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Coming Soon…Grant Deadlines!

$5,000 Individual Artist Grant Deadline October 15!

Arts Legacy, Arts Project, Arts Equipment for Schools Grants Deadline November 1!

Quick Turn Around Grants and Arts Legacy Residency Grants are ongoing!

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.

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McKnight/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 your project has a very strong community focus, you 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.

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The 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 TARP or 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 will be holding a grants info session and training on October 1 at 4 pm at our office in Warren. RSVP to Mara at director@NWArtsCouncil.org. Mara, our director, can answer any questions you have and lead you through the process.

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.

Traveling Art Exhibit in Ada

Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Ada Public Library 

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council sponsors an annual Traveling Art Exhibit, which visits northwest Minnesota communities throughout the year. The exhibit includes 10 original pieces of art by regional artists, chosen from works submitted for our annual juried exhibit. The exhibit is currently at the Ada Public Library until November 1. See below for the schedule for the year.

NWMAC Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Ada 2019

The 2019-2020 Traveling Exhibit Schedule*:

May 10–June 28, 2019  Godel Memorial Library, Warren

June 29–August 31, 2019  East Grand Forks Campbell Library

September 1–Nov 2, 2019  Ada Public Library

Nov 3–Jan 4, 2020  Red Lake Falls Public Library**

Jan 5– March 1, 2020  Roseau Public Library

March 2–May 2, 2020  Hallock Public Library

*The start and end dates at each location are approximate, depending on weather, venue hours and other circumstances that may occur to prohibit travel. For specific library hours, please contact each location before planning your visit, especially if you are planning on bringing a group.

**Tentatively scheduled

The 2019-2020 Artists and Artwork: 

Mary Magnuson, Red Lake Falls, “Twilight in the Taiga” (Painting)

Amber Lee, Hendrum, “Koi” (Watercolor)

Peggy Branden, Karlstad, “The Beast” (Wood Block Print)

Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy, “The Graduates” (Photograph)

James Blix, Thief River Falls, “Woodland Composition I” (Photograph)

Bert Foster, Thief River Falls, “At the Barn” (Photograph)

Christine Foster, Thief River Falls, “Ice House Morning” (Painting)

Jill Levene, Warren, “-42.22C,” (Mixed Media)

Ying Sriyota, Badger, “The Champion” (Painting)

Elliot Chapman, Crookston, “Grain Elevator” (Photograph)

You may contact us for more info about the Traveling Exhibit at (218) 745-9111 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com

Showcase Specialist position is Open

NWMAC Showcase Specialist Contract Position is Open. Deadline to Apply is September 12.

Job Description includes:

  • Coordinate 8 different showcases in Thief River Falls at Northland CTC gallery.  Coordinate all the artist receptions.  Attend and evaluate each event by collecting statistics, interviews, and pictures.  Report by email twice a month to the Director of the NWMAC about changes or concerns regarding exhibits. Exhibits include:
    1. Four exhibits featuring artists with one featuring artists of color
    2. One exhibit featuring students
    3. One exhibit featuring folk arts
    4. Two exhibits featuring art by a variety of people as art for all        
  • Display enhanced listing art with labeling at location selected.    
  • Research traveling cart idea including budget and logistics.  
  • Research other art crawl events in our area and prepare a plan related to connecting our artists with these showcases. 
  • Assist the Director of the NWMAC with the display set-up for the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit.  This is two full days of work each Spring.  Attend the reception (a third full day), count people’s choice ballots, assist with awards presentation, and help dismantle the exhibit.  Select 12-15 pieces for the traveling exhibit during the set-up day.  Announce the traveling exhibit names at the reception and inform the public about exhibiting opportunities.  Collect pieces in bins at the end of the reception and transport pieces to the first traveling exhibit library location.     
  • Arrange dates and locations for the mini-traveling exhibit to area libraries.  Move the exhibit throughout the locations.  Work with locations on press release and announcements including providing text and pictures to our Promotions Specialist for social media posts.  Move the exhibit twelve times, once a month from May through April to each county.  Drop artwork off with the artists at the end of the exhibit or bring to the registration day of the next annual exhibit and return to them as they drop off a new piece.  While at the location, advertise that you will meet with artists at the library to talk about showcasing at our gallery and upcoming trainings and more.  
  • Design marketing pieces for showcase projects.  Create press releases and media announcements for projects.
  • Provide a print-out of completed work activities for the NWMAC meetings in June that includes statistics/evaluation, pictures, and upcoming events.  

$12,000 annual budget. All contract positions work out of their home, with their own computer and office equipment and supplies. We pay at the specialist rate of $25.00 per hour. Time tracking related to tasks completed is submitted monthly for reimbursement from the budgeted contract amount annually. Extremely flexible hours to complete tasks. Approximately 8 hours a week.

Deadline of September 12 for applicants to apply.  Please submit a cover letter and complete an application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JobAppNWMAC. It will work best if you prepare your response before starting the job application within the link. Each part of the work activities is included in the job application and you will write about your qualifications, communication style and ability to connect with others and build good relationships.

Please contact NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel with any questions at director@nwartscouncil.org or 218-745-9111.

Performing Arts Leaders Training/Networking Day


When: Saturday, September 14 from 10:00 – 4:00

Where: Win-E-Mac Arts & Event Center: 23130 345th St SE, Erskine, MN 56535
Cost: $15.00 per attendee (includes lunch)
Mileage reimbursement available (see below for details)

Put this on your calendar!

A day for performance arts makers in our region to get together, gain some knowledge, share some knowledge, and meet others with the same goal: producing quality performance arts.

Sessions will include:

  • Designing and Maintaining a Website—bring a laptop that can connect to the Internet
  • Sound Design and Operation
  • Creating a Production Calendar
  • Time to Network with Others
  • Facebook for Organizations
  • Concert Series Info Sharing
  • And More—we may be adding other topics, so stay tuned

Who is this workshop intended for?

  • Directors:  Learn some tech basics and—perhaps more importantly–how to dialogue with others to create a comprehensive production.
  • Board members: gain insight into the world of “what’s going on behind the scenes”. Also, easy and inexpensive ways to manage staff, volunteers, box office and publicity.  
  • Technicians and those who would like to become Technicians
  • Volunteers of every aspect of music, theater, dance and concert series production: those who want to step into this world but lack knowledge and confidence.
  • Young/old/seasoned veterans/newcomers:  there will be time to ask questions, give answers and get to know others in our region.

Presenters for the workshop include Andrew Hanson, Jane Anderson and Bruce Elseth. 

Registration: Call NWMAC receptionist at 218-745-6733 and leave your name, organization, city, contact phone, email; or email this information to mara@nwrdc.org

Cost:  $15.00.  Paypal is available on donations page of NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org or you can pay with cash/check to NWMAC, 109 S Minnesota St, Warren, MN  56762.

Mileage reimbursement for those from our service area of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau counties in Minnesota that travel over 90 miles round trip to attend.  A form will be provided at the workshop to request reimbursement.   

Are you interested in serving on our board?

Board Members Needed for NW Regional Arts Council

Support the arts in your county and our region by becoming an Arts Council board member! The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has openings for two representatives from Norman County. We are also looking for three at-large members who can be from any of our seven counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Red Lake, and Roseau. Board members will serve for a three-year term from Summer 2019 until June 2021 with the option to add an additional 3 year term afterwards.

As part of the Council you will become familiar with arts groups and individuals who are making the arts happen throughout our seven county service area in Northwest Minnesota. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to the vitality of the arts in our part of Minnesota.

The Council meets five times a year usually in Warren, MN. The Council reviews and approves arts grants and arts policy and arts services for seven counties in Minnesota. You must be confident on a computer and have Internet access to be a board member since communication happens between meetings by email and websites.

For more information and to receive a nomination form for yourself or a friend, contact Mara Hanel, NWMAC, at 218-745-9111; or email her at mara@nwrdc.org. General information on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council including the nomination form can be viewed at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org in the About Us section.