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Five Wings announces $43,000 available for artists

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The Five Wings Arts Council announces that artists, residing in Wadena, Todd, Morrison, Cass, and Crow Wing Counties, may apply for over $43,000, through the newly revised Individual Artist grant program.

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Artists may seek support to complete a project to further their career through training or purchase of equipment. Artists of any discipline are eligible, including those who work in the visual arts, music, dance, theater, literary arts, media arts, and across artistic disciplines. Applicants do not need to have art as their primary form of livelihood. For example, a teacher who volunteers her talents as a musician in a local orchestra may apply to participate in a workshop related to the instrument she plays. A retiree who expresses through writing, may seek funds to hire an editor to prepare a book for publication. A painter or photographer may apply for funds to frame their work for exhibition.

The Individual Artist Project Support Grant Program provides up to $2500 to complete projects to advance the career of area artists. The Individual Artist Professional Development Grant Program will provide up to $1500 for artists to attend workshop, work one-on-one with a master artist to strengthen their knowledge and skills. This may include workshop fees, mentor fees, travel costs, and supply costs. Artists must supply at least 25% of the total project cost in either cash or inkind support. Creative time may be considered as part of the application request. Review criteria include: overall excellence of the artist’s work, the projects contribution to the artist’s professional growth, and the commitment of the artist to develop their skills and knowledge.

To apply, interested applicants should go to the Five Wings Arts Council website at www.fwac.org, click on the Grants Page, where they will find more detailed information, grant guidelines, and links to the online grant application process. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications that are submitted by the first Friday of the month will be reviewed at that month’s board meeting, typically the fourth Tuesday of each month, with the exception of July and December, when the board does not meet.

Applicants should contact Five Wings Arts Council to discuss their applications in order to ensure they are eligible to apply. FWAC staff members are available to assist artists by providing a preliminary review of the application.

In addition to grant support, Five Wings Arts Council will also offer a series of workshops to help individual artists enhance their abilities to create, market, and exhibit their artwork. Anyone interested in learning more should contact Vicki at Five Wings Arts Council.

The FWAC Individual Artist grant programs are made possible through funding support from the McKnight Foundation, which believes that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive. The McKnight Foundation supports working artists to create and contribute to vibrant communities.

Contact the Five Wings Arts Council for more information, 1-877-654-2166 or e-mail vicki.fwac@arvig.net

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