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Artist-in-Residency Program at McCanna House

The University of North Dakota Museum of Art is once again sponsoring an artist-in-residency program. Applications to the program are now open and there are two spots available — June 5 to 16, and July 3 to 21 — at the Museum’s McCanna House, an artist-in-residence facility 35 miles west of Grand Forks. They are seeking individuals, or groups, working in visual arts, literature, or music. McCanna House is a three bedroom, three bath facility. Group and individual proposals are welcome.

Named McCanna House, the residency will offer artists, composers, and writers time to work in a setting that preserves the history and integrity of one of North Dakota’s first architect-designed, country homes surrounded by rich agricultural land. Margery McCanna, a long-time Museum patron, donated her 1920s French country-style home to the Museum upon her death. It was her wish the property be used as an artist-in-residence space. The home is located in western Grand Forks County in McCanna, North Dakota (approximately 35 miles west of Grand Forks). Check out this link for more information – http://ndmoa.com/artist-in-residence. Or contact the University of North Dakota Museum of Art at 701-777-4195 or ndmoa@ndmoa.com for more information.

About McCanna House

Margery McCanna Jennison gave her ancestral home in western Grand Forks County to the North Dakota Museum of Art to establish the state’s first, full-fledged, Artist-in-Residence Program. Named McCanna House, the residency offers artists, composers, and writers unfettered time to work in a setting that preserves the history and integrity of one of North Dakota’s first architect-designed, country homes surrounded by rich, agricultural land.

McCanna, ND, is a small farming community about 35 miles west of Grand Forks, just north of the town of Larimore. The McCanna family began farming the area in the mid-1800’s, and it prospered into what was one of the largest Bonanza farms in the area. Margery McCanna Jennison inherited the family farmstead, consisting of the 1920 French country style farmhouse, a 40 x 70 foot steel building, and 9 acres of surrounding land. She was an ardent supporter of the arts, and a well-versed world traveler.

When Margery passed away in April of 2010, she left the farmstead to the North Dakota Museum of Art, with the understanding that it would be used to house an artist-in-residence program — a place where people could have the peace and solitude to unfurl the power of their imaginations. The house affords the resident artists a place to contemplate the visceral sense of space and change out here, and to allow this to inspire a blueprint of limitlessness.

AMENITIES

  • Well lit French country-style farmhouse, detached 40 x 70 foot steel building, and large outdoor space with yards and surrounding tree lines.
  • House has 3 full bedrooms, each with attached bathrooms
  • Washer and dryer
  • Electric stove in well appointed kitchen
  • Screened in porch area with convenient BBQ
  • A modest array of hand tools
  • Opportunities to work with surrounding community groups
  • 10 miles from town of Larimore (pop.2,000), yet feels remote and private.
  • 35 miles from Grand Forks (pop.55,000), with its thriving art scene and good shopping/dining
  • Well stocked library
  • Fruit trees
  • Surrounded by working fields producing soy beans, potatoes, canola, and more…
  • Endless sky
  • Big weather

 

 

 

 

Lake of the Woods Artists’ Retreat

Register Today!

The Lake of the Woods Artists’ Retreat is a full weekend designed for those who are passionate about their art form

September 7-10, 2017

Schedule: Thurs., Sept. 7 –Meet the group in Warroad, MN to carpool across the Canadian border to the Northwest Angle. At Young’s Bay a boat will transport you to the Laketrails island. Get settled in your cabin and enjoy the sunset.

Fri., Sept. 8 –Focus on your art all day, or enjoy a break with recreational activities including beach combing, canoeing, a sauna, campfires, and more.

Sat., Sept. 9 –Just like Friday!

Sun., Sept. 10 –Enjoy a mid-morning brunch and wrap-up activities. Then board the boat for the return trip to the mainland.

Fees:
$300 ($100 deposit due upon registration) Balance due by Aug. 7

*Pay in full by May 1st and save $50! Fees include:
Meals Thurs.–Sun. Rustic communal cabins, showers, no-flush toilets Transport to and from the island

Not included: Artistic supplies Beverages for social hour

Inquiries and Information: Please call 218-469-0204

Register online at redshoeswriting.com

Join Us for a Conversation on State Grants

Kathee Foran, Program Officer with the Minnesota State Arts Board, will be in our part of the state April 30 – May 2.

The Minnesota State Arts Board has eleven programs that aim to foster opportunities for all Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Their grant programs are open to artists and arts organizations, but many programs are also open to schools, health and human service organizations, senior centers, cities, and other types of non-arts organizations that are interested in partnering with artists to bring arts activities into their work.

Kathee will be in northwest Minnesota and available to meet with residents in the following towns:

Sunday, April 30, 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm Halstad (before the Artist Reception)

 Monday, May 1, 10:00 am – Noon Crookston

 Monday, May 1, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Thief River Falls

 Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 am – Noon Roseau

 Tuesday, May 2, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Red Lake Falls

You can have a casual conversation, or you can focus in on a specific idea. She will have information on their programs, including who is eligible to apply, what types of projects can be funded, how the application process works, and more. If you are already considering applying, we could spend time talking about tips crafting applications.

If you’re interested in meeting, please let Kathee know and she’ll reserve an appointment for you.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact her or the NWMAC.  She is looking forward to meeting you.

Kathee Foran , Program Officer

Minnesota State Arts Board

Park Square Court, Suite 200

400  Street, Saint Paul, MN  55101

kathee.foran@arts.state.mn.us

(651) 215-1626 and (800) 866-2787

 

Training/Networking Contract Position Open

We are Hiring a Training/Networking Specialist

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hiring a Training/Network Specialist. This is a contract position and is initially for $1,800, to work in May and June.  The contract will then be offered again from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 for $11,000.  This contract will involve approximately $9,000 of time at $25.00 an hour and $2,000 of travel.

The first two months (May and June) will be focused on coordination via computer and phone calls.  The contract person must supply his or her own computer and home office environment.  Please submit a letter of interest for this position related to the first and second contracts listed below and your resume.   The deadline to apply is May 2.   Email mara@nwrdc.org.

The first contract from May – June 30, 2017 for $1,800 has six tasks:

  • Set up our new “Bag it: Creative Lunches” networking program.
  • Research a series of trainings related to auditoriums on light, sound, microphones, set, etc.  Use area experts.
  • Coordinate Arts Organizations to learn about Americans for Disabilities Act:  Set-up VSA training in our region.
  • Training Artists to do Artist in Residency work: Set-up COMPAS training in our region for Fall.
  • Train 8 small contract workers to be Springboard Work of Art trainers for our area and Bag It facilitators.
  • Report on progress at June 2018 meeting of NWMAC in writing.

The second contract is from July 2017 – June 2018 for $11,000:

  • Implement Bag It: Creative Lunches starting in September 2018.
  • Implement Auditorium trainings with VSA trainings in Thief River Falls.
  • Coordinate COMPAS training for artists in July, Aug, Sept.
  • Check and continue to train the 8 contract workers implementing Work of Art and Bag It.
  • Art Crawl planning with implementation first weekend in Oct 2018, travel with Executive Director to Meander Art Crawl in Montevideo to experience and learn what works.
  • Coordinate an Arts Expo with organizations from across MN at our Spring 2018 NWMAC Art Exhibit reception weekend.  Including: 1)Placemaking session for cities, artists and arts organizations within Arts Expo. 2) Cinco de Mayo training guide for Cities and Arts Organizations within Arts Expo. 3) Festival training 101 session within Arts Expo.
  • Report on progress at Nov/Dec and June meetings of NWMAC.

We expect that there will be a third contract from July 2018 – June 2019 for $12,000.  Major work actvities will include:

  • Art Crawl implementation first weekend in Oct 2018 with help from Executive Director.
  • VSA training for Arts Organizations continues with check in related to progress on goals.
  • Artist residency training for artists continues with new set of artists.
  • Bag It: Creative Lunches continue and are evaluated.

“Of the Year” Award Winners & Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Reception

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Announce

“Of the Year” Award Winners

Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Reception

 

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our seven county region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. “Of the Year” Award winners were nominated by area residents.  We are proud to announce this year’s recipients are Gayle Moen of Shelly, Jane Vigness of Climax, and Annelee Woodstrom of Ada!

These “Of the Year” awards and the NW Art Exhibit awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Sunday, April 30 in Halstad at the Norman County West High School cafeteria and small gym at 2:00 pm. Please come starting at 12:00 noon to view the 100 pieces of high quality regional artwork on display in the NCW library and vote for people’s choice.  At 1:15 enjoy a snack and music entertainment in the cafeteria.  The program will begin promptly at 2:00 with the main focus being the recognition and celebration of artists and the arts in Northwest Minnesota.  Everyone is welcome to this free event.

In addition, the 2017 Creative Minnesota Report about Northwest Minnesota will be given by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Sheila Smith, followed by a brief discussion of the impact of the arts and culture in the region. Craig Dunn from VSA Minnesota will be attending to meet and greet and talk about the Americans for Disabilities Act. He will have information that helps arts organizations work towards inclusion for people with special needs. Kathee Foran will be attending as a program director at the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB).  She will have materials related to grants and services of MSAB. The public is welcome to attend. RSVP for the reception at 218-745-9111. For more information about the Arts Exhibit see our website: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/2017/04/northwest-minnesota-arts-council-annual-exhibition/

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Gayle Moen, Shelly MN, will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Ms. Moen is a musician. She plays the piano and organ. She is a long-time educator in the Crookston Public School System. Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00.

Jane Vigness of rural Climax will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Vigness is the librarian in Climax and is active in the Sandhill Historical Society. She is also active in the Association of the French of the North and as a board member helps organize their arts festival each year in August. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

Annelee Woodstrom of Ada will receive the Northwest Star Award. 

Ms. Woodstrom is a writer and previously an award-winning school teacher in Twin Valley. She has written about her life in War Child: Growing Up in Adolf Hitler’s Germany and Empty Chairs. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

Please come on April 30 to show support for our artists.  Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation. Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.