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Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship includes Roseau County

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship deadline extended to March 15

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellowship provides unfettered funding to one individual Native American artist to fuel his/her art in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties in Minnesota.

The goal of the AAI Fellowship Program is to assist the region’s most talented Native American artists in furthering and innovating their work. One $5,000 award will be granted in 2020.  The funds can be used for, but not limited to exploring new directions or continuing work in progress; production costs, materials, or equipment; collaborative or community projects; travel, research or study to further your art.

Application Deadline Extended to March 15, 2020

Maximum Award: One $5,000 award

Applications are available online at r2arts.org. For questions or more information contact Region 2 Arts Council staff at 218-751-5447; toll-free at 800-275-5447; or by email at staff@r2arts.org.

The Region 2 Arts Council Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation.

(Image Attached: Modern Ojibwe Floral Beaded Hat by Robyn Vanwert, 2018 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellow)

McKnight Artist Fellowships

Working artists activate our communities and deepen the dimension and quality of our lives.

McKnight Artist Fellowships increase the exploratory opportunity, economic stability, and productive capacity of artists by providing $25,000 in unrestricted support for mid-career artists and discipline-specific artistic and professional development opportunities. For more information and a list of all fellowships visit this webpage.

McKnight Artists Fellowships include: (click on the links to learn more including deadlines and how to apply)

Book Artists

Ceramic Artists

Choreographers

Composers

Community-Engaged Practice Artists

Dancers

Fiber Artists

Media Artists

Musicians

Playwrights

Printmakers

Theater Artists

Visual Artists

Writers

North Beach Writers Retreat

North Beach Writers Retreat offers a chance to write and unwind in a beautiful northwoods Minnesota setting in Park Rapids, Minnesota, while working with world-class writers and writing teachers in an intimate, small group.

Visit northbeachwritersretreat.com to see the full slate of retreats, workshops, and online classes in poetry, memoir, and multiple genres. Visiting writers for 2020 include Patricia Smith in Poetry, and Patricia Hampl in Memoir.

Poetry Retreat June 2-6
Application Deadline: April 1
Patricia Smith, Visiting Writer

Memoir Retreat June 23-27
Application Deadline: May 1
Visiting Writer: Patricia Hampl

Mixed Genre Retreat for K-12 Teachers: August 9-13 (at Breezy Point, Nisswa, MN)
Application Deadline: June 1
Discount for MN Writing Project members

NorthBeachWritersRetreat.com for details.

McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists

2020/21 APPLICATION GUIDELINES
DEADLINE: MARCH 9, 2020, AT 5PM

 GUIDELINES FAQ

The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Established in 1981, the McKnight Artist Fellowships provide annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in fourteen areas. Twelve arts organizations oversee the administration of the fellowships and structure their own programs to respond to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines.

The McKnight Arts program supports the conviction that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time.

The goal of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists program is to identify talented Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports established artists by providing significant financial assistance, by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a public discussion panel featuring the fellows, by providing assistance to attend a professional conference in New York or Los Angeles, and by offering four free classes through FilmNorth during the fellowship year.

For questions about the fellowships or the application process, contact Eric Mueller, Program Administrator, FilmNorth, 651-644-1912, emueller@myfilmnorth.org.

Application Guidelines

They hosted a “How to Apply” Workshop on February 6th; you can watch a video recording of that event. In the video Eric Mueller, the program’s administrator, talks through the guidelines and application; Jes Reyes, Artist Career Consultant from Springboard for the Arts, talks about writing an effective artist statement. 

Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant Program Open for Application

Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2021 Artist Initiative grant application deadlines April 24 and June 26, 2020

The FY 2021 Artist Initiative grant program is now open for application.

The program overview and application instructions are available on the Arts Board Web site. The Artist Initiative grant program is designed to support and assist professional Minnesota artists at various stages in their careers by encouraging artistic development, nurturing artistic creativity, and recognizing the contributions of individual artists to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota. Grants will be awarded for projects that will enhance or expand the applicant’s artistic skills or process, and advance the applicant’s career by helping the artist generate greater visibility with and exposure to potential audiences.


The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 24, 2020, for literary arts and performing arts, and Friday, June 26, 2020, for visual arts. Please note that applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.Those considering a first time application are urged to review the program’s overview and application instructions, and speak with program officer Sherrie Fernandez-Williams prior to beginning an application. She can be reached at (651) 539-2672, toll-free at 
(800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at sherrie.fernandez-williams@arts.state.mn.us. The Arts Board uses WebGrants, an online grants management system, for all applications. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once. To register, visit the Arts Board Web site. Scroll down the home page to WebGrants instructions and registration information.  The Arts Board is offering free online information sessions about the FY 2021 Artist Initiative grant opportunity on Thursday, April 2, and May 28, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. The sessions are identical.