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Announcing the IMAGE Art Show 2013!

For visual artists in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine Counties.

This year the IMAGE Art Show is being hosted by the Old School Art Center in Sandstone, MN.  The Art Show will be held November 15 - 19, 2013.  166 artists have entered IMAGE.

About IMAGE 2013 

This is the 27th year of IMAGE, an annual judged art show sponsored by the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC.)  IMAGE is usually hosted each year by a different art group, organization or group of individuals interested in the arts.   This year the Old School Art Center in Sandstone will showcase the artwork and their facility.

IMAGE is a celebration of art in Region 7E which is comprised of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine counties. Visual artists from any of these counties are encouraged to enter the show.

There are 8 categories and each will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. In addition, all artwork entered will be eligible for both Best of Show and People’s Choice Awards.  These awards (except People’s Choice) are presented at the opening reception on the first day of the show.  The Judge's Award Ceremony and tour of the artwork will be Friday, November 15 at 7 pm.  This gala event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

Please note that entry forms were due October 18, 2013. To see the entry form click here:  IMAGE 2013 Call for Entries

For more information call 320-216-7635 or email fran@oldschoolartscenter.org or go to www.oldschoolartcenter.org 

 

About the Old School Art Center

The Old School Arts Center builds and enriches community through arts education, exhibition and performance.  It supports the efforts of local and regional artists and provides a venue for public events.  The location is 214 Eagle Drive, Sandstone, MN.

 

About the East Central Regional Arts Council

The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is a non-profit 501c3 organization that has been designated by the Minnesota State Arts Board as the regional arts council for Region 7E in East Central Minnesota. The mission of ECRAC is to improve the quantity and quality of arts experiences in Region 7E by facilitating the production, presentation, and dissemination of art development for arts organizations and to promote the growth of individual artists. ECRAC accomplishes this mission through programs and special initiatives for artists and arts organizations.   You can find out more about the East Central Regional Arts Council at www.ecrac.org   The office is located at 112 Main Street South, in Braham.

 

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation and thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 

 

General Operating Support Grants Awarded to

Old School Art Center, Paradise Community Theatre, Pine Center for the Arts, and the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community!

For information on recent ECRAC grants go to:  CLICK HERE

From a recent press release, the Old School Arts Center (OSAC) is the proud recipient of a $3,000 Operating Support grant through the East Central MN Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) grant program.

 

OSAC would like to personally thank the Minnesota Legislature, ECRAC, and the voters of Minnesota who ensure through their support of this funding that arts access is available to greater Minnesota and therefore to OSAC’s pursuit of cultivating the arts in the region!  Please visit www.osacmn.org to learn more about the activities past and present that OSAC proudly sponsors. The organization continues to grow its outreach and this operating grant will fund goals of continuing to broaden the support of the arts community in East Central Minnesota.  Email OSAC at info@osacmn.org or call 320-242-3933 for volunteer opportunities.

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Linda Kvasnicka, OSAC Board Member/Grant Project Director and Mary Minnick-Daniels, ECRAC Executive Director

 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Councilthanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

November 1, 2018, Art Grant Deadlines

and Grant Info Sessions Details!

http://www.ecrac.org/grants

The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) wishes to announce to all local artists, organizations providing arts programming, and schools within Region 7E (the Minnesota Counties of Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec, and Mille Lacs) that there are five November 1 art grant deadlines! There will also be two additional grant deadlines for fiscal year 2019 which are February 1, and April 1.

November 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m., is the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) grant application deadline for:

• Art in Our Schools Grants: School districts may apply for special arts-related funding up to $3,000.

• Small/Art Project Assistance Grants: Nonprofit organizations, art groups, school districts, and local units of government may apply for arts-related funding ranging from $500-$5,000.

• Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Organizations: Nonprofit organizations, art groups, school districts, and local units of government may apply for arts-related funding ranging from $5,000-$15,000.

• Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Individuals: Individual artists may apply for arts-related funding up to $2,500. Eligible applicants must be permanent residents of Region 7E and need to have an open to the public event.

• ECRAC Individual Artist Grants: Individual artists may apply for arts project funding up to $1,000. Eligible applicants must be permanent residents of Region 7E.

For the grant application materials, information on past grants, and the link to the online grant application portal go to: www.ecrac.org/grants

The link to all of these online application processes can be found at www.ecrac.org/grants. The online grant application processes for November 1 are open now. For further information, please call 320-396-2337 extension 2 or email: grantinfo@ecrac.org

If you are interested in applying for a grant you will find it useful to attend one of the upcoming ECRAC Grant Info Sessions on Thursdays, October 25 and November 8 for Organizations, and Thursdays, September 27 and October 11 for artists. These sessions will include basic information about the ECRAC art grant programs, as well as recent changes to the grant application processes. If you have already attended a grant information session in the past, a refresher is always a good idea to keep you up to date with any new grant requirements and recent changes to the applications. These sessions will be held at the East Central Regional Arts Council office located at 112 Main Avenue South in Braham, MN. There is no charge to attend but advance registration is recommended.

To register, please call the East Central Regional Arts Council office at 320-396-2337 extension 1, or email info@ecrac.org

These grant programs are made possible with funds provided by The McKnight Foundation and thanks to Minnesota legislative appropriations from the State General Fund and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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www.ecrac.org/grants

 

Grantee Art Show During Braham Pie Day!!!

ECRAC honors last year's artist grantees with an art show and venue during Braham Pie Day 8/3/18

Chad Filley will perform at 10:15; 11:15 and 12:15

Grantee Art Show open at ECRAC August 3 to September 28

Need all the Braham Pie Day events?  http://www.pieday.com/

Want more information on the East Central Regional Artist Grantees from last year?

Want an art grant in your community?!

Learn about opportunities for all organizations!!!

The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) has scheduled upcoming grant information sessions for all Region 7E organizations (art groups, writing groups, dance troupes, community theater, community organizations, nonprofits, units of government, schools, etc). These sessions will include information about all ECRAC grant programs for organizations, grant writing tips, as well as recent changes to the grant application processes. Region 7E is the east central Minnesota Counties of Chisago, Kanabec, Isanti, Mille Lacs, and Pine. 

If a representative from your organization has already attended a grant information session, a refresher is always a good idea to keep you up to date with any new grant requirements or recent changes to the ECRAC granting processes.

Grant info sessions for organizations will be on Thursdays: July 12, 2018 at 10 am; August 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm; September 13 at 10 am; October 25, at 5:30 pm; and November 8, at 10 am.

These sessions will be held at the ECRAC office, 112 Main Ave S, Braham, MN. There is no fee to attend but advance registration is strongly encouraged. To register, please call the East Central Regional Arts Council office at (320) 396-2337 x 1, or email info@ecrac.org.  

If you can’t make a session but would like further information on the granting process feel free to contact Grant Program Officer Katina Eklund at (320) 396-2337 x 2 or by email at grantinfo@ecrac.org.

These grant programs and activities are made possible thanks to Minnesota legislative appropriations from the State General Fund and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Interested in an artist grant?

The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) has scheduled upcoming grant information sessions for all artists (visual artists, writers, dancers, actors, videographers, potters, musicians, etc.) in Region 7E.

These sessions will include basic information about all ECRAC grant programs for artists, as well as recent changes to the grant application processes.  Region 7E is the east central Minnesota Counties of Chisago, Kanabec, Isanti, Mille Lacs, and Pine.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have their permanent residence in the region for at least 6 months.

 If you have already attended a grant information session in the past, a refresher is always a good idea to keep you up to date with any new grant requirements and recent changes to the application processes.

Grant Info Sessions for all artists will be on Thursdays: July 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm; August 2, 2018 at 10 am; September 27 at 5:30 pm; and October 11, at 10 am.

These sessions will be held at the ECRAC office, 112 Main Ave S, Braham, MN. There is no fee to attend but advance registration is strongly encouraged. To register, please call the East Central Regional Arts Council office at (320) 396-2337 x 1, or email info@ecrac.org.

These grant programs and activities are made possible with funds provided by The McKnight Foundation and thanks to Minnesota legislative appropriations from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 

Northern Exposures Photography Club

Exhibit up at ECRAC through the end of May!

The Northern Exposures Photography Club of Mora was founded in 2002 by four enthused "chasers of the light". The Club produces an annual exhibit each May and has the photo art critiqued by a knowledgeable photographer/artist as an educational experience for the club's members. The exhibit has been placed at various galleries in the surrounding area as its members reside in a number of different localities other than just Mora. This year’s exhibit displays 37 prints from 22 members, depicting a range in photographic art from documentary to the abstract.

The exhibit is on display at the East Central Regional Arts Council in Braham (112 Main Ave S.) and is open for viewing Monday – Friday, May 7 to 31, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm each weekday.

IMAGE Art Show 2018!

The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is proud to honor the award winners of the 31st annual IMAGE Art Show which opened Saturday, April 21.

 

The IMAGE Art Show is an annual event open to any artist residing in Region 7E (the MN counties of Chisago, Kanabec, Isanti, Mille Lacs, and Pine.) The Art Show and the awards honor some of the finest art in the area. The judges for the show were Brandon Kuehn and Julie Crabtree.  They both have a wide range of artistic skills and art show judging experience.  The curator of the show was Bethany Whitehead, she has curated over 30 shows.

 

 A total of 165 artists from the East Central Minnesota region entered this year’s IMAGE Art Show and over 350 people attended the opening event which was held at the ECRAC offices in Braham.

 

The 2 Judge’s Choice (Best of Show) Awards went to Carl Long of Ogilvie for “On the Edge of Time” and Jana Merten of North Branch for “Unicapricorn”. There were also ten Excellence Awards (1st Place) and ten Merit Awards (2nd Place).

 

2018 Artistic Excellence Awards: David Baker, Sandstone; Gary Carlson, Rush City; Kendra Elyse Douglas, Shafer; Mike Gainor, Pine City; Nancy Haugen, Princeton; Charles Jokinen, Rush City; Mike Menasco, North Branch; David Spohn, Lindstrom; Richard Vincent, North Branch; and Susan Zimmerman, Sandstone.

 

2018 Artistic Merit Awards: Karrie Anderson, Milaca; Carolyn Cagle, Stacy; Nathan Hager, Isanti; Dale Hawkins, Mora; Yvonne Herrmann, Foreston; Don Kaddatz, Mora; Jim Larson, Milaca; Joy Paulzine, Dalbo; Katherine Salverda, Stacy; and James Sullivan, Cambridge.

 

Purchase Awards were also made and announced during the show opening. ECRAC purchased 5 works of art which now become part of the Council's permanent collection of artwork.  2018 Purchase Awards: Mary Ann Carlson, Rush City; Kendra Elyse Douglas, Shafer; Cindy Fuerstenberg, Pine City; Don Kaddatz, Mora; and Susan Zimmerman, Sandstone

 

According to ECRAC Executive Director Mary Minnick-Daniels "The IMAGE Art Show keeps improving every year! It is an incredibly vibrant art exhibit and a true celebration of all of the wonderful artists that entered."

 

IMAGE will be open weekdays 10 am to 4:00 pm through April 27, 2018. ECRAC is located at 112 Main Avenue South in Braham. There is no charge to attend. People’s Choice Award votes will be accepted from all attendees through the end of the show and will be announced on April 28.  To find out about all of the show entries click here:   the IMAGE Art Show 2018 Booklet.

 

This art exhibition was made possible by The McKnight Foundation and also by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Fund. Thanks also to all that came to support the artists and their work at the 31st Annual IMAGE Art Show.

IMAGE Art Show

opens Saturday April 21 and an Operating Support Grant deadline reminder!

 

Also... a reminder for Region 7E Arts Organizations
ECRAC's General Operating Support Program has a 5/1/18 Deadline!

As you may know, the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) has been working on revising the ACHF General Operating Support grant program for 501c3 arts organizations in Region 7E. The application is now available online

The application deadline is May 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.  Arts organizations can apply for $3,000 - $5,000 in funding to be used between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 for allowable expenses related to the organizations arts mission. 

In order to apply  log in to the ECRAC Grant Portal

Reminder!

The ECRAC grants deadline, and the deadline for the IMAGE Art Show, are Monday April 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

For the latest Arts Alert click here:  East Central Regional Arts Council Arts Alert  3/27/2018