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Artists on Main street

ARTISTS ON MAINSTREET

Rethos: Places Reimagined and Springboard for the Arts are seeking four new Minnesota communities of 25,000 people or less to participate in the Artists on Main Street program for two years (January 2020 – December 2021).

The purpose of Artists on Main Street is to support rural community development at the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Community or government organizations who are actively working on downtown/Main Street revitalization and who are interested in building new relationships with their creative community to creatively address local goals and challenges are encouraged to apply.

To apply visit: https://www.rethos.org/artists-on-main-application

Application Details

The purpose of Artists on Main Street is to support rural community development at the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Community or government organizations who are actively working on downtown/Main Street revitalization and who are interested in building new relationships with their creative community to creatively address local goals and challenges are encouraged to apply.

Program Benefits:

  • Creative Community Development trainings and cohort exchanges for Downtown/Main Street leaders, their partners/stakeholders and other participating Artists on Main Street communities (3x per year).
  • $25,000 in funding for small artist-led projects, using Artists on Main Street’s creative placemaking training and selection process, that help communities accomplish their goals or address challenges related to downtown and main street ($15,000 in year 1, $10,000 in year 2)
  • Administrative support to cover staff costs, marketing, or other program management needs. ($5,000 per year)
  • Ongoing mentorship and technical support from Springboard and Rethos for strengthening and sustaining your community’s creative community development infrastructure.

​Eligibility:​

  • Artists on Main Street is open to any Minnesota community with a population of 25,000 or less.
  • Lead applicant must be a community or government organization actively working on downtown/main street revitalization (examples: Main Street organization, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Councils)
  • Applicant must identify 2-3 Planning Team members who have a strong interest in learning how to work and collaborate with artists on community development issues, and can represent a wide variety of sectors – government, education, arts, recreation, economic development, etc.  It is strongly recommended to include a city representative as one of the community leaders and/or the organizational partner.
  • If not a City entity, applicant must submit a letter of support from a City representative that will be a liaison with city processes for Artists on Main Street (e.g. parks official, Mayor, city planner, etc)
  • Applicant and Planning Team must commit to attending the first Artist on Main Street Cohort Meeting on January 16th, 2020 from 10am to 3pm (tentative – location will be determined once communities are selected).

Selection Timeline:

  • Complete and submit application by Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Selected communities will be notified by Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • If selected, applicant must confirm participation with Rethos by Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Participate in orientation call in early December 2019

Program Timeline:

Year 1

January 16, 2020: Cohort meeting #1

March – April, 2020: Each community hosts 1 – 2 Creative Placemaking workshops for their local artists

April – May, 2020: Review and selection of artist project proposals

May – October, 2020: Artist projects take place

July, 2020: Cohort meeting #2

November, 2020: Cohort meeting #3

November – December, 2020: Evaluation and planning for year 2

Timeline for Year 2 will be determined in collaboration with Rethos and Springboard.

Questions? 

Please contact Sarina Otaibi, Rural Programs Manager, at sarina@rethos.org or 320-262-9514.

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Coming Soon…Grant Deadlines!

$5,000 Individual Artist Grant Deadline October 15!

Arts Legacy, Arts Project, Arts Equipment for Schools Grants Deadline November 1!

Quick Turn Around Grants and Arts Legacy Residency Grants are ongoing!

Grant money is available from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations.  Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

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McKnight/NWMAC Individual Artist Grants for Projects Individual adult artists can apply by October 15 for a NWMAC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant of $5,000.00 or if your project has a very strong community focus, you can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000.00.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

Project grants are awarded to individuals.  To be eligible you must be out of high school and at least 18 years of age.  College tuition is not an eligible expense.   This is the main category that individuals use to support their artistic business or advance their technical skills. This category is for non-hobby artist.  Grants are awarded annually with $1,500 going to four individuals and $5,000 going to four individuals.  Support for our Fellowship program comes from The McKnight Foundation.  The deadline is October 15th annually for $5,000 level applicants and January 15th annually for $1,500 level applicants.

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The Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven county service region.  Funding for the grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.  A maximum of $10,000.00 can be requested.  Applicants must provide cash match and it is recommended that it be between 25% – 50% although some projects may be approved with as little as 10% cash match if they are innovative and fit a unique need.

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match.  This grant programs have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.

Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.  Arts Legacy grants and Arts Project grants have annual deadlines of August 1, November 1, and March 1 each year.  This November 1 deadline is the second round for these two categories.   

Arts Equipment for Schools Grants are considered a special category of our Arts Project Grant Program.  This grant allows schools to purchase artistic equipment for their art room, theater, band room, etc.  Equipment that is used solely for the pursuit of arts like a kiln or theater lights, or a band instrument has a better chance of being funded.  There is one annual deadline for this grant on November 1.  Grants of up to $3,000.00 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.

Also available on a first come-first served basis are Artist Residency Grants for are School Districts.  Grants of $2100.00 are awarded to sponsor artists working with children usually in a traditional weeklong residency but it can also be a different format that serves your school or summer program.  An extra $400.00 may be requested for art residencies that need supplies.  Schools are strongly urged to use a TARP or COMPAS roster artist because they have been professionally trained in working in schools. Local artists who are sponsored need to provide lesson plans and show their professionalism in a classroom setting.

The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

We will be holding a grants info session and training on October 1 at 4 pm at our office in Warren. RSVP to Mara at director@NWArtsCouncil.org. Mara, our director, can answer any questions you have and lead you through the process.

Funding for these programs comes primarily from the Minnesota State Legislature.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state.  All eleven councils work together with their fiscal agent the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants.  The McKnight Foundation is another funding source helping local arts councils promote and serve the arts community.

McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting

McKnight Artist Fellowships

The McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting recognizes and supports mid-career playwrights living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. The fellowship term is July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. The fellowship includes:

  • $25,000 stipend
  • $2,500 to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses
  • $1,400 in travel funds

Application Deadline is January 16, 2020. You are strongly encouraged to declare your intent to apply by early September 2019.

To learn more visit this website.

McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce the McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists.

The intent of this program is to recognize and support mid-career book artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate exceptional artistic merit and commitment to the field. 2019 marks the first year McKnight will be partnering with MCBA to offer the fellowships program in the field of book arts. Each year going forward, MCBA will administer two Fellowship awards, which will allow Minnesota book artists to set aside time for study, reflection, opportunities, new projects, experimentation, and exploration.

Fellowship benefits include:

  • An unrestricted $25,000 award
  • Funding for professional digital documentation of artwork
  • MCBA Artist Collective membership during fellowship year
  • Two studio visits from a national critic/curator/artist
  • Featured participation in a public artist panel at Open Book
  • Travel honorarium to attend one conference during the fellowship year
  • Opportunity to attend an artist residency program 

The program is designed to award Minnesota book artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a sustained period of time, and are at a stage in their career that is beyond emerging.

Application Cycle Opens: December 1, 2019–March 1, 2020

Visit here for more information.