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2019 Rural Arts and Culture Summit

Springboard for the Arts announces the 2019 Rural Arts and Culture Summit


Registration is open for the biennial gathering of rural creatives, which will highlight the creative economy, cultural equity and arts-based youth development in rural places


Grand Rapids, MN — Registration is now open for the fifth biennial Rural Arts and Culture Summit, an event organized by Springboard for the Arts, which gathers rural artists, arts organizations and community leaders to highlight arts-based strategies to rural community and economic development. The event will take place October 3 – 5, 2019 at the Reif Center for Performing Arts in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and will offer over 25 workshops and presentations led by rural arts and culture practitioners from across the country. Tickets and more information can be found at www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com.

This year’s Summit has an emphasis on the intersection between the creative economy and cultural equity in rural places. 

About the Rural Arts and Culture Summit

The Rural Arts and Culture Summit was founded in 2011 in Fergus Falls. The 2019 Summit is organized by Springboard for the Arts in partnership with the Reif Center for Performing Arts, MacRostie Arts Center, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and Visit Grand Rapids. This year’s event is sponsored by the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the Blandin Foundation, and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. The Summit is 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.

For more information visit their website at http://ruralartsandculturesummit.com.

Nature Journaling Presentation and Workshop

Discover the Ageless Joys of Nature Journaling!

Thursday evening & Friday, August 22-23, 2019

Huot, Minnesota

Gain fresh perspectives in art and life, whatever your age, as internationally renowned watercolor artist and naturalist, Sandra Muzzy of Bloomington, MN, visits our area.

The Oxbow’s pre-Chautauqua art event kicks off Thursday evening with Sandra’s presentation from 6:30-8 pm at the North Shelter of Old Crossing Treaty Park near Huot, MN. Sandra will introduce this historic practice of nature journaling and share a diverse collection of her own work. This event is free and open to the public. 

At the same location the following morning, August 23 from 10 am-12 noon, and assisted by The Oxbow’s resident artist Michelle Roise, Sandra will teach a 2-hour session for interested youth (school age-14 years), and from 1-4 pm a separate session geared for adults and/or students 15 years and older. Basic supplies will be provided. 

Space is limited to 20 students maximum, so pre-register now at only $10/student via email, phone, or Facebook message on our page.  Registrations (should any openings remain) at the door will be $15/student.  Please enjoy previewing Sandra Muzzy’s work at her website:  www.sandramuzzy.com

This regional arts event is presented by The Oxbow/Louisville Foundation at Old Crossing as another way, “to help reconnect whole communities with their unique land and history through creative programming in arts, education, and enterprise.” Find us on Facebook as #The Oxbow at Old Crossing. We look forward to meeting you at the park!

For more information: contact Michelle Bolduc, Planning and Development at 701.730.2928 or theoxbowaoc@gmail.com.

“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”

Accessibility in the Arts Workshops Available Across the State

VSA Minnesota, the statewide organization whose mission is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and access the arts will be closing its doors at the end of September.  This will mean that the “one-stop shop for arts access” for which the organization has been known will no longer be around.  Therefore, over the next nine weeks, Craig Dunn, the Executive Director of VSA, will be in five communities to do a final “brain download” of arts access and disability awareness information as a service to the state arts community.  He will be in the following five locations from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

Wednesday, July 17
Gremlin Theatre, Annex Building, Vandalia Crossing, 550 Vandalia Street, St. Paul  55114 
Tuesday, July 30 
St. Cloud Central Library, Bremer Community Room 104, 1300 W St Germain Street, St. Cloud 56301
Wednesday, July 31
Rochester Civic Music, Rochester Government Center, Conf. Rm. 104, 201 4th Street SE,  Rochester  55904-3778
Tuesday, August 13
Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Avenue, Detroit Lakes  56501
Tuesday, August 20 
Reif Arts Center, 720 NW Conifer Drive, Grand Rapids  55744   

The workshops will be designed to share accessibility and disability information that has been collected, compiled and developed by VSA Minnesota staff over the past 33 years and to answer questions about audience accommodations, disability etiquette and emerging trends in the field of arts access.  Electronic resource lists, internet links and suggestions of people to contact will be made available to all attendees at the three-hour gatherings.  They will also provide light refreshments at each location.

The target audience is arts administrators, board members and any others interested in access to the arts for people with disabilities.  There is no charge to attend but, so that they know how many might attend and so that they can meet the various communication needs of participants, they will ask that people provide them with the responses to the following three questions:

  1. What is your name & what organization(s) do you work/volunteer with?
  2. Which workshop will you be attending (St. Paul, St. Cloud, Rochester, Detroit Lakes, Grand Rapids)?
  3. Does your participation require an ASL interpreter, a deaf/blind interpreter, or Real-time captioning (CART)?

These workshops are supported by a services grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to assist them in transferring their organizational knowledge to the Minnesota arts community.

Should you have any questions about these presentations, email or call Craig Dunn at the numbers below.

Craig J. Dunn
Executive Director
VSA Minnesota
528 Hennepin Av  Suite 305
Minneapolis, MN   55403
612-332-3888
www.vsamn.org

Thief River Falls Area Community Theater Opens Cabaret

Cabaret’s Emcee and 2 Kit Kat Girls Ginger Kirkeby-Stumbo, Jon Mansk, and Sherry Knott

The Thief River Falls Area Community Theater’s musical production of Cabaret opens Tuesday June 25 and runs through Saturday, June 29. Cabaret has been entertaining audiences world-wide for decades; this is the first time it has been performed in Thief River Falls.

Cabaret’s Matt Linder (Cliff Bradshaw) and Lisa Swanson (Sally Bowles)

Performances will take place at the Northland Community and Technical College Theater, with shows beginning at 7:00 p.m. each evening. Tickets can be purchased at Digikey’s East Entrance during business hours, online at www.trfact.org or at the door each evening starting at 6:00 p.m.

Performing locally in Cabaret are Jon Mansk as The Emcee; Matt Linder as Cliff Bradshaw; Lisa Swanson as Sally Bowles; Rob Conwell as Herr Schulz; Jane Anderson as Fraulein Schneider; Sherry Knott, Rene Mooney, Ginger Kirkeby-Stumbo, and Jennifer Manning as the KitKat Girls; Sydney Linder as Fraulein Kost; Steve Moeller as Ernst; and Kim Beito, Shelby Pahlen, Tiffany Barta, David Miller, David Ahlfs, and Jeffrey Willis play multiple roles in the ensemble.

Cabaret’s Jennifer Manning, Jon Mansk and Sherry Knott in “Two Ladies”

The orchestra, led by Lorrisa Skalsky, also includes Brianna Geer, Alice Conwell, Raymond Johanneck, and Aaron Fagerstrom.

Written in 1966, Cabaret is a musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Set between 1929-1930 in Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles

A sub-plot involves romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub. The club serves as a metaphor for ominous political developments in late Weimar Germany

Cabaret is directed by Gretchen Weinrich, with set and light design by Philip Hoks and costumes and props by Jane Anderson.  Bruce Elseth and Carl Dahlberg will serve as sound and light operators.

For more information on the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, visit us at www.trfact.org or join us on Facebook.

Cabaret is made possible in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council with Legacy Amendment funding through the vote of Minnesotans in 2008.