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Five Wings announces grant awards

The Five Wings Arts Council (FWAC) recently awarded grant funding for arts projects in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties. The FWAC’s board serves as the review panel for all eligible applications. Funding to support arts organizations and their activities as well as schools and communities comes from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota.

General Operating Grants of $2,500 each were awarded to the Central Minnesota Boys Choir of Staples, Madhatter’s Community Theater of Wadena, Northwoods Arts Council of Hackensack, Screen Porch Productions of Outing and Staples Area Men’s Chorus of Staples.

A School Arts Projects Grant of $1,270 was awarded to the Lowell Elementary School in Brainerd to support introducing Lowell students to the process and skill needed to write, illustrate and publish a book.

Community Arts Access Project grants support a variety of arts related activities in communities throughout the area. The following applicants were awarded project grants: The Arts Off 94 Art Crawl, Backus, $4,200; Central Lakes College Foundation’s Poetry Project with Li-Young Lee, Brainerd, $5,000; Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, Little Falls, $600; The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA), The Great Brainerd Get-Together, $2,050; TCAA, Tuesday Sampler: A Taste of the Arts, $3,900; Greater Wadena Arts League, Summer Art Classes, $1,280; Heartland Poets, Brainerd, $1,950; Heartland Symphony, Little Falls, $4,780; Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, summer performances in Sauk Center and Long Prairie, Long Prairie, $2,830; Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, Long Prairie, History of the Symphony, $2,020; Long Prairie Tourism and Visitor’s Bureau, Long Prairie, $2,500; Madhatter’s Community Theater, A Walk in the Woods, Wadena, $5,000; Minnesota Folklore Theater, Walker, $5,000; Morrison County Boys and Girls Club, Little Falls, $1,000; Screen Porch Productions, Outing, $5,000, St Francis Music Center, Little Falls, $2,500; Staples Area Men’s Chorus, $2,250; Staples Historical Society, $2,775; Staples-Motley Area Arts Council, $3,200; USA Community Chorus, Swanville, $2,500; Verndale Community Education-Children’s Summer Theatre, Verndale, $1,980; Wadena Area Concert Band, $1,350; Walker-Hackensack Akeley Community Education, $5,000; and Whiskey Creek Film Festival, Wadena, $4,700.

Individual artists received funding in two categories: Apprentice/Professional Development Level and Artisan Level. Apprentice/Professional Development Level grants support learning opportunities while artisan level grants are project based. At the Apprentice Level, Laura Hansen, Little Falls, writer, received $700 to attend a five day poetry workshop in LaPointe, Wis; Kathleen Krueger, Brainerd, $700 to attend the Chicago Writer’s Retreat for concentrated creative writing; Kari Townsdin, Walker, $650, to attend Bruce Miller’s Fall Landscape Painting Workshop and then create a body of new work.

At the Artisan Level the following artists received funds to further develop their careers as artists: Pam Collins, watercolorist, mosaicist, multimedia artist, Staples, $1,400; Mary Jo Dahl, multimedia artist, Cass Lake, $600; Charmaine Donovan, writer, Brainerd, $2,000; Jennifer Imsande, writer, Pequot Lakes, $2,000; Dwayna Paplow, Brainerd, theater artist, $1,300; Josh Porter, sculptor, Merrifield, $1,125; Stephen Seevers, painter, Baxter, $2,000, Kimberli Jean Webb, Walker, photographer, $2,000, Mary Wolke, painter, Crosslake, $2,000

The USA Community Chorus, Swanville, $750 from the Small Grant fund to enlarge the youth chorus. The Small Grants program is an ongoing grant program to support first-time and late-breaking arts opportunities.

Five area student artists received a mentorship award to support their advanced study with regional artists. Students are selected to participate in the artist mentor program based upon their past arts experience and training, their motivation to continue more in depth study of their arts discipline and their level of proficiency in their art form. Mikayla Sauber, the daughter of Cindy Sauber of Motley, will study violin with violinist Jeff Menten of Park Rapids. Sienna Lingenfelter, the daughter of Tamasena and Joel Lingenfelter of Staples, will study viola with Menten; Anna Koopman, the daughter of John and Cynthia Koopman of Staples, will study harp with Carol Harrison of Brainerd; Rebekka Paskewitz, the daughter of Alan and Vicki Paskewitz of Browerville, will study violin with Menten; and Kelli Klein, the daughter of Linda and Kevin Klein of Motley, will study violin, but has not selected her artist/mentor at the time.

Applications for the Community Access, General Operating, School Arts, and Individual Artist grant programs are reviewed three times per year with 2012-13 deadlines of Sept. 17, Jan. 15 and May 15. Small Grant applications and Student Artist/Mentor applications are accepted at any time. Information about any of the grant programs may be found at or by calling (877) 654-2166.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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