NDCA has received funding for ten North Dakota artists in each of the eight regions of the state to participate in an ND Artist Training Cohort program. It will be led by established artists who are installing large scale, permanent public art through Arts Across the Prairie (AAP). There will be 3-4 rounds of training.

Each selected artist in the ND Cohort will receive training online and on site as well as a $1,500 stipend, plus travel, lodging, and per diem for the duration of the training cycle (2024-2026).

The goal of the ND Artist Training Cohort is to provide training for up to 80 ND artists to increase skill levels and capacity for public art production and therefore make them eligible for additional funding opportunities, both in North Dakota and nationally.


ND Artists are eligible to apply for all 8 artist training sessions offered in 3-4 rounds; however new applicants will be considered first. Trainings will occur in all 8 Regions of the state. When weather is amenable, travel will be required.

*Applicant must be 18 or older and cannot be enrolled as a full-time student.

Criteria for Review:

Representatives from NDCA will review applications and materials submitted. Eight artists will be selected for each region.

Applications will be scored on:

  • completeness of overall application
  • artist’s statement
  • past work as evidenced on resume
  • goals

*Selections will be made without regard to race, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, or national origin.

Program Format

  1. Regions 1 & 4
    1. Beginning March 2024, the first sessions (Thane Lund, Region 1 and James Peterson, Region 4) of this program will take place online, 1-2 hours each session.
    2. In late spring and summer 2024, the ND Artist Cohort will meet with Region’s 1 and 4 installation artists onsite, in person, over three days to participate in the fabrication process.
  2. Subsequent Regions
    1. Additional trainings will be scheduled as regional artists are selected (2024-2026).

ND Artist Training Cohort Stipend

  • $1,500 plus travel, lodging, and per diem for the duration of the training cycle (2024-2026)
  • No matching funds are required for this program

For Questions or Assistance

Contact Program Officer Kim Konikow | | (701) 328-7592

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Who Can Apply


*Applicant must be a North Dakota resident, 18 years or older, and cannot be enrolled as a full-time student.

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How to Apply

Application Method

Complete the Artist Application by Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 11:59 PM Central Time.

ND Artist Cohort Application