3 from FL area claim $15,000 in MRAC grants

Masquers Theatre Company, City of FL Park Board, 4-H Federation

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

Three organizations that serve the Forest Lake area and all of Washington County are recipients of grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for 2012.

Grants were presented on Monday at the Silverwood Park Great Hall in St. Anthony.

Rep. Bob Dettmer, above right, presents a $5000 check to Masquers Theatre Company board members Mike Manning, left, and Craig Moen, center. Manning was the grant writer for Masquers. (Photo submitted)

Masquers Theatre Company of Forest Lake, the city of Forest Lake Park Board and the Washington County 4-H Federation each received grants of $5000 to support programs during the year ahead.

For Masquers, the $5000 MRAC grant means the local theater company has now received more than $50,000 in state funding since 2006.

Masquers board of directors members Craig Moen and Mike Manning were on hand to receive the grant from State Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake. Manning was the grant writer for the Masquers funding request.

The grant will assist with the summer production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Stillwater resident Pam Johnson was on hand to receive the $5000 MRAC grant on behalf of the Washington County 4-H Federation.

Johnson, the grant writer for the foundation, said the funds will be used to support county 4-H activities for youth throughout the summer at the Washington County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair.

Rep. Dettmer presented the award which will benefit youth from all regions of Washington County. Dettmer represents northern communities in the county.

The third $5000 grant was awarded to the city park board to support the board’s summer Arts in the Park entertainment program at Lakeside Memorial Park in Forest Lake. The summer entertainment season begins on Friday, June 8 when the Rockin’ Hollywoods appear at the park gazebo stage.

No one from the park board or the city was on hand to receive the grant.

Standing in for the presentation from Rep. Dettmer was Sheila Smith, a Forest Lake resident who is executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, an arts advocacy organization that organizes the arts community to lobby the State Legislature and Congress.

Funds for the MRAC grants are derived in part from the state’s general fund and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Legacy amendment dollars have been available for funding since passage of the constitutional amendment by state voters in 2008.