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Arts Board Grant Program Artistic Advisor

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What qualifications are needed?

Successful candidates for this role include an individual who doesn't work in the arts but has a knowledge of or passion for the arts; an individual who has experience as audience member or supporter of the arts; or a person who works in the arts as an artist, administrator, or volunteer. They will have the ability to work independently to coordinate logistics directly with assigned organizations to observe activities virtually or in person. They will have evaluation experience to effectively assess the strengths and weaknesses of up to ten different artistic activities. They will have strong written communication skills and time management skills. Artistic evaluators must be able to meet deadlines, be objective, and thoroughly answer the questionnaire in their own words in order to give an impression of their overall experience of the organization's artistic activity. Artistic evaluators play a crucial role in the grant making process as the panel shall use these evaluations in its assessment of the quality of the applicant's activities.

Selected artistic evaluators must:

  • be a Minnesota resident;
  • have interest in experiencing artistic activities;
  • have a willingness to coordinate and arrange for artistic visits or experiences;
  • have access to a computer with an Internet connection for virtual activities; or
  • coordinate their own transportation for in person activities; and
  • be committed to completing up to ten evaluations.

Advisors MAY NOT evaluate activities of the Operating Support grant program if the individual is a salaried or contracted employee of an organization applying for funds, or an individual who serves on the board of an organization applying for funds. Advisors may only serve in this role for three consecutive years.

What is the commitment?

Artistic evaluators:

  • complete the interest form and submit updated biography statement
  • declare conflicts of interest with applicant list
  • complete steps to receive the financial stipend of $250.00 (or $25.00 per completed evaluation)
  • participate in a self-guided online training session
  • coordinate directly with up to ten assigned organizations FY 2023 grantees and / or FY 2024 applicants of the Operating Support grant program*
  • experience an activity either remotely or in person during July 2022 - June 2023 **
  • complete a two-page questionnaire following each experience
  • can expect to spend, on average, 15 – 20 hours total

* Staff will try to match organizations with artist evaluators who live near them. Artistic evaluators will make arrangements with the assigned organization to attend an in person activity or experience a virtual activity, that fits the evaluator's schedule.

** Evaluations for full applicants must be complete by February 24, 2023, while evaluations for interim applicants must be complete by June 30, 2023. The deadlines will be communicated to each artistic evaluator based on their assignments.

Find out if this is the right fit for you, download the complete artistic evaluator description.

How can I apply?

The Arts Board uses an open nomination process to identify potential advisors. If you'd like to nominate yourself or someone you know who fits the description, please complete and submit our interest form.



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Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs of the Minnesota State Arts Board is provided to all individuals regardless of race, national origin, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, or disability in admission, access or employment.

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