Two area artists awarded SMAC grants

The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council recently awarded Artist Growth grants to a pair of southwest Minnesota artists.

Saara Myrene Raappana of Marshall has been awarded $4,000 for writing and revising four myth-stories based on a Finnish epic poem the Kalevala. She also plans to offer a four-week workshop on how to write myths based in personal cultures & traditions. She'll perform a reading of some of her work and submit her stories for publication.

Mark Thode of Pipestone was awarded $3,806 to produce a portfolio of photography and graphic design work he's created for community theaters and performing arts centers in the past 15 years to showcase his work. The body of work consists of posters, playbills and other supporting design collateral used to create a brand for a performance or production, as well as production photography. The portfolio he plans to assemble will be a website, a printed booklet, folio/rack cards and a collection of sample printouts of posters and playbills.

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