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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.

Upcoming Opportunities

The Arts Board has announced the grant programs it will offer in the fiscal year 2025 grant cycle. In addition to the Operating Support program that was launched earlier, five project grant programs will be offered: Accessible Arts, Arts Education, Arts Experiences, Cultural Expression, and Creative Individuals. Grant program application deadlines can be found on the Arts Board Calendar.

The Arts Board is now accepting applications for the fiscal year 2025 Accessible Arts grant program. This pilot program will offer project grants to increase the capacity of the arts sector to make arts experiences more accessible. Find more details, and resources for applicants, on the 2025 Accessible Arts grant program web page. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, May 3, 2024.

The Arts Board is now accepting applications for the fiscal year 2025 Arts Experiences grant program. This pilot program supports individuals and organizations in providing meaningful arts experiences for Minnesotans within their communities. Find more details, and resources for applicants, on the 2025 Arts Experiences grant program web page. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, June 21, 2024.


Information Sessions

The Arts Board will offer virtual information sessions to help potential applicants understand grant program requirements and the application process. Sessions focused on each of the Arts Board's project grant programs will be offered February through June. Details and links to join the virtual sessions can be found in the Information Sessions section of the Arts Board Calendar.


Evaluation Capacity Building for the Arts webinars

The Arts Board will host a four-part evaluation capacity building webinar series in April and May. The goal of this series is to build skills among arts organizations and artists to evaluate arts programs and to create a community of learners committed to evaluation. For more information and to register, please CLICK HERE. The webinars will be recorded and available at a future date on the Arts Board website. Participants can attend all sessions or only the ones relevant and of interest.
  • April 16 - Understanding evaluation and outcomes
  • April 30 - How to evaluate
  • May 14 - Evaluation on a shoestring budget
  • May 28 - Data sensemaking and sharing results

Accessibility 101 for Arts and Culture Organizations

Webinar Recording | Download PowerPoint and Session Resources
The Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts offered a one-hour webinar to help Minnesota arts and cultural workers answer the question, "where do I start?" when creating inclusive, accessible spaces and programs for people with disabilities. The PowerPoint linked above includes resources that were shared during the session.
The webinar features:
Beth Bienvenu, Accessibility Director, National Endowment for the Arts
Katharine Hayward, Accessibility Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts


Open call for grant program advisors

The Minnesota State Arts Board relies on the generous involvement of Minnesota citizens to evaluate artistic activities and review grant applications to help determine which will be recommended to receive funding. This involvement, and the insights advisors bring, are the vital foundation for the Arts Board's grant decisions each year.

For this reason, hundreds of people–ranging from individuals who don't work in the arts, but have knowledge or passion for the arts, to individuals who have experience with Minnesota nonprofits in paid or volunteer positions, to professionals working in the arts–are needed to experience arts activities and review applications remotely, ongoing.

Find out if this is the right fit for you, visit  grant program advisor opportunities.

Serve as an advisor



The Minnesota State Arts Board has begun a rulemaking project that will amend some rules that govern the way the board distributes grants and other forms of assistance and amend rules that relate to the board's statutory role as fiscal agent for regional arts councils.

Visit the rulemaking page to learn more about proposed rule changes or to submit comments on proposed rules.


Stay in Touch

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Link to WebGrants

The Minnesota State Arts Board's WebGrants system is open for registration.

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Arts Research / Policy / Cultural Issues

Minnesota Arts Dashboard

Minnesotans have long believed that the arts are important. The Minnesota State Arts Board has created a dashboard to help report ways that the arts add value to our individual and collective lives, and some of the ways that Minnesotans show that they value the arts. The dashboard reports the status of 16 key indicators that fall under five broad, strategic outcomes. The data produced will be used to track progress toward achieving those five outcomes, to ensure that all Minnesotans are benefitting from public funding for the arts, and to inform the way the Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota's eleven regional arts councils invest state resources in programs and services. Click here to download the Minnesota Arts Dashboard.


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