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McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship Applications Deadline is March 26

The 2021 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship application cycle is now open. Go to “APPLY” to start the application process. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, March 26, 2021 at noon CT.

In 2020 the McKnight Foundation expanded the categories of fellowships so that there are now a total of fourteen available for mid-career and established Minnesota artists. More information about these fellowships and their particular deadlines is available at mcknight.org/artistfellowships. Please note that you may only apply in one category for any given fellowship award cycle. 

The McKnight Visual Arts Fellowship program recognizes and supports mid-career artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence in the field of visual arts. This year a total of six $25,000 fellowships will be awarded. In addition, the Visual Artist fellows will have the opportunity to meet with six visiting national critics, to participate in a McKnight Discussion Series that features fellows and invited critics, and to use additional funds for individualized professional development activities.

The McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists program has been administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design since 1981. The fellowship program rewards talented Minnesota visual artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time, and who are at a career stage beyond emerging.

Please contact Kerry Morgan, program director, at gallery@mcad.edu or 612.874.3667 for more information.

McKnight Artist Fellowship Community Values
Welcome to the McKnight Artist Fellowships community! The McKnight Foundation and the administering partners for the McKnight Artist Fellowships are committed to creating and supporting an artistic community in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The community of the McKnight Artist Fellowships includes people who engage with the fellowships program whether as applicants, fellows, panelists, contractors, collaborators, fellowships administrators, and staff of the McKnight Foundation and partnering organizations. 

As a community, we commit to creating and maintaining relationships that are free from harm, prejudice, and harassment. Community members agree to communicate directly and transparently regarding issues of conduct that could negatively impact the well-being of participating members and organizations. In the case of an accusation, legal action, or conviction, the McKnight Foundation and its fellowship program partners may gather and assess relevant information. 

If deemed necessary, the McKnight Foundation and its fellowship program partners may take administrative action up to and including the recommendation of participation in reconciliation or restorative justice processes; disqualification of an application; the termination of a contract; and the recall and/or termination of a fellowship. 

This community will be what we make it and our aim is to collectively create an experience in which all artists and members of the McKnight Artist Fellowships community thrive. Read the full story.

About the McKnight Artist Fellowships Program

Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, the McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Support for individual working Minnesota artists has been a cornerstone of the program since it began in 1981. The McKnight Artist Fellowships Program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in fourteen different creative disciplines. Program partner organizations administer the fellowships and structure them to respond to the unique challenges of different disciplines. Currently the foundation contributes about $1.7 million per year to its statewide fellowships. 

About the McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. We are deeply committed to advancing climate solutions in the Midwest and building an equitable and inclusive Minnesota. We also support the arts in Minnesota, neuroscience, and international crop research. Established in 1953, the Foundation has approximately $2.2 billion in assets and grants about $90 million a year. 

Additional McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship Information

Upcoming Grant and other Deadlines

Grants for Public Art — Due May 1

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Individual Artist Grants for $1,500 — Due February 10

The NWMAC is has extended our deadline for individuals to ask for $1,500 grants.  The deadline now is February 10! This is the main category that individuals use to support their artistic business or advice their technical skills. This category is for non-hobby artists. Support for Individual Artist Grants comes from the McKnight Foundation.

Public Art Projects — Due February 10

The NWMAC would like to fund some public art projects.  Do you have experience with Public Art? Let us know by February 10 if you are interested in projects in our area.  We will be gathering information from interested artists, including examples of your work and budgets. We plan to share this information with interested organizations like cities and schools.  Let’s create some public art!

Arts Legacy Grants, Arts Project Grants and Arts Equipment for the Schools — Due March 1

There is a March 1 deadline for Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants, as well as for Arts Equipment for the Schools.

Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Sign

This year, the deadline for the NW MN Art Exhibit has been extended until April 15 due to June dates for the showcase.  The exhibit will take place in Warroad.  This allows more time for artists to create work.  The application is open online for you to submit work whenever you are ready.  The Artist of the Year deadline will be extended until April 15, as well. 

MSAB Announces Creative Support for organizations Grant

Minnesota State Arts Board announces another opportunity to apply for a FY 2021 Creative Support for Organizations grant

The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a new grant program this year—Creative Support for Organizations—to help arts organizations adapt to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic.  Recognizing that many Minnesotans engage with the arts through community organizations and public entities that are not specifically arts organizations, the board will offer an additional Creative Support for Organizations application deadline in December that will be open to a wider spectrum of applicants.

For the next deadline, the following additional kinds of entities will be welcome to apply: 
– Arts affiliates of nonprofit or public institutions;
-Nonprofit organizations whose primary mission or focus is not the arts but have an ongoing commitment to arts programming and have received an Arts Board or regional arts council grant in fiscal years 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020.
-Public entities with an ongoing commitment to arts programming that have received an Arts Board or regional arts council grant in fiscal years 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020.

Organizations that were eligible to apply in August and September, but didn’t, will still be eligible to apply.  Organizations that have been awarded a FY 2021 Creative Support for Organizations grant will not be eligible to apply for another grant.  Organizations that submitted an application in August or September, that is being reviewed by the Arts Board, will not be eligible to submit another application.  More detailed eligibility information will be available in the application materials.

Creative Support for Organizations funds can be used to support people and activities that will be needed to keep audiences, participants, students, or communities engaged with the arts during the pandemic and beyond. This grant program aims to help Minnesota arts organizations and programs maintain their financial sustainability and long-term viability by leveraging creativity and connections to community, to ensure that the arts remain available to Minnesota residents and communities. Application materials will be available by early November; an announcement will be distributed when materials are available and the board will begin accepting applications.

For more information, visit the Minnesota State Arts Board website http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/cso.htm.

Springboard for the Arts Virtual Open House October 20

Staff and consultants from Springboard for the Arts will be on hand with the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (Region 1) on Tuesday, October 20, Noon to 1:00 p.m. for an hour-long virtual open house to let you know what programs and resources  Springboard offers, answer questions you have about your artistic career, and otherwise try to entertain you for an hour.

Curious about selling your art online? Looking for art projects to be involved with? Questions about copyright? Looking for grants? Want to take a workshop but don’t know where to start? Trying to set up a streaming concert at home and need some pointers? They’ll address all of these questions and more via Zoom, phone or email! Join by video or phone!

Direct registration link: https://springboardforthearts.org/mn-statewide-tour-2020/

Minnesota State Arts Board MN CARES Act Grants Program

MN CARES Act Grants Program are federal funds that were approved by Congress as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. For further info visit:  http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/MNCares.htm

Grants will be allocated, based on regional population, to ensure that these federal funds reach across the state.  

These are general support funds; they can be used to pay for salaried positions, contracted positions, or facilities costs.  No project is necessary; no match is required. 

The application deadline is Friday, October 2, 2020.

The application consists of several very short forms. 

The eligibility requirements are described in detail on pages 2-3 of the Program Overview and Application Instructions document posted on their website. 

Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) arts organizations or arts affiliates of nonprofit organizations or public entities that received a grant from one of Minnesota’s eleven regional arts councils in FY 2018, FY 2019, or FY 2020 in the following programs: 

Region 01 – Arts Legacy Grants: General Operating

In addition, all eligible applicants must:

1. Be physically located in Minnesota. The majority of an applicant’s arts programming, services, or activities must take place in Minnesota, and must primarily serve and engage Minnesota audiences and participants; 

2. Have been in existence and actively providing arts programming in Minnesota for at least two consecutive years prior to the application deadline for this program; and

3. Have had at least one paid employee in a position of artistic or administrative oversight prior to March 1, 2020. The paid employee may be full-time or part-time, salaried or contracted.

Do you need assistance with this application? Feel free to reach out to Mara at NWMAC at director@NWArtsCouncil.org or 218-745-8886.

Potential applicants can contact Richard Hitchler with any questions by phone (800) 866-2787 or (651) 539-2653 or by e-mail at Richard.Hitchler@arts.state.mn.us

Minnesota State Arts Board

540 Fairview Avenue North, Suite 304

Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104