ST. PAUL — The Folk and Traditional Arts grant program is now open for application for fiscal year 2021. This program is designed to enrich Minnesota communities through folk and traditional art forms being passed on, documented, practiced and shared.

Folk and traditional arts refer to artistic traditions that come from and are rooted in the cultural life of a community. Communities may share a common ethnicity, geographic or regional identity, occupation, language or tribal affiliation. Folk and traditional arts are learned and passed on through community-based systems of observation and practice.

The deadline to submit applications is 4:30 p.m. May 15.

Applicants should review the program overview and application instructions at http://arts.state.mn.us. First-time applicants and those in need of support are encouraged to speak with program officer Rina Rossi at (800) 866-2787 or rina.rossi@arts.state.mn.us prior to applying. The Arts Board is offering a free online information session about the grant opportunity at 3 p.m. April 16.