Schools & Youth

Grants for schools and youth provide funds to advance arts education in the SMAC region, supporting the arts as essential to education and daily life.

School grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and an appropriation from the State’s general fund.


Youth grants are made possible by SW MN Arts Council (SMAC) members and donors from the southwest Minnesota region.

Four young students proudly hold up their watercolor nature paintings as they stand around a table displaying more artwork.

Arts in the Schools Grants

Provides public schools with up to $4,000 for projects such as artist residencies, arts field trips, juried student art exhibits, etc.

Compas Roster of Artists

COMPAS maintains a Roster of Artists to help schools who are searching for qualified professionals to conduct residencies in schools.

Two girls sit side-by-side at piano, playing a duet while their teacher looks on behind them.

Art Study Opportunity for Youth Grants

Provides up to $500 to allow young artists entering grades 5 – 12 to attend an enrichment camp or specialty study.


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