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*Events which SMAC panel members and/or SMAC Board members can attend for evaluation are in green italics.

June SMAC Funded Events:

June 3, 4 pm, Buffalo Ridge Chorale “Big Noise”, Christ Lutheran Church, 104 E Henderson St, Hendricks. Buffalo Ridge Chorale with Anna DeGraff as director and special guests, “Friends of Jazz”, the chorale will sing jazz and Broadway tunes. Contact: 605-832-2651.

June 6, 6 pm, Prairie Dance Alliance Dance Camp Showcase, Schwans Community Center for the Performing Arts, Marshall. Performance showcasing dance learned during the Prairie Dance Alliance’s week long dance camp.

June 7 & 8, 7 pm, Yellow Medicine East High School presents “Disney’s High School Musical Jr.”, Yellow Medicine East High School, 450 9th Ave, Granite Falls. Contact: 320-226-0388.

June 9, 9 am-3 pm, Riverside Market & Muse, Foot bridge & Down Town Plaza, 807 Prentice St, Granite Falls. On the second Saturday of every month from May to September, vendors are invited to set up for free along the downtown plazas in Granite Falls and each event features an art project and performance. This time, Brian Laidlaw, poet and musician, will do a river songs workshop and performance. 9 AM to 12 noon- Brian Laidlaw presents “Love and Theft” – A workshop where participants begin their songs/poems/stories by “stealing” an idea from an existing piece (maybe a line of a song they like, for example) and then use that “stolen” idea as a starting point for an original piece of their own. 9-3 Vendors can set up for free along the plazas spaces. Contact: 320-564-4039.

June 12, 4-7:30 pm, SMAC Artist Gathering, Marshall Lyon County Library, 201 C St, Marshall. Join fellow artists for a FREE afternoon of learning & networking! *This FREE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY is open to artists in the 18-county region of the SW MN Arts Council.* To register, click here. What will be there: “Portfolio Kit” from THE WORK OF ART TOOLKIT, Led by Springboard for the Arts. Your portfolio is the core of your promotional materials and professional calling card. Focus on the essential elements: Sharpen your artist statement, tailor your artistic resume, and curate and format your work samples. In order to assist with getting your portfolio in shape, SMAC will have a photographer onsite to capture images of your artwork. Bring up to 3 pieces of your art to be photographed (for FREE!). There will also be SUPPER WITH SMAC: Networking & Grant Opportunities: Sharing of information, breakout activities related to networking, 2018-2019 SMAC Grants Update, & SMAC Survey. 800-622-5284, 507-537-1471,,,

June 12, 7 pm, Danube Concerts in the Park, Mueller Park Bandstand by the Depot Museum, Danube. Spiritwood Music of the The Boundary Waters, Pat and Donna Surface present “Remember When” Tribute show: songs, humor and stories of the 50s, 60s and 70s! Contact: 320-826-2236.

June 14, 5-7 pm, Artist Reception for Emily Petersen, Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, 109 N 3rd St, MarshallExhibit Culture Shock by Emily Petersen, paintings. Exhibit runs from June 12-July 20, 2018. New artwork from Emily describing an experience in the Dominican Republic. Artist talk on the subject at the reception. Artwork will be available for sale. 507-532-5463,

June 15, 4-11 pm, Celebrate the 1940’s, American Legion, 60 6th Ave, Granite Falls. Celebrate the 1940s the night before the Ray Fagen Memorial Air Show in downtown Granite Falls! There will be music by The Echos, Big Band from 6:30-8:30, followed by community Karoke from 9-11! The Legion will be serving pulled pork sandwiches and potato salad for only $5., contact (320) 564-4039,

June 15 & 16, 4-9 pm on June 15 & 10 am-5 pm on June 16th, Willmar Area Studio Hop, Various cities: Svea, Willmar, Spicer & New London. Studio Hop is a self-guided tour of studio spaces in Svea, Willmar, Spicer and New London. Facebook page.

June 21, 12-1 pm, SMAC Grant Workshop Webinar.  Join SW MN Arts Council online for a grant workshop webinar to learn about the guidelines, requirements, and application process for our Art Project and Art Legacy Project grants for organizations. Contact the SMAC office to register.  While this grant workshop webinar is free, participants must register to be able to join the meeting. 800-622-5284, 507-537-1471,,,

June 21, 6:30-7:30 pm, The Festival of Moors and Christians: A Celebration of Spanish Heritage and Music, Marshall-Lyon County Library, 201 C St, Marshall. A free presentation for the public by Dr. John Ginocchio, Southwest Minnesota State University.

June 22, 5-6:30 pm, Artist Reception for Exhibit “Webs, Hives, Nests”, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, 15 Franklin St SW, Hutchinson. Three distinct artistic voices exploring themes of ecology and nature: Printmaker Laura Corcoran (St. Paul, MN), encaustic painter and object maker Tammi Joy Parsons (Spicer, MN), and contemporary quilter Sharon Rotz (Litchfield, MN). Audiences will be captivated by the richness and mastery of how each artist uses her material to stitch, draw, and paint compelling stories of human connection to the natural world. Facebook Event Page. 320-587-7278,,

June 26, 7 pm, Danube Concerts in the Park, Mueller Park Bandstand by the Depot Museum, Danube. Melanie Devaney concert, Melanie is a singer/songwriter from Iowa. Contact: 320-826-2236.

June 28, 7 pm, “Inspiration Through the Lens”Reception, Lac Qui Parle County Museum, 250 8th Ave, Madison. Wine and Cheese Closing Reception for exhibit “Inspiration Through the Lens”. (320) 598-7678,,

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