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Perpich arts High School accepting applications

Perpich Arts High School is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.  Space remains in all six of their art areas:  Dance, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. Prospective students/families can connect via email, admissions@pcae.k12.mn.us or anne.johnson@pcae.k12.mn.us

At Perpich Arts High School, students spend 3 hours each day in their art; learning, growing, creating, performing, exhibiting.  Students come to Perpich as artists, and under the guidance of licensed teachers who are also working artists, they develop into thinking artists, prepared to follow any future path they choose to pursue.  Students engage in rigorous college-preparatory academics in the morning, and have each afternoon devoted to deep artistic study.

Perpich is for MN juniors and seniors from across the state, offering a residential dorm for those living too great a distance to commute.  Learn more on their website http://perpich.mn.gov/arts-high-school/ and find the application here http://perpich.mn.gov/arts-high-school/apply-now/

COVID-19 and the NWMAC

We are committed to the health and safety of our staff, the public, and the artists we serve. Thus, we have had to make changes to the way we do business.

Office Closing
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office is closed and our staff will work from home until further notice. If you need to come to our office you will need to make an appointment. We are also available by phone or email. Please give us a call at 218-745-9111 and leave a message or email director@nwartscouncil.org. Please stay tuned for any changes or updates!

Routine Grant Activity
We have received some inquiries about grants that had activities during this time. We know that some granted activity will need to be suspended, rescheduled, or canceled. As we field questions and requests from those planning changes to their granted projects and programs, our commitment is to find solutions that will result in the least amount of hardship for all involved. We will be drafting an amendment to those grant reports. Please know that we will do our best to accommodate during this time. Reach out with questions or concerns.

NW Annual Art Exhibit and Of the Year Awards Reception

At this time we have rescheduled our annual exhibit and reception to mid-July. Please stay tuned for dates and information as it becomes available.

Minnesota State Arts Board Survey

The Minnesota State Arts Board wants to know COVID-19’s impact on the creative community & support needed. A message from the Minnesota State Arts Board: “The Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota’s regional arts councils know that people and organizations in our state’s arts and creative sector are being tested and challenged as never before. The physical, emotional, and financial toll that COVID-19 is taking is beyond our ability to measure, at this point. To help us get a handle on what’s happening and guide our immediate and longer-term responses to COVID-19, we need your input.”

Please take FIVE MINUTES to complete a very brief and simple survey. Take the survey here. They will begin reviewing the information on March 25, so please complete the survey by then if possible. However, the situation is evolving every day, so the survey will be kept live and new responses will continue to be reviewed as they are received.

Resources and Sources

The following links provide resources that may be helpful for artists and arts organizations going forward:

Minnesota State Arts Board Guidance to the Arts Community: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/news/COVID-19.htm

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Corona Virus Resource Center: http://artsmn.org/coronavirus/

Springboard for the Arts Corona Virus resource page for artists, creatives, and organizations: https://springboardforthearts.org/coronavirus/

Minnesota Employment and Economic Development; response for workers and employers: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/

Minnesota Department of Health:
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2Findex.html

Minnesota Council of Non-Profits (for information about unemployment): https://www.minnesotanonprofits.org/about-mcn/news-detail/2020/03/24/unemployment-insurance-information-and-updates

Emergency Relief Fund For Artists During Covid-19 and Fundraiser

Attention Artists! Springboard for the Arts has resources to assist you. Consider applying today!

Help individual artists whose income has been affected by cancellations due to COVID-19 precautions. Visit https://www.givemn.org/story/Epf3ag

Springboard for the Arts has created a Personal Emergency Relief Fund to help artists in Minnesota recover from personal emergencies by helping pay an unanticipated, emergency expense. Artists can request up to $500. Because of COVID-19 they are expanding their help. Please visit their website to learn more. Springboard for the Arts has committed an additional $10,000 from their budget to support this effort and is committed to working with partners to increase the fund based on demand.

UPDATE 3/13: Springboard for the Arts committed $10,000 of their budget to expanding the Personal Emergency Relief Fund, and in less than 24 hours, those funds were requested. They are actively fundraising and bringing on partners to expand the fund, and encourage requests to keep coming in. They will fulfill requests as they are able in the order they were received. Springboard for the Arts has set up a fundraiser to expand the Personal Emergency Relief Fund, so that they can continue to support artists, contractors, and freelancers in Minnesota who have lost income due to Coronavirus/COVID-19. Give online at https://www.givemn.org/story/Epf3ag or send a check to:

Springboard for the Arts
Attn: Individual Giving
262 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55103

To learn more and to apply please visit their webpage here.

If you want to donate to the fund, please follow this link: https://www.givemn.org/story/Epf3ag

As demand is also outpacing our total funds available, please go to their website to read the notes of clarification. If you would like help determining your own eligibility, please email erf@springboardforthearts.org before applying.

Don’t qualify for Springboard’s Emergency Relief Fund or need additional assistance? Please consult this list of emergency resources [PDF].

Apply here Looking for the Community Emergency Relief Fund?Click here! Donate to the Emergency Relief Fund1

If you have any questions about individual giving, please contact Katie Hae Leo, Development Director, at katiehl@springboardforthearts, or 651-292-4381.

COVID-19 Statement from the Minnesota State Arts Board

As our state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that the Minnesota State Arts Board is concerned about the health and safety of everyone who works in the arts sector, and the health and safety of the participants, audience, and community members who we serve.


There are many unknowns about COVID-19, and its physical, economic, and emotional impacts are changing rapidly. We wanted to share the best information we have at this moment, and will provide new information as we receive it.


What’s happening in Minnesota

As of today, there are 14 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in our state. So far, cases have been confined to eight counties: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Stearns, Wright. Fortunately, there have been no deaths; only 2 of the 14 patients are hospitalized.

Today, Governor Walz announced an executive order that declares a peacetime emergency which he described as opening a tool kit that can be ready if and when needed.

In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health announced a set of recommended community mitigation strategies to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The strategies should be implemented immediately and stay in effect until further notice.

Two strategies will specifically impact arts activities:
– Postpone or cancel large events where 250 people or more would gather
– Postpone or cancel smaller events (fewer than 250 people) that are held in venues that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person
The full list of recommended strategies is available here:
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/action.html


Rely on trusted sources

The Minnesota Department of Health is the focal point of planning and information in our state. MDH is updating its Web site frequently. The coronavirus section of the site contains helpful information and advice about COVID-19 and precautions you can take.
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html

The Centers for Disease Control also has helpful information about the virus and about steps to take to keep homes, workplaces, and commercial establishments safe.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

We will post some additional, arts specific resources and links on the Arts Board Web site. If you are an Arts Board applicant, grantee, or grant review panelist, Arts Board staff members are available to respond to your questions. We know that COVID is having an impact on your activities and want to be as helpful as we can be.

Current grant activities – If you need to reschedule or modify Arts Board funded activities, please contact your program officer to discuss your options for a contract amendment or extension.

Information sessions – We have sessions scheduled in Winona and Park Rapids in the coming weeks. At the moment, those will go forward as planned, but we are closely monitoring the situation and will postpone or modify the format, if need be.

FY 20201 grant application review meetings – The Arts Board is scheduled to begin Operating Support, Arts Learning, and Minnesota Festival Support grant application panel review meetings in late April, May, and June. At this point, we haven’t made any changes to the schedule and format for those meetings, but we will be closely monitoring the situation and, if needed, may make changes in the coming weeks.


This situation is new for all of us. Please keep the lines of communication open. Please let us know what your questions and concerns are, and we will do what we can to address them.
Most importantly, please do everything you can to stay healthy, and to help others stay healthy.
Sue Gens
Executive Director

Creative Community Leadership Institute

Applications are open for the new cohort of the Creative Community Leadership Institute, an intensive, in-person, cohort-based training program with real-world practice for artists, culture bearers, community organizers, community development practitioners, and other leaders seeking to deepen their impact in creative community building.

Questions or for assistance with the application contact:
Springboard for the Arts
262 University Ave W. St. Paul, MN
Or call Natalie: 651-304-1014

In 2020, CCLI will host three cohorts, one each in St. Cloud, MN; Fargo, ND; and Rapid City, SD. Each cohort will meet for three weekends during the year:
St. Cloud, MN: May 15-17; July 17-19; October 9-11
Fargo, ND: May 29-31; July 31-August 2; September 25-27
Rapid City, SD: June 12-14; August 21-23; October 16-18 – Limited to enrolled tribal members and non-Native participants who live or work directly in Native communities.
This program is free for participants. Applications for all three cohorts are due March 9.

See the website for more information, funding, info sessions and applications. https://www.creativecommunityinstitute.org