Arts Community Update: MSAB; art grant deadlines; upcoming broadband conference

Authored on
September 21, 2021

Minnesota State Arts Board invites you


The Minnesota State Arts Board is inviting public input that will help inform the kinds of grant programs the Board may offer in the future. To decide how best to invest state resources, we need to know what kinds of arts experiences and opportunities Minnesota residents and communities need and want.

 Listening sessions will be held virtually throughout the state. Conversations will be tailored to different geographic areas. A session focusing on the arts needs in the East Central Minnesota region (including Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine counties) will be held on…

Wednesday, October 6 from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Register today to participate in this session

A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants.

East Central Regional Arts Council October 1 Grant Deadlines

& options for you to get info on how to apply

Curious about the grant programs? The next deadlines are October 1 and February 1.

If you are in Minnesota's Region 7E, the counties of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine, art grant funds are available now.

Do you have questions like:

  • When can I apply?
  • What grant should I apply for? 
  • Is my art project eligible for a grant?
  •  How do I apply for a grant?
  • What type of art projects are funded?
  • What are the requirements to be eligible for funding?

You can schedule your very own virtual grant info session that covers any grant questions you need information on. We call it our virtual consultation drop-ins! Now you can set up your own session to get the answers you need. The length and format of the session is up to you! Whether you need just 10-15 minutes or an hour. Or whether you had in mind a Q & A session or a more formal presentation. You pick the format and topic(s), and the length of time you need. We schedule a time that fits your schedule, set it up, and send you a link for the session. And there’s just no better time than now to get those answers! It’s really that easy! 

Interested? Just send us an email at grantinfo@ecrac.org or call us at (320) 591-7034. We’ll schedule a time that works for you and get you all set up.

Or, if you prefer to attend a grant info session that is already scheduled, you can do that too! We offer grant info sessions each month. Email grantinfo@ecrac.org for more information or to register for any upcoming session.

Upcoming info sessions for organizations (non-profits, public entities, or groups using one as a fiscal sponsor):

  • Tuesday, October 12th at 3:00 PM
  • Friday, November 12th at 10:00 AM

Upcoming info sessions for artists (also known as creators, culture bearers, writer, videographers, dances, poets, photographers, and so many more): 

  • Wednesday, October 13th at 2:30 PM
  • Friday, November 12th at 2:00 PM

ECRAC also has videos on the website of the full grant information sessions. Check those out if it is easier for you. Just go to the webpage of the grant you would like to apply for.

We are looking forward to hearing about your projects and creative ideas!

These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a

legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

East Central Minnesota Regional Broadband Conference on October 6, 2021

Broadband Conference

Accelerating Access to Regional High-Speed Internet

Today, high-speed internet is essential. It’s vital for business success, equitable education, telehealth, working remotely, banking, entertainment, connecting with family, and more!

Who should attend?

You, your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors!

Please join us for this important event as we showcase where the region stands today in regard to high-speed internet, learn where it can be tomorrow and what we can do to get there.

Join us in-person or virtually

In-Person: Braham Event Center: 655 8th St. SW, Braham

Fall desserts, ice cream and beverages will be served.

Zoom: Participants will receive a link by 10 am on event day, Oct. 6.

Register today! This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested:

Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/3gFi9RY

Call: Michelle 320 679-4065, Ext 34

Email: michelle.thomas@ecrdc.org