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Arts Midwest presents and sponsors performances and exhibitions seen by more than half a million people annually throughout the Midwest and around the world.

Current Programs & Activities

  • ArtsLab, through a proven peer-learning environment, engages arts leaders at around deep learning, building the resilience and relevance of cultural organizations and strengthening the place of arts and culture within Midwestern communities.
  • The Arts Midwest Conference, bringing together performing artists, artist managers/agents, performing arts presenters, and service organizations engaged in connecting the performing arts to audiences across the Central United States.
  • Arts Midwest Folkefest tours traditional music ensembles from Finland and Sweden for week-long residencies in communities throughout our region.
  • Arts Midwest Touring Fund, supporting the inter-state touring of professional performing artists to communities throughout Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin nd the Native nations that share this geography.
  • Arts Midwest World Fest, presenting international musical ensembles in intensive week-long residencies in smaller Midwest communities.
  • Creating Connection is a national movement focused on making arts, culture, and creative expression a more recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life.
  • Shakespeare in American Communities supports high-quality, professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays and related educational activities for middle- and high-school students in underserved schools throughout the United States.
  • We the Many a project of Arts Midwest that seeks to expand the understanding of what it means to be a Midwesterner through the creative exchange of voices, cultures, and ideas.