Organizations/Businesses that Support Local Creatives

Rochester Arts Cultural Collaborative

Rochester Arts Center

Rochester Civic Theatre

SEMVA (Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists)

Words Players

Rochester Repertory Theatere

Skyvault Theater

Rochester Public Library

Gallery 24 Artist Collaborative


Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust

RCTC Art & Design Department

Rochester Arts Ensemble

Pure Rock Studios

Earthbound Designs Pottery Studio

125 Live

Forager Brewery

Cafe Steam

Dunn Brothers

Dwell Local


Grant Opportunities

Tip!——Keeping a Grant Calendar—-  it is important to keep a grant calendar in a spreadsheet. —-name of grant–-description of grant and amount —-deadline —-submission requirements —-submitted y/n

Rochester Downtown Alliance Start up grants

Downtown Rochester offers a variety of community opportunities and resources to get involved

Whether you are organizing a poetry reading or planning a community festival, consider applying for the Rochester Downtown Alliance’s Start-up Grant open to first-time events taking place within Downtown Rochester. Grants range up to $3,000.


SEMAC exists to encourage, promote, and assist regional arts development by providing leadership, outreach, advocacy, mentorship, grants and services.

Minnesota State Arts Board 

The Minnesota State Arts Board provides financial support to artists and organizations throughout the state to ensure that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts. Funding Arts Board programs is provided by the Minnesota State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private donors.


Established in 1971 as an independent organization to serve individual artists throughout the state, the mission of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is to empower emerging artists and arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development. In 2009, we extended our programs and services throughout the United States and the international community.

Mn Artists is home to art, writing, opportunities and conversation, online and off, by, for and about Midwestern artists working in every discipline. A program of the Walker Art Center, Mn Artists is dedicated to improving the quality and national visibility of regionally-rooted art, artists and cultural dialogue through a dynamic online community, responsive arts journalism, and by giving artists access to, and connections with, collaborators, influencers and the public.

Springboard for the Arts 

Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Our work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and we believe that artists are an important leverage point in that work. Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life.


Tip!—-Each Visual Artist should have a portfolio with these items ready to go for applications to opportunities.—Artist Statement–-Brief Bio—Large and Small image files of work ( 1_lastname.jpg)—Image list—Title/media/year/size (numbers correspond to numbered images)—CV/Resume

Marketing & PR

Event calendars online

Social Media

Create a Facebook Event

INSTAGRAM—Create your own hashtag for the event. Create engaging visual posts leading up to the event.

Create a Presence

Create posters! Place around town, find volunteers to run posters for you. Use to create…. It’s free

Engage with the public face to face, go to other events and share yours with the attendees

Writing a Press Release

A press release is generally sent out 1 week prior to the event. It is sent to local media outlets ie. news stations, newspapers, bloggers etc.

Example press release layout

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (DATE)***************************************************************
DESCRIBE YOUR EVENT OR PROJECT (What, when, where, how, why)
For more information please contact: CONTACT INFO HERE
Event will be held at:

Example Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/29/17 **********************************************************************
SHOW: La Mese delle Donne V  (A Month of Women V)
DATES: Sept 14th –  October 5th
HOURS: Reception 6-9 pm Thursday September 14th
COST: Free
La Mese Delle Donne is in its 5th year!
We are proud to announce that the 5th annual “La Mese delle Donne” will be held at Rochester Art Center. We are pleased to be collaborating with both the RAC and The Women and Spirituality Conference ( which will be held September 16-17 at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN. The purpose of the conference is to bring together people of diverse spiritual traditions and to create an atmosphere of healing, transformation and sharing.
The focus of this event is to celebrate women creatives that live in the State of Minnesota.
This exhibit will showcase the work of Minnesota artists, writers, poets, dancers and musicians who gender identify as woman.
The exhibition opening reception will be September 14th, 6-9pm. with talks from the visual artists beginning promptly at 7pm. A Women’s Open Mic will occur after the talks, 8-10pm.
Attendees of the Women and Spirituality Conference will be given tours of the exhibit throughout the day on September 16th and 17th.
The curated La Mese delle Donne performance will be held in collaboration with the Women and Spirituality conference on September 16th 7-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm) at the Mayo Civic Center. It will be open to both conference attendees and the general public. Submissions will be made through the Women and Spirituality conference and is open to Minnesota Artists and conference attendees.
For more information please contact Cassandra Buck at: 555-5555
Exhibit will be held at:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr SE
Rochester, MN 55904