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Grant Writing Workshop — January 11 — RSVP Today!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is offering a grant writing workshop on January 11 at 1 pm at our office at 109 S Minnesota Street, Warren. Mara will walk you through your grant application, provide information about upcoming grant deadlines, and answer any questions. This is a great opportunity to fine tune your application or learn about opportunities!

Please RSVP to mara@nwrdc.org or 218-745-9111.

Upcoming grant deadlines include:

Individual Artist Grant for $1,500DEADLINE JANUARY 15!

Arts Legacy, Arts Project & Arts Equipment for Schools — DEADLINE FEB 1!

Grant Deadlines Approaching — Apply Today


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.

Arts Legacy GRANTS up to $10,000.00, Arts Project GRANTS up to $3,000.00, Arts Equipment for Schools GRANTS up to $3,000.00                                                                    DEADLINE FEBRUARY 01, 2017!

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.

Submit by January 15, 2017 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 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

Arts Legacy, Arts Project & Arts Equipment for Schools DEADLINE FEB 1!

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.

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.

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. Grants of up to $3,000.00 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.

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 can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

Aliza Novacek-Olson, Fellowship Grant Awardee

Aliza Novacek-Olson is a fiber artist by medium and a folk artist by style. She was awarded a Fellowship Grant to provide demonstrations and workshops in the fiber arts to various community groups. Her goal was to impart awareness of fiber arts, as well as to display and preserve techniques of traditional methods used to create folk art from textiles. She utilizes primitive techniques and machines/tools used by our ancestors.

Aliza’s grant allowed her to travel around the region to demonstrate different types of folk art and to provide workshops to teach a fiber art technique to different communities and audiences. She doesn’t limit herself to one method of folk art. Her folk art techniques include spinning on both a traditional spinning wheel and the great wheel, processing and carding of natural animal fibers, weaving on a triangle and a peg loom, Nålbinding (a primitive needle binding technique), knitting on a circular knitting machine, and wet felting.

As a part of the grant, Aliza was also able to upgrade some of her equipment, purchase supplies and accessories and attend workshops herself to learn some new techniques to grow her skills in the fiber arts.


Interested in applying for a Fellowship Grant yourself? The deadline for artist project applicants is coming soon — January 15.

Click here for more information.

Support for our Fellowship program comes from the McKnight Foundation.


2016 Artists & Arts Advocate Announced!

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Announces 2016 Artists & Arts Advocate of the Year Winners!

**New Juror Announced.**

**High Tea at Artists on Main in Roseau**

Warren, Minnesota (April 11, 2016) – Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our region that stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. Many times people serve in both roles!  Our Artist of the Year award can be given to artists 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 that you view as a deserving candidate from our seven county service area in northwestern Minnesota. If the artist or arts advocate is not chosen their nomination remains active for a couple years for consideration.

Artists will be recognized via our website at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org, our Facebook page, and other various means of media communication including radio interviews with Pioneer 90.1. Awardees will receive their awards at the 2016 Northwest Minnesota Annual Spring Art Exhibit April 17, 2016 at the Roseau City Center in Roseau, MN. The reception starts at 2:00 PM. Please come early to help select the “People’s Choice” award winners in the adult and student categories. On Saturday, April 16 from 2 – 5 PM Artists on Main in Roseau will be having a High Tea event to coordinate with our exhibit being in Roseau. See their Artists on Main Facebook site for more information.

The Winners of the 2016 Northwest Minnesota Arts Council “Of The Year” Awards:

Beau Bakken of Hallock – $500.00 Award Winner – Artist

Beau Bakken of Hallock is the 2016 Artist of the Year and he receives this award for his work in painting. Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is very proud to recognize Beau and the talent he has displayed over the years for painting and for creating large mural art in our region. Beau has shown strong dedication to his art and to his community. His mural paintings in Hallock, Kennedy, and Red Lake Falls add beauty and history to these towns. He is a talented individual and we are looking forward to his lengthy and prosperous career.

Julie Elick of Roseau – $500.00 Award Winner – Arts Advocate

Julie Elick of Roseau is Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s 2016 Arts Advocate of the Year. Julie has been instrumental in the art scene in Roseau, particularly with Artists on Main. Julie is being recognized for her arts enthusiasm! She is great at involving more people and building new arts experiences. She has taken on grant writing roles that show she is an arts advocate. She is an artist herself specializing in painting, jewelry, a mixed media. She is a great example of an artist entrepreneur.

Barb Geer of Middle River – $5000.00 Award Winner –Star Artist of the Year

Barb Geer of Middle River receives our 2016 Northwest Start Artist of the Year Award for her lifetime achievement in performing arts. Barb is well known in the arts community as both an advocate and an artist. She has been a music teacher, band director, pianist, organist, choir director, actress, theater director, seamstress, painter, graphic designer, and community activist. Barb is truly a wonderful example of living her life with a passion in the arts.

New Arts Juror Announced:

This year’s juror will be Megan Sugden. Due to unforeseeable circumstances, our previously announced Juror, Kay Rosengren will be unable to attend and Megan has graciously offered to take her spot. Megan is a young photographer who lives in Hallock, MN. She makes her living shooting Weddings, Families, Children, Seniors, etc. In the last couple years, Megan has created a line of artistic photography called “Kittson County Skies” featuring our wonderful Northern Lights and has even gone viral, with her photos being seen all over the world. She has a blog, a website for her main business, and a website for Kittson County Skies. She is growing as an artist and we are pleased to have her work with us!

We wouldn’t be able to award our local artists if it were not for the generous funding we receive from Minnesota State Legislature and the McKnight Foundation. Funding for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council comes primarily from the Minnesota State Legislature. The “Of the Year” award program of NWMAC is made possible with McKnight Foundation funding. The Arts Advocate award is made possible by State of Minnesota general allocation funding. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state. All eleven councils work together and in collaboration with the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants. The McKnight Foundation is another funding source helping all eleven regional arts councils promote and serve artists in Minnesota.


Mara Hanel

Executive Director, NW MN Arts Council

109 S. Minnesota St.

Warren, MN. 56762

(218) 745-9111



FELLOWSHIP Opportunity!



Intent to Apply is now open until Sept. 9

The McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers and the McKnight Fellowships for Dancers awards $25,000 fellowships to Minnesota mid-career dancers and choreographers.

If you plan to apply for a fellowship, you must submit your Intent to Apply by September 9.

Be sure to read the guidelines for complete information on eligibility and criteria. Full guidelines can be found here:


Choreographers: http://www.mcknightdancechoreo.org/choreogrpher-guidelines/


The Intent to Apply deadline is Wednesday, September 9th at 11:59 pm. If you miss the Intent to Apply deadline you may still submit a final application. However, you will not receive deadline reminders or important updates about the application process.

To access the Intent to Apply form, use the link on the Guidelines page or go directly to: https://mcknightdancechoreo.slideroom.com/#/login

Once you have submitted your Intent to Apply you will be notified regarding the final application process. This application will become available after January 15, 2016 and the deadline will be in early April.

For additional help or questions regarding guidelines please contact Program Director Mary Ellen Childs at McKFell@thecowlescenter.org