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Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant Program Open for Application

Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2021 Artist Initiative grant application deadlines April 24 and June 26, 2020

The FY 2021 Artist Initiative grant program is now open for application.

The program overview and application instructions are available on the Arts Board Web site. The Artist Initiative grant program is designed to support and assist professional Minnesota artists at various stages in their careers by encouraging artistic development, nurturing artistic creativity, and recognizing the contributions of individual artists to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota. Grants will be awarded for projects that will enhance or expand the applicant’s artistic skills or process, and advance the applicant’s career by helping the artist generate greater visibility with and exposure to potential audiences.


The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 24, 2020, for literary arts and performing arts, and Friday, June 26, 2020, for visual arts. Please note that applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.Those considering a first time application are urged to review the program’s overview and application instructions, and speak with program officer Sherrie Fernandez-Williams prior to beginning an application. She can be reached at (651) 539-2672, toll-free at 
(800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at sherrie.fernandez-williams@arts.state.mn.us. The Arts Board uses WebGrants, an online grants management system, for all applications. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once. To register, visit the Arts Board Web site. Scroll down the home page to WebGrants instructions and registration information.  The Arts Board is offering free online information sessions about the FY 2021 Artist Initiative grant opportunity on Thursday, April 2, and May 28, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. The sessions are identical. 

Minnesota State Arts Board Webinar for Minnesota Festival Support

Minnesota Festival Support Webinar     

The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a free one-hour webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the FY 2021 Minnesota Festival Support grant program. This session will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants.Program officer Rina Rossi will walk through the program overview and instructions, and provide background information about what the review panel looks for in an application. At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to submit questions online.The session is offered as a conference call with an option to view a PowerPoint presentation online. The presenter will be located in an office that cannot accommodate visitors, so please note that it isn’t possible to attend the session in person.To make the session more useful, read the overview and application instructions in advance and print out a copy for your reference. This document can be found on the Minnesota Festival Support program page.

Session date 
Thursday, February 20, 3:00 p.m.If you are unable to attend, but would like to view the PowerPoint used in the Webinar, it will be posted on the Arts Board Web site following the session.

To register
The webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. Register here.

To join the session

On the day of the session, you must listen to the audio portion by phone, with the option of viewing a PowerPoint presentation online. The following browsers are recommended: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. The presentation starts promptly at 3:00 p.m. Please plan to join the session five minutes early. Dial into the telephone portion to hear the audio. Call the conference host at (800) 920-7487. Enter the conference code: 8443 522 #When prompted, say your name.

Log into the Web portion to view the PowerPoint presentation: 
https://www.anywhereconference.com
Select I’m a participant. Enter your name. Enter Web Login 415420830 Enter Participant PIN Code 8443522 Select Sign in.

Minnesota State Arts Board Festival Support Grant Application Deadline is March 20

Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2021 Minnesota Festival Support grant application deadline March 20, 2020

The FY 2021 Minnesota Festival Support grant program is now open for application.  The Minnesota Festival Support program is designed to provide meaningful arts experiences to Minnesotans through festivals that celebrate the arts, build community, and expose communities to diverse art forms including folk and traditional arts. Applicants must have presented the proposed festival at least once prior to the date of application.
The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 20, 2020. All applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline. All applicants should first review the program overview and application instructions available on the Arts Board Web site. Additionally, first time applicants and those in need of support are encouraged to speak with program officer Rina Rossi. She can be reached at (651) 539-2661, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at rina.rossi@arts.state.mn.us
The Arts Board uses WebGrants, an online grants management system, for all applications. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program.
It is only necessary to register once. To register, visit the Arts Board Web site. Scroll down the home page to WebGrants instructions and registration information.  The Arts Board will offer a free online information session about the FY 2021 Arts Learning grant opportunity on Thursday, February 20, at 3:00 p.m. Learn more.
For accessibility inquiries and accommodations requests necessary to complete and submit an application, contact accessibility coordinator 
Natalie Kennedy at (651) 539-2666, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at natalie.kennedy@arts.state.mn.us.

Minnesota State Arts Board Accepting Applications for Assistant Finance Director

Employment opportunity: assistant finance director

The Minnesota State Arts Board has launched a search for an accounting technician. This important position is responsible for helping to ensure accountability for public funds by completing financial reviews and reconciliations for competitive and legislatively mandated grants. The accountant also will manage and track agency administrative expenditures. Minimum qualifications include: an associate’s degree in accounting; a minimum of two years’ professional experience in an accounting position; ability to understand and explain state financial policies and procedures; and the ability to work with a diverse group of constituents including agency staff, vendors, and grantees.


Interested individuals must apply online, and must submit a cover letter outlining their interest and qualifications. More details about the position, required qualifications, and application instructions are available on the State of Minnesota’s Careers Web portal https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/search-for-jobs/

  • Select “Search for Jobs Now”  
  • In the Keywords field, enter “Arts Board” or “32207”

    Applications must be submitted by Thursday, February 6, 2020.

Minnesota Arts Board Grant Writing Workshops for Artist Initiative Grant Program

Grant writing workshops for

Artist Initiative grant program     

The Minnesota State Arts Board is hosting a series of grant writing best practices workshops around the state for the Artist Initiative program. Arts Board program officer Sherrie Fernandez-Williams will guide participants in a hands-on, interactive workshop. An informative and educational learning experience, participants can expect to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Artist Initiative grant criteria and eligibility requirements, and will work in small groups to practice and discuss the skill of grant writing.  The Artist Initiative grant program supports and assists professional Minnesota artists at various stages of their careers through encouraging artistic development, helping artists gain visibility with audiences, and strengthening career and professional skills. If you would like more information about the Artist Initiative grant program, please visit the Arts Board Web site: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/artist-initiative.htm .The workshops are free of charge and open to the public. If you are interested in attending a workshop, please visit the Arts Board Information Sessions Web page to learn more and register: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/calendar/information-sessions.htm .