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North Country Fiddle & Dance Community Dance!

The Porch Stompers of Iowa

North Country Fiddle & Dance Community Dance

Featuring The Porch Stompers of Iowa!

Saturday, October 10th

7:30PM -10:00 PM

East Grand Forks Eagles Club

IMG_1925North American folk and barn dances ; longways reels, circles, simple squares.  All are welcome – singles, couples, families. No need to know how! All will be taught.  Come join in!

Donations at the door

RWAG – Two Friends: Collaborations


Janet Johnson: Karen Monson

September 26th – October 25th

NWMAC Exhibit Gallery, East Grand Forks

Artist Reception: October 10, 2015

1p – 5p

Last Art & Wine Walk

JanetJohnson+CollaborationsWall(Warren, Mn) – The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) proudly announces an exhibit of mixed-media artworks by Janet Johnson of Malung, Minnesota, and Karen Monson, formerly of Greenbush, MN. Their exhibit, Two Friends: Collaborations will be open from Saturday September 26th through Sunday, October 25th in our East Grand Forks gallery in Riverwalk Centre Mall.

Janet Johnson, is a renaissance woman of the arts. A proficient ceramics artist and painter, Janet retired from teaching Visual Arts and English in Warroad, MN in 2013, and participated for 8 years in the statewide Arts Best Practice and Quality Teaching networks, where she met Karen Monson. Janet also served on the panel for the development of the ArtsConnectEd program.

She is currently developing an art space, workshops, and events in a rural school building purchased by Malung Township to use as a community center.  She works closely with the Region 1 Arts Council, and strongly supports the arts at the Roseau County Fair, while also organizing and teaching group lessons with a friend.

Collaboration_ WhatSayestThou_2Karen Monson’s ties to Greenbush began with her parents, Dr. Lloyd Klefstad, and her mother, Helen, who established the first clinic in the Greenbush area and rebuilt the hospital. Monson, instructor emerita at the Perpich School in visual arts, says, “I am inspired by nature and the physical qualities of a variety of mediums.  Playfulness is important. … This series of work with Janet has been joyful, challenging and enlightening.  It has been a no holds barred visual conversation.  We have played, conversed, wondered and interacted in a realm both of us consider, on some level, sacred–our life in art and as friends.”

Two Friends: Collaborations will be displayed in the NWMAC gallery inside River Walk Artists Shop and Gallery from Saturday, September 26 to Sunday, October 25, 2015.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 3:00 to 7:00 pm, and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The Arts Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Cinema mall. Park in the large lot to the north and enter the mall door: we are the first door on the right.

We welcome private showings, and are happy to answer any questions. For more information or a private showing, call the arts council office at 218-745-9111; or you may contact the gallery coordinator at 218-965-4216, or email:

NEW! Creative Minnesota Road Show

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NEW Creative Minnesota Road Show Coming Soon to a Town Near You!


Seventeen new local studies of the economic impact of the arts and culture will be coming out through October from the Creative Minnesota Project and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. You are invited to join us for Town Hall meetings and presentations of the results all across the state. You will not believe the results!

As the most comprehensive report ever done about the sector’s health and economic impact, Creative Minnesota: The Health and Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector previously broke out data statewide and regionally and is now also available for selected cities and counties.

Join Us for Town Hall Meetings

Find out and discuss the importance of the Arts and Culture to your town:

Oct 1

3:45 PM

MN Council of Nonprofits Conference breakout (statewide results) St. Paul

Oct 2


Virginia at Lyric Center for the Arts

Oct 2

5 PM

Grand Rapids at MacRostie Art Center at First Friday

Oct 9

4 PM

Red Wing Art Assn’s Fall Arts Festival Kick off breakfast at T.B. Sheldon

Oct 15

5:30 PM

White Bear Art Center at the Center

Oct 22

4 PM

Chisago County at Halberg Center for the Arts in Wyoming

Oct 26

4 PM

Duluth Art Institute at the Depot

Oct 27


Fergus Falls at West Central Initiative Fund Offices

Oct 29

7 PM

St. Louis Park at Rec. Center


Presentations at Public Meetings

Come show your support and find out the results for your town!

Oct 5

6:30 PM

Presentation before the Winona City Council meeting, City Hall

Oct 6

10:30 AM

Presentation to Mille Lacs County Board, County Courthouse

Oct 13


St. Cloud Noon Rotary Meeting, Marriott Courtyard

Oct 19

7:30 PM

Presentation to St Louis Park City Council, City Hall

Oct 22

9:00 AM

Presentation to Northfield EDA Authority, at City Council Chambers

Oct 26

7:00 PM

Presentation to Duluth City Council, City Hall

Oct 28

8:30 AM

Presentation to Pine City EDA meeting, Pine Government Center

Nov 3

5-8 PM

Presentation to Cook County Chamber of Commerce Annual Mtg

Nov 9

7:00 PM

Presentation to Maple Grove City Council, City Hall

And more to come:

St. Paul and Minneapolis focused events are yet to be scheduled, and other events will be added along the way. Stay tuned!

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Creative Minnesota is a snapshot of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences as well as other indicators of the sector’s health and impact on the economy in 2013. The statewide study quantifies the economic impact from 1269 arts and culture organizations in every corner of the state, in addition to information about jobs created, local vs. non-local attendees spending, nonprofit arts and culture organizational budgets, and artist employment levels. 

Creative Minnesota was developed by a collaborative of arts and culture funders in partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA). Americans for the Arts (AFTA) was commissioned to calculate the economic impact of the arts. Creative Minnesota and additional research about Minnesota’s arts and cultural community can be downloaded for free at:

The Creative Minnesota team includes:

Rachel Latuff, Miss Minnesota to Visit Middle River

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Photo cred: Sara Merriam Photography

Miss Minnesota, Rachel Latuff will be attending the Miss North Star Pageant in Middle River on Sunday, September 20.

Ms. Latuff is a secondary visual arts teacher for St. Louis County School and is a graduate of University of Minnesota – Dultuh with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in K-12 Art Education.

Ms. Latuff’s platform is, “Teaching the Heart: Building the Social and Emotional Wellness of Youth and Their Teachers.”  Ms. Latuff is expected to perform her talent

Miss Minnesota says,

“Only you define yourself and your creative ambitions. Embrace every side to your personality while never feeling afraid to fail. When we fail, it builds us to become a stronger person. Failure is the growth of success. It means you embody the will to improve. When you learn to accept yourself, how your talents serve others, and carry nonstop determination… you will achieve things beyond anything you’ve imagined. It takes grit, passion, a sprinkle of creativity, and a lot of dedication. Accepting all of who you are will allow you to become the best version of yourself.” -Ms. Latuff/Miss Minnesota 2015

Find out more about Miss Minnesota HERE.

Healing Minnesota Art Project

Ms. Latuff has been instrumental in getting the Healing Minnesota Art Project off the ground.  It focuses on helping “youth create artwork they feel represents the history and growing diversity in the state.”

Her goal is to share the project through out the state for teachers and educators alike to use in their classroom to empower youth.  This is a public art project with art work displayed around the Capitol.  This project is in collaboration with the Healing Minnesota Stories project.

Miss North Star Pageant

Middle River

Sunday, September 20   3 p.m.  @ MR School

$8 admission

Approximately 2 hours

Fosston Fiber Arts Festival

Fosston Fiber Festival is coming!

When: October 2-4

Where: Northern Woolen Mills, Fosston, Mn

The Festival Committee is taking applications now for vendors and workshop proposals.

The days are packed with demonstrations (Free) and workshops (Paid) and looks to be very interesting.

Vendors are wanted!

There is a fashion show & dinner planned for Saturday evening at Ventures in Fosston at 6pm.  The even will be open to all attendees, vendors and instructors.  It will showcase handmade textiles, garments and wearable art by regional artists using locally sourced materials.