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Artist Mentor Grant

Grants to Minnesota High School Students
for Professional Mentorship in Artistic Disciplines

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC)

Deadline Date:

02/01/18 Midnight


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Grants valued at over $600 to Minnesota high school students seeking mentorship from professional artists across a range of disciplines, such as dance, drama, creating writing, visual arts, media arts, music, and design. Eligible locations include Clay, Becker, Grant, Douglas, Pope, Otter Tail, Wilkin, Stevens, and Traverse Counties. These awards will be made on the basis of commitment and potential for artistic development.

Program Goals:

Through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation and the Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund , the Lake Region Arts Council is offering the Artist Mentor Program for youth, grades 9 -11 who reside in the nine-county region served by LRAC.

LRAC began the program in 1987 to supplement arts education programming in our region's high schools by providing selected students the opportunity to study their chosen art with a practicing, professional artist or participating in a workshop, residency program, or summer arts camp.

The goals are to enhance the student's artistic creativity and skill and to promote personal growth. The program also helps qualified artists in the area by employing them as mentors.

The LRAC Artist Mentor award enables selected students in the region to study their chosen art with a practicing, professional artist or to participate in a workshop, residency program, or summer arts camp.

Students will have an opportunity to exhibit or perform at an Artist Mentor Showcase the third Saturday in October, 2018.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164811

Estimated Size of Grant:

The value of the award is over $600. LRAC will reimburse the student up to $50 for materials and supplies (non-travel expenses).

Term of Contract:

This program funds studies taking place during the summer of 2018.

The summer study session offers selected students 15 hours of study with a professional artist between June 1, 2018 and October 1, 2018 or will fund selected students to attend a workshop located in Minnesota.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, the LRAC grant applicant must:
1. Be a student in grades 9, 10, or 11 and attend a public, private, or home school.
2. Be a resident of the LRAC region. The LRAC region includes the nine counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin.
3. Students with little or no previous formal arts training as well as students with extensive arts backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
4. Submit a complete and accurate application online at and upload all required supporting documents.
5. Participate in the Review Session Event on March 3, 2018
6. Only one application per student is accepted. Students who have previously received an arts study award may not apply again in the same discipline, but may apply in a different discipline.

Applicants not eligible for funding are:
-A student who is a member of the immediate household of a LRAC Board Member, a LRAC employee, and those having independent contracts with LRAC are not eligible to apply.

Program Limited Use:
-Artist Mentor grants cannot be used for services or workshops/classes that were contracted for prior to the awarding of the grant. The goal of the program is to expose each student to new techniques or insights. If you have studied with an artist previously, they might not be considered for mentoring.

Pre-Application Information:

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the LRAC office.

First time applicants are especially encouraged to contact the LRAC office prior to starting an application, after first reviewing the guidelines and application instructions.

Students should submit their online application through the LRAC Foundant online grant system by midnight, February 1, 2018.

Parents/Guardians of the students should submit their signed parental consent form and media release form through DocuSign by March 1, 2018.

In addition to the on-line application and parental consent forms, a jury consisting of arts educators and professional artists will review each student individually at the Review Session on Saturday morning, March 3, 2018.

Inclement Weather Makeup Review Session: Saturday, March 10, 2018.

All students must participate in a Review Session to be eligible for an arts study award. The Artist Mentor Program Coordinator will inform each applicant by February 16, 2018, of the student’s time slot and location of the Review Session.

-February 1, 2018: Application deadline
-February 16, 2018: Review Session schedule notification and Arts Assignment
-March 1, 2018: Deadline for signed Parental Agreements and Media Consent forms
-March 3, 2018: Review Session (auditions)
-March 9, 2018: Arts Study Award notification
-May 1, 2018: Mentor selection notification
-June 1, 2018: Student/Mentor study begins
-October 1, 2018: Student/Mentor study concludes
-October 20, 2018: Artist Mentor Showcase Reception with student gallery and performances

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Applicants needing assistance are encouraged to contact LRAC during regular office hours at:

After Hours text:

Lake Region Arts Council
133 South Mill St.
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin Counties