Arts Board Volunteer Opportunities
Each year, more than 300 Minnesotans volunteer on panels or committees and make program recommendations to the Arts Board. Volunteering with the Arts Board is a great way to contribute expertise, have a voice in Arts Board programs, be inspired by Minnesota’s arts resources, and build skills related to grants and project evaluation.
Types of Volunteer Opportunities
- Grant Application Review Panelist
- Percent for Art Site Selection Committee Member
About Grant Application Review Panels
The Arts Board operates nine competitive grant programs that provide funding for artists and organizations. For each program, the Arts Board convenes a panel or panels of citizens to evaluate grant applications and produce funding recommendations. Over thirty panels are convened throughout the year.
The Arts Board seeks grant application review panelists with expertise related to grant programs, including artists, arts educators, or arts administrators with experience in all disciplines. Panelists must be able to attend meetings in Saint Paul and offer constructive critical judgments. The Arts Board encourages residents of greater Minnesota to serve as panelists and provides lodging for those participants. The Arts Board offers reimbursement for mileage and parking for all panelists.
Panelists spend several hours reading orientation and application materials prior to the panel meetings. Panels typically meet for two consecutive days, although some meet for one day or three days.
About Percent for Art Site Selection Committees
The Arts Board administers the State of Minnesota's Percent for Art in Public Places program, which makes art purchases and commissions to enliven shared public spaces. The program utilizes site selection committees to make recommendations on public art components of state funded construction projects.
The Percent for Art in Public Places program seeks site selection committee members with advanced expertise in contemporary visual art and knowledge of trends in the field of public art. Committees, which are primarily composed of Minnesota residents, typically meet from three to five times. Committee members must be able to commit time to the full process, travel as necessary, and offer constructive critical judgments. The Arts Board offers reimbursement for expenses related to committee service.
How to Apply
Individuals may apply to serve as a grant application review panelist and/or as a public art site selection committee member. Note that applicant information, which is added to the Arts Board's database, is public data.
The .PDF document (below) must be saved to one's desktop and opened in the latest version of Adobe Reader. This will allow entered information to be saved.
The completed form cannot be saved within a browser or with Apple Preview.
Submit the Arts Board Volunteer Application Form (PDF) and a resume by e-mail, U.S. mail, or fax. Applicants being considered for a panel or committee appointment will be contacted by phone or e-mail.