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Arts Midwest Announces 120 GIG Fund Recipients

Two people performing; one is wearing white 3-D glasses and singing into a microphone, and the other is wearing sunglasses and a black protective mask and playing drums.
Kassa Overall and Rob Dz perform at a May 2022 GIG Fund event in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of Arts + Literature Laboratory.

Arts Midwest's GIG Fund will support 120 organizations with grants for creative projects and educational events.


120 organizations across the Midwest have received a total of $300,000 through the GIG Fund, a grant program from Arts Midwest. These awards will support creative projects and educational events in summer and fall 2022, helping organizations present artists in their community and offset the costs of programming and touring.

The GIG Fund provides $2,500 grants to support the arts throughout the Midwest. Each year, the fund supports a variety of performances across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the Native nations that share this geography.

The GIG Fund prioritizes organizations that are led by or engage artists from historically underrepresented or marginalized communities, rural communities, and under-funded areas. 54 out of this round’s 120 selected organizations (47%) have never been funded by Arts Midwest in the past. 62 out of the recommended 120 organizations (54%) are from rural areas, according to the National Endowment for the Arts definition.

“In partnership with our GIG Fund panelists and state arts agency leaders, Arts Midwest is proud to support a diverse and talented array of touring artists who will be presenting at a variety of venues around the upper Midwest in communities small and large,” said Joshua Feist, Director of Grantmaking at Arts Midwest.

Learn more about the organizations funded in Round 1 of the 2022-23 GIG Fund and see if this opportunity might be a fit for your community in the future!

What is the GIG Fund?

  • Arts Midwest’s Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund provides financial support to arts organizations in the Midwest.
  • It is a flexible grant that helps organizations bring touring artists into their community.
  • As part of the GIG Fund, organizations must present performing or visual artists via at least two public events, which can be in-person or virtual.
  • For more information, visit the GIG Fund page.

How were these projects chosen?

  • Applications were reviewed on a state-by-state basis by a group of panelists with diverse personal and professional experiences related to the arts and creativity.
  • Review criteria included artistic excellence and merit of the proposed project, potential to deeply engage underserved community members, and the capability of the organization to carry out the project. Priority consideration went to organizations that are led by or engage artists from historically underrepresented or marginalized communities, rural communities, and under-funded areas. With limited funding, Arts Midwest was not able to award all projects.

Explore GIG Fund Projects

  • Beading and Embroidery Inspired by Film

    The Human Family is partnering with filmmakers from The Aunties Dandelion, an Indigenous media arts organization, and OddSide Arts Collective, a cultural arts organization for Canadian artists of the Afrodisporia. Throughout the summer, participants across North Dakota are invited to take part in a collaborative art project inspired by screengrabs of two short films. They will create individual embroidery and beading works that will eventually be assembled into one piece and unveiled as part of the North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival in Fargo. During the festival, community members will be invited to a free film screening, panel discussion, and Q&A with the filmmakers that will explore the importance of civil rights, ancestry and legacy, naming, identity, language, healing, ceremony, and taking care of the environment.

  • Music for Meditation and Memorial

    The Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago (KPAC) is presenting komungo virtuoso Jin Hi Kim, who is known for her innovative solo performances featuring the traditional Korean zither instrument. She will lead a session on Cross-Cultural Music Meditation where participants will gain first-hand experience of the role music plays in meditation and the benefits it offers to develop a calm, peaceful, focused group creativity. She will also perform her original multimedia work A Ritual for Covid-19 in memory of the deceased worldwide during the pandemic. She will interweave her performance with a lecture on the process of using software to manipulate sounds and generate visual images to accompany the music.

  • Slam Poetry Performances and Workshops

    Iowa City Poetry is bringing renowned poet, performer, and teacher Patricia Smith to headline their Mic Check Poetry Fest. Ms. Smith is both a highly accomplished spoken word poet, having won the title of four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, as well as the author of eight books of poetry, including “Incendiary Art,” which was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. Following her performance, she will take part in an audience Q & A, teach a poetry writing workshop for adults, and teach a free poetry writing workshop for youth. All programs at these venues will be offered hybrid, with in-person workshops and the showcase being live-streamed.

  • Multi-Media Art Programs for Seniors

    The Meade County Senior Citizens Center Association is offering additional art workshops for seniors to help improve their quality of life. Studies have shown social activities for seniors increase cognitive functions, maintain positive moods, and decrease depression. Socially active seniors tend to be more physically active as well, increasing life longevity. The Senior Center first started an art program, free to members, in 2021 to offer painting classes in acrylic, chalk, and watercolors; taught by local artists Carol Brookens, Stella Anderson, and Lynn Birk. With their award, the Senior Center will expand its art program to include a jewelry-making class, a card-making class, a craft class, and other classes based on feedback from its members.

See all 2022-23 GIG Fund Round 1 Grantees

120 arts and culture organizations across the Midwest received GIG Fund grants in this round. Projects will take place between July 1 and December 31, 2022.

OrganizationCityStateAward
16th Street TheaterBerwynIL$2,500 
Columbia College ChicagoChicagoIL$2,500 
Elastic Arts FoundationChicagoIL$2,500 
Federacion de Clubes Michoacanos en IllinoisChicagoIL$2,500 
High Concept LaboratoriesChicagoIL$2,500 
Muntu Dance TheatreChicagoIL$2,500 
National Museum of Mexican ArtChicagoIL$2,500 
Side Street Studio ArtsElginIL$2,500 
Mississippi Valley Blues SocietyMolineIL$2,500 
John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell FoundationMt. VernonIL$2,500 
DuPage Children’s MuseumNapervilleIL$2,500 
Princeton Theatre GroupPrincetonIL$2,500 
Southland College Prep HSRichton ParkIL$2,500 
Quad City ArtsRock IslandIL$2,500 
The Hub – Arts & Cultural CenterRushvilleIL$2,500 
Sandwich Opera HouseSandwichIL$2,500 
Korean Performing Arts Institute of ChicagoSkokieIL$2,500 
University of IL – SpringfieldSpringfieldIL$2,500 
Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots FestivalUrbanaIL$2,500 
Lotus Education and Arts FoundationBloomingtonIN$2,500 
USA International Harp CompetitionBloomingtonIN$2,500 
The Starbase IncFishersIN$2,500 
Bridging Worlds, IncFort WayneIN$2,500 
Fort Wayne Cinema Center, IncFort WayneIN$2,500 
DePauw UniversityGreencastleIN$2,500 
Arthentic Arts, IncIndianapolisIN$2,500 
Indianapolis Museum of ArtIndianapolisIN$2,500 
Judah MinistriesIndianapolisIN$2,500 
City of JasperJasperIN$2,500 
Fischoff National Chamber Music AssociationNotre DameIN$2,500 
Merrimans PlayhouseSouth BendIN$2,500 
Art Barn School of ArtValparaisoIN$2,500 
Quad Cities Chamber FoundationDavenportIA$2,500 
City Music Assoc. of Des MoinesDes MoinesIA$2,500 
Community Support AdvocatesDes MoinesIA$2,500 
Gateway Dance TheatreDes MoinesIA$2,500 
Earlham Chicks with ChecksEarlhamIA$2,500 
Public Space OneIowa CityIA$2,500 
Iowa City PoetryIowa CityIA$2,500 
Art Center Assoc. of Sioux CitySioux CityIA$2,500 
Kerrytown Concert HouseAnn ArborMI$2,500 
The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan CollegeBenton HarborMI$2,500 
Tuba Back Chamber Music FestivalBig RapidsMI$2,500 
Real People MediaCalumetMI$2,500 
Beaver Island Cultural Arts AssociationCharlevoixMI$2,500 
Cheboygan Area Arts CouncilCheboyganMI$2,500 
TeMaTe Institute for Black Dance and CultureDetroitMI$2,500 
Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State UniversityEast LansingMI$2,500 
Grand Rapids Womens ChorusGrand RapidsMI$2,500 
Good Hart Artist ResidencyHarbor SpringsMI$2,500 
Interlochen Center for the ArtsInterlochenMI$2,500 
Theatre NorthIronwoodMI$2,500 
Kalamazoo Nature CenterKalamazooMI$2,500 
Kalkaska Downtown Development AuthorityKalkaskaMI$2,500 
Michigan Jazz FestivalLivoniaMI$2,500 
Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage CenterMarquetteMI$2,500 
Oscoda County LibraryMioMI$2,500 
Polynesian Arts Advocacy Council of MichiganNoviMI$2,500 
Accent PontiacPontiacMI$2,500 
TempleArtsSaginawMI$2,500 
Saugatuck Center for the ArtsSaugatuckMI$2,500 
South Haven Arts AssociationSouth HavenMI$2,500 
Eisenhower Dance EnsembleSouthfieldMI$2,500 
Great Lakes Children’s MuseumTraverse CityMI$2,500 
Minnesota Landscape ArboretumChaskaMN$2,500 
An Opera TheatreMinneapolisMN$2,500 
Open Eye Figure TheatreMinneapolisMN$2,500 
Ragamala Music and Dance TheatreMinneapolisMN$2,500 
New York Mills Arts RetreatNew York MillsMN$2,500 
Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary StudiesRed WingMN$2,500 
Grassroots CultureSt. PaulMN$2,500 
Interact Center for Visual and Performing ArtsSt. PaulMN$2,500 
MiznaSt. PaulMN$2,500 
Frozen River Film FestivalWinonaMN$2,500 
Minnesota Marine Art MuseumWinonaMN$2,500 
Plains Art MuseumFargoND$2,500 
The Human FamilyFargoND$2,500 
North Dakota Museum of ArtGrand ForksND$2,500 
New Rockford Area Betterment CorpNew RockfordND$2,500 
Ashtabula Arts CenterAshtabulaOH$2,500 
Community Food InitiativesAthensOH$2,500 
A Mindful MomentCincinnatiOH$2,500 
Cincinnati Museum CenterCincinnatiOH$2,500 
Wave Pool Corp.CincinnatiOH$2,500 
Cleveland Modern Dance Assoc.ClevelandOH$2,500 
Cuyahoga Community College FoundationClevelandOH$2,500 
FRONT Exhibition CompanyClevelandOH$2,500 
Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts CenterClevelandOH$2,500 
Les DelicesClevelandOH$2,500 
Writers in ResidenceClevelandOH$2,500 
ARTFUL Ohio, Inc.Cleveland HeightsOH$2,500 
Mojuba! Dance CollectiveCleveland HeightsOH$2,500 
Columbus Center for Human ServicesColumbusOH$2,500 
Dick and Jane ProjectColumbusOH$2,500 
Jazz Arts Group of ColumbusColumbusOH$2,500 
Maroon Arts GroupColumbusOH$2,500 
Hancock County Performing Arts CenterFindlayOH$2,500 
Darke County Center for the ArtsGreenvilleOH$2,500 
ORMACOHomervilleOH$2,500 
Kent State UniversityKentOH$2,500 
FireFish Arts Inc.LorainOH$2,500 
Majestic GalleriesNelsonvilleOH$2,500 
Abrepaso FlamencoRocky RiverOH$2,500 
Brookings Arts CouncilBrookingsSD$2,500 
Lemmon Public LibraryLemmonSD$2,500 
Rushmore Music FestivalRapid CitySD$2,500 
Friends of Levitt Shell Sioux FallsSioux FallsSD$2,500 
Meade County Senior Citizens Center Assoc.SturgisSD$2,500 
Lake Superior Big Top ChautauquaBayfieldWI $2,500 
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the ArtsBrookfieldWI $2,500 
Thrasher Opera House CorpGreen LakeWI $2,500 
Arts & Literature LaboratoryMadisonWI $2,500 
Overture Center FoundationMadisonWI $2,500 
Arts At LargeMilwaukeeWI $2,500 
Black Arts MKEMilwaukeeWI $2,500 
Signature Dance CompanyMilwaukeeWI $2,500 
Woodland Pattern Book CenterMilwaukeeWI $2,500 
Create Portage CountyStevens PointWI $2,500 
Performing Arts FoundationWausauWI $2,500 
Museum of Wisconsin ArtWest BendWI $2,500 

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