The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state of Minnesota. One important aspect of the MSAB’s mission is its service as a resource for arts education by facilitating grant awards to schools in the state through a collection of programs titled “Arts In Education”.
The MSAB’s Arts In Education grant programs are divided into four categories:
- Arts Learning- Project grants to provide opportunities for lifelong learners to acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts
- CAPP (Comprehensive Arts Planning Program) School Support- Project grants to enable CAPP committees to present low cost artist residencies in their districts
- Community Arts Schools and Conservatories- Operating support grants to organizations that provide open access to arts learning opportunities for people of all ages and abilities
- K-12 Arts Challenge- Matching grants to greater-Minnesota schools to sponsor artist residencies
Artist residencies in schools are regulated by the Minnesota State Arts Board via the MSAB Arts In Education Roster of Artists. This roster serves as a reference guide for communities and schools looking for qualified professional teaching artists to conduct temporary residencies. Artists on the roster come from of a wide variety of disciplines and are selected by a special juried review process based on skill and teaching ability.
The Arts Learning grant program is open to nonprofit organizations, public agencies or divisions of local, state, or tribal government, educational institutions, artists, and arts organizations. For funding approval, projects had to provide participatory learning and engage learners with skilled professional teaching artists. A list of past Arts Learning grant recipients may be found here.
CAPP School Support
CAPP School Support is a component of the MSAB School Support program. In addition to enabling CAPP committees to fund artist residencies, this program is also meant to engage schools in the grant-writing process for the purpose of maintaining a future artistic relationship with MSAB. This program is for any public or private non-parochial school or nonprofit educational organization in Minnesota whose primary focus is education of students in grades K-12, and is a school in a Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) district or a school that has implemented a long-range CAPP plan. A list of past School Support grant recipients may be found here.
Community Arts Schools and Conservatories
This MSAB Arts In Education grant program is specifically used to fund arts schools and conservatories that provide open access to educational opportunities for people of all ages. Past recipients have included The Center For Irish Music, Central Minnesota Music School (Maple Plain), Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (Winona), Northern Lights Music Festival (Aurora), The St. Paul Conservatory of Music, Walker West Music Academy, and Weavers Guild of Minnesota.
K-12 Arts Challenge
K-12 Arts Challenge Minnesota is a grant program sponsored by the Minnesota State Arts Board that provides matching funds to sponsor artist residencies of one week or longer. Schools that applied for Arts Board residency funding through the K-12 Arts Challenge Minnesota program had to be located outside the seven-county metro area.
Six public schools outside the Twin Cities metro were awarded K12 Arts Challenge Minnesota grants for 2010. The six schools awarded were:
- Cloquet Senior High in Cloquet, MN
- Ellis Middle School in Austin, MN
- Hinckley-Finlayson Public Schools in Hinckley, MN
- Laura McCarther Elementary in Duluth, MN
- Nisswa Elementary in Nisswa, MN
- Trailview Elementary in Mora, MN
More information about the Minnesota State Arts Board and its Arts In Education programs may be found online at www.arts.state.mn.us.