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City of Winona Invests in Local Artists Through Two New Initiatives

Winona is well known for its incredible arts scene, and the Winona Fine Arts Commission has been supporting and promoting that scene for years through their work. This week the commission announced two new initiatives focused on local creators that will enhance the area’s artistic presence for both locals and visitors alike!

  1. Grants Program

The Winona Fine Arts Commission (FAC) Grants Program has launched with an immediate call for submissions. The FAC will be awarding grants to create art about or inspired by our fair city. All creative, visual, or performing artists who are Winona residents (or are enrolled as a full-time student at a Winona institution) are invited to apply for grants up to $1,000. Resulting artworks or creative projects will be installed or performed in a municipal space in Winona. Successful applicants must complete artworks by October 31, 2020. Completed applications are due Monday, September 30, 2019 at 4pm. (Applications are available on the FAC website.) Artists working within any and all creative fields and at any stage in their artistic career are encouraged to apply. 

       2. Creative Laureate

The Winona Fine Arts Commission (FAC) is announcing a new creative position for the City- the Winona Creative Laureate. The Creative Laureate will serve as an ambassador for Winona’s creative community. They will be actively involved in creative pursuits and the creation of work, and will maintain an active presence throughout the community by interacting with fellow artists, governmental bodies, and the public. The Creative Laureate will elevate the arts and creativity by encouraging public presentations of creative work, and may work in any creative medium or artistic discipline, and will be able to demonstrate extensive experience and advancement in their field.


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