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Funding Panel


Date: March 9, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm CST
Location: Zoom Meeting
Price: Free
Category: Work of Art+

Learn about navigating the funding landscape and hear from members of the arts community, experienced both in granting organizations and as independent artists. This panel is part of a series of Work of Art + workshops and panels presented in partnership with Hennepin County Library. Panelists include Naomi Cohn, Mike Hoyt and Moira (Miri) Villiard. Moderated by Ka Oskar Ly, Springboard Artist Career Consultant.

This panel is a part of Work of Art+, workshops and panels that complement the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists series, whose curriculum is always available for free download. Or you can buy a copy of the book.


Naomi Cohn (she/her), writer and teaching artist, has thirty years’ experience fundraising and grant-writing—raising millions of dollars for nonprofits, training and coaching groups and individuals, and garnering support for her own creative work. Her work’s been supported by numerous grants and artist residencies, including a 2023 McKnight Artist Fellowship; Knight Arts Challenge, three Minnesota State Arts Board, and Next Step Fund grants. She’s also appeared on NPR and been honored by a Best of the Net Finalist and two Pushcart nominations. Her book, The Braille Encyclopedia: Brief Essays on Altered Sight, is forthcoming (2024) from Rose Metal Press.



Mike Hoyt (he/him) is the Creative Community Director at the Pillsbury House + Theatre where he manages PH+T’s creative community development initiatives while also administering the McKnight Fellowships for Community-Engaged Artists. Hoyt (Kanaka Maoli) maintains a professional creative practice. Accomplishments include awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a Northern Art(ists) on the Verge Fellowship, a Jerome Visual Artist Fellowship, and a McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship. Hoyt is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader.





Through public art collaborations across Minnesota, Moira (Miri) Villiard (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist who uses art to uplift underrepresented narratives, explore the nuance of society’s historical community intersections, and promote community healing spaces. Her areas of focus include responsive/protest art, community space curation, activism-rooted exhibits and installations, animated projection art, and participatory murals. Moira grew up on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Cloquet, MN, and is a Fond du Lac direct descendent.





Ka Oskar Ly (they/them) is a multi-disciplinary artist ranging from textile art, murals, installations, and events through the power of culture and identity. They co-founded Ua Si Creative, an artist collective that emerged out of They have a background in community development, organizing, and facilitation and have been a recipient of McKnight, Jerome, Forecast, MRAC, MSAB, and CURA grants and fellowships and more. Visit their website at and read more about Ka on Creative Exchange.





Date: Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
: This panel will not be recorded.
Captioning: This panel will be captioned using Zoom's automated live transcription feature.
Registration: Click the Register button above to be redirected to the Hennepin County Library website to sign up for this panel. Questions about registration can be answered by the library. For all other questions, call Zaraawar "Z" Mistry at 651-789-2282 or email