Minnesota Parks Artist-in-Residence Pilot Program

by Jessica Stolen
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Artist-in-Residence position 

Timeline: 12 months (August 2024 to August 2025) 

Time commitment: average 20 hours/week (part-time) 

Stipend: $40,000 Materials budget: $14,000 

Location: A Minnesota park or a park system (full list of host sites is located at the application link in Submittable

Deadline to apply: July 21, 2024, 11:59 p.m. 

Information session: Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 4:00 p.m.


This information session will be recorded and posted on the Submittable application page for those not able to attend.

APPLICATIONThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division, the Metropolitan Council Metropolitan Regional Parks, and the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission are partnering with Forecast Public Art to launch Creating Belonging in Minnesota Parks — Artist Residency in the Parks Pilot Program in parks across Minnesota exploring community and belonging. The selected Minnesota-based artists-in-residence will research and engage with a park, trail or park system and its communities and then use that research to develop new work(s). Unlike traditional residency opportunities, this program focuses on how artists can serve as partners to and ambassadors for the parks and contribute not just art, but ideas.The goal of the Minnesota Parks Artist-in-Residence Pilot Program is to enhance a sense of welcoming and belonging to park users. 

This is a paid opportunity for artists that aims to address unique opportunities and challenges around creating belonging in our public parks. We hope that this pilot helps foster deeper community engagement and relationship-building in state and regional parks, improves access to Minnesota parks and trails, and increases collective appreciation for park uses, outdoor recreation, and natural resources, especially in underserved communities. Embedding an artist in a park or a park system will allow the selected artists to apply their own creative perspectives and skills to foster a greater sense of belonging. All selected artists will be a part of a cohort of 9, and will meet with other artists regularly to foster a sense of community and to share ideas.

Curiosity, Belonging, & Discovery – These are the values that guide the activities of the Creating Belonging in Minnesota Parks program. Participants in the program will be asked to commit to these values.

More information and the application

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