Mid-Career Professional Development Grant
Grant Amount: Two grants, $5,000 each
2023 Application Deadline: October 3, 2022
Grant-Funded Period: January 1 – November 30, 2023
Grant Intention: This grant supports public art professional development activities by Minnesota-based mid-career artists.
Forecast Equity Commitment
Forecast seeks to fund a diverse group of artists working in all career stages and a range of public art practices and media. We place particular emphasis on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of BIPOC and Native artists, LGBTQIA+ artists, womxn artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, and artists with disabilities. It is our value that our applicants, panelists, and grantees reflect the racial, cultural, and geographic diversity of our state, as well as the stories and perspectives of the artists and communities we serve.
We know that there is no “one-size-fits-all” language when it comes to talking about race and identity and that this language is always evolving. If you relate to what we’ve described here, please apply!
This grant supports Minnesota-based mid-career artists seeking to expand or advance their careers in the field of public art. Funding can be used to support the development of a project idea or to participate in activities that will help applicants 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. Please see the definitions of public art and mid-career below.
Professional Development grants may be used for the development of proposals for other public or nonprofit agencies; however, commission or client-based work is not eligible.
- What is Public Art? 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.
- What is a Mid-Career Artist? 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.
- Applications will only be accepted via the Submittable online application system (https://forecastpublicart.submittable.com/submit) during the grant application period. Submissions for 2023 grants are open through October 3, 2022.
- Complete applications include the following: a brief application overview (limit 75 words), application proposal (limit 500 words), benefit to the community (limit 250 words), impact on artistic career/development (limit 250 words), diversity of lived experience and perspective (250 words), resume, work samples, and work sample information.
- Please contact the Forecast Grants team if you need help submitting your application in English at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-271-2792
These grants are made possible through generous funding from the McKnight Foundation.