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Folk and Traditional Arts

Folk and Traditional Arts is a pilot program designed to support the artistic traditions and customs practiced within community and/or cultural groups by identifying, documenting, creating, preserving, presenting, and honoring Minnesota's folk arts and traditions.

The practice of folk or traditional art generally stems from birthright, community membership, or community life, and is a powerful marker of cultural heritage. It is often rooted in a longstanding sense of place and/or ethnic identity. Folk and traditional artists often have their own community-based systems of training and education through which they learn and attain mastery of a form by observation and practice or through apprenticeships with elders and masters.

A folk or traditional arts project may be a single event or activity, or a series or combination of multiple events or activities. Apprenticeship projects, where a master artist passes on skills to a promising apprentice, also are encouraged. Projects may include creation of work, field research, and documentation of folk and traditional art forms. All projects must have a public component such as a concert, exhibition, documentary, workshop, or other activity that engages members of the public in the work of Minnesota's folk and traditional artists.

Application Deadline

The FY 2016 deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2015.

The Arts Board will only accept applications that are submitted and accepted by the online WebGrants system before the 4:30 p.m. deadline.

Who Can Apply?

The applicant may be:

  • Any Minnesota folk or traditional artist.
  • Any Minnesota arts producing organization, arts presenting organization or presenting affiliate, or community group, that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or has a Minnesota nonprofit, tax-exempt fiscal agent.
  • Any Minnesota public agency such as a unit of local, state, or tribal government.

An applicant may submit only one Folk and Traditional Arts grant proposal per fiscal year.

Grant Range


The applicant may request 75 percent of the project costs; a 25 percent match is required.

Program Timeline

  • Panel Review: September 15–16, 2015
  • Board Approval: November 4, 2015
  • Applicant Notification:November 6, 2015
  • Project Period: January 1, 2016–December 31, 2016

Application Method

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:

Overview presentation

Applicants who are new to the Folk and Traditional Arts program may want to view an online presentation that gives a more detailed overview of the program. The presentation is available in two formats: MS Powerpoint (20 MB with audio annotation) or PDF (3 MB without audio).

Help for working with these files.

Program Information

FY 2016 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Sample Applications

If You Have Questions Or Need Assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Rina Rossi, program officer
(651) 215-1612

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application forms, or questions about electronic submission, please e-mail the Arts Board at:

You may also call the following staff, but e-mail is preferred.
Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 215-1611

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

Online Application

Reports And Amendments

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