Category Archives: Grant Info

Franconia Sculpture Park Fellowship Programs

Located in the St. Croix River Valley region in east central Minnesota, Franconia Sculpture Park offers an artist residency program unlike any other.  They support the creation and exhibition of LARGE SCALE sculpture on 43 acres.  The park itself is open 365 days a year, from dawn until dusk.

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From the Franconia.org Website:

Artists Opportunities Deadline
Fellowship Programs (FSP/ Jerome & Open Studio Fellowships) February 6, 2015
Intern Artist Program February 13, 2015
Hot Metal Artist and Hot Metal Intern Artist Residency March 14, 2015
Call for Exhibition Proposals (for Franconia’s NE Mpls Gallery) Ongoing
Arts Administration Internship Ongoing

Franconia Sculpture Park Artist Programs Overview

Franconia’s Artist Residency programs offer opportunities for artists to live, create, and exhibit three-dimensional
artwork all in one location. It is a unique opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists to accomplish BIG VISIONS, experience ARTISTIC GROWTH, and establish LIFELONG CONNECTIONS.

Franconia’s residency programs support up to 40 artists each year. 
Artists with families may be eligible to receive additional funding to support their families during their
residency. Please contact Franconia for more information regarding this opportunity.

You can take part in this exciting opportunity!

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Mn State Arts Board Volunteer Opportunity

HELP US DECIDE!

10268652_708280975895127_4962875581680897715_nHave you ever wondered how the Minnesota State Arts Board decides which applications to fund?  Have you ever wanted to help make those decisions?  Then you might be interested in serving as a volunteer advisor to the Minnesota States Arts Board!

The Arts Board uses a very rigorous, citizen-driven process to review grant applications, and to select artists to commission or work to purchase for the state’s permanent art collection.  Each year, approximately 250 individuals serve as volunteer advisors in the board’s ten grant programs and in the Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places program.   Advisors read proposals, discuss them in a public meeting, and assign scores for each proposal.  The scores help determine which proposals will be recommended to the board for approval.

The amount of time and tasks required vary, depending on the program in which the volunteer serves.  Advisors must have experience or expertise in a particular area of the arts, arts funding, or nonprofit or public administration. 

If you’d like to nominate yourself or someone you know to serve as an advisor, please complete and submit our volunteer form.

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Grant deadline Nov 1

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November 1 is a big deadline for our grants.

Here are some quick links to help you access parts of our website and our current application forms for a deadline this week.

Arts Project Grant Application Form in Word

Arts Project Grant and General Guidelines

Arts Equipment Grant App in Word Master Template 2014

Grant Forms Quick List (this page includes the link to use to register your organization and your grant writer to complete an Arts Legacy Grant)

Soon we will have more of our applications available in our on-line system.

Arts Legacy Grant school residency app with tips page

 

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Springboard For the Arts: Hinge Arts Residency

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Springboard for the Arts is launching a whole new artist residency program in Fergus Falls,  A dozen artists will be invited to the newly renovated Kirkbride campus apartments over the course of the year.

The Kirkbride campus was once the home of the Fergus Falls State Hospital and is currently undergoing a transitional period.  It can either be redeveloped or torn down.  Arts residencies will be between 2 and 12 weeks long.

The Hinge Arts Residency Program looks to look at some of those themes like transition, connection, and innovation.  The Hinge name comes from connecting artists to past and the future.

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Taken from the ImagineFergusFalls.tumblr.com/artistresidency site:

Call for Artists

Announced Monday, October 20, 2014

From January 2015 – December 2015, the Hinge Arts Residency program welcomes writers, filmmakers, musicians, visual and performance artists for stays of 2-12 weeks on the grounds of the former Fergus Falls State Hospital, also known as “The Kirkbride Building.” Residents are provided housing in newly converted apartments in a former nurse’s dormitory owned by a private developer, with a view overlooking the main hospital building, as well as workspace with partner organizations throughout the community.

In addition to receiving creative time and living space, artists are eligible for project support funds of up to $5000 through the following types of projects:

  • Developing content for the annual Kirkbride Arts & History Weekend, held in early September 2015
  • Prototyping ideas for permanent art spaces or installations on the Kirkbride grounds
  • Presenting educational workshops and demonstrations for the community and its visitors throughout the year.

Upon their selection into the program, each artist will be matched with a specific need or opportunity via meetings with Springboard staff and partners.

Summary of Artist Benefits

  • Weekly living stipend of $100 per week
  • Fully equipped apartments (kitchen, linens, washer/dryer)
  • Eligible for community engagement project funds up to $5000
  • Travel scholarships available

Read more about this exciting opportunity here.

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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 NEABigRead.org 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!