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Amplifying Midwestern Creativity

Arts Midwest supports, informs, and celebrates arts organizations and creative communities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, the Native Nations that share this geography, and beyond.

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Photo Credit: Grace Richardson

Grant Opportunities and Programs

We support efforts that connect people, ideas, and solutions through creativity. Learn more about our grantmaking initiatives and our community programming.

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Photo Credit: LunART

What We Learned: We the Many

From 2019-24, we supported six partners as they created unique artist residencies with their communities. Here’s what we learned along the way.

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From L to R, clockwise: Dancers at La Luz Centro Cultural’s Gran Festival; an in-progress shot of Art on the Prairies’ mural; opening night at For the Love of the Art’s Creativity Center; a young participant at Sacred Pipe Resource Center; Sisseton Arts Council hosts their theater in the Park series; Latinx Youth Theater participants perform on stage.

How To Implement a Four-Day Work Week at Your Organization

A roadmap for transitioning your organization to a four-day work week, drawing insights from Arts Midwest’s experience implementing this model in 2022.

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Photo Credit: Alana Horton
An Arts Midwest staffer weaves a basket at the 2023 Staff Retreat.

Arts Midwest’s Living Commitment to Native Nations: 2023 Update

An update on the actions we made to activate our living commitment to Native Nations last year, and what’s still in progress.

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Photo Credit: Grace Richardson
Pamyua, an Inuit band from Alaska, leads a workshop in Oskaloosa, Iowa as part of World Fest.

Public Funding for the Arts in the Midwest: 2024 by the Numbers

In February, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies released new data on 2024 legislative appropriations to state arts agencies across the country. Here’s what the numbers look like in the Midwest, and here’s why they matter.

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Photo Credit: Mutual Dance Theatre
Dancers from Mutual Dance Theatre. perform “Be’s” by Stevie Lamblin.