Category Archives: Call for Artists

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

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.

Looking for Artists interested in Public Art Projects

There is funding available for public art — Don’t Miss Out!

Public Art Worksheet is due February 10.

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 19!

The NWMAC is looking for artists who are interested in pursuing a public art project this Spring/Summer/Fall of 2021. By expressing your interest in being added to our list, you are indicating that you have time and availability to undertake a public art project. Once we have created a list of interested artists, we will share and promote your interest to cities, businesses, and schools. If the entity interested in working with you is a for-profit business, then the artist will need to be the applicant for the grant. If the entity is a city, school, county, or nonprofit, then the organization will be the applicant. While the grant deadline will be in March or April, you must complete this worksheet by February 19 to be eligible. Please note that graphic art signs are not the intent of this program nor is advertising for the business with their logo.

Creating art in public spaces requires a different skill set than creating art for private commissions. It requires the artist to work with city, the community, or the neighborhood in collaboration to determine subject matter, look, and timeline. The artist needs to recognize and adhere to zoning and building codes. The artist also needs to be transparent at times with a whole committee of people related to design and installation and lighting requirements for public safety. Often it requires working at a large scale and understanding whether your art can handle our extreme weather. It can be very rewarding and fun! 

The worksheet is available here:

Please download, fill out and email back to us!

MCKnight Fellowships for Media Artists — Accepting Applications until March 15

FilmNorth is now accepting applications for the McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists. Four $25,000 fellowships will be awarded to Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging.

Eligible applicants include directors and writers in film, television, and streaming; radio producers; and creative artists in web, computer/video games, and other emerging forms of media.

You can find all the info here: