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Multiple area entities awarded SMAC grants

The city of Worthington is one of four entities that has been announced as a recipient of a Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Public Arts Grant.


The city has been awarded $6,000 for two Dia De Los Muertos Catrinas created by artist Gustavo Boada, presented as a part of an annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration. The Catrina statues would be on display at numerous public buildings throughout the year, as well as appearing at events such as the International Festival. 


The city of Tracy has been awarded $8,438 for an installation on the wall above the children's area at the Tracy Public Library. The installation will consist of a compilation of charcoal-drawn images and photo-transferred text from photographs and postcards found at the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum and Tracy history books. The library has selected SammyJo Miller of Walnut Grove as the artist for this project. 


The Mountain Lake Public Library has been awarded $10,206 for creating a bench/statue that will stand as a memorial to its founders, as well as a “growing” statue to remember community members, directors and employees who changed the library for the better or left a lasting mark on the community. The library is working with SammyJo and Eric Miller to create the bench/statue combo.


Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Public Grants provide organizations and city, county or tribal governments with up to $20,000 for large-scale physical public art projects that will leave an arts legacy in southwest Minnesota.


Additionally, Ellsworth Public School has been awarded a $4,000 SMAC Arts in the Schools Grant. This funding will allow students in grades 3-8 to participate in a theater residency with Dakota Players/Black Hills Playhouse. They will perform "On the Road to Bremen Town" in November 2024. The residency will also include workshops open to community members.


SMAC Arts in the Schools Grants provide public schools with up to $4,000 for projects such as artist residencies, arts field trips, juried student art exhibits and more.



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