Forecast is offering mini-grants for public artists to create messages of hope during this challenging time.
The application is now open for 20 grants of $500 each. Forecast asked artists how they can best help them and their communities NOW. In response, they reallocated $10,000 of their own resources to quickly provide mini-grants to public artists to safely create and share messages of hope within their communities—a much-needed act of solidarity in the face of these stark economic and health crises.
Forecast seeks to support artists based in Minnesota and the Native nations that share the same geography. Their goal is to get funds to artists as quickly as possible and all applicants will be notified by this Friday, April 10.
Apply by 9 pm this Wednesday, April 8! For more information and to apply visit here.
We are committed to the health and safety of our staff, the public, and the artists we serve. Thus, we have had to make changes to the way we do business.
Office Closing The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office is closed and our staff will work from home until further notice. If you need to come to our office you will need to make an appointment. We are also available by phone or email. Please give us a call at 218-745-9111 and leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please stay tuned for any changes or updates!
Routine Grant Activity We have received some inquiries about grants that had activities during this time. We know that some granted activity will need to be suspended, rescheduled, or canceled. As we field questions and requests from those planning changes to their granted projects and programs, our commitment is to find solutions that will result in the least amount of hardship for all involved. There are amendment forms within all the current grants. We are asking that grantees make amendments — some may be postponements, a few canceled events or outside the box thinking for deliverables. Please know that we will do our best to accommodate during this time. Reach out with questions or concerns.
In addition, we have added to our existing Quick Turn Around grants for artists questions related to COVID-19 disaster relief. These are for $500.00.
NW Annual Art Exhibit and Of the Year Awards Reception
At this time we have postponed our annual exhibit and reception. Please stay tuned for dates and information as it becomes available.
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is anticipating taking a cut to our budget somewhere between 15-40%.
This is because we are largely funded by the Legacy Amendment, which is State sales tax, which will go down because of the downturn in the economy due to COVID-19. Our board has approved some tentative budgets that reflect this cut, but our actual funding will not be confirmed until the end of June.
Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants will be available. Deadline November 1st. No August 1st deadline due to uncertain funding.
If the decrease in funding is severe at 40% reduction, we will limit the ACH grants to only 501c3 non-profit arts organizations. Our priority will be to help arts organizations survive & adapt.
School Residency Grants of $2,100 will continue with an August 1 deadline.
Our Individual Artists grants will not be affected by the budget cuts, as they are funded by the McKnight Foundation.
We are offering a $500 disaster relief grant for artists on a first come, first served basis.
Minnesota State Arts Board Survey
The Minnesota State Arts Board wants to know COVID-19’s impact on the creative community & support needed. A message from the Minnesota State Arts Board: “The Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota’s regional arts councils know that people and organizations in our state’s arts and creative sector are being tested and challenged as never before. The physical, emotional, and financial toll that COVID-19 is taking is beyond our ability to measure, at this point. To help us get a handle on what’s happening and guide our immediate and longer-term responses to COVID-19, we need your input.”
Please take FIVE MINUTES to complete a very brief and simple survey. Take the survey here. They began reviewing the information on March 25, but the situation is evolving every day, so the survey will be kept live and new responses will continue to be reviewed as they are received.
Resources and Sources
The following links provide resources that may be helpful for artists and arts organizations going forward:
Forecast for the Arts: https://forecastpublicart.org/pro-bono-consulting-in-response-to-covid-19/
Forecast has launched pro bono consulting to support public artists and public art program administrators during this pandemic until May 31, 2020. They will provide up to one hour of consultation; where necessary, follow-up consultations may be available FREE of CHARGE. If you don’t need consulting support at this time but have experience, expertise, and time that you are willing to offer to help others, please contact Jen Krava at: email@example.com. For questions regarding this initiative: firstname.lastname@example.org.
They have also launched a toolkit on creative alternatives to in-person arts-based activities, for artists and administrators. The toolkit was created with artists, arts organizations, presenting organizations, and others collaborating with artists in mind. It contains strategies for adapting in-person arts-based activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will continue to develop it based on open-source input from you. To download the toolkit visit here.
Minnesota Council of Non-Profits (for information about unemployment): https://www.minnesotanonprofits.org/about-mcn/news-detail/2020/03/24/unemployment-insurance-information-and-updates.
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. Download a document with more info:
Arts Leaders, Promoters, and More: Capacity Interactive created a program to inspire and share ideas about ways to produce and promote the arts and art activities during the pandemic. It includes music, dancing, and other performances. The program was created online and recorded. Be warned, it lasts 4 1/2 hours! Watch it here: https://youtu.be/X2VyeLkDNSY
Online info for non-profits
Financial Management: Actions for Boards Governing in a Crisis. What is the role of the nonprofit board right now? Where is their leadership needed most to support the organization, its employees, and the recipients of its services? Info covering ten actions nonprofit boards can take in this time of unprecedented uncertainty.
Forecast is seeking artists for MN’s largest public mural & art festival! CHROMA ZONE‘s first-annual festival was a huge success last summer 2019 and the momentum of this celebration of muralism and street art will continue in 2020. Forecast is managing artist selection for the festival, which is produced by the Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ).
CHROMA ZONE is intended for all cultures, genders, ages and abilities. Forecast will facilitate a fair and inclusive application process and seeks to select a diverse pool of artists that represent varying experiences, backgrounds, locations, genders, perspectives and styles of art.
The festival will run September 12-19 in the CEZ, a creative hub in St. Paul, MN.
Applications are open now until April 3, 2020. For more information and to apply visit their webpage here.
Forecast is excited to accept grant applications from Minnesota-based individual early- and mid-career artists looking to advance their work in public art. They seek to fund a diverse group of artists working in a range of public art practices and media. Forecast places particular emphasis on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of artists of color, female artists, LGBTQ artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, and non-traditional public artists.
Grant Amount: $2,500 – 4 grants
Application Deadline: October 16, 2019
Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Grant Intentions: This grant supports early-career artists in public art related research and development or with the planning phase of freely accessible public art installation or activity in Minnesota. Activities could range from research to planning, community dialogues, site or budget development or model building.
Early Career Artist Project Grant
Grant Amount: $8,000 – 2 grants Application Deadline: October 16, 2019 Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020 Grant Intentions: Early-Career Artist Project Grants support the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an emerging Minnesota-based artist.
Mid-career Professional Development Grant
Grant Amount: $5,000 – 2 grants Application Deadline: October 16, 2019 Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020 Grant Intentions: This grant supports Minnesota-based mid-career artists seeking to expand or advance their careers in the field of public art. Funding can be used to support the development of a project idea or to participate in activities that will help applicants further their careers as public artists.
Mid-Career Project Grant
Grant Amount: $10,000 – 5 grants Application Deadline: October 16, 2019 Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020 Grant Intentions: Mid-Career Artist Project Grants support the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a mid-career Minnesota-based public artist.
*Please contact the Forecast Grants team if you need help submitting your application in English at email@example.com or 651-641-1128 EXT 111.
Deadline to apply is October 16, 2019. Visit their website here for more information or to apply.
Forecast is facilitating a selection process for an artist to work on a public artwork at Bridgewater Bank’s new headquarters in St. Louis Park, MN. The RFQ is attached to this email, and includes information about eligibility, timeline, budget, and more. Applicants must be experienced visual artists or artist-lead teams residing in the state of Minnesota, and must demonstrate their ability to execute a public art project of this scale and budget. RFQ submissions are due August 12, 2019. Please direct any questions to Tricia Heuring: firstname.lastname@example.org