Author Archives: Heidi Bryant

Forecast wants to share hope – New Grants for Artists

A message from Forecast Public Art:

Announcing mini-grants for public artists to create messages of hope during this challenging time. 

The application is now open for 20 grants of $500 each.

Forecast asked artists how we can best help them and their communities NOW. In response, we reallocated $10,000 of our own resources to quickly provide mini-grants to public artists to safely create and share messages of hope within their communities—a much-needed act of solidarity in the face of these stark economic and health crises.

Forecast seeks to support artists based in Minnesota and the Native nations that share the same geography. Our goal is to get funds to artists as quickly as possible and all applicants will be notified by this Friday, April 10.

Apply by 9 pm this Wednesday, April 8

Happy National Poetry Month!

The team at the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest looks forward to April each year—not just because it means the long Minnesota winter might be coming to an end. April is National Poetry Month! While we are not able to host a community event this year, there are still a lot of ways to celebrate… Continue Reading

Tuesdays At 2pm Facebook Live Fundraiser

Tuesdays beginning March 24 | 2:00-2:30pm Join Amanda Grace in supporting local nonprofits who are facing great needs right now. You can listen, donate to them if you feel you can, on her page on Facebook each Tuesday at 2:00pm Central, for as long as she can manage it. (Direct link will be provided… Continue Reading

The State of the Arts (in Minnesota)

River Arts Alliance is committed to helping our community and members get the word out about the adjustments that we all must make during this time of national uncertainty. We will share information that is provided to us and keep our Facebook feed ( up-to-date as things progress. A few updates as of today, March… Continue Reading

Member Spotlight: Billy X. Curmano

Billy X. Curmano is an award winning former McKnight Foundation Interdisciplinary Art Fellow trained as a painter and sculptor (If, of course, painters and sculptors can be trained). His more traditional objects have been exhibited both here and abroad. Notably, his paintings represented the USA in the III Vienna Graphikbiennale. His works are included in the… Continue Reading

March Jazz Jam – Celebrate Spring with H3O

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Sunday | March 22 | 2:30-5:30pm Island City Brewing Company Spring is here and this month’s Island City Jazz Jam is one week later than usual. Now in its third year, the Island City Jazz Jam continues to welcome talented performers of all ages from Iowa, Wisconsin, various Minnesota… Continue Reading

Patina at Elmaro Winery

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Saturday | March 21 | 2:00-5:00pm Elmaro Vineyard | N14756 Delaney Rd Trempealeau, WI Patina will be performing it’s traditional and contemporary Celtic, easy listening, folk and original music at Elmaro Vineyard. Come celebrate the Saturday of St. Patrick’s week with some fine Elmaro wine and music with Patina… Continue Reading

Celebrating the Roaring 20s

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Friday | March 20 | 7:00-10:00pm Old Main | 20869 College Ave | Galesville, WI 1920’s Themed Music with H3O Jazz Band and Margaret Cassidy, Vocalist; Local Wine Tasting; Swing Dance Lessons: 7-7:30 p.m.; Hors D’oeuvres & Dessert; 1920’s local history display. Come in 1920’s attire if you wish.… Continue Reading

Third Thursday Song Circle

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Thursday | March 19 | 7:00-9:00pm Winona Arts Center | 228 E 5th St At this Third Thursday Song Circle, we’ll sing something Irish for St. Patrick’s Day, and include some songs to invoke spring. We take turns choosing the songs, mostly from the book Rise Up Singing – copies… Continue Reading