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Virtual Artist Spotlight + Bird Expert

Please join us on Monday, April 12 at 7:30 pm for a live virtual event featuring Artist and Wildlife Biologist Ross Hier and Bird Expert and University of Minnesota Crookston Professor John Loegering. John and Ross will be talking about birds, birds in our area, and art!

We are holding this event in conjunction with our current exhibit — Birds: An Exhibit Featuring the Work of Ross Hier and Other Regional Artists.

This event will be live on FaceBook and YouTube. It will be recorded so you can watch it afterwards as well. Contact Trey Everett with questions at treyeverettcreates@gmail.com

East Grand Forks Campbell Library Looking for Artists for Online Programming

Campbell Library in East Grand Forks is looking for flexible, tech savvy (or willing to learn) artists for arts programming at the library. Specifically,

  • a monthly Artist in “Residence” program – a series of short videos of you in your studio working on your art culminating in a Zoom workshop – they provide supplies to participants and they put together the project with the artist leading together over Zoom.
  • Summer Arts in the Park – they are hoping that things are a little closer to normal in summer and some outdoor programs will be possible.  In the past, this event has been first come, first serve, but this might change depending on the situation at the time
  • Summer Reading Program presentation/workshop – Artists have undertaken various arts activities with kids who are registered for our summer reading program in the past.  They’re not sure what the Summer Reading Program will look like this year, so this is a very flexible opportunity – it could be fine arts, it could be dance, it could be music and dance!  The possibilities are endless!

They are open to ideas — so take advantage of the opportunity to create and be creative.  If you have a project you’d like to try, let them know about it and you can talk about logistics.  They welcome any and all questions.  Also if you know anyone else who might be interested in this, please share this with them.

Contact:

Andrea Lorenz
Program Coordinator
East Grand Forks Campbell Library
(218) 773-9121
alorenz@egflibrary.org

Tending the Creative Soul February 17 5-6pm — Rise like the PHoenix

Tending the Creative Soul’s February topic is Rise Like the Phoenix


Join us Wednesday, February 17 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Did 2020 turn your creative dreams into ashes? Join our next Tending the Creative Soul as we chat about reviving those lost dreams. Let’s talk about our creative dreams for the future, as well as what dreams the NWMAC has in store. If interested, let Trey know by email and he will send you a Zoom invite a few minutes before the meeting. Bring a snack and drink if you would like.

This is a friendly informal gathering. Questions? Email Trey at treyeverettcreates@gmail.com.

Daily World Fest

World Fest — Connecting Midwestern communities to international musicians to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences. 

Daily World Fest

Get creative with daily activities inspired by Arts Midwest’s World Fest Artists. Sign up for free emails here, and they’ll send you quick 1-5 minute at-home daily activity prompts each weekday in February, including:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Language Lessons
  • Dances
  • Easy At-Home Music Tutorials

Sign Up

Activities are perfect for elementary and middle school students, but are fun for all ages. It’s free to sign up and there’s no commitment, so you can always take a look! You can subscribe here.

 World Fest Online features performance and education content from three international music ensembles whose in-person tours have been postponed: Paulo Padilha e Bando from Brazil, Hadar Maoz from Israel, and Hikaru from Japan. Visit our website for free, downloadable materials including:

  • Concert, workshop, and documentary videos from each of the bands (15-40 minutes)
  • Study guides about Brazilian, Israeli, and Japanese culture and music
  • Activity guides corresponding to the videos

Funders + Supporters

A program of Arts Midwest, the 2019–2021 World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3Mgives, the Kaufman Family Fund for Israeli Cultural Exchange, the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, and BNSFRailway Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China for Choor, and by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, the Israel Lottery Council for Culture & Arts, and Music Port for Hadar Maoz. Hadar Maoz activities are also made possible with support from the Howard B. and Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment, a fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Community Foundation.

These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Arts Midwest is also generously supported by Illinois Arts Council Agency, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.

Contact ArtsMidwest

Ken Carlson
Senior Program Director
612.238.8020
ken@artsmidwest.org

Katie Ortman
Program Associate
612.238.8004
katie.ortman@artsmidwest.org

Virtual Arts Advocacy Day February 16-19, 2021

Why Virtual Arts Advocacy Day?

JOIN YOUR FELLOW ARTS ADVOCATES FROM ACROSS MINNESOTA TO CREATE ACTION FOR THE ARTS, FEBRUARY 16-19th.

Minnesota’s premiere arts gathering has moved online! You are needed to help “rally the troupes,” recognize this community’s resilience, and make our voice heard at the State Capitol.

With your action – online and as part of Zoom calls with legislators –  we can help legislators understand the importance of the arts to guarantee funding at this critical time. We may be at our own computers this year, but we can still connect and work together to advance our community. (And hey, we won’t need to worry about the annual Advocacy Day snowstorm!)

MCA is a recognized national leader is arts advocacy. Arts Action Week helps to preserve our Legacy Amendment and state grant funds.

Attend Arts Advocacy Day and help protect the arts funding you love.

What is Arts Advocacy Day/Week?

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts works to increase arts funding by bringing arts advocates together with their legislators about the importance of the arts to our lives and our economy. Every year about 500-1000 arts advocates join together for a rally at the Minnesota History Center Auditorium in the morning, split up into teams with experienced leaders and walk together to legislator offices to educate them about the arts in their communities and ask them to support arts funding. Because of Covid, we are expanding the day to a week (to give us more time to set up zooms) and will be completely online with a short rally, brief trainings, and then zoom meetings with legislators.

Who Goes to Arts Advocacy Day?

Attendees include painters, tenors, dancers, cellists, French horn players and other artists of all kinds, arts administrators and representatives from every arts organization statewide from the big organizations to the smallest all volunteer choir on the northern border, joining together to show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community. Where else could you go to be with 500-1,000 people who agree with you?


Why Should I Go?

Through this big day, we show the strength of Minnesota’s statewide arts community. Previous Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in significant increases in state arts funding (that goes out in grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils). The Legacy Amendment, which tripled arts funding in 2008, was passed on Arts Advocacy Day! Past participants have repeatedly shared their favorite parts of the day:

  1. They feel empowered by gathering together with like-minded people.
  2. They say that Arts Advocacy Day is the best arts networking event of the year, as it’s the only time that arts lovers of all kinds come together in one place.

What are the Important Issues This Year?

Covid has hit the arts harder than almost every other sector. At the same time the state of MN has a budget deficit so we will be fighting off cuts to arts funding.

Legislators need to hear about the importance of the arts to their districts and the impact the MSAB and RAC grants are having in their hometowns.

Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the Legacy Amendment in 2008, passing it by 56%, which created four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts. In the last several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Legacy Arts & Culture Fund be diverted away from the arts. With this uncertain political climate and increased polarization, we need to show a unified front to ensure that arts funding continues to be protected.

What is the Typical Arts Advocacy Day Like?

Watch a video from a previous Arts Advocacy Day.

Watch the video from the Lakes Regional Arts Council about their experiences at Arts Advocacy Day.

How do I join this year?

  1. Sign Up for Arts Action Week Here
  2. Attend/Watch the Opening Rally Webinar. (Info to watch live or on-demand will be emailed to you closer to the event.
  3. Attend meetings with your legislators. (Info for those meetings will be sent to you the week of the event.)

Can’t attend this year? Send your legislator a message about the importance of arts funding.

Arts Action Week Schedule:

Download Last Year’s (2020) Arts Advocacy Day Handbook