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


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 –


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.


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 or call 218-745-9111 or email

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




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.

Rural Creative Placemaking Summit


Interested in exploring the topic of rural creative placemaking? The Rural Creative Placemaking Summit will be held October 12-14, 2016 at the University of Iowa. The Summit seeks to enhance cross-sector collaboration, elevate intercultural perspectives within the field, and build policy presence for deeper consideration of rural creative placemaking. The practice of rural creative placemaking – as a field, a strategy for economic development, will be examined, as well as the opportunity to help sustain the culture and community of our rural places. The agenda includes plenary panels, breakouts, and social events with the goal of bringing people together to build relationships, share their work and promote collaboration. Rural America includes a richly varied range of cultures, landscapes, economies, and experiences. The Rural Creative Placemaking Summit hopes to showcase this diversity of rural genius. Registration is now open here.

Classical MPR’s Music for Learning

mpr music for learning

Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s Music for Learning portfolio of programs is designed to foster your students’ passion for classical music. It includes a collection of curricula and lesson plans, blog posts, music education news, classical music showcase for high school students, and a statewide musical instrument drive.  All the videos and curricula are tools designed to make a teacher’s workday more efficient and productive. The remarkable Class Notes Artists are a huge hit with schools of all sizes and locations.  This is a  go-to resource for materials that meet Minnesota K-12 music education standards. All these materials are absolutely free to anyone — teachers, families, kids. Check out the website here for more information or read this flyer.