The October 15 deadline for Artist grants for $5,000 is coming soon!
Are you overwhelmed with the grant writing process and don’t even know how to begin?
We can help!
We offer workshops for people who have questions related to our on-line system, grant applications, grant management once they get a grant, and final reporting. Our Executive Director Mara Hanel covers all aspects of the grant process. You will find that it is really helpful to attend. The first ½ hour relates to the deadlines coming up. The second ½ hour relates to the system and questions on grants management and reporting. We offer webinars and a few in-person meetings at our office. Don’t let your fear or inexperience with grants stop you from applying. Let us know if you are interested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-745-9111.
Upcoming grants workshop:
Monday, October 1 at 1:00 PM at our office.
You Must RSVP! Let us know if you will attend.
This blog post was written by Sarah Meisinger, owner of En Liten Svensk (A Little Swedish) Shoppe in Roseau. It features area Artist Dean Brateng who’s work is available for purchase at Sarah’s shop in Roseau. To learn more about the shop see their website here.
(A wonderful variety of colors and sizes.)
Dean and Pat Brateng emit the down-to-earth, hometown friendliness that inspired me to open a Scandinavian Shoppe in Roseau. Dean has been weaving longer than I’ve been alive and it shows in the craftsmanship and the quality of his beautifully woven rugs and bags.
For our Artist feature this month, we are featuring Dean’s weaving and a bit of his story.
(A unique and durable woven bag!)
Dean was first introduced to the art of weaving by his Aunt Lillie Peterson of Roseau. Dean’s Aunt Lillie was a well-known rug weaver and had many customers throughout Northwestern Minnesota.
When Dean was a young boy, his mother would drop him off at Aunt Lillie’s house while she ran errands in town. It was during these times spent with his Aunt, that Dean began to learn about loom weaving. Aunt Lillie would put Dean to work cutting materials along with other tasks and it was then that Dean’s lifelong interest in weaving began.
(Dean at his loom weaving a beautiful Scandinavian inspired design.)
Years later when Aunt Lilly went into the nursing home, Dean inherited her loom. As the story goes, the loom was Dean’s if he agreed to keep the loom in the family. And today, Dean and Pat have created a loyal customer base and their rugs can be found in countless homes.
A key collaborator in the weaving process is Dean’s wife, Pat. I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing Pat’s stories about how generous the community is when it’s time to get rid of clothing, especially old denim jeans. The Brateng’s have often come home to their farm in rural Wannaska to large boxes and bags of jeans sitting on the front porch or in the yard. Because of their reputation for rug weaving, many folks are aware that Dean and Pat will know exactly what to do with the items… they will re-purpose the clothing and create something lovely and useful. I asked Pat if she finds it a little odd to come home to other peoples’ clothing and she only smiled, laughed and said they’re “used to it.”
We are very pleased to carry the Brateng’s weavings and appreciate that when they’re not farming, gardening and doing a variety of other tasks (they are busy!) Dean and Pat are creating rugs and bags for the En Liten Svensk (A Little Swedish) Shoppe!
Upcoming Grant Deadlines August 1
Arts Legacy Grants — up to $10,000
Arts Project Grants: regular — up to $3,000
Seeking Applicants for 2018/19
Application now open
Deadline September 14 at noon
Apply Online Here
An independent jury of three arts professionals competitively awards four grants of $10,000 each to early career Minnesota artists. Fellowships may be used to purchase materials, cover the production costs of artwork, and supplement living or travel costs. During the twelve-month fellowship year, each artist receives three studio visits from professional critics, access to technical assistance, a culminating exhibition at the MCAD Gallery, a catalog with a critical essay on each artist’s work, and the opportunity to partake in a public panel discussion.
Please attend an information session to learn more about the application process. A video recording of an information session will be available online after July 23.
Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis
Wednesday, August 15, 6:30 p.m.
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT)
995 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104
Tuesday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.
Springboard for the Arts
308 Prince Street, Suite 270
Saint Paul, MN 5510
Artists are also welcome to schedule one-on-one meetings (in person or over the phone) with Program Director Kerry Morgan or Fellowship Coordinator Melanie Pankau. For more information call 612.874.3667 or email email@example.com.
The Jerome Foundation generously supports this fellowship program.