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CURA’s Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) provides small grants to artists of color and Native artists working in neighborhoods in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. ANPI grants recognize the valuable role that artists and the arts play in the work of fostering neighborhood wellbeing, and are intended to support the leadership of artists in these efforts. This grant program is particularly focused on directly funding individual artists or groups of artists working to build a more equitable Twin Cities.

CURA IS now accepting proposals for one-year support of artist driven projects.

The goals of the program are to identify and support compelling projects that support neighborhood wellbeing that artists have developed in response to their community’s specific challenges and opportunities.

  • Projects must demonstrate a clear commitment to a neighborhood or place, as shown by the relationship between that place’s community and the project’s development process and focus.
  • The request for proposals is open to individual artists of color and Native artists, or artist teams led by an artist of color or Native artist.
  • The project is rooted in a specific geographic area, and there is a strong relationship between the place, the people who have connections there, and the art-making. They recognize that colonialism and white supremacy have disconnected people from place and that cultural communities may be dispersed, and we invite artists to draw the connections between the issue or opportunity, the community, the particular place where the project will happen, and the project itself.
  • There is a partnership component to realizing the project. This could be between an artist and an organization or business, or two or more artists working together, or some combination. Organizations may not apply, although they may partner with an artist or artist team who is leading the project.
  • A total of $30,000 in grant dollars for 2022, with maximum grant awards of $15,000/project.
  • These funds are designated for one-time project support, and must be spent within one year. They estimate that selected projects will receive funds by early June 2022.

Deadlines

  1. Applications are accepted until 11:59 pm on Sunday, Feb 13, 2022.
  2. Final decisions will be made by the end of April 2022.

Questions and Info Sessions

For any questions please contact CURA staff:

Two information sessions will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, Jan 18, 1-2 pm and Friday, Jan 21, 5-6 pm. 

Meeting ID: 527 770 1103
Zoom Link
One tap mobile: +16513728299,,52777701103#

Each info session is identical and will include a short, informal presentation with an overview of ANPI goals and guidelines, and then offer time for ask questions.

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