There are many creative cities in the Midwest to live and/or show your work.  Below I have complied a few links for specific areas.

Illinios –

Illinois Arts Council – The Illinois Arts Council awards grants to individuals for up to $7000

http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/ – Great place to find calls for entry, event listings, and job posts.

Ohio –

http://www.oac.state.oh.us/ – The Ohio Arts Council was created to “foster and encourage the development of the arts and assist the preservation of Ohio’s cultural heritage.” This is accomplished by the Council in two primary methods; first, through the various grant funding programs that the Council operates to provide support to artists and to make arts activities available to a broad segment of Ohio’s public; and secondly, by providing services that help to enhance the growth of the arts. See this site for grant opportunities, calls for shows, and available employment.

Cincinnati –

http://www.theartswave.org/ – ArtsWave helps create the kind of thriving arts environment that makes the Cincinnati region a better place to live, work, play, and stay.  They support and collaborate with arts organizations large and small throughout the area. Great place to look for jobs and volunteer opportunities.  The arts create benefits like attractive, lively neighborhoods and a population that comes together to share ideas and experiences.

http://www.cincinnatiarts.org/ – The mission of the Cincinnati Arts Association, as the region’s premier promoter of the arts and entertainment.  See Weston Gallery for other visual arts resources.

St. Louis –

Gallery list = White Flag; Craft Alliance; Laumeier Sculpture Park; Boots; The Sheldon; Regional Arts Commission; The Contemporary Art Museum; SLAM; Art Dimensions; St. Louis Artists’ Guild; Mad Art Gallery; Atrium Gallery; COCA; Kemper (Sabine Eckmann, Meredith Malone, Kim Broker, Kim Singer, Sydney Norton); Phil Slien Gallery; Bruno David Gallery; Ivy Sellcurk; Jim Schmidt Gallery; Greenberg Van Doren; William Shearburn Gallery; Luminary; Chapel Gallery; Pulitzer foundation; Soulard Contemporary Art Market; Cranky Yellow; scosag, st. louis; Missouri Botanical Gardens; St. Louis Science Center; Crepes in the City, St. Louis; Meshuggah coffee shop in the loop; The dog museum; Evil Prints; Firecracker press; Snowflake; Rad Lab; Art St. Louis

Kansas City –

The Greater Kansas City Art Association –  The Greater Kansas City Art Association is a non-profit art organization that has actively promoted the appreciation of visual arts in the Kansas City area.  GKCAA functions to bring together artists in the Kansas City region for an exchange of ideas and techniques, and to provide an opportunity for artists to approach the public as a unified group of professionals. Check out News and Events for more information.

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