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The Arts Partnership to celebrate funding milestone in 2022

This year, The Arts Partnership will celebrate a decade since they launched the Individual Artist Partnership grant program, an initiative that’s awarded more than $150,000 to local artists since its founding in 2012.

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“Support local art” isn’t The Arts Partnership’s official mission or tagline, but we certainly live and work by those three words every day.

As a leading regional nonprofit arts advocacy organization, supporting local art is as much about experiencing regional art and performance as it is about actively advocating for artists, arts organizations and arts-related businesses.

One of the most powerful (and fulfilling) ways we get to advocate for local artists at TAP is by raising money and then disseminating those funds to qualifying artists and organizations.

This year, we celebrate a decade since we founded our Individual Artist Partnership grant program, an initiative that’s awarded more than $150,000 to local artists since its founding in 2012.

Individual Arts Partnership grants support artists, writers and musicians at any career stage, helping them realize their artistic vision, improve their artistic skills and build sustainable careers. The IAP grants are funded by dollars from individual donors, the Erin Koffler Memorial Fund , Jade Presents and the Moorhead PEO.


Ten years of financial support to local artists

Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 support artists working in dance, literature, music, media, theater, traditional and folk arts and craft, or visual arts and who are at any career stage.

“It really is a great opportunity for all types of artists,” TAP Director of Operations Tania Blanich said. “These grants give emerging artists the opportunity to take a chance that they couldn’t afford to do otherwise, for example, a just-getting-started musician might work with a professional recording studio to produce some album tracks.”

While granting funding to emerging artists is an exciting opportunity, IAP grants also help more established artists push the boundaries of their craft into new territory.

“For more established artists, receiving an IAP grant can become an opportunity to raise their game,” Blanich said.

Blanich recalls that local painter Zhimin Guan received a grant to travel to western North Dakota for research.

“He ended up with this amazing series of both realistic and super abstract paintings of western North Dakota,” she said. “That has translated into exhibitions locally at the Rourke and at the Hector International Airport’s ArtWORKS program.”

Choosing artists

Blanich, who spearheads the grant programs at TAP, said artists who apply for IAP funding submit applications that are then reviewed by a panel of arts professionals and arts advocates from around the region.

“Reviewers on the panel give each application thorough consideration to assess artistic accomplishment and promise, project concept, impact on the artist’s career and capacity to execute the project,” Blanich said.


The grant process begins at the beginning of the calendar year, with the grants generally awarded in March.

Inclusive, diverse and equal

IAP grants have always funded a wide range of artists from all backgrounds. We encourage those in the BIPOC, LGBTQ and other historically marginalized communities to apply for funding so that the arts can broaden representation and foster a culture of acceptance across the metro area.

The deadline for applying to receive an IAP grant is Feb. 11. Interested artists must attend a mandatory meeting prior to applying; there will be a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 5:30 p.m. To register, contact TAP Director of Operations Tania Blanich at

More information is available at .

Coming up

In upcoming Forum articles, The Arts Partnership will share the stories of past IAP grantees, how the funding helped move their careers forward and where they’re headed in 2022.

This article is part of a content partnership with The Arts Partnership, a nonprofit organization cultivating the arts in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. For more information, visit

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