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August 2014 
In This Issue
Arts Achievement Awards
MCF/MTF Awards
OD/Cap Application Workshops
Community Arts Workshops
Arts Activities Support Panels
Legacy Signs
LOCALS Invite
Resource Updates
Holiday Hours
FY 2015 Deadlines
Photos Needed!
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FY 2014 Summary
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At the end of each fiscal year, we are required to report statistics on all of our grant programs to the Minnesota State Arts Board. While fulfilling an important requirement, this process also provides a snapshot of how broadly access to excellent arts activities is spread as the result of State of Minnesota funding.
 
In the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014, MRAC received 814 applications and awarded 451 grants totaling
3,175,902 to organizations including a grant to VSA Minnesota for its regranting program, the ADA Access Improvement Grants for Metro Arts Organizations, which resulted in 16 grants totaling 162,143. These 467 grants were funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund, and by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. MRAC also received 340 applications from individual artists in the Next Step Fund program and awarded 38 grants totaling 182,586 with funds from The McKnight Foundation. MRAC also provided 23 arts management training sessions and 30 grant application workshops. All training sessions and grant application workshops are provided free of charge.

I'm always happy to point out to people that MRAC's grants to organizations are just for organizations with annual budgets under 400,000, and just for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan region, but 3.2 million is more than the entire budget for some state arts councils! We can, and do, talk about the economic impact of all this activity, but the widespread access to the arts in a vast array of art forms in this region and the state is nothing short of phenomenal.

Jeff Prauer

Executive Director 

 

Arts Achievement Awards

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) Board of Directors has selected Saint Paul Art Collective and Yellow Tree Theatre to be this year's recipients of the MRAC Arts Achievement Award, which includes a cash payment of 5,000. The twenty-seven nominations were reviewed by the MRAC Board of Directors based on how arts groups exemplify MRAC's vision for the region by:

*    Causing artists and arts activities to thrive, and/or
*    Integrating the arts into the social fabric and identity of a community(s), and/or
*    Enhancing understanding of the public value of the arts.

Click on the link to read the full press release about the awarded organizations.

 

Management Consulting and Management Training Funds Grant Awards  
 
Throughout the year, MRAC accepts applications for Management Consulting Fund grants (on a monthly basis) and Management Training Fund grants (on a weekly basis). These grants help arts organizations strengthen the management or administration of their group by either hiring a consultant to help complete a small management-related project or by attending management-related training opportunities.

Visit the
Recent Awards page for a list of FY 2014 Management Consulting Fund and Management Training Fund grant recipients sorted by the county of affiliation that includes award amounts and a short description of the project or management training opportunity.

 

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Organizational Development and Capital Grant Application Workshops  

The FY 2015
Organizational Development and Capital grant application deadlines are Monday, September 8, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. with an earliest project start date of November 26, 2014. Grant guidelines and a link to the online grant application interface are available on the respective grant program pages.

MRAC offers workshops designed to help groups prepare MRAC Organizational Development and Capital grant applications. Participants become familiar with the program and online application process and learn how to write effective MRAC grant proposals. The workshops will be specific to each grant program. Please click on the linked workshop date to register.

Organizational Development
Wednesday, August 6, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August  7, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Capital
Monday, August 4, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, August 8, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


The workshops are free and will be held in the MRAC conference room at 2324 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55114. Please contact us if you need special accommodations to attend.  

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Community Arts Grant Application Workshops
 
The FY 2015 Community Arts, Round 1 grant deadline is Monday, October 6, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. with an earliest project start date of December 17, 2014. The following workshops are designed to help groups prepare MRAC Community Arts grant applications. Participants will become familiar with the grant program and online application process and learn how to write effective MRAC grant proposals. Please click on the linked workshop date to register.

Tuesday, September 9, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m
Wednesday, September 10, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
All applications must be submitted using MRAC's online Grant Interface. Guidelines and a link to the grant interface are available on the Community Arts grant program page. The grant interface for this program will be activated on August 25, 2014.

The workshops are free and will be held in the MRAC conference room at 2324 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55114.  Please contact us if you need special accommodations to attend. 

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Arts Activities Support Grant Panels

The FY 2015 Arts Activities Support, Round 1 grant applications will be reviewed the week of September 15, 2014. The panel review meetings will begin each day at 9:00 a.m. with a short panel re-orientation.

Panel meetings are public, open meetings, and constituents are encouraged to come and listen to the reviews to gain a fuller understanding of the process and hear the panelists' comments directly. Applicants may listen to the proceedings but are not invited to make presentations or participate in the panel's discussion.

The daily schedules of panel reviews will be available in our September newsletter and on our website in September.

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Now Lending Legacy Amendment Signs 

Help us communicate the impact and value of Legacy Amendment funds! MRAC is now lending graphic banner signs (33.5"w x 83"h) with the Legacy Amendment logo and MRAC acknowledgement language for projects funded by the arts and cultural heritage fund for display at the funded event(s). Please contact Mara Miller at mara@mrac.org or by phone 651-523-6384 to reserve a sign. The number of signs we have is limited, so please reserve them early and return the signs promptly after using.

 

LOCALS List Invite 

LOCALS (Leaders of Community Arts Locations and Spaces) is a professional network of art center, arts council, community education, community theater and parks & recreation leadership that meets six to eight times per year. The sessions provide an opportunity to network, share best practices, and learn around timely topics designed to strengthen the leadership of community art spaces--places where people gather to participate in the arts.

If the description of the LOCALS group describes you and you are not on the LOCALS email list but would like to be, please send your name, organization, and email address to mara@mrac.org, Subject: LOCALS list. You must be on the LOCALS list to receive the LOCALS training announcements. If you came to LOCALS events or received LOCALS training announcements last year, you are already on the LOCALS list and we look forward to seeing you again this year.

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Resource Updates (These non-MRAC opportunities are listed at MRAC's discretion. The listing does not indicate an endorsement.)      

Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, in conjunction with the City of Bloomington and several partners, is requesting letters of interest and qualifications (RFQs) from individuals and teams who are interested in and capable of implementing a Creative Placemaking Demonstration project in the Bloomington South Loop. Proposed projects must support the City's vision to transform the South Loop from a dispersed, suburban commercial area into a walkable urban neighborhood that attracts residents, office tenants, hotel guests and shoppers by virtue of its unique character and assets. More information is available at www.btacmn.org/placemaking/artists.html. Deadline: August 8, 2014.

The City of St. Louis Park and the St. Louis Park Community Foundation have grant funding available for new arts programs that support community pride, connect artists and the community, and engage people in creative learning. Applicants need not reside in St. Louis Park, but projects must take place within the City. More information is available at www.stlouispark.org/arts-grants.html. Deadline: August 8, 2014.

The American Composers Forum's Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund) supports the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work. About ten grants are available--up to $7,000 for the composer or primary artist's time to create the work, and up to $1,500 to help make it happen and further its potential. More information is available at composersforum.org/program/jfund. Deadline: August 15, 2014.

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, is now accepting project support grant proposals in its autumn round of funding for arts-related projects. Grants will provide limited financial support up to $3,000 but will not exceed 50% of a project's budget. For a project to be considered, it must meet Rimon's mission to promote and enhance Jewish identity through arts and culture, support arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes, and to assist the greater Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts. More information is available at www.rimonMN.org. Deadline: August 27, 2014.  

 

The Minnesota State Arts Board's Partners in Arts Participation grant program is designed to support Minnesota nonprofit health or human service organizations to broaden opportunities for Minnesotans to participate in the arts by integrating the arts into their programming or services. Applicants may choose to have their constituents engage in existing high quality arts experiences, and/or may work with an artist or arts organization to design experiences tailored to meet the needs of the constituents they serve. More information is available at www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/machf-piap.htm. Deadline: September 12, 2014.

 

The 2014 Arts Midwest Conference is the preeminent booking and educational conference for the Midwest performing arts industry, and will return to the Minneapolis Convention Center on September 17-20.  For more information visit www.artsmidwest.org/programs/conference.  

 

Arts Midwest recently released a report, Capacity building and resilience, that investigates how small and mid-sized arts organizations learn, adapt, and grow. Examining the experiences of eight ArtsLab participants, the 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. Click the link above to find out more.  

Interested in a non-MRAC training opportunity, but not sure that your organization can afford the fee? MRAC offers a training fund grant for management or administrative-related training opportunities that will strengthen your organization. Visit the Management Training Fund program page for more information. 

 

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MRAC Holiday Hours

MRAC will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 for Labor Day.

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FY 2015 Grant Application Deadlines

Below are the remaining FY 2015 grant application deadlines. All applications must be submitted using the online MRAC Grant Interface. Unless otherwise noted, all applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date. "Submitted" means that your application has been received and time-stamped by the MRAC Grant Interface server.  

 

9/8/2014     Capital

9/8/2014     Organizational Development

10/6/2014   Community Arts, Round 1

11/3/2014   Arts Learning, Round 1

1/12/2015   Community Arts, Round 2

3/2/2015     Arts Learning, Round 2

3/2/2015     Next Step Fund, (11:59 p.m.)

4/6/2015     Arts Activities Support, Round 2

4/13/2015   Arts Achievement Award

 

Weekly           Management Training Fund

Weekly           Emergency Accessibility

Monthly         Management Consulting Fund

 

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Photos Needed for a New Brochure!

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council needs photos of arts activities from the past year to use on our website and in our print materials such as our brochure and annual report. We are looking for a variety of photos that will show the diversity of our community and the range of arts activities and arts disciplines that MRAC funds. Photos will be selected for use based on our needs and photo quality.


For more information and to submit your photos, please visit our photo submission page or contact Mara Miller by email at mara@mrac.org.

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MRAC FY 2014 Summary 

In FY 2014, MRAC received 814 applications and awarded 451 grants totaling
3,175,902 to arts organizations and/or projects including a 220,000 grant to VSA Minnesota for its re-granting program, the ADA Access Improvement Grants for Metro Arts Organizations. These grants were funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund, and by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. MRAC also received 340 applications from individual artists in the Next Step Fund program and awarded 38 grants totaling 182,586 with funds from The McKnight Foundation. MRAC also provided 23 arts management training sessions and 30 grant application workshops.

Photos for top ribbon provided by: Caponi Art Park, Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation, Twin Cities Women's Choir, Weavers Guild of Minnesota, and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.