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Traveling Mini Art Exhibit

Traveling Mini Art Exhibit

Bryan Sanchez and his 1st Place Student artwork


A Mini Art Exhibit sponsored by the Northwest Regional Arts Council (NWMAC) is traveling to seven regional libraries in the coming months. The NWMAC’s annual Regional Exhibit held in Middle River MN in April provided the fifteen impressive pieces of artwork for our annual Traveling Mini Art Exhibition.
The Traveling Mini Art Exhibit includes original paintings, photography, drawings, pastels, and clay pottery. Several of the artworks are award winning pieces selected by the show’s juror, Mary Therese of Bemidji, Minnesota.
Artists whose work was chosen for the mini exhibition are (adult artists): Alberta Johnson, and Jan Osborn, Thief River Falls; Mollie Rae Miller, Roseau; Susan Neufeld, Beltrami; Annethea Novacek, Greenbush; and (student artists): Brandi Lee, Halstad; Jaydn Rosell, Climax; Samantha Kraulik, Wannaska; Caleb Richardson, Thief River Falls; Elijah Neufeld, Beltrami; Skye Tillotson, Ada; Kiara Anderson, St. Hilaire; and Bryan Sanchez, Julie Ibanez, and Brooke Panzer, all of Crookston.
The Traveling Mini Art Exhibit will be appearing at Crookston’s Public Library until Wednesday, June 4th. Afterward, the exhibit will be open to the public at the following libraries during regular hours on the following dates:
  • Climax Public LibraryJune 5 – June 26
  • Hallock Public LibraryJune 26- July 25
  • Thief River Falls Public LibraryJuly 25 – September 5
  • Fosston Public LibrarySeptember 5 – October 3
  • Roseau Public LibraryOctober 3 – November 7
  • Warren Godel LibraryNovember 7 – December 3
For more information contact the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council at 218-745-9111, or email:


Help Send our Students to Camp!


Northwest Minnesota Arts Council  needs your help.  The Minnesota State Legislature made a policy restriction to general funding in 2013.  This new policy only allows out of state travel and training costs of up to 10% of the grant amount per grantee.

Why is this an issue?

Traditionally, NWMAC has awarded grants to students to go to camp in North Dakota at International Music Camp, as well as other camps through out the United States.  This policy change would not allow NWMAC to give students small $500.00 grants, we would be limited to $50.00.

NWMAC has partnered with to create a fundraiser to raise $3000.00 to send 6 students to camp outside the state of Minnesota.  Last year, NWMAC sent 7 students to IMC.  They studied in drama, creative writing, instrumental music and voice.

Alex Conwell of Red Lake Falls went to the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp in Kansas!  He area of study is the violin.  He had this to say:

Receiving the grant greatly reduced the already high cost to to MWROC, a wonderful music camp, where I made good friends, high-up music contacts, learned to be a better player and had fun!–Alex Conwell

Help us make summer camp dreams come true!

Click on the button and it will take you to our campaign page.

Online fundraising for Send Our Students to Camp


Or you can send donations directly to us at:

“Summer Camp”
109 S. Minnesota St.
Warren, Mn 56762

Thank you for your generous support!  We appreciate you!

MSAB Artist Initiative Webinars



Artist Initiative Webinar

The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering three free one-hour Webinars to help applicants prepare to apply for the Artist Initiative grant program. These sessions  will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants.
Program officer Kathee Foran will walk through the program overview and instructions, and provide background information about what the review panel will look for in an application. At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to submit questions online.
All sessions are identical in content, and each one is offered as a conference call with an option to view a PowerPoint presentation online. The presenter will be located in an office that cannot accommodate visitors, so please note that it isn’t possible to attend the sessions in person. If you are not able to join a  session, a voice-over PowerPoint and PDF will be also be available on the Artist Initiative program page of the Arts Board Web site.
To make the session more useful to you, we suggest that you read the program overview and application instructions in advance and print out a copy for your reference. This document can be found on the Artist Initiative program page.
Session dates
Monday, May 12, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, June 9, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, June 30, 3:00 p.m.
To register
The Webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged.
Register here.
To join the session

  • On the day of the session, you may choose to listen to the audio portion by phone or through a computer.
  • If you want to view the visual presentation and ask questions, you will need access to the Internet.
  • The following browsers are recommended: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
    We plan to start the presentation on time, so please join the session five minutes early.
Dial into the telephone portion by calling AccuConference at (800) 920-7487.
  • Enter the conference code: 419 88 86 #
  • When prompted, say your name.
Log into the Web portion by going to
  • Enter the conference dial-in number: (800) 920-7487.
  • Enter the conference code: 419 88 86 #
  • Enter your first and last name
  • Click Connect Now
  • When asked “Do you prefer to listen to the conference through the Web or by phone?” be aware that if you select “Web,” you must have a speaker or headphones in order to hear the audio. For the best quality and reliability, we recommend listening by phone.
  • You can ask questions by entering them on your keyboard in the chat box on the left.
Important note: save these instructions for reference.
No further confirmation will be sent to you.
The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts. Funds for Minnesota State Arts Board programs are provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

3-D Printing Comes to Northwest Minnesota!

Plan Now to Attend

Taking Shape: 3D Printing

Two Dates – Two Locations!


This video is just an example of what can happen through 3D printing and will not be an actual feature.

April 28, 6:00-8:00pm University of Minnesota Crookston Heritage Hall Crookston


May 5, 6:00-8:00pm Northland Community andTechnical CollegeThief River Falls


Learn all about 3D printing and how it is changing and revolutionizing different industries from fashion to jewelry to medical devices, even food!

By attending this event you will find out about 3D printing developments and how it’s impacting society including the arts, education, medicine, and business.  Personal 3D printers are becoming more popular and are also becoming affordable enough for many organizations to obtain.

The potential impact for Crookston, Thief River Falls and surrounding communities is huge!

Want to learn more?  Then join one of these highly engaging sessions to learn more about 3D printing!

RSVP’s are highly encouraged!

This event is brought to you by:

Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Developing Community Assets



Made Here | Hennepin Theatre Trust


Made Here | Hennepin Theatre Trust.

Click on the link…this has been reblogged from Hennepin Theatre Trust.  Everything about the “Made Here” project is designed to show the wealth of talent, diversity and ingenuity of Minnesotan’s.

See what’s happening!  Be involved!  Stay involved!  You are the difference!  Go make change!