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LRAC fellowship awards available

Individual artists residing in the nine-county Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) area are invited to apply for an LRAC Fellowship. Applications are eligible in visual and music arts disciplines only. Literary, dance and theater artists may apply in...

Individual artists residing in the nine-county Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) area are invited to apply for an LRAC Fellowship.

Applications are eligible in visual and music arts disciplines only. Literary, dance and theater artists may apply in 2009.

This program is intended to recognize, reward and encourage outstanding individual artists in the region. Fellowship awards of $5,000 will be given to further recipients' work and their contribution to their community.

A fellowship can support a broad range of study or activities, including exploration of new directions, continuation of work already in progress or accomplishment of work not financially feasible otherwise.

A fellow may choose to take time for solitary work or reflection, engage in collaborative or community projects, embark on travel or research, or pursue any other activity that contributes to his/her life as an artist.

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Criteria used to determine funding include:

  • The artist has a strong vision, creative energy, importance to a local culture and perseverance.
  • The nominee is a professional artist, i.e. someone working independently who can demonstrate that the creation of art is a primary endeavor.
  • The artist can exhibit and document prominent artistic achievement.

The timeline for this program, funded by the McKnight Foundation, is as follows:
February 20: A free informational meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at the LRAC offices in Fergus Falls to familiarize interested artists with the guidelines and application process. Any artist interested in attending should call the LRAC office by February 15 to register.

March 25: Applications must be postmarked by midnight to be eligible.

April 15: All applications will be reviewed and fellowship recipients selected.

Contact the LRAC office for more information or an application packet at 1-800-262-2787 or LRAC4@charterinternet.com .

The LRAC is a nonprofit organization serving the counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin

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