MRAC uses a peer-panel process to thoughtfully evaluate applications and make funding recommendations to our board of directors. Each year, we select nearly 300 panelists to support the most critical components of our funding process.

MRAC is accepting inquiries for panelists who bring a diverse personal, professional, and artistic backgrounds from across the 7-county Twin Cities Metro area.

MRAC has holds panels from October to June to support each of our grant programs. Each panel is made up of 9 individuals who reflect diversity including but not limited to artistic discipline, experience (community, volunteer, professional), geography, age, gender, race, and ethnicity from the region. Panelists receive an orientation training and review approximately 25 proposal applications submitted 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. In addition to the stipend, MRAC reimburses panelists for childcare and transportation for attending orientation and the day of the panel.

We are looking for panelists to provide thoughtful feedback to applicant groups regardless of funding decisions. As such, ideal panelist candidates should:

    • Hold an interest in developing their capacity and commitment to advancing equitable grantmaking across the Twin Cities Metro region (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington counties).
    • Engage in the arts in any formal and informal combination of experiences such as being an artist, producer, administrator/staff, educator, community organizer, organizational or creative consultant, active volunteer, and audience member/supporter.
    • Be prepared to provide comments that apply one’s working knowledge of arts and community while meeting applicants where they are.
    • 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 select both previous panelists as well as individuals who have not served on a panel before. We also welcome referrals from past panelists. Panelists gain a rich opportunity for 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. Their information is entered into our database of eligible panelists to be approved by the MRAC Board of Directors. Panelists will be contacted if an opportunity meets the needs of an upcoming 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 about becoming a panelist, contact Oskar Ly, Community Connections Manager, at

THANK YOU TO FY19 Next Step Fund Panelists

Adriana Rimpel, Aki Shibata, Alison Hiltner, Bill Cottman, Christopher Harrison, Dameun Strange, e.g. Bailey, Jennifer Pennington, Malik Watkins, Marlena Myles, Molly Van Avery, Naomi Ko, Pao Houa Her, Rachel Breen, Rafael Gonzalez, Ritika Ganguly, Saymoukda Vongsay, Taja Will

THANK YOU TO FY19 Arts Activities Support Round 2 Panelists

Andi Cheney, Andy Sturdevant, Anton Jones, Audrey Anderson, Audrey Park, Beverly Cottman, Brenda Butler, Bryan Thao Worra, Cigale Ahlquist, Courtney Gerber, Curt Lund, D.A. Bullock, Deborah Jinza Thayer, Divya Karan, Edna Stevens, Emmy Carter, Erik Madsen-Bond, Florence Brammer, Heidi Droegemueller, CFRE, Jeff Hansen, Jenea Rewertz-Targui, John Bueche, Julia Brown, Kate Sheldon, Kevin Yang, Kim Peterson, Lauren White, Loren Niemi, Mai Yang, Malia Cole, Mary Barghout, Max Erickson, Michael Robins, Monica Cruz Zorrilla, Nakita Kirchner, Quinn Villagomez, Robin Gillette, Roseanne Pereira, Samantha Sencer-Mura, Sara Endalew, Sha Cage, Stanton Wood, Susan Rotilie, Suzanne Roberts, Takara Henegar, Teresa Mock, Ying Lee

THANK YOU TO FY19 Arts Learning Round 2 Panelists

Berit Ahlgren, Carla Steen, Carol Sirrine, Chavonn Williams Shen, Cross, Hannah Walsh, Ian Vaver, Jon Rees, Julia Gay, Julie Zhou, Julie Strand, Justin Christy, Kealoha Ferreira, Leslie Carey, Lisa Dejoras, Mailee Vue, Melissa Brechon, Oleksandra Norwick, Stephani Atkins, Sun Yung Shin, Susan Tarnowski, Tommy Sar, Val Lockhart

THANK YOU TO FY19 Community Arts Round 2 Panelists

Alneida Madrigal, Aryca Myers, Brenna Depies, Brett Day, Brian Stephenson, Brittenany Gillespie, Cam Yang, Chanida Phaengdara Potter, Dan Pinkerton, Essma Imady, Heather Barringer, Ini Augustine, Dr. Joyce Broderson, Kate Lucas, Kate Mohn, Kelli Miles, Kit Leffler, Larry Weinberg, Lia Rivamonte, Maia Maiden, Margo Gray, Marisa XiuKuauhtli Martinez, Mary Jo Lewis, Michelle Chang, Mike Brown, Momoko Tanno, Naomi Crocker, Nikkyra Whittaker, Nkuli Shongwe, Pam Russell, Paul Eastwold, Sophie Peyton, Tree Croyle Johnson, Tri Vo, Xiaolu Wang, Ying Vu

THANK YOU TO FY19 Arts Learning Round 1 Panelists

Alexandra Nicome, AP Paulson, Bao Vue, Brittany Keefe, Bryan Boyce, Caitlin Hammel, Caroline Taiwo, Carrie Hendrickson, Christian Novak, Drea Reynolds, Ellen Fee, Houa Lor, Jenny Keight, Jocelyn McQuirter, Kat Vang, Kate Fisher, Kinzie Longley, Leslie Barlow, Naheeda Hirji-Waliji, Natalia Vargas Marquez, Ryan-Olivia McCoy, Zeena Fuleihan, Zhen Zou

THANK YOU TO FY19 Community Arts Round 1 Panelists

Abby Frank Taylor, Andrea Sanow, Arneshia Williams, Betsy Mowry Voss, Carolyn Phelps, Daniel Tran, Dee Baskin, Ella Kampelman, Grace Berke, Hannah Gary, Heather Peebles, Hlee Lee, Jacqueline Nuzzo, Jake Anderson, Jeff Ambroz, Junauda Petrus, Karyssa Jackson, Kathleen Conroy, LaDonna Morrison, Leah Battin, Leslie O’Neill, Linda Snouffer, Lisa Berman, Maja Weidmann, Melissa Bleecker, Prabana Balapuwaduge Mendis, Sarah Borchers, Tiffany Xiong, Tikki Brown, Yumi Inomata

THANK YOU TO FY19 Capital Panelists

Amy Hero Jones, Anne Bertram, Candida Gonzalez, Dara Syrkin, Erika Eklund, Gary Peterson, Kris     Sorensen, Lin Nelson-Mayson, Lue Vang, Lynne Beck, Mina Kinukawa, Pam Russell, Rick Shiomi, Sarah Hayes, Sarah Peters, Xianping He

THANK YOU TO FY19 Arts Activities Support Round 1 Panelists

Adrienne Doyle, Amelia Foster, Ann Spencer, Anna Ostroushko, Bob Peskin, Caitlin Hammel, Chai Lee, Chandler Daily, Chris Garza, Daisuke Kawachi, Dan Peltzman, David Kang, Dawne Brown White, Denise Tennen, Elin Anderson, Emma Kasiga, Eri Isomura, Erika Dani, Fatima Camara, Haley Cramer, Hawona Sullivan Janzen, Heather Peebles, Jamie Marshall, Julia Hobart, Karla Arredondo-Payan, Kasey Payette, Kate Hujda, Laura Leffler, Mai Vang, Marggie Ogas, Martha West, Mike Alberti, Nancy Cook, Nina Robinson, Nora Riemenschneider, Pete Driessen, Prabana Balapuwaduge Mendis, Reona Berry, Sara Kleinsasser Tan, Sophie Liu-Othmer, Teqen Zea-Aida, Tisidra Jones