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ARTISTS RESPOND: A NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR RURAL AND SMALL TOWN ARTISTS AND CREATIVES

Announcing Artists Respond: Equitable Rural Futures


Springboard for the Arts, with support from the Blandin Foundation, has a new funding opportunity Artists Respond: Equitable Rural Futures for artists and creatives in small towns and rural places in Minnesota.

The murder of George Floyd and other Black lives at the hands of police, increased polarization across geographies and ideologies, and the rise in emboldened white supremacist groups, has led to necessary conversations and action that advance equity and racial justice in rural communities.

To support the creative work that is essential to this movement, Springboard invites artists and creatives in rural places and small towns in Minnesota to propose projects that center BIPOC (Black, Indigenous or People of Color), Native, and LGBTQIA+ experiences and perspectives in rural and tribal communities, create safe and supportive spaces for connection, confront truth about historic harms, bring non-dominant stories into light, and/or address racism, homophobia and/or transphobia. Whether using music and dance, food, craft and traditional art, public art, fashion and design, the mail or local media, we know rural artists can play an important role in helping their communities imagine and build a more just and equitable future for all.

Culture bearers, makers, artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, performers and other creatives in rural and tribal communities of 25,000 people or less in Minnesota are invited to apply for project support of up to $2500, with priority given to BIPOC, Native and/or LGBTQIA+ led proposals. Application deadline is Friday, April 2 at 11:59pm.

Find out more about the call, see the application, and register for a March 5 info session at their website! https://springboardforthearts.org/artists-respond-equitable-rural-futures/

East Grand Forks Campbell Library Looking for Artists for Online Programming

Campbell Library in East Grand Forks is looking for flexible, tech savvy (or willing to learn) artists for arts programming at the library. Specifically,

  • a monthly Artist in “Residence” program – a series of short videos of you in your studio working on your art culminating in a Zoom workshop – they provide supplies to participants and they put together the project with the artist leading together over Zoom.
  • Summer Arts in the Park – they are hoping that things are a little closer to normal in summer and some outdoor programs will be possible.  In the past, this event has been first come, first serve, but this might change depending on the situation at the time
  • Summer Reading Program presentation/workshop – Artists have undertaken various arts activities with kids who are registered for our summer reading program in the past.  They’re not sure what the Summer Reading Program will look like this year, so this is a very flexible opportunity – it could be fine arts, it could be dance, it could be music and dance!  The possibilities are endless!

They are open to ideas — so take advantage of the opportunity to create and be creative.  If you have a project you’d like to try, let them know about it and you can talk about logistics.  They welcome any and all questions.  Also if you know anyone else who might be interested in this, please share this with them.

Contact:

Andrea Lorenz
Program Coordinator
East Grand Forks Campbell Library
(218) 773-9121
alorenz@egflibrary.org

2021 McKNight Fellowships for Book Artists Applications open until March 1

The application period for the 2021 McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists is open until March 1, 2021. 

In partnership with the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts will recognize and support mid-career book artists living and working in Minnesota with these transformative fellowships. MCBA administers two Fellowship awards annually, allowing Minnesota book artists to set aside time for study, reflection, opportunities, new projects, experimentation, and exploration. 

Fellowship benefits include:

    • An unrestricted $25,000 award
    • Funding for professional digital documentation of artwork
    • MCBA Artist Collective membership during fellowship year
    • Two studio visits from a national critic/curator/artist
    • Featured participation in a public artist panel at Open Book
    • Travel honorarium to attend one conference during the fellowship year
    • Opportunity to attend an artist residency program 

The program is designed to award Minnesota book artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a sustained period of time, and are at a stage in their career that is beyond emerging.
For further information, contact:

Torey Erin, Director of Exhibitions and Artist Programs
Terin@mnbookarts.org 
612-215-2528

or visit their website here.

Eligibility

  • Have or maintain Minnesota residency for at least one year prior to application and for the duration of the fellowship year.
  • Are mid-career with a body of work that demonstrates a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. 
  •  Can only apply to one McKnight Artist Fellowship in any artistic discipline within a year.
  • Have not been a recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship within any artistic discipline in the last five years. (Additionally, if applicant is a past McKnight Artist Fellow, they must demonstrate growth and ongoing artistry since their most recent McKnight Artist Fellowship.)
  •  Are not staff, board, or immediate family of the McKnight Foundation or fellowship administrative partners. 
  •  Are not enrolled full-time in an academic program. 

What are book artists? Book arts is a family of processes that includes but is not limited to letterpress printing, screen printing, intaglio, bookbinding, box-making, papermaking, or paper decoration. Book art, broadly defined, includes work that embodies narrative, instruction, reference, mapping, guides, documentation, and more. It is work that engages the viewer and propels the experience forward through narrative, sequencing, spatial elements, visual or verbal language, temporal, mechanical, aural, typographic, symbolic or material means. As an interdisciplinary art form, book arts may include other mediums such as photography, other forms of printmaking, installation, sculpture, and film.

McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship Applications Deadline is March 26

The 2021 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship application cycle is now open. Go to “APPLY” to start the application process. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, March 26, 2021 at noon CT.

In 2020 the McKnight Foundation expanded the categories of fellowships so that there are now a total of fourteen available for mid-career and established Minnesota artists. More information about these fellowships and their particular deadlines is available at mcknight.org/artistfellowships. Please note that you may only apply in one category for any given fellowship award cycle. 

The McKnight Visual Arts Fellowship program recognizes and supports mid-career artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence in the field of visual arts. This year a total of six $25,000 fellowships will be awarded. In addition, the Visual Artist fellows will have the opportunity to meet with six visiting national critics, to participate in a McKnight Discussion Series that features fellows and invited critics, and to use additional funds for individualized professional development activities.

The McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists program has been administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design since 1981. The fellowship program rewards talented Minnesota visual artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time, and who are at a career stage beyond emerging.

Please contact Kerry Morgan, program director, at gallery@mcad.edu or 612.874.3667 for more information.

McKnight Artist Fellowship Community Values
Welcome to the McKnight Artist Fellowships community! The McKnight Foundation and the administering partners for the McKnight Artist Fellowships are committed to creating and supporting an artistic community in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The community of the McKnight Artist Fellowships includes people who engage with the fellowships program whether as applicants, fellows, panelists, contractors, collaborators, fellowships administrators, and staff of the McKnight Foundation and partnering organizations. 

As a community, we commit to creating and maintaining relationships that are free from harm, prejudice, and harassment. Community members agree to communicate directly and transparently regarding issues of conduct that could negatively impact the well-being of participating members and organizations. In the case of an accusation, legal action, or conviction, the McKnight Foundation and its fellowship program partners may gather and assess relevant information. 

If deemed necessary, the McKnight Foundation and its fellowship program partners may take administrative action up to and including the recommendation of participation in reconciliation or restorative justice processes; disqualification of an application; the termination of a contract; and the recall and/or termination of a fellowship. 

This community will be what we make it and our aim is to collectively create an experience in which all artists and members of the McKnight Artist Fellowships community thrive. Read the full story.

About the McKnight Artist Fellowships Program

Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, the McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Support for individual working Minnesota artists has been a cornerstone of the program since it began in 1981. The McKnight Artist Fellowships Program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in fourteen different creative disciplines. Program partner organizations administer the fellowships and structure them to respond to the unique challenges of different disciplines. Currently the foundation contributes about $1.7 million per year to its statewide fellowships. 

About the McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. We are deeply committed to advancing climate solutions in the Midwest and building an equitable and inclusive Minnesota. We also support the arts in Minnesota, neuroscience, and international crop research. Established in 1953, the Foundation has approximately $2.2 billion in assets and grants about $90 million a year. 

Additional McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship Information

Tending the Creative Soul February 17 5-6pm — Rise like the PHoenix

Tending the Creative Soul’s February topic is Rise Like the Phoenix


Join us Wednesday, February 17 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Did 2020 turn your creative dreams into ashes? Join our next Tending the Creative Soul as we chat about reviving those lost dreams. Let’s talk about our creative dreams for the future, as well as what dreams the NWMAC has in store. If interested, let Trey know by email and he will send you a Zoom invite a few minutes before the meeting. Bring a snack and drink if you would like.

This is a friendly informal gathering. Questions? Email Trey at treyeverettcreates@gmail.com.