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Franconia Sculpture Park Artist in Residence Applications Open

FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK

Open-Call Applications Live!

Applications Open: June 1, 2021
Applications Close: August 1, 2021
Entry Fee: First two weeks FREE; $25 / $15 Franconia Alumni

Franconia Sculpture Park 2022 Artist-in-Residence applications are now open! There are two new exciting opportunities for Artist Families and Writers.

For information on all residencies please visit: https://www.franconia.org/artist-opportunities/

For their 26th residency year, Franconia Sculpture Park is encouraging applicants with an interest in work rooted in the intersection of art and ecology, including but not limited to: performance; sound art; public interventions; site-specific and ephemeral installation; the rural and natural landscape; earthworks; collaborative works with nature; indigenous history and storytelling; and land and water rights.

Fellowship Residencies

Stipend: $5,000
Spring (April 6, 2022 – June 15, 2022)
Summer (June 22, 2022 – August 31, 2022) Fall (September 7, 2022 – November 23, 2022)

The Franconia Fellowship supports mid-career artists with a $5000 stipend and the opportunity to stay between 3 weeks and 3 months during their Open-Call residencies. This is a self-directed residency, and Fellows are responsible for developing, producing, and installing their work.

Emerging Artist Residencies

Stipend: $750
Spring (April 6, 2022 – June 15, 2022)
Summer (June 22, 2022 – August 31, 2022) Fall (September 7, 2022 – November 23, 2022)

The Emerging Artist Residency represents 25 years that Franconia Sculpture Park has upheld a long-running work exchange model that equally cares for artists and organizational sustainability. While offering professional support and growth to emerging artists, the 50-acre sculpture park receives site and operational support with the help of their Emerging Artist Residents. This is a process-based residency. The rural setting and the chance to work alongside peers, mid-career artists, and visiting art curators create a dynamic setting for critical, technical, and professional growth within a collaborative exchange model.

Artist Family Residencies

Stipend: $2000
July 12-16, 2022 or July 19-23, 2022 | Youth (Aged 8-13) July 26-30, 2022 | Teen Intensive (Grades 9-12)

The Artist Family Residency supports Artist Parents and Artist Youth alike with a one-week residency at Franconia during July. Coinciding with their Youth Installation Summer Camps, Artist Youth are invited to camp during the day while the Artist Parent can be on-site for research or production. For artist parents, this is a self-directed residency. The Artist Family benefits both from the individual creative process and also through togetherness. A culminating Parents & Community sharing of Summer Camp Works provides a joined capstone experience for the Artist Family.

Writer’s Residency

January 19 – February 2 or February 9
Entry Fee: First two weeks FREE; $25 thereafter / $15 Franconia Alumni
Stipend: $1000
The Writers Residency will accept 3 to 4 accomplished writers to join Franconia Sculpture Park in 2022. Writers span a range of arts-focused disciplines and will receive a stipend, full room & board, and a two to a three-week residency at the 50-acre outdoor sculpture park. The writers-in-residence in this program will immerse themselves in the new environment and embrace the time and space to move forward in their work.

Virtual Guthrie Programming for students!

Here Comes the Fun!

Theater-loving kids and teens anywhere in the state — or the world! — can engage creatively with the Guthrie this summer.

They are offering virtual classes and workshops for youth entering grades 6–12 + recent grads. This is a perfect way for theater-loving kids and teens to spend their no-school days. Whether you want to build on existing skills or try something new, your summer is about to get super fun and all-out awesome.

All offerings are virtual, and no experience is necessary — just come as you are!

Scholarships are available for all educational programming, and you can apply here. Questions? View our youth classes FAQs or email classes@guthrietheater.org.

Use promo code EDUFRIEND to receive 20% off! Explore their awesome lineup of classes and workshops below and register today. All experience levels are welcome and scholarships are available.

For middle schoolers (entering grades 6‒9)
Young Actors Intensive – Dive into acting and creating characters
Audition Ready – Prepare to land your first role
Acting Through Song – Tell a story by singing your heart out
Workshop: Slay! – Learn fun and oh-so-fierce choreography

For high schoolers (entering grades 10‒12 + recent grads)
The Actor’s Toolkit –  Build your acting chops
Triple Threat Toolkit – Act, sing and dance like a pro
Audition Intensive – Nail your next theater or B.F.A. audition
Workshop: Slay! – Learn fun and oh-so-fierce choreography
Workshop: Improv – Master the art of on-the-fly performing
Workshop: Acting for Film – Take your talent on camera 
Register Now

Free Dance Residency Programs for K-12 Schools

Attention Teachers & Administrators!

Dance Without Barriers 2021/2022 School Year Applications Now Open!

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts offers free dance residency programs to K-12 schools throughout MN. A large part of their program is to reach remote area schools through virtual distance learning. They have been offering this free program since 2004, reaching over 2,000 students each year. They want to reach more greater MN schools as they know access to quality dance education can be sparse.

More information below and HERE.


Dance without Barriers is The Cowles Center’s K-12 dance residency program open to K-12 schools throughout Minnesota. Teaching Artists visit classrooms –- either in-person or virtually (they’ve had plenty of practice and success with virtual residencies in the last year!) –- to lead 3 to 5 day residences guided by your curriculum. 

Thanks to generous sponsorship, these residencies are free to select Minnesota schools – apply today!

In the meantime, explore their Brain Breaks videos which showcase the diversity and personality of their fabulous Teaching Artists!

Please contact Jessi Fett, Director of Programming & Education at
jfett@thecowlescenter.org with any questions you may have. To learn more about their other K-12 dance education programs, visit their K-12 Programs page

Virtual Legal Clinic Sponsored by Springboard for the Arts

There are a few slots open in Springboard’s virtual legal clinic on Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30 pm. Artists will receive a free 30-minute session with an attorney from Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts (MnLA) to have questions about nonprofits, estate planning, business organization, contracts, copyright and trademark answered. This is for individual artists or small arts organizations.

To sign up or for more information, click on the link below or reach out to Andy Sturdevant at (651) 294-0907 (call or text) or andy@springboardforthearts.org

https://springboardforthearts.org/events/virtual-legal-clinic-for-creatives/

Interested in Applying for Grant Funding? There’s Still Time! June 1 Deadline Added

June 1 Deadline Added for Arts Legacy & Arts Project Grants

Deadline to apply is June 1 for Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants
Please consider applying and spread the word! To apply login to our grants system here.
Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants are open for a variety of projects. This year we are promoting public art projects. The deadline is June 1 for these grants. 
Also available on a first come-first served basis are Quick Turn Around Grants for $500. The NWMAC is currently awarding Quick Turn Around grants for COVID-19-related relief for artists in northwest Minnesota. These grants are for missed gigs and income due to the pandemic.


Emphasis on Public Art Projects — Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities can be for public art projects that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.