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MSAB Minnesota Festival Support Webinar

msab_logo_smallMinnesota State Arts Board

Ensuring all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts


For Immediate Release:
Minnesota Festival Support Webinar  
The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a free one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Minnesota Festival Support grant program. This session will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants.
Program officer Kathee Foran will walk through the program overview and instructions, and provide background information about what the review panel will look for in an application. At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to submit questions online.
The session is offered as a conference call with an option to view a PowerPoint presentation online. The presenter will be located in an office that cannot accommodate visitors, so please note that it isn’t possible to attend the sessions in person.
To make the session more useful to you, we suggest that you read the overview and application instructions in advance and print out a copy for your reference. This document can be found on the Minnesota Festival Support program page.
Session date:
Tuesday, April 22, 3:00 p.m.
To register
The webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. Register here.
To join the session
  • On the day of the session, you may choose to listen to the audio portion by phone or through a computer.
  • If you want to view the visual presentation and ask questions, you’ll need access to the Internet.
  • The following browsers are recommended: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
    We plan to start the presentation on time, so please join the session five minutes early.
Dial into the telephone portion by calling Accuconference at 1-800-920-7487.
  • Enter the conference code: 419 88 86 #
  • When prompted, say your name.
Log into the Web portion by going to
  • Enter the conference dial-in number: 1-800-920-7487.
  • Enter the conference code: 419 88 86 #
  • Enter your first and last name
  • Click Connect Now
  • When asked “Do you prefer to listen to the conference through the web or by phone?” be aware that if you select “web,” you must have a speaker in order to hear the audio.
  • You can ask questions by entering them on your keyboard in the chat box on the left.
Important note: save these instructions for reference.
No further confirmation will be sent to you.
The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts. Funds for Minnesota State Arts Board programs are provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

NWMAC Executive Director Recognized



Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Receives

Statewide Recognition

For Effective Use Of Legacy Funds


WARREN – Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts recognized the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council on Thursday, March 27, at Arts Advocacy Day at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, MN for the impact the organization is having statewide utilizing funds provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.


In 2008, the voters of Minnesota overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which added 3/8 of one percent to the state’s sales tax, and dedicated the revenue to projects that would help preserve the state’s arts and outdoors legacy.


Since the legacy amendment was voted into existence, Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts have traveled around the state highlighting the places in the state where the funds are best being put to use to serve the intent of the amendment. Be it with cleaner lakes, expanded trails or public art projects, every resident of Minnesota has benefited from the program.


The Minnesota State Arts Board and each of the eleven Regional Arts Councils will get “Legacy Partners” awards for effective and extensive use of public panels to make grant decisions. Between them, the twelve agencies worked with 768 people providing more than 34,000 volunteer hours of expertise on the best use of arts state dollars. These volunteers bring expertise in the arts and nonprofit management.

“Other agencies should look to the Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils on how to effectively use public input in decision making,” said Sheila Smith. “While no process is perfect, their work takes place in transparent, open meetings and has resulted in great impact in arts access statewide.”

“We have a great group of volunteers and board members serving in Northwest Minnesota so it is especially wonderful that they are getting recognition,” said Mara Wittman, Executive Director of the Arts Council.  “I am very proud of our efforts to always have public accountability.”


“For the past few years, our organizations have been singling out communities that have done a good job of utilizing Legacy funds, and this year, we decided to include the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils and some other organizations as a nod to the tremendous work they are each doing,” said Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota.


This year, the organizations have also chosen to single out Ducks Unlimited, The Minnesota Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, The Three Rivers Park District and a number of municipalities for their exceptional work in utilizing Legacy funds for the betterment of the state.  Neither Conservation Minnesota nor the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts receives any funding from the Legacy Amendment.


The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council provides grants and services in the counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau in Minnesota. These grants were funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is a statewide arts advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure opportunity for all people to have access to and involvement in the arts. MCA organizes the arts community and lobbies the Minnesota State Legislature and Congress on issues pertaining to the nonprofit arts and conducts original research. MCA works with over 42,000 arts advocates in Minnesota., @MNCitizen.


Formed in 1984 as the Minnesota League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Minnesota now exists as a collection of related organizations dedicated to helping connect Minnesotans who care about conservation with elected decision makers throughout the state.


NWMAC Featured Artists

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The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce we will have 2 Featured Artists at River Walk Artists Gallery and Shop in East Grand Forks, Mn from March 26 through April 27, 2014.  Sherri Kruger of Badger Minnesota and Lynne King of Alvarado, Minnesota will be sharing their artwork with us.

Everyone is invited to attend an artist reception at River Walk Artists Gallery Saturday March 29, 2014 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

Table Sherri KrugerSherri Kruger is a glass artist creating wonderful mosaic items of every shape and size, out of stained glass, recycled metal and cement.  She has participated in many shows and won just as many awards, including Best of Show at the Grand Cities Art Show in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  She is a member of Artist’s on Main in Roseau and displays her works there and she is also the Art Club Advisor at Badger High School.


hangin on Lynne KingLynne King hails from Muncie, Indiana but made Northwest Minnesota her home a few years ago.  She is a photographer with a keen eye for landscapes that tell a story, wildlife, and birds.  She also loves “old things” and is inspired by barns, houses and cars.  As a former librarian, she is of the firm belief that a picture is worth a thousand words and a good story is hard to resist!

Both Artists have benefitted from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council by either receiving grant money or they have participated in workshops designed to help artists with their business.

We are happy to have both Sherri and Lynne as the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Featured Artists for March!

As always, the River Walk Artists Shop and Gallery is free and open to the public.  They are open Wednesday through Saturday from 2:00 pm to 8:00pm and on Sundays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

If you would like more information about the Picture This! Exhibit or the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, please call our offices at (218) 745-9111 or email Therese: | Youth Program Opportunity

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Applications open for Creative Leadership Summer Arts Camp. Deadline: April 18

Mondays – Thursdays, July 7-24 | 9:30AM – 4PM

There are only 20 OPEN SLOTS slots for youth in the campApplications due APRIL 18APPLY TODAY! | Youth Program Opportunity.

Are You Covered? Grants and Healthcare

Hello Artists and Friends!

We have a GRANT DEADLINE Approaching for March 15th.  If you are interested in this grant, the information is underneath or it can be found by clicking here.


Assistance is available to students for a mentorship and/or to attend a training workshop that is not related to credit. Students must be in high school and a resident of our seven county region. These grants are for $500.00.  Deadline: October 15th   There will be an extra deadline on March 15 each year as funds allow.

Note: Because of changes made to legislature language, the Student Artist Training Mentor Grant Program must be within the State of Minnesota.  Call Mara at (218) 745-9111 if you have questions about this topic.

  1. First print out the Fact Sheet for a quick reference to the program.
  2. Then read the Instructions for Completing the Student Artist Training Application.
  3. Decide whether you would like to fill in the application on-line or request a pdf version sent to your email.
  4. Complete the application and mail to our office by the deadline.
    If you are awarded a grant, you can use this web site to print out an additional copy of the Student Individual Artist Final Report or request a copy from our office.  This report is due 60 days after your project’s ending date.

Arts Legacy Grant Funding dollars are still available!  The deadline for this is April 01, 2014.  Click here for information.

And this just in via Spring Board for the Arts:

APRIL 01, 2014–Are You Covered?


An important reminder: there is a legal requirement to have health insurance. You must be insured. Otherwise, when you file your 2014 tax return (dueApril 15, 2015), you’ll pay a fine of 1% of your income or $95, whichever amount is greater.

How can I avoid a fine?

Get health insurance by April 1, 2014, and keep insured for the remainder of the year.* For April 1 coverage, you have until March 15 to enroll in health insurance through

But I can’t afford insurance or I’ve been denied before…

Try again, because things have changed! You can’t be denied health insurance or charged more because of a pre-existing condition. Public health insurance programs have raised income limits and no longer look at what assets you have (car, house, et. al.). Even if you don’t qualify for public health insurance, you may qualify for a tax credit.

Who can I contact with questions?

Springboard for the Arts, that’s who! As MNsure Navigators, Springboard can help you understand the requirement and walk you through the application process. For questions or to request a free appointment, visit

*The health insurance requirement went into effect January 1, 2014. But, the law allows you to be without health insurance for one period of time (as long as it’s less than 3 months).