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Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM CDT
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Fort Belmont
217 Belmont St
Jackson, MN 56143

Mural in 3 separate panels of a blue dragon outside on grass. The dragon is in a thought bubble so it looks like anyone sitting on the bench is thinking it. Recently finished interactive community mural in Jackson.

Rosemary Glesener smiling at the cameraRosemary Glesener, SMAC's 2021 Prairie Disciple will be publicly honored at the Annual Celebration. Cropped photograph from Tom Cherveny/West Central Tribune.

For More Information, Contact:

Nicole DeBoer
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council


Spirit of the region raffle basket filled with art_ jars_ beer_ quilt_ and more.Spirit of the Region raffle baskets.

Multiple baskets filled with colorful paper bedding and items made by people in our 18 counties.

Basket with fudge_ pottery mug_ barn quilt painting and more.


SMAC 2021 Annual Celebration 

Celebrate Art & Artists at the 2021 Annual Celebration!

You are invited to join us in celebration of the arts and artists of our 18 county region! Saturday, September 18, 2021.

1-4 pm, An Arts Day in and Around Jackson, MN

  • View four Jackson Community Murals in progress - the first of which is completed at the JACKSON LIBRARY
  • Explore Jackson's Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival, between 1-4 there will be many arts related events: Fall Craft Market, Fall Decor Class, Pumpkin Painting, Polka band, Make & Take 3D Porch signs, and more! Click here for the schedule and more details!

Concert inside the Jackson Center for the Arts.Concert at the Jackson Center for the Arts.

Social Hour begins at 4 pm at the historic FORT BELMONT

Join a drum circle with Purpose Artisans as you arrive to the event site. At 5 pm SMAC will host a brief annual meeting, an award ceremony for 2021 SMAC Prairie Disciple Rosemary Glesener, and guests will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for our annual "Spirit of the Region" raffle.

Stick around to enjoy a tasty picnic meal by Kat's Hog Heaven with dessert from Simply Sweet Cheesecake and live music from Jackson's own, Lynn Mullins!

Socialize and celebrate with artists and arts supporters across the Southwest Minnesota region and learn about the grants and activities SMAC has funded in the past year.

Join the Celebration!

Register Now!

Just $25/person. Advance ticket purchase required by SEPT 15.

Payment options:

1) CHECK: Complete the online registration form by clicking below and send a check for tickets to the SMAC office: PO Box 55, Marshall, MN  56258 

2) CREDIT CARD: Complete the online registration form by clicking below and then click the credit card button to pay online.

 ~ No physical ticket will be sent or given, instead your name and information will be kept on our reservation list - ready to welcome you at the event. ~

Join the Celebration!

Register Now!


  • "Spirit of the Region" Raffle: A $10 raffle ticket will get you the chance to win a basket of specialty goods made in the SMAC Region (from wine to honey, beer to fudge). Raffle tickets available in advance at the SMAC office or through a SMAC Board Member. Raffle tickets also available onsite at the event. 
  • Award
    2021 Prairie Disciple Award ($1,000): Rosemary Glesener, Bird Island
    This award is to recognize a person who has been instrumental in promoting the arts in the 18-county area of southwestern Minnesota. Rosemary was nominated and had letters of support from many community members! Paul Heyl, Rosemary's nominator, said that Rosemary, a Minnesota native, has resided in Renville County for forty years. During this time, she has organized art shows in various venues, ranging from a National Guard Armory to an abandoned convent and more. Heyl went on to say that "Rosemary’s largest impact on the Arts in SW Minnesota is her teaching and mentoring of artists. She has taught numerous art classes for everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens." Rosemary has discovered numerous young artists and helped them to exhibit, as well as made connections to artistic mentors for them. "Rosemary has made the Cultural Centre in Bird Island an integral part of the SW artistic community, but more importantly, Rosemary exemplifies the need for a broader sense of community, not just geographically and artistically, but for all the essential things that should be a central part of a good community and a good society." Read more here.