Category Archives: Statewide Arts

Minnesota Arts Board Grant Writing Workshops for Artist Initiative Grant Program

Grant writing workshops for

Artist Initiative grant program     

The Minnesota State Arts Board is hosting a series of grant writing best practices workshops around the state for the Artist Initiative program. Arts Board program officer Sherrie Fernandez-Williams will guide participants in a hands-on, interactive workshop. An informative and educational learning experience, participants can expect to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Artist Initiative grant criteria and eligibility requirements, and will work in small groups to practice and discuss the skill of grant writing.  The Artist Initiative grant program supports and assists professional Minnesota artists at various stages of their careers through encouraging artistic development, helping artists gain visibility with audiences, and strengthening career and professional skills. If you would like more information about the Artist Initiative grant program, please visit the Arts Board Web site: .The workshops are free of charge and open to the public. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please visit the Arts Board Information Sessions Web page to learn more and register: .

Call for Art: Water 2020

What: A region-wide biennial, Water 2020: A Minnesota Biennial, open to people currently based in the state and displaced indigenous people whose nations originated in Mni Sóta Makoce, Land Where the Waters Reflect the Clouds.
Where: Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M), with subsequent venues to be announced.
When: May 7 – September 6, 2020, with subsequent exhibition dates to be announced.
Application period: November 7 – January 27, 2020 (11:59pm CST).

Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M), located on traditional, ancestral, and contemporary homelands of the Dakhóta, announces a call to artists for a juried, region-wide biennial focused on the theme of water, May 7, 2020 – September 6, 2020.

Imni Za Ska, now known as Saint Paul, Minnesota is a place name which refers to the white bluffs along the Mississippi River. This water body is a life-giving force which runs a mere block from our space. The M’s proximity to this complex and storied river system is a reminder of the flowing of water from one community to the next and of the fact that every aspect of our lives is dependent on water. We come from water.

The river also speaks to colonial settler violence. Sacred to its original stewards, the river served as the dividing line for colonizing acts by the United States that removed indigenous people from their lands. Once pristine, the river has been polluted, and ecosystems disrupted by mills and subsequent industry and habitation. As climate change continues to intensify, disparities in access to clean and abundant water along lines of race, class, and gender have become defining issues of our time.

The M invites artists connected to the lakes, marshes, streams, rivers, and groundwaters of our region to submit work in any media that engages these issues, including those who seek to foster appreciation and care for these water systems through their art. With this biennial, the M seeks to highlight the important role artists across the rural and urban communities in our region are playing in fostering conversation, awareness, and new ways of thinking about water through ecological, social, political, historical, creative, and aesthetic lenses. We welcome collaborative approaches that broaden conversations for the many constituents that rely on the river in one form or another. We welcome applicants who do creative work but do not identify as artists.

This 2020 biennial revives and builds on the M’s tradition of surveying contemporary artistic practices in the state of Minnesota. In recognition of their historical, spiritual, and personal connection to the land and water, as well as their history of displacement from this region, we encourage indigenous peoples whose nations originated in this area to bring their voices to this exhibition regardless of their current location. The opportunity is also open to artists currently based in Minnesota.

The exhibition will be juried by a panel that includes Matthew Fluharty, a visual artist, writer, and Executive Director of Art of the Rural; Dakota Hoska, Assistant Curator of Native Arts the Denver Art Museum; Laura Joseph, Curator of Exhibitions at the Minnesota Museum of American Art; and Jovan C. Speller, a visual artist, curator, and Program Director at Metro Regional Arts Council.

The M aims to make this opportunity accessible. If there is something that we can do to make it easier to apply, please feel free to email or call Laura Joseph (; 651.797.2853). We welcome all suggestions and requests.

In addition to offering one-on-one support, the M will host a series of workshops for artists needing assistance with their application. Watch for dates and information on our website and on social media.

Minnesota Museum of American Art is one of the oldest visual arts organizations in Minnesota, with roots stretching back to the 19th century. Based in Saint Paul, the M currently holds more than 5,000 artworks that showcase the unique voices of American artists, guided by the belief that art should reflect the constantly shifting landscape that defines the American experience. The M opened its new museum facility in the Historic Pioneer Endicott in December 2018 and has plans to expand further, with additional galleries scheduled to open in 2021.

For more information about the M, visit, or follow @mnmuseum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Application requirements: 

The M requests artists submit digital images/files of original, existing artwork via the application portal at for consideration. The M will retain the submitted images of accepted artwork and reserves the right to use the images in exhibition publicity. Beyond such use, the artist retains full copyright of exhibited work. All entries need to be of EXISTING work.

Submitting an entry indicates that, should it be selected, you agree to make your work available by the specified date, for the full duration of the exhibition and for the exhibition tour (venues and dates to be announced).

  • There is a limit of five artwork submissions per artist or artist collaborative.
  • Artists may submit one image for each work. For artists who wish to submit an alternate view or a detail image, please incorporate both views as a side-by-side comparison in one image file.
  • Original attachment filenames are discarded, as all filenames are automatically renamed on upload.
  • Submission attachments must be under 4 mb and a maximum of 4800px on the longest side.
  • Users can upload the following image based file types as long as they are under 4mb file size: jpg and png.
  • Users can upload the following additional file formats as long as they are under 25mb file size: mp3, mp4, mov, and pdf.
  • Submission attachments are permanently resized into 3 separate sizes (regardless of the original size): 100px, 1080px, maximum saved dimension setting (1920px by default).
  • Please complete all required fields including: physical dimensions, description, title, date, and media.
  • Along with images, artists must submit an artist statement (500 words max). Your artist statement should give an overall sense of your submitted work and the concepts and questions that drive it. Tell us what it is, how you made it, and why you made it.
  • Accepted artwork must be the actual artwork as seen in the submitted images. 
  • The M will arrange for pickup and return of the artwork. 


This video provides a tutorial about the submission process.
Here is some guidance about photographing your work for submission.


November 7, 2019: Application call opens.
January 27, 2020: Application deadline (11:59pm CST).
February 18, 2020: Notification of selection (or artwork selected) emailed to artists.
February 24, 2020: Accepted artists submit bio and high-res images.
April 1 – April 16, 2020: Artwork picked up by museum staff. May 7, 2020: Exhibition opens at the M.
May 8, 2020: Reception and Juror’s Talk (tentative date).
September 6, 2020: Exhibition closes.
Touring venues and dates to be announced.

Minnesota State Arts Board Webinar to Assist Application for Arts Learning Grant

Arts Learning Webinar     The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a free one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the FY 2021 Arts Learning 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 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 Arts Learning program page.

Session date Thursday, January 9, 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:
Select I’m a participant.
Enter your name.
Enter Web Login 415420830
Enter Participant PIN Code 8443522
Select Sign in.

Minnesota Citizens for the arts Seeking Board members

MCA Seeking New Board Members

Deadline November 1, 2019

Nominations for MCA’s Board Now Open. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is looking to add four new members to their Board of Trustees. There are three openings in Greater Minnesota and one in the Seven County Metro Area. Terms begin December, 2019 and will last for two years.

What makes the arts strong in Minnesota? We have great, talented artists. We have world class museums and orchestras. We have thriving arts communities in every corner of the state. And we have a higher level of arts participation than most of the country. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is a statewide, grassroots political organization that works to increase support for the arts in our state. We lobby the legislature and congress on behalf of the non-profit arts and also produce research to support arts advocacy. We created and passed the arts portion of the Legacy Amendment with many legislative partners that now funds the arts across Minnesota. Learn more at and

MCA Board at Annual Meeting 2018

The full MCA Board meets four times a year in person in addition to holding an annual Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in St. Paul. All members serve on committees that meet primarily by phone.

Interested? Fill out the form below and return itby November 1, 2019 by email, fax, or by snail mail to the address below. MCA’s bylaws ensure that board representation comes from all over the state. Half of MCA’s 36 board members must come from the Twin Cities metro area, and half from Greater Minnesota.

MCA seeks board members who:

  • Have mix of party affiliation, and provide balance in terms of the size or type of organizations represented on the board (large, medium, small, arts education, individual artist, etc.)
  • Provide other balances in terms of representing the state or the arts community (ie diversity in terms of age, race, etc).
  • Are people with political connections, political strategists, and people with an understanding of the political process, or are willing to learn.
  • Have clout within their organizations and/or peers, and have the ability and willingness to communicate about the need for arts advocacy.
  • Have a willingness to work, volunteer and join us at our meetings.
  • FYI, your nomination to the board is more likely to be successful if you are a paid member of MCA and if you have previously been a part of Arts Advocacy Day, the Legacy campaign, or volunteered for the cause in some other way.

***(Please do not nominate someone else unless you have discussed it with them first, and they have provided an answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the MCA board?).***

Successful applicants will be notified in early December. 

To nominate yourself for the board, send the answers to the following questions and a current resume or bio to:
Nominee Name:
Home Address:
Work Address:
Home Phone:
Work Phone:
Organization (If appropriate):
Title (If appropriate):
Legislative District # (If unknown, MCA can identify it for you):
Experience with your local arts community:
Political Experience (desired, but not necessary):
Why are you interested in serving on the MCA Board of Trustees?

Artists on Main street


Rethos: Places Reimagined and Springboard for the Arts are seeking four new Minnesota communities of 25,000 people or less to participate in the Artists on Main Street program for two years (January 2020 – December 2021).

The purpose of Artists on Main Street is to support rural community development at the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Community or government organizations who are actively working on downtown/Main Street revitalization and who are interested in building new relationships with their creative community to creatively address local goals and challenges are encouraged to apply.

To apply visit:

Application Details

The purpose of Artists on Main Street is to support rural community development at the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Community or government organizations who are actively working on downtown/Main Street revitalization and who are interested in building new relationships with their creative community to creatively address local goals and challenges are encouraged to apply.

Program Benefits:

  • Creative Community Development trainings and cohort exchanges for Downtown/Main Street leaders, their partners/stakeholders and other participating Artists on Main Street communities (3x per year).
  • $25,000 in funding for small artist-led projects, using Artists on Main Street’s creative placemaking training and selection process, that help communities accomplish their goals or address challenges related to downtown and main street ($15,000 in year 1, $10,000 in year 2)
  • Administrative support to cover staff costs, marketing, or other program management needs. ($5,000 per year)
  • Ongoing mentorship and technical support from Springboard and Rethos for strengthening and sustaining your community’s creative community development infrastructure.


  • Artists on Main Street is open to any Minnesota community with a population of 25,000 or less.
  • Lead applicant must be a community or government organization actively working on downtown/main street revitalization (examples: Main Street organization, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Councils)
  • Applicant must identify 2-3 Planning Team members who have a strong interest in learning how to work and collaborate with artists on community development issues, and can represent a wide variety of sectors – government, education, arts, recreation, economic development, etc.  It is strongly recommended to include a city representative as one of the community leaders and/or the organizational partner.
  • If not a City entity, applicant must submit a letter of support from a City representative that will be a liaison with city processes for Artists on Main Street (e.g. parks official, Mayor, city planner, etc)
  • Applicant and Planning Team must commit to attending the first Artist on Main Street Cohort Meeting on January 16th, 2020 from 10am to 3pm (tentative – location will be determined once communities are selected).

Selection Timeline:

  • Complete and submit application by Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Selected communities will be notified by Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • If selected, applicant must confirm participation with Rethos by Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Participate in orientation call in early December 2019

Program Timeline:

Year 1

January 16, 2020: Cohort meeting #1

March – April, 2020: Each community hosts 1 – 2 Creative Placemaking workshops for their local artists

April – May, 2020: Review and selection of artist project proposals

May – October, 2020: Artist projects take place

July, 2020: Cohort meeting #2

November, 2020: Cohort meeting #3

November – December, 2020: Evaluation and planning for year 2

Timeline for Year 2 will be determined in collaboration with Rethos and Springboard.


Please contact Sarina Otaibi, Rural Programs Manager, at or 320-262-9514.