Why is Mia doing this contest?

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is driven by our vision “Inspiring wonder through the power of art”. In order to accomplish that, we’d like to connect as many people as possible to the museum and its amazing collection. We believe that digital technologies have the capacity to open up new doors and invite audiences to participate with the museum. We also don’t imagine that we’ve got it all figured out! By having an award contest, we make it possible for smart and creative innovators to contribute fresh ideas that help everyone benefit from the “power of art”.

Can anyone enter the 3M Art and Technology Award contest?

The Contest is open to U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Please see the terms and conditions.

I have an interesting idea, but I wonder if it’s big enough for this award.

No idea is too big or too small! Finalists will work with museum staff to refine and scale the ideas. What’s most important is that the idea is innovative and that you have the ability to make it happen.

Does Mia have any specific digital platform in mind?

We really don’t want to limit your creativity, so we hesitate to answer. We think your idea could be almost anything, such as an installation, a new way to interact, an app, or something we haven’t even considered – which is part of the reason why we are doing this in the first place. Surprise and delight us!

How should my idea relate to the museum?

Use your imagination! The best ideas will definitely connect the museum with people and communities, but we want to leave how that’s done up to you.

I have lots of ideas! Can I submit more than one?

There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. Entries are open from August 1 through December 1, 2017.

Can I edit or update an Entry after I’ve submitted it?

No, once an Entry has been submitted, it can’t be accessed again. However, you can simply submit another Entry, even if it’s mostly-identical to a previous one. We’ll figure it out.

How will I know if my entry has been received?

Each Entry will be acknowledged with a success message after completing the form. If you feel there may have been an issue in transmitting the form you can email us at arttech@artsmia.org. Please make sure to submit your accurate email address when you enter.

Can I get access to the museum’s data and/or content for my Entry idea?

Please have a look around artsmia.org, and also the museum’s presence on social media sites and GitHub. Mia shares a lot of information and data openly. If your idea requires access to specific kinds of data, make sure to indicate that on the Entry and we’ll do our best to ensure that the necessary data would be available should the Entry become the winner.

What if I have a question that is not answered here?

Contact us at arttech@artsmia.org or fill out the form below.  We’ll do our best to get back to you within two business days.

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