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LRAC awarding $70,000 in grants this fall

Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) is now accepting applications for the LRAC Fall Legacy Grant Round. 

This Legacy Grant is designated into two allotments. $50,356 is earmarked for arts organizations, non-profits and public entities such as schools, community educations, colleges, and universities. $20,229 is earmarked for individual artists.

The deadline for applications is midnight, Tuesday, Oct. 8.

LRAC’s Board, comprised of representatives from each of the nine counties in LRAC’s service area, will review the Legacy Grant applications at their monthly meeting, Nov. 19. All Legacy art projects will start after this date.

The purpose of the Legacy Fund is to provide Minnesotans greater access to the arts.  There are three areas of funding: access, education and heritage. Each area is designed to enhance the public’s participation in art activities and art programs.  There is no match requirement and there is no maximum amount of funding.

What type of projects can be funded?

A public school could sponsor an artist residency for music, theatre, dance, literary, or visual arts.  A community festival could add a performance or art demonstration to its event. A city or town could create public art space with a sculpture, mural or other public art installation. 

A nonprofit group (registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State) could host a concert, an art exhibit, a workshop, a dance etc. for their community.

An individual artist could create new art and offer community workshops or public demonstrations. A musician could present concerts or teach workshops. A writer could teach classes or read stories. These are just a few of the many ways to provide greater access for all. Put on your thinking caps and think art.

Minnesota’s Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund is made possible with money from an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

LRAC is one of Minnesota’s eleven regional arts councils. 

For further information, visit its website at or call LRAC toll free at 1-800-262-2787.

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