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Arts news: Grants available for variety of artists and musicians

Money for local workshops

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council approved grant applications totaling $38,000 to be awarded through it Rural and Community Arts Grants program.

The Art Center in Two Harbors will receive $3,222 to produce four workshops for children coinciding with train arrivals, three adult workshops, and a community exhibit with Art Center members and community artists.

The funding for the grants is made available by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Artist help

Springboard for the Arts and Minnesota's regional arts councils have teamed up to bring career and business assistance to artists across Minnesota by establishing a network of career counselors.

Sam Black and Ann Klefstad are the counselors for the Arrowhead Region Arts Council area, which includes Lake, St. Louis, Cook, Aitkin, Carlton, Itasca, and Koochiching counties.

Springboard for the Arts' mission is to cultivate a vibrant arts community by connecting artists to the skills, contacts, information, and services they need to make a living and a life. The Regional Arts Councils bring knowledge of, and connection with, artists across Minnesota.

In addition to providing career consultations, the network of counselors will be actively working to knit together businesses, municipal agencies, and arts communities to make more livable places.

Black is educated in comparative literature, music theory and history, performance, and Biblical text history and criticism. He has taught college writing and literature classes and spent four years as a college administrator with international students. He continues to teach courses on literature and music for the College of St. Scholastica.

He is a performing musician: choral conductor, pianist/ organist, and organizer, performing a broad spectrum of music. He has created music programs in Lake and St. Louis counties as a soloist and as a pianist/organist with the Gichigami Trio. He has performed throughout the region.

Black was a board member of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for several years, and is now on the ARAC staff as assistant director. He has traveled across the area counties, talking with artists and organizations about ARAC and about surviving as artists.

Ann Klefstad is an artist and writer in Duluth. She has spent a number of years doing arts journalism, as a freelance writer, as editor for, as a newspaper reporter, and now again as a freelance writer of news and features for magazines.

She is also an artist, creating and showing installations as well as the Walk on Water series of photos and photosculptures, and doing public sculpture commissions. She does consulting for organizations who want to add art to their environment and for artists and writers who need help with developing and funding projects.

Requests for a consultation may be made by visiting Springboard's site at An hour long individualized career counseling meeting costs $45, and gift certificates are available.

Music fellowship

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation is offering one Bridge Fellowship of $1,000 in 2011 to young professional musicians residing in northeastern Minnesota. Money was raised from a music festival, BradFest 2011, held earlier this month at the Earthwood Inn in Two Harbors.

The purpose of the fellowship is to help subsidize professional expenses, ideally those related to a musical project with local impact.

Examples of fellowship projects include public performance or educational projects, promotional projects, training, or supplies.

Musicians up to age 35 who have recently completed formal musical training and would benefit from financial assistance to help jumpstart their professional careers are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by Sept. 30.

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