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Individual Artists

Our goal is to provide resources and recognition to regional artists that will allow their work to develop and evolve. It is our intent to inspire creativity in its unique and true state without consideration of what is saleable.  Individual Artist grant programs are designed to aid in the career development and arts activities of artists living and working in the eighteen counties of southwestern Minnesota served by the SW MN Arts Council and to aid the development of young artists.

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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EMERGING ARTIST Grants

(Previously called “Developing Artist”)   Provides up to $2,500 to aid emerging artists at an early stage of their career development with projects that will advance their career.  No match requirements.

ESTABLISHED CAREER ARTIST Grants

Provides up to $7,000 to aid established career artists in the advanced stage of their career development with projects that will advance their career.  No match requirements.

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION Grants

Provides up to $10,000 to artists to create a major new work, while collaborating with the community, introducing community members to the arts in a new way.  No match requirements.

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. Standard weekly lessons (such as piano or voice lessons) are allowed only for those students who qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.  Arts supplies costs are allowed for students attending a MN public arts high school.  No match requirements.

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