Category Archives: Statewide Arts

Minnesota State Arts Board offers webinar for Folk and traditional Arts grant Program

Folk and Traditional Arts Webinar
The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a free one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the FY 2020 Folk and Traditional Arts grant program. This session will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants.
Program officer Rina Rossi will walk through the program overview and instructions, and provide background information about what the review panel looks 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, read the overview and application instructions in advance and print out a copy for your reference. This document can be found on the Folk and Traditional Arts program page.
Session date
Thursday, April 18, 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.
The presentation starts promptly at 3:00 p.m. Please plan to 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: 8443 522 #
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=UmvFeVTWtqzxUx
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.

Didn’t Make it to Arts Advocacy Day?

YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE!

Send a quick note to your legislators telling them
the importance of the arts in your community. Your legislators need to know that their constituents support the arts.

Please take five minutes using this link:
Thank your legislators for state arts funding!

There’s a pre-written and addressed note,
or you can add your own thoughts. 

(If you want to go to Arts Advocacy Day but haven’t yet registered,you can register on-site).


What else can you do?

There is more than just one way to share your support for the arts and Arts Advocacy Day. We want legislators to know that “When you support the arts, the Arts Give Back!”

  1.  Contact your legislator and share with them how the arts and arts funding impacts your life.
  2.  Use MCA’s downloadable tools to share with others about how the Arts Give Back.
  3. Follow MCA on Facebook to share information about Arts Advocacy Day.
  4. Follow MCA on Twitterto share information about Arts Advocacy Day

HASHTAGS? #ArtsAdvocacyDay19 #MNArtsGiveBack and #MNLeg 


Many thanks to all you wonderful Arts Advocates for all you do. Remember that it’s your contacts with legislators are what makes the difference for the arts. Thank you!

The Loft’s Wordsmith Save the date

The Loft’s Wordsmith: A craft, career, and connection conference for writers November 1-3, 2019

Wordsmith: a craft, career, and connection conference for writers will take place November 2–3, 2019 at the McNamara Alumni Center. Some pre-conference workshops and events will take place at the Loft on Friday, November 1 and there may be a workshop/public event on Monday, Nov 4. 

Wordsmith is sponsored by the Loft. They will be bringing esteemed agents, authors, speakers, and editors to town, and the content will include many aspects of the previous genre conferences and the Pitch Conference. But there will be a lot more too. Parts of the conference will be specific to certain levels, genres, and audiences, but much of the conference will bring together all attendees for keynotes, workshops, and networking.

The conference is intended for those ready to pitch their work, those already with a book out or with an agent, and those who want to get more prepared to publish their work. It’s intended for prose writers and poets, genre and literary writers, beginning and advanced. In short, they are working hard to pull together a gathering that will feature meaningful sessions, workshops, one-on-one pitch and craft meetings, and networking opportunities for writers of all levels and genres.

They plan to make lineup announcements in the spring of 2019 and open registration sometime in July of 2019. Please mark your calendar and save the dates.

Minnesota Writers — add your name

Put yourself on the map! Check out the new directory of Minnesota writers. The Minnesota Writers Directory connects writers across the state with people who want to hear more about their stories and their craft.

How To Get Listed On The Directory

If you currently live in Minnesota and have your work published in book form, you can apply to be listed. Simply fill out our online application, and they’ll contact you after they’ve reviewed it. For more information and to fill out the application go to https://mnwritersdirectory.org/

submissions open for MN Shorts Play festival

The Minnesota Shorts Play Festival is accepting short play scripts until March 1 for its upcoming 11th Annual festival this fall. The short play festival features seven of the best short plays from Minnesota writers and seven of the best short plays from around the Midwest and Merely Players performs the shows Sept. 5-6 in Mankato.


Short plays must be 10 pages or less and should be emailed as a pdf with the writer’s name and contact information on the title page only. Plays can be emailed to mnshorts@yahoo.com. Judges will read the scripts in the blind and choose the 7 Minnesota scripts to be performed this fall.


Minnesota playwrights can submit up to TWO short plays for the festival. For more information, go to www.mnshorts.comor contact the coordinator at 507-420-1881.