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Creative Minnesota 2017 Report

Creative Minnesota 2017 Study
Reveals What Artists Need to Make a Living and a Life in Minnesota

The new Creative Minnesota 2017 report is out!

104,000 artists and creative workers, 1,600 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and 22 million attendees have a total economic impact of $2 billion annually in Minnesota. Download your copy at or the regional report here.

The 2017 study is full of information, including an economic impact study of Minnesota’s non-profit arts and culture organizations. It asks

Where are Minnesota’s artists and creative workers? (Every corner of the state.)
Who are Minnesota’s 104,000 artists and creative workers?
What are the creative jobs, demographics, spending and income, and genres?
What do artists give to communities and what do they need to succeed?
What does public opinion polling of Minnesotans about the arts tell us?

Minnesota Shorts Play Festival is Taking Submissions

The Minnesota Shorts Play Festival will be taking submissions of short plays (10 pages or less) from Jan. 1-March 1, 2017. Minnesota writers can submit up to two short plays in a pdf format. Put all information — postal address, name and phone contact — on the first title page. The plays are sent to judges in March, with 7 scripts chosen from Minnesota writers and 7 scripts from national writers. Each night the audience chooses a Best of the Fest award, with one playwright earning $100. Simply email your script to The performances are family friendly, so nudity and excessive use of f-bombs will get your script tossed. The ninth annual festival will be performed Sept. 7 & 8 at the Lincoln Community Theatre in Mankato. For more information, go to or call coordinator Greg Abbott at 507-420-1881.

Minnesota Shorts: A Festival of Short Plays
c/o Greg Abbott
805 Garfield Avenue
North Mankato, MN 56003
Day phone: 507-934-8133

A Monster Calls by Minnesotan Exec Dir Bill Pohlad of River Road Entertainment

Minnesota has always played an important role in the film world. Minnesotan Bill Pohlad of River Road Entertainment is the Executive Director of soon to be released  A Monster Calls.

SYNOPSIS: A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular and unabashedly emotional drama from director J.A. Bayona. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (portrayed by Liam Neeson in performance capture and voiceover) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.

#AMonsterCalls tells the story of a young boy who uses art to cope with his mother’s terminal illness. From the beautiful watercolors and storytelling, to the compelling characters and more, A Monster Calls is an emotionally gripping film.

Check out the trailer here.

We have prize packs to give away that include t-shirts, adult coloring books and a mini-poster. Just go to our Facebook page and like and share a post about the film.

2017 Rural Arts & Culture Summit Seeking Proposals



Springboard for the Arts, the Center for Small Towns and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota are seeking proposals for the 2017 Rural Arts & Culture Summit, which will take place June 6 – 8, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

The 2017 Rural Arts and Culture Summit will gather rural artists, arts organizations and community and economic development leaders from the upper Midwest and beyond. The goal of the RAC Summit is to build capacity for long-term partnerships between artists and rural communities by facilitating cross-sector conversations and professional development workshops for up to 400 artists, board members/staff/volunteers of rural arts organizations, and rural development stakeholders.

They are looking for sessions and workshops that do any of the following:

*Provide resources or training to help individual artists and arts organizations thrive in rural communities.
*Bridge relationships between the arts and other sectors (such as health, economic development, environment, education, historic preservation) by providing stories of impact/lessons learned about artists engaging in rural community development issues.
*Celebrate diverse forms of creative expression in rural communities
*Inspire action for sustaining or growing support for rural arts and culture.


Please read the proposal guidelines before you submit your proposal. The deadline for submitting your proposal is midnight on Monday, December 5, 2016.

The proposal form can be found at this link:

For more information about the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, visit

NWMAC Annual Spring Art Exhibit – Winners

2016 NWMAC Annual Spring Art Exhibit
2016 NWMAC Annual Spring Art Exhibit

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s Annual Spring Art Exhibit Reception was a resounding success! We’re so proud of our artists from all around northwest Minnesota.

170 Artists and art enthusiasts showed up to celebrate the wonderful world of art up in Roseau April 17, 2016.  Northwest Star Artist of the Year, Barb Geer, had her students show up and entertain guests with their singing and musical abilities.

The Art Exhibit moved into the Roseau Public Library where 68 pieces of original art remain to be seen until May 18, 2016.

On May 18, the Minnesota State Arts Board will have a grant writing training up in Roseau for artists as they pick up their artwork.  It will start at 6:00.

Barb Geer's Students
Barb Geer’s Students & Entertainment

2016 NWMAC Spring Art Exhibit

Adult Winners:
Adult: 1st PlaceAdult Winners
  • 1st Place $500            Karlee Westrem of East Grand Forks, acrylic painting “Cargo Ship”
  • 2nd Place $300           Theodore Schindler of Red Lake Falls, Clay Sculpture “Papa’s Saw Rig”
  • 3rd Place $200           Debbie Aune of Gatzke, watercolor painting “Deadwood South Dakota”



2nd Place Adult Ted Schindler: “Papa’s Saw Rig” – sculpture
  • Merit Award $100    Lucille Nelson of Argyle, drawing “Time for Practice”
  • Merit Award $100    Rock Bakken of Hallock, acrylic painting “Grandma’s New Hat and Old Dress”
  • Merit Award $100    Rick Jensen of Crookston, wood carving sculpture “Childhood Fantasy (Treehouse)”
  • Merit Award $100    Christine Foster of Thief River Falls, drawing “Soaring”
  • Merit Award $100    Irene Bertils of Crookston, watercolor painting “Peaceful and Content
Student Winners:


  • 1st Place Student Kristy Williamson: “McSteamy” Collage

    1st place $300            Kristy Williamson of Gatzke: paper media collage “McSteamy”

  • 2nd Place $150           Marietta Geist of Crookston: drawing “Emma Granger: The Activist”

    2nd Place Student Marietta Geist: “Emma Granger – The Activist” Drawing
  • 3rd Place $100           Macy Larson of Crookston: sculpture, “Silver Birch”
  • Merit Award $50       Benji Wilebeski of Strathcona: colored pencil, “The Great Cathedral”


  • Merit Award $50       Jessica Ross of Fisher, Painting “Alaskan Mountains”
  • Merit Award $50       Marie Sandman of Crookston, Drawing “Beneath”
  • Merit Award $50       Kyle McFadden of Newfolden Photography “There’s an Angel in All of Us”
  • Merit Award $50       Breana Pruneda of Climax, Mosaic “Love Birds

People’s Choice Awards:

  • Adult: Sheri Kruger, Badger – Mosaic Moose Antlers
  • Student: Benji Wilebski, Strathcona – Cabin Scene on Antley
Adult Merit: Christine Foster
Adult Merit: Irene Bertils
Adult Merit: Rock Bakken
Adult Merit: Deb Aune
Adult Merit: Lucille Nelson
Adult Merit Winner Rock Bakken with his Art
Adult Merit Winner Rick Jensen with his Art
Adult Merit Winner Christine Foster with her art
Adult Merit winner Irene Bertils with her Art
Ivy Bailie, Artist with her husband
Judy Szlarski with her art
Rock Bakken and Margie Anderson, Hallock Mn
Julie Elick, 2016 Arts Advocate of the Year with the Krugers
2016 Artist of the Year, Beau Bakken with NWMAC Director Mara Hanel
2016 “Star Artist of the Year” Barb Geer
3rd Place Student Macy Larson: “Silver Birch” -wire sculpture
Student Merit Jessica Ross
Student Merit Kylee McFadden
People’s Choice Award Winner Student: Benji Wilebski
1st Place Adult Karlee Westrem: “Cargo Ship” – painting
2nd Place Adult Ted Schindler: “Papa’s Saw Rig” – sculpture
Barb Geer and student
Art Exhibit Guests – 2016 Roseau
Art Exhibit Guests – 2016 Roseau