Three groups in Brown County receive arts grants
NEW ULM — Three Brown County organizations received arts grants totaling $5,400 from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.
The Concord Singers received $1,400 and will sponsor Fasching, a German celebration of Mardi Gras in New Ulm in February 2018. Funds will be used for Brian Brueggen and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen band and for publicity.
Live Music at Le Bon in Springfield received $2,000 and will present five open mic nights in 2018; a songwriting workshop by Dick Kimmel, Andrea Lyn, and Lori Jean Mathiowetz on March 24; a concert by Misty Trio on May 26; and a concert by Charlie Roth on June 21.
Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild received $2,000 and will present their quilt show at the New Ulm Event Center in March 2018, including vendors, demonstrations and a guest speaker.
Grants of $31,833 have been awarded to eighteen arts organizations, community groups and schools in the nine-county area served by the council. The small arts project grant and arts-in-education grants are made possible by funds provided by the Minnesota Legislature.
Prairie Lakes provides grants for arts activities including dance, music, theater, literature, and visual art classes and exhibitions. Small arts project grants for smaller art activities and art-in-education school residences are available for up to $2,000 and the next deadlines are Jan. 1 and Feb. 1, 2018. The arts and cultural heritage grant applications for non-profit arts organizations, community groups and schools will be accepted twice a year and the next deadline is Feb. 1, 2018. The next artist career development grant deadline is Jan. 15, 2018, for a $1,000 grant.