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Minnesota State Arts Board Grant Program Information

Minnesota State Arts Board Grant Program Information Sessions

The Minnesota State Arts Board is holding free information sessions about funding opportunities for artists, arts organizations, schools, community organizations, and human and social service organizations. The session includes an overview of Arts Board grant programs and a question and answer period. Individual appointments are also offered.
Individual sessions can be scheduled by calling:
(651) 215-1600
Toll free (800) 866-2787
MN Relay 7-1-1
Sessions will be held in the following communities:
Saint Cloud
Information session
Monday, July 13, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Paramount Visual Arts Center
913 West Saint Germain Street
Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56301
Individual appointments (30 minutes each
Monday, July 13, at 11:0011:3012:0012:301:001:30 2:00 p.m.
Information session
Tuesday, July 14, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rail River Folk School
303 Rail Road Street
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Individual appointments (30 minutes each)
Tuesday, June 14, at 3:304:004:307:007:30 p.m.

East Grand Forks

Mara Hanel, Executive Director for NWMAC will be on had to talk briefly about our programs.  Please make plans to attend!
Information session
Wednesday, July 15, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: East Grand Forks Campbell Library
422 4th Street Northwest
East Grand Forks, Minnesota  56721
Individual appointments (30 minutes each)
Wednesday, July 15, at 12:301:001:302:00 p.m.
The information sessions and individual appointments are free of charge. Advance registration is not required, but is strongly encouraged. Click here to register for an information session.
Register for one-on-one appointments (30 minutes each) by calling the Arts Board front desk:
(651) 215-1600
Toll free (800) 866-2787
MN Relay 7-1-1

Residency Artists in NW Minnesota

With many thanks to Elwynn Ruud, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is proud to share some of the recent pictures from COMPAS Residency Artists in Northwest Minnesota.

Schools involved in this picture gallery include Tri-County in Karlstad and the Roseau Schools Pioneer Days.  Artists involved include Aimee Bryant (Acting), Duane Barnhart (Cartoonist), and Ross Sutter (Instruments).

COMPAS Drama Artist Aimee Bryant  Jaxon Klegstad, 4th Grade Student at Tri County School  Isabelle Renstrom, 4th Grade   Duane-Barnhart  Aimee-Bryant  Gavin Duray, 4th Grade Student at Tri County School  Ross Sutter Pioneer Days 2015  Pioneer Days 2015  Pioneer Days 2015


COMPAS Artists Regularly come to Northwest Minnesota to inspire students and share their talents.  This video was made in 2013 at CAMP ART in Hallock with videographer John Akre.  Maxine Regalado and Sarah Budziszewski  directed and animated this piece.

Arts Action Alerts! Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

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Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 4.35.20 PMLEGACY BILL HEADED FOR SPECIAL SESSION

The legislative session came to a messy close last night at midnight with several important bills undone, including the Legacy bill. Today the Governor vetoed the separate Education bill so a Special Session will be scheduled to pass it, and said he hopes that with more time the Legislature will also pass the Legacy bill and a few of the other bills that did not get done. The Governor said he considers “the Legacy and Bonding bills essential to pass.”

47% Dedication Is Included!

We are working on two pieces of the state budget for the arts:


  1. The Legacy bill distributes the receipts of the Legacy Amendment, passed in 2008, which represents about 2/3 of all state funding for the arts. The draft Legacy Bill that did not pass gave 47% of the receipts of the Arts and Culture Fund to the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils for grants and administration, a total of $58 million over the next two years, as we had asked.If this bill doesn’t pass in Special Session, many grantees of the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils would not get arts grants in the upcoming year. (If there had not been a Special Session proposed, the earliest the legislature could pass this bill would be next March when the next legislative session begins).


  1. The good news is that the second source of funding for the arts, the State Government Finance bill, did pass. Assuming that the Governor does not veto this bill, $15 million is set go to the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils for grants and administration over the next two years.

Because of your advocacy, we got the 47% dedication of the Legacy Arts and Culture Fund into the Legacy Bill. But now we have one more step to go: passing the bill in a Special Session.


We’ll keep you posted on what’s happening at the Capital in our next correspondence!

MSAB: Folk & Traditional Arts Webinar June 01, 2015

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Folk and Traditional Arts Webinar 

The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a free one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Folk and Traditional Arts 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 Folk and Traditional Arts program page.

Session date
Monday, June 1, 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 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 by calling the conference host at 1-800-920-7487.
  • Enter the conference code: 5593 491 #
  • When prompted, say your name.
  • Select Join a Meeting
  • Select Web/Audio Conference (ability to view PowerPoint presentation). Enter your name, email, company, dial-in number (800-920-7487), and passcode (5593 491)
  • Select the red Join button at the bottom of the page

MSAB: FY 2016 Arts Tour Grant Application Deadline

Minnesota State Arts Board

FY 2016 Arts Tour Minnesota  

Grant Application Deadline: July 17, 2015


The FY 2016 Arts Tour Minnesota grant program is now open for application.
The FY 2016 Arts Tour Minnesota Program Overview and Application Instructions are available on the Arts Board Web site.
The deadline to submit applications for the FY 2016 Arts Tour Minnesota grant program is Friday, July 17, 2015. Please note that applications must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.
Proposed projects must take place between June 1, 2016, and May  31, 2017.
The Arts Board uses WebGrants, an online grants management system, for all applications. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once. To register, visit the Arts Board Web site. See the NEWS section on the home page for WebGrants instructions and registration information.
Those considering a first time application are urged to review the program’s eligibility requirements and to speak with program officer Kathee Foran prior to beginning an application. She can be reached at (651) 215-1626, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via
e-mail at