The Cowles Center invites Minnesota-based artists or organizations to submit proposals for engagement and community events that bring a unique perspective, discussion and/or education opportunity to the Minnesota arts community. Selected Artists and organizations will work with Cowles Center staff to produce an event rooted in dance that serves a specified community and provides access to quality arts experiences. Artists or organizations from outside of Minnesota may partner on the event, but the lead applicant must be based in Minnesota.

The Cowles Center is looking for events that thoughtfully consider community partnerships and have an intended audience. Events may consist of (but not limited to):

Workshop series
Lectures / panels / roundtables
Informal performances paired with feedback
Screenings and discussion

Proposals are reviewed quarterly by Cowles Center staff. The number of selected proposals will vary each quarter, subject to capacity and resource availability; however, we hope to partner with two artists / organizations each quarter. All applicants will be contacted no later than 30 days after each deadline. All applications are due at 11:59pm CST on their deadline date.

Q1 Proposals: January 2, 2018

Q2 Proposals: April 2, 2018

Q3 Proposals: July 2, 2018

Q4 Proposals: October 2, 2018

Name of Artist/Collaboration/Organization *
Contact Email: *
Contact Phone Number: *
Brief proposal description (2-3 sentences) *
Describe your proposed activities. Include the vision for your event, proposed partners, intended audience/participants, and content. (300 words max) *
Describe your event logistics. Include your ideal number of audience/participants, format, setup, timeline, and marketing plan. (300 words max) *
Ideal date(s) and time(s). Include length of event(s), setup, and tear-down time. *
Describe which community or communities you are serving. How? (300 words max) *
How do you plan to partner with The Cowles Center through this proposal? (300 words max) *
Submit additional links to your online organization, personal website
Upload Resume(s) or CV: *
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