A report on the resilience of community creativity, interviews with Midwestern arts leaders, and grant opportunities for organizations and individuals. It’s all in this month’s resource roundup.
An African Arts Arena performance at the Christus Rex Center at the University of North Dakota.
Registration for the 2021 Arts Midwest Conference is Now Open | Register now
September 17 – 22, 2021
Each year the Arts Midwest Conference brings together a community of arts professionals who create, present, and tour performances to audiences across the Midwest and beyond. This year, the Conference moves online for four days of immersive virtual programming.
Webinar: American Rescue Plan Funding for Creative Organizations | Access the recording
If you are part of a nonprofit organization that has done some form of arts programming in the past three years, your organization may be eligible for a grant of up to $150,000 general operations funds through the American Rescue Plan.
Reports + Resources
American Alliance of Museums Report on Museums and Creative Aging | Learn more
This landmark report commissioned by the American Alliance of Museums and written by Marjorie Schwarzer is a call to action for museums to change the narrative about what it means to grow old in America.
Report: The Saving Power of Community Creativity | Learn more
This report from the Center for Community Progress explores how arts and culture organizations are revitalizing communities that have been hit hard with vacancy and abandonment.
Grants + Funding
Grantee + Advisory Committee Applications Open for Arts Midwest GIG Fund | Learn more
Applications due October 5, 2021
Applications for Arts Midwest’s GIG (Grow, Invest, Gather) Fund are now open; performing arts organization from across the Midwest region looking to present touring artists in 2022 are encouraged to apply.
Leaders in MN, ND, and SD; Apply for Bush Fellowships | Learn More
Applications open from August 10 to September 9, 2021
The Bush Foundation will open applications for their 2022 Fellowship cohort on August 10; Fellowship grants of up to $100,000 are designed to help residents of MN, ND, SD, and the 23 Native nations that share the geography to develop and their leadership over 12-24 months.
Creative Inspiration From the Field
Podcast: Arts Philanthropy Moving Forward with Christine Yoon | Listen now
Hear from Christine Yoon, Senior Program Director at the Wallace Foundation, about her musical idols, navigating culture shifts in the workplace, the philanthropic community’s shifts over the last year, leadership development in nonprofits, managing uncertainty, and more.
Interview: Hamzat Koriko on Connecting with New Americans Through Art | Read now
As the Executive Artistic Director for the African Arts Arena in Grand Forks, ND, Hamzat Koriko is bringing nuance to the conversation about what it means to be a new American, particularly within the arts. Read about his experience navigating the Midwestern arts scene as an immigrant in Arts Midwest’s latest interview piece.