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, followed by other programs whose 2017 or 2018 deadlines have passed.
Theatre Artists: The Playwrights’ Center administers McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships that recognize theater artists other than playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and whose primary residence is in Minnesota. The $25,000 fellowships are intended to significantly advance recipients’ art and careers. Professional artists who have been continuous residents of Minnesota since September 1, 2015 are eligible to apply. Fellows must maintain residence in Minnesota during the fellowship year. Full-time students at any level are not eligible. Current McKnight Theater Artist Fellows are Bart Buch, Katharine Horowitz and Regina Marie Williams. Questions: Julia Brown, email@example.com. Deadline: April 12, 2018.
Ceramic Artists: Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis administers several grants and fellowships for ceramic and clay artists.
Two mid-career McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists from Minnesota are awarded annually; Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018, 5:00.
One to three Warren MacKenzie Advancement Awards are awarded annually for emerging ceramic artists/students. Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018, 5:00.
Three Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grants are available for Minnesota emerging artists. Deadline was February 16, 2018.
2018 Emerging Artist Grants from VSA Minnesota
Minnesota artists with disabilities are eligible for $2,000 grants, awarded with funds from the Jerome Foundation, to create new work in 2018. Applications must include a work sample and can include an artist resume and statement of why you do your art. Recipients will be announced by March 31 2018. For more information or assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Deadline was Dec. 1, 2017.
VSA (based in the Education Department of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC) offers a variety of participatory arts programs on local, national and international levels. Among programs for younger adults or students are:
International Young Soloists Award Program (age 25 and under); Deadline was Feb. 7, 2018.
Playwright Discovery Program (middle and high-school students); Deadline was Jan. 17, 2018.
VSA/Volkswagen Group of America Exhibition Program (ages 16-25)
Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative is for young adults with disabilities; other grants include the Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Internship; Kennedy Center Internships and Fellowships; Greater Washington Internship Coalition internships.
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 selected out of a pool of 249 applicants are: Alyssa Baguss, Josette Ghiseline, Sarah Kusa, Joshua McGarvey, and Lela Pierce, all from the Twin Cities. More info: Kerry Morgan, program director, email@example.com or 612-874-3667. Deadline: to be announced in April 2018.
Playwrights: Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships awarded annually provide emerging American playwrights with funds and services to aid in the development of their craft. Fellows receive an $18,000 stipend in addition to $2,000 in development support. Fellows spend a year-long residency in Minnesota, working in an individualized and hands-on way with Playwrights’ Center artistic staff. Current Fellows are: Mia Chung, Jessica Huang, Tim J. Lord, Tori Sampson. Questions: Julia Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline was January 11, 2018.
Playwrights: The Playwrights’ Center administers McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting that recognize playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field, and whose primary residence is in Minnesota. The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, $2,500 to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses, $1,400 in travel funds. Current McKnight Fellows in Playwriting are Rachel Jendrzejewski and Benjamin Benne. Questions: Julia Brown, email@example.com. Deadline was January 11, 2018.
Film/Video Artists: Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant applications; Deadline was August 24, 2017.
Emerging Artists/Administrators: 2018 Travel and Study Grants 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: The 2018 Travel and Study Grant Program will support emerging artists who create new work in dance, film/video/digital production and literature. The program is open to “generative” artists (choreographers; film, video, and digital production directors; and writers of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and spoken word artists) who have a record of creating original work. Additionally, thanks to support from the HRK Foundation, the program is also open to arts administrators in Minnesota who work at organizations who support such artists. $1,500 is available for short-term travel of 3-6 days; up to $5,000 for trips 7 days or longer. Deadline was Dec. 7, 2017.
Book Arts: 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. Deadline: TBA.
Book Arts: 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 were on display until Feb. 11, 2018.
Book Arts: 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. Spring 2018 artist residency application
Deadline was Nov. 1, 2017.
Emerging Artists/Groups: Northern Lights.mn 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. Co-directors are Mike Hoyt, Steve Dietz and Piotr Szyhalski. Find out more about application criteria and read the call here.
Deadline was January 16, 2018.
ADA Access Improvement Grants for Twin Cities nonprofit arts organizations.
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. Direct questions to or make an appointment with VSA Minnesota at 612-332-3888 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Grant guidelines can be downloaded at http://vsamn.org/arts-organizations/resources-organizations/.
Next Deadline: May 1, 2018.
Nonprofits Serving Emerging Artists: 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.
Minnesota State Arts Board
Grants for artists and nonprofit arts organizations are available from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Artist Initiative, Arts Learning, Arts Tour Minnesota, Cultural Community Partnership, and Folk and Traditional Arts grants are available for artists. The next deadlines (for work to be done in 2019) are:
May 4, 2018 — Artist Initiative: Literary or Performing Arts.
May 25, 2018 — Folk and Traditional Arts.
June 29, 2018 — Artist Initiataive: Visual Arts.
July 13, 2018 — Arts Tour Minnesota (touring performances, exhibitions).
Sept. 21, 2018 — Cultural Community Partnership grants program (artists of color).
Regional Arts Councils
Grants for artists and nonprofit arts organizations are available from each of 11 Regional Arts Councils.
In the 7-county Twin Cities region, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council makes one grant available for artists. The Next Step Fund, funded by The McKnight Foundation, provides project grants up to $5,000 to professional artists in any discipline for the purpose of career development and artistic achievement. Applicants may be at any stage of their career, but must demonstrate achievement in their artistic field and have a history of public presentation or community contribution. This is a highly competitive program. The application will be activated six weeks before the Deadline: March 19, 2018.