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Minnesota Arts Board Grant Writing Workshops for Artist Initiative Grant Program

Grant writing workshops for

Artist Initiative grant program     

The Minnesota State Arts Board is hosting a series of grant writing best practices workshops around the state for the Artist Initiative program. Arts Board program officer Sherrie Fernandez-Williams will guide participants in a hands-on, interactive workshop. An informative and educational learning experience, participants can expect to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Artist Initiative grant criteria and eligibility requirements, and will work in small groups to practice and discuss the skill of grant writing.  The Artist Initiative grant program supports and assists professional Minnesota artists at various stages of their careers through encouraging artistic development, helping artists gain visibility with audiences, and strengthening career and professional skills. If you would like more information about the Artist Initiative grant program, please visit the Arts Board Web site: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/artist-initiative.htm .The workshops are free of charge and open to the public. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please visit the Arts Board Information Sessions Web page to learn more and register: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/calendar/information-sessions.htm .

Minnesota State Arts Board Webinar to Assist Application for Arts Learning Grant

Arts Learning Webinar     The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a free one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the FY 2021 Arts Learning grant program. This session will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants. Program officer Natalie Kennedy will walk through the program overview and instructions, and provide background information about what the review panel looks 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, read the overview and application instructions in advance and print out a copy for your reference. This document can be found on the Arts Learning program page.

Session date Thursday, January 9, 3:00 p.m.
If you are unable to attend, but would like to view the PowerPoint used in the Webinar, it will be posted on the Arts Board Web site following the session.
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. The presentation starts promptly at 3:00 p.m. Please plan to join the session five minutes early. Dial into the telephone portion to hear the audio.Call the conference host at (800) 920-7487.Enter the conference code: 8443 522 #When prompted, say your name.
Log into the Web portion to view the PowerPoint presentation: 
https://www.anywhereconference.com
Select I’m a participant.
Enter your name.
Enter Web Login 415420830
Enter Participant PIN Code 8443522
Select Sign in.

Photography Classes in Crookston

  • Intro to Photography: Wednesday. January 22 5:45-8:45pm
  • Intermediate Photography: Wed, February 4th 5:45-8:45pm

Location:

Sweetlight Gallery, 119 N Main St. Crookston, MN 56523

Call to register 612-269-3601
Important note is that pre-registration and pre-payment is required by phone. Simply hitting “Interested” or “Going” on the event page does not sign you up for the class.


More classes will be added based on attendance of the first 2 classes.

Individual Artists Grants January 15!

START YOUR APPLICATION TODAY

NWMAC Individual Artist $1,500 GRANTS – DEADLINE JANUARY 15!

Individual artist grants are awarded to individuals in our region in performing, visual, media and creative writing arts.

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 218-745-9111 can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

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Contact Mara for support and to review your application.  Mara can also provide a copy of the application and guidelines for you to review prior to starting your on-line application.

Submit by January 15, 2019 by 11:59 pm.

Artist Project Grants: Artists must be 18 years and older and reside in the seven-county Northwest Minnesota area at least six months out of the calendar year. Individual Artist Grants provide financial assistance for the exhibition, performance, or production of a specific creative work, mentoring with a more experienced artist, participation in not-for-credit arts experiences.

What is a typical project?  Often, grant proposals are to buy items that directly relate to your art like upgrading an instrument or replacing worn out visual art equipment.  Sometimes proposals are to attend a workshop that is important for your artistic growth then create a new body of work as a result of that learning.  Some grants are to allow artists to create a new body of work, then promote and showcase the result.

What is hard to get funded?  It is difficult to receive funding for items that are part of daily life like computers, printers, cameras, cell phones, etc.  It is also difficult to receive funding to travel to destinations for art training that have the appearance of a vacation.  It is difficult to receive funds to start a new arts medium since your current work sample is important to the application process and must show work within the medium you are applying.

Can I pay myself while I work on my project?  Yes, the McKnight Foundation, encourages established artists to be able to use grant funds to pay themselves to work on the project.  If awarded a grant however careful tracking needs to occur on the form provided.  If awarded all receipts for expenses need to accompany the final report or full or partial funding will be returned including the completed time tracking form.

Support for our Individual Artist Grants comes from the McKnight Foundation. The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis awards the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council $70,000 annually to provide grants and services to artists. Please see the McKnight page on our website that provides a summary and links to this programming. To see if you quality for this grant visit the grants link at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org/grants or call 218-745-9111 or email mara@nwrdc.org.

Playwrights’ Center Fellowship Programs

The Playwrights’ Center has fellowship programs, some of which are specifically for Minnesota-based writers. Programs include:

Jerome Fellowship – for early career writers. Deadline November 21.

Many Voices Fellowship – for early career writers of color and indigenous writers. Deadline December 5.

Many Voices Mentorship – for beginning Minnesota-based writers of color and indigenous writers. Deadline December 5.

Core Writer Program – for any professional writers. Deadline January 23.

McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting – for mid-career Minnesota-based writers. Deadline January 16.

McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship – for mid-career Minnesota-based artists other than playwrights. Deadline April 16.