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Early-Career Artist Project Grant

Grants to Minnesota Emerging Artists for the Creation
of Public Artwork to Benefit Local Communities

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Grants of $8,000 to Minnesota emerging artists to help support the creation of a temporary or permanent art project that is free and open to the public. For the purposes of these grants, public art can be defined broadly as artwork in the public realm, regardless of whether it is situated on public or private property, or whether it is supported through public or private funding. Artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Public artwork can range from temporary to permanent work, and can include murals, sculptures, interventions, performances, storytelling, iron pours, sound and light projects, dance, and spoken word. It is free and accessible to all members of a community.

An emerging or early-career artist is considered as, showing significant potential, yet under recognized by peers and arts professionals. Evidence of some professional achievement is expected but artists with an extensive record of accomplishment are not eligible.

Selection Criteria:
- Quality and Clarity of Proposal: The strength of the proposed idea, clear consideration of the scope of work proposed and the applicant’s ability to see it through to completion.
- Value of Project to Artist’s Development: Applicants for this opportunity must be early-career artists with potential for development, innovation, deepened practice, or new growth.
- Benefit to the Community: This can take many forms from enjoyment to beautification, civic engagement, filling a need or meaningful collaboration. Community can be defined in a variety of ways and applicants should speak to how their work will benefit their defined community.
- Diversity of Lived Experience and Perspective: This criterion speaks to the Fund's value that the artists they support reflect the racial, cultural, gender, artistic, and geographic diversity of the state, and the stories and perspectives of the artists and communities served through public art. Particular emphasis is placed on supporting and amplifying the work of artists of color, female artists, LGBTQ artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, as well as non-traditional public artists.
- Quality of Work Samples: This criteria relates both the quality of the work shared as well as the degree to which the work samples support the artist’s ability to complete the proposed work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174791

Number of Grants:

Two grants

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Term of Contract:

The funding period will be January 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Emerging, Minnesota-based artists may apply. Applicant must be a resident of Minnesota, having physically lived in the state for 12 of the past 24 months, and remain a resident throughout the project period.

Projects may be additionally supported by public or nonprofit agencies, or through in-kind sources, however, private commissions are not eligible.

No ticket sales or fees may be charged; all events and installations must be freely accessible. Organizations and Forecast Public Art staff, Board, and Committee members are not eligible.

Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are not eligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Coffee + Chat Application Assistance:

Saturday, August 24, 2019
9am – 10:30am
University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Room 125
Minneapolis, MN 55411


Saturday, August 24, 2019
11am – 12:30pm
Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op
1500 7th St W.
St Paul, MN 55102


A grant information session will be held:

Saturday, August 29, 2019, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Juxtaposition Arts
1108 West Broadway Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411


Join Talia Moorman, who manages the City of Minneapolis' arts permitting, Sarah Peters, co-director of Northern, and Aaron Dysart, St. Paul City Artist as they discuss the in's and out's of site permissions. Site permission is required as part of the early- and mid-career project grant applications.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm
University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center/UROC
2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Room 107
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Pre-Application Information:

Applications open on August 12, 2019 and the deadline is October 16, 2019. Applications will only be accepted via the Submittable online application system.

The project site must be secured/uploaded by the application deadline on October 16, 2019 (written documentation of site approval is required for this grant).

Applicants may schedule a 30-minute feedback session to meet with staff to discuss grant proposals and receive feedback on draft application materials. To schedule a feedback session, send an email to the email address listed below.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online (after August 12):

For assistance and to schedule an appointment, email:

Chitra Vairavan, Program Coordinator
651-641-1128 x 102

Forecast Public Art
2300 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 160
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 641-1128

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota