CMAB Awards Teaching Artist Grant to Area Artists


At the March 12, 2020 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $7,200 in Teaching Artist Grants.

  1. Sarah Drake, $1,800, for an African Art multi-media experience for 6th grade students at Holdingford High School.
  2. Dan Mondloch, $1,800, for a 4-day Art History residency focusing on watercolor techniques and painting with 2-6th graders at Melrose Area School District.
  3. Cristina Seaborn, $1,800, for a Barn Dance residency for K-5th grade students at Cold Spring Elementary School.
  4. Dan Mondloch, $1,800, for a 4-day Art History through Watercolor Painting residency with 2-6th grade students at St. Ann Elizabeth Seton School in St. Cloud.
  5. 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.
  6. Funding for the TAG program is provided by the McKnight Foundation.
  7. For more information about the Central MN Arts Board Teaching Artist Roster go to www.centralmnartsboard.org/opportunities/teaching-artist-roster/

Five Area Artists Receive Individual Artist Awards


The Central MN Arts Board is excited to announce the Individual Artist Award (IAA) recipients for 2020!

The Individual Artist Award provides awards of $5,000 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 12, 2020 board meeting, the CMAB Directors accepted the review panel’s recommendations.

Fiscal Year 2020 Individual Artist Award recipients are:
Jocelyn Hagen, Music Composition – Sherburne County
D. Helene Woods, Visual Artist/Painting – Wright County
Tanya Allen, Visual Artist/Mixed Media Sculptor ¬– Stearns County
J. Vincent Hansen, Literary Artist – Benton County
Sarah Flicek, Visual Artist/Silversmith – Wright County

To view samples of the winning artists’ work, visit the Central Minnesota Arts Board website at www.centralmnartsboard.org.

The 2020 Individual Artist Award Panelists volunteered an average of 20 hours reviewing applications. Reviewers 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. Member of the Stearns History Museum spring History Makers celebration, marketing committee

Kenn Barry – CMAB Director; Blues Musician; Victorian photographer proficient in Digital imaging, Platinum/Palladium printing, Wet Plate Collodion process, Bromoil printing, and Cyanotype printing; BS of Science Mathematics and BS Computer Science, University of Wisconsin; Certified Nuclear Engineer, U.S. Navy; MBA Saint Mary’s College of California.

Ross Harris – Carpenter for Great River Educational Arts Theatre; actor; theatre crew volunteer; Centra Care Foundation volunteer.

David DeBlieck – College of St Benedict/St John’s University; Dance Professor & Choreographer; 2015-present Paramount Center for the Arts; Teaching Artist; 2010-present St Cloud Arts Commission; Commissioner; 2007 – present Wicked Sister Dance Theater; Artistic Director; 2003 – 2014

Monica Segura-Schwartz – Social Service worker; Vice Chair, Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs; Great River Children’s Museum board secretary; Great Theater Board of directors – currently in my third 3-year term; Paramount Outreach Educational committee 2015 to 2016; School Board member for District 742

Wes Charles Hanvy – Doctor of veterinary medicine and published author, lifelong hobby woodworker and art enthusiast; 2010 CMAB Individual Artist Award recipient; FY16 CMAB Emerging Artist Award recipient

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.

Community Arts Support Grants Awarded to area arts organizations


Community Arts Support Awardees

The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB), at their March 12, 2020 meeting, awarded seventeen (17) Community Arts Support Grants totaling $114,498.

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. Avon Hills Folk School, $2,250 – Stearns County
2. Buffalo Community Orchestra, $9,170 – Wright County
3. Buffalo Community Theater, $10,000 – Wright County
4. Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, $2,250 – Stearns County
5. Centre Area Concert Association, $6,057 – Stearns County
6. Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, $10,000 – Stearns County
7. Granite City Folk Society, $4,924 – Stearns County
8. Great Northern Theatre Company, $10,000 – Stearns County
9. Great River Chorale, $10,000 – Stearns County
10. Land of Lakes Choirboys of MN, $7,500 – Sherburne County
11. Minnesota Center Chorale, $4,562– Stearns County
12. Minnesota Dance Ensemble, $2,250 – Stearns County
13. SOAR Regional Arts, $7,500 – Wright County
14. St. Cloud Municipal Band, $2,667– Stearns County
15. St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, $7,500 – Stearns County
16. Sinclair Lewis Foundation, $7,868 – Stearns County
17. Youth Chorale of Central MN, $10,000 – Stearns County

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 Arts Organization Development Grant


At the December 12, 2019 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $4,500 in Organizational Development Grants.

    • Buffalo Community Theater, $900, to purchase and implement a video workshop series “Your Complete Non-Profit Storytelling System” that includes two video conference sessions with author and nationally recognized fundraiser Lori L. Jacobwith.
    • Chamber Music Society of Central MN, $1,600, to work with BadCat Digital Marketing to update and improve the organization’s current website.
    • Great River Education Art Theater, $2,000, to provide advanced training for summer camp instructors so that teaching is more culturally responsive, trauma informed and better meets the increased social emotional needs of the students.

 

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.

CMAB Accepts Teaching Artist Roster applicants for residency training


At the December 12, 2019 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) accepted ten artists into the Teaching Artist Roster Program.

The Teaching Artist Roster Program is a seven-session training designed to strengthen connections between artists and the communities they live and work in. Established and novice teaching artists are offered a unique opportunity to grow together while refining and developing skills for conducting collaborative, in-depth arts learning experiences in organizations, community settings and schools.

  • Adam Spaeth, Visual Artist, painting, murals, Stearns County
  • Alison Yager, Visual Artist, drawing, textile weaving, book making, Wright County
  • Carol Moore, Creative Dramatics, music and mixed media, Wright County
  • Helene Woods, Visual Artist, painting, Wright County
  • Destinee Love, Visual Artist, painting, Stearns County
  • Kelly Lindquist, Literary Artist, Wright County
  • Lisa Meyers McClintick, Literary Artist, Stearns County
  • Lyssa Lovejoy, Visual Artist, painting, multi-media, Wright County
  • Susan Davies-Polzine, Visual Artist, Wright County
  • Tressa Hill, Visual Artist, painting, jewelry, Sherburne County

 

After completing the program, participants will have a personal profile on the online CMAB Teaching Artist Roster and are exclusively eligible to apply for residency funding through the Teaching Artist Grant program.

Funding for the Teaching Artist Roster Program is provided by the McKnight Foundation.

Central MN Arts Board awards Project Grants to area organizations


At the December 12, 2019 meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $119,388 in support of  nineteen 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: 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.

  • Art Bright, $7,000, to transform an established program which uses the visual arts as a vehicle to reach memory loss patients and their primary care givers in the Sherburne County region.
  • Athena Music and Leadership Camp MN, $7,000, a 5-day residential summer program for middle and high school female-identifying musicians in band and orchestra at the College of St. Benedict in July 2020.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MN, $7,000, Whatever It Takes: Youth Arts Initiative 2020 Spring Showcase at the Paramount Center for the Arts on May 13, 2020.
  • Buffalo Community Orchestra, $6,838, A Night at the Opera concert performing famous opera overtures with guest soloists and a guest chorus Sunday, February 29, 2020 at Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center.
  • Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, $7,000, World’s Fair: Pictures at an Exhibition performance inspired by visual and performing arts through the eyes of a World’s Fair experience April 4, 2020 at First United Methodist Church in Sartell.
  • College of Saint Benedict, $7,000, ETHEL + Robert Mirabal: The River outreach/residency activities that introduce participants to a different cultural genre and Native American traditions and a public performance February 15, 2020 at the College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph.
  • Fred Yiran Legacy Project, $7,000, Fred Yiran African Arts Day 2020 to celebrate African arts and culture through the story of the late artist, Fred Yiran during a one-day arts festival June 28, 2020 as part of Granite City Days at Lake George in Saint Cloud.
  • Paramount Center For The Arts, $7,000, A Cappella Live performance that includes four national a cappella acts: The Filharmonic, Committed, Blake Lewis and Women of the World, March 28, 2020 at Paramount Theater in Saint Cloud.
  • WACOSA, $5,840, Introduction to the Magic of Live Theater for Adults with Disabilities in collaboration with GREAT Theatre January 2020 through May 1, 2020 in Saint Cloud.
  • Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, $7,000 to offer Discounted Lessons for the 2020 Spring Semester in an effort to increase access to performing arts education in Saint Cloud and surround areas.
  • Buffalo Community Theater, $7,000, Mulan, Jr. performance that will involve youth performers, artists, technicians and volunteers from Buffalo and surrounding communities February 14 – 23, 2020 at Discovery Auditorium in Buffalo.
  • City of Holdingford, $3,994, The Music of our Heart-Land program that includes the presentation of German, Polish and Czech music and its history in the region -performed by regional folk artists December 16, 2019 – May 31, 2020 at the Holdingford Legion Club.
  • Delano Community Education, $7,000, 4 Community Theatre (“4CT”) in Delano in 2020 Season that includes the production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Winter 2020 in both a traditional format and in a “relaxed performance” (autism friendly) format and six performances of the musical Anne of Green Gables in July 2020 held at Delano High School in Delano.
  • Foley Economic Development Committee, $2,475, Foley Public Art Initiative will engage the community in selecting an artist for a downtown mural project. Selected artists will display concepts for public review and comments and the highest ranked rendering will be selected for a public mural along 4th Avenue North in downtown Foley.
  • Great River Chorale, $7,000, We Sing Because featuring an adult community choir, a college/university choir and a professional guest organist free concerts at Bethlehem Lutheran Church May 1, 2020 in Saint Cloud and Sacred Heart Chapel, Monastery of Saint Benedict May 3, 2020 in Saint Joseph.
  • Great River Educational Arts Theatre, $7,000, Akeelah and the Bee inspirational drama for elementary students and adults February 21 – March 1, 2020 at Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre in Waite Park.
  • Rose Hall Media Company DBA Lyricality, $5,835, Read Poetry Central Minnesota 2020 program that consists of poetry by a contemporary Minnesota poet, video of them reading one of the poems and discussion aids circulated at no cost to readers though the Great River Regional Library and on Lyricality’s website.
  • Cloud Symphony Orchestra, $7,000, New World Voices concert celebrating the diversity and freedom of America through select music Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Ritsche Auditorium, St. Cloud State University. The performance will include a pre-concert discussion on the music chosen and historical context .
  • Stearns History Museum, $3,406, Exploring History and Culture in Central MN – The Museum of Russian Art 4-county partnership that brings arts-focused programming to increase access and foster a deeper understanding of Russia and its people exhibited January 2020 – December 2020 at the Benton County Historical Society, Sherburne History Center, Stearns History Museum and Morrison County Historical Society.

 

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 Artist Career Development Grants


At the November 14, 2019 meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $29,992 in Artist Career Development grants. The CMAB Artist Career Development program provides funds of up to $4,000 in support of projects, training opportunities, purchases and other activities that assist artists in making the next step in their artistic careers. Funding for this program is provided through the McKnight Foundation.

Three criteria are used to evaluate applications: Artistic quality and merit, Professional need and Ability to complete the proposal. An applicant must receive an average score of 15 points (50%) or higher to be considered for funding.

The following artists were awarded:

  • Amy Coppersmith, Sherburne County, received $4,000 for the purchase of a camera, adapter and lenses to capture details necessary for photographic composites.
  • Micki Blenkush, Stearns County, received $1,992 to support the publication and promotion of her book though a book launch and reading events.
  • Brendon Bushman, Stearns County, received $4,000 for the purchase of an English horn and preparation for a public recital performance as an extension of his skills as a professional classical musician.
  • David Glenn, Stearns County, received $4,000 for the purchase a ball mill to grind and perfect “True” Celadon glazes under the mentorship of Janel Jacobson. Results will be published for other studio artists to study.
  • Desi Murphy, Stearns County, received $4,000 for the purchase of new studio equipment to increase the production process and gallery display materials for a more professional appearance and efficient use of gallery space.
  • DJR Glass, Wright County, received $4,000 for supplies and display equipment for the MN Landscape Arboretum 2020 Flower Show in Chaska, MN.
  • Steven Lemke, Stearns County, received $4,000 for digital fabrication tools for contemporary sculpture that would increase the quantity and quality of sculptural output and ability to integrate it into a new body of work.
  • Scarlette Revolver, Stearns County, received $4,000 to contract a marketing team for the promotion of her dance studio and for bookkeeping support to allow for more creative and performance time.

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.

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.