Deadline to apply for creative laureate position Oct. 31


This is a reminder that the applications to become Winona’s first creative laureate will be closing on October 31 at midnight.

The Winona Fine Arts Commission (FAC), with the approval of the City Council, announced a new creative position for the city, the Winona creative laureate. The creative laureate position is a re-imagining of the poet laureate position to reflect the full spectrum of creative energy and disciplines in Winona. Appointed by the Winona Fine Arts Commission, the creative laureate will serve as an ambassador for Winona’s creative community. The creative laureate will be actively involved in creative pursuits and the creation of work, and will maintain an active presence throughout the community by interacting with fellow artists, governmental bodies, and the public. The creative laureate will elevate the arts and creativity by encouraging public presentations of creative work. The creative laureate may work in any creative medium or artistic discipline, and will be able to demonstrate extensive experience and advancement in their field.

The creative laureate will receive a stipend of $1,000 per year, paid annually. In addition, the creative laureate may request funds from the city and/orFAC for the creation of the creative work related to Winona, and for any works commissioned by the FAC or city of Winona, subject to approval of the FAC.

The creative laureate will serve a three-year term, commencing upon appointment. Those interested in applying for the position will find an application at the FAC website at, or applicants may use the following direct link: All applications must be completed by October 31.

Please direct any questions to Lee Gundersheimer, arts and culture coordinator, at


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