MN State Arts Board

Minnesota State Arts Board

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and
encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state.
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K-12 Arts Challenge Minnesota grant

Greater Minnesota schools that would like to host an artist residency are encouraged to apply for a Minnesota State Arts Board K-12 Arts Challenge Minnesota grant.

This is a noncompetitive grant program; funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Please download the application materials which contain additional eligibility information and application instructions.

Applications will be accepted any time until May 30, 2011; or until all available funds are expended, whichever comes first.
Be counted in the “MN Arts Count” census of Minnesota artists and arts organizations

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The Minnesota State Arts Board is conducting a census of all artists and arts organizations in the state. As directed by the state legislature, the census will provide a baseline of data that the Arts Board will use to gauge the size, scope, and impact of the arts sector across Minnesota.

Take the survey at or, if you prefer, paper surveys are available by calling 800-748-3222 extension 225.

From ballet to bottle caps, your art counts.

More info on MN Arts Count
Poetry Out Loud

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Recitation and performance are major new trends in poetry. There has been a recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of hip-hop music. Poetry Out Loud builds on that momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class.
Arts and cultural heritage fund grants

The Minnesota State Arts Board has approved nearly $7 million in arts and cultural heritage fund project grants. The grants fall under three broad headings: Arts and Arts Access, Arts Learning, and Arts and Cultural Heritage. Grantees were selected from a pool of nearly 500 applicants, seeking a combined total of more than $18 million.

Visit the FY 2010 Grantees page to see the lists of grants awarded.
Stay in Touch

If you’d like to receive information and updates from the Arts Board via e-mail, please sign-up for the board’s electronic mailing list.
Arts Research / Policy / Cultural Issues
Artists in the Workforce
Artists in the Workforce 1990-2005

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released the first nationwide look at artists’ demographic and employment patterns in the 21st century. Artists in the Workforce analyzes working artist trends, gathering new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau to provide a comprehensive overview of this workforce segment, its maturation over the past 30 years, along with detailed information on specific artist occupations.
Artists Count!
Artists Count!

Minnesota is home to nearly 20,000 individual artists; their artistic spending totaled $295 million during 2007. To learn more, download this new report on the economic impact of the spending by Minnesota’s individual artists.
Arts & Culture: Economic Impact Study
Arts & Culture: Economic Impact Study

A study of the economic impact of Minnesota’s nonprofit arts and culture industry demonstrates that the arts are a powerful economic development tool. Nearly 15 million Minnesotans are enthusiastic consumers of arts and culture in the state.