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Interested in Applying for Grant Funding? There’s Still Time! June 1 Deadline Added

June 1 Deadline Added for Arts Legacy & Arts Project Grants

Deadline to apply is June 1 for Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants
Please consider applying and spread the word! To apply login to our grants system here.
Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants are open for a variety of projects. This year we are promoting public art projects. The deadline is June 1 for these grants. 
Also available on a first come-first served basis are Quick Turn Around Grants for $500. The NWMAC is currently awarding Quick Turn Around grants for COVID-19-related relief for artists in northwest Minnesota. These grants are for missed gigs and income due to the pandemic.

Emphasis on Public Art Projects — Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities can be for public art projects that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.

Tending the Creative Soul May 12 — Time Management

Our topic this month for Tending the Creative Soul is Time Management! We’re stretched in soooooo many directions with our busy lives and with all those important (?) things to do. So the question is how do we make time for our creative process? Do we need to schedule time? Isn’t the creative process spontaneous? Do scheduling and spontaneity work together?

Bring your snack and beverage of choice and your questions and ideas for our Zoom gathering Wednesday, May 12 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting…Meeting ID: 846 0998 4953
Passcode: VJq4Yw

Questions? Email Trey at

Red Shoes Writing Retreat on Lake of the Woods Sept 26-Oct 2

A Red Shoes Writing Retreat on Lake of the Woods will take place in Warroad, MN from September 26 – October 2, 2021.

This is a generative writing retreat where each of the ten workshops will provide you with new lessons on writing craft and challenge you to write something new and original. These workshops will not focus on criticism and you will not be required to share your work or read aloud. Instead, the format is intended to support and encourage you and provide a safe place to take new risks with your writing.

Each workshop offers instruction, examples from published literature, and an exercise to complete during the session. These workshops are designed to generate new and creative writing and will engage the writer in a form of play that provides a portal to the profound.  

This is a Generative Writing Retreat with excursions in the area and events with local, unique Lake of the Woods artists and artisans. The cost is $1,500 (price is all-inclusive except transportation to Warroad). Registration limited to 10 writers. Register at or

Red Shoes Writing Retreat on Lake of the Woods will inspire your creative writing in a place where the natural landscape and local culture offer both stimulation and serenity. Participants will gather from September 26-October 2 to write, relax, and explore the art, history, and culture of the Lake of the Woods area in northern Minnesota. Ride a tandem bike, take a boat ride, taste walleye, see toboggans and snowshoes made, harvest honey, tour a CCC camp, hike in the state forest, learn about willow basket-making, painting, and sweat lodges from Ojibwe artisans, enjoy locally roasted coffee and craft beer, participate in a community storytelling event, and stay in a historic inn or newly constructed hotel. All kinds of writers are welcome. Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, memoir, short stories, essays, humor, or poetry, the craft sessions contain something new for everyone, beginners and experienced alike.

During the retreat, you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one private consultation with both a published author (Kim Hruba) and a literary agent (Jill Swenson) to receive feedback on your writing, ask questions, and receive publishing advice.

Registration is limited to 10 writers and the price of the retreat is $1,500 which is an all-inclusive price, covering your participation, lodging, and meals. Thanks to a Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Arts Legacy Grant, the registration fee has been reduced to keep access to the arts affordable. The retreat experience is valued at $3,000. Transportation to and from Warroad is not included and the responsibility of participants. English proficiency is required and there will not be an on-site ASL interpreter.

Please come with your memories, ideas, hopes, and visions. Be prepared to open your mind and heart to find out what you didn’t even know you knew.

“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”
If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hruba at or visit

Online Summer retreats for writers

The North Beach Writers’ Retreat is offering three online retreats this summer, with some excellent professional writers. Patrica Hampl, a world-renowned memoirist, will lead a virtual memoir writing retreat June 12-13. Patrica Smith, a poet extraordinaire, will lead a virtual poetry writing retreat June 17-18. Also, Minnesota author Shannon Gibney will lead a young adult fiction writing retreat June 25-26.

More information can be found on their website:

Get on the Art Train!

Get on the Art-Train! Created in partnership with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, Art-Train is a new national training and technical assistance program to bring together artists and creative workers with municipalities, agencies, and organizations to create culture-based collaborations.

With a track for artists and a track for agencies, Art-Train helps organizations use American Rescue Plan and American Jobs Plan funding to support locally-rooted, culture-based collaborations for a creative and equitable recovery, and artists get ready to work in these kinds of programs. Participants attend an initial synchronous virtual training session, and then receive ongoing technical assistance through bi-weekly drop-in coaching and networking sessions with Art-Train staff, experts and an expanding network of peers.

Training sessions start on May 11 for agencies and organizations, and on May 18 for artists and creative workers. Attend a session and plan for new projects!

WHAT IS ART-TRAIN? (Download a PDF of the Program Description)
Art-Train, housed at Springboard for the Arts, is a partnership with Center for Performance and Civic Practice. It is a virtual technical assistance program for artists, municipal agencies, community non-profits, and arts councils in communities of all sizes across the nation. 
Art-Train will equip you with tools to design and support cross-sector, equity-centered, locally-rooted and culture-based collaborations in communities of all sizes. Art-Train brings together both sides of the creative equation with two parallel tracks: 
– Artist Track: artists get ready to work in collaboration with agencies, non-profits, and arts councils on critical community issues. 
– Agency track: government agencies, non-profits, and arts councils get ready to work with local artists to support creative workforce development, economic growth, and authentically address community needs and concerns such as public health, housing and civic engagement.
Participants attend an initial synchronous virtual training session, and then receive ongoing technical assistance through bi-weekly drop-in coaching and networking sessions with Art-Train staff, experts and an expanding network of peers. 
Artists are creative people from all disciplines and experiences, from culture bearers and craft artists to classically trained, from those who receive huge commissions and whose work is collected by museums, to those who sing in community choir, weave stories, or carve spoons. Artists are a natural resource and an asset – they are in every place, on every block, in every apartment building, and every rural community.
– ALL PARTICIPANTS will gain skills to frame and translate their goals into formats that will be supported by multiple funding sources. All will have access to ongoing technical assistance, a resource library, additional learning from experts and peers, and an expanding network of practitioners across the country. 
– ARTISTS will build on their existing skills to collaborate in and with their communities. They will deepen their own practices around creative problem solving, equitable community engagement, and creating arts-based strategies to address recovery efforts, from public health to local economies.
– AGENCIES and ORGANIZATIONS will learn customizable models and best practices to design and implement local-artist centered programs that address community challenges through ethical, culturally competent and responsive public engagement with more equitable, authentic, culturally-relevant results. 
Art-Train is here to help you access resources and develop strategies that will help you reach and engage more people, increase community relevance and connection and find creative ways to be more effective. Artists bring not only their ability to make, to engage across sectors and people, but also to use critical processes to reconnect, reimagine and rebuild in their own places. 
Through Art-Train, we can connect local needs, local residents, local leaders and local artists to collectively build an equitable economic recovery and a healthier future for our communities, through programming that supports:
– Authentic, community-based solutions to sector challenges: public health, food security, housing, public safety, education, transportation, etc.
– Enhanced community narrative, identity, pride and empowerment.
– Increased social capital and diversified networks that contribute to community recovery and resilience.
– Increased community and economic vitality that supports people and places.

– Artists Respond: Combating Social Isolation (Springboard for the Arts):
– International Downtown Association creative partnerships (Springboard for the Arts):
– Artists on Main (Rethos and Springboard for the Arts)
– Art of Recovery (Santa Monica Cultural Affairs):
– Creative Corps (San Francisco):
– Learning Lab (Metro Arts Nashville):
– Timeslips:
Sign up today! For more info click here.