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The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council awarded 28 grants totaling $117,092 from the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund to arts organizations, community groups and schools in the region, announces Brenda Byron, PLRAC Executive Director. This fund was created by the people of Minnesota to support the arts and preserve our heritage. The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, passed by the voters in November, 2008, created new resources for land conservation, water conservation, parks and the Arts. Brown County Historical Society was awarded $2,850; New Ulm Actors Community Theater-$3,180; New Ulm Suzuki School of Music-$6,500; The Grand Center for Arts & Culture, New Ulm-$6,500; and the Wanda Gag House Assoc., New Ulm-$2,242; for a total of $21,272 for Brown County.
Brown County Historical Society will commission an artist to paint a historically accurate portrayal of the Ravine Ambush incident for a new exhibit commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The Grand Opening featuring this piece will be August 24, 2012. New Ulm Actors Community Theater will present the locally written play “Dogs in the Hot Moon” as part of the 150th Commemoration of the U.S.-Dakota War, August 23-24, 2012. New Ulm Suzuki School of Music will hire an Orchestra Clinician for the semi-annual summer Pops Camp, June 11-15, 2012; and will pay a portion of the Director’s salary for the season of rehearsals and concerts in 2012. The Grand Center for Arts & Culture, New Ulm will continue their performing arts series and add music and spoken word performances in 2012. Wanda Gag House Assoc., New Ulm will present their Summer Art Camp for youth in Brown County in August of 2012 with classes in New Ulm and local towns; and art shows at local libraries.
The public is invited to attend the 20th Annual Prairie Lakes Regional Juried Art Exhibit on display at the Carnegie Arts Center, 120 South Broad Street, Mankato from April 26 through June 8, 2011. There are 104 pieces of artwork on display and four of the participating artists are from Brown County. Artists Nicholas Schleif, Comfrey; Geri Leavens and June Newburg, New Ulm; and Leo Derkowski, Sleepy Eye are in the exhibit. A brochure listing all artists is on our website, www.plrac.org. Prairie Lakes provides grants for arts activities including dance, music, theater, literature, and visual art classes and exhibitions. Upcoming grant deadlines are June 1st for the $1,200 Small Arts Grant for community groups and the Arts-In-Education Grant for schools; and August 1, 2012 for the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant that has a maximum of $6,500 for arts organizations and $3,500 for schools. Grant program information and applications are available at www.plrac.org or contact Brenda Byron, Executive Director, at the PLRAC office in Waseca, 1-800–298-1254 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information. The PLRAC serves a nine county area in south central Minnesota.THIS POST COURTESY: Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce, Edward Jones, Stark Farmers Insurance, Dairy Queen, Borth Memorials, Spaeth Ford, Sleepy Eye Medical Center, Riverside Interiors, Sleepy Eye Curves, Randy’s Electric, First Security Agency, Seams to Fit & Tuxes 2, Sturm Funeral Home, Goettig and Ruddy Accounting, Miller Sellner, Cenex/River Region, Culligan, Arneson’s Distributing, Sleepy Eye Off-Sale, Sleepy Eye Chiropractic, Pisoma Kitchen, Southpoint Federal Credit Union, Lisa Ann’s Healing Hands, American Family Insurance, NAPA Auto Part, Sids Signs on Broadway - www.sleepyeyeonline.com