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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.

Arts Legacy GRANTS up to $10,000.00, Arts Project GRANTS up to $3,000.00, Arts Equipment for Schools GRANTS up to $3,000.00                                                                    DEADLINE FEBRUARY 01, 2017!

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, 2017 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 Fellowship program 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

Arts Legacy, Arts Project & Arts Equipment for Schools DEADLINE FEB 1!

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.

Individual adult artists can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000 if their project has a very strong community focus.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

The 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.

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 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. Grants of up to $3,000.00 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.

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

Fellowship Applications Open At Tofte Lake Center — Emerging Artist Applications Open Soon

Tofte Lake Center Opportunities 

Looking for an opportunity to get away, spend time outdoors and have time to create your art? The Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp near Ely, Minnesota will host its third annual weeklong artist retreat for a Minnesota artist who exemplifies the spirit, passions, and values of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna. This will be the week of September 25-October 1 in 2017.

For Gaia, physical activity and art were a means of self-expression, self-definition — in her DNA. At Tofte Lake Center, Gaia’s love of art and nature were perfectly combined. Surrounded by the beauty of this location, she spent many memorable days and nights creating all forms of art. She took time each day to commune with her spirit by hiking, biking, and kayaking. She has left her fingerprints all over Tofte Lake Center, touching both the people and property, as well as the world around her.

Application Requirements

*Applicants must live in Minnesota.

*Please fill out an application, complete with resume.

*After completing your residency, you will be required to submit a 1-2 page testimonial of your experience which could be shared with the public, to help keep Gaia’s artistic legacy alive.

Honorarium and Accommodations

Lodging is subsidized: the recipient is provided a solo cabin with kitchen and bath facilities.

The recipient will receive an honorarium of $200 to cover meals and travel. Once at TLC meals are the responsibility of the artist.

Application and Selection Timeline

Applications for 2017 are open until January 15, 2017

The recipient will be notified by February 15, 2017

Questions? Contact info@toftlekae.org

The Emerging Artists Program Open December 15

Tofte Lake Center is also sponsoring its 8th annual Emerging Artists Program which enables both individual creative artists and a collaborative team of artists to take time and attention to focus on their current work. This program subsidizes two one-weeklong residencies for 7 emerging artists and/or 2-3 person creative teams from the Minnesota and the 5 boroughs of New York, and 1 week-long residency for a performing arts project that would have exclusive use of the facilities. Please note that applicants must live in either MN or one of the 5 NYC boroughs to be eligible to apply.

The residencies at TLC are intentionally interdisciplinary in nature. Artists from several disciplines can apply: playwriting, poetry, prose writing, painting, music composition, and dance. We would be happy to accept applicants who sculpt, produce films, are photographers, work with crafts; we are, however, more limited in terms of the materials we can provide. The underlying philosophy is to provide space and means of support for individual artists wishing to further their creative endeavors in the visual, literary or performing arts. The dramaturgical assistance of TLC director Liz Engelman is available if desired.

Group Project Week: July 17-23, 2017

Individual Artist/Creative Team weeks: Planning is in progress-please stay tuned!

How To Apply

Submissions will be accepted from December 15, 2016 – February 15, 2017.

Each Artist Will Receive Each artist from MN will receive an honorarium, meal, and travel stipend of $800, and each artist from NYC will receive $1,200.

Accommodations There are 7 sleeping areas in four cabins. 2 cabins are solo cabins, the other five sleeping areas are either bedrooms or lofts in shared cabins. Each artist will have his/her own room/loft.

Emerging Artists We define “emerging artists” as those who have not attained name recognition in their profession/field by having a body of critically recognized work (at least 3 major productions, showings, exhibits, books) at major and well-known institutions/publishers.

Application And Selection Timeline

February 15, 2017 at 5PM, PST: Application Deadline

April 1, 2017: Recipients Notified

Questions? Contact info@toftlekae.org

Made possible by the Jerome Foundation

UND’s Museum of Art’s Artist-in-Residency Program Seeking Applicants

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The University of North Dakota Museum of Art is once again sponsoring an artist-in-residency program. Applications to the program are now open.

Named McCanna House, the residency will offer artists, composers, and writers time to work in a setting that preserves the history and integrity of one of North Dakota’s first architect-designed, country homes surrounded by rich agricultural land. Margery McCanna, a long-time Museum patron, donated her 1920s French country-style home to the Museum upon her death. It was her wish the property be used as an artist-in-residence space. The home is located in western Grand Forks County in McCanna, North Dakota (approximately 35 miles west of Grand Forks). Check out this link for more information – http://ndmoa.com/artist-in-residence.

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The museum will be accepting applications until the end of December, and selecting artists after the New Year. The application fee is $35, plus a $100 cleaning fee if accepted. Residencies will be between three weeks and one month between May 29 – September 15, 2017.

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Grant Info & Training Workshops for Artists

Interested in learning more about available grants and how to apply for them?  We will be holding two grant information and training workshops for artists at our office.

When:    Wednesday, September 28 @ 1 pm;

Wednesday, October 5 @ 7 pm

Where:  109 S Minnesota Street, Warren, MN  56762

RSVP:    218-745-9111

During the workshop, Mara Hanel will help artists register for our on-line system and begin a grant application.  Attendees will view the grant application on a large TV while you are lead step by step through the process of applying.  The workshop will be an hour.  Attendees will receive a printed draft copy of the grant to take home.  Mara will discuss other successful projects and what makes their application strong within the rating system.

If you cannot attend the workshop and need assistance call to schedule a one-on-one consultation.  You must have your entire application complete and submitted by the deadline.  This includes your work sample, work sample description, budget, quotes, and one letter of recommendation.

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 Fellowship program 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

Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grants in Music, Theater & Visual Arts

 

 

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The Jerome Foundation is delighted to announce that Travel and Study Grants in Music, Theater and Visual Arts will again be awarded in March 2017. The program is open to “generative” artists (e.g. composers or sound artists in music; playwrights, performance artists and directors of ensemble based theatre companies; and visual artists of all genres) who have a record of creating original work.  Additionally, with thanks to the HRK Foundation for its generous support, the program is also open to arts administrators in Minnesota who work at organizations who support such artists. The deadline for applications will be 4:30 pm (Central Time) on Thursday, December 8, 2016, with grants announced in March 2017. For more information.