Minnesota State Arts Board
The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and
encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state.
FY 2014 Partners in Arts Participation
Partners in Arts Participation is a pilot grant program designed to broaden opportunities for Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Grant funds may be used by Minnesota nonprofit health or human service organizations to integrate the arts into their programming or services.
Applicants may choose to have their constituents engage in existing high quality arts experiences, and/or may work with an artist or arts organization to design experiences tailored to meet the needs of the constituents they serve.
The FY 2014 Partners in Arts Participation grant application deadline is December 13, 2013; apply today.
FY 2015 Operating Support
Operating Support provides general operating support to high quality, established arts organizations that produce, present, or exhibit works of art; to organizations that provide a broad range of services to artists; and to community arts schools and conservatories that make arts learning available to Minnesotans of all ages and abilities.
This program recognizes that organizations with an established record of programmatic service and administrative stability should have access to funds to support their organizational goals and objectives, and to maintain their ongoing programs, services, and facilities without special emphasis on new initiatives as justification for funding.
The FY 2015 Operating Support grant application deadline is January 24, 2014; apply today.
Register Now for 2013–2014 Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud Minnesota High School poetry recitation competition is currently managed through a Partnership Grant award to The Loft Literary Center.
Visit The Loft's site for registration and other information on 2013–2014 Poetry Out Loud
Notice of vacancy on the State Designer Selection Board
The Minnesota State Arts Board seeks nominations for one member of the State Designer Selection Board (SDSB). The SDSB selects the primary designer on building construction or remodeling projects as requested by state agencies, the University of Minnesota, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities on all projects with an estimated construction cost greater than $2,000,000, and on planning projects with estimated fees greater than $200,000.
This member of the SDSB serves a vital role in the process of designer selection by evaluating aesthetic factors affecting the built environment. The ideal nominee will possess expertise in evaluating design proposals and works of visual art, and experience in the public decision making process. The SDSB reviews as few as six and as many as two dozen proposals per year. Meetings are usually held on Tuesdays at 8:30 A.M., on an as-needed basis. Members are compensated at the rate of $55 per day spent on board activities, plus expenses
In accordance with the Minnesota Open Appointments Law, the Secretary of State receives applications for this appointment. Please visit the open commissions and appointments webpage for additional information, and to submit an application. Applications submitted by November 26, 2013 are assured full consideration by the appointing authority.
If you have questions, contact Ben Owen at email@example.com or call (651) 215-1613, toll-free (800) 866-2787, Minnesota Relay 7-1-1.
Cultural Data Project
Within the past year, Minnesota has joined a number of other states participating in the national Cultural Data Project. CDP is an online system for collecting and standardizing historical financial and organizational data for arts and cultural organizations.
Beginning with the FY 2015 application round, Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support applicants will need to have completed CDP data profiles for fiscal years 2011 and 2012 in order to generate required reports for the Operating Support applications that will be due January 2014.
We encourage you to get started with your data profiles now. Information about how to use CDP and enter data is available at www.mnculturaldata.org. There are online training and resource tools, and live help is available via phone.
In addition, CDP staff will hold in-person orientation sessions in Rochester, Saint Cloud, and Saint Paul during the week of November 19. Details and registration are available on the Minnesota Cultural Data Project's news page.
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.
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
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Arts Research / Policy / Cultural Issues
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.
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.
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.
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.