FARGO — Three North Dakota arts organizations have each been awarded grants from Arts Midwest through the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund.
The Plains Art Museum in Fargo, the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks and the International Music Camp in Dunseith each received $50,000 to be used for “their most pressing needs,” according to an announcement from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
Thirty arts and cultural organizations in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin were awarded similar grants. The goal of the grants is to assist “historically under-resourced” arts groups around the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. An estimate from Americans for the Arts says the creative sector has lost more than $12.5 billion during the pandemic.
Of the 30 grantees, 22 are led by and serving people of color and/or Indigenous communities, and 11 are based in rural areas.
Minnesota grantees are the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, Art of the Rural in Winona, Hmong Cultural Center and Theater Mu in St. Paul and Southeast Asia Diaspora Project in Minneapolis.
South Dakota’s grantees are the Aberdeen Community Theatre, Black Hills Playhouse in Rapid City and The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge.
The U.S. Regional Arts Resilience Fund is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.