CMAB awards 19 area arts grants

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The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB), at their March 12, 2014 meeting, awarded nineteen Community Arts Support Grants totaling $114,372.   
The Community Arts Support Grant program provides funds equaling up to 15% of the last completed fiscal year's annual operating expenses or $10,000, to nonprofit arts organizations located in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns or Wright County. Grants are awarded to organizations that demonstrate efficient management and programming of high artistic quality while enhancing arts opportunities within the communities they serve. These funds may be used for administrative, operating and capital expenditures.
Award recipients:
Buffalo Art Guild, $468; Buffalo Community Orc-hestra, $6,258; Buffalo Community Theater, $8,619; Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, $10,000; Command Per-formance Choirs, $3,143; Elk River Arts Alliance, $10,000; ER Community Theatre, $2,532; Great Northern Theatre Company, $3,520; Great River Chorale, $4,991; Land of Lakes Choirboys, $10,000; Minnesota Center Chorale, $5,064; Minnesota Dance Ensemble, $2,524; North Ballet Youth Company, $4,400; SOAR Regional Arts, $6,750; St Cloud Municipal Band, $2,200; St Cloud Symphony Orchestra, $10,000; Visual Arts Minnesota, $8,000; Youth Chorale of Central MN, $10,000; Youth Theatre Workshop, $5,903.
The Central Minnesota Arts Board supports collaborative and innovative arts opportunities through partnerships and financial investments in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties as one of eleven Regional Arts Councils designated by the Minnesota State Arts Board. We work with community partners to increase access to the unique cultural assets of Minnesota.
For more information about the Central MN Arts Board visit www.centralmnartsboard.org or call the office at 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-345-7140.

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