CMAB Awards Artist Learning Grants

Grant Award Announcement

The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) recently awarded $1,118 in Artist Learning Grants (ALG) to three regional artists.

  • Anthony Stokes, St. Cloud, MN received $250 for Drawing Faces class series with Suzanne Beck.
  • Arlys Krim, Albany, MN, received $370 for Camp Candace advanced writing workshop with Sheila O’Connor.
  • Jay Grammond, Princeton, MN, received $498 to attend the Photoshop World 2019 conference.

Region 7W Artists (Benton, Sherburne, Stearns & Wright Counties) can apply for an ALG of up to $500 to advance their artistic skill through a learning experience; funding for the ALG program is provided by The McKnight Foundation.

Seven Area Artists Receive Individual Artist Awards

Individual Artist Awards Congratulations

The Central MN Arts Board is excited to announce the Individual Artist Award (IAA) recipients for 2019!

The Individual Artist Award provides up to seven (7) awards of $3,500 each as recognition and support for 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 individually. Applications with the highest average score were recommended to the CMAB Directors for awards. At their March 15, 2019 board meeting, the CMAB Directors accepted the review panel’s recommendations.
Fiscal Year 2019 Individual Artist Award recipients are:

Fiscal Year 2019 Individual Artist Award recipients are:

  • Glenn Quist, Visual Artist/Painting – Sherburne County
  • Dan Mondloch, Visual Artist/Watercolor – Stearns County
  • Craig Palm, Visual Artist/Sculpture – Sherburne County
  • JD Jorgenson, Visual Artist/Wood-fired Ceramics – Stearns County
  • Barb Kellogg, Visual Artist/Photography – Stearns County
  • Charles Norwood, Visual Artist/Photography – Stearns County
  • Timothy Takach, Music Composer – Sherburne County
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The 2019 Individual Artist Award Panelists volunteered an average of 20 hours reviewing applications. Those volunteers 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.

Denise Todd – CMAB Director, B.S, Business Administration with a Minor, Dance Valdosta State University; U.S. Air Force Veteran, Geospatial Intelligence Analyst; undergraduate at St. Cloud State University pursuing a Major in Community Health, Planning and Community Development and a Minor, Ethnics, Human Relations.

Donna Rice- Glass casting artist, BFA from Carnegie Mellon University; 2017 Artist Initiative recipient, CMAB FY15 Individual Artist Awardee and grant recipient, which helped to support her glass casting studio in Delano. In the spring of 2020, Rice’s crystal sculptures will be featured at the Minnesota Arboretum Spring Flower Show.

Susan Dean- Mosaics artist involved in arts crawls, classes, exhibits, juried art shows and CMAB FY17 Individual Artist Awardee and grant recipient; Member of the board of Central Minnesota Arts Council and was involved in the transition to VAM (Visual Art Minnesota); Involved in brain storming/ marketing committees for the Paramount. Owner of Newcomer Service that includes an Art’s Directory to introduce new movers to the arts & culture in our community. Arts appreciator and supporter with a goal for our community engage local artists with each other in an effort to work together in supporting the arts.

Natalie Carr- Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in dance, University of Minnesota; dances with Black Label Movement modern dance company. Teaching artist at the Boys and Girls Club of Central MN, designs a rich dance program for ages 10 and up with additional programming for youth age 5-9 teaching youth hip hop, modern, jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and some tumbling.

Lester Hoikka- Multi-media metal sculptor with a strong nod to construction techniques of tin toys from the mid 20th century colored in patterns and bright colors that embrace ideas that inhabit an area between touching and humorous but always a little bit strange; Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota; Hoikka has won awards in International, National and Minnesota exhibits as well as CMAB FY08 and FY18 Individual Artist Awards.

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 Arts Legacy funds for Artist In Residencies

Residency painting

At the December 13, 2018 meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $24,500 in Arts Legacy funds to seven 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.

  1. Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, $3,500, for a residency with PUBLIQuartet that includes outreach activities at several area schools, colleges and universities culminating in a free family concert held at St. Cloud Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and a formal concert at St. Cloud State University, Ruth Gant Recital Hall on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
  2. City of Monticello, $3,500, for muralist and street artist Limpio, a.k.a. Matt Litwin, to conduct two workshops, one focused towards artists and art educators and one focused toward teen artists, culminating in a community mural June 2019 on the exterior of Live Laugh Bloom Floral in Monticello, MN. A public reception with Limpio will conclude the residency.
  3. herARTS in Action, $3,500, artist Sarah Drake will provide a mixed media experience for K-12 students focused on African art appreciation. Students will choose one piece of completed work to be exhibited during Fred Yiran African Arts Day in June 2019.
  4. ISD728 Zimmerman High School, $3,500, artist Ariel Lauryn will conduct week long workshop on physical theater and puppetry in March 2019 for high school drama students providing experience in shadow puppetry to be used for the spring play at Zimmerman High School in Zimmerman, MN
  5. Sauk Rapids Rice Hillside Adult Education, $3,500, Artist Laura Ruprecht will lead students at Sauk Rapids-Rice Hillside Adult Education in a 15-week Mosaic Art Residency February – May 2019 to create a mobile mosaic art piece that can be on display in a variety of locations.
  6. SOAR Regional Arts, $3,500, for vocal director, Mary Ann Boniface to work with the Teen Advisory Group to increase vocal performance quality for the summer Broadway in the Park performance at Otsego Prairie Park July 2019 in Otsego, MN.
  7. Talahi Community School, $3,500, artist Heidi Jeub will conduct a one-week Discovering Your Classmates painting residency with 125 kindergarten students March 2019 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.

Central MN Arts Board awards Project Grants to area organizations

Grant Award Announcement

At the September 13, 2018 meeting, the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $77,929 in support of fifteen regional arts projects. Criteria used in evaluating applications includes: 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 totaling no more than $7,000 in any one 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.

Buffalo Community Orchestra, $6,270, “Open Season: BCO Plays the Classics” will feature several soloists performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G, Brahms’ Concerto for Cello and Violin and the full Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony on October 28, 2018 at Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, MN.

Buffalo Community Theater, $7,000, for the musical, “Company”, that will involve artists, technicians and volunteers from Buffalo and surrounding communities, performed October 12-14 and 19-21, 2018 at the Discovery Auditorium in Buffalo, MN.

Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, $7,000, for “Tapestry Vocal Ensemble” concert and community outreach. The formal concert will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day on November 3, 2018 at the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud, MN.

Great River Chorale, $7,000, “What Sweeter Music” collaborative choral concert with narrations and audience carols from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales that features Great River Chorale, the Cantabile Girls’ Concert Choir and Choristers and guest instrumentalists on November 30, 2018 at Saint Mary’s Cathedral and December 2, 2018 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, MN.

Holdingford Public Schools, $2,733, for the “Collaged Identities” project where artist Sarah Drake will lead South Junior High and Holdingford Public Schools’ eighth grade classes in creating mixed-media two-dimensional art representing different backgrounds to develop their identity as well as descriptive reviews of international artists. This project will begin in September 2018 and include six classroom groups before concluding in April 2019.

Paramount Center For The Arts, $6,260, for a juried High School Art Exhibition of student artist work from Central Minnesota High Schools, showcased in March 2019 at Paramount Center for the Arts in St. Cloud, MN.

SOAR Regional Arts, $5,156, “Beyond the Stage: Arabian Nights” educational program that includes theater instruction, Arabian dance, art, and storytelling for youth and adults in connection with the SOAR Regional Arts production of Aladdin, Jr. beginning January 2019 through March 2019 in St. Michael, MN.

St. Cloud State University, $1,509, Expanding the Vision of Kaleidoscope magazine’s potential by increasing the print quality to provide the reader a richer experience and featured artists a portfolio piece. The plan also includes increased effort in publicity, submissions and page count for the 2018/2019 academic year.

St. Cloud Film Festival, $7,000, 2018 St Cloud Film Festival celebrates independent local and global cinema by showing a combination of features and shorts from November 3-10, 2018 at the Black Box Theater, Parkwood Cinema, and St Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. The festival includes Kids Stop-Motion Workshop for students in grades 1-12 in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Central MN.

St. John’s University – Fine Arts, $7,000, to present Nobuntu, a female a capella ensemble from Zimbabwe, for three days of residency and outreach and a public performance on October 19, 2018 at the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater in Collegeville, MN.

St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, $7,000, “Coming Home” The Armistice Anniversary concert will explore notions of war and peace, and the longing for family members to return safely home to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice after World War I on November 10, 2018 in Ritsche Auditorium at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.

The St. John’s Boys’ Choir, $3,649, to presentA Ceremony of Carols” that will feature seasonal selections with orchestra and harp. Guest performances by the Bell Ringers of Salem Lutheran Church, Dr. Rachel Brandwein and a special SJBC Alumni Chorus on December 15, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. Mary’s in St. Cloud, MN.

Two Days in Saint Cloud cast and crew, $1,421, for the production of “Two Days in St Cloud” November 9- 11, 2018 at GREAT Theatre’s Helgeson Learning Lab stage in St. Cloud, MN.

United Cerebral Palsy, $4,346, Art for All Development Project to enhance the connection and meaning between art and the artist designed specifically for artists with disabilities coordinated by artist Melissa Gohman. The project will take place in Waite Park, MN and be conducted in three phases: beginning October 2018 with Research and Development with Development Camp in December 2018 and conclude with Final Review in February 2019.

Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, $4,585, for “School of Rock” where music students learn all the aspects of being in a rock band from the history of rock and the steps necessary to form a band to a large scale performance on stage during a 6-day camp instructed by professional area musicians in August 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.

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Central MN Arts Board Awards Public Art Grants

Regional Arts News

At the May 10, 2018 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $36,348 in Public Art Grants to two local recipients.

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 Grant funds are provided through Minnesota’s Arts & Culture Legacy Fund.

  • City of Monticello, $13,048, for a kinetic mural created from the photograph “Little Mary Morning Blues” by artist Chris Lommel. The mural will consist of thousands of reflective tiles to depict the shimmering reflective movement of a lake on Broadway St East in Monticello facing Highway 25.
  • Community Legacy Foundation, $23,300, for a Children’s Story Book Mural designed by artist Roger Reinardy that will depict numerous characters from children’s storybooks located on Main Street South in Sauk Centre next to the Bryant Library.
  • 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.

CMAB Grant Writing Webinar

Grant Writing from Idea to application

Contribute to a thriving, collaborative and innovative community through the arts! Take steps to make creative things happen! Learn how to pursue funding for your (or your organization’s) creative pursuits!!

The Central MN Arts Board offers art grant programs for individuals, arts groups, arts and community organizations, schools and municipalities in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties.

Tuesdays- July 10,17,24 and 31st from 12:30 -2pm
4 sessions, 1.5 hours each

Join Heather Allen, CMAB Program officer for a 4-session webinar designed to take you through the steps of planning an arts grant proposal. The guidance and resources you receive can be used to apply for grant funds in support of your artistic vision.

  • Learn about common mistakes grant writers make and how to avoid them
    Spend time gathering contacts and resources that will make your project a success
    Build or strengthen the plan for your creative endeavor
    Receive guidance and support

This course may serve as an introduction to grant writing, if you have never applied for a grant before, but will also benefit those who already have applied for grants in the past. Help us to make meaningful and lasting contributions to Region 7W’s cultural fabric. Join us and take steps to make your artistic vision a reality!