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Surprise Grants Totaling $60,000 Awarded to Local Art Organizations

The FM Area Foundation is awarding $60,000 in grants to support the arts in the F-M community. The FM Area Foundation announced it will award $5,000 to twelve local art organizations. 

The arts are needed now more than ever, and the FM Area Foundation remains committed to supporting local arts organizations.

“We feel it is incredibly important to support a variety of organizations in our community. These surprise grants were aimed to give a little boost going into the crucial fundraising season for many local organizations,” said Lexi Oestreich, Program Director at the FM Area Foundation.  

The following organizations received a $5,000 grant:

  • Cass County Historical Society
  • Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies
  • Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre
  • Fargo-Moorhead Opera
  • Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra
  • Fargo Moorhead Youth Choir
  • Fargo Theatre Management Corp.
  • Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
  • Plains Art Museum
  • The Arts Partnership
  • Theatre B
  • Trollwood Performing Arts School

The funding came as a surprise to the art organizations. 

Here's what a few grant recipients had to say:

“Oh my goodness! What a surprise indeed! Thank you SO VERY MUCH FM Area Foundation for this generous grant and supporting arts organizations in our community. We are beyond grateful for this gift, especially during these times,” -Erika Tomten, FM Symphony.

“Wow - what an amazing surprise to receive this grant!! On behalf of the FM Youth Choir - thank you so much,” -Jill McCall, FM Youth Choir.

“Surprise, indeed. Thank you all at FMAF for the timely support. Immensely appreciated,” -Sandy Thompson, Plains Art Museum

We encourage our community to join us in offering support to the arts during this challenging time.


*Photos Provided By: Theatre B, Fargo Moorhead Youth Choir, Plains Art Museum, and The Arts Partnership