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Searching for new Showcase Specialist: deadline June 1

Are you interested in joining the team at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council?  We are hiring our contract workers for FY 2019!

NWMAC’s three contract positions:

  • Showcase Specialist
  • Promotions/Marketing Specialist
  • Networking/Training Specialist

Each contract is a maximum of $16,000 from July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.  The pay scale is specialist at $25.00 per hour and a government rate for mileage reimbursement.  These positions are flexible based on your own schedule to complete the work listed in the contract.  You work from your home on your personal equipment.  You are not an employee.

Right now, in May, our office is receiving letters of interest and resumes from candidates to be considered for these three positions.   We are especially searching for the Showcase Specialist since that position will be vacant.   Note:  Our gallery is in East Grand Forks so distance from EGF will be a factor due to budget constraints.

How to apply?  Write a letter that states your interest and qualifications to complete the tasks, and send your resume.  You can email your information to or mail your information to our office at NWMAC, 109 S Minnesota St, Warren, MN  56762.   All materials are due by June 1, 2018.    All contracts will begin July 1, 2018.

Showcase Specialist tasks:  (Please email our office for a more detailed list of tasks if you are interested.)

  • Riverwalk Gallery:  Coordinate eight different gallery showcases and receptions in East Grand Forks.   Update the publications section of our gallery with new brochures and printouts, etc.
  • Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit:  Assist with the display set-up and Artist Reception for the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit in Badger in April 2019.
  •  Traveling Show:  Select pieces, arrange tour,  move the exhibit throughout the library locations.  Distribute booklets.
  • E-newsletter:  Create a monthly artist opportunities e-newsletter in Constant Contact.
  • Media:  Design marketing pieces, press releases and media announcements for showcase projects .
  • Artist Training: Share information with artists on our training and opportunities.  Bring forward ideas for more workshops/training for artists based on their feedback.
  • Three anticipated extra activities outside our region: Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Bemidji MN in June 2019.  Arts Advocacy Day in St Paul in February 2019.  RAC’s of MN Staff Retreat in St Cloud in August of 2018.  All these events need contract staff to write to the board for approval of pre-approved maximum for time/travel used within contract or in additional to contract.
  • Provide a print-out of your completed work activities for Arts Council meetings in Nov and June that includes statistics/evaluation, pictures, and upcoming events.   Attend the annual meeting in June if available to present.

Promotions Specialist tasks:

  • Continual website updates and coordination
  • Continue to develop and increase our promotion on social media including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, etc.
  • Attend the NWMAC Artist Reception annually to take pictures and post to our social media about the event. Attend other events locally as schedule and budget permits to promote and announce our/their activities.
  • Complete a once a month e-newsletter with information for organizations.
  • Improve the NWMAC on-line directory, Artist of NW Minnesota booklet, and include only updated relevant information.
  • Arrange for one artist or arts leader monthly to talk about their artform on our radio spot as a feature. Coordinate all weekly radio guests and our staff including communication with the radio station and guests to ensure that they are informed and available.
  • Work with the Training Specialist to market workshops through our e-newsletter, flyers to libraries/arts locations, word of mouth, and press release announcements. Inform participants about workshop specifics and provide technical assistance to individuals involved in the process of business development.
  • Continue to create a platforms and campaigns for individuals and businesses to give charitable donations to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council through GiveMN.
  • Work with groups to get their information into Explore Minnesota Tourism. Learn the Explore Minnesota Tourism system.  Put NWMAC announcements on the site.
  • Use Remind App for announcements.
  • Create two six-month reports for the NWMAC Board of Directors on statistics related to promotion and marketing. Attend the annual meeting in June if available to present.

Training Specialist tasks:  (email for a detailed list of tasks)

  • Teaching Artist Roster Training: coordinate and conduct Fall 2018 training sessions in Warren and Roseau.
  • Theater Tech training and theater skills training day/conference coordination
  • Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists workshop series in Warren.    Coordinate and attend.
  • Minnesota’s Creative Northwest network meetings in Thief River Falls monthly for one hour, and branching out to more communities throughout the contract year.  Coordinate/attend.
  • Report on progress at Nov/Dec and June meetings of NWMAC.  Attend the annual meeting in June if available to present.


Applications Open for Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Executive Director

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) is currently accepting applications for the position of Executive Director

Organization Overview

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) is a nonprofit organization serving formal and informal groups with annual arts programming expenses of less than $400,000, and artists in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils throughout the state of Minnesota. For info about MRAC:

Position Description

The next Executive Director will lead MRAC in their efforts to manage and maintain a highly effective grant-making system, work to advance and deepen the organization’s commitment to racial equity, lead and develop staff, and represent MRAC throughout the seven-county metropolitan area. The Executive Director will advance a shared vision for the organization, provide decisive leadership on the strategic direction of our work, and represent MRAC to a wide and diverse range of artists, constituents, stakeholders, and other Regional Arts Councils throughout Minnesota. As an engaged and dynamic leader, the Executive Director must be knowledgeable and experienced in the fields of art, grant making and racial equity, and collaborate with Board and staff to innovate and guide the future work of MRAC.

To Apply

Visit their website here for detailed information about the position and how to apply.

Position will remain open until filled. Submit information by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 to be considered in the first screening. Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references, and include a description of racial equity work experience, as one .pdf document (maximum of 6 pages) to A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt. Questions about the search can be directed to Melissa Martinez-Sones at Meyer Consulting: Finalists will be required to complete a background check.

The Kaddatz Gallery is Hiring an Executive Director

The Kaddatz Gallery in Fergus Falls is hiring an Executive Director. They are accepting applications until September 8.

The Kaddatz Gallery is a nonprofit gallery located in historic downtown Fergus Falls, MN. Their mission is to foster visual arts education and appreciation, and to maintain a gallery that celebrates the work of area artists and honors the legacy of Charles Beck.


Employment Status: full-time exempt
Report to: Board of Directors
Supervise: All Gallery Staff

Position open until September 8, 2017
E-mail letter of interest, resume, and two professional references to

The Executive Director communicates the vision and mission of the Kaddatz Galleries to the regional arts community; directs, coordinates and monitors fundraising programs applicable to the financial needs of the gallery; and supervises the gallery staff to meet annual goals for growth and community engagement.


  • Communicates and implements the mission and purpose for the Kaddatz Galleries and consistently works with the board of directors, staff and local arts community to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Directs fundraising activities to accomplish budgetary goals. Fundraising activities may include grant-writing, major gift solicitation, direct mail solicitation, membership acquisition and strengthening relationships with funders and donors.
  • Directs the marketing efforts to meet goals and increase awareness of education programs, exhibits and art sales.
  • Manages organizational finances.
  • Works with staff to design and develop educational programs and exhibits. Develops a good working relationship with art professionals when preparing for shows, and focuses on the highest quality display and experience for visitors. Supervises the hanging of a show and consistently monitors the visual appearance of a show.

The ideal candidate will bring insight, energy and a passion for the arts while communicating and advancing the Kaddatz’s vision, value and programming to the community.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Annual and major gift fundraising experience, grant writing, or willingness to learn the basics of fundraising.
  • Bachelor’s degree in art-related field and/or relevant non-profit management experience.
  • Marketing and communications experience.
  • Staff supervision experience.
  • Competency and comfort with standard computer applications.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of nonprofit business operations.

Hours, compensation and benefits: 
This is a full-time salaried position with starting annual salary range of $34,000-$38,000 depending on experience with 80 hours of paid time off annually and an annual professional development stipend.

The Kaddatz Galleries is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information about the Kaddatz Galleries and the Fergus Falls area, visit: and

Request for Bids from Graphic Designers for 4th Artists of NW MN Booklet

Request for Bids from Graphic Designers

4th Edition of the Artists of Northwest Minnesota Booklet

Bid Deadline: September 15, 2017

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is looking for a design/layout artist to complete the 4th Edition of our Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet.   This contract will start October 1, 2017 and complete in April 2018 or earlier.  We anticipate that the project will take about 40 hours of time.  Specialists with NWMAC are paid no more than $25.00 an hour.  Our budgeted amount to spend on this contract is $1,000.00.  This is a guideline.

The booklet will be a half page glossy publication, similar to version 1, 2, and 3 to date.  Look to our 3rd version to see the accepted design layout.  Pitch your concept for color, font, page design, cover design to the selection panel.

Letters of interest should be accompanied with mock ups of your proposed design; examples of your past work and qualifications as a designer.  Address in your letter your ability to do the job in a timely manner and stay to the timeline, referencing successful projects within the last five years. This project involves back and form communication with artists to check their submitted info and make revisions through email and phone calls.  The designer will work with the print shop selected to provide a high quality file for printing.  Designer will create a hyperlink active pdf suitable for our website.  Note:  a great example is on our website for the 3rd edition. Preference will be given to local designers.

Approximate time for work activities                                      hours

  • Learn about project/Finalize Design                                   4
  • Data Entry/Design Artist and Org Pages, links            20
  • Design Covers & Interior Pages                                               6
  • Info check w/artists                                                                         5
  • Revisions                                                                                               3
  • File Export/Organize/Delivery                                                2

Here are the terms of the contract for the designer: 

  1. The Designer will return a signed copy of this contract by October 15, 2017.
  2. The Designer will conceptualize the design and provide an example to the Arts Council by November 15, 2017.
  3. The Designer will enter data and design all cover and interior pages.
  4. The Designer will work with the Arts Council Director and the printer to complete the Artist booklet by March 1, 2018 in the format suitable for the printing shop.
  5. Prior to submittal for printing, the Designer will check all information contained within, with the individual artists and the Arts Council staff in the months of January and February 2018.
  6. The Designer will create a pdf for the entire booklet suitable for our website and give an electronic copy of the booklet to the Council.
  7.  The Designer will submit to the Arts Council a completed evaluation form.  The form will be provided by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and must be returned at the completion of the booklet project.

Thank you for your interest.  Please call our office if you have questions 218-745-9111 or email



Job Opening: Part-time Features Editor for the Poetry Foundation with the option to work remotely

The goal of the Poetry Foundation is to reach and engage a broad audience for poetry and to support the Foundation’s initiatives and programs. The Features Editor helps achieve these goals by providing the editorial expertise necessary to publish smart, lively, and relevant journalism about poetry, and the publishing expertise necessary to ensure a smooth web publishing process.

The Features Editor must be a talented editor with an extensive background in journalism and literature, including English language poetry and poetry in translation. Successful candidates will also be knowledgeable about popular culture.

NOTE: This is a part-time position with the option to work remotely. 


Extensive experience acquiring, shaping, and editing articles for an online publication or magazine.

Highly creative writer and editor who can develop and sustain the tone and literary quality of the site.

Knowledge of classic and contemporary poetry and poetry in translation.

Detailed understanding of web publishing process, with experience working in a CMS and some knowledge of HTML.

Ability to work under a deadline and to complete administrative tasks meticulously.

Ability to do fast, accurate research.

A general talent for communication and teamwork.


Implement online editorial strategy.

Develop and maintain a six-month features calendar that is coordinated with key literary and cultural holidays and Poetry Foundation programs.

Pitch ideas for online features.

Acquire, assign, and edit features, including long-form essays and interviews.

Shepherd features through fact-check, copyedit, and production.

Write headlines and other display copy.

Review site analytics to define annual audience goals and web traffic and ensure published content helps meet those goals.

Coordinate editorial content with other Poetry Foundation programs.

Establish and maintain relationships with all other Poetry Foundation programs in order to acquire and publish content related to Foundation programming.

Maintain tone and literary style of the site.

Define tone for the site through the acquisition of content and creation of copy that reaches and engages a general audience without disinteresting a literary audience.

Provide editorial oversight for all headlines, subheds, and ledes for the site, subject to final approval by Director of Digital Programs.

Research and recruit new writers for online features.

Participate in weekly editorial production process.

Work with Web Producer, define and oversee weekly publishing process.

Maintain and manage features calendar, including the publication of weekly online features and acquisition of images and other media related to feature stories.

Applications accepted until Saturday, September 30, 11:45 pm. More information here.