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Amplifying the power of 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.

Pictoria Vark performing on the Bravo Stage with her band.
Photo by: Mia McGill

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 dancer in full Native Amerian regalia performs for a crowd in a packed library.
Photo by: Chase Castor

Creativity Amplified: Arts Midwest’s New Brand + Strategy

For the past two years, our team at Arts Midwest has been working with partners, constituents, and stakeholders to explore how we can best serve our region. Now, we are thrilled to share the results of that work with you in the form of a new brand, website, and strategic direction.

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Axiom Brass sits on a stage and play various brass instruments, below a glowing projection of planet Earth.
Photo by: Axiom Brass
Axiom Brass playing below a glowing projection of planet Earth.
Applications Due February 8, 2023

Now Accepting Applications: Shakespeare in American Communities

Shakespeare in American Communities is a grant of up to $25,000 that connects youths across the country to Shakespeare’s plays by supporting performances and workshops in schools and in the justice system.

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People perform on a cement square outside with students sitting around them. In the center there's a person wearing a crown and Shakespeare era clothing, seemingly crying out as a person with a cane lays at their feet, appearing to be dead.
Photo by: Rachel Fey
Actors performing The Tempest for students at the Colorado Springs School.

Meet the Spring 2023 GIG Fund Recipients

100 organizations recently received a total of $400,000 as part of the GIG Fund. These awards will support creative projects and educational events in Spring 2023, helping Midwestern organizations present artists in their community and offset the costs of programming and touring.

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A group of Black dancers in a dance classroom crouch low to the ground with arms extended at an angle
Photo by: DANCECleveland
Choreographer Stephen Petronio leads a workshop for 25 high school students at the Cleveland School of the Art as part of a Fall 2022 GIG Fund activity.
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Call for Creatives

Arts Midwest is launching 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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