Artist Grants available

Artists with disabilities (including visual art, writing, performance, music composition, etc.) may be eligible for many grants from regional and state arts councils, foundations and other community programs. Here are a few deadlines coming up.

Emerging Artist Grants from VSA Minnesota – due Dec. 1,

On September 22, 2017, VSA Minnesota mailed 2018 Emerging Artist Grant applications to Minnesota artists with disabilities who have expressed an interest in the past. These $2,000 grants, awarded with funds from the Jerome Foundation, enable artists to create new work. Applications must include a work sample and can include an artist resume and statement of why you do your art. Recipients will be announced in late February 2018. For more information or assistance, email, or call 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883. Recipients of 2016-17 Emerging Artist grants (listed on the VSA Minnesota website) are not eligible. Artists can receive help in filling out the information, or may be nominated by others who know their work.

Other JEROME FOUNDATION grants for Emerging Artists –-
Visual Artists: The Minneapolis College of Art & Design awards five $12,000 Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists. The 2017/18 fellowship recipients will be announced Nov. 22. The exhibition of new work by 2016/17 Jerome fellows is on view in MCAD Gallery through Nov. 7. The next deadline has not yet been announced. More info: Kerry Morgan, program director, or 612-874-3667.

Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant applications; Deadline: was 8-24-17.

2018 Travel and Study Grants (Deadline Dec. 1, 2017) are open to emerging artists who create new work and to Minnesota-based executive and program administrators working for not-for-profit arts organizations. This program alternates eligibility cycles, awarding funds in Music, Theater and Visual Arts in odd years and Literature, Dance, and Film and Video in even years. $1,500 is available for short-term travel of 3-6 days; up to $5,000 for trips 7 days or longer.

Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships provide project funding, studio and equipment use, artistic support from Minnesota Center for Book Arts staff and artists, as well as a one-year MCBA membership. Up to $5,000 is available for each of 3 grants. Current recipients (Cathy Ryan, printmaker and book artist; Ioana Stoian, artist; Peng Wu, paper maker and social practice artist; and Jammo Xu, installation artist) will give public presentations relating to their work on February 13, 2018 at 6:00 in MCBA’s studios. The next deadline has not been announced.

Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorships enable 6 recipients to embark on a year-long study of new artistic disciplines and one-on-one work with master artist mentors to develop their individual projects, culminating in an exhibition in the Minnesota Center for Book Arts main gallery. Eligible arts include Literary arts, (poetry, spoken word, fiction, creative nonfiction), Visual arts (drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, new media), Music (composing), Film/video (filmmakers, animation), Theater (playwriting), Dance (choreography). Artists selected for the Book Arts Mentorships receive: $2,000 to buy materials and supplement other project costs, Three months of basic book arts training at MCBA, Free tuition to up to three MCBA workshops, Studio and equipment use, and a One-year free membership to MCBA. Current recipients are: Visual artist Julie Reneé Benda; Sound and performance artist Bethany Lacktorin; Poet Daniel Holland; Dance maker and director Laura Holway; Sculptor Emmett Ramstad; and Poet Sagirah Shahid. Their projects will be on display Nov. 7, 2017 to Feb. 11, 2018, with an opening reception Friday, Nov. 17, 6-9 PM. The next deadline has not been announced.

Also with Jerome Foundation funding, Northern administers Art(ists) On the Verge commissions. This is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for five Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. New commissions will take place from March 2018 to April 2019. Links to past AOV programs and fellows’ work can be found here. Optional info sessions will be held December 6 and January 4, at 6:00 PM at 147 Holden St, Minneapolis. Co-directors are Mike Hoyt, Steve Dietz and Piotr Szyhalski. Find out more about application criteria and read the call here. Deadline: Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 9:00 PM.

The Jerome Foundation General Program Grant is available to not-for-profit arts organizations and to fiscal sponsors applying on behalf of artists for the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists in New York City and Minnesota. This grant program is evolving.

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts offers, in addition to its Jerome grants, an MCBA Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program of residencies from two weeks to three months to assist selected artists in the creation and promotion of their work with financial and community resources, space, and access to equipment. Deadline for MCBA’s Spring 2018 artist residency applications: Nov. 1, 2017.

ADA Access Improvement Grants for Twin Cities nonprofit arts organizations – due Dec. 1, 2017 and May 1, 2018.
Nonprofit arts organizations in the 7-county Twin Cities metro area can apply for 2018 ADA Access Improvement Grants of up to $15,000 from VSA Minnesota, which has administered this grant for the past 8 years for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which voters approved in 2008.

These grants are intended to make significant or long-term improvements with potential to involve more people with disabilities as participants or patrons in arts programs. Shorter-term projects may also be funded (with a maximum $7,500 grant). $155,000 is available to award. Application deadlines are December 8, 2017, and May 1, 2018. Several information meetings and workshops on accessibility subjects will be offered, or groups can direct questions to or make an appointment with VSA Minnesota at 612-332-3888 or Grant guidelines can be downloaded at

Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils
Grants for artists and nonprofit arts organizations are available from the Minnesota State Arts Board and each of 11 Regional Arts Councils. At the state level, all 2017 deadlines have passed, and 2018 deadlines not yet announced, for Artist Initiative, Arts Learning, Arts Tour Minnesota, Cultural Community Partnership, and Folk and Traditional Arts grants.

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