Category Archives: Statewide Arts

Folk and Traditional Arts Grant Program

Folk and Traditional Arts grant program

GRANT DEADLINE: May 25, 2018 at 4:30PM

The Folk and Traditional Arts grant program is designed to enrich Minnesota communities through folk and traditional art forms being passed on, documented, practiced and shared. This is administered by the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Folk and traditional arts refer to artistic traditions that come from and are rooted in the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnicity, geographic or regional identity, occupation, language, or tribal affiliation. Folk and traditional arts are learned and passed on through community based systems of training and education where younger generations learn and attain mastery of a form by observation and practice or through apprenticeships with elders and masters.

First time applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Instructions and then call the program officer prior to beginning an application.

Program information

FY 2019 Overview and Application Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Application deadline and project period

FY 2019 applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018. For more information about the application timeline and the project period, see the calendar page.

Who can apply

Click to see eligibility requirements (PDF).

Grant range: $5,000 – $75,000

The applicant may request up to 75 percent of the project costs; a 25 percent match is required.

Resources for applicants

Overview and application instructions
FY 2019 Overview and Application Instructions (PDF)

Overview Presentation
Applicants who are new to the Folk and Traditional Arts program may want to view an online presentation that gives a more detailed overview of the program. The presentation is available in two formats: MS Powerpoint (with audio) or PDF (without audio). Be aware that the MS Powerpoint takes up to 30 seconds to open.

Help for working with these files.

Sample applications
The following applications were submitted by fiscal year 2018 grantees. The files may take several minutes to download.

Grants awarded
Summaries of previously funded applications.

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Rina Rossi, program officer
(651) 215-1612
Rina.Rossi@arts.state.mn.us

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact:
Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 215-1611
apply@arts.state.mn.us
E-mail is preferred.

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

How to apply

Application method
All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply, and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.

WebGrants tutorials
Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:

Reports and Amendments

Minnesota State Arts Board Webinar to Prepare Application for Arts Access grant program

Arts Access Webinar     

The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a free one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Arts Access grant program. This session will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants.

Program officer Natalie Kennedy will walk through the program overview and instructions, and provide background information about what the review panel will look for in an application. At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to submit questions online.

The session is offered as a conference call with an option to view a PowerPoint presentation online. The presenter will be located in an office that cannot accommodate visitors, so please note that it isn’t possible to attend the session in person.

To make the session more useful to you, we suggest that you read the overview and application instructions in advance and print out a copy for your reference. This document can be found on the Arts Access program page.

Session date 
Thursday, May 24, 3:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to view the PowerPoint used in the Webinar, it will be posted on the Arts Board Web site following the session.

To register
The webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. Register here.

To join the session

  • On the day of the session, you must listen to the audio portion by phone, with the option of viewing a PowerPoint presentation online.
  • The following browsers are recommended: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • We plan to start the presentation on time, so please join the session five minutes early.

Dial into the telephone portion to hear the audio.

  • Call the conference host at (800) 920-7487.
  • Enter the conference code: 5593 491 #
  • When prompted, say your name.

Log into the Web portion to view the PowerPoint presentation:
https://www.yourconferencecenter.com/confcenter/meeting_center/default.aspx?100866&jnhst=N&o=UEUbfclIuCcHzw

  • Select Web/Audio Conference.
  • Enter your name, email, and company.
  • Select the red Join button at the bottom of the page.
    Important note: Save these instructions for reference. No further confirmation will be sent to you.

For more information visit arts.state.mn.us or contact (651) 215-1600   |   msab@arts.state.mn.us

2018 Arts Expo

The 2018 Arts Expo

Thank you for attending and for the many representatives of all the arts organizations that spent their day with us

Arts Expo. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council hosted an Arts Expo on Saturday, April 28 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. The event included presentations from representatives from a variety of arts organizations. These representatives staffed tables to meet with attendees, answer questions and provide information about their organizations and services. The NW Art Exhibit was open during the Expo.

NWMAC Board Member Elizabeth Rockstad greeted guests at the Arts Expo and Art Exhibit Reception

Before the Expo opened, Craig Dunn of VSA Minnesota gave a presentation for artists with disabilities, arts leaders, or other organizations trying to provide access to people with disabilities. He was also available during the Expo to answer any questions. Vsamn.org

VSA Exec Director Craig Dunn

 

Organizations at the Arts Expo and their representatives included this amazing line-up

MCA (Minnesota Citizens for the Arts): Sheila Smith, Executive Director

Travis Hanel speaks with MCA Director Sheila Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springboard for the Arts:  Dominic Facio 

North Dakota Museum of Art (located on the UND campus in Grand Forks): Matthew Wallace, Deputy Director

Minnesota State Arts Board in St Paul: Sue Gens, Executive Director. MN Arts Online and the River Walk Artists Gallery: Therese Masters Jacobson

Minnesota State Arts Board Ex Dir Sue Gens and MN Arts Online Therese Masters Jacobson
Ben Owen, an Arts Board program officer, runs the State of Minnesota’s Percent for Art in Public Places program. Ben is a regular presenter and talks with artists around the state about how to take advantage of opportunities at the Arts Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council in Warren: Executive Director Mara Hanel. Teaching Artist Roster Program Artist Stephanie Olson.

Playwrights’ Center: Julia Brown and Alayna Barnes. MN Fringe Festival: Dawn Bentley

Dawn Bentley of the Fringe Festival, Jane Anderson, MN Playwrights’ Center Julia Brown and Alayna Barnes.

Northern Clay Center: Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp. Minnesota Music Coalition Ryan Lee.

Jerome Foundation in St. Paul:  Ben Cameron

MN Association of Songwriters:  Carl Unbehahn

MN Theater Alliance: Joanna Snedman

Nemeth Art Center: Board Member Dawn Rossback

Women’s Art Institute:  Anna Garski

Women’s Art Institute’s Anna Garski speaks with Artist and NWMAC Board Member Janet Johnson

Explore MN Tourism: Dave Bergman

 

ARTS A’ FAIR at the Minnesota State Fair

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Performance and Outreach Opportunity at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair for Minnesota performing arts organizations and individual performing artists

For the sixth consecutive year, the Minnesota State Fair will continue the Arts A’Fair Program in 2018 by presenting a variety of performing arts experiences representing Minnesota arts organizations and artists. Participating in this program allows you to promote your work with “Pop Up Performances” on the fairgrounds. Your act/number/vignette will be performed up to four times daily for three consecutive days. Each organization will be paid $1400 for the entire project. In addition, your organization will receive the opportunity to connect with your audiences before and after your performances at your performance location and will be promoted through various means by the fair’s marketing department.

Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds (West End Market & new location in North End of fairgrounds)

When: Three consecutive days from August 23 through September 3, 2018 (exact three days and performances times to be determined).

  • Organizations/artists who were selected in the past are welcome to reapply with the same material or with something new.
  • Performers will have a designated outdoor performance area but should keep in mind the general atmosphere of the Fair.
  • Audiences are drawn to interactive, visually bold or acoustically dynamic performances.
  • Almost 2 million visitors attend the Minnesota State Fair each year! Expect all ages, cultures and tastes.

    Requirements for Performance Participation:

  • Each performance should be 10-15 minutes; set up/strike times should be kept to a minimum.
  • For ease of execution, only minimal props can be used.
  • Performers should be prepared to perform on grass or concrete, without an elevated stage or proscenium.

    Provided for performers:

  • Dressing room space (to be shared with other performers).
  • Sound system with wireless microphones and audio playback.
  • Gate admission to the fair on days of performance.
  • $10 State Fair food vouchers per performer per day.
  • Per diem reimbursement for performers who are located outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Organizations/artists wishing to perform please provide:

  • Your organization’s name and mailing address, as well as a contact person and his/her phone number and email address. If applying as an individual artist, please provide your contact information, as well as an arts organization and contact person at that organization that will act as a reference for your work.
  • A description of the performance that you wish to submit for consideration, including props and/or wardrobe, if applicable. The application may be in the form of a written proposal (via email). You are encouraged to send photos, DVD, or video clips.
  • A description of your technical requirements, such as sound, performance surface, etc.
  • Performance dates that present a significant conflict for your organization (August 23 –September 3, 2018).

    Selection criteria:

  • Audience enjoyment (must be family-friendly)
  • Uniqueness
  • Ease of presentation at event
  • Diverse representation of genres, cultures and geography

    Application Deadline is May 1, 2018

    The proposals will be reviewed and selections made by the Minnesota State Fair. The organizations chosen to perform will be notified no later than May 31 and issued a letter of agreement.

    Please send proposals to: artsafair@mnstatefair.org OR

    Minnesota State Fair – Arts A’Fair 1265 Snelling Ave N
    St. Paul, MN 55108

    Minnesota State Fair Mission is To educate and involve our guests by providing a world-class showcase that is innovative, entertaining and fun.

    We strive to:

  • Showcase Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry.
  • Present an unparalleled forum for knowledge and ideas.
  • Provide outstanding customer service.
  • Offer exceptional value.
  • Provide a safe, clean environment that is accessible to all.
  • Create unique experiences.

    For general information: artsafair@mnstatefair.org

    Dudley Voigt, Arts A’Fair Program Manager, dudleyvoigt@yahoo.com or
    Shannon Buchda, Minnesota State Fair, shannon.buchda@mnstatefair.org, (651) 288-4395

Couldn’t attend Arts Advocacy Day? You can still thank your legislators

Thank Your Legislators

Couldn’t Attend Arts Advocacy Day at the Minnesota Capitol?

It’s an important time for you to support the arts! Whether you attended or not, you can show your support by sending a quick note to your legislators telling them about the importance of art in your community!
Using this link, THANK Your Legislators for State Arts Funding, there is a pre-written and addressed note you can send, or you can add your own thoughts! It only take five minutes!
You can do even more from your smart phone or desktop, including:
  • “Like” your legislators on Facebook / follow them on Twitter
  •  Create a 20 second “thank you” video to tell legislators about your Legacy/arts grant impact on the state (particularly your district)
  • Example: “Thank you Senator Mark Johnson, Representative Dan Fabian and Representative Deb Kiel for Legacy Funding that bring arts activities to northwestern Minnesota!”
  • Be sure to include @mncitizen, #ArtsDay2018 and #MNLeg in your social media posts.
  •  And for those who love good old fashioned mail, a quick handwritten note to your legislators will be a huge boost.