Category Archives: Statewide Arts

Mini-Grants for Public Artists to Create Messages of Hope

Forecast is offering mini-grants for public artists to create messages of hope during this challenging time. 

The application is now open for 20 grants of $500 each.
Forecast asked artists how they can best help them and their communities NOW. In response, they reallocated $10,000 of their own resources to quickly provide mini-grants to public artists to safely create and share messages of hope within their communities—a much-needed act of solidarity in the face of these stark economic and health crises.

Forecast seeks to support artists based in Minnesota and the Native nations that share the same geography. Their goal is to get funds to artists as quickly as possible and all applicants will be notified by this Friday, April 10. 

Apply by 9 pm this Wednesday, April 8! For more information and to apply visit here.

MN State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Arts Grant Deadline May 15

Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2021

Folk and Traditional Arts Grant Application

Deadline May 15, 2020


The FY 2021 Folk and Traditional Arts grant program is now open for application. The Folk and Traditional Arts program is designed to enrich Minnesota communities through folk and traditional art forms being passed on, documented, practiced and shared. Folk and traditional arts refer to artistic traditions that come from and are rooted in the cultural life of a community. Communities may share a common ethnicity, geographic or regional identity, occupation, language, or tribal affiliation. Folk and traditional arts are learned and passed on through community-based systems of observation and practice.


The deadline to submit applications is Friday, May 15, 2020. All applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.


All applicants should first review the program overview and application instructions available on the Arts Board Web site. Additionally, first time applicants and those in need of support are encouraged to speak with program officer Rina Rossi. She can be reached at (651) 539-2661, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at rina.rossi@arts.state.mn.us.


The Arts Board uses WebGrants, an online grants management system, for all applications. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once. To register, visit the Arts Board Web site. Scroll down the home page to WebGrants instructions and registration information.

The Arts Board will offer a free online information session about the FY 2021 Folk and Traditional Arts grant opportunity on Thursday, April 16, at 3:00 p.m. Learn more.

For accessibility inquiries and accommodations requests necessary to complete and submit an application, contact accessibility coordinator Natalie Kennedy at (651) 539-2666, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at natalie.kennedy@arts.state.mn.us.

Emergency Relief Fund For Artists During Covid-19 and Fundraiser

Attention Artists! Springboard for the Arts has resources to assist you. Consider applying today!

Help individual artists whose income has been affected by cancellations due to COVID-19 precautions. Visit https://www.givemn.org/story/Epf3ag

Springboard for the Arts has created a Personal Emergency Relief Fund to help artists in Minnesota recover from personal emergencies by helping pay an unanticipated, emergency expense. Artists can request up to $500. Because of COVID-19 they are expanding their help. Please visit their website to learn more. Springboard for the Arts has committed an additional $10,000 from their budget to support this effort and is committed to working with partners to increase the fund based on demand.

UPDATE 3/13: Springboard for the Arts committed $10,000 of their budget to expanding the Personal Emergency Relief Fund, and in less than 24 hours, those funds were requested. They are actively fundraising and bringing on partners to expand the fund, and encourage requests to keep coming in. They will fulfill requests as they are able in the order they were received. Springboard for the Arts has set up a fundraiser to expand the Personal Emergency Relief Fund, so that they can continue to support artists, contractors, and freelancers in Minnesota who have lost income due to Coronavirus/COVID-19. Give online at https://www.givemn.org/story/Epf3ag or send a check to:

Springboard for the Arts
Attn: Individual Giving
262 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55103

To learn more and to apply please visit their webpage here.

If you want to donate to the fund, please follow this link: https://www.givemn.org/story/Epf3ag

As demand is also outpacing our total funds available, please go to their website to read the notes of clarification. If you would like help determining your own eligibility, please email erf@springboardforthearts.org before applying.

Don’t qualify for Springboard’s Emergency Relief Fund or need additional assistance? Please consult this list of emergency resources [PDF].

Apply here Looking for the Community Emergency Relief Fund?Click here! Donate to the Emergency Relief Fund1

If you have any questions about individual giving, please contact Katie Hae Leo, Development Director, at katiehl@springboardforthearts, or 651-292-4381.

COVID-19 Statement from the Minnesota State Arts Board

As our state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that the Minnesota State Arts Board is concerned about the health and safety of everyone who works in the arts sector, and the health and safety of the participants, audience, and community members who we serve.


There are many unknowns about COVID-19, and its physical, economic, and emotional impacts are changing rapidly. We wanted to share the best information we have at this moment, and will provide new information as we receive it.


What’s happening in Minnesota

As of today, there are 14 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in our state. So far, cases have been confined to eight counties: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Stearns, Wright. Fortunately, there have been no deaths; only 2 of the 14 patients are hospitalized.

Today, Governor Walz announced an executive order that declares a peacetime emergency which he described as opening a tool kit that can be ready if and when needed.

In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health announced a set of recommended community mitigation strategies to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The strategies should be implemented immediately and stay in effect until further notice.

Two strategies will specifically impact arts activities:
– Postpone or cancel large events where 250 people or more would gather
– Postpone or cancel smaller events (fewer than 250 people) that are held in venues that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person
The full list of recommended strategies is available here:
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/action.html


Rely on trusted sources

The Minnesota Department of Health is the focal point of planning and information in our state. MDH is updating its Web site frequently. The coronavirus section of the site contains helpful information and advice about COVID-19 and precautions you can take.
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html

The Centers for Disease Control also has helpful information about the virus and about steps to take to keep homes, workplaces, and commercial establishments safe.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

We will post some additional, arts specific resources and links on the Arts Board Web site. If you are an Arts Board applicant, grantee, or grant review panelist, Arts Board staff members are available to respond to your questions. We know that COVID is having an impact on your activities and want to be as helpful as we can be.

Current grant activities – If you need to reschedule or modify Arts Board funded activities, please contact your program officer to discuss your options for a contract amendment or extension.

Information sessions – We have sessions scheduled in Winona and Park Rapids in the coming weeks. At the moment, those will go forward as planned, but we are closely monitoring the situation and will postpone or modify the format, if need be.

FY 20201 grant application review meetings – The Arts Board is scheduled to begin Operating Support, Arts Learning, and Minnesota Festival Support grant application panel review meetings in late April, May, and June. At this point, we haven’t made any changes to the schedule and format for those meetings, but we will be closely monitoring the situation and, if needed, may make changes in the coming weeks.


This situation is new for all of us. Please keep the lines of communication open. Please let us know what your questions and concerns are, and we will do what we can to address them.
Most importantly, please do everything you can to stay healthy, and to help others stay healthy.
Sue Gens
Executive Director

Forecast is seeking Artists for MN’s Largest Public Mural & Art Festival

Chroma Zone 2019 mural by artist Fadlabi. Photo by Alex Olson.

CHROMA ZONE 2020 call for artists now open

Forecast is seeking artists for MN’s largest public mural & art festival!
CHROMA ZONE‘s first-annual festival was a huge success last summer 2019 and the momentum of this celebration of muralism and street art will continue in 2020. Forecast is managing artist selection for the festival, which is produced by the Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ).

CHROMA ZONE is intended for all cultures, genders, ages and abilities. Forecast will facilitate a fair and inclusive application process and seeks to select a diverse pool of artists that represent varying experiences, backgrounds, locations, genders, perspectives and styles of art.  

The festival will run September 12-19 in the CEZ, a creative hub in St. Paul, MN.

Applications are open now until April 3, 2020. For more information and to apply visit their webpage here.