The Fête Celebrated Excellence in the Arts with the Ardee Awards!
And the Ardee went to......
Mayor's Award for Public Art
Charles Eugene Gagnon- late sculptor of the Peace Fountain
Leadership in the Arts Award
Jane Belau- musician, artist, poet laureate, host of award-wining cable program
Arts Collaboration Award
Rochester Diversity Council & Rochester Art Center- for Question Bridge: Black Voices
Outstanding Artist Award
Outstanding Volunteer in the Arts
Paul Skattum- Rochester Repertory Theatre and local high schools
Excellence in Arts Education
Daved Driscoll-founder of Words Players Theatre
Youth in Arts Award
Bella Voce Young Women's Choir- performs and raises funds for charitable projects
Outstanding Greater Rochester Arts Award
Commonweal Theatre Company (Lanesboro)-professional theatre company
People's Choice Award
Rochester Civic Theatre-for all programs
Congratulations to the recipients and nominees who are an outstanding example of the reflection of the arts in Rochester!
And save the date for the 2nd Annual Fete on Tuesday, October 21, 2014!
Dancing for the Arts-Take II Youth Arts Education Awards Granted!!
On April 13th, 2013 ten local Rochester celebrities went toe-to-toe paired with professional dancers from Dahl Dance Center to raise money for youth arts education.
The Rochester Arts Council’s “Dancing for the Arts-Take II” sold-out event raised $78,000 through pre-event and event voting monies combined, and a generous post-event donation by Al and Sharon Tuntland. All voting monies for the celeb/pro teams were designated by the Arts Council board to benefit youth arts education.
Of the net proceeds, twelve nonprofit arts and humanities organizations, more than double the number last year, were the 2013 recipients, as determined by an independent panel of funders:
Hambone Music Festival- $1000 for a professionally-led percussion workshop culminating in a main stage performance with The Swamp Kings.
Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota- $1000 to support the “Sharing Music in the Schools” outreach program that brings choral music into Rochester schools.
Minnesota Ballet Theatre- $2000 for an original holiday theatrical/dance production with a diverse cast and assistance in underwriting the cost of busing elementary school children to performances.
Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester- $1500 for early childhood interactive arts education programming in the Classroom.
Rochester Art Center- $500 to provide equipment for Tastes Like Paint’s
video project creating individual interpretations of diverse experiences in Rochester.
Rochester Civic Theatre- $1500 to assist in disseminating the “AWARE” Anti-Bullying Educational Theatre piece in the community.
Rochester Irish Fest- $1000 for youth workshops in musical instruments, Irish dance and storytelling, culminating in showcase sessions.
Rochester Public Library- $2000 to assist in the purchase of furniture, equipment and supplies to create a teen art space.
Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale- $1500 for “Playing with the Pros” which will provide unique access for young musicians to perform as soloists with a professional orchestra.
Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN- $3500 for a new program to provide age-specific “art to go” totes with art activities for children when at appointments, undergoing treatments or inpatient at the hospital.
Sing Out Loud- $2500 to expand the pilot project Bella Fiore, a choral training program for 6th-8th grade girls.
Words Players Theatre- $1500 to assist in production of a new work that will incorporate the paintings of James C. Christensen.
The community will have another opportunity to contribute to youth arts education on April 12, 2014 when ten more local celebrities and their pro partners dust off their dancing shoes for “Dancing for the Arts-Take III”.
Dancing for the Arts-Take II a HUGE Success!
Over 400 people watched as our ten celebrity/professional couples tangoed, waltzed, lindy hopped and did everything else inbetween in an effort to raise money for youth arts education and the programs and services of your Arts Council.
The band finally closed down close to midnight, as people stayed afterwards to take a spin around the dance floor themselves.
As we prepare for Dancing for the Arts-Take III, we thank once again those celeb/pro teams of Take II:
Stephen Lehmkuhle (Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester) and Christine Miller
Jaimi S. Kent (Marketing Director of Rochester Magazine) and James Geroux
Kay Hocker (Executive Director of Diversity Council) and Joey Ray
Annie Henderson (owner of CityWide Appraisals and co-founder of C4) and Tim Horn
Jerry Williams (past Rochester Public Schools Superintendent) and Amanda Ruggeri
Michael Brennan (Director of Rochester Catholic Schools) and Katy Jablonski
Heidi Mestad (Manager of Destination Medical Center-Mayo Clinic and C4 co-founder) and John Vitek
Ed Hruska (Executive Director of Rochester Amateur Sports Commission and Rochester City Council member) and Rachel Nyugen
Debra Frederick (Owner of Tableside Manor) and Gary Dahl
Roger Peterson (Rochester Chief of Police) and April Dahl
And the Trophies go to........
The Judges' Choice winners were: Jaimi S. Kent and James Geroux
The Dancing for the Arts-Take II Trophy went to Ed Hruska and Rachel Nguyen
Mark your calendars for Dancing for the Arts-Take III on April 12, 2014
Where did the money go last year? Check it out!
How Fortunate We Are To Live In Minnesota With Our Legacy Amendment!
Ann Arbor City Officials Disappointed by Rejection of Public Art Millage
A property tax millage to fund a more comprehensive public art program has been rejected by voters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, disappointing city officials there, the Michigan Daily reports.
At a cost of about $11 a month to the average homeowner, the tax would have generated approximately $450,000 annually to provide direct funding for public art projects in the community. The millage had been proposed as an alternative to the current funding mechanism for public art, a program called Percent for Art that receives funds from different city departments and is restricted to permanent art installations on specified government properties. The millage would have included funding for temporary art projects. Although there are proposals to modify the Percent for Art program, none calls for including temporary art.
Public art administrator Aaron Seagraves noted that unfamiliarity with the new model of funding as well as a lack of awareness about the proposal, which was added to the ballot two months before election day, could have contributed to the measure's defeat.
Mark Tucker, art director of the University of Michigan's Lloyd Hall Scholars Program and founder of FestiFools, an annual parade of papier-mâché puppets created by students and members of the community that would have benefited from the millage, said he was disappointed but not surprised by its defeat. "I'm not completely surprised because it would be unusual for a community to come out in strong favor of wanting its tax dollars to go towards public art," said Tucker. "But I think it probably has to do with education in terms of how much the public art millage committee had time to get out the information."
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV Study Results are in!
The Arts are Big Business in Rochester!
The Rochester Arts Council's commissioned study to determine the economic impact of nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations and their Audiences in the City of Rochester has shown that the Arts brought $38.2 million into the City of Rochester, and added $3 million to the state and local tax coffers.
And these numbers do not take into account the earnings of our individual artists, so the actual number is undoubtedly higher.
A big THANK YOU is in order for all those who participated in the gathering of the information and especially to the audience members who took the time to complete the survey.
A project of Americans for the Arts, the Arts Council was chosen to be the representative for the state of Minnesota, as well as commissioning a customized study for Rochester thanks to generous partnerships with the City of Rochester, University of Minnesota Rochester, Mayo Clinic and Home Federal Savings Bank.
In addition to the Rochester Arts Council, participating organizations included Bella Voce Young Women's Choir, Children's Dance Theatre, Children's Museum of Rochester, Choral Arts Ensemble, Diversity Council, History Center of Olmsted County, Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Mayo Civic Center, Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine, RCTC Drama Club, Rochester Aria Group, Rochester Art Center, Rochester Chamber Music Society, Rochester Civic Music, Rochester Civic Theatre, Rochester Dance Company, Rochester Downtown Alliance, Rochesterfest, Rochester International Film Group, Rochester Male Chorus, Rochester Music Guild, Rochester Music Men Barbershop Chorus, Rochester Public Library, Rochester Repertory Theatre Company, Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, Southeastern Minnesota American Guild of Organists, Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestra, St. John's Block Party and Vertigo Theatre Factory.
SEMAC Awards Operating Grant*!
The Rochester Arts Council is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of an operating support grant for 2012 through the Southeast MN Arts Council. Receipt of this grant allows your Arts Council to designate other funds to the services and programs that benefit you and our community.
*This activity is funded by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council through the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota state Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
KSMQ goes off90 and finds off the wall "Barn Bar"
The Rochester Arts Council past Board Chair, Bob Sanborn, has been busy these past 5 seasons quietly creating, with a little help from his friends, a YouTube phenomenon in his barn.
The secret is now out as KSMQ showcases Barn Bar, the strangest bar since Star Wars.
If you want to see what the buzz is about, and catch sight of some people you might just know frequenting this place, go to Barn Bar.
"Life's a Bench!"-get one!
Thanks to the Parks and Recreation Department, the benches have been placed in their locations for everyone to sit a spell and touch the artwork. Because when life gets hectic and you want to take a few minutes to relax and re-group, what better way than to immerse yourself in an artistic surrounding, to feel the soothing beauty of art restoring your spirits when Life's a Bench!
Please note that the Wizard of Oz bench is inside the Mayo Civic Center (near the Civic Theatre) for the winter, but outside next to the Arts Council goose for the summer.
This could not have happened without the generous support of our Life's a Bench! sponsors** so please thank them by supporting them as well:
Richard & Evelyn Berger, City of Rochester, Mayor Ardell F. Brede, DoubleTree Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, Alan & Judy Hoffman, Home Federal Savings Bank, Mayo Clinic, Peter & Bari Amadio, Post-Bulletin Co., Rochester Downtown Farmers Market Friends, Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation, Judy & Jim Sloan Foundation, The Shops at University Square, Think Mutual Bank, US Bank Building, University of Minnesota Rochester.
**This activity is also funded in part by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council through the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota state Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008;and by the Rochester Downtown Alliance.
Did you know?.......The Rochester Arts Council is eligible to receive matching grants through the IBM Matching Grants Program. We want to thank all the current employees and retirees who not only donated to us, but completed the matching grant form. If you are a current or former IBM employee, and a donor to the Rochester Arts Council, please consider the matching program. Funds received will help defray the costs of ARTigras.
Since there is always too much to do in Rochester, our Events Calendar has been color-coordinated. Fundraisers are in green, events in red and auditions and gallery showings in blue. We hope this central location will assist arts organizations and others in planning their own activities, such as fundraisers. As well as letting everyone know when that high school or college play is being performed, or the season schedule for your favorite performing arts group. But this interactive website is also only as good as those who use it- so submit your events and refer to the calendar and Events section for all things Arts.
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