Individual Artists

Our goal is to provide resources and recognition to regional artists that will inspire their creativity, foster the development of their artistic skills and career, expand their audience, and increase their ability to live and work in the SW MN Region.


Individual Artist grants are made possible by a grant from the McKnight Foundation and by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Artist Growth Grants

Provides up to $4,000 to artists at any career stage for projects that will advance their skills and artistic career.

Artist Equity Grants

Provides up to $4,000 to aid Black, Indigenous, and other artists of color with projects that will advance their skills and artistic career.

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Quick Support for Artists

Provides artists with up to $1,000 for activities such as purchasing supplies, attending classes, and small artist-led community projects.

Established Artist Grants

Provides up to $7,000 in project funds to established advanced artists who exhibit creative excellence, a substantial body of work, and significant recognition of their artistic accomplishments. Two grants awarded per year.

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Art Study Opportunity for Youth Grants

Provides up to $500 to allow young artists entering grades 5 – 12 to attend an enrichment camp or specialty study.


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