North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival Receives City Art Partnership Grant

The Arts Partnership has awarded the Third Annual North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival a City Arts Partnership (CAP) Grant. CAP Grants support non-profit arts and culture organizations and other non-profits proposing arts projects in the Metro area. The CAP program is funded by the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. In 2019, $110,375 in grants and awards were made to 30 different local arts and culture non-profits benefiting from the City Arts Partnership Grant program.

“We’re excited to have been selected as part of the program,” said Sean Coffman, Executive Director of the Human Family. “The arts play an important role in societal dialogues, and an exhibition such as this helps to bring attention to a number of different important conversations. As an arts organization, we’re fortunate to have an organization such as The Arts Partnership in our community.”

In 2019, the third annual North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival will travel between Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks and Minot. The $750 grant provided by the Arts Partnership will be used specifically for the Fargo exhibition dates of the festival.

The State of the Arts 2019 CAP Grant Reciepients. Photo by Dennis Krull

Submissions are now being accepted for the Third Annual North Dakota Human Rights Art Festival. All mediums of 2D, 3D, live performance artists, poets, writers and experimental filmmakers and animators with works relating to human rights, civil rights or social justice are encouraged to submit their work.

The juried arts festival is accepting submissions for all mediums. Works submitted will be eligible for a juried competition. All artist, student, amateur, or professional, who have works that relate to the discussion of human rights or social justice are invited to submit to the festival.

The touring exhibition will be hosted in four cities in North Dakota: In January 2020 in Fargo at the Plains Art Museum; in February 2020 at the Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-Op; and in June 2020 in Minot at the Taube Museum of Art. The festival will also be returning to Grand Forks in the Spring. The final location there will be finalized shortly.

The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival is to educate, engage, and facilitate discussion around local and worldwide human-rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artists.

To be considered for the festival, submissions must be received by midnight Central Standard Time on Friday, November 29, 2019. Artists should submit their work via the online portal on the Human Family website. Filmmakers and animators should submit their work through FilmFreeway.

Download the Call for Artists information here.

The Third Annual North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival is made possible through the generosity of the Arts Partnership, and through partnerships with the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition.




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