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.

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. MRAC reimburses panelists for event tickets to MRAC group performances, and 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

THANK YOU TO FY18 Capital Panelists

Sandy Agustín, Anna Becker, Steve Boland, Cheryl Caponi, Amy Danielson, Craig Dunn, Sarah Hayes, Mathew Janczewski, Jenna Papke, Jes Reyes, Rick Shiomi, Dara Syrkin, Lue Vang, Ross Willits

THANK YOU TO FY18 Organizational Development Panelists

Audrey Anderson, Becka Rahn, Bethany Gladhill, Brandon Boat, Chamindika Wanduragala, Christine Murakami Noonan, Craig Harris, Farida Hughes, Hannah Joyce-Hoven, Heather Brands, Ingrid Nyholm-Lange, Kathy Blegen-Huntley, Kimberly Peterson, Laura Littleford, Melinda Ludwiczak, Noah Keesecker, Patty Zurlo, Richard Cook, Robin Gillette, Sandy Moore, Tom Loftus

THANK YOU TO FY18 Arts Activities Support Round 1 Panelists

Aki Shibata, Ari Koehnen Sweeney, AsaleSol Young, Ashleyn Przedwiecki, Ben Krywosz, Betty Mackay, Bob Peskin, Bryan Thao Worra, Bryan Boyce, Caitlin Marlotte, Carol Oyanagi, Christina Dahlheimer, Christina Vang, Cigale Ahlquist, Daniel Peltzman, David Kang, Denise Tennen, Emma Kasiga, Eri Isomura, Erika Dani, Evie Mouacheupao, Glorianne Svitak, Haley Cramer, Isela Xitlali Gómez R., Ishwari Rajak, Jay Gilman, Jennifer Arave, Jim Payne, Joan Linck, Joe Ippolito, Josh Vang, Kasey Payette, Lacey Prpic Hedtke, Michelle Woster, Nancy Cook, Nina Robinson, Rachel Levitt, Roseanne Pereira, Ryan Stopera, Sagirah Shahid, Samantha Sencer-Mura, Sara Kleinsasser Tan, Sara Endalew, Sophie Liu-Othmer, Susan Rotilie, Tiffany Xiong, Tom Niemisto, Trish Vaillancourt