Wings Arts Council strongly believes that the arts are essential to the
creation and sustenance of thriving vital communities. The arts should
be supported by the participation of many people in arts activities,
organizations and by public and private funding. In fact, it is a part
of the FWAC’s mission that the public value of the arts is understood
and acted upon by community members, leaders, and policy makers.
Therefore we consider advocacy an important part of what we do.
WHO FWAC SERVES
The Five Wings Arts Council (FWAC) serves audiences in central Minnesota's ive-county region through grants, services, and technical assistance to he arts communities of Cass, Crow Wing, Wadena, Morrison and Todd counties.
Groups do not need to be classified as tax-exempt by the IRS in order to apply.
Five Wings Arts Council encourages and promotes arts creation,
appreciation, and education through grant programs and technical
assistance to enhance the quality of life for Minnesota residents in
Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena Counties.
FWAC'S VISION FOR THE FIVE COUNTY AREA• That artists, arts organizations and arts activities thrive
• That art is integrated into the social fabric and identity of every community
• That the public value of the arts is understood and acted upon by community members, leaders and policy makers.
FWAC’S FUNDING SOURCES
As one of 11 regional arts councils in Minnesota, FWAC is largely funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. FWAC also receives generous support from The McKnight Foundation.
In fiscal year 2012, FWAC received 161 grant requests and awarded 124 grants totaling $353,400 Funded projects served 5,000 professional and community artists and reached approximately *100000 audience members. FWAC also provided numerous skill building workshops and networking activities to people from more than 25 different organizations.
Arts advocacy isn't something that can be done for you--it requires your involvement to get these important messages out! Read on to find out what you can do to advocate for the arts!
Big Check Events-opportunities to celebrate citizen support of art events and activities which are accessible for everyone.
*Data collected from grantee final reports.