News & Events

Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking Summit

Oct. 20, 2016

Last week, we had the opportunity to attend the Next Generation: Rural Creative Placemaking Summit at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Hosted by the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) and Art of the Rural, the inaugural conference brought together artists, policy leaders, community builders, and...

New investments will help make arts, culture, and creativity a recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life

Oct. 12, 2016

Arts Midwest is thrilled to share two new grants for our Creating Connection initiative: $900,000 from Massachusetts-based Barr Foundation and $60,000 from the Minnesota State Arts Board. These generous funds will support our efforts with Creating Connection, a social change effort designed to advance appreciation and expectation of arts, culture, and creative expression in our everyday lives...

A New Colleague story to remember

Sep. 02, 2016

We’ve all experienced first day jitters—whether it’s a new school, a new job, or even a new Conference. Brian Halaas, our Conference program manager, shares what it was like at his first Arts Midwest Conference, and how he learned not to sweat the details.

Brian Halaas at his first Arts Midwest Conference in 2015. Photo by Tiffany Rodgers.
Brian Halaas at his first Arts Midwest Conference in 2015....

Making what is closer more within reach

Aug. 29, 2016

Adam Perry speaking at a conference
Adam Perry speaking at the 2015 Arts Midwest Conference. Photo by Tiffany Rodgers.

Arts Midwest senior program director Adam Perry received a Bush Fellowship in 2015. Below, Adam reflects on year 1 of his fellowship, and sets forth his hopes for the next year ahead.


August 2016 Spotlight: Three Rivers Arts Council + New York Kammermusiker

Aug. 20, 2016

Three Rivers Arts Council in Wahpeton, ND presented New York Kammermusiker in July 2016.

This Arts Midwest Touring Fund—supported engagement featured a public performance and performances for seniors, an interactive activity, and masterclass.

Three River Arts Council’s mission is to strive to increase awareness of, appreciate for, and involvement with the arts in their community. They seek out artists, promote arts events, and...