arts alert: Weekends Highlight Positive Impact of Legacy Funding

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
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August 18, 2011

1. Weekends Highlight Positive Impacts of Legacy Grants

2. State Arts Board to Offer Grant Info Sessions Around the State
3. Doris Duke Offers Leadership Program

1. Weekends Highlight Positive Impacts of Legacy Grants

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Conservation Minnesota and Explore Minnesota Tourism are working together on the Legacy Weekends project, highlighting all of the positive opportunties brought to Minnesotans as a  result of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Rochester’s Legacy Weekend, starting tomorrow and going through Sunday, will mark the seventh event around the state. Visitors will enjoy a weekend of 8-string guitars, number one hits, and 5-mile hikes in Rochester for a diverse weekend of arts, history, and outdoor events staged in local parks, trails, and theaters.
“Our community offers both cultural and outdoor recreation, and we thought it would be fun to let people sample the variety of great things there are to see and do in Rochester,” said Bari Amadio, Executive Director of the Rochester Arts Council. “It’s a positive thing for our area.”
Minnesotans voted in 2008 to set aside an increased portion of sales tax revenue to provide financial support for a variety of conservation, parks and arts programs. The Legacy Destination Weekends recognizes one community each month to highlight Legacy events, and Rochester was granted its weekend in August.
Highlights and a detailed schedule of events is available online at Among the events on the Legacy Weekend schedule:
·       Scotland’s own Paul McKenna Band will take the Peace Plaza stage in downtown Rochester during the Thursdays on First & Third summer market and music festival as the second performance in a series of three World Music mini-residency “capstone concerts.”  The band’s music is created through outstanding vocals, 8-string bouzouki guitars, and intense fiddle playing. This event was funded, in part, by Legacy Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council.

·       Rochester City Trail System, Silver Lake Park, 700 West Silver Lake Drive NE
Park and ride your bike or walk along more than 85 miles of Legacy-supported trails in Rochester along the new connection to the Douglas State Trail. Maps and loops are available at
·       Quarry Hill Nature Center and Park, 701 Silver Creek Road NE, 507-328-3950
Visit the Nature Center and ask for your free Quarry Hill water bottle before you head out for a walk around the beautiful new three acre pond, partially funded by a Minnesota Parks and Trails Legacy Grant.

·       The Olmsted County History Center will be showing a movie under the stars. A free will offering is collected as the admission to this event. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. This event is funded, in part, by a Legacy Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society.

·       The Rochester Arts Council presents the 3rd Annual ARTigras in Mayo Park including live performances by musical acts, artists, storytellers as well as artisans and vendor booths with family friendly activities. This event was funded, in part, by a Legacy Grant from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council.

·       A live musical performance of Americana Showcase featuring Bob Wootton, Johnny Cash’s lead guitarist, and Brandon Sampson of Six Mile Grove at the Rochester Civic Theatre.  This event was funded, in part, by a Legacy Grant from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council.

·       Brunch in the Art Center’s Grand Lobby while Chicago-based artist Tony Tasset and Rochester Art Center chief curator Kris Douglas lead a thought-provoking presentation on his exhibition Life During War Time, followed by a gallery tour. This event was funded, in part, by a Legacy Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

·       Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and coolers down to the park to enjoy Collective Soul in Mayo Park at 7pm, Sunday August 21. Down by the Riverside is a seven-week-long free outdoor concert series.  Collective Soul shot to international fame with #1 hit “Shine” and fueled a string of chart topping hits including “December”, “The World I Know”, and “Where the River Flows.”  Riverside Concerts, the event promoter, is funded, in part, by Legacy Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Southeast Minnesota Arts Council.

Rochester hotels are offering special rates for visitors staying in Rochester during Legacy Weekend. For a list of hotels and the packages they offer please visit For more information, please contact Mary Gastner at 800-634-8277 or or visit

2. State Arts Board to Offer Grant Info Sessions Around the State

The Minnesota State Arts Board has announced grant deadlines that will occur this fall. Anyone who would like to learn about upcoming grant opportunities is invited to attend a free session in your area. Sessions will be held between Tuesday, today through Wednesday, August 24 in twelve communities throughout the state:

Bloomington – Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Bloomington Center for the Arts, Rehearsal Hall, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road

Braham – Wednesday, August 24, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
East Central Regional Arts Council, 112 Main Street South

Brainerd – Thursday, August 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Central Lakes Community College, Room C236 501 West Campus College Drive

Duluth – Monday, August 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, 1301 Rice Lake Road, Suite 111

Mankato – Tuesday, August 23, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center, Room 104, Bethany Lutheran College, 715 Luther Drive

Marshall – Thursday, August 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council, 1210 East College Drive, Suite 600

Rochester – Thursday, August 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Heintz Center, Classroom H.A. 104, 1926 College
View Road S.E.

Saint Cloud – Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center, 913 W. Saint Germain Street

In the first 60 minutes of the Grant Information Session, all grant programs will be reviewed. In the second 60 minutes, the Artists Initiative grant
will be discussed in detail. Individuals do not need to stay for both hours.

The workshops are free
of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged.  Register by contacting the Arts Board by phone (651) 215-1600; (800) 866-2787, MN Relay 7-1-1

The above list of dates and locations can also be viewed in the Deadlines/Calendar section of the Arts Board Web site:

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have
the opportunity to participate in the arts.  Funds for Minnesota State Arts Board programs are provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, with additional
funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

3. Doris Duke Offers Leadership Program
Doris Duke Leaders in the Arts Fund
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has approved a 2-year grant in the amount of $50,000 to the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. The purpose of the Grant is to support the creation of the Doris Duke Leaders in the Arts Fund, which will subsidize the participation of leaders in the fields of dance, jazz, presenting and theatre in the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.
The Shannon Institute brings together a small group of experienced leaders and provides for them an opportunity to reflect on the purpose of their work, strengthen their leadership capacity, and gain a better understanding of the community they serve.  It engages artists, writers, and social scientists to work with the group of approximately 20 participants to explore such topics as balance, risk taking and courage, creativity, and community.  The insights and energy the program engenders come from the nature and process of the group, which is comprised of people from different backgrounds, organizational types, and geographic areas.
The Institute is available in two different formats that extend over the full calendar year.  The first begins in January and consists of monthly sessions, each an evening and a full day.  The second begins in March and meets quarterly for three days each session.  In both programs, the sessions vary in format and are designed to provide intellectual challenge, enhanced self-awareness, clarity of purpose, and renewed commitment to service—all important for leadership development.
The Institute has been designed to ensure that the people who are providing valuable leadership in our communities can be nurtured, challenged, and supported in their work.
For more information, or instructions on how to apply, please contact Paul Robinson at the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute at or 651-280-2491.



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