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Department of Public Transformation

Ignite Rural

Location: MN — Southwest (Marshall)
Type: Residency
Any discipline

Other Criteria:
Paid opportunity


Ignite Rural: An 8-month “at-home” residency program for rural arts and cultural workers in the Upper Midwest

Ignite Rural is an “at-home” artist residency focused on uplifting and supporting rural artists that engage in social/civic work and are in the early stages of their artistic practice. To be considered for the program, artists must reside in rural communities with a population of 20,000 or less within the colonial state borders of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native Nations that share that geography. Priority will be given to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists and culture bearers.

Ignite Rural 2024 will operate as an 8-month cohort model (September 2024 – April 2025) to connect rural artists with each other, provide virtual learning exchange opportunities, and support rural artists in their social and civic work within their communities. Ignite Rural uplifts rural arts and cultural workers as invaluable contributors to increasing community connection; therefore Ignite Rural artists will receive a $4,000 creative fund, an additional $8,000 living stipend, and access to an $800 artistic development/wellness fund. 6 artists will be selected for the 2024 cohort.

This program is a great fit for individuals who are ready to step further into their identity as an artist and are able to balance their time, energy, and commitment to the Ignite Rural cohort for 8 months.