About the Creativity News Desk
The Creativity News Desk amplifies stories about the power of arts and creativity in the Midwest.
We commission stories from writers, photographers, videographers, illustrators, and podcasters. We also support partnerships, grants, and learning opportunities for the media field.
We seek out stories that go beyond traditional arts coverage and celebrate creativity in all its forms. We are especially focused on stories of, by, and for Native communities, rural communities, and communities of color.
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Arts Midwest retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our initiative, the Creativity News Desk. We maintain a firewall between our coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services, or opinions.
We accept gifts and grants from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities. Arts Midwest may consider donations to support coverage that aligns with the goals of the news desk and our organizational values. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content. The Creativity News Desk recognizes the importance of transparency. We commit to disclosing the names of all donors who support this initiative.
Arts Midwest’s Creativity News Desk is generously supported by Builders Initiative. Builders Initiative is the philanthropic team of Builders Vision, an impact platform dedicated to supporting people and organizations building a more humane and healthy planet. Builders Initiative is a strategic philanthropy that includes grantmaking and impact investing.
This project is also supported by Arts Midwest’s gift from MacKenzie Scott, an unrestricted contribution received in 2021.
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Creative Midwest Media Cohort
We support innovative media outlets that are amplifying and celebrating Midwestern art and creativity. Ten organizations have received a total of $150,000 through the Creative Midwest Media Cohort, a new year-long program.
Recent Creativity News Desk Stories
How New Detroit Bookstores Forged Community Ties to Survive After the Pandemic
February 21 2024
“What we strive to do is not only be a place where you can come buy books, but a place where you can share your own story,” said Drew Pineda,…
Rural Resonances: Three Michigan Musicians Embrace Place in Their Creative Practice
February 20 2024
They are connected by their work in contemporary classical music and their commitment to the rural communities they’ve chosen to base their artistic practice in.
Two Novice Alpaca Farmers Create an Oasis for Community in Minnesota
February 19 2024
Raising livestock and growing a flower farm didn’t feature in Brooke Spindler and Tim Lom’s life plans, but they chose to take a chance and throw the doors wide open…
Tiny Town, Big Diversity: How One Rural Iowa Town is Celebrating Cultures
February 14 2024
Young people in Hampton, Iowa, home to Latino immigrants and exchange students from around the world, hosted a unique event to celebrate diversity, difference, and culture.
This Nonprofit is on a Mission to Platform Asian Culture and Artists in North Dakota
February 13 2024
As part of the fastest growing Asian population in the country, the co-founders of North Dakota Asian-American Arts and Culture Initiative are creating welcoming spaces for new residents and showcasing…
How One Community is Embracing Diversity and Building a Drag Scene in Rural Ohio
February 12 2024
In an area of Ohio covered in farmland and conservative yard signs, drag culture fights to flourish.