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Arts Midwest Announces 120 GIG Fund Recipients

120 organizations across the Midwest have received a total of $300,000 through the GIG Fund, a grant program from Arts Midwest. These awards will support creative projects and educational events in summer and fall 2022, helping organizations present artists in their community and offset the costs of programming and touring.

Learn more about the organizations funded in Round 1 of the 2022-23 GIG Fund and see if this opportunity might be a fit for your community in the future!

Kassa Overall and Rob Dz perform at a May 2022 GIG Fund event in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of Arts + Literature Laboratory.

The GIG Fund gives out $2,500 grants to support the arts throughout the Midwest. Each year, the fund supports a variety of diverse performances across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the Native nations that share this geography.

The GIG Fund prioritizes organizations that are led by or engage artists from historically underrepresented or marginalized communities, rural communities, and under-funded areas. 54 out of this round’s 120 selected organizations (47%) have never been funded by Arts Midwest in the past. 62 out of the recommended 120 organizations (54%) are from rural areas, according to the National Endowment for the Arts definition.

“In partnership with our GIG Fund panelists and state arts agency leaders, Arts Midwest is proud to support a diverse and talented array of touring artists who will be presenting at a variety of venues around the upper Midwest in communities small and large,” said Joshua Feist, Director of Community Support at Arts Midwest.


  • 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 15 panelists with diverse personal and professional experiences related to the arts and creativity. Learn more about the panelists here.
  • Review criteria included artistic excellence and merit of the proposed project, potential to deeply engage underserved community members, and the capability of the organization to carry out the project. Priority consideration went to organizations that are led by or engage artists from historically underrepresented or marginalized communities, rural communities, and under-funded areas. With limited funding, Arts Midwest was not able to award all projects.

  • Applications for the first half of 2023 (activities occurring between December and June 2023) will open on July 11, 2022.
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Explore Four GIG Fund Projects


Beading and Embroidery Inspired by Film

The Human Family is partnering with filmmakers from The Aunties Dandelion, an Indigenous media arts organization, and OddSide Arts Collective, a cultural arts organization for Canadian artists of the Afrodisporia. Throughout the summer, participants across North Dakota are invited to take part in a collaborative art project inspired by screengrabs of two short films. They will create individual embroidery and beading works that will eventually be assembled into one piece and unveiled as part of the North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival in Fargo. During the festival, community members will be invited to a free film screening, panel discussion, and Q&A with the filmmakers that will explore the importance of civil rights, ancestry and legacy, naming, identity, language, healing, ceremony, and taking care of the environment.

Music for Meditation and Memorial

The Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago (KPAC) is presenting komungo virtuoso Jin Hi Kim, who is known for her innovative solo performances featuring the traditional Korean zither instrument. She will lead a session on Cross-Cultural Music Meditation where participants will gain first-hand experience of the role music plays in meditation and the benefits it offers to develop a calm, peaceful, focused group creativity. She will also perform her original multimedia work A Ritual for Covid-19 in memory of the deceased worldwide during the pandemic. She will interweave her performance with a lecture on the process of using software to manipulate sounds and generate visual images to accompany the music.

Slam Poetry Performances and Workshops

Iowa City Poetry is bringing renowned poet, performer, and teacher Patricia Smith to headline their Mic Check Poetry Fest. Ms. Smith is both a highly accomplished spoken word poet, having won the title of four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, as well as the author of eight books of poetry, including “Incendiary Art,” which was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. Following her performance, she will take part in an audience Q & A, teach a poetry writing workshop for adults, and teach a free poetry writing workshop for youth. All programs at these venues will be offered hybrid, with in-person workshops and the showcase being live-streamed.

Multi-Media Art Programs for Seniors

The Meade County Senior Citizens Center Association is offering additional art workshops for seniors to help improve their quality of life. Studies have shown social activities for seniors increase cognitive functions, maintain positive moods and decrease depression. Socially active seniors tend to be more physically active as well, increasing life longevity. The Senior Center first started an art program, free to members, in 2021 to offer painting classes in acrylic, chalk, and watercolors; taught by local artists Carol Brookens, Stella Anderson, and Lynn Birk. With their award, the Senior Center will expand its art program to include a jewelry-making class, a card-making class, a craft class, and other classes based on feedback from its members.



See all 2022-23 GIG Fund Round 1 Grantees

120 arts and culture organizations across the Midwest received GIG Fund grants in this round. Projects will take place between July 1 and December 31, 2022.

Grant Awards for Illinois

Organization City Grant Award
16th Street Theater Berwyn $2,500
Columbia College Chicago Chicago $2,500
Elastic Arts Foundation Chicago $2,500
Federacion de Clubes Michoacanos en Illinois Chicago $2,500
High Concept Laboratories Chicago $2,500
Muntu Dance Theatre Chicago $2,500
National Museum of Mexican Art Chicago $2,500
Side Street Studio Arts Elgin $2,500
Mississippi Valley Blues Society Moline $2,500
John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell Foundation Mt. Vernon $2,500
DuPage Children’s Museum Naperville $2,500
Princeton Theatre Group Princeton $2,500
Southland College Prep HS Richton Park $2,500
Quad City Arts Rock Island $2,500
The Hub – Arts & Cultural Center Rushville $2,500
Sandwich Opera House Sandwich $2,500
Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago Skokie $2,500
University of IL – Springfield Springfield $2,500
Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival Urbana $2,500
19 grants to 14 communities $47,500

Grant Awards for Indiana

Organization City Grant Award
Lotus Education and Arts Foundation Bloomington $2,500
USA International Harp Competition Bloomington $2,500
The Starbase Inc Fishers $2,500
Bridging Worlds, Inc Fort Wayne $2,500
Fort Wayne Cinema Center, Inc Fort Wayne $2,500
DePauw University Greencastle $2,500
Arthentic Arts, Inc Indianapolis $2,500
Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis $2,500
Judah Ministries Indianapolis $2,500
City of Jasper Jasper $2,500
Fischoff National Chamber Music Association Notre Dame $2,500
Merrimans Playhouse South Bend $2,500
Art Barn School of Art Valparaiso $2,500
13 grants to 9 communities $32,500

Grant Awards for Iowa

Organization City Grant Award
Quad Cities Chamber Foundation Davenport $2,500
City Music Assoc. of Des Moines Des Moines $2,500
Community Support Advocates Des Moines $2,500
Gateway Dance Theatre Des Moines $2,500
Earlham Chicks with Checks Earlham $2,500
Public Space One Iowa City $2,500
Iowa City Poetry Iowa City $2,500
Art Center Assoc. of Sioux City Sioux City $2,500
8 grants to 5 communities $20,000

Grant Awards for Michigan

Organization City Grant Award
Kerrytown Concert House Ann Arbor $2,500
The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College Benton Harbor $2,500
Tuba Back Chamber Music Festival Big Rapids $2,500
Real People Media Calumet $2,500
Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Charlevoix $2,500
Cheboygan Area Arts Council Cheboygan $2,500
TeMaTe Institute for Black Dance and Culture Detroit $2,500
Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University East Lansing $2,500
Grand Rapids Womens Chorus Grand Rapids $2,500
Good Hart Artist Residency Harbor Springs $2,500
Interlochen Center for the Arts Interlochen $2,500
Theatre North Ironwood $2,500
Kalamazoo Nature Center Kalamazoo $2,500
Kalkaska Downtown Development Authority Kalkaska $2,500
Michigan Jazz Festival Livonia $2,500
Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center Marquette $2,500
Oscoda County Library Mio $2,500
Polynesian Arts Advocacy Council of Michigan Novi $2,500
Accent Pontiac Pontiac $2,500
TempleArts Saginaw $2,500
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Saugatuck $2,500
South Haven Arts Association South Haven $2,500
Eisenhower Dance Ensemble Southfield $2,500
Great Lakes Children’s Museum Traverse City $2,500
24 grants to 24 communities $60,000

Grant Awards for Minnesota

Organization City Grant Award
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Chaska $2,500
An Opera Theatre Minneapolis $2,500
Open Eye Figure Theatre Minneapolis $2,500
Ragamala Music and Dance Theatre Minneapolis $2,500
New York Mills Arts Retreat New York Mills $2,500
Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Red Wing $2,500
Grassroots Culture St. Paul $2,500
Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts St. Paul $2,500
Mizna St. Paul $2,500
Frozen River Film Festival Winona $2,500
Minnesota Marine Art Museum Winona $2,500
11 grants to 6 communities $27,500

Grant Awards for North Dakota

Organization City Grant Award
Plains Art Museum Fargo $2,500
The Human Family Fargo $2,500
North Dakota Museum of Art Grand Forks $2,500
New Rockford Area Betterment Corp New Rockford $2,500
4 grants to 3 communities $10,000

Grant Awards for Ohio

Organization City Grant Award
Ashtabula Arts Center Ashtabula $2,500
Community Food Initiatives Athens $2,500
A Mindful Moment Cincinnati $2,500
Cincinnati Museum Center Cincinnati $2,500
Wave Pool Corp. Cincinnati $2,500
Cleveland Modern Dance Assoc. Cleveland $2,500
Cuyahoga Community College Foundation Cleveland $2,500
FRONT Exhibition Company Cleveland $2,500
Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center Cleveland $2,500
Les Delices Cleveland $2,500
Writers in Residence Cleveland $2,500
ARTFUL Ohio, Inc. Cleveland Heights $2,500
Mojuba! Dance Collective Cleveland Heights $2,500
Columbus Center for Human Services Columbus $2,500
Dick and Jane Project Columbus $2,500
Jazz Arts Group of Columbus Columbus $2,500
Maroon Arts Group Columbus $2,500
Hancock County Performing Arts Center Findlay $2,500
Darke County Center for the Arts Greenville $2,500
ORMACO Homerville $2,500
Kent State University Kent $2,500
FireFish Arts Inc. Lorain $2,500
Majestic Galleries Nelsonville $2,500
Abrepaso Flamenco Rocky River $2,500
24 grants to 13 communities $60,000

Grant Awards for South Dakota

Organization City Grant Award
Brookings Arts Council Brookings $2,500
Lemmon Public Library Lemmon $2,500
Rushmore Music Festival Rapid City $2,500
Friends of Levitt Shell Sioux Falls Sioux Falls $2,500
Meade County Senior Citizens Center Assoc. Sturgis $2,500
5 grants to 5 communities $12,500

Grant Awards for Wisconsin

Organization City Grant Award
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua Bayfield $2,500
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Brookfield $2,500
Thrasher Opera House Corp Green Lake $2,500
Arts & Literature Laboratory Madison $2,500
Overture Center Foundation Madison $2,500
Arts At Large Milwaukee $2,500
Black Arts MKE Milwaukee $2,500
Signature Dance Company Milwaukee $2,500
Woodland Pattern Book Center Milwaukee $2,500
Create Portage County Stevens Point $2,500
Performing Arts Foundation Wausau $2,500
Museum of Wisconsin Art West Bend $2,500
12 grants to 8 communities $30,000