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Coming Soon…Grant Deadlines!

$5,000 Individual Artist Grant Deadline October 15!

Arts Legacy and Arts Project Grants Deadline November 1!

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.

imagesMcKnight/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 their project has a very strong community focus, they 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.

LegacyLogoThe 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 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 are offering two workshops on Wednesday, October 11 at 10am and 6pm at our office 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 half hour relates to the deadlines coming up and the second half hour relates to the system and questions on grants management and reporting. Don’t let your fear or inexperience with grants stop you from applying!  You must RSVP. Email mara@nwrdc.org or call 218-745-9111.

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.

The Perpich Arts High School

Do you love the arts?

Are you, or do you know, a student who’s really into the arts?

Is it time for a creative challenge?

Did you know there’s a public school designed to develop the thinking artist?

 

Perpich Arts High School is a tuition-free public high school for Minnesota high school juniors and seniors.

The Arts High School offers rigorous, college-preparatory academics with intensive coursework focused in six art areas: dance, literary arts, media arts (photography/cinema), music (voice and instrumental), theater (includes musical theater) and visual arts. At the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, MN, dedicated teachers inspire students to take risks, work hard, and develop their unique voice.

Students from outside the Twin Cities area can live in a supervised dorm, with plenty of guidance and support, plus exposure to the arts culture in the metropolitan area.

There are a number of information sessions across Minnesota. Visit perpich.mn.gov for dates and locations. Or contact Anne Johnson, Admissions Coordinator, 763-279-4195, anne.johnson@pcae.k12.mn.us. Below are ones in our region.

2017-2018 Statewide Perpich Information Sessions

10/9 3:30 pm   Baudette, The Baudette Depot

7 pm   Roseau, Bear & Bean Coffee

10/10 3:30 pm Thief River Falls, TRF Public Library

7 pm        Crookston,  Crookston Library

 

Questions: Contact Anne Johnson, Admissions Coordinator 763-279-4195, anne.johnson@pcae.k12.mn.us perpich.mn.gov

Interested in Becoming an Artist-in-Residence?

Would you like your name and photo and school residency experience included in our Teaching Artists Roster?  Would you benefit from training in developing and refining the residency that you will offer students?

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is offering a Teaching Artist Roster Program. This program is a six-session training designed to support artists in refining and developing skills for conducting collaborative, in-depth arts learning experiences in organizations, community settings and schools.

Up to six artists will be selected to participate in this first training series from Oct 2017 – Dec 2017 in Warren.  Applications due Sept 25 for this first group.  A second group of artists will start in the Spring, maybe even two groups if we have enough interest.  Deadline TBD.

Artists who complete the program are listed on the NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster and are eligible to apply for residency funding through the Teaching Artist Grant program.

Artists who complete the Teaching Artist Roster Program:

  • Value themselves as artists and understand what they offer as teaching artists
  • Expand the ways they apply their craft
  • Understand the essential role arts play in a complete education
  • Belong to a network of fellow teaching artists who serve as resources, mentors and peers
  • Are ready to employ and lead assessments that involve personal reflection for continuous improvement
  • Understand how the roles of artist and teacher intersect
  • Are able to develop a residency plan
  • Are familiar with the NWMAC Teaching Artist Grant application process
  • Employ strategies that contribute to success as a teaching artist

For an example of what this roster will look like, visit
www.centralmnartsboard.org and click on Artist Teaching Roster.  The value of the training is 20 CEU credits and approximately $600.00 per participant if taken elsewhere.   Performing, visual, and creative writing artists (and other disciplines) who are chosen to participate in this program will receive small group and one-on-one training to prepare them to be Artists- in-Residence.

Applications are due by Monday, September 25.

The application and guidelines are in our NWMAC on-line grant system.  Login to your already established Username or Create a User for yourself within the the Login page.  Then begin your application for the Teaching Artist Roster Program by hitting Apply.  Call our office 218-745-9111 or email if you have problems.

Would you like to learn more at an information session?  We recently conducted an information session in Thief River Falls and will be offering two more on the following dates:
* September 12 in Warren at the NWMAC Conference Room  5 – 6:00 p.m.
*September 13 in Greenbush at the Community Room that is attached to the library 5 – 6:00 p.m.

(RSVP is essential by Monday, September 11 to mjander@mncable.net for the September 12 and 13 meetings.)

Questions?  Jane Anderson at mjander@mncable.net or Mara at mara@nwrdc.org

Please see the Program Guidelines here  (Note: this copy is a bit messy due to website formatting.  You can view the Guidelines in the on-line application in a Preview mode also.)

Teaching Artist Roster Program Guidelines FY17-18

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW                                                                                                                                                     

The Teaching Artist Roster Program is a seven-session training designed to support artists in refining and developing skills for conducting collaborative, in-depth arts learning experiences in organizations, community settings and schools.

Up to six artists will be selected to participate in this training, conducted by artist peer coaches contracted by NWMAC.

Artists who complete the program are listed on the NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster and are eligible to apply for residency funding through the Teaching Artist Grant program.

Artists who complete the Teaching Artist Roster Program:

  • Value themselves as artists and understand what they offer as teaching artists
  • Expand the ways they apply their craft
  • Understand the essential role arts play in a complete education
  • Belong to a network of fellow teaching artists who serve as resources, mentors and peers
  • Are ready to employ and lead assessments that involve personal reflection for continuous improvement
  • Understand how the roles of artist and teacher intersect
  • Are able to develop a residency plan
  • Are familiar with the NWMAC Teaching Artist Grant application process
  • Employ strategies that contribute to success as a teaching artist

WHO CAN APPLY

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Resident of Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Polk, or Norman County for a minimum of six months prior to application
  • Either a citizen or have attained permanent resident alien status
  • Artists with previous teaching experience, formal or informal (if you are interested in the program, but do not have teaching experience, contact the NWMAC

APPLICANTS NOT ELIGIBLE 

  • Past NWMAC grant recipients with any overdue final reports 

HOW TO APPLY

Application procedures are available at www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org

APPLICATION CONTENT

NWMAC Data Information

The following questions are required for data collection purposes by the Minnesota State Arts Board and the MN Legislature.

  • Brief summary of your artwork
  • County—County of applicant
  • MN House District – MN legislative house district of application
  • Congressional District – MN congressional district of applicant
  • Status – i.e. enter “01” for individual
  • Institution – Enter “01” for individual artist
  • Discipline – Select the code that best describes the applicant’s primary area of interest in the arts.
  • Publicity – Does the applicant have an alternate name, to be used for publicity purposes? (i.e. news releases)
  • Publicity Name – if yes, indicate the name to be used for publicity purposes. (Indicate N/A if not applicable)
  • Adult Artists Participating – For these grant activities is “01” individual artist
  • Ethnic Characteristics – Select any combination (optional). Enter “0” if you do not want to provide your ethnicity.  N=American Indian/Native American; A=Asian; P=Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; B=Black/African American; H=Hispanic/Latino; W=White; 99=when no single group applies; 0=Other

ARTISTIC MERIT/QUALITY

Panel members use the following statements when reviewing this section of the application: 1) Applicant’s rationale for wanting to participate in the program has merit. 2) Applicant’s work samples demonstrate skill and ability.

  • Explain your interest in participating in the Teaching Artist Roster Program. 

Artist Bio/Resume

  • Upload your Artist Bio and Resume in .PDF format 
  • Provide a brief statement about you and your art.

Work Samples

All samples must be combined into ONE OR TWO .PDF DOCUMENTS and attached to the application.  Contact the NWMAC office if you need assistance.  The NWMAC is not responsible for samples that do not upload or display correctly.

  • Two-Dimensional & Three-Dimensional: primary creators of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, multi-media arts, and all find crafts; SUBMIT UP TO 5 WORK SAMPLES: Submissions should not be more than 1800 pixels wide with title, description and dimension included with each sample.
  • Literary: Original poetry, prose (fiction and creative nonfiction), playwriting and screenwriting. Total number, including summary may not exceed 10 pages.  If the sample is part of a longer work, one of the pages may provide a BRIEF summary or context for the excerpt.  Include a description Title, Type (Poem, Novel excerpt, etc.) with each sample.
    • All written materials must be submitted in .PDF format on 8-1/2” X 11” document
    • Leave ½” margins (minimum) at top, bottom and sides of each sheet
    • Use black size 12 font or larger
    • Scholarly manuscripts, standard journalism, and translations are not accepted
  • Performance: Dancers, choreographers; Theatre performers, spoken word; composers, musicians/  While artists can perform the work of others, panel members will be looking for the applicant’s unique interpretation, or “personal stamp” on the work submitted and priority will be given to the original work.
    • Theater/Dance: combined run time of 7 minutes for all selections.  Submit samples in .WMV, .SWF or .MP4 file format or a URL link to a video.  Include in a separate document the Title, Length of excerpt with a physical description explaining how to identify you (i.e., “I am the actor in the yellow shirt)
    • Music: combined run time of 7 minutes for all selections. Submit samples in .MP3, .WAV, .WMA formats and include the Song Title, Length, Type of Music for each sample in a separate document.  Optional:  You may attach scores for any music sample(s) submitted.

If the upload does not accommodate the file size, an audio/video page or website URL can be provided in the field below by pasting the URL into a word document.

 

  • Upload Work Samples with descriptions and/or provide an audio/video page or website URL
  • Art Sample(s) with descriptions (10 MiB allowed)
  • Art Sample(s) with descriptions (10 MiB allowed)
  • Audio/Video Page or Website URL –( i.e. northwesternmnarts.board.org)
  • Music Scores – Optional (2 MiB allowed)

ABILITY

Panel members use the following statements when reviewing this section of the application: 1) Applicant shows a willingness to commit time and energy to program obligations. 2) Applicant demonstrates an interest in expanding their skills as a teaching artist.  3) Applicant has previous teaching experience.

Training Dates

You must commit to attend training sessions held at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council offices in Warren on the following dates and times:

Thursday, October 26, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)

Thursday, November 2, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)

Thursday, November 9, 2017 (6-9 p.m.) Remote access

Saturday, November 18, 2017 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Thursday, November 30, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)  Remote access

Thursday, December 7, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)

Dates and location may be subject to change.

  • Are you available to attend all of the training dates?
  • What are your strengths as an artist?

Teaching Experience

  • Do you have teaching experience?  (yes/no)

7a)  IF YES:

  1. What are your formal and information teaching experiences?
  2. What are your strengths as a teaching artist?

iii.   What are your weaknesses as a teaching artist?

7b)  IF NO:

  1. What personal skills or experience do you have that would contribute to your success as a teaching artist (volunteer experience, working with groups, etc.)?
  • Name a technique, genre or medium you are interested in exploring during the Teaching Artist Roster Program training.

SAMPLE LESSON PLAN

Explain how you could use your art discipline to conduct a learning session.

 

LP1.  Brief Description of Residency Activities:

 

 

 

LP2.  Target Age Group/Population:

 

 

 

LP3.  Length of class:

 

 

 

LP4.  Materials needed.

 

 

LP5.  Will your session require a special setting (e.g. outdoors, sink, electricity, tarps on the floor, etc.)?

 

 

 

LP6.  Will your residency require additional staff/volunteers to assist students?

 

 

LP7.  Additional Information:  Upload supporting material (i.e. image or rendering sample of project)

CERTIFICATION

Electronic signature

Your signature indicates that all of the information in the application is true and complete

NWMAC SERVICES AND GRANTING PROCESS

APPLICATION DRAFT REVIEW

Applicants may request a draft review of an application.  NWMAC staff will review the application and identify any concerns, upon request.  Email requests at least two weeks before the application deadline.  Requested draft reviews are conducted while applications are in draft form.  A review of the application does not guarantee that the request will be funded.

REVIEW PROCESS

Applications will be made available to the NWMAC Board of Directors or a review panel at least two weeks prior to the review date.  All applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision in writing.

During the review process each applicant will receive a score on a scale from 1 (low) to 6 (high).  An applicant must attain a minimum score of 3.0 to be considered for funding.

APPLICANT INTERVIEWS

Panel members will interview a select number of applicants.  The final scores and a list of recommended applicants will be submitted to the NWMAC Board of Directors for final approval.  Selected artists will be contacted by NWMAC Staff in a timely manner following approval.

GRANT APPEAL PROCESS

Any applicant who can show cause that established grant review procedures were not followed, or that the policies of the program were not equitable to all participants, may file an appeal in writing with ten (10) business days of being notified of the NWMAC’s decision.

The Executive Committee will review the appeal and determine if further investigation is warranted.  If there is cause for an appeal, the matter will go before the full board for a final decision.  There is no right of appeal to dispute decisions in respect to artistic quality or merit, ability or need.  Contact the NWMAC office to view a copy of the complete appeal policy.

DEFINITIONS

Artist Merit:  The perceived quality or value of works of art.

Resident:  One who resides in a particular place permanently or for at least six months prior to application.  This will be the location on your driver’s license, voting precinct, legally established residence.

For more information on Northwest Minnesota Arts Council programs and services, visit our website at www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org or call 218-745-6733

 

Forecast Grant Opportunities

Three Forecast Grant Opportunities Will Open for Applications on September 1, 2017!

Deadline to submit is October 17, 2017. Starting September 1, applications will be available at https://forecastpublicart.submittable.com/submit
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.
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/
Forecast is also holding information sessions
Forecast Grants 101 
Learn about the grant options, eligibility, application requirements, and more.
WHEN: Thursday, September 14, 6-7pm &
Wednesday, September 20, 6-7pm
The ABCs of Site Permissions 
Learn what site permissions are and how to obtain them. With Mary Altman from the City of Minneapolis Public Art Program and Sarah Peters from NorthernLights.MN. [You must secure site permission in order to apply for the early career project grant. See below.]
WHEN: Tuesday, September 7, 6-7pm
Please share widely with Minnesota based artists, or consider applying yourself. Questions? Email 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.