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Equality and Respect for All Videos — Express Yourself!

Do the words

Equality and Respect for All 

stir a desire in you to speak up?

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is looking for short video segments to use in our upcoming exhibit this summer.  It’s super easy to participate!  Original songs, poetry, acting, dance, spoken word, whatever expresses “what you feel and think” related to human rights and your own artistic expression.  Get outdoors, shoot some video, make a statement.  Be part of our exhibit!

Easy, easy, easy steps…

  1. Create your video on your smart phone or other device.  Optimal length is 5-10 seconds.  Max 2 minutes.
  2. Save it to Dropbox  here  or
  3. Google Drive  here 
  4. Or email as an attachment to nwartscouncil@gmail.com if very short.

Here’s a tutorial to help you with the uploading process — click on the link: Tutorial. Please let us know if you need assistance — we are happy to help.

5. Let us know that your video exists by emailing Lance at    nwartscouncil@gmail.com. Include your name, your community, and the video title.

We will select thirty videos by June 1 to initially be part of our showcase in East Grand Forks at our gallery in the Riverwalk  movie theater mall.  Videos that are submitted by June 30 will be added over time to the exhibit. The show will be up from June 22, 2017 until a reception on Saturday, August 19 during the Art and Wine Walk.  All participants will be invited to attend, greet the public, and take a group picture.  We already have sixty people creating 12 x 12 canvases to be on the walls related to this theme!

Please let us know if you have questions! We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!

The Loft’s Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant is Open

The Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant 2017 provides writers with financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement multifaceted plans for their artistic endeavors. The grant is now open.

Up to five winners will be selected to receive grants of $8,000 to underwrite projects of their own design.

The grant program is intended to assist emerging writers with support that helps them create or present their work.

Possible objectives include (but are not limited to):
completion or revision of a manuscript, CD or body of work
improved speaking. performance, or presentation skills,
securing an agent, or completion of research for a manuscript.

Activities or expenses might include (but are not limited to):
taking time off work in order to focus on writing;
obtaining critical evaluation of manuscripts;
attending a writers’ conference;
meeting with editors, publishers, or agents;
travel for research, or other research related expenses
marketing for a first or soon-to-be-published work or performance;
consulting with mentors or colleagues on matters of artistic development;

Deadline: Friday, March 31, 11:59 p.m., 2017. All entries must be submitted online through the portal Submittable. Winners will be announced in August 2017. Projects may not begin before September 1, 2017 and should conclude by August 31, 2018.

Click here for more information or to apply.

Grant Opportunity Jerome Foundation

Check this out! This is an amazing opportunity!

Travel and Study Grant Program

The Travel and Study Grant Program awards grants to emerging artists who create new work, rotating the eligible disciplines in alternating years.  The eligible disciplines for 2014 are dance, film and video, and literature, including choreographers, film and video directors, and writers of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and spoken word.

The 2014 Travel and Study  Grant Program application deadline is February 24, 2014. Travel must occur between June 1, 2014, and December 31, 2016.  Applicants not awarded grants in 2014 may reapply in 2016 if the program is offered.

The 2014 Travel and Study Grant Program is supported by the General Mills Foundation, the Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund of the HRK Foudation, and the Jerome Foundation.

Minnesota-based executive and program administrators working for not-for-profit arts organizations in dance, film and video, and literature are also eligible to apply. The program supports such activities as research leading to the creation of new work, the development of collaborations, participation in specific training programs, time for reflection and individualized study, investigating artistic work outside of Minnesota or New York City, and dialogue on aesthetic issues. This program does not support the production of new work or the acquisition of teaching credentials.

Awards are made once per year. Three-person selection panels in each eligible discipline review proposals and recommend recipients to the Jerome Foundation Board, which approves all grants. Selection is based on the quality and potential of the applicant’s work and the significance and appropriateness of the proposed trip. Applications may be reviewed in a two-step process incorporating a first-round screening before panelists review the remaining applications. This program receives many applications and has limited funds available.  Although financial need is not a requirement, please consider whether you need these funds to undertake a travel and study trip.