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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: Bruce Silcox

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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A group of women participating in a traditional West African drum and dance performance.
Photo Credit: TeMaTe Institute
Applications Due 5/22/23

Midwest Award for Artists with Disabilities

The Midwest Award for Artists with Disabilities is a new $3,000 award that recognizes disabled visual artists, celebrates their efforts, and encourages their future work.

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An abstract painting of a tree in vivid colors.
Photo Credit: Timothy Traver and Interact Center for Visual & Performing Arts
“Untitled” by Timothy Traver, courtesy of the artist and Interact Center for Visual & Performing Arts.

Filling the Well Returns with New Episodes

Expand your understanding of creativity by hearing from rural and Indigenous artists in new episodes of our Filling the Well podcast.

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An illustration of a pair of hands holding a river and a grove of birch trees.
Photo Credit: Mayumi Park

Write For Us

Arts Midwest has a new multimedia storytelling initiative that celebrates arts, creativity, and culture in our region. If you are a creative invested in your community, the region, and its peoples, fill out the form below and help us kick off this exciting initiative.

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Living Commitment to Native Nations

Native Nations and Indigenous people are still here and will be here beyond the boundaries of time and politics. Native people, Native land, Native history, and Native futures are essential and intrinsic to the region that is now called the Midwest.

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Two people stand next to each other and play different types of wooden flutes.
Photo Credit: Shigeyo Henriquez
Manhu ensemble member Wang Tao and local musician Keith Bear from the Fort Berthold Reservation exchange flutes during Manhu’s World Fest residency in Dickinson, ND.

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