Category Archives: Statewide Arts

MCKnight Fellowships for Media Artists — Accepting Applications until March 15

FilmNorth is now accepting applications for the McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists. Four $25,000 fellowships will be awarded to Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging.

Eligible applicants include directors and writers in film, television, and streaming; radio producers; and creative artists in web, computer/video games, and other emerging forms of media.

You can find all the info here:

Virtual Arts Advocacy Day February 16-19, 2021

Why Virtual Arts Advocacy Day?

JOIN YOUR FELLOW ARTS ADVOCATES FROM ACROSS MINNESOTA TO CREATE ACTION FOR THE ARTS, FEBRUARY 16-19th.

Minnesota’s premiere arts gathering has moved online! You are needed to help “rally the troupes,” recognize this community’s resilience, and make our voice heard at the State Capitol.

With your action – online and as part of Zoom calls with legislators –  we can help legislators understand the importance of the arts to guarantee funding at this critical time. We may be at our own computers this year, but we can still connect and work together to advance our community. (And hey, we won’t need to worry about the annual Advocacy Day snowstorm!)

MCA is a recognized national leader is arts advocacy. Arts Action Week helps to preserve our Legacy Amendment and state grant funds.

Attend Arts Advocacy Day and help protect the arts funding you love.

What is Arts Advocacy Day/Week?

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts works to increase arts funding by bringing arts advocates together with their legislators about the importance of the arts to our lives and our economy. Every year about 500-1000 arts advocates join together for a rally at the Minnesota History Center Auditorium in the morning, split up into teams with experienced leaders and walk together to legislator offices to educate them about the arts in their communities and ask them to support arts funding. Because of Covid, we are expanding the day to a week (to give us more time to set up zooms) and will be completely online with a short rally, brief trainings, and then zoom meetings with legislators.

Who Goes to Arts Advocacy Day?

Attendees include painters, tenors, dancers, cellists, French horn players and other artists of all kinds, arts administrators and representatives from every arts organization statewide from the big organizations to the smallest all volunteer choir on the northern border, joining together to show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community. Where else could you go to be with 500-1,000 people who agree with you?


Why Should I Go?

Through this big day, we show the strength of Minnesota’s statewide arts community. Previous Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in significant increases in state arts funding (that goes out in grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils). The Legacy Amendment, which tripled arts funding in 2008, was passed on Arts Advocacy Day! Past participants have repeatedly shared their favorite parts of the day:

  1. They feel empowered by gathering together with like-minded people.
  2. They say that Arts Advocacy Day is the best arts networking event of the year, as it’s the only time that arts lovers of all kinds come together in one place.

What are the Important Issues This Year?

Covid has hit the arts harder than almost every other sector. At the same time the state of MN has a budget deficit so we will be fighting off cuts to arts funding.

Legislators need to hear about the importance of the arts to their districts and the impact the MSAB and RAC grants are having in their hometowns.

Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the Legacy Amendment in 2008, passing it by 56%, which created four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts. In the last several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Legacy Arts & Culture Fund be diverted away from the arts. With this uncertain political climate and increased polarization, we need to show a unified front to ensure that arts funding continues to be protected.

What is the Typical Arts Advocacy Day Like?

Watch a video from a previous Arts Advocacy Day.

Watch the video from the Lakes Regional Arts Council about their experiences at Arts Advocacy Day.

How do I join this year?

  1. Sign Up for Arts Action Week Here
  2. Attend/Watch the Opening Rally Webinar. (Info to watch live or on-demand will be emailed to you closer to the event.
  3. Attend meetings with your legislators. (Info for those meetings will be sent to you the week of the event.)

Can’t attend this year? Send your legislator a message about the importance of arts funding.

Arts Action Week Schedule:

Download Last Year’s (2020) Arts Advocacy Day Handbook

Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2022 Operating Support Grant Program is Accepting Applications

Minnesota State Arts Board launches the 
first grant opportunity for its 2022 grant cycle

The Minnesota State Arts Board has opened the first grant program for its fiscal year 2022 grant cycle (July 2021 – June 2022).  Application materials and the online application portal are now available for the FY 2022 Operating Support grant program.  Applications are due Friday, January 22, 2021, before 4:30 p.m.

Operating Support provides general support to high quality, established arts organizations that produce, present, or exhibit works of art; to organizations that provide a broad range of services to artists; and to community arts schools and conservatories that make arts learning available to Minnesotans of all ages and abilities.

All Arts Board grant programs are open, statewide, to any applicant that meets the eligibility requirements.  Specific requirements for this program are listed in the FY 2022 Operating Support Program Overview and Application Instructions document posted on the Arts Board website:  http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/operating-support.htm

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.

The board will announce other fiscal year 2022 grant opportunities early in 2021. 
If you have questions about the Operating Support grant program, please contact:
Richard Hitchler, program officer
Phone:  (651) 539-2653, toll-free (800) 866-2787 
E-mail:  richard.hitchler@arts.state.mn.us
For accessibility inquiries and accommodation requests contact:
Natalie Kennedy Schuck, accessibility coordinator
Phone:  (651) 539-2666, toll-free (800) 866-2787 
              Minnesota Relay 711
E-mail:  natalie.kennedy@arts.state.mn.us
The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. It works to ensure that all Minnesotans can participate in and benefit from the arts.

2020/21 MCAD-Jerome Foundation fellowships for early career artists

Deadline: Friday, September 18, at noon (CT)

Thoroughly reading through the Application Guidelines (download here) prior to starting your application as some components of the application process have changed and expanded.

The MCAD-administered fellowship program uses an independent jury of three arts professionals to competitively award four fellowships. The fellowship runs from November 30, 2020–November 30, 2021 and includes:
 

  • $10,000 – The funds may be used to purchase materials, cover production costs of artwork, and to supplement living or travel costs. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines. 
  • Three studio visits from professional critics (2 local, I national).
  • An exhibition at the MCAD Gallery in Fall 2021.
  • A catalog with a critical essay on each artist’s work.
  • The opportunity to partake in a public panel discussion.
  • Access to MCAD’s facilities, library, and ½ off tuition for Continuing Education courses.

INFORMATION SESSIONS AND ONE-ON-ONE MEETING
 

  • Application Overview presented by Program Director Kerry Morgan 
    Pre-recorded (link
  • Work Samples, Statements, and Application Strategies presented by 2019/20 Jerome fellow Kaamil A. Haider
    Pre-recorded (link
  • Tuesday, August 4, noon–1:00 p.m. Work Samples, Statements, and Application Strategies hosted by Fellowship Coordinator Melanie Pankau
    Zoom (link)
  • Thursday, August 20, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Work Samples, Statements, and Application Strategies hosted by Program Director Kerry Morgan
    Zoom Webinar (link

Applicants are also welcome to schedule one-on-one meetings (over the phone or Zoom) with the program director or fellowship coordinator before submitting their applications online. To schedule a meeting or to request examples of previous fellowship recipients’ artist statements and resumes please contact us at gallery@mcad.eduPlease note we will not be able to schedule one-on-one meetings the week prior to the application deadline (September 14–18). 

For further information, contact:
Kerry Morgan, Program Director 
612.874.3667 
gallery@mcad.edu 

Melanie Pankau, Fellowship Coordinator
612.874.3803 
gallery@mcad.edu 

Minnesota State Arts Board New Grant programs for FY2021

The Minnesota State Arts Board announces new grant programs for FY 2021


The ways that Minnesotans can participate in the arts, and the ways that artists and arts organizations can create, present, and teach the arts, has changed drastically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help artists and arts organizations sustain core activities and adapt to a new environment, the Arts Board will redirect its grant making this year, to provide more flexible support. The Arts Board will continue to offer its current Operating Support program, and will also offer three new programs:

  • MN CARES Act grants can be used to support salaried staff positions, fees for contracted artists or other self-employed workers, and facilities costs.
  • Creative Support for Individuals grants will help artists and culture bearers to sustain their practices and stay connected to their audiences, participants, students, or communities.
  • Creative Support for Organizations grants will help arts organizations support core activities and stay connected to their audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future.

For Individual Artists:

  • Program Overview and Application Instructions:

· http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2021-csi-overview-instructions.pdf

  • Informational Webinar (vimeo link):

· https://vimeo.com/444666292

  • Contact information:

· Rina or Sherrie, CreativeSupport-Individuals@arts.state.mn.us,

(651) 539-2670

For Arts Organizations:
501(c)(3) or unincorporated group

  • Program Overview and Application Instructions:

· http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2021-cso-overview-instructions.pdf

  • Informational Webinar (vimeo link):

· https://vimeo.com/444663761

Contact: Rina or Natalie at

CreativeSupport-organizations@arts.state.mn.us, (651) 539-2671

There are some common misunderstandings about perceived requirements or restrictions with regard to Arts Board programs that they’d like to clear up.

Do we have to have a full time employee? No. Anyone contracted or employed, PT or FT, permanent or temporary, as long as they’re providing oversight, is sufficient.

If I have a regional arts council operating grant am I ineligible? No. This makes no difference to the State Arts Board.

Do I have to come up with half the cash? No. There is no cash match required at all.

If there are any assumed restrictions, please let the State Arts Board help clarify so that they can ensure these dollars make it everywhere they should!

Summaries of the new programs are available here. More specific details, applications materials, and application deadlines will be posted on their website soon. Their priority groups are applicants from Greater MN, applicants of color, applicants who are indigenous or native, and applicants with disabilities/exist to serve people with disabilities. This is a great time to apply!