Arts scholarships awarded to 22 Brown County youth

MANKATO — The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council is awarding Youth Scholarships of $27,000 from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which is funded by the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment, to 70 students in grades 7-12 and 30 students in grades 3-6 throughout the region. Youth Scholarship recipients live in 20 different communities representing eight counties

“We are excited about the wonderful arts activities these students will be involved in,” said Brenda Byron, PLRAC Executive Director.

The Youth Scholarships of $300 for grades 7-12 and $200 for grades 3-6 will provide these students the opportunity to study their chosen art with a practicing professional artist by taking lessons over a period of months.

A total of $5,700 in Arts Scholarships were awarded to 22 Brown County youth. Thirteen students in Brown County were awarded $300 scholarships and include: Owen Dunkel, Evelyn Friese, Emily Guggisberg, Noah Huseby, Leah Menzel, Lydia Meyer, Jessica Moellenhoff, Sebastian Smith, Bethany Spike, and Magdalyn Spike, all from New Ulm. Gunval Coulson resides in Sleepy Eye; and Grace Goedtke and Joseph Goedtke are from Comfrey.

Nine students in Brown County were awarded $200 scholarships and include: Elizabeth Borgen, Joshua Carlovsky, Nathaniel Carlovsky, Jamis Martens, Ashlyn Rodewald, Norah Rodewald, and Ainsley Tess who are from New Ulm. Anna Mages resides in Sleepy Eye and Paul Goedtke is from Comfrey.

Students will be involved in a variety of activities including: music lessons at New Ulm Suzuki School of Music; and a variety of lessons in cello, piano, and violin from independent instructors. There is one deadline per year for the Youth Scholarships. For grades 7-12 the next deadline date is Oct. 1, 2019. For grades 3-6 the next deadline date is Nov. 1, 2019.

Prairie Lakes provides grants for arts activities including dance, music, theater, literature, and visual art classes and exhibitions. Applications from Non-profit Arts Organizations, Community Groups and Schools will be accepted twice a year and the next Arts & Cultural Heritage deadline is Feb. 1, 2019. Small Arts Project Grants for smaller art activities and Art-In-Education school residences are both available for up to $2,000 and the next deadlines are Jan. 1, 2019 and Feb. 1, 2019.

The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council is committed to supporting and expanding the arts in the nine-county area; knowing that the Arts improve the quality of life in our region.

A monthly newsletter and calendar of arts events in the 9-county area is posted on our website; grant guidelines and a link to our online applications are available at Questions contact: Brenda Byron, Executive Director, at the Prairie Lakes office in Waseca, 1-800-298-1254 or We serve a nine-county area including Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan Counties.

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