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Arts Advocacy Day is March 6! Plan to attend

Join Us for Arts Advocacy Day
on March 6, 2018!

“Thank you” is not a message legislators hear very often.

On March 6, 2018 Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will bring hundreds of arts advocates from around the state to the State Capitol for “Arts Advocacy Day” to thank legislators for following through on the promise of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that dedicated funds to conservation and the arts. Last year 1000 arts advocates filled the Capitol!

Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the Legacy Amendment, passing it by 56%, which created four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts in 2008. In the last several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Legacy Arts & Culture Fund be diverted away from the arts. With this uncertain political climate and increased polarization, we need to show a unified front to ensure that arts funding continues to be protected.

How does state funding help support access to the arts in your community? Legislators need to know.

ARTS ADVOCACY DAY SCHEDULE:

It’s the biggest arts networking day of the year! MCA invites you to join your fellow arts advocates at the Minnesota History Center and State Capitol to talk about the arts, make new friends, and educate our legislators. Together we will speak about the impact that the arts have had on our lives and our communities. Meet great arts people from all over the state, and make a difference with your friends and neighbors.

You and your team will be led by an experienced advocate who has participated in past Arts Advocacy Days and knows what to do. Following a brief rally, you and your team will visit a series of legislators over the morning, giving you plenty of time to get to know your teammates and the issues you are discussing.

By working together we show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community. Let your elected officials know what you think! Registration Deadline is March 2, 2018.

REGISTER NOW AND FIND OUT MORE AT:
http://artsmn.org/act/events/arts-advocacy-day/

7:30 AM:             Doors Open at the Minnesota History Center
8-9:00 AM:          Registration & Coffee (For those not attending Creative MN event or Class).
8:00 AM:             Creative Minnesota 2017 Report: New Local Studies
8:30 AM:             Advocacy Class for New Attendees
9:00 AM:             Rally & Join your Team
10:00 AM:           Walk or Take MCA Shuttle to Capitol
10:15 AM–2PM: Legislator Appointments (MCA Homebase will be in the Transportation Building.)
Contact our office with questions or if you are interested in riding together.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines — Apply Today

Grant Deadlines March 1

Arts Legacy GRANTS up to $10,000.00, Arts Project GRANTS up to $3,000.00                                                     

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.

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.

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org, click on the Current Grants Forms under the Grants Tab. The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel 218-745-9111 can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

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Contact Mara for support and to review your application.  Mara can also provide a copy of the application and guidelines for you to review prior to starting your on-line application.

Artist Project Grants: Artists must be 18 years and older and reside in the seven-county Northwest Minnesota area at least six months out of the calendar year. Individual Artist Grants provide financial assistance for the exhibition, performance, or production of a specific creative work, mentoring with a more experienced artist, participation in not-for-credit arts experiences.

What is a typical project?  Often, grant proposals are to buy items that directly relate to your art like upgrading an instrument or replacing worn out visual art equipment.  Sometimes proposals are to attend a workshop that is important for your artistic growth then create a new body of work as a result of that learning.  Some grants are to allow artists to create a new body of work, then promote and showcase the result.

What is hard to get funded?  It is difficult to receive funding for items that are part of daily life like computers, printers, cameras, cell phones, etc.  It is also difficult to receive funding to travel to destinations for art training that have the appearance of a vacation.  It is difficult to receive funds to start a new arts medium since your current work sample is important to the application process and must show work within the medium you are applying.

Can I pay myself while I work on my project?  Yes, the McKnight Foundation, encourages established artists to be able to use grant funds to pay themselves to work on the project.  If awarded a grant however careful tracking needs to occur on the form provided.  If awarded all receipts for expenses need to accompany the final report or full or partial funding will be returned including the completed time tracking form.

Support for our Fellowship program comes from the McKnight Foundation. The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis awards the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council $70,000 annually to provide grants and services to artists. Please see the McKnight page on our website that provides a summary and links to this programming. To see if you quality for this grant visit the grants link at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org/grants or call 218-745-9111 or email mara@nwrdc.org

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.

Individual adult artists can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000 if their project has a very strong community focus.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

Portrait Art // Deadline to Submit Extended to Feb 28, 2018

You’re Invited to Exhibit: Portrait Art

Deadline to submit artwork has been extended to February 28, 2018

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to invite you
to submit portrait art for an upcoming exhibit!
Exhibition Dates:
April 5-May 19, 2018
Reception for Artists:
During the Art & Wine Walk on May 19
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.
Students and emerging artists are welcome to submit art!
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!

“Of the Year” Awards Open, Nominate an Artist or Arts Advocate!

Nominations Now Accepted

for

“Of the Year” Awards

 including

Northwest Artist of the Year Award $500

Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award $500

Northwest Star Award for $5000!

 

NWMAC is accepting nominations for our “Of The Year” Awards.  The nomination form is on our website.

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. Many times people serve in both roles. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500.00 and often goes to a local leader who lives in the area where the artist reception will be held.  But anyone is eligible to be nominated.  Arts includes all disciplines.

Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00 to use however they see fit.

Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. This award is for $5,000.00 and can be a wonderful gift to those who have chosen a hard career path related to artistic expression.

Our deadline for nominations is always Feb 28 each year. Please consider nominating someone who you view as a deserving candidate from our seven county service area in northwestern Minnesota. Persons who believe their nominee would qualify for this award and have questions should contact the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office at (218) 745-9111 or email mara@nwrdc.org for more information.  Again, the deadline for nominations is February 28, 2018.

Awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit  Reception on Saturday, April 28 in Thief River Falls at the Engelstad Arena. For more information about the Arts Exhibit click here.

Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation.  Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

 

 

NW MN Arts Exhibit — Deadline February 28 to Apply!

Apply for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit — Open Now

 

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce their latest “Call for Entries” for the 2018 Annual Art Exhibit. The deadline to submit your art work is February 28, 2018! This year, the annual Art Exhibit will be in Thief River Falls at the Engelstad Arena and runs from April 18 through April 28, 2017.

Artists from our 7 county service region can enter into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2300.00 in cash awards.  Artists must reside in Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau, or Red Lake counties to be eligible.  Both adult and student artists are encouraged to enter.  Exhibit cash award winners will be chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror.  They will be recognized and receive their check at the Artist Reception. The Artist Reception will be on Saturday, April 28. The exhibit opens at 9:30 am that day with the reception at 2:00 pm.

Click for more information, including the exhibit entry rules and directions.  If you would like the application mailed to you, please contact our office 218-745-9111 or email Mara. The application must submitted no later than February 28, 2018.  There is a teacher spreadsheet available by emailing Mara.  Teachers can also submit a Word file with student work samples to ease the process.

Here are some main pages on our website that you can click into from our navigation on the left.

Art Exhibit

NW MN Art Exhibit

NWMAC Art Exhibit Directions

NWMAC Art Exhibit Rules

We encourage you to enter with our on-line system!  Login in the upper right corner of our website.  And create a user or use your past Login.  The link below takes you directly to the Login.

ONLINE PORTAL.

NWMAC is also accepting nominations for our “Of The Year” Awards.  Awards will be presented at the Artist Reception on April 28 in Thief River Falls. For more information, click here.