Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council Announces Grantees

    November 29th, 2023

    We are excited to introduce our 146 Youth Scholarship Recipients! Students in grades 7-12 were awarded $300 and students in grades 3-6 were awarded $200, for a total of $37,100. They will be using their scholarships to take lessons in a variety of artistic mediums including dance, music (instrumental and vocal), theater, and visual art.

    Youth Scholarship Recipients

    Blue Earth County, $9,000

    • Eagle Lake: Eden Rueter
    • Lake Crystal: Brytyn Barents, Kijana Barents, Mathias Barents, and Carynn Krebs.
    • Mankato: Mylah Ayers, Corrina Caron, Magdalena Caron, Ruth Costello, Caleb Etta, Favor Etta, Caleb Hartwig, Isaac Hartwig, Sarah Hartwig, Kiarra Hermel, Evie Johnson, Lola Jones, Lucy Kelly, Mollie Kelly, Aubree Kuglin, Katelyn Landwer, Gemma Lin, Brigid Loften, Jacob Londgren, Noah Londgren, Noah Sims, Audrey St. Martin, Noelle St. Martin, Olivia Stevermer, Blake Thielsen, Adyson Troldahl, Amelia Valdez, Azariyah Vetaw, and Brea Willaert.
    • St. Clair: Gracelyn Freitag

    Brown County, $7,500

    • Comfrey: Grace Goedtke
    • Hanska: Andrew Makela, Eli Makela, Jonathan Makela, and Jude Makela.
    • New Ulm: Sylvia Bentler, Elizabeth Borgen, Eden Carlovsky, Joshua Carlovsky, Nathaniel Carlovsky, Aubrey Correa, Ayden Correa, Calleigh Frederickson, Natalia Frederickson, Himalaya Harrison, Amelia Hermanson, Isaiah Hermanson, Jamis Martens, Karl Martens, Avery Rieke, Maya Rieke, Gabriella Smith, Isaiah Smith, Nathanael Smith, Sebastian Smith, Bethany Spike, Ezra Spike, and Ainsley Tess
    • Rural St. James: Emma Bottin

    Le Sueur County, $1,900

    • Le Sueur: Harper Braun, Joseph Heim, Nathan Heim, Clara Roby, Gabe Roby, Rosie Roby, and Paul Sunderman.
    • Rural St. Peter: Molli Weber

    Nicollet County, $8,400

    • Lafayette: Mollie Berdan, Avery Fischer, Kate Fischer, Ellie Hoffmann, Emma Hoffmann, Arianna Uher, Maria Uher, and Mathias Uher.
    • North Mankato: Azella Garcia, Keyella Garcia, Emmy Gengler, Stellana Grathwohl-Nordby, Catherine Hanel, Thea Hanel, Kyle Johnson, Hazel Lutterman, Hannah McQuiggin, Paizyl Pribyl, and Harper Westphal.
    • St. Peter: Jonah Horak, Noah Horak, Ruby Lindstrom, Isabella Michael, Ingrid Miller, Linnea Miller, Ally Peterson, Makayla Peterson, Rebekah Roemhildt, Anya Stoll, and Micah Stoll.
    • Rural New Ulm: Aliana Enter and Emmalie Fluegge.

    Sibley County, $3,500

    • Arlington: Maryn Halverson and Addison Kube.
    • Gaylord: Ada Kranz, Autumn Kranz, Carsten Kranz, Taytem Muchow, and Drake Scribner.
    • Gibbon: Skylar Lyimo
    • Henderson: Erin Kolter and Ella Prososki.
    • Winthrop: Gordon Matzke, Marion Matzke, Natalie Matzke, and Sue Ellen Matzke.
    • Rural Buffalo Lake: Liam Trebelhorn

    Waseca County, $3,200

    • Janesville: Alexis Feldkamp, Isaac Feldkamp, Luke Feldkamp, Samuel Feldkamp, Griffin Roemhildt, and Stella Ziemke.
    • New Richland: Alexis Olson
    • Waseca: Kaylie Morrissey, Kenzie Morrissey, Kinley Morrissey, Morgan Pena, and Ava Trumbull.

    Watonwan County, $3,600

    • Butterfield: Adyson Steinle, Aubrey Steinle, and Owyn Steinle.
    • Lewisville: Adriel Martinez and Eliana Martinez.
    • Madelia: Karl Davis and Serena Uhde.
    • St. James: Thomas Berg, Anton Faldet, Abigail Meyer, Naomi Rete, Katelyn Runge, and Allie Winrich.
    • Rural Truman: Carolynn Groskreutz and Ethan Groskreutz.

    Small Arts Project & School Arts Project Grantees:

    2B (Teuby) Continued, $2,500

    They will present a dueling piano show by Rock It Man Entertainment during Arlington’s Arli-Dazzle celebration on December 2nd. Funds will be used for artist fees. More information!

    Adaptive Recreational Services, $1,130

    They will host adaptive pottery classes for teens and adults with disabilities, once a month during 2024 in New Ulm. Funds will be used for artist fees, salaries, and supplies. More information!

    Le Sueur-Henderson Elementary/Park Elementary, $2,500

    They will host an artist in residency with BIPOC artist Alexandra Beaumount in December. Alexandra will work with students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade on a fiber project titled “Shape Parade”. The banners created will be displayed at the winter concert on December 15th. Funds will be used for artist fees and travel, and supplies.

    Martin Luther College, New Ulm, $2,130

    They will host a professional voice recital by Jonathan Laabs, Kathryn Wurster, Kathryn Carlovsky, and Laura Stelljes performing music never performing on the MLC campus on January 27, 2024. Funds will be used for artist fees, a sound technician, and publicity. More information!

    TEAM Academy, Waseca, $2,000

    They will take all students in their Kindergarten through 6th grade school to the Children’s Theater in Minneapolis to see the musical “A Year with Frog & Toad”. Funds will be used for ticket costs and transportation.

    Waseca Latino Cultural Celebration, $2,200

    They will host the Mariachi America band from St. Paul to perform Mariachi music during the ethnic celebration on December 9th. Funds will be used for artist fees.

    Upcoming PLRAC Application Deadlines:

    January 1st – Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants **New earlier deadline

    Organizations with year-round programming can apply for up to $9,000. Schools and Arts Festivals can apply for up to $6,000. These funds come from Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment. Examples include art and music festivals, community choirs, dance performances, literary readings, instrumental and vocal music concerts, theater productions, visual art classes and exhibitions, murals, etc.

    Arts and Cultural Heritage Information

    Small Arts Project and Schools arts Project Grants

    Non-profit arts organizations, community groups, or public organizations producing or sponsoring arts activities for their community are eligible for the Small Arts Project Grant of up to $2,500. Examples include arts and music festivals, community bands and choirs, theatre events, dance performances, literary readings, instrumental and vocal music concerts, theater productions, visual art exhibitions and classes, etc.

    School Arts Project Grants are for public and private schools K–12 of up to $2,500 are available to fund residencies, live art performances, mini-workshops, or related field trips.

    The Small Arts Project and School Arts Project programs are flexible with monthly deadlines, the 1st of each month.

    Small Arts Project & School Arts Project Information