The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC) is pleased to announce Artist Fellowships of $3,000 with funding from the McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis. Fellowship grants are available in all art disciplines - dance, literature, music, theater, or visual art for specific artistic projects. The Fellowship Grant provides professional mid-career artists with financial support that enables them to further their work and their contribution to their communities. It is intended to recognize, reward and encourage outstanding individual artists in the nine-county region. Applicants for the PLRAC/McKnight Fellowship are expected to demonstrate professional achievement in their disciplines. The Fellowship is for $3,000, for activities taking place from December 2012, to December 2013. All applicants must send a "Letter of Intent" to apply to the Prairie Lakes office by Sept. 15, 2012. The full application is due Oct. 1, 2012. Applications are available on the Prairie Lakes website www.plrac.org.
Professional mid-career artist defined: professional achievement includes, but is not limited to: juried exhibitions, performances and publications. Eligible artists are beyond the "emerging" or "beginning" stage in their careers. They have proven to be deeply engaged in their art form and may be ready to take a "leap" in their career. They are committed to being artists and to creating a body of work. The grants can be used for supplies, matting and framing or costs associated with visual art show preparations, producing a demonstration tape for a composer or musician, editorial assistance for a writer, mentorship or attendance at a workshop.
Prairie Lakes also provides grants for Emerging Artists at $1,000 each in the areas of dance, literature, music, theater and visual art. The grant deadline is Feb. 1, 2013, with a Letter of Intent due on Jan. 15, 2013. Grant program guidelines/restrictions and applications are available at www.plrac.org or by contacting Brenda Byron, executive director, at the PLRAC office in Waseca, 1-800-298-1254, (507) 833-8721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.