The Artist in Residence (AIR) program provides funds of up to $3,500 to schools and nonprofit organizations in support of activities directed by, or conducted in cooperation with an artist who engages students and enables learning through the creative process. These funds are provided through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Resident artists must be chosen on the basis of their ability to enhance programs and curriculum. An ideal residency is composed of a balance between demonstration and hands-on activity.  Artists-in-Residence enrich student experiences by sharing and demonstrating a deep understanding of their art form.

Who Can Apply

Applicants must serve Region 7W residents and be located within the Minnesota counties of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, or Wright.

  • Nonprofit 501(c) (3) arts organizations  
  • Community groups WITHOUT nonprofit designation that are sponsored by a fiscal agent
  • Nonprofit organizations, that do not have arts as a primary focus
  • Public Schools
  • Local government entities (city, township and county)

The Guidelines include the questions and
instructions for completing an application.


Download the Guidelines.doc in Microsoft Word to use as a draft!


NEW? Watch the Applicant Tutorial for instructions on
creating an account and using the online grant system

Application DEADLINES:
Rnd 1: Wed., August 7, 2019
Rnd 2: Wed., March 11, 2020

*DRAFT Review
Requests no later than:

Rnd 1: Wed., July 24, 2019
Rnd 2: Wed., February 12, 2020

BOARD Review Dates:
Rnd 1: Thurs., September 19, 2019
Rnd 2: Thurs., April 9, 2020

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