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LRAC to award over $133,000 in Legacy art grants

Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) is now accepting applications for the next Legacy Grant Round. The deadline for applications is midnight, Tuesday, May 7.

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 June meeting.

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.

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. Since January 2010, LRAC has awarded a total of $815,432 in Legacy grants to public schools, colleges and universities, arts organizations, cities, nonprofit organizations, and individual artists in the nine county LRAC region.

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.

Grant writing workshop

For prospective grant applicants, LRAC is providing a free Legacy Grant Writing Workshop on Wednesday, March 27, from 4-6 p.m. in LRAC’s office, 133 South Mill Street, Fergus Falls. 

The workshop — presented by Betsy Ostenson, LRAC Grants manager — features interactive training on the components of the Legacy Grant application in the LRAC computer lab. All participants will receive tips on writing and submitting their grant application. 

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