grade students in April 2022 at Talahi Community School in Saint Cloud, MN.
28. Tracy Rittmueller, $8,000, will conduct “Already Here”, a collaborative intercultural literary conversation in memory of Charles Wm. Preble, with live premier performance June 23, 2022 at the Minnesota Street Market in Saint Joseph, MN.
29. United Way of Sherburne County, $8,000, for artist Paul Benfer to conduct ART BRIGHT residency that provides sensory art experiences for aging populations that show an early cognitive decline during 2022 at regional locations through Sherburne County, MN.
30. Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, $4,000, to provide “School of Rock” for students in grades 6-12 focused on all aspects of being a musician that includes a performance in August 2022 at the Paramount Theater in Saint Cloud, MN
31. Youth Chorale of Central MN, $8,000, to provide YCCM singers the opportunity to perform with Chanticleer, a professionally renowned choral group, January 26, 2022 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Saint Cloud, 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.

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

Organizational Development Grants Awarded


At the December 9, 2021 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $14,660 in Organizational Development Grants.

The CMAB Organizational Development program provides funds to help 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.

The following organizations were awarded:
1. 728 Cadets Marching Arts, $10,000, to purchase equipment and instruments and to cover facility fees and copyright costs for River Valley Winter Arts & 728 Cadets Marching Arts 2022 season.
2. Buffalo Community Theater, $4,660, to purchase and install “Smart” Lighting with Moveable Heads for use in a variety of theatrical events.

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 visit www.centralmnartsboard.org or call the office at 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-825-1471.

CMAB Awards Teaching Artist Grant to area artist


At the November 11, 2021 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded Teaching Artist, Carol Moore $2,000 to conduct a watercolor art experience with Humphrey Elementary School K-4th grade students in Buffalo, MN. After watercolor instruction in techniques and practice, students in K-2 will create a winter portrait while 3-4th grade students will create an accordion book that shows the change of the seasons.

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 Awards Public Art Grant


At the October 14, 2021 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded a Public Art Grant in the amount of $13,230 to The Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture for “Spirit of Community”, a sculpture commissioned from Pedersen Metal Design of North Mankato. The sculpture will be permanently installed in the Delano Sculpture Park located between Highway 12 and the Crow River in Delano, MN.

The CMAB Public Art program provides funds for the completion of well-planned works of public art that are accessible to the 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 (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 the office at 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-825-1471.