Volunteer on an Arts Board Advisory
What is an Arts Board Advisor?
Each year, the Minnesota State Arts Board uses the services
of more than 100 volunteer advisors, who review grant applications,
conduct site visits, make funding recommendations, advise
the Arts Board on policies, and select artwork for purchase
or commission at public building sites.
Advisory panels and committees are made up of artists, arts
professionals, community members and others actively involved
in the arts.
The Arts Board uses an open nomination process to identify
potential advisors. Individuals may nominate themselves, or
others, who fit the profile below.
Arts Board Advisor Profile
Nominees should be at least eighteen years of age, live in
Minnesota, and have experience in one or more of these areas:
• an artistic discipline;
• arts education;
• aesthetic decision making;
• financial or organizational management of nonprofit
• public art issues and acquisition procedures; or
• community-based arts projects.
Advisors need to have outstanding knowledge and professional
qualifications in the arts, familiarity with Minnesota’s
arts community, and the ability to work well in a group. In
addition, the Arts Board looks for advisors who are willing
to commit time and energy to the review process and who exhibit
sensitivity in making constructive critical judgments. To
help reflect the diversity of the state, the Arts Board considers
gender, geographic representation, and cultural background
when appointing advisors. In addition, the agency seeks balance
among the professional groups encompassed by the arts, such
as practitioners, administrators, and educators.
How Much Time Does Advisory Service Take?
The time commitment depends on which grant panel or committee
the advisor serves. Most Arts Board grant review panel meetings
span two working days, and involve several hours of reading
(orientation materials and grant applications) prior to the
The Percent for Art in Public Places program convenes a site
selection committee for each state building project involved
in the program. Committees generally meet from three to five
times over the course of a one-year period.
What Happens When I Submit A Nomination?
The Arts Board creates a file for each nominee that includes
his or her completed nomination form and resume. The nominee
will be considered for appointment as vacancies occur. If
the nominee is interested in serving on a particular panel
or committee, she or he should check the appropriate box on
the nomination form. Otherwise, the nominee will be considered
for panel positions based on his or her background and experience.
Being nominated does not guarantee that one will be appointed
to serve on a panel or committee. Nominees who are being considered
for appointment will be contacted by phone or mail. If they
are not selected within twelve months, they will be offered
an opportunity to update their nomination forms.
To Submit a Nomination
Complete the information requested; be sure to include correct
Attach nominee's current resume (required for consideration).
Fax or mail the form and nominee resume
to fax number or address provided on the form.
The information provided will be used to evaluate qualifications
of potential advisors, to contact the nominee, and if the
nominee is appointed, to update the Arts Board's administrative
To receive an Advisory Panel Nomination form via U.S. mail,
contact the Minnesota State
Nomination information is included on the agency’s
general constituent database. Under Minnesota Statutes, Arts
Board information is public data and must be open to public