Category Archives: Event News

North Country Fiddle & Dance Community Dance

Come dance to the music of The O’Neil Family Band on March 2

Teaching and calling: Jeanne O’Neil 

Reels, simple squares, circles, and more. All dances taught, no experience needed. 

All are welcome; singles, couples, families. 

Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 7:30 to 10 pm

Community Room at East Grand Forks Senior Center, 538 Rhinehart Drive S.E., East Grand Forks

Free-will Donations at the door

For more info contact Jeanne O’Neil oneil@rrv.net or( 218) 773- 3850

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Area Artist and Writer Publishes Book

Celebrate Books and Hockey at the West Acres Mall

Celebrate with Curious Cat Books as they launch their first title ​Where I Fly: A Hockey Story​ on Saturday, January 26 from 12 – 2pm in front of the Legacy Toys store at the West Acres Mall in Fargo. Author K. M. Allen will be signing books and will be offering free kids crafts and coloring pages.

Where I Fly: A Hockey Story ​cheers for hockey played on the lake surrounded by forest and lit by northern lights. A child imagines a future of cheering crowds and successful trick shots as animals peer from the edges. Appealing to hockey players of all ages, this book is likely to start conversations about young dreams and promote a family bond that is formed around the love of hockey. A non-fiction section provides information about the night sky and teaches hockey terms.

Where I Fly: A Hockey Story ​is the first book in the ​Play Wild! Series ​that is designed to create excitement for outdoor activities and emphasize building family connections that don’t involve screen time. The next book in the series is ​Where We Run: A Dog Sledding Story​ and is currently taking pre-orders.

K.M. (Kat) Allen grew up with a love for art, writing, and the outdoors in the small northern town of Stephen, Minnesota. She received a B.F.A. from Savannah College of Art & Design and studied fine art in Florence, Italy. A career in marketing and design led Kat to Chicago, and later Milwaukee, before moving to a rural area to raise her family and continue working as an artist, author, and illustrator. Kat also enjoys rock collecting, photography, and visiting northeastern Minnesota with all of the outdoor activities it has to offer. Kat currently lives with her husband and their three children near Grafton, North Dakota.

Curious Cat Books, a division of Legacy Bound, is a children’s publishing company in Ely, Minnesota. They believe that kids are our greatest legacy. That is why they offer products that shape children into leaders and encourage them to explore, imagine, and create. For more information go to www.curiouscatbooks.com or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter. Order by calling 1-800-909-9698 , emailing ​sales@curiouscatbooks.com​, or ordering online at ​www.curiouscatbooks.com​.

Fresh Voices Exhibit

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) invites you to visit the Fresh Voices Exhibit, now on display at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.  

Based in Crookston, Minnesota, Fresh Voices has been dedicated to the support, encouragement, and celebration of art of local Latino youth for over twenty years. Come view a selection of their most recent photographs and written works.  

The Fresh Voices Exhibit will be shown now through March 1 at the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721 (located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery.) The gallery hours are Friday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. (But before you go, please double check to make sure the gallery is open.) 

Please join us for the Fresh Voices artists reception and meet the artists on

Monday, February 18 from 6:00-8:00PM

We Are Water Exhibit at University of Minnesota Crookston

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) welcomes you to visit the We Are Water Art Exhibit, now on display in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Artworks were created by area residents during workshops that were held throughout the region this fall. Participants were encouraged to create using the theme “We Are Water” as inspiration. In a similar spirit to our Equality and Respect for All workshops, participants were provided a 12×12 canvas, supplies and instruction to create a piece of art around this theme. Water can be a source of recreation; it keeps us alive; it is used for daily life. Participants were encouraged to bring snippets or photographs or anything else they might want to use as material, medium, or inspiration.  The workshops and exhibit are part of a larger We Are Water MN project that spans the state of Minnesota.

To view the We Are Water Art Exhibit, please visit UMC any weekday.

On Friday, January 25 an artist’s reception was held to view the canvases and other works in the statewide We Are Water MN project.  Ten years of Clean Water, Land and Legacy funding (Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008) was also celebrated with special guest speakers.

About We Are Water MN: West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019. Other sites include St. Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council worked in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.

What is the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit?

West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019.  Other sites include St Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia.  

We Are Water MN explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship. The website on We Are Water MN shares stories from people in Minnesota relating to this theme.  To read these stories visit  https://mnhum.org/we-are-water-mn/

Visit West Polk Soil and Water District’s website to watch for more on this exhibit coming to Crookston at https://www.westpolkswcd.com/we-are-water.html

Parking is free. There are several spaces marked visitor parking on west side of Kiehle. During evening events  there is no ticketing in any parking lot. 

Technical Theater Workshop

A Day for Theater Makers — Theater Tech Workshop

Saturday, April 6, 2019

10AM to 4PM

NWMAC Office Conference Room

109 S Minnesota Street, Warren MN

Put this on your calendar!

This is a day for theater makers in our region to get together, gain some knowledge, share some knowledge, and meet others with the same goal:  producing quality theater. Cost is $15, which includes the training, materials, and lunch. To register go to EventBrite here or call our front desk at 218-745-6733.

Sessions will include:

  • Set Design and Building
  • Costumes and Wigs
  • Props, Masks and Puppets
  • Social Media/Online ticket sales/Credit Card Acceptance
  • And More—we will be adding other topics, so stay tuned

Who is this workshop intended for?

  • Directors: Learn some tech basics and—perhaps more importantly–how to dialogue with others to create a comprehensive production.
  • Board members: gain insight into the world of “what’s going on behind the scenes.” Also, easy and inexpensive ways to manage staff and volunteers, box office and publicity.  
  • Set Builders and those who would like to become Set Builders:  innovative and practical ways to create theater within a limited budget.
  • Costumers: How to create a costume plot, measure, local area and internet resources, storing and organizing inventory.
  • Volunteers of every aspect of theater:  those who want to step into this world but lack knowledge and confidence.
  • Young/old/seasoned veterans/newcomers:  there will be time to ask questions, give answers and get to know others in our region.

Presenters for the workshop include Philip Hoks, Jane Anderson and Andrea Thibert. 

Tentative schedule includes:

10:00   Welcome, Introductions  at high school
10:30   Set Design and Construction  by Philip Hoks at high school
Noon    Lunch at NWMAC offices
12:45   Costumes and Wigs  by Andrea Thibert and Jane Anderson
2:00    Break:  Coffee, Soda, Snacks
2:15    Props, Masks and Puppets by Philip Hoks
3:15    Misc Topics:  Square, Online Ticket Sales, Remind, Q&A
4:00    Wrap Up
After:  Optional get together to continue the conversation