Welcome to Seward’s online arts & culture info hub.

Have something to share? Email Kerry Cashman, SNG Community Coordinator, at: kerry@sng.org

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Grant Opportunity for Seward Residents

The Seward Spread Joy Fund (SSJF) has been made available by an anonymous donor for distribution by the Seward neighborhood Group. The SSJF is intended to help create unique and lasting experiences for members of the community. Each year the SSJF will award a grant of up to $1,000 to a Seward resident who yearns to do something that is just beyond their budget. The lucky recipient of this yearly grant will be drawn at the Seward Neighborhood Group’s Annual Meeting in November. 

Guidelines
-Applicant must currently live in Seward and have been a resident for at least three years
-No age limit
-The grant must benefit the recipient in an experiential way, meaning limited physical gains. A grant application that includes physical gain that benefits the community may still be considered (see examples)
-The grant must fund something that would have been difficult for to the applicant to experience without the assistant of the SSJF.
-No more than one application may be submitted per individual each year.

Application Process
Application forms will be available at the Seward Neighborhood Group office and online. The application will include:
– a brief description (50 words or less) of how much money is being requested and
how the grant will be used
– applicant’s name, address and contact information
– confirmation that the applicant has lived in Seward at least 3 years
– agreement that applicant will allow the grant to be publicized

Examples of appropriate application ideas for Seward Spread Joy Fund include:
-A person living in Seward wishes to take a language course
-A person living in Seward would like to fulfill a personal dream by taking a hot air balloon ride over the Twin Cities
-A Seward youth hopes to have a wilderness experience in the BWCA.
-A person who lives in Seward wishes to have a bench built on their block for neighbors to use (an appropriate exception to the physical gain rule.)

Examples of unacceptable ideas include:
-A Seward youth wants to buy an iPhone.
-A Seward homeowner needs funds to make repairs to their home.

*If awarded the grant, the applicant must sign a contract agreeing to submit a report on their experience.
**Seward Neighborhood Group retains the right to deny an application it does not appropriately adhere to the grant’s guidelines.
No board members or SNG employees are eligible to apply.
Note: Seward is the area bounded by I-94 on the north, the Mississippi River on the east, the Midtown Greenway on the south and Hiawatha Avenue on the west.

***Click here to fill out an application! Once finished, you can email your application to liza@sng.org OR send to The Seward Neighborhood Group office at 2323 E Franklin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406. You can also drop your application off at the SNG office from 11am-2pm Tuesday-Friday. DEADLINE October 8th by 2pm ***

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Call for Art Show Entry

“Anguish and Hope”

During the month of November, the Vine Arts Center Gallery in Minneapolis is hosting a juried art show entitled “Anguish and Hope”.

Vine Arts is looking for a diverse group of visual, literary and performance artists to enter work that comments on the realities, hopes, fears and take-aways related to the current political, social and economic environment.

Submission details and application form are available here.

Inquiries are welcome at: anguishandhope@vineartscenter.org.  Deadline for entry is September 30, 2017.

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Gordon Coons coming to Vine Arts Center

Colors of My Inner Voice. Exhibit of works of Native American artist Gordon Coons of Ojibwe and Ottawa Heritage. Exhibit includes paintings, hand-pulled prints plus creations utilizing Duck Tape. Gordon will be exhibiting the Ojibwe Woodland Art Style, created from the combination of Ojibwe petroglyphs (drawings or carvings on rocks) and images from birch bark scrolls. The images can also be identified as X-ray Vision. The inspiration for these images relies on Ojibwe clans and stories. The artist usually paints images with a heavy black outline and paints what is felt or perceived inside animals (or people). What is painted inside the
animal or person represents a kind of spirit, a source of powers.

Show opening September 9, from 5PM – 9PM. Gordon will talk about his works with a guided tour on September 9th.

Artist led workshop on September 23rd from 1PM – 5PM to create a Woodland
Art Style block print.

Running Dates September 9 – 30, 2017.  VINE ARTS CENTER. 2637 27th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406