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Fosston Third Thursday Art Walk Looking for Artists!

Would you be interested in displaying your artwork and participating in Fosston’s Third Thursday Art Walk?

In an effort to promote economic development in the City of Fosston and to promote the talented artists in our region, the Art & Culture Commission in Fosston is hosting the Third Thursday Art Walk in Fosston on October 19th from 4:30-7pm.  Each participating business will be paired with an artist of their choosing to host for the evening. The business owner will provide them a space to display/sell their artwork.  Currently, there is a need for artists to participate, as they have more businesses than artists that have signed up. There is no geographic requirement and no cost to participate.

At the end of the evening the FCLAA board will be hosting an artist reception, open to the public, at the Sorenson Gallery in the Library Arts Center in Fosston.

Take advantage of this opportunity to show your art!

Interested? Please contact Bonnie Stewart at stewart.bonnielee@gmail.com or Barbara Johnson at Barbara@nwmnhra.org or 218-637-2435.

 

Interested in Becoming an Artist-in-Residence?

Would you like your name and photo and school residency experience included in our Teaching Artists Roster?  Would you benefit from training in developing and refining the residency that you will offer students?

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is offering a Teaching Artist Roster Program. This program is a six-session training designed to support artists in refining and developing skills for conducting collaborative, in-depth arts learning experiences in organizations, community settings and schools.

Up to six artists will be selected to participate in this first training series from Oct 2017 – Dec 2017 in Warren.  Applications due Sept 25 for this first group.  A second group of artists will start in the Spring, maybe even two groups if we have enough interest.  Deadline TBD.

Artists who complete the program are listed on the NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster and are eligible to apply for residency funding through the Teaching Artist Grant program.

Artists who complete the Teaching Artist Roster Program:

  • Value themselves as artists and understand what they offer as teaching artists
  • Expand the ways they apply their craft
  • Understand the essential role arts play in a complete education
  • Belong to a network of fellow teaching artists who serve as resources, mentors and peers
  • Are ready to employ and lead assessments that involve personal reflection for continuous improvement
  • Understand how the roles of artist and teacher intersect
  • Are able to develop a residency plan
  • Are familiar with the NWMAC Teaching Artist Grant application process
  • Employ strategies that contribute to success as a teaching artist

For an example of what this roster will look like, visit
www.centralmnartsboard.org and click on Artist Teaching Roster.  The value of the training is 20 CEU credits and approximately $600.00 per participant if taken elsewhere.   Performing, visual, and creative writing artists (and other disciplines) who are chosen to participate in this program will receive small group and one-on-one training to prepare them to be Artists- in-Residence.

Applications are due by Monday, September 25.

The application and guidelines are in our NWMAC on-line grant system.  Login to your already established Username or Create a User for yourself within the the Login page.  Then begin your application for the Teaching Artist Roster Program by hitting Apply.  Call our office 218-745-9111 or email if you have problems.

Would you like to learn more at an information session?  We recently conducted an information session in Thief River Falls and will be offering two more on the following dates:
* September 12 in Warren at the NWMAC Conference Room  5 – 6:00 p.m.
*September 13 in Greenbush at the Community Room that is attached to the library 5 – 6:00 p.m.

(RSVP is essential by Monday, September 11 to mjander@mncable.net for the September 12 and 13 meetings.)

Questions?  Jane Anderson at mjander@mncable.net or Mara at mara@nwrdc.org

Please see the Program Guidelines here  (Note: this copy is a bit messy due to website formatting.  You can view the Guidelines in the on-line application in a Preview mode also.)

Thief River Falls Area Community Theater to Open The Sound of Music

 

The stage is built, the costumes are sewn, and the lights are focused:  the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater is making final preparations for The Sound of Music , which will open Tuesday, August 1 and run for three performances.

This production is part of the youth summer performance program  in which the entire cast is made up of teens.  It is group- directed by Jane Anderson,  Lacey Simoneau, Kristin Buckley,  Samantha Buckley and Laura Brickson.  The cast has been learning the dialogue and music from the show in a workshop atmosphere, in which they are receiving small-group voice, acting and dance instruction and are working on  large group improvisation and theater basic skills.  According to Jane Anderson, TRFACT executive director, “Musical theater requires a combination of many skills.  Oftentimes in the theater, we focus solely on  learning lines  and notes to the songs.  But there is so much more.  Movement, character development, and really learning how to ‘play’ on stage are what make a good actor a great actor. That’s what we are doing  with students in this program.”

Members of the cast of The Sound of Music were selected by audition and include Elise Kalsnes as Maria; Aly Karow: Sister Berthe; Molly Halsa: Sister Berthe; DeVyne Sieckert: Sister Sophia;  Laura Waldorf: The Mother Abbess; Wyatt Halverson: Captain von Trapp;  Olivia Mooney: Frau Jung;  Emma Anderson:Frau Schmidt.   The role of Rolf is played by Ethan Osowski, Max Detweiler by Coby Skjerven, Herr Zeller: David Miller, Admiral von Schreiber : Spencer Wittman, and Baron von Elberfeldt:  Nate Sedlacek.

The Von Trapp Children are played by  Irisah Mogen, Austin Wittman, Eleanor Brickson, Aiden Warne, Brooklyn Bakke, Brynn Olson, and Julianna Armentrout.

Other members of the ensemble include Olivia Wojahn, Carter Johnsrud, Becca Ballard,Kendra Mehrkens,  Alaina Lunsetter,Hailee Eidelbes,Kendal Rantanen, and Madeline Petrovich,

Performances of  The Sound of Music will take place at the Northland College Theater in Thief River Falls  on August 1, 2, and 3  at 7 p.m. each evening. The show runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with an intermission, so it is the perfect venue for small children. (But it will entertain adults, as well!)

Tickets are available at  Digikey Corporation during business hours, and at Pennington Square and Pennington Main. Tickets are also available at the door each night of the performance. Check us out on Facebook or log on to www.trfact.org for more information about the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater.

 

 

 

Artist Residency Workshop — Sign Up Today!

What are Artist Residencies? Is a Residency for You?

 

August 24, 2017 from 10:00am – 3:15pm

Northwest Service Co-op, Thief River Falls

Join us for a day of information on artist residencies in the classroom, including information for artists who would like to learn more about becoming a residency artist in the classroom, as well as information for educators to learn how to implement an artist in residency in your classroom setting. This workshop will teach participants how to impact students with innovative, art-filled learning whether you are an artist, teacher, or administrator.

Collaborating with artists brings unique, award-winning experiences right into the classroom. We know that as much as visual, performing and literary arts might seem like “nice to haves,” they are essential. Years of experience and a growing body of academic research backs that up.

From art to zoology, teaching through the arts enriches curriculum and engages learners. Here are just a few areas where arts residencies can boost student learning.

  • Arts: music, dance, theater, media arts, visual
  • Literature & Language
  • Global Cultures
  • STEM
  • Communication

10:00—11:30  Introduction to Artist Residencies: an overview for artists, educators and administrators.  In this session you will learn the basics of artist residency in schools.  You will learn about a specific program called COMPAS, and how that program works with schools to teach creativity in ways that meet classroom objectives while helping develop whole, problem-solving, creative minds.

You will also learn about an artist in residency program in our region called Teaching Artist Roster Program that is being developed through the Northwest Regional Arts Council, and how that program may benefit individual artists and schools in our area.

11:30—12:15  Lunch provided.  Networking and Q & A.

12:30-2:00  Break-out Sessions

Session #1:  “Is Residency Work for You?”   This session is intended for artists from all branches of the arts (visual, performance, literary) who wish to explore the possibility of becoming a residency artist within the educational system.   It will cover the steps to becoming qualified to be an artist in residence, and the opportunities following.  One week residencies, with a core group of students, is the main model discussed.

Session #2:  Hosting a Residency Artist in Your School   This session is intended for teachers and administrators who have an interest in hosting an artist in the schools, including areas of focus, timelines, how to incorporate what’s taught into your  existing curriculum and State standards, as well as many other aspects of the process.  

2:15-3:15  Writing a Residency Artist Grant    In this session,  you will learn the basics of writing an NWMAC grant to host a residency artist.   You will learn how to best formulate your plan to write a solid proposal in a competitive process.  Presented by Mara Hanel of the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council

*This 1 day workshop will provide 4.5 continuing education units as required in Minnesota state statutes for teacher licensure renewal.

Participants can register at the Northwest Regional Co-op website here.  The workshop is featured on their main page and under events. The workshop is free for participants and registration is open until August 23.  Workshop will include a box lunch for participants.