Category Archives: Grant Info

Call to Artists: Requesting Proposals for Kinetic/Wind Art

CALL TO ARTISTS

FOR

LIBRARY ART INSTALLATION

The Brainerd Public Library is requesting artist’s proposals for kinetic/wind art.

The deadline is December 7, 2018.

The Brainerd Public Library has been awarded a grant to commission kinetic/wind art to be placed outside of the library. The intent is to allow for an art installation that will provide an inspirational experience to all visiting the library.  A wide range of proposals are invited. Deadline for submission of proposals is December 7, 2018.  For more information please view the RFP linked here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Brainerd Public Library
Attn: Jolene Bradley
416 5th St S, Brainerd, MN 56401 Phone: 218-829-5574
email: bradleyj@krls.org

Forecast Grant Applications Open September 1

Forecast has early and mid-career level grants!

 
Deadline to submit is October 17, 2018. Starting September 1, applications will be available here: https://forecastpublicart.submittable.com/submit
 
INFORMATION SESSIONS:
Forecast Grants 101
Learn about the grant options, eligibility, application requirements, and more.
Wednesday, September 5, 6 – 7pm
Saturday, September 8, 10 – 11am
Wednesday, September 12, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Grant Writing Study Hall
Dedicated time and space to write your grant application.
Saturday, September 8, 11am – 1pm
 
ABOUT THE GRANTS
Mid-Career Project Grant [5 grants, $10,000 each]
This grant supports the creation of 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, and more.
Mid-Career Professional Development Grant
[2 grants, $5000 each]
This grant supports Minnesota-based mid-career artists seeking to expand or advance their careers in the field of public art. Funding can be used to support the development of a project idea or to participate in activities that will help applicants further their careers as public artists. Professional development activities can range from residencies to apprenticeships, conferences, travel, study, skill development, and the creation of project models or prototypes, as long as the overall outcome is to advance the applicant’s public art career. [See definition of mid-career below].
Early-Career Project Grant [2 grants, $8000 each]
These grants support the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an early-career Minnesota-based artist.
Projects may be additionally supported by public or nonprofit agencies, or through in-kind sources, however, private commissions are not eligible.
NOTE: The project site must be secured by the application deadline (written documentation of site approval is required in the application).
Early-Career Research + Development Grant
[4 grants, $2500 each]
These grants support early-career artists in public art related research and development or with the planning phase of freely accessible public art installation or activity in Minnesota. Activities could range from research to planning, community dialogues, site or budget development, or model building. R+D grants may be used for the development of proposals for other public or nonprofit agencies, however, they may not be used for private commissions.
Definitions, FAQ’s, grant writing tips, and more information is available at http://forecastpublicart.org/forecast/artist-services/grant-opportunities/
For questions contact Jen at  jenk@forecastpublicart.org
The Mid-Career Professional Development Grants are made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation. The Early-Career Project Grants and Early-Career Research and Development Grants are made available with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

Grant Writing Workshop to Assist with Upcoming Grant Deadlines

The October 15 deadline for Artist grants for $5,000 is coming soon!

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.

Upcoming grants workshop:

Monday, October 1 at 1:00 PM at our office.  

You Must RSVP! Let us know if you will attend.

 

Artist Story: Dean Brateng Weaving

This blog post was written by Sarah Meisinger, owner of En Liten Svensk (A Little Swedish) Shoppe in Roseau. It features area Artist Dean Brateng who’s work is available for purchase at Sarah’s shop in Roseau. To learn more about the shop see their website here.

(A wonderful variety of colors and sizes.)

Dean and Pat Brateng emit the down-to-earth, hometown friendliness that inspired me to open a Scandinavian Shoppe in Roseau.  Dean has been weaving longer than I’ve been alive and it shows in the craftsmanship and the quality of his beautifully woven rugs and bags.

For our Artist feature this month, we are featuring Dean’s weaving and a bit of his story.

 (A unique and durable woven bag!)

Dean was first introduced to the art of weaving by his Aunt Lillie Peterson of Roseau.  Dean’s Aunt Lillie was a well-known rug weaver and had many customers throughout Northwestern Minnesota.

When Dean was a young boy, his mother would drop him off at Aunt Lillie’s house while she ran errands in town.  It was during these times spent with his Aunt, that Dean began to learn about loom weaving.  Aunt Lillie would put Dean to work cutting materials along with other tasks and it was then that Dean’s lifelong interest in weaving began.

  (Dean at his loom weaving a beautiful Scandinavian inspired design.)

Years later when Aunt Lilly went into the nursing home, Dean inherited her loom.  As the story goes, the loom was Dean’s if he agreed to keep the loom in the family.  And today, Dean and Pat have created a loyal customer base and their rugs can be found in countless homes.

A key collaborator in the weaving process is Dean’s wife, Pat.  I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing Pat’s stories about how generous the community is when it’s time to get rid of clothing, especially old denim jeans.  The Brateng’s have often come home to their farm in rural Wannaska to large boxes and bags of jeans sitting on the front porch or in the yard.  Because of their reputation for rug weaving, many folks are aware that Dean and Pat will know exactly what to do with the items… they will re-purpose the clothing and create something lovely and useful.  I asked Pat if she finds it a little odd to come home to other peoples’ clothing and she only smiled, laughed and said they’re “used to it.”

We are very pleased to carry the Brateng’s weavings and appreciate that when they’re not farming, gardening and doing a variety of other tasks (they are busy!) Dean and Pat are creating rugs and bags for the En Liten Svensk (A Little Swedish) Shoppe!

Deadline Approaching for Arts Legacy & Arts Project Grants

Upcoming Grant Deadlines August 1 

Arts Legacy Grants — up to $10,000
Arts Project Grants: regular — up to $3,000
Applications are open for Arts Project Grants and Arts Legacy Grants. 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.
Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven-county service region. Funding can be used for Arts Projects, Arts Equipment, General Support, Public Art Projects and Arts Events in northwest Minnesota.
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.
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.
To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org, click on the Current Grants Forms under the Grants Tab.  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. Please contact her for assistance or with any questions.