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 fourteen metro areas included in Warhol’s Regional Regranting Program, which is aimed at promoting vibrant artistic activity in cities across the United States.
In 2019 the Visual Arts Fund will award $60,000 ($5,000 and $10,000 grants) to artist organized projects in the Twin Cities metro region. The VAF supports the development of projects and initiatives that engage the public with visual art. Proposals must name a lead organizer, but can include any number of artists as collaborators; individuals or groups may apply. The VAF program seeks to support a wide array of innovative and diverse projects that otherwise might not occur.
The Regional Regranting Program, launched in 2007, aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar and self-organized artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. Midway is one of fourteen organizations to host The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting program, making funding available for artists in the Twin Cities metro area.
Thirteen additional programs have been developed and facilitated by organizations in Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Portland (ME) and San Francisco, each providing grants for the creation and public presentation of new work in their regions.
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, 2020, and must be completed by June 30, 2021.
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.
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.
Midway will host a series of information sessions before the application deadline. We encourage potential applicants to attend one of these sessions to learn more about the Visual Arts Fund and for tips on how to prepare a strong application.
Information sessions will be held:
Information session locations are 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.
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions from past information sessions and highly recommend that you read through them, especially if you are unable to attend one of the information sessions scheduled for the current grant cycle.
Online Application Opens:
Thursday, August 1
Saturday, September 14, 5pm (CST)
These guidelines can be made available in alternative formats or languages. To accommodate your request, we will need two weeks’ advance notice.
The 2019 Visual Arts Fund application has closed.
2019 VAF Grantees will be announced in mid-December.
Visual support materials should help the jurors understand the project and your ability to realize it. For each of your support materials, please list: artist’s name, title, medium, year, size, description and relevant explanatory notes (max 50 words per entry). Please provide a total of 10 visual examples, including:
Describe your project (max 100 words each):
Please provide a short bio for your lead organizer, as well as your group or organization (max 100 words) and for 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.
Be realistic about your income and expenses. This program supports fair pay for artists. You are not expected to have support for the project outside of the Visual Arts Fund grant, but please indicate it if you do. Your budget must show a zero balance between your Expenses and Income.