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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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FY 2020 Minnesota Festival Support

Minnesota Festival Support is a grant program designed to provide meaningful arts experiences to Minnesotans through festivals that celebrate the arts, build community, and expose communities to diverse art forms including folk and traditional arts.

The Minnesota Festival Support grant application deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019:  learn more and apply today.


FY 2020 Poetry Out Loud partnership grant

The Minnesota State Arts Board is seeking proposals from individuals or organizations interested in serving as local host for the 2019-2020 Minnesota Poetry Out Loud competition.

The local host/partnership grantee will be responsible for all aspects of planning and implementing the program. One $40,000 grant will be awarded. The grant period will begin on July 1, 2019. All activities funded with this Arts Board partnership grant will need to be completed, and all funds will need to be expended, before June 30, 2020.

The Poetry Out Loud partnership application deadline is Friday, April 12, 2019: learn more and apply today.


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.



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Creative Minnesota 2019 Study Reveals Growth of Arts and Culture Economy in Minnesota

Creative Minnesota released a new report about Minnesota's arts and culture sector. The study indicates the arts and culture economy in the state is growing in size and economic impact. The report describes the presence, characteristics, and needs of more than 100,000 individual artists and creative workers in Minnesota more comprehensively than ever before. In addition, it takes a look at arts education in Minnesota schools. The report updates data about the economic impact of artists and the nonprofit arts and culture sector, now calculated at over $2 billion annually. Finally, it gathers existing data from other sources to describe how Minnesotans engage in the arts and how artists engage in their communities.


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.

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