Small Towns/Rural Areas
SEMAC wishes to support and encourage the creation and development of art and arts organizations in Southeastern Minnesota communities with populations under 7,500. Three distinct funding categories are defined as follows.
- Local Production Projects - must develop an art form, or promote the artistic growth of artists and arts-producing organizations. The project may be a single activity, a sequence of closely related activities, or an exhibition curated by the applicant. These grants may be sponsored by arts organizations, government entities and public or non-religious private K-12 schools, either individually or in cooperation. These grants cannot be used to cover costs of school residencies.
- Administrative Support - promotes artistic growth through the administrative development of arts-producing organizations that do not qualify for general operating support through SEMAC or MSAB. The end result is increased resources to support arts-producing activities, e.g., developing administrative or fiscal capabilities, new resources for arts producers, or planning and research.
- Equipment Purchase - may be used for costs directly related to the infrastructure of arts-producing organizations, such as Web site development, or the purchase of printers and other equipment.
Small Towns/Rural Areas grants are offered twice a year to qualified arts organizations and, in the case of Local Production Projects, to other entities as noted above.