We are pleased to announce the next phase of ArtsLab and its placement as a permanent program of Arts Midwest. With the generous reinvestment of the five foundations that have supported the program over the past three years: The McKnight Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, Mardag Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, and Bush Foundation, we recognize a continued need in the arts sector for training on how to cultivate relationships, adapt to environmental changes, and adopt sustainable business practices. Both parties are also invested in the unique approach of the ArtsLab program—including its multi-year commitment to organizations and its blend of quarterly retreats, technical assistance, and modest grants.
“Artists and the organizations that serve them are essential to the fabric of our communities,” said Kate Wolford, president of The McKnight Foundation. “ArtsLab has demonstrated its ability to extend the reach of artists and our arts and culture sector, and hence our quality of life in our region. We are very pleased to support our regional arts and culture community by enabling access to the leadership training, resources, and opportunities ArtsLab provides to help our artists succeed.”