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The Green Owl Gallery is a 3,500 square foot space in downtown Aitkin, Minnesota that offers the work of over 35 local artists & crafters. This new store concept is brought to you by Skye Fiedler and From Heart Through Hands Artisan Guild.  Skye is the owner of the whimsical gift shop, Wise Skye Gifts. From Heart Through Hands is an Artisan Guild that is dedicated to involving and recognizing ALL existing, emerging and aspiring artisans. The name is inspired by the owner’s love of owls. It also calls to mind curiosity, happiness & possibility. And lastly, it ties in nicely with our store, Wise Skye Gifts.

Why consider being part of Green Owl Gallery?

  • It gives you a high profile place where you can set up your own mini-shop.

  • It gives your current customers a place where they can purchase your goods anytime.

  • It greatly broadens your current customer base.

  • A reasonable monthly rental rate that is much lower than the cost of doing just one art fair.

  • All of the items offered are handmade or repurposed – primarily in Central Minnesota.

  • All the artists & crafters selected to participate will be juried to ensure we keep a quality mix. We want a fun mix of goods so we plan on allowing items such as cleverly designed tees, cute kids clothes & accessories, baby goods, candles, soap, creams & even locally made edibles…. as long as the items fit the flavor of the store.

  • We will be conscious to not over saturate the space with similar styled art wares.

  • Since we take care of promoting & selling your art, you can spend more time making it.

  • Greater exposure which leads to greater sales which lead to making a living doing what you love.


Forecast Public Art Grant Opportunities (Individuals) - NEW PROGRAM! 
Mid-Career Project Grant
Supports the creation of a new, publicly accessible, temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist

Mid-Career Professional Development Grant 
Supports Minnesota-based mid-career artists seeking to expand or advance their careers in the field of public art, through a project idea or participation in career-enhancing activities

Early-Career Artist Project Grant
Supports creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an early-career Minnesota-based artist

Early-Career Artist Research & Development Grant
Supports early-career artists in public art related research and development or with the planning phase of freely accessible public art installation or activity in Minnesota

Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Early Career Artists (Individuals)
An independent jury of three arts professionals competitively awards four grants of $10,000 each to early career Minnesota artists. Fellowships may be used to purchase materials, cover the production costs of artwork, and supplement living or travel costs. During the twelve-month fellowship year, each artist receives three studio visits from professional critics, access to technical assistance, a culminating exhibition at the MCAD Gallery, a catalog with a critical essay on each artist's work, and the opportunity to partake in a public panel discussion. Applications will open again in Summer 2019. 

Jerome Foundation + VSA Grant for Early Career Artists with Disabilities (Individuals)
In 1996 the Jerome Foundation and VSA Minnesota began a collaboration to encourage the creation of new artistic work by emerging Minnesota artists with disabilities. Since support of emerging artists is a priority to both organizations, the Jerome Foundation has awarded VSA Minnesota funds for the past 22 years to administer grants to Minnesota artists. Previous grant recipients are NOT eligible this year. To receive the guidelines or ask questions about the grant program, email emerginggrant@vsamn.org or call 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883 with your name and email and/or mail address. Or download the guidelines at Resources for Artists with Disabilities. The next grant application will open in Fall 2019.


Quick Start Grant (Individuals)
Regional artists looking for funding of up to $1,000 to undertake projects requiring modest funding with minimal advance notice. This program may also be used to fund activities seeking minimal support fro which other ARAC grant programs would be cumbersome or inappropriate. Examples of Quick Start projects might include, but are not limited to an unexpected or unanticipated opportunity to attend, or be involved in, a workshop, performance, or exhibition opportunity; opportunities that provide career training in the arts; an immediate need for equipment and/or repair to facilitate an arts-related project; or an unexpected or unanticipated presenting activity.Applications are open now. Applications are not yet open.


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant  (Individuals)
Mid-career professional artists with demonstrable financial need should apply for the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. The application guidelines state that these artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces. The PKF grant also specifies which disciplines should apply: painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmaking. The awards range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending on need and circumstance. The application window is open and the deadline is yet TBD.


The Harpo Foundation Grants for Visual Artists  (Individuals)
The Harpo Foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and to encourage new modes of thinking about art. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field. Under-recognized US visual artists over the age of 21 and from any field of interest should apply. Awards are made of up to $10,000. The deadline is not yet announced for 2019, however applications are now being accepted. 

The Awesome Foundation Grant (Individuals and Organizations)
A micro-granting organization, funding “awesome” ideas, The Awesome Foundation set up local chapters around the world to provide rolling grants of $1000 to “awesome projects.” Each chapter defines what is “awesome” for their local community, but most include arts initiative and public or social practice art projects. Anyone is eligible for a grant — individuals, groups, and organizations alike. Any field can apply. Each chapter has their own requirements, most consider arts projects.Applications are being accepted now, and deadlines occur on a rolling basis—monthly grants are also offered.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Grants

For Individual Artists

ARAC - Project Grants for Artists provides up to $4,000 for artists to execute a project.

Deadlines Jul. 26, 2019 | Jan. 31, 2020


ARAC - Established Regional Artist Grant provides larger project grants to working professional artists that represent the diversity of our region. Up to $8,000

Deadline May 29, 2020


ARAC - Artist Access Grant provides up to $1,000 to artists who have never received a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. 

Deadlines Jul. 26, 2019 | Jan 31, 2020


ARAC - Small Grants for Working Professional Development provide up to $750 to support activities, including travel, that advance a working artists career.

Deadlines (First-come, first serve; as long as funding is available—please check our website)

Sept. 6, 2019 | Oct. 4, 2019 | Nov. 8, 2019 | Dec. 6, 2019 | Jan 3, 2020 |

Feb. 7, 2020 | Mar. 6, 2020 | Apr. 3, 2020 | May 8, 2020 | June 5, 2020


ARAC - Small Grants for Educational Opportunities provide up to $750 to support an educational opportunity in Minnesota for professional artists.

Deadlines (First-come, first serve; as long as funding is available—please check our website)

Sept. 6, 2019 | Oct. 4, 2019 | Nov. 8, 2019 | Dec. 6, 2019 | Jan 3, 2020 |

Feb. 7, 2020 | Mar. 6, 2020 | Apr. 3, 2020 | May 8, 2020 | June 5, 2020 

For Arts Organizations  

ARAC - Operating Support Grants provide established art groups unrestricted operating support. 

New applicants: Letters of Inquiry due July 19, 2019; full apps. due Aug, 30, 2019 

Renewal applicants: apps. due Sept. 27, 2019


ARAC - Art Project Grants support activities involved in the creation, performance, exhibition, or publication of artistic works. 

Deadlines Sept 27, 2019 | Mar 27, 2020

For more info, visit: ARACouncil.org

For Individuals or Organizations

ARAC - Arts Learning Grant supports activities that strive to integrate arts education into the social fabric of everyday life. 

Deadlines Sept. 27, 2019 | Mar. 27, 2020


ARAC - Rural and Community Art Project Grant serves small groups outside of Duluth that produce arts activities that impact their rural communities. 

Deadlines: Sept. 27, 2019 | Mar. 27, 2020


ARAC - Arts Ecosystem Grant provides organizations or groups of artists up to $5,000 for projects that help networks of artists.

Deadline: Sep. 27, 2019


ARAC - Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant provides up to $4,000 for either individuals or organizations for arts activities with both a community significance and authenticity to the community. 

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020


ARAC - Small Grants for Emergency Needs and Equipment provides up to $750 for individuals and organizations in an emergency.

Deadlines (First-come, first serve; as long as funding is available—please check our website)

Sept. 6, 2019 | Oct. 4, 2019 | Nov. 8, 2019 | Dec. 6, 2019 | Jan 3, 2020 |

Feb. 7, 2020 | Mar. 6, 2020 | Apr. 3, 2020 | May 8, 2020 | June 5, 2020

(All grant deadlines fall on a Friday)


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