Arts Midwest

Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 2908 Hennepin Ave S Ste 200 Minneapolis MN 55408 USA

Mission: Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives.
Results: Over the past 26 years, Arts Midwest has been committed to serving the nation’s thriving arts communities. Through our performing, visual, literary, and theater arts programs, we have supported arts initiatives in urban and rural communities throughout the U.S. During the second year of the 2007–2009 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle, ensembles from Quebec, Israel, Mexico, and the Inner Mongolia Region of China reached 40,965 individuals, including 31,280 students in Midwestern communities. Additionally, in 2008–2009, Arts Midwest granted $540,318 to presenting organizations, and artists earned more than $3.5 million touring throughout the region through the Performing Arts Fund. These funds helped dance, music, and theater ensembles engage over 296,000 individuals, including over 138,000 youths through a variety of enriching public performances and educational activities. Arts Midwest also supported the arts community at the 2009 Midwest Arts Conference, with more than 900 attendees representing artists, presenting organizations, and service organizations. Attendees used this opportunity to gain knowledge about the performing arts industry, network with colleagues, and experience a variety of dynamic performances.
Target demographics: Our cultural programs reach more than one million people annually, serving communities across our nine member states, which include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Many of our programs extend beyond these borders to communities across the 50 states, and international to places like China, Egypt, and Chile- enhancing the quality of life in hundreds of cities, towns, and rural areas across the the world.
Programs: Arts Midwest World Fest, is a global education and outreach performing arts initiative.

The Midwest Arts Conference is an annual booking and educational conference for the performing arts.

The Performing Arts Fund is a funding program that supports performing arts touring and educational workshops.

ArtsLab is a capacity-building program for Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations in partnership with a consortia of Twin Cities foundations.

The arts learning Xchange is an audience development initiative for Twin Cities arts organizations.

Arts Midwest also manages an array of initiatives with the National Endowment for the Arts:

The Big Read is a literary reading program that supports innovative reading initiatives, lectures, and events in communities across the country.

Shakespeare in American Communities brings the inimitable works of William Shakespeare to communities across the nation.

NEA Jazz Masters Live is a series of concerts and conversations featuring acclaimed jazz musicians.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Arts Midwest is the leading regional arts organization in the nation funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, private foundations and individuals. The agency's programs not only have a positive impact on the member nine state region but expand throughout the entire nation with projects like The Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities. I am delighted to serve on the board of this outstanding organization with an impressive and hard working staff. It's a great nonprofit headquarter in Minneapolis.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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11 people found this review helpful

Arts Midwest is the nation's finest regional arts organization funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, nine member state arts agencies and private funds. As the former director of the SD Arts Council, the most unique aspect of Arts Midwest programming is the wealth of expeceptional talent it helps to tour to rural areas of the Midwest. It's World Fest program tours outstanding performers from foreign cultures in multi-day residency situations.In many cases, audiences experience unique, global performing arts that they otherwise would never have the opportunity to see. Supporting Arts Midwest is highly encouraged.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

several rural communities in South Dakota as well as at Arts Midwest Arts Conference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Arts Midwest has an exceptional, highly professional staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Arts Midwest provides many services to audiences, arts organizations and artists, through programs such as Arts Midwest World Fest, the Performing Arts Fund, the Midwest Arts Conference, The Big Read, the Arts Learning Exchange and many others. Services vary among programs and may include providing educational support to teachers and students; supporting arts services organizational staff through professional development; providing opportunities for regional arts and artists to step beyond where they are today. Most important is the collaborative leadership role taken by each member of the extraordinary staff at Arts Midwest in approaching their constituents, their work and new challenges. As Executive Director, David Fraher brings vision, creativity and compassion to his work and always thinks beyond...even when the next step is to confront the impact of today's economics on state arts agencies. "Beyond" keeps the focus on the new opportunities for the arts, artists and audiences. I have experienced Arts Midwest as an employee, a retiree, a volunteer and now, as a member of the board.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The diversity and depth of its work and support from small rural towns in the region to bringing arts presenters to international venues, like China to promote regional arts and to bring Chinese artists back to the small rural towns.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I was asked to join this board a few years ago. I am very inspired by this organization and what they have done for the Arts in a nine state region. I have been very impressed by the professionalism of each and every staff member. They are small in numbers but mighty in delivering great services and programs to many artists and art organizations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a board member, seeing the way they operate and how they operate first hand.They are serving a much needed demand in the arts field. They also pull in international performing arts troupes who work hand in hand with local communities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the work they do is priceless.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very professional and very qualified in their particular areas. They are also very flexible and ready and willing to help in other areas as needed. Real teamwork!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

WOW...it could really change the way people view the arts. They are vry good with maximizing their resources.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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As the Executive Director of the North Dakota Council on the Arts I see first hand what an impact Arts Midwest makes across the region. Specifically, Arts Midwest World Fest allows rural communities to participate in rich global arts experiences, experiences that would normally be far too costly for rural North Dakota to afford. Arts Midwest is well recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for its work with global projects, specifically music and literature. The NEA has repeatedly relied on Arts Midwest to manage national programs such as Shakespeare in America and The Big Read. The leadership of David Fraher and Susan Chandler is without equal. Their partnership is outstanding and has resulted in an organization and staff that the entire region is proud of.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

building stronger community arts programs and bringing greater attention to the similarities people of various cultures have.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be in a mess! I can't imagine any changes that I could make that would improve this exceptional organization!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to network with leaders in my field and experts in the arts/non-profit management field.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

intelligent, caring, thoughtful, and capable of achieving whatever they set out to do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fund more regional workshops and trainings for the field in the Arts Midwest region...and give the creative Arts Midwest staff the opportunity to think REALLY BIG!

Ways to make it better...

I wasn't so busy with my own job and could focus on the opportunities offered through Arts Midwest board service. We hear from top consultants, but have little time for follow-up and further research into their ideas.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

changes in the direction of national programs and keeping a strong financial picture in tough economic times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I sometimes wish I was on the staff of Arts Midwest instead of the board!

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Arts Midwest is one of the best organizations I have ever experienced. Under the outstanding leadership of David Fraher, Executive Director, and his excellent staff, Arts Midwest manages many important national and regional initiatives. I have worked directly with David and the staff as a board member and am impressed with the ability of the organization to meet the challenges of numerous arts initiatives and manage them effectively. They have expanded ArtsMidwestWorldFest, which I initiated before turning it over to Arts Midwest. It has become a model for cultural exchange that enables underserved Midwestern communities to interact with young, inspiring, international artists in student workshops and performances; community outreach activities; and public performances. Shakespeare in America and the Big Read, two superb national initiates of the NEA, are managed by Arts Midwest. Other arts organizations would benefit from looking at Arts Midwest as a role model.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

numerous programs and board meetings

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the board and staff on programs I value

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

manage even more important national initiatives

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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