Artist Resources


A 3,500 square foot space in downtown Aitkin, Minnesota that offers the work of over 30 local artists & crafters as well as Art & Craft supplies and unique, artistic gifts.


Green Owl got its start in its sister store Wise Skye Gifts which closed in Sept. 2019. Art & Craft fairs were held in the back of Wise Skye on weekends and as the artists talked about the possibilities of having a retail storefront, Green Owl was born. The name is inspired by the owner’s love of owls.  It also calls to mind curiosity, happiness & possibility.

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.


The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council administers the following grant programs for individual artists residing in the Arrowhead Region. These grant programs have been established to assist artists at various stages in their development.


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


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


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


Project Grants for Artists provides up to $4,000 for artists to execute a project.
Deadlines Jul. 26, 2019 | Jan. 31, 2020


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


Arts Ecosystem Grant provides organizations or groups of artists up to $5,000 for projects that help networks of artists.
Deadline Sep. 27, 2019


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


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


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


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


Minnesota / Midwest



The City of Northfield seeks an artist or artist team to design and execute art installations, to be located in or near a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 246 and Jefferson Parkway. The artwork should include artistic elements and reflect the character of the City of Northfield. The Roundabout is near several Northfield Public Schools, and will also be used by the soon-to-be-constructed Milltown’s Trail, a regional bike trail that runs through Northfield. Funding for this project is provided by the City of Northfield’s 1% for the Arts initiative. Follow the link below for more information. Apply by 5:00PM, May 8, 2020.

Innovation Lab at the George Latimer Central Library Public Art Window Display Commission Opportunity. The Innovation Lab is a makerspace for adults. A place where creativity, entrepreneurship, and building technology skills are encouraged. Project Budget: $15,000. This all inclusive budget will include: engineering drawing, artist fee, materials, and fabrication fees. Artists are expected to manage the project within this budget. Innovation lab will provide building engineer expertise from building maintenance crews and library staff will support the projects. Artists are encouraged to use the technology and equipment at the Innovation Lab for the project. Artists will be asked to provide materials to use with the equipment. Two online Q and A sessions will be held via webinar: April 18 at 3:00pm and April 23 at 6:00pm. Apply to by 11:59pm, May 15.

The City of Burnsville seeks civic artists, landscape architects and/or placemaking experts for a public art opportunity at the future Fire Station 1 in Burnsville. Apply by 4:30PM CST, May 21, 2020.

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park, located in central Wisconsin, is accepting submissions of sculpture work for their annual, three-year outdoor sculpture exhibition. A local jury will choose pieces for display from August 2020 through August 2023. Apply by May 22, 2020.


Eden Prairie’s Art in Public Spaces program is looking for innovative artists to display existing work, create new work or propose a purposeful art happening for the Rotating Art Series. Artists retain ownership of their work unless the nature of the work prevents it or they choose to donate it to the city. Pieces are typically shown for one year, from May until May. Physical artwork must be appropriate for Minnesota’s extreme weather if exhibited outdoors; there are a small amount of indoor locations that may be used for installations or art happenings. Stipends available ranging from $500- 1,500 per artist. Detailed info in linked PDF. Apply by July 15, 2020.

The Arts@MSP Program, a partnership between the Airport Foundation MSP (Foundation) and the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) calls to artists: Requests qualifications from performing artists and arts organizations (Artists or Organizations) whose work reflects the rich diversity of the Upper Midwest to showcase their unique talent at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). The purpose of this RFP is to retain Artists and Organizations to propose and present performing arts activities at MSP, and to work collaboratively with Arts@MSP staff to ensure the work is appropriate for the airport environment and that it achieves the goals of the Program.Airport. Deadline not specified.

The Arts@MSP Program, a partnership between the Airport Foundation MSP (Foundation) and the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) calls to artists: Request for Exhibit theme Proposals at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport – The purpose of this RFP is to retain Artists and Organizations to propose, curate, design, fabricate, and install exhibitions at MSP, and to work collaboratively with Arts@MSP staff to ensure the project is designed, fabricated, and installed properly. No Deadline specified.

The Arts@MSP Program is creating an Artist Roster of emerging, mid-career and established artists who will be prequalified for future public art opportunities at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). This roster will be one method of selecting artists to develop temporary, permanent, free-standing or site-integrated artwork of various complexities, forms, and sizes, indoors and outdoors, at MSP Terminals 1 and 2. This call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. Regional talent is preferred. Project budgets for roster-based selections will vary, depending upon project complexity. Contract awards above $175,000 are subject to approval by the Metropolitan Airports Commission. Applications will be accepted at any time, and reviews are anticipated to be conducted quarterly in January, April, July, and October.


The City of Granite Falls and the Department of Public Transformation have launched the Granite Falls City Artist in Residence (CAIR) program – the first of its kind in a town of our size in the country – fostering cultural work that sits at the intersection of civic, social, and place-based practice in a rural setting. We are currently accepting applications from interested local, regional, and national artists to be embedded in the City of Granite Falls (pop. 2,734) for 6-12 months to design and implement arts and cultural strategies to increase civic participation and community engagement in City policy-making, planning and public processes. Apply by 11:59 PM CST, April 26, 2020.


Springboard 20/20 Artist Fellowship // Due to the COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak and its sudden and sweeping effects on our local artist communities, we at Springboard for the Arts have decided to change our approach to this year’s 20/20 Artist Fellowship and award direct support to more artists doing systems change work across more impacted communities. In past rounds of the program, we offered an award package of $15-25,000 (including unrestricted funds and a $5,000 professional development stipend) to a few artists during the fellowship year. With input from BIPOC/Native artists in our communities, past and present fellows, and in alignment with Springboard’s principles around racial equity, we will be changing the award package to $6,000 total and awarding 10 local BIPOC/Native artists for this year, in the hopes of increasing the fellowship’s overall impact during this critical time. In addition, we will be providing space on the application to share how the COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak has impacted your work in creating opportunities for artists in your community. Please take note of these changes as you consider applying. Apply by 11:59PM CST, April 30, 2020.

Franconia Sculpture Park’s Fellowship Artist Residency Program provides the opportunity for artists and/or artist teams to create ambitious new projects, interact and collaborate with a community of makers, and impact the public. Artists at any stage in their career, working in sculpture, installation, land art, social practice and performance are welcome to apply for residencies for a minimum of three weeks and a maximum of three months between April 5 and September 15, 2020. Selected artists will each receive a private bedroom and shared workspace to create new work at Franconia, along with a $5,000 award to fund their project.


Franconia Sculpture Park is looking for a dynamic individual to join our team. The Development Director is responsible for raising $750,000+ annually in partnership with the Executive Director and Board of Directors for general operations, program support, and capital expenses. The Development Director will develop, support, and execute all fundraising initiatives by building relationships with foundations, individuals, corporations, and government entities. This position will be primarily responsible for the development and execution of Franconia’s development plan, including but not limited to: grant writing; individual solicitations; corporate sponsorships; and donor cultivation/special events. Preferred candidates have professional experience working in development at an arts nonprofit or museum. This person will work closely with the Executive Director and as part of a small team of eight staff members who together support the programs of Franconia. Open until filled.

Franconia Sculpture Park is looking for experienced and passionate teaching artists to submit course proposals as we continue to build our education program. Qualified and passionate instructors are invited to submit any number of course proposals to be reviewed on an as-needed and rolling basis.

Lake Region Arts Council’s “Arts Mentorship Program” is looking for teachers from all arts disciplines to join our team of mentors this coming summer/2020! The mentorship pays $600 and requires 15 contact hours/lessons with your student (between June 1, 2020 and September 15, 2020). How you schedule the 15 hours is up to you and your student. Visit our website, call 218-739-5780 or email for more information. No deadline specified. 

Catalyst Arts seeks Community Producers to curate poetry readings for Our Kitchen series. (Curators identify the theme and 3 guest artists). A modest stipend is offered. Catalyst Arts is an Arts Incubator interested in the intersection of Art + Activism and Artists who define themselves as Changemakers. We place a particular emphasis on increasing the visibility of and providing a platform for artists whose voices have historically been underrepresented in the arts, including (but not limited to): artists of color, LGBTQIA+ artists, women, new and recent immigrant communities, Native and Indigenous artists, low-income artists, and artists exploring non-traditional pathways to success. We are committed to nurturing the development of new work…serving and encouraging emerging artists, career professionals and experimentation. Email interest and inquiries to Deadline not specified.


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