By Jacinta Macheel
Are you a Minnesota-based artist, musician, writer, concert promoter, poet, dancer, director or thespian? Have you ever wanted to get your work recognized throughout the state, but did not know where to start? Do you have a project in mind that you’ve always wanted to do, but do not know how to get funding? Does navigating the granting process feel overwhelming?
If these questions resonate with you, then I am right there with you. The arts can be an extremely confusing and intimidating field to try to break into. Without answers to the questions you have and without places and people to turn to that can help guide you along the way, it may feel like your projects will never come to fruition. I know from experience that this can not only be frustrating, but it can also make a person feel defeated.
Here’s some great news: Many organizations exist for the sole purpose of funding the arts, helping you create your project, promote it and guide you through the granting process.
This August 16, Lake Region Arts Council is hosting The Artist Resource Fair, where organizations from throughout the state of Minnesota will gather to meet you and get to know you.
The Lake Region Arts Council says, “The Arts Resource Fair is a time to connect, communicate and create community. Artists will have the opportunity to meet and talk with grant makers, exhibition/performance venues, and a variety of organizations that want to help them become a better artist, singer, dancer, writer or performer. There will be panel discussions, workshops and guest speakers. By attending, an artist will be better prepared to advance with their career goals and become aware of new opportunities to contribute to the growth and vitality of their communities.”
The organizations in attendance include the MN State Arts Board, McKnight Fellowship Representatives, Jerome Foundation, Bush Foundation, Northern Clay Center, MN Music Coalition, The Loft Literary Center, Springboard for the Arts, MN Citizens for the Arts, The Composers Forum, Forecast Public Art, The Textile Center, The Playwrights Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Prairie Public Art, MN Center for Book Arts, Lake Region Writers Network, Kaddatz Gallery, Minnesota Association of Songwriters, The Arts Partnership and several others.
This event is the first of its kind in the state of Minnesota. Our region has been chosen to host the event due to the high concentration of artists and current arts activities, as well as the broad diversity of artists that call this region home. We are fortunate to have a vibrant arts community, strong arts advocates and arts supporters in the area. They want you to be able to achieve your goals, live out your dreams, see your projects become reality and I encourage you to connect with the organizations at the Artist Resource Fair in order to make it happen.
The Lake Region Arts Council asks that you pre-register in order for them to be able to accommodate for the correct number of people. To register, please visit the Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) website at www.lrac4.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact LRAC by phone at 218-739-5780 or by email at LRAC4@LRACgrants.org.
IF YOU GO
Artist Resource Fair
Sat, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
M STATE Campus, Fergus Falls
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