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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.

Made Here Open Call for Submissions!

Energy: Made Here Open Call

ENERGY: MADE HERE OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Hennepin Theatre Trust is accepting artists’ submissions for the fall/winter 2017 Made Here Showcases.

Made Here, a project of the Trust, temporarily fills empty storefronts and commercial spaces that are in transition with art by local artists, turning WeDo™ – the West Downtown MPLS  Cultural District — into a walkable urban art gallery.

The theme for the fall/winter Showcases is “Energy.” For this round, artists and artist groups are invited to submit proposals for window Showcase displays that interpret this theme. Open to your creativity, your installation might be an exploration of the forces that inspire you, thoughts on what powers our world or a display about what drives your creative practice.

Artists and artist groups may submit their proposals from now until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 14.

This Made Here round will coincide with Super Bowl LII, which starts on Sunday, February 4th at US Bank Stadium — just blocks away from WeDo. This event is projected to bring in 125,400 non-resident visitors — offering more potential exposure to participating Made Here artists than ever before.

Made Here features artists with all levels of experience — from those who have never exhibited work to internationally renowned professionals.

Made Here also features artists representing diverse communities. On average, 40 percent of Made Here artists are from communities of color. They also aim for balanced gender representation and make it a priority to include seniors, children, artists with disabilities, LGBTQ+ artists and artists from Greater Minnesota.

CRITERIA

All submissions will be considered, reviewed and curated by the Made Here Arts Advisory Panel based on the following criteria:

Compelling: artistically strong in concept and execution, compelling to a diverse audience and actively engaging to the public
Viable: agile, adaptive, innovative and achievable with the resources, funds and spaces available
Relevant: responsive to and engaging with diverse audiences, themes, neighborhoods and landscapes
Quality: the work presented is of exemplary quality —specifically in regards to the medium in which it is presented

In the interest of accessibility and inclusivity, artist statements, resumes or exhibition histories are not required to apply. The panel curates each open call blind — meaning that panelists review the art without knowledge of the artists’ names in an effort to produce an unbiased selection.

ELIGIBILITY

For eligibility to participate in Made Here, all artists and artist groups must be current residents of Minnesota.

The Trust is unable to accept proposals that are demonstrative; feature graphic sexual or violent imagery; include an element of live performance in or outside of the window displays; support an elected official or candidate; or invite the public to enter the space. Proposal materials must be created at an off-site location and then assembled in a single visit with limited assistance.

WHAT TO EXPECT IF YOU ARE SELECTED

Each selected submission receives a stipend of $500.00. If selected, all participating artists must submit a signed W9 form and a signed “Display Terms and Conditions” contract.

Upon selection, one site visit with a representative from the Trust’s Public Art and Placemaking department is required in order to discuss and schedule the timing of your installation. Each participating artist will be given one day to install his/her Showcase with a maximum of six hours of assistance from the Made Here team. Work is not permitted onsite outside of installation times.

Please refer to their current Made Here Showcases for examples of successful outcomes and available empty storefront and commercial locations: madeheremn.org/showcases.

All Showcases will be professionally photographed and featured on a dedicated page on the Made Here website (madeheremn.org). The Trust will actively promote the exhibition and share through its own communication channels, including emails and social media.

Each Made Here artist will be provided access to a clean, safe commercial storefront to create a Showcase with access to electrical access, extension cords, clamp lamps, light bulbs, minimal hardware and power strips, as needed. Professional installation assistance is available upon request.

There is a limited amount of technology available for Showcases, including several flat screen TVs, projectors, reverse projection screen materials and DVD players.

TIMELINE FOR ENERGY: MADE HERE

June 13, 2017: Energy: Made Here open call begins

August 14, 2017: Energy: Made Here open call ends

August 28, 2017: Selected artists announced

September 20 – October 7, 2017: Mandatory site visits completed

October 12, 2017: Showcase installations begin

December 2, 2017: Showcase installations complete

December 19, 2017: Energy: Made Here launches, 5  8 p.m.

April 4, 2018: Deinstallation of all Showcases begins

For inquiries, please contact Hannah Novillo Erickson, the Trust’s artist coordinator, at Hannah.Novillo@HennepinTheatreTrust.org

Special thanks to Andersen Windows for being the presenting sponsor of Made Here. Additional sponsorship is provided by Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis and the McKnight Foundation.

OPPORTUNITY OPENS

Friday, Jun 16th 2017

OPPORTUNITY CLOSES

Monday, Aug 14th 2017, 11:45pm

APPLICATION LOCATION

Hannah.Novillo@HennepinTheatreTrust.org

ABSTRACT International Call for Artists and Writers

APPLY TO THE “ABSTRACT” INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ARTISTS & WRITERS UNTIL JUNE 30, 2017

Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as an idea, feeling or quality but not having a tangible existence. Some conversations can be abstract, vague and theoretical and not based on particular examples or facts. And of course, there is abstract art which evokes feelings without trying to realistically represent the appearance of people or things. Abstract art, like poetry, offers a fragment of a mysteriously familiar narrative without directly revealing it in a realistic way. Reveal your most ABSTRACT thoughts.

If your work is selected you will be:

  • Announced as one of the selected artists/writers in the ArtAscent newsletter.
  • Published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal – a beautiful collectable keepsake that is available in digital and print long after the release date. Your showcase includes your artist/writer website link.
  • Showcased for at least two years on the ArtAscent website online exhibition, including your artist/writer website link.
  • Listed by name online for at least two years on the ArtAscent website artist/writer listing directory.
  • Promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook (16,000+ likes), Twitter, and Pinterest sites.

Selected artist works are featured as follows:

Gold Artist (1), Gold Writer (1), Silver Artist (1), Bronze Artist (1)

  • Featured in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with an accompanying professional review and profile written by our art writer discussing you and your artwork, and selected piece(s) of your artwork.

Distinguished Artists (Up to 27 artists and 9 writers)

  • Featured in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with selected piece(s) of your artwork.

Eligibility

Submitted work can include visual art – paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, digital, printmaking, installations, ceramics, fabric, jewelry, sculpture, and other 2- and 3-dimensional media – and written art – fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words).

For more information and to apply check out their website: https://artascent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/#toggle-id-2

Working Artist Photography Award — Apply Today

Working Artist Photography is offering a new Working Artist Photography Award, a regular one-time art purchase award dedicated solely to photography and photo-based artwork. This award works in tandem with their monthly general discipline Working Artist Grant/Art Purchase Award.

The Working Artist Photography Award is available to all photographers and photo-based artists worldwide working in all traditional and non-traditional photography formats, genres and styles. Work accepted for review includes but is not limited to film, digital photography, digitally manipulated photography, glitch, straight and abstract photography, landscape, still life, fashion, documentary, street, black and white, color, and all methods concerning the finished photographic print.

If selected as their winner, they ask that the award recipient be willing to exchange one of their original works or smaller series of original works for inclusion in our collection in return for our award. Work considered by the artist as of equal value, and available for acquisition can be negotiated upon receipt of the award. They do pay the artist’s shipping costs. Please send them your best work for review.

If you are interested in being considered for their award, please either: send them your website, or, send them 5 digital images/files of recent work, (total mail size no larger than 2 MB please) — to them via email. No written proposals or CV’s are required unless the artist would like to include them. Instead, please simply include in the body of your email current contact information, and send to: photographyaward@workingartist.org. There is no application form.

There is a submission review fee of $25.00, which helps offset the costs of this effort to fund meaningful work by serious artists.

Award recipients agree by completing their submission to limited use of their images or other representation of their artwork and general information to be featured on their site and corresponding promotional media. All rights will be retained by the artists.

Submissions for the next deadline of the Working Artist Photography Award must be submitted by midnight of July 17, 2017. They notify all participants of the results.

OPPORTUNITY OPENS

Wednesday, Jun 7th 2017

OPPORTUNITY CLOSES

Tuesday, Jul 18th 2017, 11:45pm

APPLICATION LOCATION

info@workingartist.org

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.