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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.

Upcoming Deadlines

FY 2020 Artist Initiative

The Artist Initiative grant program is designed to support and assist professional Minnesota artists at various stages in their careers by encouraging artistic development, nurturing artistic creativity, and recognizing the contributions of individual artists to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.

There are two deadlines for the FY 2020 Artist Initiative grant application, depending on the discipline:

  • Literary Arts and Performing Arts: Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Visual Arts: Friday, June 28, 2019

 Learn more and apply today.


FY 2020 Arts Access

Arts Access is a grant program designed to encourage strategic, long-term engagement between arts organizations and traditionally underserved communities. Grant funds may be used by an arts organization to collaborate with a community to create and/or increase access to meaningful art experiences.

The Arts Access grant application deadline is Friday, June 21, 2019:  learn more and apply today.


FY 2020 Arts Tour Minnesota

Arts Tour Minnesota is a program designed to provide Minnesotans greater access to high quality arts activities regardless of geographic location. Grants may be used to support Minnesota presenters hosting professional tours by Minnesota and nonMinnesota artists, or to support Minnesota artists and arts organizations touring existing artworks to Minnesota communities that are outside of their home region. The program is open to tours featuring visual, literary, and performing arts.

The Arts Tour Minnesota grant application deadline is Friday, July 12, 2019:  learn more and apply today.

Community Arts Education Support

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 program fosters 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, July 19, 2019:  learn more and apply today.


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The Minnesota State Arts Board presents A Creative Investment, a visual arts showcase, celebrating ten years of Legacy art and impact. The exhibit features work by all ages – kindergartners to older adults – and all abilities, made possible by funding provided through the Legacy Amendment. Its theme is that all Minnesotans are creative, and all benefit from the arts.

Volunteer to become an advisor

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'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.

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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