The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center was recently awarded a $15,000 operating support grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
The $15,000 grant is a four-year commitment from the board’s Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
The funds will help expand the reach and impact of the arts on the Brainerd lakes area, said Patrick Spradlin, Director of the CLC Performing Arts Center.
With the grant, the CLC Performing Arts Center will be able to hire a development and community outreach staff member to build more partnerships and pull in more resources for the program. They will also identify underserved populations of the community and explore how to better serve them through the arts, Spradlin said.
Also with the grant, the CLC Performing Arts Center will be able to expand its programs for the younger crowds. That means building on the current Children’s Theatre Workshops and also igniting additional new programming.
“This grant allows us to make the organization stronger,” Spradlin said. “It’s more security for arts as a whole and brings in more opportunities for students and the community.”
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