SMAC calendar published July 20, 2022

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Jul. 21—The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council serves 18 counties as a source of funds and technical assistance to enable local organizations, educational institutions and individuals to sponsor and/or create and promote arts in their communities. They are open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays and are working remotely through the end of July before moving into new offices in August. They are available by email, phone, Zoom calls, and able to meet in person by appointment in Marshal. Workshops and grant-writing webinars are free of charge, but advance registration is required. Call 800-622-5284, email info@swmnarts.org, or see the website at www.swmnarts.org. Below are the grant deadlines for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

Open office support: second Tuesday of the month, between 10 a.m.and 2 p.m., in-person, for assistance with any grant-related questions. Or schedule an appointment with the grants administrator.

Artist talk: Aug. 4, 5:30 p.m., join a monthly virtual conversations for artists, makers and creators. The guest artist will be Dan Wall of Walnut Grove on his current exhibit, "Don't Doubt Your Horses." Due to SMAC moving their office, this display is at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. Email SMAC for the Zoom link to join this artist talk.

Virtual grant Q&A: get your questions answered about our grant programs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, Dec. 13 and March 9, via Zoom. Pre-registration required.

Webinars: grant-writing webinars are listed with each grant below.

The monthly grants for arts organizations for the 2022-23 fiscal year are first-come, first-served with deadlines the first of each month August through May. Earliest start date will be the first of the following month.

Quick support for organizations: Provides up to $2,500 for activities such as planning for an Art Legacy Project, strategic planning or board training, costs to apply for 501(c)(3) status, small equipment purchases, or small arts projects. Grant-writing webinar July 21.

Quick support for artists: Provides up to $1,000 for activities such as purchasing supplies, attending classes, and small artist-led community projects.

Artist equity grants: Up to $4,000 to aid Black, Indigenous, and other artists of color at any career stage with projects that will advance their skills and artistic career.

Arts in the Schools: Provides public schools with up to $4,000 for projects such as artist residencies, arts field trips, juried student art exhibits, etc.; no cash match this year. Deadline Oct. 5, grant-writing webinar Aug. 25, earliest start date Dec. 1.

Grant deadlines for the 2022-23 fiscal year for individual artist grants. Grant-writing webinars require advance registration.

Artist Growth Grant: Up to $4,000 to artists at any career stage for projects that will advance their skills and artistic career. Deadline Aug. 17, earliest start date Oct. 1.

Advanced Artist Fellowship: Up to $7,000 in project funds to established advanced artists who exhibit creative excellence, a substantial body of work, and significant recognition of their artistic accomplishments; two fellowships awarded. Deadline Oct. 19, earliest start date Dec. 1.

Grant deadlines and webinar dates for the 2022-23 fiscal year. No cash match required this fiscal year. Deadlines and grant-writing webinars vary. Webinars are free; participants must register to be able to join the meeting.

Art Project grants: Up to $7,000 in funding, to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts. Deadline July 27, earliest start date Sept. 1.

Equipment/Facilities Improvement grants: Up to $10,000 for the purchase of equipment items and facilities improvement that will improve the organization's capacity to serve the arts needs;. Deadline Sept. 14, grant-writing webinar Aug. 4, earliest start date Nov. 1.

Art Legacy Project grants: Up to $20,000 in funding for large-scale projects that will leave an arts legacy. Deadline Nov. 9, grant-writing webinar Sept. 29, earliest start date Feb. 1.