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Our Mission

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council’s mission is to facilitate and encourage local arts development. This mission statement grows from a conviction that the arts improve the quality of life in the region.

What We Fund

ARAC awards grants to individual artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota. We are one of eleven Regional Arts Councils in the state of Minnesota.  Our grant funding comes from an appropriation by the MN state legislature, and from the McKnight Foundation.  Additional funding comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

What’s New?




New Grant Application Deadlines and Workshops


The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council announces upcoming grant program deadlines and free technical assistance workshops for arts organizations and individual artists who reside in the following counties in the Arrowhead Region: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis. The technical assistance workshops will be held at the following times in:


ARAC Meeting Room, Marshall Professional Building

1301 Rice Lake Road, Duluth, MN 55811


April 8, 2014              Grant Writing Workshop – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

April 25, 2014            Deadline: Rural and Community Art Grant Program


April 9, 2014              Grant Writing Workshops – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

April 25, 2014            Deadline: Individual Artist Career Development Grant Program  

                                     Deadline: Individual Artist Fellowship Grant Program 


  • Rural and Community Art Grants offer matching support for arts groups located outside the Duluth with annual budgets under $40,000. Groups may request up to $5,000 per application to produce or present arts activities that impact the group and the community they serve. This program has two deadlines per year.
  • McKnight/ARAC Individual Artist Career Development Grants offer support to assist regional artists from all cultural backgrounds at various stages on their careers. Artists may request up $3,000 to take advantage of an impending, concrete opportunity, or artist generated opportunity that will nurture artist artistic creativity. This program has two deadlines per year.
  • McKnight/Arts and Cultural Heritage Individual Artist Fellowship Grants seeks to recognize, reward, and encourage regional artists by enabling them to set aside time, to purchase supplies and materials, or pursue advance study to allow them to meet their artistic goals. Artists working in the visual, literary, or performing arts are eligible to apply for fellowships of $5,000 each. This program has one deadline per year.


New Deadlines for Fiscal Years 2014/15

Major changes for ARAC took effect July 01, 2013:

All grant programs will be grouped into 4 deadlines.


Please visit the different grant pages for specific dates

for all ARAC grants.



As of July 1, 2013, projects funded by any MN

Legislative appropriations must take place within

the State of Minnesota.  No more than 10% of total

grant funds can be used for travel outside

the State of Minnesota.





There is one “At-Large” opening on the ARAC

Board, for a member who lives outside

the city limits of Duluth.  We are

still interested in receiving applications

for the term July 01, 2013 – June 30, 2016.


The 17 member Board decides how public or private

funding is distributed to artists and arts organizations

in the seven Arrowhead Counties.

Submit an application if you are interested,

or contact the office for more details.

800.569.8134                     218.722.0952






1301 Rice Lake Rd.,  Suite 120
Duluth, MN      55811-2707
218-722-0952     800-569-8134



Get directions to our office.

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