Leveraging Creativity in Community through Integrated and Place-based Community Development
In partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Arts Midwest is providing a 2017-18 learning experience for up to eight greater Minnesota communities. Communities will apply through their non-profit arts council. This cohort, offered by ArtsLab, a core program of Arts Midwest, focuses on the growing importance of arts and culture as key drivers in building a rural America that can flourish. The deadline to apply is May 15.
Here are the details:
Course Description: Over the course of four two-day retreats, participants will explore key questions relevant to their common community development needs. The program will invite the cross-fertilization of ideas among participants, and will feature guest thought leaders in the field, assignments and virtual workshops between retreats. Learning within practice, participants will create new habits, deepen relationships, and identify strategic goals for immediate application.
- What is the confluence in my community among arts and culture, community, and civic life?
- What is the impact of arts and culture on the economy and quality of life of our community?
- Can we find a common vision, common cause, and common language for a collective community future?
- What is our path into the future that engages the broader community?
- How can we accomplish our goals and nurture our vision toward reality? What is our best business strategy?
Program Components: This peer learning community will include retreats, virtual workshops, and mentorship. One night of overnight stay is expected with each retreat.
Eligibility: This 2017–18 peer learning opportunity is intended to support teams from approximately eight selected communities. To be eligible for this opportunity, a lead organization/applicant must:
- Be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) or established as a Board or Commission within municipal or regional government, with arts and culture as primary mission.
- Be based within the State of Minnesota and outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul 7-county area.
- Have three or more years of programming and/or service to their community.
- Have expenses of between $20,000 and $500,000 in the most recently completed fiscal year.
- Have at least one administrative leader (full or part time).
- Identify a consistent team of 3–6 leaders committed to all aspects of this learning experience. This team should be comprised of a senior staff member, artist, and key board member from the lead applicant organization; and key community influencers, such as an elected official, chamber of commerce member, member of the economic development authority, etc.
- Preference will be given to communities that demonstrate responsiveness to equity and inclusion of underserved population groups.
Cost: This opportunity is funded by Arts Midwest and its ArtsLab funders. The retreats will be offered at no cost to selected applicants. However, it is recommended that as a part of this application process, each team choose to work with ArtsLab and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) to complete the Creative MN local community economic analysis report. This process would be made available at a fee of $1,500 per team.
For complete instructions and selection criteria, review the complete Application Guildelines (PDF).
Application is available online here. Must click submit before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017.
April 10, 2017 – Applications available
May 15, 2017 – Applications due 5 p.m.
June 9, 2017 – Applicants notified of panel decisions
September 2017 through March 2018 – Four retreats