All posts by Kristin Eggerling

Grant Writing Workshop to Assist with Upcoming Grant Deadlines

The October 15 deadline for Artist grants for $5,000 is coming soon!

Are you overwhelmed with the grant writing process and don’t even know how to begin?

We can help!

We offer workshops for people who have questions related to our on-line system, grant applications, grant management once they get a grant, and final reporting.  Our Executive Director Mara Hanel covers all aspects of the grant process. You will find that it is really helpful to attend.  The first ½ hour relates to the deadlines coming up.  The second ½ hour relates to the system and questions on grants management and reporting.  We offer webinars and a few in-person meetings at our office.  Don’t let your fear or inexperience with grants stop you from applying.  Let us know if you are interested by emailing mara@nwrdc.org or call 218-745-9111.

Upcoming grants workshops:

September 25 at 4:00 in Roseau.

or

Monday, October 1 at 1:00 PM at our office.  

You Must RSVP! Let us know if you will attend.

 

Equipment and Theater Props to Give Away

The Stephen Arts Council has items that they are willing to give away to a good home. Please contact Gary Anderson with the Council directly at garymarxx@yahoo.com.

Homemade lights for stage, box. Heavy duty cord.

 

 

 

 

 

A Holy Rollers game to give to anyone doing Nunsensations, Holy Rollers has 3 wheels that spin and land on different pictures. This is approximately 6-1/2 feet high. They also have some other small props for this play.

Artist Story: Dean Brateng Weaving

This blog post was written by Sarah Meisinger, owner of En Liten Svensk (A Little Swedish) Shoppe in Roseau. It features area Artist Dean Brateng who’s work is available for purchase at Sarah’s shop in Roseau. To learn more about the shop see their website here.

(A wonderful variety of colors and sizes.)

Dean and Pat Brateng emit the down-to-earth, hometown friendliness that inspired me to open a Scandinavian Shoppe in Roseau.  Dean has been weaving longer than I’ve been alive and it shows in the craftsmanship and the quality of his beautifully woven rugs and bags.

For our Artist feature this month, we are featuring Dean’s weaving and a bit of his story.

 (A unique and durable woven bag!)

Dean was first introduced to the art of weaving by his Aunt Lillie Peterson of Roseau.  Dean’s Aunt Lillie was a well-known rug weaver and had many customers throughout Northwestern Minnesota.

When Dean was a young boy, his mother would drop him off at Aunt Lillie’s house while she ran errands in town.  It was during these times spent with his Aunt, that Dean began to learn about loom weaving.  Aunt Lillie would put Dean to work cutting materials along with other tasks and it was then that Dean’s lifelong interest in weaving began.

  (Dean at his loom weaving a beautiful Scandinavian inspired design.)

Years later when Aunt Lilly went into the nursing home, Dean inherited her loom.  As the story goes, the loom was Dean’s if he agreed to keep the loom in the family.  And today, Dean and Pat have created a loyal customer base and their rugs can be found in countless homes.

A key collaborator in the weaving process is Dean’s wife, Pat.  I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing Pat’s stories about how generous the community is when it’s time to get rid of clothing, especially old denim jeans.  The Brateng’s have often come home to their farm in rural Wannaska to large boxes and bags of jeans sitting on the front porch or in the yard.  Because of their reputation for rug weaving, many folks are aware that Dean and Pat will know exactly what to do with the items… they will re-purpose the clothing and create something lovely and useful.  I asked Pat if she finds it a little odd to come home to other peoples’ clothing and she only smiled, laughed and said they’re “used to it.”

We are very pleased to carry the Brateng’s weavings and appreciate that when they’re not farming, gardening and doing a variety of other tasks (they are busy!) Dean and Pat are creating rugs and bags for the En Liten Svensk (A Little Swedish) Shoppe!

Applications are Open for Our Teaching Artist Roster Program

Are you a local artist interested in teaching residencies in the schools in our area?

 

Take Advantage of this Fantastic Opportunity Right in Our Region

NWMAC is looking for Teaching Artists who reside in our seven county service area for our roster!

The Teaching Artist Roster Program is a seven-session training designed to support artists (visual, performing, writing, media, fine craft) in refining and developing skills for conducting collaborative, in-depth arts learning experiences in organizations, community settings and schools. A small cohort of artists will be selected to participate in this training, conducted by our Training Specialist and guest peer coaches contracted by NWMAC.

Artists who complete the program are listed on the NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster.  This roster will be used by area schools to select qualified artist in residencies in the years to come and support the activity with grant funds from our office.  Special designated funding exists for schools to sponsor artists on our Teaching Artist Roster.

Artists who complete the Teaching Artist Roster Program:

  • Value themselves as artists and understand what they offer as teaching artists
  • Expand the ways they apply their craft
  • Understand the essential role arts play in a complete education
  • Belong to a network of fellow teaching artists who serve as resources, mentors and peers
  • Are ready to employ and lead assessments that involve personal reflection for continuous improvement
  • Understand how the roles of artist and teacher intersect
  • Are able to develop a residency plan
  • Are familiar with the NWMAC Teaching Artist Grant application process
  • Employ strategies that contribute to success as a teaching artist

Deadline to Apply is August 15, 2018 to participate in this round of our training series. Application is available in our on-line grant system.  Go to our website www.NWArtsCouncil.org and click login in the upper right corner, register and complete the Teaching Artist Roster application.

There is no cost to attend and the value of this experience is equivalent to a $500 grant!

 There is an info session on August 7 at 3 pm at our office in Warren to learn more about this program and work on your application in an environment where you can easily ask questions. Please RSVP to director@NWArtsCouncil.org or call 218-745-9111.

Training Dates

You must commit to attend all seven training sessions.  Here are the options.  We will have a cohort in Warren at our Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office and one in Roseau on the following dates and times:

Session 1
Tuesday, Sept 18, 2018 (5-8 p.m.) Roseau or
Thursday, Sept 20, 2018 (6-9 p.m.) Warren

Session 2
Tuesday, Sept 25, 2018 (5-8 p.m.) Roseau or
Thursday, Sept 27, 2018 (6-9 p.m.) Warren

Session 3
Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 (6-9 p.m.remote access

Session 4 & 5
Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.all in Warren

Session 6
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 (6-9 p.m.remote access

Session 7
Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 (6-9 p.m.) Warren or
Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 (5-8 p.m.) Roseau

NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster Program Aug 2018