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Knight Foundation Prototype Grant


The Knight Prototype Fund helps media makers, technologists and tinkerers take ideas from concept to demo. With grants of $35,000, innovators are given six months to research, test core assumptions and iterate before building out an entire project.

The program recognizes that with the cost of experimentation dropping, innovators should have the opportunity to test their greatest ideas and explore many options before choosing a final path. When successful projects emerge, Knight Foundation can help them scale.

What types of ideas does the Prototype Fund support?

The Prototype Fund supports a broad spectrum of ideas related to media, data and information. We are interested in any new models or technology to inform communities.

Is there a deadline for the Prototype Fund?

Yes. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. Our next deadline is August 1, 2014.

Is the program open to international applicants?

At this time, funding is limited to organizations based in the United States.

What types of funding are available?

The Prototype Fund makes grants to nonprofit organizations, for-profit organization and individuals, for charitable activity (such as open source development, public education, etc.). You can read about our other funding options here.

How much funding will I get if my application is successful?

Successful applicants receive an $35,000 grant for a six-month prototyping period.

What comes next if my application is approved?

New grantees start the Prototype Fund experience with a two-and-a-half day human-centered design and project planning workshop. Over the six-month prototyping period you work independently and check-in with Knight Foundation on your progress. At the end of the six months, grantees are reconvened for a demo day showcasing the research and prototypes.

Next Deadline: August 1, 2014.


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The Raven Celebrates 20 Years!


unnamed-3Northwest Minnesota’s Original Art, History and Humor Journal

Twentieth Anniversary – Probing Special Issues

THE RAVEN is grateful for the opportunities provided by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. The Legacy Grant, in particular, is vital to the artists of Northwest Minnesota, including us. THE RAVEN continues publication from a rural township in Roseau County based on grant funding. In turn, we donate hundreds of RAVEN issues to university libraries, historical society collections, seniors citizen homes, hospital and clinic waiting rooms, community centers, cafes, and restaurants. Readers reciprocate calling THE RAVEN “Out of the ordinary” – “Entertaining” – “Engaging” – and “Unique.”

THE RAVEN, in tribute to its 20th anniversary year (2014) is publishing extraordinary issues that disclose its artistic evolution from its crude beginnings as an eight-page, black-and-white, copier-printed “zine” (as defined by Wikipedia), to its current twenty-page, innovative format. Thanks to a 2011 Legacy Grant through the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, publication rolls off a state-of-the-art digital color printer. Issues include seldom-heard stories of artistic perseverance and invention.

A four-issue subscription to THE RAVEN is $20. includes 4- original artwork postcards, and an XL RAVEN t-shirt. Please visit The Raven’s or email Palmville Press & Publishing, Inc. at for subscription information.


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MCBA Arts Mentorship Program Now Open

Pages_MacThis is information provided by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and is a mentorship that is currently open.  NWMAC is providing the information  to our readers as a service.  Please read all applicable information or head over to:

About the Book Arts Mentorship

The Book Arts Mentorship is an artist development program aimed at introducing book arts to emerging artists whose primary medium is in another discipline. There are many reasons to explore book arts as a new artistic medium. As a highly malleable and versatile form of expression, book arts extend the possibilities of other art forms. You can create a conceptual space. Experiment with sequence and visual or verbal narrative. Use book art forms to extend, explore, document or reexamine work produced in other artistic disciplines.

Three jurors will review all applications and select six mentorship recipients. Artists in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Literary arts (poetry, spoken word, fiction, creative nonfiction)
  • Visual arts (drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, new media)
  • Music (composing)
  • Film / video (filmmakers, animation)
  • Theater (playwriting)
  • Dance (choreography)

Only originating artists in these disciplines are eligible for Jerome support; musicians, actors, directors, dancers, screenwriters and other such categories are not eligible.

Artists selected for the Book Arts Mentorship will receive:

  • $2,000 for the purchase of materials and to supplement other project costs (subject to state and federal income tax guidelines)
  • Three months of basic book arts training at MCBA
  • Free tuition to participate in up to three workshops offered by MCBA through its regular adult education schedule (artist pays applicable supply/material fees)
  • The ability to meet regularly with a mentor and attend master classes that provide contextual and historical foundations for book arts
  • One year free membership to MCBA
  • Recognition through a culminating exhibition in MCBA’s main gallery

Since 1985, the Jerome Foundation has helped artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new work. Book arts projects funded by twelve series of Fellowships and four prior series of Mentorships range from exquisitely crafted fine press volumes and sculptural books to documented performances and one-of-a-kind installations that “break the bindings” and redefine conventional notions of book form and content.

Awards and Eligibility

Applications must be submitted by emerging artists. An “emerging artist” is generally defined as an artist who shows significant potential, yet has not received a commensurate amount of professional recognition regardless of age or recognition in other fields. MCBA and the Jerome Foundation reserve the right to review and determine any applicant status as “emerging” or “established”.

Applicants must reside in Minnesota and must have held legal residency in Minnesota for the preceding year.

An artist is not eligible to apply for the Book Arts Mentorship if they are:

  • a student, full-time or part-time
  • a current MCBA artist-in-residence or staff member
  • an artist who already uses book arts as a primary form of creative expression
  • an artist who is already well-established in their field of work
  • a prior recipient of any MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship or Fellowship

Applications are reviewed by a panel of jurors representing the broad conceptual range of the art form. Jurors are not identified until after fellowship recipients are announced.

How to Apply

Applications are due by Monday, September 1, 2014 at 11:59pm.


Artists considering applying for a Book Arts Mentorship are invited to one of several public information sessions at MCBA, to ask questions about the application process and learn about the resources and equipment available.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014; 7:00pm
Information session #1

Thursday, July 31, 2014; 6:00pm
Information session #2

Monday, August 4, 2014; 12:00pm
Information session #3

Monday, September 1, 2014; 11:59pm

All application materials must be submitted through MCBA’s online application portal by 11:59pm Monday evening, September 1. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Friday, October 10, 2014
Announcement of mentorship recipients

Tuesday, October 21, 2014; 7:00pm
Mentorship program commences with initial meeting and orientation at MCBA’s studios (mandatory for all recipients)

November 2015
Group exhibition opens

If you have any questions about the Book Arts Mentorship program or the application process that this webpage does not answer, please contact Anna Boyer by phone at 612-215-2526 or by email at

If you have any technical issues with the submission process, please contact us at; include “Mentorship application” in the subject of your email.

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Minnesota Filmmakers Legacy Reimbursement Grant





Minnesota Film and TV is requesting proposals from Minnesota filmmakers who are seeking finishing or completion funds for new narrative features or long-form documentaries that align with Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund priorities. $320,000 is available for reimbursement of Minnesota production and post production costs.
In order to be eligible, projects must be in production or post production at the time of application.




RFP Posted                                                                   July 8, 2014

Submission Deadline                                                   December 5, 2014 at 5:00PM

Full Panel Review of Proposals                                   January 10, 2015

Recipients Announced                                                 January 13, 2015


Questions? Please call Jill Johansen, Incentives Specialist at 612-767-0095 or email at or Craig Rice at 612-685-9114.


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MSAB Arts Tour Webinar 06-26-14


Minnesota State Arts Board

Ensuring all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts
06.26.2014–Arts Tour Minnesota Webinar  
The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a free one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Arts Tour Minnesota grant program. This session will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants.
Program officer Bonnie Schock 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 session in person.
To make the session more useful to you, we suggest that you read the program overview and application instructions in advance and print out a copy for your reference. This document can be found on the Arts Tour Minnesota program page.
Date: Thursday, June 26
Time: 3:00 p.m.
We plan to start the presentation on time, so please join the session five minutes early.
To register:
The Webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged.
Register here.
To join the session:

Dial into the telephone portion by calling AccuConference at (800) 920-7487.
  • Enter the conference code: 419 88 86 #
  • When prompted, say your name.
Log into the Web portion by going to
  • Enter the conference dial-in number: (800) 920-7487.
  • Enter the conference code: 419 88 86 #
  • Enter your first and last name
  • Click Connect Now
  • When asked “Do you prefer to listen to the conference through the Web or by phone only,”  select phone only.
  • You can ask questions by entering them on your keyboard in the chat box on the left.
  • The following browsers are recommended: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
Important note: save these instructions for reference.
No further confirmation will be sent to you.
The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts. Funds for Minnesota State Arts Board programs are provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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