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Fosston Third Thursday Art Walk Looking for Artists!

Would you be interested in displaying your artwork and participating in Fosston’s Third Thursday Art Walk?

In an effort to promote economic development in the City of Fosston and to promote the talented artists in our region, the Art & Culture Commission in Fosston is hosting the Third Thursday Art Walk in Fosston on October 19th from 4:30-7pm.  Each participating business will be paired with an artist of their choosing to host for the evening. The business owner will provide them a space to display/sell their artwork.  Currently, there is a need for artists to participate, as they have more businesses than artists that have signed up. There is no geographic requirement and no cost to participate.

At the end of the evening the FCLAA board will be hosting an artist reception, open to the public, at the Sorenson Gallery in the Library Arts Center in Fosston.

Take advantage of this opportunity to show your art!

Interested? Please contact Bonnie Stewart at stewart.bonnielee@gmail.com or Barbara Johnson at Barbara@nwmnhra.org or 218-637-2435.

 

Grants! Funding is Available! Apply Today!

Coming Soon…Grant Deadlines!

$5,000 Individual Artist Grant Deadline October 15!

Arts Legacy and Arts Project Grants Deadline November 1!

Grant money is available from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations.  Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

imagesMcKnight/NWMAC Individual Artist Grants for Projects Individual adult artists can apply by October 15 for a NWMAC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant of $5,000.00 or if their project has a very strong community focus, they can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000.00.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

Project grants are awarded to individuals.  To be eligible you must be out of high school and at least 18 years of age.  College tuition is not an eligible expense.   This is the main category that individuals use to support their artistic business or advance their technical skills. This category is for non-hobby artist.  Grants are awarded annually with $1,500 going to four individuals and $5,000 going to four individuals.  Support for our Fellowship program comes from The McKnight Foundation.  The deadline is October 15th annually for $5,000 level applicants and January 15th annually for $1,500 level applicants.

LegacyLogoThe Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven county service region.  Funding for the grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.  A maximum of $10,000.00 can be requested.  Applicants must provide cash match and it is recommended that it be between 25% – 50% although some projects may be approved with as little as 10% cash match if they are innovative and fit a unique need.

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match.  This grant programs have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.

Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.  Arts Legacy grants and Arts Project grants have annual deadlines of August 1, November 1, and March 1 each year.  This November 1 deadline is the second round for these two categories.   

Arts Equipment for Schools Grants are considered a special category of our Arts Project Grant Program.  This grant allows schools to purchase artistic equipment for their art room, theater, band room, etc.  Equipment that is used solely for the pursuit of arts like a kiln or theater lights, or a band instrument has a better chance of being funded.  There is one annual deadline for this grant on November 1.  Grants of up to $3,000.00 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.

Also available on a first come-first served basis are Artist Residency Grants for are School Districts.  Grants of $2100.00 are awarded to sponsor artists working with children usually in a traditional weeklong residency but it can also be a different format that serves your school or summer program.  An extra $400.00 may be requested for art residencies that need supplies.  Schools are strongly urged to use a COMPAS roster artist because they have been professionally trained in working in schools.  Local artists who are sponsored need to provide lesson plans and show their professionalism in a classroom setting.

The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

We are offering two workshops on Wednesday, October 11 at 10am and 6pm at our office for people who have questions related to our on-line system, grant applications, grant management once they get a grant, and final reporting.  Our Executive Director Mara Hanel covers all aspects of the grant process. You will find that it is really helpful to attend. The first half hour relates to the deadlines coming up and the second half hour relates to the system and questions on grants management and reporting. Don’t let your fear or inexperience with grants stop you from applying!  You must RSVP. Email mara@nwrdc.org or call 218-745-9111.

Funding for these programs comes primarily from the Minnesota State Legislature.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state.  All eleven councils work together with their fiscal agent the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants.  The McKnight Foundation is another funding source helping local arts councils promote and serve the arts community.

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.

Portrait Art: You’re Invited to Exhibit

You’re Invited to Exhibit:
Portrait Art
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to invite you
to submit portrait art for an upcoming exhibit!
Portrait can be of someone you know, a complete stranger, a self portrait, fictional character, historical figure… Anyone with a story!
We are accepting art of any media:
Painting, Photography, Digital, Mixed Media, Sculpture,
Video, Essays or Stories, Poetry, Performance Art & More
Here’s how to do it:
1. Create your art. Any portrait, any art media, any size.
2. Email a photo or sample of your submission to
3. Videos can also easily be submitted on Google Drive here.
(If you need assistance with your submission, we are happy to help!
The exhibit will open in Spring 2018.
We are accepting submissions until December 31, 2017.

Interested in Becoming an Artist-in-Residence?

Would you like your name and photo and school residency experience included in our Teaching Artists Roster?  Would you benefit from training in developing and refining the residency that you will offer students?

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is offering a Teaching Artist Roster Program. This program is a six-session training designed to support artists in refining and developing skills for conducting collaborative, in-depth arts learning experiences in organizations, community settings and schools.

Up to six artists will be selected to participate in this first training series from Oct 2017 – Dec 2017 in Warren.  Applications due Sept 25 for this first group.  A second group of artists will start in the Spring, maybe even two groups if we have enough interest.  Deadline TBD.

Artists who complete the program are listed on the NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster and are eligible to apply for residency funding through the Teaching Artist Grant program.

Artists who complete the Teaching Artist Roster Program:

  • Value themselves as artists and understand what they offer as teaching artists
  • Expand the ways they apply their craft
  • Understand the essential role arts play in a complete education
  • Belong to a network of fellow teaching artists who serve as resources, mentors and peers
  • Are ready to employ and lead assessments that involve personal reflection for continuous improvement
  • Understand how the roles of artist and teacher intersect
  • Are able to develop a residency plan
  • Are familiar with the NWMAC Teaching Artist Grant application process
  • Employ strategies that contribute to success as a teaching artist

For an example of what this roster will look like, visit
www.centralmnartsboard.org and click on Artist Teaching Roster.  The value of the training is 20 CEU credits and approximately $600.00 per participant if taken elsewhere.   Performing, visual, and creative writing artists (and other disciplines) who are chosen to participate in this program will receive small group and one-on-one training to prepare them to be Artists- in-Residence.

Applications are due by Monday, September 25.

The application and guidelines are in our NWMAC on-line grant system.  Login to your already established Username or Create a User for yourself within the the Login page.  Then begin your application for the Teaching Artist Roster Program by hitting Apply.  Call our office 218-745-9111 or email if you have problems.

Would you like to learn more at an information session?  We recently conducted an information session in Thief River Falls and will be offering two more on the following dates:
* September 12 in Warren at the NWMAC Conference Room  5 – 6:00 p.m.
*September 13 in Greenbush at the Community Room that is attached to the library 5 – 6:00 p.m.

(RSVP is essential by Monday, September 11 to mjander@mncable.net for the September 12 and 13 meetings.)

Questions?  Jane Anderson at mjander@mncable.net or Mara at mara@nwrdc.org

Please see the Program Guidelines here  (Note: this copy is a bit messy due to website formatting.  You can view the Guidelines in the on-line application in a Preview mode also.)