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Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators


October 16 – 21, 2018 | Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization that challenges current and future leaders to shape a better world.

Open Call for applicants from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 native nations that share the same geography.

Participants in the YCI Forum will become members of the Salzburg Global Seminar Fellowship network, which since their inception in 1947, includes more than 36,000 participants from over 170 countries.

Salzburg Global Seminar invites young cultural innovators based in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or one of the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, to apply for the 5th annual session of the Young Cultural Innovators Forum, generously supported by the Bush Foundation and the McKnight Foundation.


The Young Cultural Innovators (YCI) Forum is a ten-year initiative designed to nurture the current generation of young cultural innovators through capacity building, mentoring, and global networking. The network is multi-disciplinary and encompasses creative disciplines ranging from the visual and performing arts, literature, and cultural heritage, to foods, fashion, architecture, and design.

Young cultural innovators (YCIs) are highly motivated, creative catalysts with high potential to produce positive community change, particularly in underserved communities. The YCI Forum aims to empower the creative sector as a catalyst of economic, social and urban transformation around the globe by linking individuals and communities connected to the program with one another through programs in Salzburg, follow-up events, inter-hub exchanges, cross-border projects, and other activities.

The Program in Salzburg

The YCI Forum offers an opportunity for participants to be part of an intensive program taking place at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, from October 16 to 21, 2018. Combining theory and practice, with keynote presentations focusing on “big picture” issues facing the cultural sector and with skills-building sessions on communicating value; principles of self-organization; cross-sectoral collaboration; and leadership and values. Selected participants will receive a full scholarship to participate in the YCI program, including the session fee, room and board, and travel costs.

The YCI Hub Approach

With the annual program in Salzburg as its cornerstone, the YCI Forum is structured around a network of YCI Hubs in cities and regions around the world. Each year, YCIs from many of these hubs are selected to join the program in Salzburg. After the Salzburg program, participants continue working together at the local level in their YCI Hub, while also remaining in touch with wider global YCI network worldwide.

Deadline for applications is Monday June 18, 2018.

Selected participants will receive a full scholarship to participate in the YCI program, including the session fee, room and board, and travel costs.

For questions concerning the application please contact Bernadette Prasser

For more information please visit:

Criteria for applicants to the YCI Forum

To qualify, all applicants must:

  • Be 25–35yearsofage.
  • English is the working language of the YCI Forum.
  • Be based in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or one of the23 Native nations that share the same geography.
  • Have at least 1–3 years of professional experience in the cultural sector, creative industries, and/or at an arts organization orinstitution.
  • Want to become an active member of an Upper Midwest US YCI Huband global network, and be prepared to commit time, energy,  and resources to sustaining these.
  • Aim to create social change and strengthen the position of the artsand cultural institutions within your community.
  • Demonstrate creativity in approach to work, openness to innovationand risk-taking, action-orientation, and entrepreneurial inclination.
  • Have a cross-sectoral approach to work and demonstrate an interest in building cross-sectoral alliances/partnerships beyondthe cultural sector.
  • Exhibit passion, enthusiasm, and leadership potential.

The deadline for applications is monday June 18, 2018.

All applicants must submit the following information online using the registration form at
A personal statement (approx. 500 words) detailing:

• Your motivation for applying to the Young Cultural Innovators Forum;

• What you hope to take away from the program;
• What you will contribute to the local and global YCI network;
• How your participation will have an impact on your local community.

A brief bio (sample on application form); A photo of yourself (this does not need to be professionally taken). A CV/Resume including name and email address of 2 references.

With the generous support of:


Folk and Traditional Arts Grant Program

Folk and Traditional Arts grant program

GRANT DEADLINE: May 25, 2018 at 4:30PM

The Folk and Traditional Arts grant program is designed to enrich Minnesota communities through folk and traditional art forms being passed on, documented, practiced and shared. This is administered by the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Folk and traditional arts refer to artistic traditions that come from and are rooted in the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnicity, geographic or regional identity, occupation, language, or tribal affiliation. Folk and traditional arts are learned and passed on through community based systems of training and education where younger generations learn and attain mastery of a form by observation and practice or through apprenticeships with elders and masters.

First time applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Instructions and then call the program officer prior to beginning an application.

Program information

FY 2019 Overview and Application Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Application deadline and project period

FY 2019 applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018. For more information about the application timeline and the project period, see the calendar page.

Who can apply

Click to see eligibility requirements (PDF).

Grant range: $5,000 – $75,000

The applicant may request up to 75 percent of the project costs; a 25 percent match is required.

Resources for applicants

Overview and application instructions
FY 2019 Overview and Application Instructions (PDF)

Overview Presentation
Applicants who are new to the Folk and Traditional Arts program may want to view an online presentation that gives a more detailed overview of the program. The presentation is available in two formats: MS Powerpoint (with audio) or PDF (without audio). Be aware that the MS Powerpoint takes up to 30 seconds to open.

Help for working with these files.

Sample applications
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2018 grantees. The files may take several minutes to download.

Grants awarded
Summaries of previously funded applications.

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Rina Rossi, program officer
(651) 215-1612

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 215-1611
E-mail is preferred.

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

How to apply

Application method
All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply, and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.

WebGrants tutorials
Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:

Reports and Amendments

Minnesota State Arts Board Webinar to Prepare Application for Arts Access grant program

Arts Access Webinar     

The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a free one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Arts Access grant program. This session will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants.

Program officer Natalie Kennedy 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 session 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 Arts Access program page.

Session date 
Thursday, May 24, 3:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to view the PowerPoint used in the Webinar, it will be posted on the Arts Board Web site following the session.

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 must listen to the audio portion by phone, with the option of viewing a PowerPoint presentation online.
  • 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 to hear the audio.

  • Call the conference host at (800) 920-7487.
  • Enter the conference code: 5593 491 #
  • When prompted, say your name.

Log into the Web portion to view the PowerPoint presentation:

  • Select Web/Audio Conference.
  • Enter your name, email, and company.
  • Select the red Join button at the bottom of the page.
    Important note: Save these instructions for reference. No further confirmation will be sent to you.

For more information visit or contact (651) 215-1600   |

McKnight Fellowship Programs for Ceramic Artists Deadline Approaching

McKnight Artist Fellowship Program

Ceramic Artists Due May 25

Support for individual artists has been a focus of The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program since its inception. McKnight has 10 different Fellowship programs for artists; you can find out about the fellowships and all the organizations that handle them on behalf of McKnight  here. Each program has its own guidelines and deadline. Programs with upcoming deadlines include ceramic artists (Administered by the Northern Clay Center. The deadline is May 25. Info is here ) Consider applying for a fellowships!


Bush Foundation Community Creativity Cohort 2 Accepting Applications

The Community Creativity Cohort 2 is a participant-led, capacity building program to support organizations that make art and culture central to problem solving—the guiding goal of the Community Creativity strategic initiative.  They are accepting applications through April 26.

This cohort will focus on:

  • Organizations led by and serving people of color or Indigenous people (POCI)


  • Organizations led by and serving people from rural communities, non-metropolitan cities or towns with populations of less than 50,000 people.

They want to support both art and culture organizations and non-art organizations. They want to support organizations that have been integrating art into problem solving for years, as well as those that are just starting to experiment with using art and culture in problem solving.

They will support the creation of a participant-led learning cohort to help organizations improve their work and strengthen their organizations.


Sign up for an online information session on April 3, 2018.


Their interest in building a participant-led learning cohort is anchored in our belief that organizations in this region have a lot of expertise and knowledge, including what they need to improve their work and strengthen their organizations. They have also heard from people—particularly people of color, Indigenous people and people working in rural communities and smaller cities—that they feel isolated and want to connect with and learn from others doing similar work.

To help build the participant-led learning cohort, They will host annual in-person gatherings designed to provide inspiration, build relationships and offer opportunities for peer learning. Organizations will be expected to have two representatives (staff, board members or other volunteers) participate in these in-person gatherings. The first gathering will be November 2018, in the Twin Cities. Travel support, separate from the grant amount, will be provided for these representatives.

Participants will identify and design learning activities to improve their work and strengthen their organizations throughout the three-year program. This may include organizing or participating in a training on specific issues, convening local gatherings for peer learning, building a one-to-one coaching or mentoring relationship, conducting learning tours, or attending conferences. They will provide a pool of resources separate from the grant amount, to support these participant-driven learning activities.

They will provide general operating grants of up to $100,000 over three years to allow organizations to be participant-leaders in this learning cohort and to support their on-going efforts to integrate art and culture into problem solving in their communities.

Participants will be asked to generously share with other participating organizations, the Foundation and the broader field. This sharing is necessary to enable peer learning. They also hope to gather information and ideas that can be shared with other organizations seeking to make art central to problem solving.

Participants will also be asked to fully engage in our evaluation efforts for this program.

  1. Grants must be used for a charitable purpose taking place in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
  2. Grants will only be awarded to 501(c)(3) public charities and government entities (including schools).
  3. Organizations must demonstrate that they serve a community of color or Indigenous people and/or people from rural communities, non-metropolitan cities or towns of less than 50,000 people.
  4. Organizations must be:

a. Led by people from the community of color or Indigenous community they serve demonstrated by one or more of the following:

i. At least half (50%) of the Board of Directors are people of color or Indigenous (POCI).
ii. At least half (50%) of supervisory staff are POCI.
iii. Executive Director/President of organization is a POCI.

Priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate all three.


b. Led by people from rural communities, non-metropolitan cities or towns with populations of less than 50,000, demonstrated by one or more of the following:

i. At least half (50%) of the Board of Directors live in a rural community.
ii. At least half (50%) of supervisory staff live in a rural community.
iii. Executive Director/President of organization lives in a rural community.

Priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate all three.

Organizations serving the following metropolitan areas—unless they serve and are led by POCI—do not meet eligibility requirements: seven-county Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Rochester, Duluth, or St. Cloud, MN; the Greater Fargo/Moorhead area, Bismarck/Mandan, or Grand Forks, ND; or Rapid City or Sioux Falls, SD.

Highest priority will be given to applicants that are led by and serving POCI and are located in a rural community.


They will choose organizations that:

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to making art and culture central to problem solving in their communities.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to learning; are self-aware and reflective, learning from both successes and mistakes; share what has worked and what hasn’t, and actively seek out learning from others.
  3. Are committed to sending two participants to each of the annual convenings—including November 2018, in the Twin Cities—and to be involved, as a leader and a learner, in participant-driven learning activities.

To have a balanced participant-led learning community, they will select organizations based on a number of characteristics including, but not limited to:

  • POCI and rural organizations (at least 50% of each).
  • Art and culture and non-arts organizations.
  • Organizations integrating art into problem solving for years and those just starting.
  • Geographic distribution throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
  • Ethnic/racial diversity of populations served.
  • Size of organization.
  • Size of community served.
  • Issue areas.
  • Artistic disciplines.

Accepting applications through noon Central, April 26, 2018.

Apply Now!


Bush Foundation staff will review and select grantees. During the selection process some applicants may be asked to provide additional information, and references may be contacted.

Organizations will be notified in July 2018.

All selections are based on program eligibility requirements and criteria.

For more information call 651-379-2252 or email

Learn more about the Community Creativity strategic initiative.