Thu, May 17th, 10:00am - Tue, Jul 17th 5:00pm
AIGA Minnesota
International Market Square, 275 Market Street, C21, Minneapolis MN 55405

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Submit Your Spring 2018 PIG Proposal

Member voices steer the direction of the chapter. Twice a year, funds that have been set aside are made available for note-worthy proposals that aim to improve the chapter’s programming, provide new opportunities or strengthen core messages. By sharing your vision and allowing AIGA Minnesota to reinvest in membership, you can add significant value to the chapter. Application deadline Tuesday, July 17th, 5:00 PM CST

Our piggy. Your ideas.

As a member, you make AIGA Minnesota the first place to turn for inspiration, professional development, and excellence in design—and now we want your bright ideas to make our chapter even better. This year, instead of putting some of last year’s profits aside, we’re putting the money where our mouth is. How are we doing it?

Through the Program Improvement Grant (PIG):

  • The PIG is your vision.
  • The PIG is your voice.
  • The PIG is our bank, your opportunity.

AIGA Minnesota assets, such as dues and program income, belong to our members—which makes this opportunity to improve our programming by re-investing these assets a snap. With the support of an AIGA Minnesota committee, members are invited to pitch their ideas for improving chapter programming, producing new opportunities, or reaching new audiences. We’re seeking trackable and targeted proposals that add value to the chapter and increase investment over the course of four to eight years.

Ready to innovate?

Grant applications should be submitted to the chapter’s vice president and will be accepted twice each year. Submitted applications will go before the board’s programming council for review and recommendation for funding. The board will then cast a final vote to allocate funding to approved applications.

Successful PIG-funded projects that eventually become financially solvent and sustainable will no longer be eligible for future PIG funding; projects will only remain eligible for future funding until they become regular or expected (for a definition of “regular or expected” see the application).

Here’s your checklist:

  • If you’re not already an AIGA Minnesota member, join online today for as little as $50.
  • Grab a pencil and get your ideas down.
  • Join or create a committee that supports your vision:
    • Design For Good
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Education Committee / Student Designers
    • EMERGE initiative
    • Emerging Designers
    • Design Leaders / Expert Designers
    • In-House Designers
    • Sustainable Design
    • Solopreneurs
    • Digital Designers (UX)
    • Legacy Events — any of AIGA Minnesota’s large-scale signature events; contact Jenny Schmitz Hinshaw for more information
    • Programming Opportunities — completely new ideas, possibly produced with the help of an external partner; contact Heather Brooks for more information
  • Download the brief APPLICATION FORM, submit your application—and go! Up to $3,500 in PIG funds is available allocation for approved grant proposals.

Application deadline is Tuesday, July 17, 5:00PM CST.



Whether it’s a small question, or a big idea, email AIGA Minnesota’s Vice President at any point in time. She can help you formulate your idea, get your details into the application, and champion your cause.

Contact Leadership

Rich Higgins
Rich Higgins
Vice President
Rich Higgins is the Creative Director at Parallel Retail Group. His background is as diverse as a platypus.

He started his own design studio, Oryx & Moth, doing branding, art direction and design for clients big and small. Meanwhile he was the chair of the Solopreneurs Committee for AIGA MN (2022-2023) and served on the Design Student & Alumni Board at the University of Minnesota (2010-2013). Prior to that he worked at TSG, a design agency in Robbinsdale, for clients including: Target, HealthPartners and Crate & Barrel. He's also had a short stint designing for financial institutions (PNC Bank, Citibank and BBVA Compass). He started out designing and art directing photo shoots for multiple national salon chains throughout the US and Canada. And has had mediocre hairstyles since.

His interests vary widely with the season but he always willing to chat about DIY projects, soccer, LEGO, minimalism, FIRE, AI, technology, saunas, traveling, camping, parenting, etc.