Arts in the Schools Grants Program

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council

Relevent Country: United States of America

The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council has launched the Arts in the Schools grant program that provides public schools with funding for activities such as artist residencies with a professional artist or organization working in-depth with students, juried student art exhibits, and field trips to art galleries, professional performances.

Arts in the Schools grant projects must be open to all students within a grade, subject discipline, or activity, rather than exclusive to a student organization or specific students selected by teachers. Projects may occur during the school year or during the summer.

To broaden the total impact, the general community should be involved in some aspect. Examples: invite the community to an exhibit of students’ residency work, host a Meet the Artist night, or sponsor a community education class. Detail the community component of your project.

Funding Information

  • Arts in the Schools grants are available for up to $4,000.

Geographical Focus

  • Applicant schools must be located within the eighteen counties of the SW MN Arts Council service region (Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties) or on tribal lands within their service area.
  • They acknowledge that this region occupies the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of the Dakota people, who have stewarded these lands throughout the generations.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Arts in the Schools grant program is open to public schools and community education. Both types of organizations may apply under the Arts in the Schools program for school-related projects and under Art Projects for community-related projects.