Category Archives: Statewide Arts

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 1, 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.

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.

The Perpich Arts High School

Do you love the arts?

Are you, or do you know, a student who’s really into the arts?

Is it time for a creative challenge?

Did you know there’s a public school designed to develop the thinking artist?

 

Perpich Arts High School is a tuition-free public high school for Minnesota high school juniors and seniors.

The Arts High School offers rigorous, college-preparatory academics with intensive coursework focused in six art areas: dance, literary arts, media arts (photography/cinema), music (voice and instrumental), theater (includes musical theater) and visual arts. At the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, MN, dedicated teachers inspire students to take risks, work hard, and develop their unique voice.

Students from outside the Twin Cities area can live in a supervised dorm, with plenty of guidance and support, plus exposure to the arts culture in the metropolitan area.

There are a number of information sessions across Minnesota. Visit perpich.mn.gov for dates and locations. Or contact Anne Johnson, Admissions Coordinator, 763-279-4195, anne.johnson@pcae.k12.mn.us. Below are ones in our region.

2017-2018 Statewide Perpich Information Sessions

10/9 3:30 pm   Baudette, The Baudette Depot

7 pm   Roseau, Bear & Bean Coffee

10/10 3:30 pm Thief River Falls, TRF Public Library

7 pm        Crookston,  Crookston Library

 

Questions: Contact Anne Johnson, Admissions Coordinator 763-279-4195, anne.johnson@pcae.k12.mn.us perpich.mn.gov

Anguish and Hope Juried Art Show: Accepting Admissions

                     “Anguish and Hope”

During the month of November, the Vine Arts Center Gallery in Minneapolis is hosting a juried art show entitled “Anguish and Hope”.

Vine Arts is looking for a diverse group of visual, literary and performance artists to enter work that comments on the realities, hopes, fears and take-aways related to the current political, social and economic environment.

Submission details and application form are available on the Vine Arts Center Gallery website under the “Events” tab at vineartscenter.org.  Inquiries are welcome at:     anguishandhope@vineartscenter.org.

CLOSES Saturday, Sep 30th 2017, 11:45pm

Fore more info: vineartscenter.org
anguishandhope@vineartscenter.org.

Forecast Grant Opportunities

Three Forecast Grant Opportunities Will Open for Applications on September 1, 2017!

Deadline to submit is October 17, 2017. Starting September 1, applications will be available at https://forecastpublicart.submittable.com/submit
Mid-Career Professional Development Grant [2 grants, $5000 each]
This grant supports Minnesota-based mid-career artists seeking to expand or advance their careers in the field of public art. Funding can be used to support the development of a project idea or to participate in activities that will help applicants further their careers as public artists. Professional development activities can range from residencies to apprenticeships, conferences, travel, study, skill development, and the creation of project models or prototypes, as long as the overall outcome is to advance the applicant’s public art career.
Early-Career Project Grant [2 grants, $8000 each]
These grants support the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an early-career Minnesota-based artist. Projects may be additionally supported by public or nonprofit agencies, or through in-kind sources, however, private commissions are not eligible.
NOTE: The project site must be secured by the application deadline (written documentation of site approval is required in the application).
Early-Career Research + Development Grant [4 grants, $2500 each]

These grants support early-career artists in public art related research and development or with the planning phase of freely accessible public art installation or activity in Minnesota. Activities could range from research to planning, community dialogues, site or budget development, or model building. R+D grants may be used for the development of proposals for other public or nonprofit agencies, however, they may not be used for private commissions.
Definitions, FAQ’s, grant writing tips, and more information is available at http://forecastpublicart.org/forecast/artist-services/grant-opportunities/
Forecast is also holding information sessions
Forecast Grants 101 
Learn about the grant options, eligibility, application requirements, and more.
WHEN: Thursday, September 14, 6-7pm &
Wednesday, September 20, 6-7pm
The ABCs of Site Permissions 
Learn what site permissions are and how to obtain them. With Mary Altman from the City of Minneapolis Public Art Program and Sarah Peters from NorthernLights.MN. [You must secure site permission in order to apply for the early career project grant. See below.]
WHEN: Tuesday, September 7, 6-7pm
Please share widely with Minnesota based artists, or consider applying yourself. Questions? Email jenk@forecastpublicart.org
The Mid-Career Professional Development Grants are made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation. The Early-Career Project Grants and Early-Career Research and Development Grants are made available with funding from the Jerome Foundation.