The Visual Arts Fund is a grant program established in 2016 by Midway Contemporary Art with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Minneapolis–Saint Paul is one of thirty-two metro areas included in Warhol’s Regional Regranting Program, which is aimed at promoting vibrant artistic activity in cities across the United States.
In 2021 the Visual Arts Fund will award $60,000 ($5,000 and $10,000 grants) to artist organized projects in the Twin Cities metro region. Proposals must name a lead organizer, but can include any number of artists as collaborators; individuals or groups may apply. The VAF supports the development of projects and initiatives that engage the public with visual art and seeks to support a wide array of innovative and diverse projects that otherwise might not occur.
What We Fund
- Projects that have a publicly accessible component
- Projects could include exhibitions or installations held in temporary spaces, new publications, a series of events or performances, digital initiatives, public art projects, and other activities that are related to the visual arts
What We Do Not Fund
- An individual artist presenting exclusively their own work
- Projects that are part of the programming of a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization
- Projects at a commercial gallery
- Projects that do not offer an opportunity for free public engagement
- Projects must function primarily within a visual arts context (rather than performing arts, music, literature, or other arts). Projects can have interdisciplinary elements but must have a strong basis in the visual arts.
- A publicly accessible component of the project must take place within the Twin Cities seven-county metro region.
- Projects must be artist-organized and self-initiated; 501c3s, incorporated businesses, and students* are not eligible to apply (*PhD students are eligible).
- Projects cannot charge admission or other fees to the public or to participants.
- Projects cannot start before January 1, 2022 and must be completed by June 30, 2023.
- The Lead organizer must play a key role in the creation and execution of the project and live within the seven-county Twin Cities Metro region (Hennepin, Scott, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka, Carver, and Washington counties); additional collaborators can live anywhere.
- Lead organizers do not need to be U.S. Citizens, but must have social security numbers in order to receive payment.
- Lead organizers may only submit one application per application round.
- Lead organizers of projects funded through the 2019 cycle or 2020 Community Relief cycle are only eligible to apply for a 2021 VAF grant if their project has been completed and they have submitted their final survey by the opening date of the application.
If the project involves a group of artists working together, please choose one person to act as the lead organizer. The lead organizer will oversee the project and must play a key role in the creation and execution of the project. This contact person will also be responsible for receiving grant funds, communicating with Midway, and submitting the final survey. You may work with as many collaborators and/or artists as you wish.
We encourage anyone interested in applying for a 2021 VAF grant to join us at Midway for an informational session. We will cover eligibility and guidelines, answer questions regarding the application process, and be available to discuss project ideas one-on-one. Masks will be required.
We have also posted a pre-recorded virtual session available online for individuals who prefer to watch from home at their convenience.
- Virtual Info Session
Duration 27:40, click here to view
- Thursday, September 9, 6:00 pm
Midway Contemporary Art
201 Sixth Street SE, Suite 4
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Midway is accessible to all visitors. ASL interpretation is available upon request with two weeks’ advance notice. Please contact us for more information, or to request specific accommodations.
Download a PDF of Frequently Asked Questions:
Please email email@example.com or call (612) 605-4504 if you have additional questions about the program.
We encourage you to call if you would like to discuss your idea or have specific inquiries related to the eligibility of your project proposal.
Download a PDF of the VAF Grant information listed on this page:
2021 VAF Grant Timeline
Online Application Opens:
Wednesday, September 1
Saturday, September 25, 5pm (CST)
Following the close of the grant application on September 25th, a panel of jurors will review the applications for eligibility and priorities.
Panelists will consider each eligible proposal in the areas of Artistic Excellence, Community Impact, and Feasibility.
These guidelines can be made available in alternative formats or languages. To accommodate your request, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 605-4504.