Home About Us Panel opportunities

Panel opportunities

Arts Midwest welcomes individuals from across the United States who are interested in joining our panels for Shakespeare in American Communities, GIG Fund, and NEA Big Read!

Panelists for Arts Midwest programs play a central role in reviewing applications for funding and informing Arts Midwest on its grantmaking processes. We rely on a diverse panel of individuals representing a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints to evaluate the artistic excellence and artistic merit of proposals. Most panelists are arts professionals who are qualified by their activities, training, skills, and/or experience in one or more art forms. Every panel also includes a layperson – someone knowledgeable about the arts but not engaged in the arts as a profession either full- or part-time.

See our current panel for the Arts Midwest GIG Fund

Current panel opportunities

Seeking individuals with experience in administering community-wide programming ranging from festivals to multi-partner events in a variety of community spaces over a few weeks/months. Ideally, panelists would be knowledgeable about budgets for community-wide arts events, effective partnerships, impactful programming, and dynamic advertising. Individuals from organizations intending to apply for the next NEA Big Read application would not be eligible as this would be a direct conflict of interest. Learn more about the program.

Seeking artistic, managing, and education staff members of nonprofit theater companies with a background or interested in the works of Shakespeare, knowledge of partnering with schools, and/or background in financials. This would include those working for a nonprofit theater company in the United States not interested applying to the 2022-2023 Shakespeare in American Communities: Schools, as this would be a direct conflict of interest. Learn more about the program.

Seeking theater practitioners or people with knowledge and understanding of arts programming for youths within the Justice System. Some knowledge in theater or Shakespeare would be of interest. This would include those working for a nonprofit organization supporting this type of programming or a practitioner whose company or organization not interested in applying to the 2022-2023 Shakespeare in American Communities: Juvenile Justice program, as this would be direct conflict of interest. Learn more about the program.

Sign-up to be a panelist


Why should I serve on a panel?

  • If you’re curious about applying to one of our grants, being a panelist can provide insight into building a strong application in the future.
  • You will have a voice in directing where Arts Midwest dollars go in the Upper Midwest and nationally.
  • You can bear witness to all the creative ideas organizations put forward in their project proposals, which might inspire you in your own creative ventures.
  • Make a little extra money!

Who is eligible to serve on a panel?

Arts Midwest is committed to panels composed of individuals who are diverse across lines of identity, including race, gender, age, sexual orientation, geography, (dis)ability, and occupation.

  • Individuals must be over 18 years of age and have a Social Security number.
  • For the GIG Fund, panelists must reside in Arts Midwest’s nine-state region (ND, SD, MN, IA, WI, MI, IL, IN, OH) or the Native nations that share this geography.
  • Committee members cannot be active Arts Midwest grantees.

What does being a panelist involve?

If selected to join the panel, panelists go through a brief orientation then receive digital application materials for individual review. Panelists gather virtually to discuss applications a few weeks later via telecommunication technology (Zoom). Scoring is completed in our online panelist portal.

Technology requirements

A tablet or computer with an internet connection that is capable of reviewing files, participating in online meetings, and visiting websites.

Time commitment

In consideration of the time required for orientation, individual review, online deliberation, and scores submission, total time for participation can be as much as 24 hours total or as little as 10 hours total, depending upon the program and volume of applications.

Panel opportunities take place in the Spring of each year from around February to early April. There is some additional paneling in Autumn.


Honoraria are issued once scoring is completed in the amount of $500 per panelist per fiscal year.