The Visual Arts Fund is a grant program established in 2016 by Midway Contemporary Art with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Minneapolis–Saint Paul is one of thirty-two metro areas included in Warhol’s Regional Regranting Program, which is aimed at promoting vibrant artistic activity in cities across the United States.
In 2023 the Visual Arts Fund will award $60,000 (six $10,000 grants) to artist organized projects in the Twin Cities metro region. Proposals must name a lead organizer, but can include any number of artists as collaborators; individuals or groups may apply. The VAF supports the development of projects and initiatives that engage the public with visual art and seeks to support a wide array of innovative and diverse projects that otherwise might not occur.
The Regional Regranting Program was established in 2007 to recognize and support the movement of independently organized, public-facing, artist-centered activity that animates local and regional art scenes but that lies beyond the reach of traditional funding sources. The program is administered by non-profit visual art centers across the United States that work in partnership with the Foundation to fund artists’ experimental projects and collaborative undertakings. The Twin Cities is one of thirty-two locations to host The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting program, making funding available for artists in the 7-county metro area.
Thirty-one additional programs provide grants of up to $10,000 for the creation and presentation of new work. Programs are developed and facilitated by organizations in Alabama, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Knoxville, New Orleans, Newark, Oklahoma, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix & Tucson (AZ), Portland (OR), Portland (ME), Providence, Raleigh & Greensboro (NC), Saint Louis, San Francisco, San Juan, PR, Seattle, and Washington D.C.
Projects that have a publicly accessible component
Projects could include exhibitions or installations held in temporary spaces, new publications, a series of events or performances, digital initiatives, public art projects, and other activities that are related to the visual arts
An individual artist presenting exclusively their own work
Projects that are part of the programming of a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization
Projects at a commercial gallery
Projects must function primarily within a visual arts context (rather than performing arts, music, literature, or other arts). Projects can have interdisciplinary elements but must have a strong basis in the visual arts.
A publicly accessible component of the project must take place within the Twin Cities seven-county metro region.
Projects must be artist-organized and self-initiated; 501c3s, incorporated businesses, and students* are not eligible to apply (*PhD students are eligible).
Projects cannot charge admission or other fees to the public or to participants.
Projects cannot start before January 1, 2024 and must be completed by June 30, 2025.
The Lead organizer must play a key role in the creation and execution of the project and live within the seven-county Twin Cities Metro region (Hennepin, Scott, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka, Carver, and Washington counties); additional collaborators can live anywhere.
Lead organizers do not need to be U.S. Citizens, but must have social security numbers in order to receive payment.
Lead organizers may only submit one application per application round.
Lead organizers of projects funded through past granting cycles are only eligible to apply for a 2023 VAF grant if their grant period has ended, their project has been completed and they have submitted their final survey by the close of the application.
If the project involves a group of artists working together, please choose one person to act as the lead organizer. The lead organizer will oversee the project and must play a key role in the creation and execution of the project. This contact person will also be responsible for receiving grant funds, communicating with Midway, and submitting the final survey. You may work with as many collaborators and/or artists as you wish.
We encourage anyone interested in applying for a 2023 VAF grant to join us at Midway for an informational session. We will cover eligibility and guidelines, answer questions regarding the application process, and be available to discuss project ideas one-on-one.
In-Person Info Session 1
Tuesday September 5, 2023, 6:00 pm
Springboard for the Arts, Resource Lab
262 University Ave West, Saint Paul, MN 55103
In-Person Info Session 2
Saturday September 9, 2023, 3:30 pm
Midway Contemporary Art Library
201 6th St SE Suite 4, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Midway’s Library is accessible to all visitors. ASL interpretation is available upon request with two weeks’ advance notice. Please contact us for more information, or to request specific accommodations.
A pre-recorded informational session is embedded below.
Download a PDF of Frequently Asked Questions:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (612) 605-4504 if you have additional questions about the program.
We encourage you to call if you would like to discuss your idea or have specific inquiries related to the eligibility of your project proposal.
Online Application Opens:
Thursday, September 1
Saturday, September 23, 5pm (CDT)
Following the close of the grant application on September 23th, a panel of jurors will review the applications for eligibility and priorities.
Panelists will consider each eligible proposal in the areas of Artistic Excellence, Community Impact, and Feasibility.
These guidelines can be made available in alternative formats or languages. To accommodate your request, please contact us at email@example.com or (612) 605-4504.
The 2023 VAF Grant application has closed. Grantees will be announced in mid-December.
The 2023 application included the following six sections:
Please provide the following information for the Lead Organizer:
Visual support materials should help the jurors understand the project and your ability to realize it.
For each of your support materials, please include a description and relevant explanatory notes (max 50 words per entry). Please provide 10 visual examples, including:
Describe your project (max 100 words for each question):
Please provide a short bio for the lead organizer, as well as any key collaborators and artists (up to 5 bios, max 100 words each). Focus on experience relevant to this project. We will not accept CVs or resumes.
Please list expenses for your project. This program supports fair pay for all artists involved with your project; Lead Organizers may budget up to 15% of the total grant requested for their time organizing the project.
You are not expected to have additional income for the project outside of the Visual Arts Fund grant, but please indicate it if you plan to do additional fundraising and what your goals are. Your budget must show a zero balance between your Expenses and Income.