In this Issue...
Arts Advocacy Day
Cool and Creative Get Together
Upcoming Q&A Session and Workshops
Upcoming Deadlines
Get Involved
Show support by attending Arts Advocacy Day tomorrow, March 6th!
Join your fellow arts advocates from across Minnesota for the arts community’s annual day of action!
Arts Advocacy Day 2018 schedule :
7:30 am : Doors Open at the Minnesota History Center
8:00-9:00 am : Registration & Coffee (For those not attending Reveal or Class.)
8:00 am : Big Reveal of the Creative Minnesota 2017 Report
8:30 am : Advocacy Class for New Attendees
9:00 am : Rally & Join your Team
10:00 am : Walk or Take MCA Shuttle to Capitol
10:15 am - 2 pm : Legislator Appointments (MCA Homebase will be in the Transportation Building.)

More information about Arts Advocacy Day can be found here !
Iron Range Cool and Creative Get Together Meeting
The Iron Range Cool and Creative Get Together is coming Thursday, March 29 at the Minnesota Discovery Center from 9 am to 4 pm.
The event is sponsored by Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the Lyric Center for the Arts, the Blandin Foundation, and the Bush Foundation. The Get Together is a time for artists, arts organization leaders, economic developers, and civic leaders to get together to work on building arts across the Iron Range.
All of us believe that art is crucial to community vitality and helping keep our communities welcoming and strong.
What is the Cool and Creative Get Together? An interactive day of connecting artists with each other and with community leaders. The goals of the day are:

  • We want more creative people to feel connected and inspired to work with each other;
  • We want to give those people more tools by helping them to develop networks, providing leadership tools; and
  • We want others to have a better understanding of the power of the arts to improve the quality of life in the region: culturally, socially, and economically.
Laura Zabel, the executive director of Springboard for the Arts, will be the keynote speaker. She’s an expert on inspiring artists and helping artists work with their communities. Springboard has created dozens of classes to help artists grow their businesses and brought hundreds of thousands of dollars into Greater Minnesota for partnerships between communities and their artists.

Sheila Smith, the executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, will also be speaking on the recent Creative Minnesota studies that show the tens of millions of dollars of economic impact that artists and arts organizations have on Northeastern Minnesota. 

We also have $15,000 available for small grants (up to $5,000) to carry out the mission of the day. You’ll find out details of the grants at the event and only groups that send a representative to the Cool and Creative Get Together will be eligible, so make sure to check in at arrival.
This will be a great event if you love the arts and think they can help your community. Or if you are an artist or work with an arts organization and want to learn more about building your own portfolio. There will be many chances to sit down with people who have money for grants for artists and arts organizations.
There will also be sessions designed to help civic leaders better understand the impact of the arts and the best ways to interact with artists.
We welcome everyone from the Arrowhead region. Feel free to pass this invite on to anyone that you feel would be interested.
To register or get more information, please email Sara Ferkul at Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation:  or call 218-735-3020.
Please register no later than March 14, 2018
Upcoming Q&A Session and Workshops in Ely and Duluth
In the following weeks, ARAC will present a Fellowship Q&A session and two workshops to help you understand and navigate the application process. Attending will be a great way to get your questions answered and get helpful program advice from the Grants Manager.

ARAC Fellowship Program Q&A Session (Duluth)
Where: Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, 424 W Superior St Suite 104, Duluth
When: Tuesday, March 13th from 5-7 pm

ARAC Grants for Individuals and Organizations (Ely)
Where: Ely Folk School, 209 E Sheridan St, Ely
When: Saturday, March 24th from 1-3 pm

ARAC Grants for Individuals and Organizations (Duluth)
Where: Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, 424 W Superior St Suite 104, Duluth
When: Thursday, April 5th from 5:30-7:30 pm 
Upcoming Deadlines
The following grant program is now open for ARAC's upcoming March 30th, 2018 application deadline. See the program description below for more details.

  • Artist Fellowship (for Individuals): recognizes, encourages, and awards grant funding of $7,000 each through to regional artists pursuing activities that allow them to achieve their artistic goals.

The deadline for submitting grant applications to this program is Friday, March 30th .

The following grant programs are ARAC's upcoming applications available to apply for starting March 16th, 2018 . See the program descriptions below for more details.

  • Rural & Community Art Project (for Organizations): awards grant funding of up to $5,000 to groups outside of Duluth to support community or artist initiated arts activities.

  • Career Development (for Individuals): awards grant funding of up to $3,000 for artists to take advantage of an impending opportunity or to carry out a well-planned project that will significantly impact their artistic development.

The deadline for submitting grant applications to these programs is Friday, April 27th .
Get Involved!
It's that time of year again! ARAC is currently accepting applications for the upcoming fiscal year starting July 2018. See the many ways you can get involved below!

Join the Board!
Serving on the ARAC Board is a great way to give back and to learn more about the arts going on in your community. Current openings will be for members from  Aitkin County, Carlton County, Cook County, and   Lake County and a Student Liaison To find out more about Board duties and how to apply to be a member, click  here !

Join a Grant Panel!
Interested in getting involved but don't have the time to commit as a full board member? Consider becoming a grant panelist! Grant panelists meet once or twice a year to review grant applications for funding. It's a great way to learn more about the arts in your community and learn more about the grant process. To find out more about becoming a grant panelist,  here !

Calling all Students!
ARAC will soon be hiring for their next  Media Relations Intern . This important position helps with building ARAC's presence both online and offline. Interns serve for 1 year starting in June and learn so much! Keep an eye on our  website  for a job posting in April.

Serving with the Council is a great way to get involved and to learn more about the arts going on your community!
ARAC Funded Events Calendar
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Arrowhead Regional Arts Council 

Ordean Building, Suite 104
424 West Superior St, 
Duluth, MN 55802 

(218)722-0952 or (800)569-8134