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Mn Artists Presents [Your Name Here] 2018: Call for Proposals

Mn Artists Presents [Your Name Here] is an opportunity for Minnesota-based artists of all disciplines to serve as “guest curators” of a one-night event at the Walker Art Center. Guest curators propose a central theme or question arising from their artistic practice, and then work with Mn Artists/Walker staff to create a multidisciplinary event that may include performances, discussions, temporary installations, concerts, workshops, social and participatory art experiences, and more, highlighting other artists in their professional network.

The call is open now, and proposals are due December 14 at 3 pm. Artists can find the full guidelines and apply here:

http://www.mnartists.org/content/mn-artists-presents-your-name-here-2018-call-proposals

Events can combine components including (but not limited to):

  • set design, costume and temporary installation in a public space at the Walker
  • screenings
  • roundtable conversations, interviews, lectures, panels
  • workshops, how-to sessions, art-making
  • performance
  • live music
  • social moments; spaces or opportunities for artists to meet and connect to each other

CRITERIA

They are looking for proposals that:

  • use innovative, engaging and accessible methods to communicate artistic ideas and issues to the general public
  • are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary
  • include participatory or interactive elements in a playful and/or social atmosphere
  • networking, and/or skill-sharing
  • include a range of entry points for audiences, who range from practicing artists to people visiting a museum for the first time
  • use inventive methods to insert artist projects into the museum context
  • relate to digital practice or online networks
  • involve artists/arts organizers who have not previously been involved in Mn Artists or Walker programming (though artists we have worked with before are welcome to apply!)

For examples of successful projects, learn more about the two Mn Artists Presents programs they produced in 2017, with Marcus Young and Eric Larson.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Proposals must come from individual artists, collaborative groups with a history of working together (i.e., not organizations or non-profits). Current employees or contractors of the Walker are not eligible to apply.
  • Proposals should highlight your community, artistic interests, or network – rather than your own artwork. Please do not submit curatorial proposals that include your own artwork. Even if they are collaborative or interactive, proposals that include artwork authored by the curator will not be competitive.
  • All artists involved in the program must be based in Minnesota.
  • All activities should be somewhat flexible in their space requirements. Available spaces may vary for each program, but project spaces may include: any of the public lobbies (Main Lobby, Cargill, and Hennepin), the Cinema, Art Lab, Garden Terrace Room, Cityview Room, Skyline Room, and possibly terraces (weather and schedule permitting).
  • All projects must leave no trace on the Walker campus, cause no damage to the building or artworks, and take no more than one day to install/de-install.
  • Projects may not involve plant materials, live animals, or food for public consumption made outside of the Walker’s catering agreements.
  • All projects must comply with the Walker’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.
  • Projects must be appropriate for a general audience, including visitors of all ages and with a range of physical abilities.

LOGISTICS

  • Events will take place on Thursday nights on dates pre-selected by Walker staff.  Mn Artists Presents will run from 5–9pm on these given evenings. The events are scheduled for May 3 and August 23, 2018. Applicants should be available for both dates.
  • Events may take place in different public spaces and rental spaces at the Walker Art Center. Please note that space availability is contingent on facility rentals and other bookings.
  • The guest curator will receive a stipend, as well as a budget to commission other artist projects and collaborators, in consultation with Walker staff. Budgets for each program range from $5000-6000, which goes towards materials, event production support, documentation, materials, artist stipends, and includes a guest curator stipend of $1600 as part of the overall budget. Travel and lodging will be covered for artists who live in greater Minnesota.
  • Programs will be developed alongside outreach initiatives, curated content on mnartists.org, and editorial content on mnartists.org.
  • Mn Artists Presents serves as a professional development opportunity for artists with interest or experience in curatorial work, event production, community outreach, and museum operation and administration, as well as providing visibility for their career, expanded network, and artistic interests.

PROPOSALS

They are asking artists to:

  • Propose a central idea, concept, or question, and
  • Give us a sense of how that might manifest in a one-night event: types of artist projects, potential collaborators, thoughts on discussion formats, activation of public spaces etc. Consider the event components as a range of different possible answers to your question!

Once proposals are selected, Mn Artists staff will work with the guest artist to fully realize the event, produce the artist projects, ensure that the event is relevant and accessible to a wide range of audiences, and conduct targeted outreach to expand audiences for the event and for Mn Artists more generally.

 

Finalists will receive notification in January 2018.

 

Attention Teaching Artists! COMPAS is Looking for New Artists

Attention Teaching Artists

COMPAS is Looking for New Artists

for their Roster of Professional Teaching Artists

COMPAS Teaching Artists connect with community members through performances, workshops, residencies and professional development. Programs take place throughout the state during school hours, after school, during the evening and on weekends. Locations include schools, libraries, senior care centers, events, youth programs and other community sites.

Teaching Artists are paid competitively for workshops and residencies, and performance fees are set by artist. COMPAS is most interested in artists who teach art forms or represent cultures or communities that are not on the current COMPAS roster or represent a gender working in an art form that is not represented on their roster.

Application and Selection

Once an artist has submitted the required information listed below, the application process consists of an initial round of consideration by COMPAS staff, followed by finalists having a face-to-face interview with their Arts Advisory Committee. If selected, incoming artists then attend a New Artists Workshop, followed by individual training meetings with COMPAS staff, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

While they are open to a wide variety of artistic approaches and backgrounds, without the following elements your application has little chance of being accepted:

  • Minnesota resident
  • Demonstrated ability as an artist
  • Prior residency or teaching experience
  • Hiring is contingent upon completing a Criminal Background Check

In order to represent the communities they engage with, COMPAS is especially seeking artists who represent communities of color, indigenous artists and LGBTQIA communities.

Their priorities include:

  • Spoken word
  • Singing/songwriting
  • Music Therapy
  • Fiction Writing
  • Graffiti/Aerosol Art
  • Drumming
  • Mural painting
  • Clay/Pottery
  • Technology-games, animation, design
  • Mosaic

Focus experience areas:

  • STEM arts programs
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Youthwork
  • Justice systems
  • English Language Learners

To Apply

Click here to submit your materials. You will be expected to upload:

  • A cover letter
  • A resume
  • Lesson Plan
  • Work samples
  • Work sample description

**The deadline to apply is January 19th, 2018.**
Interviews will be scheduled for Thursday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

To learn more about the current members of the COMPAS Roster, check out the Artist Profiles.

Questions?

COMPAS staff is available for consultations to provide input on your application. If you would like to do so, or you have other questions, please contact Betsy Mowry Voss at betsy@compas.org.

2018 Fellowship and Artist Intern Programs

Franconia Sculpture Park Fellowship and Intern Programs

Located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Franconia Sculpture Park is a nonprofit arts organization operating a 43-acre outdoor sculpture park, active artist residency, and community arts programming. Through their artist residency program, Franconia awards competitive fellowships and internships to up to 40 emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists each year, supporting the creation and exhibition of large-scale sculpture at our 43-acre sculpture park and artist residency in Franconia, MN. Franconia also provides artists the opportunity to exhibit two- and three-dimensional artwork at Franconia in the City @ Casket Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, MN.  They foster an inspiring outdoor environment for the community to create, engage, and learn about three-dimensional art through an annual exhibition of over 100 sculptures created by artists-in-residence.

2018 Open Studio Fellowship Program

Deadline: February 3, 2018 via email by MIDNIGHT CST

Fellowships provide the opportunity for artists and/or artist teams to create ambitious new projects and exhibit work while in residence at Franconia Sculpture Park. Successful applicants propose new work and clearly demonstrate how a fellowship at Franconia will positively impact their career.  Art includes sculpture, multi-media, object based performance, three-dimensional installation, and site-specific.

Open Studio Program Details   +
  • Up to 4 artist teams will be selected.
  • Artists receive a fellowship of $5,000 to support their time in residence and the creation of new artwork.
  • Residencies last a minimum of 4 weeks.
  • Will take place from April 1 and installation complete by September 9
  •  Fellows may NOT be in residence at the Park the last week of July or the first week of August.
  •  Artwork created during the fellowship will be included in Franconia’s outdoor exhibition for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Fellows will sign an agreement/contract and complete all exit materials.

Please review all information carefully. Applicants who do not meet the following criteria will not be considered:

  • Fellowships are for the creation of new work only.
  • Applicants must be active and practicing artists, evident in resume or CV.
  • Fellowships are given to U.S. residents and/or applicants who have a valid work visa.
  • Artists may NOT be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full time, at an institution of higher learning during the Fellowship.
  • Applicant’s work falls in the area of sculpture, three-dimensional installation, performance based object, multi-media, and/or site-specific.

2018 Intern Artist Program

Deadline: February 10, 2018 via email by MIDNIGHT CST

The Intern Artist Program at Franconia offers undergraduate and graduate students, as well as emerging artists the opportunity to create large-scale three-dimensional artwork, develop their nascent artistic practice, receive mentorship from professional artists-in-residence, conduct public presentations, and participate in public engagement programs while in residency at Franconia. The rural setting and chance to work along side peers & mid-career artists creates a dynamic setting for artists to grow, learn, and mature.

The Intern Artist Program is the brainchild of John Hock, co-founder and Artistic Director/CEO, based on pivotal experiences he had as a young artist. The program began with the park’s founding in 1996 and has grown to support more than 200 emerging artists to date. Recognized by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts for program excellence, the program is designed to bridge the gap between the academic world of artistic training and a professional career.

For more information about the opportunities visit their website: http://www.franconia.org/ArtistOpportunities.html.

Public Transformation Highlights Impact of Rural-Based Artists

Public Transformation is a cross-country documentary art project highlighting the work rural-based artists and arts organizations are doing to make their communities a more vibrant, healthy, connected place to live. Ashley Hanson took on a mobile artist residency of sorts to document and share stories of the work being done in rural communities with a national audience and to further connect rural practitioners across the country to each other.

About the Public Transformation Exhibition

The 2016 presidential election revealed major rifts in our country – most notably, a profound disconnect between urban and rural life. Theater artist Ashley Hanson, whose large-scale public performances put rural life at their center, was curious how other artists working in rural areas were contemplating the geographic (and psychological) divides of the Trump era. In January 2017, she bought a little yellow school bus and set off on a high-paced fact-finding mission, calling it Public Transformation, visiting 20 states, 24 communities, 42 organizations, and 127 individuals over 6200 miles.

The Public Transformation artists – Ashley Hanson, Randi Carlson, Ellie Moore, Hannah Holman, Mary Rothlisberger & Nik Nerbern – will present a month-long exhibit at The Outpost collaborative space in Winona, MN from October 20 – November 17, 2017. This multi-media exhibition will present a snapshot of lives, work, stories, themes, artifacts and questions the artists discovered while visiting 24 rural communities (all with populations under 10,000) across the country and will facilitate discussion about the successes and challenges of making art in rural America. The exhibition will feature images and objects from the Public Transformation journey and work from its mobile artists-in-residence. Opening weekend will include workshops, panels, and conversations led by rural-based practitioners across the region.

Public Transformation is supported by Springboard for the Arts, Art of the Rural, and individuals across the country. This Outpost exhibition is made possible through the support of the McKnight Foundation.                        

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Accepting Board Nominations

Nominations for MCA’s Board Now Open

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is looking for new Greater Minnesota members for their Board of Trustees. Terms begin December, 2017 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. MCA lobbies the legislature and congress on behalf of the non-profit arts and also produce research to support arts advocacy.  MCA created and passed the arts portion of the Legacy Amendment with many legislative partners that now funds the arts across Minnesota. Learn more at www.artsMN.org and www.creativeMN.org.

The full MCA Board meets four times a year 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 it by November 14, 2017 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. Two current openings on the MCA Board include:  One opening for a metro based nonprofit arts organization representative, and one greater Minnesota at large representative. Other openings may occur.

DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION FORM TODAY

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 at  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 November, 2017.

For further information, please download the Board of Directors Nominations Form and feel free to contact them with any questions at (651) 251-0868 or Staff@artsmn.org.