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.
FY 2014 Artist Initiative
Artist Initiative supports and assists artists at various stages in their careers. It encourages artistic development, nurtures artistic creativity, and recognizes the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.
Grants will be awarded for career building and for the creative development of artists. Some artists may choose to request funds to create new work, but that isn't a requirement of the program.
Artists working in all artistic disciplines—dance, media arts, music, photography, poetry, prose, theater, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts—may apply.
Application deadlines are listed on the program page by discipline; apply today.
FY 2014 Arts Access
Arts Access is designed to help arts organizations broaden arts opportunities for underserved groups.
Grants can be used to identify underserved groups or communities, identify the barriers that keep them from engaging in the arts, and develop and implement strategies to reduce or eliminate the barriers.
The FY 2014 Arts Access grant application deadline is June 7, 2013; apply today.
2013 Cultural Community Liaisons
Artists Louis Porter, Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, Anal Shah, and Delina White have been named as Arts Board cultural community liaisons. The liaisons are helping the Arts Board better reach and serve artists and organizations in communities of color. Learn more about the liaisons.
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)
Login to WebGrants
Stay in Touch
If you'd like to receive information and updates from the Arts Board via e-mail, please sign-up for the board's electronic mailing list.
Poetry Out Loud 2012-2013
The 2012–2013 Poetry Out Loud competition involved some 375,000 high school students from across the nation, including students representing 30 Minnesota schools.
Minnesota’s state competition winner, Yemi Ajagbe, competed for the national title in Washington, DC, on April 29-30. Ajagbe was one of nine finalists, earning a $1,000 award and securing $500 for the Woodbury High School for the purchase of poetry books.
Grantee Spotlights feature the outcomes of grants made with funding appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Arts Research / Policy / Cultural Issues
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.
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.
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.
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.