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.
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.
First time applicants to this program are strongly encouraged to call the program officer prior to beginning an application, after first reviewing the Program Overview and Application Instructions.
Webinar and PowerPoint
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering two one-hour Webinars to help applicants prepare to apply for the Artist Initiative grant program. The sessions are identical in content and will focus on program basics and applicant questions. The Webinars are free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. To register, visit the Information Sessions page.
If you are not able to attend, but would like to view the PowerPoint used in the Webinars, it will be posted on this page following the April 19, 2017 session.
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact: Kathee Foran, program officer
(651) 215-1626 Kathee.Foran@arts.state.mn.us
If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact: Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 215-1611 firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail is preferred.
All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.
How to apply
All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply, and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.
Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system: