NEWSBRIEF: Metro Regional Arts Council awards grants to area organizations


submitted photo Winner Eric Morley with Oakdale mayor Paul Reinke

Organizations in Lake Elmo, Oakdale, and Maplewood received grant money from the Metro Regional Arts Council. 

The council’s Community Arts grant program, funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment, awarded $302,454 to over 60 organizations and projects  on Dec. 11. 

Those chosen, according to an MRAC release, “demonstrate both strong artistic quality and a connection to a community.”

FamilyMeans in Lake Elmo received $5,000 for their Arts Exploration Workshops. Drama, Dance and music workshops are offered after school between January and June 2019 to teens in the Cimarron mobile home community. 

CommonBond Communities art classes at Oak Terrace senior housing in Oakdale received $5,000. The 10-week course will have two hour classes from January till August 2019. 

Rise’s Oakdale facility received $10,000 for its 10-week therapeutic music program that introduces adults with varying levels of ability and disability to the blues. WOrkshops - which wrap with a recital - run from January to March 2019. 

Maplewood Area Historical Society received $5,000 for two community swing dances and six performances of the musical Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters, all happening July 2019 at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm in Maplewood. 

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