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Our Mission: To Promote and Enhance the Creation, Performance, and Appreciation of the Arts in Region 7W BENTON, SHERBURNE, STEARNS, and WRIGHT Counties. www.centralmnartsboard.org. Applying for Awards. Emerging Artist *Artist statement *Work samples Established Artist

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Our Mission:

To Promote and Enhance the Creation, Performance, and Appreciation of the Arts in Region 7W



Applying for awards
Applying for Awards

Emerging Artist

*Artist statement

*Work samples

Established Artist

*Artist statement

*Work samples

*Evidence of contributions to the local arts community

*Artistic accomplishments

Writing your grant application
Writing your Grant Application

  • Essential parts

    • Artistic Merit/Quality

      • Artist Statement

      • Work Samples

    • Goals and Outcomes

      • Measurement/Evaluation

    • Demonstrating Need/Ability

    • Budget

    • Draft Review

Artist statement
Artist Statement

  • Who you are, why you do what you do

    • Talk about yourself, not other artists

    • Mention your medium, genre, your chosen subjects/themes

    • Be concise

      • under ½ page is best

Work samples
Work Samples

  • This is the ONLY impression the Board or Review panel will have of your work

    • Be sure your files are readable

    • Invest in acquiring high-quality samples

Goals and outcomes
Goals and Outcomes

  • Know the difference

    • Goals- establish specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-targeted objectives.

    • A goal can be long-term or short-term.

    • Outcomes- the end result


  • Does your proposal align with your goals and interests as an artist?

  • Does it align with the mission of your funder?

Smart goals model
SMART Goals model

  • S- Specific

  • M- Measureable

  • A- Achievable

  • R- Realistic

  • T-Time-bound

Examples of goals
Examples of Goals

  • To be proficient in throwing off the hump for at least four different forms by the end of three months.

  • Students will experience the creative process and exhibit a creative approach to problem-solving.

  • Shed some of the technical difficulties of playing the instrument that come with not being in a regular practice and performance routine

  • Take fourteen private lessons with the Associate Principal Oboist of the Minnesota Orchestra between May 2012 and January 2013

Goal measurement
Goal Measurement

  • Match your evaluation methods with your goals

    Methods of Evaluation:

  • Recording or photographing rehearsals, tracking hours spent writing or painting, formal or informal critiques from mentors and other artists

    • Two basic forms of Assessment

      • Qualitative

        • Results of skills learned, improved confidence

      • Quantitative

        • Things that can be counted: number of paintings, performances

Examples of outcomes
Examples of Outcomes

  • I have grown as an artist and now give more polished, meaningful performances

  • I know a method of bookbinding more traditional than those with which I was familiar

  • Ifeel a stronger connection with artists outside my chosen genre or medium.

  • I have the technical skills to weave saplings to create an environmental art work as stable as a building and fluid as a drawing.

Demonstrating need
Demonstrating Need

  • State need in terms of resources, not finances

    • Time is the primary element I am lacking in my studio practice.

    • I am only able to fire 15 cubic feet of work at a time,this capacity limits my production abilities

    • I have strong technical painting abilities, but my knowledge of color theory is weak


  • Check your math

  • Be sure numbers are consistent throughout the application

  • Show the method of calculation

  • Check guidelines for expenses that are/are not eligible

  • Call or email with questions

Awarding Funds

  • Applicants with the highest rankings are awarded until funds are exhausted for that grant round.

  • CMAB directors make the final decisions

  • An applicant must score at least a 3.0 in order to be considered for funding

Request a Draft Review!

* CMAB staff will review and make suggestions to help strengthen your application.

* Draft review requests can be made via email: [email protected] two weeks or more before the grant deadline

Central mn arts board resources
Central MN Arts Board Resources

  • Like us on Facebook

  • Follow us on Twitter

  • Register as a regional artist on our website

  • Sign up for our Arts E-news

  • For a list of additional grant resources and a registry of arts organizations in the region, state and nation visit our website at:

    • http://www.centralmnartsboard.org/resources/localresources.html

Additional resources
Additional Resources

  • Aroundthecloud.org

    • A website designed to advertise and promote arts and cultural activities within the four counties served by the CMAB.