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Community Creativity Cohort

Making art central to problem-solving on more issues in more communities all around our region.

How do we do this?

Trust people to know what they need.

The Community Creativity Cohort was a capacity building program built on this idea that ran from 2019-2022. The program’s aims were to support organizations that make art and culture central to problem solving and strengthening their community.

The cohort included both art and culture organizations and non-art organizations. It focused on organizations led by and serving people of color or Indigenous people and/or led by and serving people from tribal and rural communities and smaller towns in our region. Participants received general operating grants and capacity building support.

Learn more about the cohort.


Kayla Schubert, program manager, 612.238.8015
Carly Newhouse, program & accessibility manager, 612.238.8002

As of July 1, 2022, Arts Midwest is testing out a 4-day work week to give time back to our staff to pursue creative passions and recharge. Please note that our office is now closed on Fridays. If you contact us on a Friday, we will get back to you after the weekend.


The Community Creativity Cohort was funded by the Bush Foundation and operated by Arts Midwest.

Banner photo: Little Africa Annual Festival (St Paul, MN): Jacob and Freweini share the story of Greta McClain’s mural, Braided. Photo used with permission of African Economic Development Solutions.