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NWMAC in The News!

News articles from around our 7 county service area from grateful grant awardees!

In June of 2013  NWMAC awarded $5,120 to the Fertile 4H club to help provide community youth with a Natural Play Space.

Fertile 4H bought instruments for the park including a soprano metallophone with a rain wheel and a double tongue wooden drum.

In October of 2013 and March of 2014, the 4H group worked with Elizabeth Rockstad of Studio 4:13 (Ada, Mn) who helped children make wind chimes at the park.  The two workshops and the instruments were all provided for by NWMAC and the state of Minnesota legislation’s, voter approved appropriation of funds for arts and cultural heritage.

Everett playing metallaphone 2 rain wheel w Grant & Everett Balstad and grant logo (2) - please use this one if you can


3-D Printing Comes to Northwest Minnesota!

Plan Now to Attend

Taking Shape: 3D Printing

Two Dates – Two Locations!


This video is just an example of what can happen through 3D printing and will not be an actual feature.

April 28, 6:00-8:00pm University of Minnesota Crookston Heritage Hall Crookston


May 5, 6:00-8:00pm Northland Community andTechnical CollegeThief River Falls


Learn all about 3D printing and how it is changing and revolutionizing different industries from fashion to jewelry to medical devices, even food!

By attending this event you will find out about 3D printing developments and how it’s impacting society including the arts, education, medicine, and business.  Personal 3D printers are becoming more popular and are also becoming affordable enough for many organizations to obtain.

The potential impact for Crookston, Thief River Falls and surrounding communities is huge!

Want to learn more?  Then join one of these highly engaging sessions to learn more about 3D printing!

RSVP’s are highly encouraged!

This event is brought to you by:

Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Developing Community Assets



MSAB Arts Access Grant Applications

msab_logo_smallMinnesota State Arts Board

For Immediate Release:

Arts Access

The Arts Access grant program is designed to help arts organizations broaden arts opportunities for underserved groups.  Grants can be used to identify underserved groups or communities, identify the barriers that keep them from engaging in the arts, and develop and implement strategies to reduce or eliminate the barriers.

Who Can Apply

The applicant may be any Minnesota nonprofit arts organization including producing organizations, presenting organizations and presenting affiliates, or any other arts group that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or has a nonprofit, tax-exempt fiscal agent.

An Operating Support or Community Arts Schools and Conservatories grantee is able to apply for an Arts Access grant, as long as it can describe how its proposed project expands upon past programming, allows the organization to provide new kinds of service, and enables it to serve a broader, more diverse, audience of Minnesotans.

An applicant may submit only one Arts Access grant proposal per fiscal year.

Grant Range


The applicant must provide at least 10 percent of the total project’s cash expenses from other sources, and may receive up to 90 percent of the total project’s cash expenses in combined support from the Minnesota State Arts Board and one of more or more the state’s regional arts councils.

This 90 percent / 10 percent match requirement will apply regardless of the size of applicant’s budget or request amount.

FY 2015 Application Deadline

The FY 2015 deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 27, 2014.

The Arts Board will not accept applications that are not submitted and accepted by the online WebGrants system before the 4:30 p.m. deadline.

Application method

All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply, and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.

Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:

Program information

FY 2015 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Sample Applications

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Connie Skildum, program officer
(651) 215-1617

If you have questions about financial forms or required financial documents, please contact:
Dave White, director, finance and grants administration
(651) 215-1622


If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application forms, or questions about electronic submission, please e-mail the Arts Board at:

You may also call the following staff, but e-mail is preferred.

Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 215-1611

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

Online application

Reports and amendments

For FY 2013 and previous download the form below. For FY 2014 and newer grants log in to WebGrants.

MSAB Upcoming Grants Deadlines

msab_logo_smallMinnesota State Arts Board

Ensuring all Minnesotan have the opportunity to participate in the arts

March 31, 2014–

Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support grant application deadline May 23, 2014

The FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support  grant program is now open for application. The FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support Program Overview and Application Instructions are available on the Arts Board Web site.
The deadline to submit applications for the FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support grant program is Friday, May 23, 2014. Please note that applications must be submitted before4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.
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. See the NEWS section on the home page for WebGrants instructions and registration information.


FY 2015 Folk and Traditional Arts

Folk and Traditional Arts is a pilot program designed to support the artistic traditions and customs practiced within community and/or cultural groups by identifying, documenting, creating, preserving, presenting, and honoring Minnesota’s folk arts and traditions.

The practice of folk or traditional art generally stems from birthright, community membership, or community life, and is a powerful marker of cultural heritage. It is often rooted in a longstanding sense of place and/or ethnic identity. Folk and traditional artists often have their own community-based systems of training and education through which they learn and attain mastery of a form by observation and practice or through apprenticeships with elders and masters.

The Folk and Traditional Arts grant application deadline is May 2, 2014apply today.


FY 2015 Artist Initiative

The Artist Initiative program supports and assists artists at various stages in their careers. It encourages artistic development, nurtures artistic creativity, and recognizes the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.

Grants will be awarded for career building and for the creative development of artists. Some artists may choose to request funds to create new work, but that isn’t a requirement of the program. Artists working in all artistic disciplines—dance, media arts, music, photography, poetry, prose, theater, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts—may apply.

There are three deadlines for the FY 2015 Artist Initiative grant application, depending on discipline:

  • Literary arts; poetry and prose: June 13, 2014
  • Performing arts; dance, music, and theater: July 11, 2014
  • Visual arts; media arts, photography, and visual arts: Friday, August 1, 2014

Apply today.