Are you a Minnesota-based artist, musician, writer, concert promoter, poet, dancer, director, thespian?
Have you ever wanted to get your work out, throughout the state, but did not know where to start?
Do you have a project in mind that you have always wanted to do, but do not know how to get funding? Does navigating the granting process feel overwhelming? If these questions resonate with you, then I am right there with you. The arts can be an extremely confusing and intimidating field to try to break into. Without answers to the questions you have and without places and people to turn to that can help guide you along the way, it feels like your projects will never come to fruition. I know from experience that this can be not only frustrating; it can make a person feel defeated.
You may be astonished, as I was, to discover that there are organizations that exist for the sole purpose of funding the arts, helping you create your project, promote it and guide you through the granting process. I know that it may sound too good to be true, but I am here to let you know that it IS true and there is event coming up where organizations from throughout the state of Minnesota will be all gathering to meet YOU and get to know YOU. The best part is that this event is absolutely free.
It is called the Arts Resource Fair and is taking place in Alexandria, Minnesota on May 18 at Knute Nelson/Grand Arbor from 10 am to 2:30 pm. You may be asking yourself “What exactly is an Arts Resource Fair?” It is an event being sponsored by Lake Region Arts Council, and in their own words it: “Provides regional artists and state-wide arts organizations the opportunity to meet and get to know each other. The Arts Resource Fair is a time to connect, communicate and create community. Artists will have the opportunity to meet and talk with grant makers, exhibition/performance venues, and a variety of organizations that want to help them become a better artist, singer, dancer, writer or performer. There will be panel discussions, workshops and guest speakers. By attending, an artist will be better prepared to advance with their career goals and become aware of new opportunities to contribute to the growth and vitality of their communities.”
The organizations that will be there include the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Kaddatz Gallery, the Rourke Gallery, FilmNorth, the Loft, MN Music Coalition, Pioneer Public TV, the Playwrights Center, the Jerome Foundation, and Springboard for the Arts to name a just a few.
We are fortunate to have a vibrant arts community, strong arts advocates, and arts supporters in the area. The organizations that are coming here for this event want to add their support, too. I am absolutely thrilled that the Arts Resource Fair is occurring and hope that all of you can take advantage of this opportunity to connect with these great arts organizations. They want you to be able to achieve your goals, live out your dreams, see your projects become reality and I encourage you to connect with the organizations at the Arts Resource Fair in order to make it happen.
Lake Region Arts Council asks that you pre-register in order for them to be able to accommodate for the correct number of people. You may register right here:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact LRAC by phone at: 218-739-5780 or by email at: LRAC4@LRACgrants.org.