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Free Dance Residency Programs for K-12 Schools

Attention Teachers & Administrators!

Dance Without Barriers 2021/2022 School Year Applications Now Open!

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts offers free dance residency programs to K-12 schools throughout MN. A large part of their program is to reach remote area schools through virtual distance learning. They have been offering this free program since 2004, reaching over 2,000 students each year. They want to reach more greater MN schools as they know access to quality dance education can be sparse.

More information below and HERE.


Dance without Barriers is The Cowles Center’s K-12 dance residency program open to K-12 schools throughout Minnesota. Teaching Artists visit classrooms –- either in-person or virtually (they’ve had plenty of practice and success with virtual residencies in the last year!) –- to lead 3 to 5 day residences guided by your curriculum. 

Thanks to generous sponsorship, these residencies are free to select Minnesota schools – apply today!

In the meantime, explore their Brain Breaks videos which showcase the diversity and personality of their fabulous Teaching Artists!

Please contact Jessi Fett, Director of Programming & Education at
jfett@thecowlescenter.org with any questions you may have. To learn more about their other K-12 dance education programs, visit their K-12 Programs page

Quick Turn Around Grants & Arts Legacy Residency Grants

Quick Turn Around Grants and Arts Legacy Residency Grants are Ongoing! Apply Today!

Grant money is available from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  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.

Available on a first come-first served basis are Artist Residency Grants for are School Districts.  Grants of $2100.00 are awarded to sponsor artists working with children usually in a traditional weeklong residency but it can also be a different format that serves your school or summer program.  An extra $400.00 may be requested for art residencies that need supplies.  Schools are strongly urged to use a TARP or COMPAS roster artist because they have been professionally trained in working in schools. Local artists who are sponsored need to provide lesson plans and show their professionalism in a classroom setting. 

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. 

Grant deadline Nov 1

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November 1 is a big deadline for our grants.

Here are some quick links to help you access parts of our website and our current application forms for a deadline this week.

Arts Project Grant Application Form in Word

Arts Project Grant and General Guidelines

Arts Equipment Grant App in Word Master Template 2014

Grant Forms Quick List (this page includes the link to use to register your organization and your grant writer to complete an Arts Legacy Grant)

Soon we will have more of our applications available in our on-line system.

Arts Legacy Grant school residency app with tips page