The Forecast Mid-Career Project Grant RFQ Application is now open! Minnesota-based public artists with an established career are welcome to apply. Click here to start your application.
Sign up for an information session to hear an overview of the grant, the application process, and selection criteria, as well as tips and resources for preparing strong applications!
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 6-7pm – Mid-Career Project Grant only
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6-7pm – all grants except Mid-Career Project Grant
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6-7pm – all grants except Mid-Career Project Grant
Grant Amount: $50,000
Application Deadline: RFQ Deadline July 18, 2017
Grant-Funded Period: January 2018 – May 2019
Grant Intentions: This grant supports the creation of a new publicly accessible temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist. Projects may be in any form or discipline, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, etc.
Two Stage Application Process
Stage 1: RFQ
- RFQs are due on July 18, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.
- Applications will be accepted via the Submittable online application platform. Click here to apply.
- Complete applications include: a narrative (limit 650 words), a 2-page resume, and work samples.
- Read application details. Please note that failure to follow application instructions may result in your application being deemed ineligible. Email email@example.com with questions.
- A panel of public art professionals will select 5 finalists, each of whom will be provided with a $1,000 stipend to support the preparation of a presentation and proposal that will be shared with the selection jury in December 2017.
- Applicants will be notified of finalist decisions by early September.
Stage 2: Finalist Presentations
- An informational meeting will be held for finalists in early fall and past proposal examples will be shared with finalists.
- Presentations: Finalists will be required to prepare a 20-minute project presentation to give the panel a detailed and accurate indication of the work. Presentations can be made utilizing digital imaging programs such as Auto Cad or Sketch Up. They can be illustrated on boards or be presented as physical models or maquettes. Materials may not be returned to finalists.
- Printed Materials: Finalists will be expected to prepare a printed proposal including at minimum a project description, budget, timeline, and a site approval letter.
- Site approval must be secured by the date of finalist presentations (written documentation of site approval is required). It is recommended that applicants begin a discussion with site owners at the RFQ stage.
- Quality and Clarity of Proposal
- Value of Project to Artist’s Development
- Benefit of Project to the Community (artistic quality, civic engagement, beautification, etc.)
- Quality of Work Samples
- More info about eligibility requirements and grant terms.
Artist Services staff are available to answer questions and to assist applicants in navigating the application process. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jen Krava at 651-641-1128 x111.
This grant opportunity is generously funded by The McKnight Foundation.