Project Grant Awarded to Area Organizations


At the May 14, 2020 meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $158,386 in support of twenty-seven regional art 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 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.

1. African Cultural Organization, $525, to share and showcase African Culture during the annual festival in August 2020 at Northway Park in St. Cloud, MN.
2. Avon Hills Folk School, $7,000 to develop and build greater awareness of both Avon Hills Folk School and Hand Camp in addition to new experience from two international artists that will provide a two-day workshop for Hand Camp 2020.
3. Buffalo Community Theater, $7,000, for the production of the musical “Mamma Mia!”, August 2020 at BHS Performing Arts Center that will involve artists, technicians and volunteers from Buffalo and surrounding communities.
4. Buffalo Community Orchestra, $6,574, “Happy Birthday, Beethoven!”, a program featuring the music of Beethoven as well as music that influenced and was influenced by Beethoven in celebration of his 250th birthday in November 2020.
5. Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra, $7,000, “Shine: Dance the Night Away!”, music performance inspired by the art of dance that will span across different eras focused on dance styles that have been influences in culture in December 2020.
6. Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, $7,000, Argus Quartet concert and community outreach in St. Cloud, MN
7. City of Monticello, $6,269, The Community Portraits Project with Wing Young Huie. Wing will provide educational workshops and share his experiences creating community portraits with area artists and the Humans of Monticello Project Team with a community exhibit in November 2020.
8. Delano Community Band, $1,797, for community performances held in celebration of July 4th, Delano PAC’s Anniversary and Delano’s annual Old-Fashioned Christmas.
9. Foley Elementary PTO, $2,000, Foley Elementary School Mural to reinforce the school’s teachings of kindness on a daily basis created by artist Helene Woods installed by December 2020.
10. General Federated Women’s Club of Delano, $2,375, Delano GFWC 2020 Concerts in the series held on Wednesday evenings in July and August 2020 featuring a variety of performers.
11. Great Northern Theatre Company, $7,000, to present the musical “Anything Goes” September 2020 in the Glanville Smith Auditorium at Rocori High School in Cold Spring, MN.
12. HLWW Theatre Arts Boosters, $7,000, to present “Anything Goes” (Beaumont 1987 version), July 2020 at Laker Theater in Howard Lake, MN.
13. Millstream Arts Festival, $7,000, Millstream Arts Festival 2020 a family friendly outdoor juried art festival held September 27, 202 0in St. Joseph, MN.
14. Minnesota Dance Ensemble, $6,990, to perform “Love from Beyond the Grave, a Halloween theme about how love conquers all for a groom and his new bride who dies after the wedding, October 29, 2020 at Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud, MN.
15. Mississippi Strings Camp, $7,000, Mississippi Strings Camp week-long, half day orchestra camp for 3rd-12th grade students who participate in rehearsals and group instruction ending in a concert June 2020 at Technical High School in St. Cloud, MN.
16. Monticello Community Strings, $3,202, Celebrating 20 Years of Summer Strings Music, for community string players featuring 3 levels of orchestra, seven weekly rehearsals, a newly commissioned music and an end-of-session free concert in July 2020 at Monticello High School Performing Arts Center.
17. Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society, $7,000, Music in the Gardens summer series of six free chamber music concerts presented on Sunday afternoons in the Munsinger Gardens on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud.
18. Paramount Center For The Arts, $7,000, Better Together, a school district wide initiative for 6th grade students to acquire new skills for embracing social and emotional learning through an interactive residency with CLIMB Theater in April 2021.
19. St. Cloud Film Festival, $7,000, 2020 St. Cloud Film Fest to celebrates independent, local, and global cinema. We will show a combination of features and shorts from November 7-14, 2020 in St. Cloud, MN.
20. St. Cloud State University, $7,000, 2020 Lemonade Concert and Art Fair that will feature more than 200 art vendors and 10,000 participants from around the region June 26, 2020 in St. Cloud, MN .
21. St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, $2,654, Music for Seniors free concert that will provide increased access to musical enrichment for Central Minnesota seniors June 25, 2020 at Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud, MN.
22. Sinclair Lewis Foundation, $7,000, Sinclair Lewis 2020 Writers Conference that will offer writers at all levels a chance to hone their craft and to form networks through workshops, key speakers and conversations October 2-3, 2020 at Sauk Centre High School, Sauk Centre, MN.
23. SOAR Regional Arts, $7,000, Teen Intensive Summer 2020 two-week day camp intensive where Instructor Gabrielle Dominique and participants, ages 13 to 19, will produce the high school version of “Grease” July – August 2020 in Otsego, MN.
24. The St. John’s Boys’ Choir, $7,000, Boys on Broadway 2020 annual musical theatrical performance that engages boys in exploring artistic elements like choreography, staging, & acting under the guidance of theater professionals and presented October 2020 in Collegeville, MN.
25. The Yes Network, $7,000, Intercultural Harmony Through the Arts where teaching artists create art experiences that increase respect towards different cultures as well as deepen positive identities about one’s own culture for children and teens in low-income neighborhoods June – August, 2020 in St. Cloud, MN.
26. Unite Cloud, $7,000, “What I Fought For” photo essay exhibit by Tanika Roy, Los Angeles-based photographer and Marine Corps veteran that features veterans alongside refugees. The exhibit will travel from World Refugee Day in June 2020 through Veterans Day November 2020 to locations around Central MN.
27. Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, $7,000, to offer Discounted Lessons for Students in Fall Semester 2020 based on financial need in an effort to increase performing arts education access to low income families in 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.

Public Art Grants Awarded to Area Organizations


At the May 14, 2020 meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $19,695 in Public Art Grants to area organizations. 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. Public Art Grants are provided through Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

• City of Monticello, $7,695, for a modular outdoor mural “A mile in their shoes” by Allison Hunsley that will be created in various public spaced and installed in downtown Monticello August 2020. The theme of empathy will display imagery focused around shoes that symbolize different walks of life and the spectrum of humanity.
•Foley Economic Development Committee, $12,000 for Downtown Foley Mural Project by Robert C. McCoy depicting significant historical elements based on pictures from the Benton County Historical Society to be installed no later than April 2021 on 4th The artist’s design was chosen by residents of the community between four selected artists that were paid to develop a concept for the wall.

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.

Organizational Development Grants Awarded to Area Organizations


At the May 14, 2020 meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $2,394 in support of proposals that will support development, programming 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.

Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, $400, to hire a consultant to assist in conducting a strategic planning process with staff and board members in summer 2020.

Cloud Municipal Band, $1,994, for the purchase of portable sound equipment to use during outdoor and small venue concert performances.

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 Sixteen Student Arts Scholarships


Student Arts Scholarship Congrats

At the April 9, 2020 meeting, The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $24,000 in Arts Scholarships to sixteen 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):

Parker
PARKER KULM

Annandale, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts in Digital Design at
Rocky Mountain Collage of Art & Design, Lakewood, CO
Annalisa
ANNALISA GIESER

Avon, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Art & Art Therapy at
St. Cloud Technical Collage, St. Cloud, MN
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, Chicago, IL
Joseph
JOSEPH KOROLL
Clearwater, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Vocal Music Education at Concordia College, Moorhead, M
Katelyn
KATELYN KENDRICK

Clearwater, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Vocal Music Education
Dordt University, Sioux Center, IA
Katrina
KATRINA ANDRUSICK
Cold Spring, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Vocal Music Education at
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Daylin
DAYLIN PAULSON
Cold Spring, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Music and Theater at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN
Carter
CARTER SCHEELE
St. Cloud, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Music at Saint John’s Univ./ College of St. Benedict, Collegeville, MN
Zoe
ZOE ROGERS
Sauk Rapids, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Kaya
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
Vocal Performance at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Joshua
JOSHUA EULL
St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Art Education at University of Wisconsin Stout, Menomonie, WI
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
Jack
JACK SCHULTZ
St. Michael, MN
$1,500 Student Arts Scholarship
Product Design at the University of Minnesota, 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.

Arts Legacy funds Awarded for Artist In Residence Grants


At the April 9, 2020 meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $20,838 in Arts Legacy funds to area organizations in support of Artist Residencies.

The Artist in Residence (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.

• City of Monticello, $3,500 where MontiArts will host portrait artist Victoria Eidelsztein for The Humans of Monticello Community Portrait Project. Victoria will offer forums, demonstrations and workshops while completing 10-15 portraits of diverse community members. The portraits will then be placed on display in prominent areas and buildings around the city of Monticello.

• Paramount Center for the Arts, $3,500 for artist Paige LaDue Henry to work with Foley High School Sculpture & Art Club students to create sculpture that explores and communicates ideas related to identity.

• Park View Care Center, $3,450 for Bringing Art4Life for residents and families to work one-to-one with artist Suzy Volden to learn new painting techniques and create works of art for display in Buffalo, MN.

Promise Neighborhood of Central MN, $3,500 for African Art History and Appreciation mixed media experience with artist Sarah Drake for K-8 Students in St. Cloud, MN.

• SOAR Regional Arts, $3,500 for resident artist Jeff Anderson to work with the Teen Advisory Group members to create a free Broadway in the Park production of Madagascar Jr in Otsego, MN.

• Talahi Community School, $3,388 for puppet artist Bart Buch to conduct a one-week residency in puppetry for second grade students at Talahi Community School in 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.

 

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.