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McKnight Fellowships for Dancers & Choreographers

The McKnight Fellowships for Dancers and for Choreographers will hold a webinar for all interested applicants. 

Saturday, March 9, 2:00 – 2:30pm

Interested in applying for a McKnight Fellowship for Dancers and Choreographers?

This information session will focus on frequently asked questions regarding the application materials: the artistic statement, resume and work sample. Participants will be able to ask questions via a chat feature, and/or are encouraged to submit a question by email when you RSVP. 

This session, led by Program Director Mary Ellen Childs, will be accessed through the online meeting site, Zoom. RSVP to mckfell@thecowlescenter.org, and participants will be sent a link to enter the webinar by internet browser on a computer or smart phone. 

For information about the guidelines and eligibility, plus detailed video about the online application process:
Dancers: http://www.mcknightdancechoreo.org/dancer-guidelines
Choreographers: http://www.mcknightdancechoreo.org/choreographer-guidelines

Individual Artist Grants Deadline January 15

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NWMAC Individual Artist $1,500 GRANTS – DEADLINE JANUARY 15!

Individual artist grants are awarded to individuals in our region in performing, visual, media and creative writing arts.

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. There will be a grant writing workshop on Monday, January 7 at 3pm at our office in Warren to help you write this grant.

Submit by January 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm.

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 Individual Artist Grants 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.

Forecast Grant Applications Open September 1

Forecast has early and mid-career level grants!

 
Deadline to submit is October 17, 2018. Starting September 1, applications will be available here: https://forecastpublicart.submittable.com/submit
 
INFORMATION SESSIONS:
Forecast Grants 101
Learn about the grant options, eligibility, application requirements, and more.
Wednesday, September 5, 6 – 7pm
Saturday, September 8, 10 – 11am
Wednesday, September 12, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Grant Writing Study Hall
Dedicated time and space to write your grant application.
Saturday, September 8, 11am – 1pm
 
ABOUT THE GRANTS
Mid-Career Project Grant [5 grants, $10,000 each]
This grant supports the creation of new, publicly accessible, temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist. Projects may be in any form or discipline, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, and more.
Mid-Career Professional Development Grant
[2 grants, $5000 each]
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. Professional development activities can range from residencies to apprenticeships, conferences, travel, study, skill development, and the creation of project models or prototypes, as long as the overall outcome is to advance the applicant’s public art career. [See definition of mid-career below].
Early-Career Project Grant [2 grants, $8000 each]
These grants support the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an early-career Minnesota-based artist.
Projects may be additionally supported by public or nonprofit agencies, or through in-kind sources, however, private commissions are not eligible.
NOTE: The project site must be secured by the application deadline (written documentation of site approval is required in the application).
Early-Career Research + Development Grant
[4 grants, $2500 each]
These grants support 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. R+D grants may be used for the development of proposals for other public or nonprofit agencies, however, they may not be used for private commissions.
Definitions, FAQ’s, grant writing tips, and more information is available at http://forecastpublicart.org/forecast/artist-services/grant-opportunities/
For questions contact Jen at  jenk@forecastpublicart.org
The Mid-Career Professional Development Grants are made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation. The Early-Career Project Grants and Early-Career Research and Development Grants are made available with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

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October 16 – 21, 2018 | Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization that challenges current and future leaders to shape a better world.

Open Call for applicants from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 native nations that share the same geography.

Participants in the YCI Forum will become members of the Salzburg Global Seminar Fellowship network, which since their inception in 1947, includes more than 36,000 participants from over 170 countries.

Salzburg Global Seminar invites young cultural innovators based in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or one of the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, to apply for the 5th annual session of the Young Cultural Innovators Forum, generously supported by the Bush Foundation and the McKnight Foundation.

About

The Young Cultural Innovators (YCI) Forum is a ten-year initiative designed to nurture the current generation of young cultural innovators through capacity building, mentoring, and global networking. The network is multi-disciplinary and encompasses creative disciplines ranging from the visual and performing arts, literature, and cultural heritage, to foods, fashion, architecture, and design.

Young cultural innovators (YCIs) are highly motivated, creative catalysts with high potential to produce positive community change, particularly in underserved communities. The YCI Forum aims to empower the creative sector as a catalyst of economic, social and urban transformation around the globe by linking individuals and communities connected to the program with one another through programs in Salzburg, follow-up events, inter-hub exchanges, cross-border projects, and other activities.

The Program in Salzburg

The YCI Forum offers an opportunity for participants to be part of an intensive program taking place at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, from October 16 to 21, 2018. Combining theory and practice, with keynote presentations focusing on “big picture” issues facing the cultural sector and with skills-building sessions on communicating value; principles of self-organization; cross-sectoral collaboration; and leadership and values. Selected participants will receive a full scholarship to participate in the YCI program, including the session fee, room and board, and travel costs.

The YCI Hub Approach

With the annual program in Salzburg as its cornerstone, the YCI Forum is structured around a network of YCI Hubs in cities and regions around the world. Each year, YCIs from many of these hubs are selected to join the program in Salzburg. After the Salzburg program, participants continue working together at the local level in their YCI Hub, while also remaining in touch with wider global YCI network worldwide.

Deadline for applications is Monday June 18, 2018.

Selected participants will receive a full scholarship to participate in the YCI program, including the session fee, room and board, and travel costs.

For questions concerning the application please contact Bernadette Prasser :bprasser@salzburgglobal.org

For more information please visit: yci.SalzburgGlobal.org SalzburgGlobal.org/600

Criteria for applicants to the YCI Forum

To qualify, all applicants must:

  • Be 25–35yearsofage.
  • English is the working language of the YCI Forum.
  • Be based in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or one of the23 Native nations that share the same geography.
  • Have at least 1–3 years of professional experience in the cultural sector, creative industries, and/or at an arts organization orinstitution.
  • Want to become an active member of an Upper Midwest US YCI Huband global network, and be prepared to commit time, energy,  and resources to sustaining these.
  • Aim to create social change and strengthen the position of the artsand cultural institutions within your community.
  • Demonstrate creativity in approach to work, openness to innovationand risk-taking, action-orientation, and entrepreneurial inclination.
  • Have a cross-sectoral approach to work and demonstrate an interest in building cross-sectoral alliances/partnerships beyondthe cultural sector.
  • Exhibit passion, enthusiasm, and leadership potential.

The deadline for applications is monday June 18, 2018.

All applicants must submit the following information online using the registration form at my.salzburgglobal.org.
A personal statement (approx. 500 words) detailing:

• Your motivation for applying to the Young Cultural Innovators Forum;

• What you hope to take away from the program;
• What you will contribute to the local and global YCI network;
• How your participation will have an impact on your local community.

A brief bio (sample on application form); A photo of yourself (this does not need to be professionally taken). A CV/Resume including name and email address of 2 references.

With the generous support of:

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Of the Year Award Winners

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Honor

“Of the Year” Award Winners

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our seven county region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. “Of the Year” Award winners were nominated by area residents.  We are proud to announce this year’s recipients are Jim Kent of Crookston, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla and Scott Pream of Thief River Falls!

These “Of the Year” awards and the NW Art Exhibit awards were presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Saturday, April 28 in Thief River Falls at the Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA).

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Artist of the Year Scott Pream

Scott Pream of Thief River Falls was awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Mr. Pream is an extraordinary actor who also works behind the scenes to help others shine.  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.

 

 

 

Arts Advocate of the Year Betsy Saurdiff

Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla was awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Saurdiff is an art teacher in the Goodridge School District. She is passionate about the visual arts, an accomplished artist who works primarily in ceramics and encourages art exploration in her community. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

 

 

 

NW Star Award Winner Jim Kent

Jim Kent of Crookston received the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Kent is a musician and previously a school teacher in the Crookston School District.  He is active in the Crookston arts community through the community theater, civic music league, Pirate Fine Arts Boosters and Community Oratorios.  He shares his music skills with his church, the school and the community. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event on April 28 to honor these very deserving award winners!

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.