At the Dec. 11 meeting, the Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) awarded $91,575 in support of 20 regional arts projects. Applications are scored by a panel of artists, nonprofit administrators and members of other community groups. Panel scores are provided to the Board of Directors and used in determining how to allocate funds. Criteria used in evaluating applications include: pandemic sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion, artistic quality and merit, demonstrated need, outcomes and evaluation and ability to complete the proposal.

Of the awarded organizations is the Crow River region’s SOAR Regional Arts in the value of $5,000 for the production of SOAR Academy’s “Peter Pan, Jr.” in February 2021 at Saint Michael-Albertville High School in St. Michael.

Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 for any one project or combined projects in a grant round. Funding for these CMAB Grants is provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the state’s general fund, and its Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund created by the Voters of Minnesota.

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