McKnight Funded Programs

Our Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is proud of the long term relationship we have with The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis.

Our grant request for three years of funding at the level of $70,000 was awarded in September 2015.  This funding allows us to run three grant programs for artists, award our Northwest Star lifetime achievement artist and artist of the year annually, provide workshops for artists, have a gallery space in East Grand Forks, and conduct our annual Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit.  We also produce our Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet with McKnight funding every three years.

Our next proposal will cover from Sept 2019 – August 2021.  We will provide similar grants and services to what is listed below as well as focus on people of color applying into our grant programs with dedicated funding, adding a venue list to our booklet to help connect creative individuals with spaces, and enhanced listings for creative adults in our area to break down geographic barriers in rural areas.    

Our three grant programs are:

  • $5,000 Artist Grants
  • $1,500 Artist Grants
  • $500 Quick Turn Around Grants 


Serving Artists and Arts Organizations