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The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and
encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state.


Fall 2016 arts and evaluation workshops

The Minnesota State Arts Board is hosting a statewide series of evaluation workshops this fall. We invite you to join us for a half-day learning experience.

The workshops this fall will explore a variety of evaluation methods, and talk about the Arts Board's expectations regarding evaluation. They will be open to all, though some of the content will be tailored to current or future applicants and grantees of Arts Board programs.

The workshops will take place in eleven cities around Minnesota; all eleven workshops will share the same information. Workshops will take place during the daytime, with a lunch break. There will be no fee to attend, but participants will be responsible for their own travel costs and lunches.

Workshops will be held in the following cities:

  • Two Harbors: October 24, 11:00 - 4:00
  • Saint Joseph: October 31, 10:00 - 3:00
  • Brainerd: November 1, 10:00 - 3:00
  • Park Rapids: November 2, 10:00 - 3:00
  • Fergus Falls: November 3, 10:00 - 3:00
  • Winona: November 8, 10:00 - 3:00
  • Owatonna: November 9, 10:00 - 3:00
  • New Ulm: November 10, 10:00 - 3:00
  • Worthington: November 11, 10:00 - 3:00
  • White Bear Lake: November 21, 11:00 - 4:00
  • Brooklyn Center: November 22, 10:00 - 3:00
  • Register online here to receive details about a particular workshop.

    October 14, 15, and 16

    The Minnesota State Arts Board proudly presents
    A Minnesota Folk and Traditional Artists Showcase
    Weaving and woodcarving demonstrations, music and dance performances, textile and silversmith displays, films, and more.

    Click here for schedule and details.

    Park Square Court | 400 Sibley Street
    Suite 200 | Saint Paul, MN 55101

    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.



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    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.

    WebGrants Overview

    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

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    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.


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    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.


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    Creative Placemaking

    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.


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    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.



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