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Grant Writing Workshops

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 mara@nwrdc.org or call 218-745-9111.

Seeking Proposals for Artwork at Hennepin County Public Health

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Hennepin County Public Health Department

Hennepin County Public Health is seeking proposals for artwork to display during October to December 2017 and during 2018.

Hennepin County Public Health incorporates and integrates public art on the 3rd floor of the Health Services Building, 525 Portland Avenue, Minneapolis.  Most of the artwork is hung, but there are horizontal surfaces which can support three-dimensional works.  While there are some works in the department’s permanent collection, the Art in the Workplace Committee coordinates rotating exhibits of approximately three months in length.  The space is a secure employee-only area.  Approximately 300 Public Health employees work in the building.  The goal of the gallery is to humanize and add warmth to the work space, stir creativity among the employees, and celebrate the variety of cultures that have found expression through art.

Artists who are selected will be allowed to make it known that some works are for sale.  No commissions will be required on any sales.

A Walker display system is in place to hang items on the wall.  Artists are responsible for bringing in items pre-wired to hang on the wall.

Artists who are interested in being considered, should send:

1)            an e-mail to that effect to art@hennepin.us;

2)            a description of the types of work in the proposed exhibit;

3)            a resumé or brief biography ; and

4)            three .jpg images or a link to an online gallery showing items included in the exhibit and listing their title, year, media, and size.

If selected, a full artist’s statement and other descriptive material will be requested.

OPPORTUNITY OPENS

Friday, Jun 16th 2017

OPPORTUNITY CLOSES

Saturday, Jul 15th 2017, 5:00pm

APPLICATION LOCATION

art@hennepin.us

Seeking an Artist or Artists for Central Lakes Trail Play Sculpture

CENTRAL LAKES TRAIL PLAY SCULPTURE

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Budget: $50,000
Application due: Thursday, June 30, 2017

Context and Background:

Springboard for the Arts, PartnerSHIP4Health and the Department of Natural Resources are seeking an artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install an outdoor, permanent play sculpture at the entrance of the Central Lakes Trail in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The sculpture is intended to create an attractive destination along the Central Lakes Trail, encourage active living, creativity and play for children and their families, and provide an inspiring place to enjoy the surrounding natural environment during all seasons. We also hope to incorporate the ideas from local youth that were generated in spring of 2017, when Springboard staff led a total of 17 creative placemaking workshops, engaging 4th graders and 60 high school students in developing ideas for the sculpture through poems, drawings and clay sculptures.

About Central Lakes Trail and Fergus Falls:

The sculpture will be located at the new Central Lakes State Trail Trailhead outside of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The Central Lakes Bike Trail is used by thousands of visitors each year, and extends 55 miles through the heart of West Central Minnesota from Osakis to Fergus Falls.

Fergus Falls is located in West Central Minnesota, about one hour south of Fargo, and 2.5 hours Northwest of the Twin Cities, just at the edge of the lakes and prairie. With a population of approximately 13,200, Fergus Falls has a thriving arts community, a charming downtown, plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, and is actively becoming more bike/pedestrian friendly.

Project Goals:

The final project proposal will be selected based on the criteria below:

Inspires Play and Creativity: Encourage interactive play for children and their families, ideally during all four seasons.

Attracts Visitors: Create a focal point or destination at the new Central Lakes trailhead in Fergus Falls.

Is Sustainable: Utilize materials that will withstand the elements and require minimal maintenance over time.

Is Safe: Not pose any safety risks to the intended audience. For example, for projects that encourage climbing, follow fall height regulations, pinch points, etc.

Is Accessible: Create an enjoyable experience for visitors regardless of age, physical or mental disability.

Budget: $50,000

Funding for this project is provided by the Super Bowl Legacy Fund. A budget of $50,000 must cover all associated costs of the project, including but not limited to design, fabrication, materials, labor, transportation, lodging, insurance and installation of the sculpture.

The selected artist will receive a contract for design development, fabrication and installation services. The sculpture shall be owned by the DNR. Artist shall retain copyright, and must allow permission for all partners involved in the project to use images for educational and promotional purposes.

Site:

Located on the East edge of Fergus Falls, this property is currently being developed by the DNR into the new trailhead for the Central Lakes Trail. The site will include a parking lot, restrooms, picnic area, and a bike fix-it station.

The designated project site is has a diameter of approximately 40 feet, although this is negotiable depending on the final project design.

The sculpture will ideally be viewable from both pedestrians and bikers on the Central Lakes Bike Trail, and drivers on Highway 210.

Eligibility:

The project is open to U.S. artists with demonstrated experience in public art design and fabrication, who have been previously been commissioned for at least 2 projects of similar scope and budget. Preference will be given to artists with a specific interest and experience in the intersection of play, health and nature.

RFQ Selection Process:

After the initial RFQ deadline on June 30, 2017, a selection committee consisting of local community members and artists will select up to three (3) finalists. Springboard will subcontract with the finalists to prepare proposals for review by the committee, along with facilitating interview meetings with finalists. An honorarium of $500 will be provided to each finalist to develop one preliminary concept for the art feature at the site. Finalists’ proposals should be developed enough to provide a good understanding of how the art will look within the context of the location. Finalists will be asked to present their proposals to the committee in person. Travel support available.

Required Submission Materials:

1. Cover Page with contact information: name, address, email and phone.
2. Letter of interest (no more than two pages) briefly describing how you would approach this project and its goals, previous experiences related to this project
3. Three references with contact information.
4. Biographical information – two pages maximum.
5. Work sample list – corresponding to the work samples you are submitting. Please include year, budget, material, and dimensions.
6. Up to 10 work samples – Image files saved in JPEG (.jpg) format at 72ppi, 1920 pixels on the longest side.

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How to Submit

1. Combine submission materials 1 – 5 [above] into one word document or PDF. 2. Attach images in separate files.
3. Do NOT send a design proposal at this time.
4. Send all submission materials as email attachments to:

Email: dominic@springboardforthearts.org Subject: Central Lakes Trail Sculpture

Inquiries email: dominic@springboardforthearts.org

Estimated Project Schedule:

June 30, 2017
July 18, 2017
July 31 – August 24 August 18, 2017 August 31, 2017 December 2017 June 2018

Source Material:

Deadline for RFQ
Committee review and selection of finalists Informational meetings/site visits for finalists Interview/presentation with finalists
Artist selected and contracted
Design development phase completed Fabrication and installation of sculpture

Information about the Central Lakes Bike Trail: www.centrallakestrail.com Drone footage of the Central Lakes Trail:

www.facebook.com/CentralLakesTrail/videos/1247474335371272/

Results of workshops with area youth asking them what kind of sculpture they would like to see:  http://tinyurl.com/FFSculptureIdeas

Project Partners:

Springboard for the Arts
Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Our work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and we believe that artists are an important leverage point in that work. Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life.

PartnerSHIP 4 Health
PartnerSHIP 4 Health is a collaboration of community and public health partners in Becker, Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties working to prevent chronic disease through sustainable changes that increase physical activity, healthy eating and reduce tobacco use and exposure. PartnerSHIP 4 Health is at work with schools, worksites, communities, health care, child care and human service organizations.PartnerSHIP 4 Health is currently funded by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), Clearway Minnesota and a CDC Community Wellness Grant.

Department of Natural Resources
Our mission is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state’s natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.

Looking for Minnesota-based Mid-Career Public Artists to Apply!

Forecast’s 2018 Mid-Career Project Grant is open for applications

 

This grant supports the creation of a new publicly accessible temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist. Projects may be in any form or discipline, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, etc. The deadline to apply is July 18, 2017.

More information is available at http://forecastpublicart.org/mcknight-project-grant/

Starting June 15, the application will be available here: https://forecastpublicart.submittable.com/submit

 

Two Stage Application Process


Stage 1: RFQ

  • RFQs are due on July 18, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Applications will be accepted via the Submittable online application platform. Click here to apply. (Application will be open beginning June 15, 2017).
  • Complete applications include: a narrative (limit 650 words), a 2-page resume, and work samples.
  • Read application details. Please note that failure to follow application instructions may result in your application being deemed ineligible. Email grants@forecastpublicart.org with questions.
  • A panel of public art professionals will select 5 finalists, each of whom will be provided with a $1,000 stipend to support the preparation of a presentation and proposal that will be shared with the selection jury in December 2017.
  • Applicants will be notified of finalist decisions by early September.

Stage 2: Finalist Presentations

  • An informational meeting will be held for finalists in early fall and past proposal examples will be shared with finalists.
  • Presentations: Finalists will be required to prepare a 20-minute project presentation to give the panel a detailed and accurate indication of the work. Presentations can be made utilizing digital imaging programs such as Auto Cad or Sketch Up. They can be illustrated on boards or be presented as physical models or maquettes. Materials may not be returned to finalists.
  • Printed Materials: Finalists will be expected to prepare a printed proposal including at minimum a project description, budget, timeline, and a site approval letter.
  • Site approval must be secured by the date of finalist presentations (written documentation of site approval is required). It is recommended that applicants begin a discussion with site owners at the RFQ stage.

Selection Criteria

Past Recipients

2018 will be the seventh year that this grant will be awarded. Past awardees include:

 Staff Assistance

Info Session: Forecast’s Mid-Career Public Art Grants
This session will include an overview of our grants, application process, and selection criteria, as well as tips and resources for preparing strong applications!
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017
  • 6-7 p.m.
  • Forecast Public Art, 2300 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 160, St. Paul, MN 55114
  • RSVP HERE

Feedback Meetings: Limited 30-minute feedback meetings are available with Forecast staff. Dates to be announced. Applicants should come ready with materials they would like reviewed by staff.

Artist Services staff are available to answer questions and to assist applicants in navigating the application process. Email grants@forecastpublicart.org or call Jen Krava at 651-641-1128 x111.

This grant opportunity is generously funded by The McKnight Foundation.

Looking for Cities Ready for Creative Arts Planning

Leveraging Creativity in Community through Integrated and Place-based Community Development

In partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Arts Midwest is providing a 2017-18 learning experience for up to eight greater Minnesota communities. Communities will apply through their non-profit arts council. This cohort, offered by ArtsLab, a core program of Arts Midwest, focuses on the growing importance of arts and culture as key drivers in building a rural America that can flourish.  The deadline to apply is May 15.

Here are the details:

Course Description: Over the course of four two-day retreats, participants will explore key questions relevant to their common community development needs. The program will invite the cross-fertilization of ideas among participants, and will feature guest thought leaders in the field, assignments and virtual workshops between retreats. Learning within practice, participants will create new habits, deepen relationships, and identify strategic goals for immediate application.

  • What is the confluence in my community among arts and culture, community, and civic life?
  • What is the impact of arts and culture on the economy and quality of life of our community?
  • Can we find a common vision, common cause, and common language for a collective community future?
  • What is our path into the future that engages the broader community?
  • How can we accomplish our goals and nurture our vision toward reality? What is our best business strategy?

Program Components: This peer learning community will include retreats, virtual workshops, and mentorship. One night of overnight stay is expected with each retreat.

Eligibility: This 2017–18 peer learning opportunity is intended to support teams from approximately eight selected communities. To be eligible for this opportunity, a lead organization/applicant must:

  • Be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) or established as a Board or Commission within municipal or regional government, with arts and culture as primary mission.
  • Be based within the State of Minnesota and outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul 7-county area.
  • Have three or more years of programming and/or service to their community.
  • Have expenses of between $20,000 and $500,000 in the most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Have at least one administrative leader (full or part time).
  • Identify a consistent team of 3–6 leaders committed to all aspects of this learning experience. This team should be comprised of a senior staff member, artist, and key board member from the lead applicant organization; and key community influencers, such as an elected official, chamber of commerce member, member of the economic development authority, etc.
  • Preference will be given to communities that demonstrate responsiveness to equity and inclusion of underserved population groups.

Cost: This opportunity is funded by Arts Midwest and its ArtsLab funders. The retreats will be offered at no cost to selected applicants. However, it is recommended that as a part of this application process, each team choose to work with ArtsLab and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) to complete the Creative MN local community economic analysis report. This process would be made available at a fee of $1,500 per team.

Application Process:

For complete instructions and selection criteria, review the complete Application Guildelines (PDF).

Application is available online here.  Must click submit before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017.

Timeline:

April 10, 2017 – Applications available

May 15, 2017 – Applications due 5 p.m.

June 9, 2017 – Applicants notified of panel decisions

September 2017 through March 2018 – Four retreats

Questions? Contact Sharon Rodning Bash (sharon@artsmidwest.org) or Erin Brueggemann (erin@artsmidwest.org) at 612.341.0755 with any questions about the program or application process.

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