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Grant Deadlines Approaching — Apply Today

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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.

Arts Legacy GRANTS up to $10,000.00, Arts Project GRANTS up to $3,000.00, Arts Equipment for Schools GRANTS up to $3,000.00                                                                    DEADLINE FEBRUARY 01, 2017!

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.

Submit by January 15, 2017 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 Fellowship program 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 mara@nwrdc.org

Arts Legacy, Arts Project & Arts Equipment for Schools DEADLINE FEB 1!

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.

Individual adult artists can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000 if their project has a very strong community focus.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

The Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven county service region.  Funding for the grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

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.  This grant programs have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.

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.

Arts Equipment for Schools Grants are considered a special category of our Arts Project Grant Program.  This grant allows schools to purchase artistic equipment for their art room, theater, band room, etc.  Equipment that is used solely for the pursuit of arts like a kiln or theater lights, or a band instrument has a better chance of being funded. Grants of up to $3,000.00 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.

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 can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

Minnesota Shorts Play Festival is Taking Submissions

The Minnesota Shorts Play Festival will be taking submissions of short plays (10 pages or less) from Jan. 1-March 1, 2017. Minnesota writers can submit up to two short plays in a pdf format. Put all information — postal address, name and phone contact — on the first title page. The plays are sent to judges in March, with 7 scripts chosen from Minnesota writers and 7 scripts from national writers. Each night the audience chooses a Best of the Fest award, with one playwright earning $100. Simply email your script to mnshorts@yahoo.com. The performances are family friendly, so nudity and excessive use of f-bombs will get your script tossed. The ninth annual festival will be performed Sept. 7 & 8 at the Lincoln Community Theatre in Mankato. For more information, go to www.mnshorts.com or call coordinator Greg Abbott at 507-420-1881.

Minnesota Shorts: A Festival of Short Plays
c/o Greg Abbott
805 Garfield Avenue
North Mankato, MN 56003
Day phone: 507-934-8133
www.mnshorts.com

Interested in a free winter artist residency in Central Mexico?

360 XOCHI QUETZAL DEADLINE: August 7, 2016
for Free Winter Artist Residency in Central Mexico

360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency Dec 14, 2016 – Jan 13, 2017.  Winter applications are due August 7, 2016 thru CAFÉ www.callforentry.org so apply today!

They also have a personal residency program for artists and writers who need longer periods of creative time (1 – 6 months).  Spaces are still available for August – December. Write 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com for dates in 2016 – 2017.

More information on their new website: http://www.360xochiquetzal.com,  visit the 360 Xochi Quetzal Group Facebook page, or follow on Twitter: @360XochiQuetzalunnamed-2

Lake of the Woods: Writers’ Retreat

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WRITERS’ RETREAT

 

Life got you busy? 

LOW Camp Flyer 2014 LAKECome out to Laketrails Base Camp on Oak Island for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and writing. This rustic island is the perfect getaway to rejuvenate and reconnect with your writing projects and goals.

When: September 18—21, 2014

LOW Camp Flyer 2014 CABINThe Plan: We’ll meet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Warroad, MN on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and carpool from there. Dinner will be on your own at Jerry’s Restaurant at Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle. Boat leaves for the island at 6:30 p.m. Once on the island, we’ll have an opening circle to get to know each other. After that, the weekend is yours. You’ll have time and space to write and enjoy nature. Meals and snacks are provided during your stay on the island. There will be an optional social hour on Friday and Saturday nights with soft drinks provided. On Sunday, we’ll conclude the retreat with a closing circle at 10:00 a.m. followed by brunch. We plan to leave the island around noon.

LOW Camp Flyer 2014 CABINHow rustic is it? Oak Island is about 10-15 minutes by boat from Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle. Laketrails Base Camp is far from posh, but quite comfortable. There is some wi-fi and some buildings have electricity, but plan to spend part of your time unplugged. You won’t need to bring your own toilet paper, but there are no-flush toilets conveniently located near the men’s cabin and women’s cabin. There are showers, but use water sparingly (or jump in the lake.) There are canoes and a sauna for your enjoyment and lots of glorious nature and space to wander and write. It’s an island at the end of the earth — in the best sense!

LOW Camp Flyer 2014 MAPWhat to pack: Sleeping bag or linens, pillow, flashlight, comfortable clothing, life jacket if you’d like to canoe, swimsuit, alcoholic beverages for social hour (optional). Don’t forget! To reach the Northwest Angle, we must travel through Canada. Bring a passport or passport card. Only one of these documents is required to cross the Canadian and U.S. borders. Please note that the nearest emergency medical facilities are at least 2 hours away.

Cost: $200.00 USD which includes boat transportation, meals and snacks on the island, lodging, canoes, sauna, campfires, lots of peace and quiet, and beautiful nature. Maximum of 15 people.

Register: Contact Kim Hruba, kim@redshoeswriting.com or (218) 469-0204. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due upon registration. Balance is due by September 8, 2014. LAKE TRAILS LOW

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