SEMAC awards arts grants to local groups

The board of directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) on Nov. 19 awarded 66 grants to applicants representing 10 counties for a total of $335,888 in funding. 

Several nonprofit organizations in Fillmore and Houston counties were among those groups awarded grants:

• Chatfield Brass Band received a $3,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for Chatfield "Music in the Park" summer concerts.

• Chatfield Center for the Arts received a $3,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for production administrative expenses, fiscal year 2020.

• Friends of Peterson received a $7,975 Arts & Cultural Heritage grant for Gammel Dag - A Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration.

• Lanesboro Arts Center received a $10,000 Arts & Cultural Heritage grant for performing artist engagement program.

• Lanesboro Barn Dance received a $2,605 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for 2020 barn dance series.

• Mainspring received a $3,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for performing arts equipment.

• Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association received a $3,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant for SEMBA May 2020 Bluegrass Festival, and a $4,000 general operating support grant for facilities and maintenance.

SEMAC is the State Arts Board-designated granting authority for local/regional arts producing and sponsoring organizations and disburses funds allocated for this purpose by the Minnesota State Legislature.  The SEMAC region includes the counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona.

 SEMAC activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

For information about the grant application process, eligibility, or grant writing assistance, contact the SEMAC office at 2778 D Commerce Dr. NW, Rochester, MN 55901 or call 507-281-4848.   Information may also be found at www.semac.org.