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Joshua Feist

Director of Grantmaking
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Joshua started at Arts Midwest in 2008 as an administrative assistant and somehow managed to earn the trust of the organization to assume the responsibilities and title he currently holds. As Director of Grantmaking, Josh oversees Arts Midwest’s grant programs including the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, Shakespeare in American Communities, Arts Midwest Touring Fund, and other special projects.

Pronouns: he/him/his

Areas of Expertise

Art history, community-wide arts programming, emergency medicine, event planning, grants administration, photography/videography, project management, Salesforce database administration/setup/automation, stage management, Star Trek

Recent Publications

Poetry in rural Oklahoma (Arts Midwest)
Storytelling in Puerto Rico (Arts Midwest)
Arts Midwest visits the St. Croix Valley: Part 1 (Arts Midwest)
Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Library Conference Edition (Arts Midwest)

Creative Ventures

In his creative life, Josh photographs events, performances, and people as a freelance photographer. You can typically find him capturing images at the annual Arts Midwest Conference. See some of his proudest work at JFeistPhotography.com


Josh earned his M.A. in art history at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN, and earned a B.A. in art history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He is also a certified EMT and holds a license from the state of Minnesota.

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