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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.

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 their 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.

- 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

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Term of Contract:

The funding period will be January 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Emerging, Minnesota-based artists may apply.

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

The project site must be secured by the application deadline (written documentation of site approval is required).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attend a Grant Information Session to learn more about grant opportunities:

When: September 14 and September 20, 2017, 6-7 p.m.

Click on the link in the Contact Information section below to RSVP to the information sessions.

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Application Process:

Application Deadline: October 17, 2017

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.

Applications will only be accepted via the Submittable online application system. Complete applications include the following: brief proposal overview (limit 75 words), proposal (limit 500 words), community connection (250 words), early-career status (250 words), career impact (250 words), experience page (limit 2 pages), site permission, budget, work samples, and work sample information.

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Additional details regarding the early-career artist focus can be found here:

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Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the Grant Tips to strengthen your application.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota