The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center was awarded $15,000 through a Minnesota State Arts Board operating grant.
Now in its third year, the grant has awarded Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center $15,000 increments each year. A final $15,000 is scheduled to be awarded next year, for a grand total of $60,000.
The grant funds are very important for the program, said Director Patrick Spradlin. It helps offset the cost of the Children’s Theatre Workshops, the cost of bringing in guest artists to perform for all second graders in the school district, and helping to produce in-house productions for kids. Additionally, the grant helps fund the cost of designers, directors and choreographers in other productions.
“It allows us to do things we couldn’t otherwise do by ourselves,” Spradlin said. “The grant is especially important for small, rural arts providers like us. It has a big impact. I’m very grateful to the citizens of Minnesota for passing the legacy amending and providing a guaranteed source of funding for the arts, and to the Minnesota State Arts Board for finding us worthy to receive funds through this grant.”