MCAD is pleased to be the location partner for the 2019 myTalk 107.1 Project Down and Dirty!

The myTalk 107.1 hosts are coming to MCAD to become artists for their 9th annual reality-show-on-the-radio: Project Down and Dirty Masterpiece

After learning from MCAD faculty, the hosts will create pieces of art that they will sell to support four great causes: the MCAD scholarship program, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Upstream Arts, and Art Buddies.

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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design Scholarship Program is committed to making MCAD’s world-class art and design education accessible to the next generation of cultural leaders, regardless of income. More than $11 million in scholarships is awarded to students each year, and 26% of incoming students in 2019 are first-generation college students who will go on to transform the world through creativity and purpose. 


The Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) helps artists of all backgrounds thrive. NEMAA opens doors by providing community, promotion, and professional development opportunities for artists, as well as presenting Art-A-Whirl, the largest open studio tour in the country.

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Upstream Arts uses the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities.

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Creative mentors helping kids build dreams. Art Buddies connects Twin Cities students from high-needs schools with an adult volunteer to encourage creativity and build self-esteem. Every kid can be creative, and every kind adult can mentor.


Over 97% of Minneapolis College of Art and Design students receive financial support, and scholarships ensure that the world-class education offered at MCAD is accessible to a diverse cohort of ambitious, talented students.

"I wish I could capture the relief students and parents feel when they realize it is possible to attend MCAD. The look on their faces is priceless. I wish I could pass along the hugs I receive from students when everything works out and they can stay at MCAD. Adding a scholarship can have that kind of impact on a student—thanks to you!" —Laura Link, Director of Financial Aid

A prestigious art and design education can feel out-of-reach to first-generation students, but MCAD has shown commitment to accessibility: offering more than $11 million in scholarships each year. We cannot do this without community support. 

Supporting the MCAD scholarship program propels a new generation of cultural leaders who use their skills and experiences to transform the world through creativity and purpose.

Over 77% of MCAD alumni go on to work in the areas they've majored in. If you've seen Disney's Frozen or the iconic covers that grace the Harry Potter series, you've seen the work of MCAD alumni. 

Frozen animation reel by Andrew Chesworth ’07:

With fourteen undergraduate majors, five minors, three graduate programs, and copious Continuing Education classes for children, teens, and adults alike, an MCAD education propels students from where they are to where they want to go.

Founded in 1886, MCAD is a nationally-recognized, nonprofit, art and design college serving more than 800 students from forty-two states and seven countries. 

MCAD Art Sale

Many students and recent alumni jump-start their career through the Art Sale. This annual event is an opportunity for community members to discover affordable, one-of-a-kind art while supporting the professional development of young artists. Since it's inception, emerging artists have earned more than $3.3 million in sales.

2019 Art Sale Dates

"The Art Sale has provided me with the amazing opportunity to show my work to a much broader audience than I would be able to cultivate for myself, participating as both a student and alumni." —Jennifer Bowman

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