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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.
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. There will be a grant writing workshop on Monday, January 7 at 3pm at our office in Warren to help you write this grant.
Submit by January 15, 2018 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 Individual Artist Grants 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 email@example.com.
Open to Artists in Music, Theatre, Literature, & Visual Arts
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Water Themed Sculptures & Mural
Public Art Opportunity
in Grand Rapids
The Arts and Culture Commission received a Downtown Business Corridor Grant from the MN Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation to develop a highly visible and creative project that generates excitement, encourages citizen engagement, and engenders visible improvements. The Arts and Culture Commission’s projects will consist of three sculptures and one mural. The Commission would like to use this public art initiative to acknowledge and honor either:
- the significant relationship that historical and contemporary Ojibwe and/or Dakota people have with this area, OR
- the local flora, fauna, and natural elements that are important to the region’s ecosystem and communities
The Mural Project
One artist/artist team will be commissioned to create one mural in downtown Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission is facilitating the design and creation of a mural to be located in downtown Grand Rapids. The budget for the mural is $20,000. This do-not-exceed amount must include all fees, materials, transportation, installation, storage, permits, and insurance. More information about the site will be made available to the selected artist[s].
- Applicants must be experienced visual artists or artist-led teams residing in the state of Minnesota, with special preference given to artists from Northern MN.
- Applicant must provide evidence of producing at least two commissioned public art projects of a similar scale and budget within the past ten years.
The Sculpture Project
This Request for Qualifications is for the three water-themed sculptures. Water plays a critical role in the community’s quality of life—from the Mississippi River, to the many lakes in the region, water is central to the City’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities, as well as to public health and safety. In addition, it is important to honor the significance that water has had for the region’s diverse communities and, in particular, critical for Ojibwe and Dakota people, who understand that “water is life.” Knowing what a watershed is, where our water comes from and goes to, and how we can each play a role in preserving its function and value is important, but rarely understood.
This public art initiative will raise awareness of both the many water resources available to Grand Rapids, and the everyday actions citizens and businesses can take to improve water quality.
One artist will be commissioned to create three sculptures which will be sited throughout the City.
The budget for all three sculptures is $30,000. The selected artist/team can determine the budget for each artwork, as long as the total for all expenses does not exceed this amount (must include all fees, materials, transportation, installation, storage, permits, and insurance). More information about the sites will be made available to the selected artist[s].
Please submit all RFQ materials via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. All materials must be received by 4 p.m., CST, Monday, November 26, 2018. No RFQs will be accepted after this time. If you need clarification or further information, contact Tom Pagel, City Administrator at: email@example.com- rapids.mn.us or 218.326.7626
Please visit https://www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/9-articles/847-arts-and-culture-commission-looking-for-artists for more information about both projects.
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Ada
The NWMAC sponsors an annual Traveling Art Exhibit, which visits northwest Minnesota communities throughout the year. The exhibit includes 15 original pieces of art by regional adult artists, chosen from works submitted for our annual juried exhibit. The exhibit is currently at the Ada Public Library until November 2.
The 2018-2019 artists & artwork includes:
Margaret Anderson, Lancaster, “Great Blue Heron,” Painting
Paulette Christianson, Badger, “Tranquility,” Drawing
Margaret Ehling, Red Lake Falls, “Where the Wild Things Are,” Mixed Media
LaVonne Forsberg, Thief River Falls, “Apple Blossoms,” Painting
Bert Foster, Thief River Falls, “At the Lighthouse,” Photography
Loreen Hanson, Thief River Falls, “Weathering the Storm,” Painting
Therese Jacobson, Alvarado, “Stippled Squirrels,” Drawing
Jill Levene, Tabor, “Bernadette,” Drawing
Stephanie Olson, Thief River Falls, “Grandmothers,” Painting
Janet Osborn, Thief River Falls, “The Forgotten,” Drawing
Kay Rosengren, Hallock, “Etude,” Painting
Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy, “Tibetan Herding Family,” Photography
Betsy Saurdiff, Grygla, “Monochromatic Blue Platter,” Ceramics
Alicia Spilde, Karlstad, “Hold On,” Mixed Media
Judy Szklarski, Argyle, “Washington’s Pacific,” Painting
The 2018-2019 Traveling Exhibit Schedule:
May 11–June 28, 2018 Godel Memorial Library, Warren
June 29–August 31, 2018 East Grand Forks Campbell Library
September 1–Nov 2, 2018 Ada Public Library
Nov 3–Jan 4, 2019 Red Lake Falls Public Library
Jan 5– March 1, 2019 Roseau Public Library
March 2–April 27, 2019 Hallock Public Library
You may contact us for more info about the Traveling Exhibit at (218) 745-9111 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.