Workshops & Webinars

Art Grants Opportunities Workshops

Bring your artistic visions into reality!

Join Central Minnesota Arts Board staff to learn information about arts-related grant programs and continuing education opportunities. This session will also include advice and instruction for navigating the grant application process. Applicants must reside in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns or Wright county to be eligible.

Wed., July 17 from 4:30 -6:30 p.m. at Riverside Inn, 118 3rd St S, Cold Spring, MN 56320
Thurs., August 8 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at MontiArts, Linn St & W. Broadway St., Monticello, MN 55362
Thurs., September 12 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. at the CMAB Office, 220 4th Ave N, Foley, MN 56329

  • Find the program to fit your needs
  • Learn how to apply
  • Receive advice for preparing work samples and other application documents

Engaging People with Disabilities in the Arts: Could, Should or Must

Presented by VSA’s Craig Dunn, Executive Director and an arts-interested community member who lives with a disability
Wed., July 31 at Great River Regional Library – St. Cloud, St Cloud MN

If one of every five Minnesotans lives with a disability – a hefty portion of your potential arts audience – how many are you actually seeing at your arts events? And how can you entice more to participate simply by addressing their hearing, vision, mobility, sensory and other needs?
This presentation will help your arts group think about, plan and prioritize ways to welcome people with disabilities to your activities and venues. VSA Minnesota staff and one or two arts consumers with disabilities will share experiences, barriers (real or perceived) and solutions – including:
* accepting the accessibility challenge at the board and staff level,
* surveying your access needs,
* making improvements with accessible publicity (flyers, news releases, website, email, social media), physical access, event communication accommodations, admission prices, and…
* more ways of meeting the spirit and letter of the law in engaging people with disabilities.
You’ll get tools and resources to develop your access planning process and determine what could, should and must be addressed to more effectively involve one-fifth of the population in your arts activities.

Artist Working Sessions

The Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB) staff will be available to assist area artists interested in arts-related grant opportunities. Receive one-on-one guidance in finding the program that fits your needs, grant writing tips, and navigating the online application process.

Held at the CMAB Office, 220 4th Ave N.Foley, MN 56329
Wed., September 11 & 25, 2019 from 9am-4pm
Wed., December 18, 2019 from 9am-4pm
Tues., January 7, 2020 from 9am-4pm

Receive one-on-one guidance

  • Finding the right program
  • learning how to apply
  • preparing work samples
  • preparing budgets for proposals

Grant Funding opportunities available for artists to: Mentor with a professional; Create a new body of work; Purchase equipment or supplies; Website or portfolio development; Take an arts class, workshop or attend a conference.

Sessions are FREE
Make an appointment to guarantee availability!
call 320-968-4290 ext.4 or email

CMAB Grant Writing Webinar

CMAB Program officer, Heather Allen, presents a 4-session webinar designed to take you through the steps of planning an arts grant proposal. The guidance and resources you receive can be used to apply for grant funds in support of your artistic vision.

  • Learn about common mistakes grant writers make and how to avoid them
    Spend time gathering contacts and resources that will make your project a success
    Build or strengthen the plan for your creative endeavor
    Receive guidance and support
  • This course may serve as an introduction to grant writing, if you have never applied for a grant before, but will also benefit those who already have applied for grants in the past. Help us to make meaningful and lasting contributions to Region 7W’s cultural fabric.
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