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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
Intent to Apply Due September 21

GIG Fund

Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the GIG Fund. Through this grant, Midwestern organizations may request up to $4,000 to contract with a professional artist and offer activities to their community.

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People dressed in kilts, sailor costumes, and shrimp costumes standing in a circle.
Photo Credit: Joel Sass
Open Eye Theater’s performance of “Loch Mess: The World’s Largest Freshwater Musical” at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis, MN.
Apply by October 16, 2023

National Leaders Of Color Fellowship

Arts Midwest and the other United States Regional Arts Organizations are now accepting applications for an eight-month leadership development experience for emerging leaders of color.

During this no-cost online fellowship, selected fellows receive access to specialists in the field, strategic learning objectives determined to deepen thought on anti-racist and culturally-oriented leadership practices, and national-level network and cohort building.

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Grid of headshots of eight smiling people.
From left top: Rebecca Graves, A. Alanda Gregory, Anika Kowalik, Clara Martinez, Mi Shen, Jorge Silva, Chelsea Steffes, and André Zhang Sonera.

Best Practices for Federal Grant Applications

Federal funding for the arts is available but not always the most accessible, especially if you’ve never applied for opportunities in the past. This article provides a basic eligibility roadmap for non-profit organizations that are new to seeking federal funding.

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Photo Credit: West Cliff Creative
Shakespeare Play On leads a Shakespeare and Social Justice Workshop at Los Gatos High School, in Los Gatos, CA.

Filling the Well Podcast

Filling the Well is a podcast created to nourish, provoke, and inspire artists and arts leaders.

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Photo Credit: Mayumi Park

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