People — 11 April 2013
April 12 St. Joseph

Post 328 American Legion members Gary Kraft (left) and Fran Court (right) were recently recognized for 26 consecutive years of membership growth, an all time high in membership. Presenting the certificate of recognition is American Legion National Commander James Koutz.  Kraft is the Children and Youth Director and Court is the Post membership chairman.

[/media-credit] Post 328 American Legion members Gary Kraft (left) and Fran Court (right) were recently recognized for 26 consecutive years of membership growth, an all time high in membership. Presenting the certificate of recognition is American Legion National Commander James Koutz. Kraft is the Children and Youth Director and Court is the Post membership chairman.

 

Koo earns award at Math Meet

A St. John’s Prep School senior, Minjun Koo, earned a second-place award at the 46th annual Math Meet April 4 at St. Cloud State University.

In her category, a student from Mounds View High School (Arden Hills) placed first, and another student, also from Mounds View, placed third.

More than 2,000 students from 46 schools throughout Minnesota, grades seven through 12, competed in the event.

Area schools that also earned honors at the Math Meet are Sartell Middle School, St. Cloud Tech and St. Cloud Cathedral. Mounds View High School won the most awards, both individual and team, at the event.

 

CMAB/McKnight artist awards go to nine local artists

Nine CMAB/McKnight Individual Artist Award recipients were recently announced. A panel of six professional artists volunteered more than 29 hours reviewing applications and art samples before making a recommendation to the CMAB board of directors who accepted the panel recommendations at their March 13 board meeting.

The IAA program awards outstanding artists in the region who have demonstrated prominent artistic achievement. The $5,000 Established Artist Award is designed for artists with a history of exhibition, performances, publications or other notable contributions to their local arts community through personal creative output. The $3,000 Emerging Artist Awards recognize and encourage outstanding artists in various stages of their careers.

Established Artist Award recipients were Mary Bruno, St. Joseph, letterpress printer; and Douglas Wood, Sartell, author of children and adult books.

Emerging Artist Award recipients included the following: J.D. Jorgenson, St. Joseph, wood-fired ceramics; Stephen Zapf, Sauk Rapids, wood-strip canoes; David Paul Lange, O.S.B., Collegeville, figurative sculptures; Dan Mondloch, St. Cloud, water-media landscape paintings; Glenn Quist, Elk River, acrylic paintings; Andrea Fedele, St. Cloud, oboe musician; and Kao Lee Thao, St. Cloud, vinyl and ink paintings.

For more information and to view samples of the artist’s work online, visit the Central Minnesota Arts Board website at www.centralmnartsboard.org.

 

CMAB awards Artist In Residency Grants to area schools

The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB), at their March 13, 2013 meeting, awarded four Artist In Residency Grants totaling $11,832.00.
Artist in Residencies (AIR) provide financial assistance to schools and nonprofit organizations to expose students to a unique arts experience that ties into a lesson plan or curriculum. The intention is to increase interaction between students, community members and professional artists.

Resident artists are chosen on the basis of their ability to enhance programs and curriculum design and may include visits to professional artists’ studios, performances by professional theatre, dance or musical groups, readings by writers, visits to art galleries, exhibitions and other locations pertinent to the creation and exhibition of art.

CMAB AIR recipients are:

Talahi Community Elementary, $3,000, “Readers Theater” with artist Mary Dank. Second grade students will be taught three different ways to read orally to a group with voice levels and facial expression. At the end of the residency, students will present their readings to their classmates and parents.

Discovery Elementary, $2,862, “Elevate the Arts”with artist LeeAnn Goerss. Students in Grades 3-4-5 will collaborate to create four large wall panels using the art of mosaic and will compose a literary work of art entitled “Why Art is Valuable at My School”.

Foley High School, $3,000, with artist Robert McCoy. Students will experience designing, under painting and finishing large-scale paintings, culminating in a 46 foot mural in the school’s cafeteria. Art club students will be able to critique their portfolios by appointment with Mr. McCoy.

Kennedy Community School, $2,970, “Transformations for Kids”. Artist David DeBlieck will work with Kennedy 4th grade teachers to improve student proficiency and attitude in math and dance while reducing performance anxiety in both. Teachers and artist will both expand teaching strategies in their work together to including kinesthetic activities to address a broader range of learners

The CMAB is one of eleven regional art councils in the State of Minnesota with the purpose of supporting and promoting art appreciation throughout region 7W, consisting of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties. 2013 funding for the AIR program was provided through appropriations from the MN State Legislature with money from its arts & cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

For more information about the Central MN Arts Board grant opportunities and services go to www.centralmnartsboard.org
or call the office at 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-345-7140.

Post 328 American Legion members Gary Kraft (left) and Fran Court (right) were recently recognized for 26 consecutive years of membership growth, an all time high in membership. Presenting the certificate of recognition is American Legion National Commander James Koutz (center).  Kraft is the Children and Youth Director and Court is the Post membership chairman.

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