Arts programming at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has received more than $180,000—including recent grants of $100,000 from the Hiawatha Education Foundation and more than $75,000 from the Minnesota State Arts Board—in support of performances and programming for the 2016-17 seasons at the Saint Mary’s University Performance Center and Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA).

“I think it’s a great affirmation of the types of things that Saint Mary’s is doing, both for its campus community and for the community surrounding us,” said Dean of Arts and Humanities Michael Charron. “The arts are a wonderful bridge to the community; it brings a lot of different people together. The grants allow us to provide opportunities, especially to young people who otherwise might not have had the opportunity to encounter the arts.”

In total, the Saint Mary’s University Performance Center has received more than $50,000 to bring world-class performances to the Winona community through the Page Series. Saint Mary’s Page Series brings community audiences and professional performing artists together through performances of music, theatre, comedy, dance, and youth programming, as well as free educational events throughout the year. This year’s Page Series season includes a variety of artists from around the world, including the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China and The Second City from Chicago. Visit the Performance Center online to view upcoming events and to purchase tickets.

MCA has received more than $135,000 to to offer programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for children ages 18 months and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 West 10th St. This summer’s offerings include Winona Arts Camp, tap dance workshops, summer dance intensives, and more. Visit MCA online to learn more.

Other Saint Mary’s arts sponsors include the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, Merchant’s Bank, Slaggie Family Foundation, Winona Health Community Partnership Fund, Winona National Bank, and the Xcel Energy Foundation.

Photo caption: Grants make it possible for Saint Mary’s University to share world-class artists on its Winona stage, including Indian-American artists from the Ragamala Dance Company, as well as to make the arts accessible to local and regional youth.

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