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Arts Advocacy Day is March 6! Plan to attend

Join Us for Arts Advocacy Day
on March 6, 2018!

“Thank you” is not a message legislators hear very often.

On March 6, 2018 Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will bring hundreds of arts advocates from around the state to the State Capitol for “Arts Advocacy Day” to thank legislators for following through on the promise of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that dedicated funds to conservation and the arts. Last year 1000 arts advocates filled the Capitol!

Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the Legacy Amendment, passing it by 56%, which created four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts in 2008. In the last several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Legacy Arts & Culture Fund be diverted away from the arts. With this uncertain political climate and increased polarization, we need to show a unified front to ensure that arts funding continues to be protected.

How does state funding help support access to the arts in your community? Legislators need to know.

ARTS ADVOCACY DAY SCHEDULE:

It’s the biggest arts networking day of the year! MCA invites you to join your fellow arts advocates at the Minnesota History Center and State Capitol to talk about the arts, make new friends, and educate our legislators. Together we will speak about the impact that the arts have had on our lives and our communities. Meet great arts people from all over the state, and make a difference with your friends and neighbors.

You and your team will be led by an experienced advocate who has participated in past Arts Advocacy Days and knows what to do. Following a brief rally, you and your team will visit a series of legislators over the morning, giving you plenty of time to get to know your teammates and the issues you are discussing.

By working together we show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community. Let your elected officials know what you think! Registration Deadline is March 2, 2018.

REGISTER NOW AND FIND OUT MORE AT:
http://artsmn.org/act/events/arts-advocacy-day/

7:30 AM:             Doors Open at the Minnesota History Center
8-9:00 AM:          Registration & Coffee (For those not attending Creative MN event or Class).
8:00 AM:             Creative Minnesota 2017 Report: New Local Studies
8:30 AM:             Advocacy Class for New Attendees
9:00 AM:             Rally & Join your Team
10:00 AM:           Walk or Take MCA Shuttle to Capitol
10:15 AM–2PM: Legislator Appointments (MCA Homebase will be in the Transportation Building.)
Contact our office with questions or if you are interested in riding together.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines — Apply Today

Grant Deadlines March 1

Arts Legacy GRANTS up to $10,000.00, Arts Project GRANTS up to $3,000.00                                                     

The Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven county service region.  Funding for the grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match.  This grant programs have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.

Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org, click on the Current Grants Forms under the Grants Tab. The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel 218-745-9111 can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

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Contact Mara for support and to review your application.  Mara can also provide a copy of the application and guidelines for you to review prior to starting your on-line application.

Artist Project Grants: Artists must be 18 years and older and reside in the seven-county Northwest Minnesota area at least six months out of the calendar year. Individual Artist Grants provide financial assistance for the exhibition, performance, or production of a specific creative work, mentoring with a more experienced artist, participation in not-for-credit arts experiences.

What is a typical project?  Often, grant proposals are to buy items that directly relate to your art like upgrading an instrument or replacing worn out visual art equipment.  Sometimes proposals are to attend a workshop that is important for your artistic growth then create a new body of work as a result of that learning.  Some grants are to allow artists to create a new body of work, then promote and showcase the result.

What is hard to get funded?  It is difficult to receive funding for items that are part of daily life like computers, printers, cameras, cell phones, etc.  It is also difficult to receive funding to travel to destinations for art training that have the appearance of a vacation.  It is difficult to receive funds to start a new arts medium since your current work sample is important to the application process and must show work within the medium you are applying.

Can I pay myself while I work on my project?  Yes, the McKnight Foundation, encourages established artists to be able to use grant funds to pay themselves to work on the project.  If awarded a grant however careful tracking needs to occur on the form provided.  If awarded all receipts for expenses need to accompany the final report or full or partial funding will be returned including the completed time tracking form.

Support for our Fellowship program comes from the McKnight Foundation. The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis awards the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council $70,000 annually to provide grants and services to artists. Please see the McKnight page on our website that provides a summary and links to this programming. To see if you quality for this grant visit the grants link at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org/grants or call 218-745-9111 or email mara@nwrdc.org

Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations.  Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

Individual adult artists can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000 if their project has a very strong community focus.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

One Day Memoir Writing Workshop in Shevlin

Clearwater County Historical Society offers a one-day writing workshop with Angela Foster March 21

 

Do you have a memory that shimmers in your mind? One that begs to be written? Do you find it difficult to get started? Through the use of prompts and free writes during this workshop you will get those memories on paper. We’ll talk about the basics of memoir and the details that bring them to life. You’ll leave this class with at least three works in-progress and ideas for many more.

Instructor: Angela Foster teaches memoir at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN and holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Nonfiction from Pine Manor College in Boston, MA.

Date: March 21st Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: The History Center in Shevlin

Fee $25.00

Deadline to sign up is March 17th

Payable to Clearwater County Historical Society

PO Box 241 Bagley MN 56621

Applications Open for Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Executive Director

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) is currently accepting applications for the position of Executive Director

Organization Overview

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) is a nonprofit organization serving formal and informal groups with annual arts programming expenses of less than $400,000, and artists in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils throughout the state of Minnesota. For info about MRAC: https://mrac.org/about/.

Position Description

The next Executive Director will lead MRAC in their efforts to manage and maintain a highly effective grant-making system, work to advance and deepen the organization’s commitment to racial equity, lead and develop staff, and represent MRAC throughout the seven-county metropolitan area. The Executive Director will advance a shared vision for the organization, provide decisive leadership on the strategic direction of our work, and represent MRAC to a wide and diverse range of artists, constituents, stakeholders, and other Regional Arts Councils throughout Minnesota. As an engaged and dynamic leader, the Executive Director must be knowledgeable and experienced in the fields of art, grant making and racial equity, and collaborate with Board and staff to innovate and guide the future work of MRAC.

To Apply

Visit their website here for detailed information about the position and how to apply.

Position will remain open until filled. Submit information by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 to be considered in the first screening. Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references, and include a description of racial equity work experience, as one .pdf document (maximum of 6 pages) to hr@mrac.org. A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt. Questions about the search can be directed to Melissa Martinez-Sones at Meyer Consulting: melissa@meyerconsulting.org. Finalists will be required to complete a background check.

Call to Media Artists: McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists Program is Open

Apply Today

McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists

Four $25,000 Fellowships Available Each Year to Filmmakers, Screenwriters, & Other Media Artists

The goal of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists program is to identify talented Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports established artists by providing significant financial assistance, by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a public discussion panel featuring the fellows, by providing assistance to attend a professional conference in New York or Los Angeles, and by offering four free classes through FilmNorth during the fellowship year. FilmNorth administers the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists on behalf of the McKnight Foundation. They grant four $25,000 fellowships each year to filmmakers, screenwriters, and other media artists.

The application deadline is March 12th. To learn more visit:

http://myfilmnorth.org/mcknight-fellowships-media-artists/

For questions about the fellowships or the application process, contact Eric Mueller, Program Administrator, FilmNorth, 651-644-1912, emueller@myfilmnorth.org.

This is only one of 10 programs that McKnight has for artists; you can find out about all the other organizations that handle fellowships on behalf of McKnight here (each has its own guidelines and deadline).