The Cowles Center’s Generating Room: Open Proposal Initiative is designed to support artists at any stage in their career who need additional administrative and financial support in generating a new project. This initiative annually supports six Minnesota-based dance artists by removing the obstacle of expensive studio rental fees and marketing costs. Generating Room provides 100 hours of free studio space, as well as free promotional and design support, over the course of six months. 


Artists are selected through an application-based process and selected by a panel twice a year. Generating Room invests in and champions artists and organizations so they can develop their crafts; practice and produce new work, and ultimately generate community and discussion that makes a cultural contribution. The artists, in turn, give back, with all projects culminating in a free public event for the community. 


Selected artists and organizations will meet with Cowles Center Education and Community Engagement staff over the course of their proposed timeline to strategize how to serve a specific community and provide access to quality arts experiences. Artists or organizations from outside of Minnesota may partner on the event, but the lead applicant must be based in Minnesota. Competitive applications will bring a unique perspective, discussion, and engagement opportunity to the Minnesota arts community.

Generating Room looks to support projects that:

  • Establish a partnership with a distinct community

  • Pursue clear project goals over the span of six months

  • Leverage this opportunity to launch into the next steps

Benefits of Open Proposal Initiatives:

  • 100 hours of free space in The Cowles Center's studios (subject to availability)

  • Discounted Cowles Collaborator $5/hour rental rate for studio use outside of the proposed project

  • Promotion in The Cowles Center season program, website, newsletters, and social media accounts as well as posts in DanceMN through The Cowles Center's Marketing Department

  • Access to all photos & videos taken by The Cowles Center during the project








Past Generating Room Artists have included: 
Contact Improvisation Twin Cities
Kelvin Wailey
Cia Sautter
Jennifer Arave
Slo Dance Company
Brenna Mosser
Alexandra Bodnarchuk
Jennifer Glaws
Taja Will
Berit Ahlgren
Arneshia Willams
Zoe Koenig
Nic Lincoln