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Open Call: Request for Qualifications for the Creation of Large-Scale Downtown Murals

This coming spring and summer, the Hennepin Theatre Trust will partner with business and property owners to commission Minnesota-based artists/artist teams to complete new large-scale murals along Hennepin Avenue (between 5th and 10th streets).

This call is open to established and emerging artists, or artist teams, with priority given to artists from communities of color who have a strong connection to Hennepin Avenue and who have demonstrated experience in managing a project of this magnitude.

All Request for Qualifications (RFQ) submissions will be reviewed by the Trust’s Arts Advisory Panel. Finalists will be chosen by the panel and paid a $250 stipend to create a mockup design — based on the secured site dimensions. All finalists will be asked to participate in a brief, informal interview with the Trust’s Director of Public Art and Placemaking. Two artists/artist teams will be selected.

The Trust’s Director of Public Art and Placemaking will work collaboratively with the two selected artists/artist teams to negotiate contracts, payment, deliverables and timeline — and assist with the negotiation of a final design (subject to approval by participating property owners).

APPLY HERE: https://hennepintheatretrust.submittable.com/submit/78511/mural-request-for-qualifications

Each of the two commissioned artists/artist teams will also receive a $5,000 stipend, as well as overall project management and support, equipment rental, labor assistance, insurance, permits, and materials assistance from the Trust.

Project Timeline and Tasks:
• Now – March 31, 2017: RFQ open call
• April: The Trust’s Arts Advisory Panel reviews RFQs and makes finalists recommendations, finalists interviewed, sites confirmed, artists selected, designs produced and approved and contracts signed
• May: Mural work begins
• June-July: Mural work continues and is completed

Questions? Contact Hannah Novillo Erickson , Artist Coordinator Hennepin Theatre Trust
612.455.9525 | 612.455.9502 fx
Hannah.Novillo@HennepinTheatreTrust.org
615 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 140 | Minneapolis, MN | 55403

Hennepin Theatre Trust, owner of the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to arts-inspired community cultural development. The Trust is located in the WeDo™ MPLS Cultural District. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org and wedompls.org.

“Of the Year” Awards Open, Nominate an Artist or Arts Advocate!

Nominations Now Accepted

for

“Of the Year” Awards

 including

Northwest Artist of the Year Award $500

Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award $500

Northwest Star Award for $5000!

 

NWMAC is accepting nominations for our “Of The Year” Awards.  The nomination form is on our website.

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. Many times people serve in both roles. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500.00 and often goes to a local leader who lives in the area where the artist reception will be held.  But anyone is eligible to be nominated.  Arts includes all disciplines.

Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00 to use however they see fit.

Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. This award is for $5,000.00 and can be a wonderful gift to those who have chosen a hard career path related to artistic expression.

Our deadline for nominations is always Feb 28 each year. Please consider nominating someone who you view as a deserving candidate from our seven county service area in northwestern Minnesota. Persons who believe their nominee would qualify for this award and have questions should contact the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office at (218) 745-9111 or email mara@nwrdc.org for more information.  Again, the deadline for nominations is February 28, 2018.

Awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit  Reception on Saturday, April 28 in Thief River Falls at the Engelstad Arena. For more information about the Arts Exhibit click here.

Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation.  Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

 

 

The Loft’s Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant is Open

The Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant 2017 provides writers with financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement multifaceted plans for their artistic endeavors. The grant is now open.

Up to five winners will be selected to receive grants of $8,000 to underwrite projects of their own design.

The grant program is intended to assist emerging writers with support that helps them create or present their work.

Possible objectives include (but are not limited to):
completion or revision of a manuscript, CD or body of work
improved speaking. performance, or presentation skills,
securing an agent, or completion of research for a manuscript.

Activities or expenses might include (but are not limited to):
taking time off work in order to focus on writing;
obtaining critical evaluation of manuscripts;
attending a writers’ conference;
meeting with editors, publishers, or agents;
travel for research, or other research related expenses
marketing for a first or soon-to-be-published work or performance;
consulting with mentors or colleagues on matters of artistic development;

Deadline: Friday, March 31, 11:59 p.m., 2017. All entries must be submitted online through the portal Submittable. Winners will be announced in August 2017. Projects may not begin before September 1, 2017 and should conclude by August 31, 2018.

Click here for more information or to apply.