Applications being accepted now for Artist Initiative grants

The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for the FY 2014 Artist Initiative program, which provides grants supporting the artistic and career development of Minnesota artists. Grant amounts range from $2,000 to $10,000, and the program has three discipline-specific program deadlines between May 31 and July 26.
Applications are accepted from Minnesota artists at any stage in their careers working in any of eight disciplines: prose, poetry, dance, music, theater, media arts, photography, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts.

Last year, two local artists were among the grant recipients.

Michael Monroe of Grand Marais was awarded a grant to produce and promote a new live concert DVD; and Jo Wood of Duluth was funded to create fiber and beadwork on the theme of home for exhibit at a community housing organization in Duluth.

Persons interested in applying for grants this year should read the program overview and application directions on the Artist Initiative program page, which is linked on the Arts Board’s home page: www.arts.state.mn.us.

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts. The Arts Board receives an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature from the state’s general fund and the arts and cultural heritage fund, and it receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and private sources. The Arts Board offers grants, services, and other resources to Minnesota individuals and organizations to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. Additional information about the Arts Board can be found at www.arts.state.mn.us.