Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council will hold Public Hearing March 23, 2023 on FY 2024-2025 Arts Biennial Plan

    March 14th, 2023

    The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council’s Biennial Plan to the Minnesota State Arts Board for Fiscal Year 2024-2025 will be discussed during a public hearing on March 23, 2023.

    The hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Bank, 1450 Adams Street, Mankato. There is also an option to join the meeting via Zoom. You can register to attend this meeting by emailing Individuals or groups can present written or oral testimony about the arts council’s programs, policies, and budget at the Mankato meeting. Prairie Lakes Arts Council is anticipating a 20% increase in the Arts and Cultural Heritage funds for FY 2024 and FY 2025. They anticipate stable funding for the next two year period from the State Fund and the McKnight Foundation. Prairie Lakes’ board members are asking the public to comment on grant programs and use of State arts funding and how the arts are vital to you and those in your community. Written comments about the grant programs may be submitted by March 22, 2023 by email to or sent to Cindy Lewer, Program Manager, Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, 105 22nd Avenue NE, Suite A, Waseca, MN 56093.

    A summary of the biennial plan is available on our website: Commentary and recommendations will be considered at the board meeting on March 23, 2023. The council awards grants to a variety of arts activities in the region including: artist residencies in the school, community choirs, dance activities, literary readings, music presentations, orchestras, theatre productions, visual arts classes and exhibitions, etc. To view the list of funded activities, refer to our website The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council serves the nine-county area including Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan Counties.