You are invited to join NWMAC Director Mara Hanel to connect and network with each other on Wednesday, May 20 at 3:00 PM.
Register to receive the link to join by conference call or GoToMeeting as a video conference. Each person will have two minutes to share their thoughts, observations, and concerns. There will be a chat function, too. Mara will share how NWMAC is coping with COVID-19 and what resources we are providing, including disaster relief grants to individuals and amendment forms to current grantees. Please join!
This is a Town Hall of people from our seven county area of the State of Minnesota. To get a link please email your name, home town, organization (if applicable), and arts discipline to email@example.com by Wednesday, May 20 at 12 Noon, and she will send you back an email with the link. Thanks and we look forward to connecting!
The NWMAC wants to give NW Minnesota residents opportunities to experience art from home. We would also like to connect artists during this time of social distancing. Let us share your online performances or online art creating or teaching sessions with the region on our Facebook page and website. Reach out to our Promotions and Marketing Specialist Kristin Eggerling at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to share your work.
We are committed to the health and safety of our staff, the public, and the artists we serve. Thus, we have had to make changes to the way we do business.
Office Closing The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office is closed and our staff will work from home until further notice. If you need to come to our office you will need to make an appointment. We are also available by phone or email. Please give us a call at 218-745-9111 and leave a message or email email@example.com. Please stay tuned for any changes or updates!
Routine Grant Activity We have received some inquiries about grants that had activities during this time. We know that some granted activity will need to be suspended, rescheduled, or canceled. As we field questions and requests from those planning changes to their granted projects and programs, our commitment is to find solutions that will result in the least amount of hardship for all involved. There are amendment forms within all the current grants. We are asking that grantees make amendments — some may be postponements, a few canceled events or outside the box thinking for deliverables. Please know that we will do our best to accommodate during this time. Reach out with questions or concerns.
In addition, we have added to our existing Quick Turn Around grants for artists questions related to COVID-19 disaster relief. These are for $500.00.
NW Annual Art Exhibit and Of the Year Awards Reception
At this time we have rescheduled our annual exhibit and reception to mid-July. Please stay tuned for dates and information as it becomes available.
Minnesota State Arts Board Survey
The Minnesota State Arts Board wants to know COVID-19’s impact on the creative community & support needed. A message from the Minnesota State Arts Board: “The Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota’s regional arts councils know that people and organizations in our state’s arts and creative sector are being tested and challenged as never before. The physical, emotional, and financial toll that COVID-19 is taking is beyond our ability to measure, at this point. To help us get a handle on what’s happening and guide our immediate and longer-term responses to COVID-19, we need your input.”
Please take FIVE MINUTES to complete a very brief and simple survey. Take the survey here. They will begin reviewing the information on March 25, so please complete the survey by then if possible. However, the situation is evolving every day, so the survey will be kept live and new responses will continue to be reviewed as they are received.
Resources and Sources
The following links provide resources that may be helpful for artists and arts organizations going forward:
Forecast for the Arts: https://forecastpublicart.org/pro-bono-consulting-in-response-to-covid-19/
Forecast has launched pro bono consulting to support public artists and public art program administrators during this pandemic until May 31, 2020. They will provide up to one hour of consultation; where necessary, follow-up consultations may be available FREE of CHARGE. If you don’t need consulting support at this time but have experience, expertise, and time that you are willing to offer to help others, please contact Jen Krava at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding this initiative: email@example.com.
They have also launched a toolkit on creative alternatives to in-person arts-based activities, for artists and administrators. The toolkit was created with artists, arts organizations, presenting organizations, and others collaborating with artists in mind. It contains strategies for adapting in-person arts-based activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will continue to develop it based on open-source input from you. To download the toolkit visit here.
Minnesota Council of Non-Profits (for information about unemployment): https://www.minnesotanonprofits.org/about-mcn/news-detail/2020/03/24/unemployment-insurance-information-and-updates.
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. Download a document with more info:
Arts Leaders, Promoters, and More: Capacity Interactive created a program to inspire and share ideas about ways to produce and promote the arts and art activities during the pandemic. It includes music, dancing, and other performances. The program was created online and recorded. Be warned, it lasts 4 1/2 hours! Watch it here: https://youtu.be/X2VyeLkDNSY
Arts Advocacy Day Changed to VIRTUAL Arts Advocacy Day: Thank Legislators For Arts Funding!
MCA is committed to the safety and wellness of the arts community. Although the Minnesota Department of Health has not as of this moment recommended canceling events, out of an abundance of caution and after many thoughtful conversations, they have decided to cancel their day on the hill and instead hold a VIRTUAL Arts Advocacy Day. We are all practicing social distancing — something that comes naturally to most Minnesotans — but that doesn’t mean we can’t advocate for the arts. In the 2019 legislative session, the legislature passed an increase in state arts funding. (Yay!) Let’s use Virtual Arts Advocacy Day to thank legislators for supporting arts funding. Your legislators need to know that their constituents support the arts. Please take five minutes here to thank them for continued arts funding, and let them know that when you invest in the arts, the Arts Give Back.
Thank you to all of the committed volunteers who helped organize Arts Advocacy Day, volunteered as Team Leaders, and signed up to come to Saint Paul (30% of whom were first-time advocates). You can all still make a difference by making sure your legislators know the importance of the arts to you and your community.
Applications are open for Arts Project Grants and Arts Legacy Grants. 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. The deadline to apply is March 1.
Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven-county service region. Funding can be used for Arts Projects, Arts Equipment, General Support, Public Art Projects and Arts Events in northwest Minnesota. These grants are up to $10,000 with a required cash match.
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.
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.
There will be a grant writing assistance workshop on February 12 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM at our office. In addition, our Executive Director is available for one-on-one assistance by appointment at our office in Warren. Contact the Arts Council office if you would like us to host a grant writing session in your community between January 27 and February 13.
To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org. 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. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-745-9111.