MRAC uses a peer-panel process to thoughtfully evaluate applications and make funding recommendations to our board of directors. Each year, we work with over 250 panelists to support the most critical components of our funding process.

MRAC is accepting inquiries for new panelists who bring a diverse personal, professional, and artistic backgrounds from across the 7-county Twin Cities Metro area. MRAC has holds panels year-round to support each of our grant programs. Each panel is made up of 4 to 10 individuals who reflect diversity in artistic, community and professional experience, discipline, geography, age, gender and ethnicity from the region. Panelists review applications which are received from arts nonprofits, informal groups, and arts programs within larger non-arts nonprofits. Panelists are offered a $125 stipend at the completion of the panel review process.

Ideal panelist candidates should:

    • Hold any formal and informal combination of experience such as artist, producer, administrator, educator, community organizer, volunteer, and audience member/supporter.
    • Be prepared to actively apply their artistic discipline experience and working knowledge of community.
    • Engage with the arts anywhere within the Twin Cities Metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington counties).
    • Hold an interest in and commitment to advancing equitable grantmaking in the region.
    • Be open to learn from peer panelists and the process.
    • Provide the necessary time commitment to review approximately 25 applications, attend orientation, and the in-person panel review day.

We are interested in hearing from previous panelists as well as individuals who have not served on a panel before. Panelists gain a rich opportunity to insights into writing grants, understand how grants are awarded, and have a chance to network with other members of the arts community.

Panelist inquiries are reviewed on a monthly basis. Once confirmed by the MRAC Board of Directors, panelists are entered into our database of eligible panelists and will be contacted if an opportunity that meets the needs of the upcoming panel are aligned.

Panelist commitment includes attending a two-hour orientation, reviewing approximately 25 applications, and joining a day-long panel review day session in-person at MRAC. In addition to the $125 stipend, MRAC reimburses panelists for childcare and mileage for attending orientation and the day of panel.

MRAC abides by all applicable laws relating to nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Furthermore, MRAC does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, age, status as legal alien, or any other legally protected status.

To inquire on how to become a panelist, contact Oskar Ly, Community Connections Manager, at

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