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2018 Of the Year Award Winners Announced

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Announce

“Of the Year” Award Winners

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our seven county region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. “Of the Year” Award winners were nominated by area residents.  We are proud to announce this year’s recipients are Jim Kent of Crookston, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla and Scott Pream of Thief River Falls!

These “Of the Year” awards and the NW Art Exhibit awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Saturday, April 28 in Thief River Falls at the Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA) at 2:30 pm. Please come starting at 9:30 am that day to view the 99 pieces of high quality regional artwork on display in the REA lobby and vote for people’s choice.  At 2:00 enjoy a snack and music entertainment in the cafeteria.  The program will begin promptly at 2:30 with the main focus being the recognition and celebration of artists and the arts in Northwest Minnesota.  Everyone is welcome to this free event.

In addition, there will be an Arts Expo starting with a VSA presentation by Craig Dunn at 11:00 in the Dakota Room. This is for artists with disabilities as well as Arts Leaders or other organizations trying to provide access to people with disabilities. Round table presentations representing numerous arts organizations will be held from noon to 2pm in the Imperial Room. See here for more information.

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Scott Pream of Thief River Falls will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Mr. Pream is an extraordinary actor who also works behind the scenes to help others shine.  Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00.

Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Saurdiff is an art teacher in the Goodridge School District. She is passionate about the visual arts, an accomplished artist who works primarily in ceramics and encourages art exploration in her community. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

Jim Kent of Crookston will receive the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Kent is a musician and previously a school teacher in the Crookston School District.  He is active in the Crookston arts community through the community theater, civic music league, Pirate Fine Arts Boosters and Community Oratorios.  He shares his music skills with his church, the school and the community. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

Please come on April 28 to show support for our artists.  Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation. Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Accessibility and the Arts: Attend Both Events

Are you an artist with disabilities, an arts leader or an organization trying to provide access to people with disabilities?

Take advantage of these two upcoming events to learn about opportunities for artists and organizations related to accessibility & the arts

Introduction to Accessibility & the Arts

Arts Access For All Partners with Minnesota Access Alliance: A shared vision for full inclusion in the Arts

Thursday, April 19, 2018

10:00am to 12:00 pm (doors open at 9:45am)

East Grand Forks Campbell Library

422 4th Street Northwest

East Grand Forks, MN 56721

Are you looking for ways for your organization to implement accessibility? Take this opportunity to learn how to plan the implementation of accommodating people with various disabilities when visiting your museum, theater, cultural organization and events.

The facilitator, Sherry Shirek, is a passionate advocate with over 25 years of experience working in the field of disability. Sherry is the co-founder of Arts Access For All, a consortium that began in 2015 in the Moorhead/Fargo Metro region to bring together Arts and cultural leaders, staff, volunteers, community-based organizations, and people with disabilities to discuss ways to implement accommodations one step at a time.

Topics include:

  • Learn how to reach out and welcome people with disabilities into your Arts or Cultural organization
  • Learn some simple solutions to provide access and accommodations for people with disabilities
  • Learn where to find resources and what other organizations have done to implement accessibility
  • Examine your facility by using an ADA survey checklist and meet experts in the field that can help facilitate these surveys
  • Become a part of a larger community that is passionate and supports one another, shares information by in-person workshops, email discussion lists and Facebook groups.
  • Join together with arts leaders, program and education staff, docents and volunteers from a variety of community-based organizations, theaters, cultural centers, and museums

Cost: Free

Registration required. To complete your free registration form, go to: http://www.artsafa.org

Facilities and parking are wheelchair accessible. Perfumes or scented lotions are not permitted.  For questions or to request accommodations, please contact Sherry Shirek 701-781-3055 or sherrybeth7@gmail.com

Sponsored in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board

Doing, Collaborating & Attending: Resources to Expand Arts Participation by Artists and Non-Artists with Disabilities

Craig Dunn, Executive Director of VSA Minnesota, will be at the Arts Expo on Saturday, April 28 and will be speaking at 11:00  about how the organization helps people with disabilities participate in the arts both as artists and as arts consumers.  His presentation will  benefit both artists and arts administrators with and without disabilities by showing examples of collaboration, inclusion, accommodation and access.  Handouts will be available and questions will be encouraged and welcomed. Craig will be available throughout the event to discuss these issues.

Saturday, April 28

11:00 am

Ralph Engelstad Arena Dakota Room

Thief River Falls

Put both of these events on your calendar!

Mn Artists Training Workshop in Bemidji

Mn Artists Training Workshop

Mn Artists will visit Bemidji for a lively workshop and discussion on artists’ participation in digital communities. They will review how to best use Mn Artists’ online professional development tools, recommended for artists who want to improve their online presence and connect to more opportunities, communities, and conversations, both locally and regionally.

Mn Artists is home to art, writing, opportunities and conversation, online and off, by, for and about Midwestern artists working in every discipline. A program of the Walker Art Center, Mn Artists is dedicated to improving the quality and national visibility of regionally-rooted art, artists and cultural dialogue through a dynamic online community, responsive arts journalism, and by giving artists access to, and connections with, collaborators, influencers and the public.

Wednesday April 25

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Watermark Art Center Education Room

505 Bemidji Ave N

This event is free and open to the public, but you must register online here.

For more information please email: info@mnartists.org

 

ARTS A’ FAIR at the Minnesota State Fair

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Performance and Outreach Opportunity at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair for Minnesota performing arts organizations and individual performing artists

For the sixth consecutive year, the Minnesota State Fair will continue the Arts A’Fair Program in 2018 by presenting a variety of performing arts experiences representing Minnesota arts organizations and artists. Participating in this program allows you to promote your work with “Pop Up Performances” on the fairgrounds. Your act/number/vignette will be performed up to four times daily for three consecutive days. Each organization will be paid $1400 for the entire project. In addition, your organization will receive the opportunity to connect with your audiences before and after your performances at your performance location and will be promoted through various means by the fair’s marketing department.

Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds (West End Market & new location in North End of fairgrounds)

When: Three consecutive days from August 23 through September 3, 2018 (exact three days and performances times to be determined).

  • Organizations/artists who were selected in the past are welcome to reapply with the same material or with something new.
  • Performers will have a designated outdoor performance area but should keep in mind the general atmosphere of the Fair.
  • Audiences are drawn to interactive, visually bold or acoustically dynamic performances.
  • Almost 2 million visitors attend the Minnesota State Fair each year! Expect all ages, cultures and tastes.

    Requirements for Performance Participation:

  • Each performance should be 10-15 minutes; set up/strike times should be kept to a minimum.
  • For ease of execution, only minimal props can be used.
  • Performers should be prepared to perform on grass or concrete, without an elevated stage or proscenium.

    Provided for performers:

  • Dressing room space (to be shared with other performers).
  • Sound system with wireless microphones and audio playback.
  • Gate admission to the fair on days of performance.
  • $10 State Fair food vouchers per performer per day.
  • Per diem reimbursement for performers who are located outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Organizations/artists wishing to perform please provide:

  • Your organization’s name and mailing address, as well as a contact person and his/her phone number and email address. If applying as an individual artist, please provide your contact information, as well as an arts organization and contact person at that organization that will act as a reference for your work.
  • A description of the performance that you wish to submit for consideration, including props and/or wardrobe, if applicable. The application may be in the form of a written proposal (via email). You are encouraged to send photos, DVD, or video clips.
  • A description of your technical requirements, such as sound, performance surface, etc.
  • Performance dates that present a significant conflict for your organization (August 23 –September 3, 2018).

    Selection criteria:

  • Audience enjoyment (must be family-friendly)
  • Uniqueness
  • Ease of presentation at event
  • Diverse representation of genres, cultures and geography

    Application Deadline is May 1, 2018

    The proposals will be reviewed and selections made by the Minnesota State Fair. The organizations chosen to perform will be notified no later than May 31 and issued a letter of agreement.

    Please send proposals to: artsafair@mnstatefair.org OR

    Minnesota State Fair – Arts A’Fair 1265 Snelling Ave N
    St. Paul, MN 55108

    Minnesota State Fair Mission is To educate and involve our guests by providing a world-class showcase that is innovative, entertaining and fun.

    We strive to:

  • Showcase Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry.
  • Present an unparalleled forum for knowledge and ideas.
  • Provide outstanding customer service.
  • Offer exceptional value.
  • Provide a safe, clean environment that is accessible to all.
  • Create unique experiences.

    For general information: artsafair@mnstatefair.org

    Dudley Voigt, Arts A’Fair Program Manager, dudleyvoigt@yahoo.com or
    Shannon Buchda, Minnesota State Fair, shannon.buchda@mnstatefair.org, (651) 288-4395