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.

Artist Career Development Grants Awarded


At the September 17, 2020 meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $30,000 in Artist Career Development grants. The CMAB Artist Career Development program provides funds of up to $3,000 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:

  1. 1. Naomi Hart, Stearns Country, received $3,000 in support of creating work for two solo exhibitions at Phipps Center for the Arts.
  2. 2. Samuel Spiczka, Benton County, received $3,000 to purchase a multi-process welder to create smaller scale sculptures with more detail and the capability to weld stainless steel, bronze or aluminum.
  3. 3. Melissa Krause, Sherburne County, received $3,000 for the purchase of digital audio equipment and software to create new original work for electronic flute.
  4. 4. Jocelyn Hagen, Sherburne County, received $3,000 in support of expanding the #ComposeLikeAGirl brand into a podcast highlighting the contributions of female composers to the field.
  5. 5. Hedy Tripp, Stearns County, received $3,000 in support of creating a new body of poetry focused on her life experiences as a Singaporean Eurasian immigrant, two public or digital presentations as well as a consult review.
  6. 6. Heidi Jeub, Stearns County, received $3,000 to create a new body of work, work with a writing mentor and promote new work through hosting small audience and online studio events.
  7. 7. Tracy Rittmueller, Stearns County, received $3,000 to increase print media presence and social media engagement, while researching and writing a book proposal for publication of the literary manuscript, “Book of Transformations”.
  8. 8. Helene Woods, Wright County, received $3,000 in support of creating five 60″x 60″ paintings depicting the imagined biology and environments of COVID19 patients to be exhibited in 2021.
  9. 9. Kelly Meyer, Stearns County, received $3,000 in support of framing current work and expanding education in touch and tactile objects to pursue creating accessible art for the visually impaired.
  10. 10. Ginny McClure, Stearns Country, received $3,000 for the purchase of lapidary equipment to create buttons out of agates found in central Minnesota.
  11. 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 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.