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Here are some current or upcoming opportunities or resources in our region or beyond! Click on the links to find out more.

NEA Big Read Community Reading Grant Program

National Endowment for the Arts Big Read

Bringing communities together around the shared activity of reading and discussing a book

How do we do this?

The NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery. Annually, the program supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book

Each community program that receives an NEA Big Read grant—which ranges between $5,000 and $15,000—is also provided with resources, outreach materials, and training on various aspects such as working with local partners, developing public relations strategies, and leading book discussions and Q&As. The programs last approximately one month and include a kick-off event, often attended by the mayor and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (e.g., panel discussions and author reading); events using the book as a point of departure (e.g., film screenings and theatrical readings); and book discussions in diverse locations involving a wide range of audiences.

How to Apply

Arts Midwest accepts requests for proposals annually starting around mid-October with a deadline in late January. Proposals are now being accepted for NEA Big Read programs to take place between September 2021 – June 2022.

Submit your intent to apply!

  • Learn more about the mission and history of the NEA Big Read.
  • Read the latest community stories and reflections from grantees on the NEA Big Read blog.


612.238.8010 or

National Endowment for the Arts Big Read is supported by the Endowment in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Springboard for the Arts Virtual Open House October 20

Staff and consultants from Springboard for the Arts will be on hand with the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (Region 1) on Tuesday, October 20, Noon to 1:00 p.m. for an hour-long virtual open house to let you know what programs and resources  Springboard offers, answer questions you have about your artistic career, and otherwise try to entertain you for an hour.

Curious about selling your art online? Looking for art projects to be involved with? Questions about copyright? Looking for grants? Want to take a workshop but don’t know where to start? Trying to set up a streaming concert at home and need some pointers? They’ll address all of these questions and more via Zoom, phone or email! Join by video or phone!

Direct registration link:

The Minnesota State Arts Board would like to hear from you

The Minnesota State Arts Board wants to hear from you

In response to COVID-19, the Minnesota State Arts Board made broad changes to its grant programs this year.  They offered two new, flexible programs that are intended to help creative individuals and organizations adapt and sustain their practices and activities during the pandemic and beyond.  They’d like your thoughts on those programs.

They are asking you to respond to a very simple survey that will take only a few minutes to complete.

The pandemic has brought uncertainty and deep economic challenges to the individuals and organizations who, together, make up our state’s arts and culture sector.  Your insights will be valuable to them, as they begin planning their grant programs for the coming year.

Please don’t delay; they will close the survey on Monday, October 12.

Take the survey

Thank you for your time and your thoughts.

Mojo Mondays for Performing Arts

Mojo Mondays are a chance for performance artists, performing groups and technicians to connect, collaborate, and build community. This will be a light-hearted and positive gathering where we can laugh, discuss burning issues, share stories, and talk about what we need to talk about among the performing arts community. Bring your own wine or other beverage.

Join us on October 19 from 5 to 6 pm!

Mojo Mondays will take place online using Zoom. To participate you will need a computer with a working microphone and camera, internet service, and the Zoom app. The Zoom app is free and you can find it here If interested please email Trey at A half hour before each meeting you will be sent a zoom invite through your email that you can click on to join the gathering.