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Resource Roundup: August 2021

American Rescue Plan grants, an opportunity to influence the NEA’s Strategic Plan, and the ways Midwestern arts institutions are honoring those lost to COVID-19. It’s all in this month’s resource roundup.

Photo credit: Dane Van / CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.


Register for the 2021 Arts Midwest Conference | Register
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.

Workshop: Beginner Grantwriting | Learn More
September 22, 2021 | 9 am – 12 pm CT
Many people who work in nonprofits find themselves in the position of “accidental grantwriter” and do not feel fully equipped for the challenge. This training will provide content and resources to deepen participants’ knowledge of and skills in grantseeking.

The Black Om: A Wellness Art Conference | Register
September 2, 2021 | 10 am – 4 pm CT
The Black Om is a wellness art conference providing an opportunity for Black people (and people of color) to learn about stress management strategies, trauma resiliency, and self-care.

Reports + Resources

Call for Public Input: NEA Strategic Plan FY 2022-2026 | Learn More
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is requesting public comments on its draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2022 through 2026. Submit comments by 4 pm CT on September 3, 2021.

How to Engage the Arts to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence | Read More
The CDC shares field guides, resources, and examples that community organizations can use in their work to increase COVID-19 vaccination confidence and demand through the arts.

Grants + Funding

Apply for American Rescue Plan Funds through Midwestern SAAs | Learn More
Learn more about the funds available to organizations in the Midwest through State Arts Agencies and nationally through the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Rescue Plan.

States currently accepting applications for ARP funded grants:

  • Minnesota: Grants of $15,000 each to be awarded to 65 organizations. Deadline: October 29, 2021.
  • North Dakota: Grants of up to $8,000 for individuals, and up to $20,000 for organizations. Deadline: October 15, 2021.
  • South Dakota: Various levels of grants available. Deadline: October 8, 2021.

Arts Midwest GIG Fund Round 2 Applications Open | Apply now
Applications close October 5, 2021
Arts Midwest’s Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund provides financial support to arts organizations for rebuilding and re-imagining creative engagement in their communities amidst the challenging uncertainty affecting all corners of the creative sector.

Creative Inspiration From the Field

Muskegon art gallery displays 1,000 paper cranes to honor frontline workers | Read More
A chandelier of 1,000 paper cranes hangs from the ceiling of City Center Arts in downtown Muskegon; the installation was created to honor COVID-19 frontline workers and to bring awareness to the recent rise of anti-Asian violence.

NMMA Seeks Photos To Honor Loved Ones Who Died From COVID-19 | Read More
The National Museum of Mexican Art will pay tribute to coronavirus victims during Día de los Muertos with an artistic installation in Pilsen. The museum is looking for photos of people who died from the virus for a COVID-19 memorial ofrenda; photos can be submitted through September 3.