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 2017 Folk and Traditional Arts
Folk and Traditional Arts is a grant program that supports activities that document, create, present, preserve, honor, and share the artistic traditions and customs practiced within communities and/or cultural groups in Minnesota.
The Folk and Traditional Arts grant application deadline is Friday, June 24, 2016: learn more and apply today.
FY 2017 Artist Initiative
Artist Initiative is a grant program that 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.
There are two deadlines for the FY 2017 Artist Initiative grant application, depending on discipline:
- Literary Arts and Performing Arts: Friday, June 10, 2016
- Visual Arts: Friday, August 5, 2016
Learn more and apply today.
FY 2017 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, May 13, 2016: learn more and apply today.
FY 2017 Arts Access
Arts Access is a grant program designed to encourage strategic, long-term engagement between arts organizations and traditionally underserved communities.
The Arts Access grant application deadline is Friday, April 22, 2016: learn more and apply today.
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.
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.
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.