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National Endowment for the Arts: Big Read Grant

310px-Book_CollageThe National Endowment for the Arts has a grant program available for communities through out the United States.  The Big Read program has partnered with Arts Midwest to help facilitate this process.

Application deadline is January 28, 2015.   The Big Read is accepting applications for grants between $2,500 and $20,000. 

So…what is the Big Read?  It’s a program designed to restore reading to the heart of America.  It provides competitive grants to support innovative reading programs and helps combat the rapidly declining number of literary reading happening through out all demographics in America.

Taken from the website:

Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in The Big Read from September 2015 through June 2016.

Applicant organizations for The Big Read must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include organizations such as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Note: K–12 schools, school districts, boards of education, or other school governing bodies, whether public or private, are not eligible applicants, but may partner with eligible applicants.

The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet. Activities focus on one book or poet from The Big Read catalogue.

Find out more by clicking on this link!  Good Luck!

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Statewide: Upcoming Grants Deadlines and Opportunities

From Springboard For the Arts:


Forecast Public Art Jerome Project Grant. Up to $8,000 for the creation of a publicly accessible temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an emerging Minnesota-based public artist.

Apply here.



by John Michael Kohler Arts Center   September 11, 2014

Seeking entries of visual art and photography that embodies a favorite place for Take Me With You exhibition. Deadline: October 26


TAKE ME WITH YOU: An Exhibition Without Borders Entry deadline: October 26, 2014
On view: November 16, 2014–January 18, 2015


Create a two- or three-dimensional work of art, photograph, or a literary work that embodies a favorite place and submit it for inclusion in this exciting exhibition. (Total dimensions may not exceed 24 inches. Literary works may not exceed one side of an 8 1⁄2 x 11 in. sheet of paper.)*

For inspiration, view the exhibition series THIS MUST BE THE PLACE or watch five preschool students talk about their favorite place. Find the full details, videos, and submission guidelines at (click on “Exhibitions/ Call for Entries”).

* For more information or to send a proposal for a larger work, contact Andrea Avery at or (920) 694-4699.


Seeking submissions of short poetry for daily radio show

Northern Community Radio (91.7 KAXE/Grand Rapids, 89.9/Brainerd, 90.5 KBXE/Bemidji, 103.9/Ely) is now airing a program called THE BEAT, which features a short poem every weekday by a Minnesota poet, published or not, well known or not. No deadline.

Aside from quality, there are really only two criteria for submission: 1) the poet must currently live in Minnesota or have some demonstrably strong connection to the state; and 2) the poem has to fit into the show’s three-minute format. Published and unpublished work will be considered. Hear archived poems at Beat. The program is made possible with support from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

THE BEAT runs on Northern Community Radio’s Morning Show, during NPR’s Morning Edition, between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m., and again around 11:00 a.m. Your poem will be broadcast on 150,000 watts of signal power, meaning much of northern Minnesota will be able to pick it up, from Thief River Falls to Ely to Hermantown to Pierz. Other stations in the Association of Minnesota Public/Educational Radio Stations (AMPERS) have the option to use THE BEAT’s poems—and they do.

The best way to submit work is in your own voice, in a quality recording (e.g., MP3), emailed

No music or special effects.

A short bio—the 25-or-fewer-words variety—should accompany your submission.

MISSION: Northern Community Radio builds community in northern Minnesota through radio programming, cultural events and interactive media.




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Dare to Dream/Let Me Play: Ann Bancroft Foundation is a great grant opportunity for girls ages 5 up through High school graduation.

These grants are awarded twice a year to Minnesota Girls!


DareDreamDoFund Art, Cultural, Leadership, Educational and Outdoor/Wilderness Experiences.

Designed specifically for girls ages 10 through high school graduation, allowing them to begin exploring the outside world and begin recognizing their own abilities, values and strengths in the process.

Applicants must reside in Minnesota

Requests cannot exceed $500

DEADLINE: 10/15/2014










Fund Sport, Athletic and Dance Equipment or Participation Fees.

h26C87084Designed for girls ages 5 through high school graduation, giving them the opportunity to be a part of a team, build strength and confidence, and post themselves farther—on and off the field!

Applicant must reside in Minnesota

Requests cannot exceed $500 and documentation of financial need must be provided.

DEADLINE: 10-15-2014

Guidelines for BOTH Grants

  • Each applicant must have an adult mentor (not an immediate family member or the activity provider) who will guide her through the application process.
  • Requests may not include transportation costs.
  • Former grant winners may not reapply.
  • Group applications will not be considered.
  • Applications must be completely filled out by both applicant and mentor.
  • All applications must be signed by a parent or guardian as well as by the girl.
  • The activity must begin after the date winners are notified - Spring round: May 15, 2014 and Fall round: November 15, 2014
  • Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2014 for the Fall round.
  • Winners will be notified on or by November 15, 2014 for the Fall round.
  • The check for the activity will be made out to the organization providing the activity (as it is listed on the application).
  • All decisions are final.
  • Each grantee will be asked to tell us about her experience after completion of the activity. Mentors will also be asked to answer a few questions.

Please direct all questions to Ann Bancroft Foundation at info@annbancroftfoundation.orgor call 612.338.5752.

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Art and Wine Walk: RWAG

Art and Wine Walk

Drawn and Needled Exhibit Reception


TMJ+Art@RWA081614eOur very own Therese Masters-Jacobson was one of the River Walk Artists featured during the Grand Cities Art and Wine Walk.

Therese writes:

“Yesterday’s Art & Wine Walk was another success for everyone at the gallery. Brett Lysne and Candace Osborn met many people, and answered questions all afternoon. Carolyn Meisel and I were the RWA featured artists for the event. The visitors were plentiful, and complimentary to our exhibit. Candace’s daughter brought a great power-point presentation on her laptop computer showing the steps involved in needle-felting an animal. People really enjoyed it!

The galleries entertained 366 guests.”


It sounds like an amazing time was had by all!  Can’t wait for the next one!  Hope to see you there!

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Quick Turn Around Grants

Please check out the quick turn around grant application!  Our office, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, with funding from The McKnight Foundation provides $500 grants with a suggested 30% cash match to individuals in our area.  These grants are quickly processed by our office and serve to fund spontaneous needs for artistic equipment and artistic training.  Performing artists, writers, media artists, fine craft artists, and visual artists can apply if they are a permanent resident of our seven county service area of Northwest Minnesota.

Here is the Quick Turnaround Grant application in a Word file.

Each quarter a new pool of funding will become available starting in July, October, January, and April.

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