United States of Art: Arts Midwest

Mar. 03, 2016

In September 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) began a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary. As a regional arts organization, Arts Midwest not only receives significant funding from the NEA, but is also a primary partner in the management of its national initiatives, The Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities. In order to honor this landmark anniversary, Arts Midwest produced a short video highlighting our work in the region, our partnership with the NEA, and what the arts means to us all.

Each state arts agency produced their own video as well. You can view them all at

New study released on how arts organizations learn, grow, and thrive

Jun. 25, 2014

Arts Midwest is excited to announce the launch of Capacity building and resilience, a case study report that investigates how small and mid-sized arts organizations learn, adapt, and grow. Examining the experiences of eight ArtsLab participants, this report identifies four capacities that have helped organizations in Minnesota and North Dakota thrive in the face of operational challenges, staffing and leadership changes, and shifts in funding. Key takeaways offer insights for similar organizations seeking to build their resiliency and for grantmakers supporting the arts and culture sector.

Capacity Building and Resilience coverSince its inception in 1999, ArtsLab has helped artists, cultural leaders, and their organizations strengthen operations, build cross-sector relationships, develop leadership skills, and deepen their connections to their communities. Through in-person visits and interviews with staff, board, and artists from organizations participating in ArtsLab, the Capacity building and resilience report asks how the program supported growth. Accompanying videos produced by Minneapolis-based Ackerman + Gruber offer perspectives directly from the featured organizations on their new skills, approaches, and successes.

This report was written by consultant and writer Sarah Lutman of Lutman & Associates with research conducted by evaluator M. Christine Dwyer of RMC Research. ArtsLab is generously supported by The McKnight Foundation, United Arts Fund, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, Bush Foundation, and Wallace Foundation.

Visit the report website

Musicians help celebrate David Fraher’s 30th anniversary

Jun. 19, 2014

To honor our president and CEO’s 30 years of leadership with the organization, staff commissioned three videos from past Caravanserai and Arts Midwest World Fest musicians. The ensembles were only too happy to help celebrate David’s anniversary with us!

Yamma Ensemble (Israel), King David

Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers (Pakistan), An-nal Isque

An Da Union (China), The Bell Girl & My Father’s Homeland Holboo


Nov. 15, 2013

On November 14, 2013 Arts Midwest joined hundreds of nonprofits across Minnesota for the state's largest day of charitable giving—Give to the Max Day. Our staff recorded videos and shared photographs answering the question: "Why do you love Arts Midwest?"

We received a tremendous amount of encouragement and support, and we'd love to thank everyone who watched, listened to, liked, shared and commented on our photos and videos. And of course a very special thank you to everyone who donated—on that day, and every day throughout the year.

See all of the photos and videos from the campaign below:

Arts Learning Xchange Symposium on Audience Engagement - Presentations

Feb. 04, 2013

Presentations by representatives from the Minnesota Opera, the Walker Art Center, Lyric Arts of Anoka, the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, Mu Performing Arts, the American Composers Forum, the Goldstein Museum of Design, Northern Clay Center, Park Square Theatre, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Pillsbury House + Theatre, and the MacPhail Center for Music.