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MN State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Arts Grant Deadline May 15

Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2021

Folk and Traditional Arts Grant Application

Deadline May 15, 2020


The FY 2021 Folk and Traditional Arts grant program is now open for application. The Folk and Traditional Arts program is designed to enrich Minnesota communities through folk and traditional art forms being passed on, documented, practiced and shared. Folk and traditional arts refer to artistic traditions that come from and are rooted in the cultural life of a community. Communities may share a common ethnicity, geographic or regional identity, occupation, language, or tribal affiliation. Folk and traditional arts are learned and passed on through community-based systems of observation and practice.


The deadline to submit applications is Friday, May 15, 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 Folk and Traditional Arts grant opportunity on Thursday, April 16, 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.

COVID-19 Statement from the Minnesota State Arts Board

As our state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that the Minnesota State Arts Board is concerned about the health and safety of everyone who works in the arts sector, and the health and safety of the participants, audience, and community members who we serve.


There are many unknowns about COVID-19, and its physical, economic, and emotional impacts are changing rapidly. We wanted to share the best information we have at this moment, and will provide new information as we receive it.


What’s happening in Minnesota

As of today, there are 14 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in our state. So far, cases have been confined to eight counties: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Stearns, Wright. Fortunately, there have been no deaths; only 2 of the 14 patients are hospitalized.

Today, Governor Walz announced an executive order that declares a peacetime emergency which he described as opening a tool kit that can be ready if and when needed.

In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health announced a set of recommended community mitigation strategies to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The strategies should be implemented immediately and stay in effect until further notice.

Two strategies will specifically impact arts activities:
– Postpone or cancel large events where 250 people or more would gather
– Postpone or cancel smaller events (fewer than 250 people) that are held in venues that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person
The full list of recommended strategies is available here:
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/action.html


Rely on trusted sources

The Minnesota Department of Health is the focal point of planning and information in our state. MDH is updating its Web site frequently. The coronavirus section of the site contains helpful information and advice about COVID-19 and precautions you can take.
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html

The Centers for Disease Control also has helpful information about the virus and about steps to take to keep homes, workplaces, and commercial establishments safe.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

We will post some additional, arts specific resources and links on the Arts Board Web site. If you are an Arts Board applicant, grantee, or grant review panelist, Arts Board staff members are available to respond to your questions. We know that COVID is having an impact on your activities and want to be as helpful as we can be.

Current grant activities – If you need to reschedule or modify Arts Board funded activities, please contact your program officer to discuss your options for a contract amendment or extension.

Information sessions – We have sessions scheduled in Winona and Park Rapids in the coming weeks. At the moment, those will go forward as planned, but we are closely monitoring the situation and will postpone or modify the format, if need be.

FY 20201 grant application review meetings – The Arts Board is scheduled to begin Operating Support, Arts Learning, and Minnesota Festival Support grant application panel review meetings in late April, May, and June. At this point, we haven’t made any changes to the schedule and format for those meetings, but we will be closely monitoring the situation and, if needed, may make changes in the coming weeks.


This situation is new for all of us. Please keep the lines of communication open. Please let us know what your questions and concerns are, and we will do what we can to address them.
Most importantly, please do everything you can to stay healthy, and to help others stay healthy.
Sue Gens
Executive Director

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.