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Mid-Career Professional Development Grant

Grants to Minnesota Artists for Career
Advancement in the Area of Public Art

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Grants of $5,000 to Minnesota artists for career advancement in the area of public art. Funding is intended to support the development of a project concept or to participate in activities that will help mid-career artists further their careers as public artists. Professional development activities can range from residencies to apprenticeships, conferences, travel, study, skill development, and the creation of project models or prototypes, as long as the overall outcome is to advance the applicant’s public art career.

Broadly speaking, public art is 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. It can range from temporary to permanent work, murals to 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.

Mid-career artists are recognized by their peers and arts professionals, have produced an independent body of work and have a record of commissions, projects, or exhibitions.

Forecast seeks to fund a diverse group of artists working in a range of public art practices and media. They place particular emphasis on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of artists of color, female artists, LGBTQ artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, as well as non-traditional public artists.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176401

Number of Grants:

Two grants

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Term of Contract:

Grant-funded period: January 1 - November 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for the McKnight funded Mid-Career Professional Development Grant must be mid-career artists. 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.

Forecast grants do not support remounts or reinstallations, projects that begin prior to the start of the grant year, or projects that are ongoing. In addition:
- 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.
- Projects may be additionally supported by public or nonprofit agencies, or through in-kind sources, however, private commissions are not eligible.
- Former grantees with outstanding final reports cannot be considered for additional Forecast grant funding until all final reports have been submitted and approved.
- An artist is not eligible to receive a project grant from Forecast in two consecutive years. An artist can receive a Research & Development grant in consecutive years, or a Research + Development or Professional Development grant followed by a Project Grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The first grant information session will be held at All My Relations Gallery. Please join to learn more about the grants offered.

Come Coffee + Chat with Jen Krava, Director of Programming + New Initiatives, to get 1-1/small group help with writing your Forecast Public Art grant.

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

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


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

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Pre-Application Information:

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

Schedule a 30-minute feedback session to meet with staff to discuss grant proposals and receive feedback on draft application materials. Email program staff (see below) for more information.


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):

Email with any questions and to schedule a feedback session.

Email with any questions about the workshops.

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota

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