Friday, September 21, 2012

Grants available from NW MN Arts Council

Fellowship grants of $1,500.00 and $5,000.00 are available for adult individuals from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  The application deadline is October 15, 2012.  The Arts Council serves the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau.  Therefore individuals applying must reside in those counties to apply.  

Performing artists such as musicians, actors, and dancers; visual artists and fine craft artists; photographers, videographers, and computer artists; literary artists such as poets, prose, and short story novelists; screenwriters, storytellers, and a variety of other disciplines are all eligible.  There will be a grant information session on September 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm in Warren.  Also, the grant information session is now on You Tube.  A link to the two videos can be found on our website in the grants section or by requesting the link from One-on-one assistance is available by phone or appointment with Mara Wittman, Arts Council Director.

High School students interested in performing arts, visual arts, and literary arts can apply for grant support.  Our Student Artist Training Mentorship program gives twenty students from our region $500.00 to spend on instruction, supplies, and some travel costs.  The process of applying for a grant gives the student a worthwhile experience in writing a grant and participating in the review process.  Students can choose to attend a workshop or camp experience that is not for school credit or work one-on-one with a professional in their arts discipline.  This application process is also outlined in a You Tube video and the link is   

Application materials for all the grant programs are available from Mara Lunde Wittman, Arts Council Director, NWRDC, 115 South Main, Warren, MN  56762, (218) 745-9111 or through the agency website at in the grants section.  The Arts Council now has an informative E-Newsletter.  Add your name to the list through our web site.  This activity is funded, in part, with funds from The McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Legislature.