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Area students receive artist mentor grants

After a rigorous juried review at Underwood High School on a very chilly Saturday morning in March, Lake Region Arts Council presented 16 regional high school students with an artist mentor grant.

The 5-member jury panel reviewed applications and met with each student applicant. Each student was interviewed where their creativity, skill, and commitment were assessed. Students sang, played musical instruments, performed, read poetry, danced, submitted art work, and completed assignments to qualify for the mentorship. 

Each student will receive a $600 study this summer with a professional artist or attend artistic workshop.  The award is funded through Lake Region Arts Council by an appropriation from the State of Minnesota.

Recipients of the Summer 2014 Artist Mentor Grant include Catherine (Katie) Fish, Detroit Lakes (literature, playwright); Trina Bjorgan, Lake Park (music, recital); Erin Poore, Frazee (music, violin); Tiana Reetz, Frazee (visual, sculpture); Emma Ballard, Pelican Rapids (visual, sculpture); Madeline Sytsma, Pelican Rapids (music, French horn); Brody George Naanes, Hawley (literature, fiction); Danelle Joy Lynn Hubert, Fergus Falls (performing arts, tap dance); Linka Wintersteen, Moorhead (music, composition); Caleb Schmidt, Campbell (music, piano); Christopher Tiernan, Morris (music, French horn); Krista Fearing, Alexandria (MCAD media workshop); Hannah V. Rising, Osakis (literature, fiction); Shelby Sowers, Parkers Prairie (visual arts, drawing); Ira Hoffman, Morris (MCAD media workshop); Daniel M. Roers, Alexandria (performing arts, theater).

For more information about the Artist Mentor Program, please contact coordinator Connie Payson at Lake Region Arts Council, (218) 739-5780 or e-mail at

LRAC is a nonprofit art organization that provides grants, resources, and services to the nine county region; Becker, Clay, Douglas, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties. Their mission is to encourage and support the arts in west central Minnesota.