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Minnesota State Arts Board

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and
encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state.

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Community Arts Education Support grant program

The Community Arts Education Support program provides operating support to build and strengthen the capacity of exceptional arts education organizations, or of arts education programs of public or nonprofit organizations that have a sustained commitment to providing ongoing, rigorous arts education opportunities in community settings. The redesigned program builds on the foundation of the former Community Arts Schools and Conservatories grant program in order to foster a future where all Minnesotans have access to high quality, structured community arts education opportunities throughout their life spans.

The Community Arts Education Support grant application deadline is Friday, October 30, 2015: learn more and apply today.

RFP for Public Art at Camp Ripley

The Minnesota State Arts Board requests proposals from professional public artists or artist-led teams to design, fabricate, and install a permanent, site-specific public artwork at the Camp Ripley Education Center in Little Falls, Minnesota. The deadline for this opportunity is September 29, 2015: learn more.

RFP for Public Art at Century College

The Minnesota State Arts Board requests proposals from professional public artists or artist-led teams to design, fabricate, and install a permanent, site-specific public artwork at the Century College Academic Partners Classroom Addition in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. The deadline for this opportunity is September 8, 2015: learn more.

FY 2016 Partners in Arts Participation

Partners in Arts Participation is a pilot grant program designed to broaden opportunities for Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Grant funds may be used by Minnesota nonprofit health or human service organizations to integrate the arts into their programming or services. Applicants may choose to have their constituents engage in existing high quality arts experiences, and/or may work with an artist or arts organization to design experiences tailored to meet the needs of the constituents they serve.

The Partners in Arts Participation grant application deadline is September 18, 2015: learn more and apply today.


Artists Thrive

What do creative individuals need in order to thrive in Minnesota? The Arts Board needs your thoughts on that question. If you are an adult for whom creative expression is an important part of your life - professional artist or not - we need you to complete the ARTS THRIVE survey.

This is a comprehensive study, asking for input on a wide range of needs. The questions will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. If creative expression is important to you, we need to hear from you!



The Minnesota State Arts Board proudly presents Personal Best,
an exhibition of 2013-2014 visual arts grantees.

Visit us during the Saint Paul Art Crawl 
Friday, October 9, 6–10 PM
Saturday, October 10, 12–8 PM 
Sunday, October 11, 12–5 PM

Park Square Court | 400 Sibley Street
Suite 200 | Saint Paul, MN 55101

Help us decide

Have you ever wondered how the Arts Board decides which applications to fund?  Have you ever wanted to make those decisions?  Then you might be interested in serving as a volunteer advisor to the board.

The Arts Board uses a very rigorous, citizen-driven process to review grant applications, and to select artists to commission or work to purchase for the state’s permanent art collection.  Each year, approximately 250 individuals serve as volunteer advisors in the board’s ten grant programs and in the Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places program.   Advisors read proposals, discuss them in a public meeting, and assign scores for each proposal.  The scores help determine which proposals will be recommended to the board for approval.

The amount of time and tasks required vary, depending on the program in which the volunteer serves.  Advisors must have experience or expertise in a particular area of the arts, arts funding, or nonprofit or public administration.

If you’d like to nominate yourself or someone you know to serve as an advisor, please complete and submit our volunteer form.


The Minnesota State Arts Board is engaged in a rulemaking project. The board's rules govern how the board conducts its business, including how and to whom grants are awarded. An integral part of the rulemaking process is that it is transparent and open to the public. More information about this project can be found here.


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The Minnesota State Arts Board's WebGrants system is open for registration! Please view the How to Register in WebGrants tutorial, and then click Login to WebGrants to sign up.

WebGrants Overview

How to Register in WebGrants: online tutorial, PDF version
How to Use WebGrants: online tutorial, PDF version
Webgrants FAQ document: FAQ (PDF)

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Arts Research / Policy / Cultural Issues

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Artist Employment Projections through 2018

This National Endowment for the Arts report looks at job prospects for artists and other cultural occupations from 2008 to 2018.


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Come as You Are: Informal Arts Participation in Urban and Rural Communities

Attendance at traditional arts venues, such as museums and performing arts centers, is greater in urbanized areas. However, when the informal arts are considered, metro and non-metro residents enjoy arts activities at the same rates. Consideration of informal arts activities—including the personal creation of artwork and attendance at community arts venues—offers a more comprehensive measure of participation. Issued by the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Creative Placemaking

In creative placemaking, cross-sector partners strategically shape the physical and social character of locales around arts and cultural activities. This white paper summarizes two decades of creative American placemaking in a variety of communities. By Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa.


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The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth:
Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies

At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a National Endowment for the Arts report. By James Catterall.



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