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Local students receive Artist Mentor Grants

Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) recently presented four local high school students, among several others from around the region, with Artist Mentor Grants for the summer of 2014.

The five-member jury panel interviewed each student applicant and assessed their creativity, skill and commitment. Students sang, played musical instruments, performed, read poetry, danced, submitted artwork and completed assignments to qualify for the mentorship.

Local recipients include Krista Fearing, Alexandria, Minneapolis College of Art and Design media workshop; Hannah Rising, Osakis, literature, fiction; Shelby Sowers, Parkers Prairie, visual, drawing; and Daniel Roers, Alexandria, performing arts, theater.

Each student will receive a $600 study grant this summer with a professional artist or attend artistic workshops. The award is funded through LRAC by an appropriation from the state of Minnesota.

For more information about the Artist Mentor Program, contact coordinator Connie Payson at (218) 739-5780 or

LRAC is a nonprofit art organization that provides grants, resources and services to the nine-county region of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties. Its mission is to encourage and support the arts in West Central Minnesota.