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Arts Midwest Announces 80 GIG Fund Recipients

$200,000 will fund 80 projects happening in the Midwest between January 1 and June 30, 2022, supporting organizations with capacity building and touring costs.

Mini art lesson at Gregory Daycare in Gregory, SD. Photo by Bailey Veskrna, Prairie Feather Photography. Courtesy of Gregory Horizons.

Today, Arts Midwest is thrilled to announce the recipients of Round 2 of the 2021-2022 Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund. 80 arts and culture organizations across the Midwest are receiving money to grow their capacity, fund creative engagements, and build community.

“Arts Midwest is proud to support these incredible projects and activities,” said Torrie Allen, President & CEO of Arts Midwest. “We are excited to see how Midwestern artists and organizations are bringing their communities together through dynamic, diverse, and creative programming.”


  • Arts Midwest’s Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund provides financial support to arts organizations in the Midwest.
  • It is a flexible grant of $2,500 that helps organizations bring touring artists into their community.
  • As part of the GIG Fund, organizations must present performing or visual artists via at least two public events, which can be in-person or virtual.
  • For more information, visit the GIG Fund page.

Applications were reviewed on a state-by-state basis by a group comprised of State Arts Agency staff and GIG Fund Advisory Committee members. The GIG Fund Advisory committee is made up of 14 individuals with diverse personal and professional experiences related to the arts and creativity. Learn more about the 2021 GIG Fund Advisory Committee members here.


Review criteria included artistic excellence and merit of the proposed project. Priority consideration went to organizations led by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQ, and people with disabilities. Further priority consideration went to organizations hiring artists from one of those groups or if the organization is located in an under-funded area. With limited funding, Arts Midwest was not able to award all projects.

  • Applications for the second half of 2022 (activities occurring between July and December 2022) will open in early 2022.
  • Join the Arts Midwest Mailing List to receive an email update when applications open


Explore three GIG Fund projects

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Mentorship with a skilled jewelry-maker

Passion Works is a collaborative community arts center located in Athens, Ohio at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. At the heart and soul of Passion Works is a core group of artists with developmental differences. People who were historically perceived as unemployable, non-viable citizens are today creating visual evidence of the depth and wealth of the creative human spirit. Passion Works’ GIG Fund award will bring artist and jewelry-maker Rosemarie Basile on-site for a mentorship where she will help design, develop and produce original jewelry product lines fabricated by staff and artists.

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Performances from a global peace ambassador

Founded in 2007 in Minneapolis, the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) brings Iraqis and Americans to work together, directing resources to Iraq, preserving and promoting Iraqi art in America, and transforming relationships in our communities. IARP’s GIG Fund award will present programming by Karim Wasfi, renowned cellist, maestro and global peace ambassador. Wasfi will give a hybrid artist talk, perform with celebrated Iraqi American poet Dunya Mickael, and give an unannounced improvised performance in the streets of the Twin Cities.

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Engaging with stories of older transgender adults

SAGE Metro Detroit is a local affiliate of the national Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. SAGE Metro Detroit’s GIG Fund award will fund two virtual presentations with the To Survive on This Shore project, which photographs and interviews transgender and gender non-conforming older adults. The resulting portraits and narratives provide a nuanced view into the struggles and joys of growing older as a transgender person and offer a poignant reflection on what it means to live authentically despite seemingly insurmountable odds.

See all Round 2 Grantees

80 arts and culture organizations across the Midwest received GIG Fund grants in this round. Projects will take place between January 1 and June 30, 2022.

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Organization City State Grant Amount
ArtHaus Decorah IA $2,500
NewBo City Market Cedar Rapids IA $2,500
Heritage Center at the University of Dubuque Dubuque IA $2,500
Public Space One Iowa City IA $2,500
Ames City Auditorium Ames IA $2,500
Pilsen Arts & Community House Chicago IL $2,500
Riverside Arts Center Riverside IL $2,500
Woman Made Gallery Chicago IL $2,500
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago IL $2,500
Quincy Art Center Quincy IL $2,500
Links Hall Chicago IL $2,500
Enrich Chicago Chicago IL $2,500
The Connecting Routes Project Chicago IL $2,500
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation Oak Park IL $2,500
Princeton Theatre Group Princeton IL $2,500
UIS Performing Arts Center Springfield IL $2,500
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Spurlock Museum Champaign IL $2,500
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Mt. Vernon IL $2,500
Raue Center for the Arts Crystal Lake IL $2,500
Fort Wayne Dance Collective Fort Wayne IN $2,500
Arte Mexicano En Indiana Inc. Indianapolis IN $2,500
Wunderkammer Company Fort Wayne IN $2,500
Embassy Theatre Fort Wayne IN $2,500
Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective Indianapolis IN $2,500
Hoosier Shakes Marion IN $2,500
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art Indianapolis IN $2,500
Lotus Festival Bloomington IN $2,500
Pattern Carmel IN $2,500
The Gilmore Kalamazoo MI $2,500
Neutral Zone Ann Arbor MI $2,500
Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University East Lansing MI $2,500
Gay Elders of Metro Detroit (dba SAGE Metro Detroit) Ferndale MI $2,500
Good Hart Artist Residency Inc. Harbor Springs MI $2,500
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Grand Rapids MI $2,500
Interlochen Center for the Arts Interlochen MI $2,500
Krasl Art Center St. Joseph MI $2,500
Pontiac Creative Arts Center Pontiac MI $2,500
Ironwood Theatre Ironwood MI $2,500
Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum University Center MI $2,500
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts at Macomb Community College Warren MI $2,500
Pine Mountain Music Festival Hancock MI $2,500
Midland Center for the Arts Midland MI $2,500
Blue Dart Art Dowagiac MI $2,500
Lakes Area Music Festival Brainerd MN $2,500
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project Minneapolis MN $2,500
Ragamala Dance Company Minneapolis MN $2,500
Minnesota Marine Art Museum Winona MN $2,500
Alliance of Chinese Culture & Arts, USA St. Paul MN $2,500
Art to Change the World Minneapolis MN $2,500
Rum River Art Center Inc. Anoka MN $2,500
Northern Plains Dance Bismarck ND $2,500
Geographical Center Historical Society Rugby ND $2,500
Dakota Pro Musica Bismarck ND $2,500
Empire Arts Center Grand Forks ND $2,500
GroundWorks DanceTheater Cleveland OH $2,500
Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center Cleveland OH $2,500
Art Academy of Cincinnati Cincinnati OH $2,500
CityMusic Cleveland Cleveland Heights OH $2,500
Cincinnati Museum Association Cincinnati OH $2,500
Cincinnati Arts Association Cincinnati OH $2,500
Darke County Center for the Arts Greenville OH $2,500
African American Quilt & Doll Guild Warrensville Heights OH $2,500
Paper Circle Nelsonville OH $2,500
Jazz Arts Group Columbus OH $2,500
Karamu House Cleveland OH $2,500
Professional Flair, Inc. Cleveland OH $2,500
Shawnee State University Portsmouth OH $2,500
Passion Works Athens OH $2,500
Matthews Opera House and Arts Center Spearfish SD $2,500
Backroom Productions, Inc. Rapid City SD $2,500
Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills Rapid City SD $2,500
Vermillion Community Theatre Inc Vermillion SD $2,500
Arts & Literature Laboratory Madison WI $2,500
Woodland Indian Art, Inc. Oneida WI $2,500
Plymouth Art Foundation Plymouth WI $2,500
Pump House Regional Arts Center La Crosse WI $2,500
Green Lake Festival of Music Green Lake WI $2,500
TRUE SKOOL Milwaukee WI $2,500
Communication Madison Madison WI $2,500
Madison Music Collective Madison WI $2,500