Category Archives: Residency

Applications are Open for Our Teaching Artist Roster Program

Are you a local artist interested in teaching residencies in the schools in our area?

 

Take Advantage of this Fantastic Opportunity Right in Our Region

NWMAC is looking for Teaching Artists who reside in our seven county service area for our roster!

The Teaching Artist Roster Program is a seven-session training designed to support artists (visual, performing, writing, media, fine craft) in refining and developing skills for conducting collaborative, in-depth arts learning experiences in organizations, community settings and schools. A small cohort of artists will be selected to participate in this training, conducted by our Training Specialist and guest peer coaches contracted by NWMAC.

Artists who complete the program are listed on the NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster.  This roster will be used by area schools to select qualified artist in residencies in the years to come and support the activity with grant funds from our office.  Special designated funding exists for schools to sponsor artists on our Teaching Artist Roster.

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

Deadline to Apply is August 15, 2018 to participate in this round of our training series. Application is available in our on-line grant system.  Go to our website www.NWArtsCouncil.org and click login in the upper right corner, register and complete the Teaching Artist Roster application.

There is no cost to attend and the value of this experience is equivalent to a $500 grant!

 There is an info session on August 7 at 3 pm at our office in Warren to learn more about this program and work on your application in an environment where you can easily ask questions. Please RSVP to director@NWArtsCouncil.org or call 218-745-9111.

Training Dates

You must commit to attend all seven training sessions.  Here are the options.  We will have a cohort in Warren at our Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office and one in Roseau on the following dates and times:

Session 1
Tuesday, Sept 18, 2018 (5-8 p.m.) Roseau or
Thursday, Sept 20, 2018 (6-9 p.m.) Warren

Session 2
Tuesday, Sept 25, 2018 (5-8 p.m.) Roseau or
Thursday, Sept 27, 2018 (6-9 p.m.) Warren

Session 3
Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 (6-9 p.m.remote access

Session 4 & 5
Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.all in Warren

Session 6
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 (6-9 p.m.remote access

Session 7
Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 (6-9 p.m.) Warren or
Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 (5-8 p.m.) Roseau

NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster Program Aug 2018

TARP — Teaching Artist Roster Program Apply Today

Take Advantage of this Fantastic Opportunity Right in Our Region

Are you a local artist interested in teaching residencies in the schools in our area?

NWMAC is looking for Teaching Artists who reside in our seven county service area for our roster!

Apply by August 15 to participate in this round of our training series.  Go to our on-line system, register, and complete the Teaching Artist Roster application.  Training dates will be in September and October at our office in Warren.
The deadline to apply is August 15, 2018.  There is an info session on August 7 at 3 pm at our office to learn more about this program. See below for more information. Or NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster Program Aug 2018
Please contact our office with any questions you have about this program.

Singer/Songwriters Composers Residency

In Common is a new collaborative artist residency that gives communities the opportunity to explore and celebrate their unique diversity through the sharing of stories and the creation of new music. The composer’s residency in the community centers on creating music together and organizing events where people of all ages can gather to discover what they have in common. Each community hosts a yearlong project that is unique to their needs, and which brings diverse people together, including civic leaders, a faith congregation, service organizations, and artists.

In Common is an intentional evolution of the long-running ACF program called Faith Partners, which for more than 20 years partnered congregations of different religious denominations in the Upper Midwest’s Bremer Bank communities, allowing them to collaborate and experience new music written just for them. During the In Common residency, community participants from all walks of life will gather to discover shared experience and purpose, and to imagine better lives in the community they all call home. This collaboration will forge new relationships and create new music — based on real stories and experiences, and performed by community members at free public events. With support from Otto Bremer Trust, an In Common residency will take place in one Bremer Bank community each year, starting with Willmar, MN, in 2018.

In recent years, the arrival in Minnesota of thousands of immigrants from East Africa has reshaped the Main Street of Willmar. Many have settled there, where they found work at the local Hormel-owned Jennie-O turkey processing plant. Today more than 20 businesses in and around Main Street are immigrant-owned. Along with the city’s more-established Latino community, the two groups now make up close to 25 percent of Willmar’s population, the majority of whom have Scandinavian and Northern European heritage. Despite religious and cultural differences, longtime Willmar residents and new immigrants are finding opportunities to build together a better future for all. This project aims to share some of those stories and celebrate this thriving, evolving community.

Organizations hosting the project include the Unitarian Universalist Church of WillmarThe Willmar Community Center, and The West Central Singers. Over the course of approximately one year (summer 2018 – summer 2019), this residency will invite the selected composer to collaborate with the community in many ways. Possible collaborations could include events for storytelling, songwriting & composing, various African drumming traditions, cultural dance, communal meals, music classes in Willmar area schools, and other events designed with the community.

In Common is a new collaborative artist residency that gives communities the opportunity to explore and celebrate their unique diversity through the sharing of stories and the creation of new music. Composers of all styles, who live within driving distance of Willmar, MN, are invited to apply by March 5 at https://goo.gl/hQu99k

This residency will be an opportunity for a composer to develop and lead a community-wide songwriting project, rather than a standard commission project. Organizers in Willmar envision selecting a composer who will lead diverse residents through the process of creating their own original songs, which will be freely available for anyone in the community to arrange and perform in any way they choose – during the residency year, and forever afterward. The selected composer will receive $18,000, be reimbursed for up to $2000 of travel expenses, and will be required to spend at least 36 days in the community during the yearlong collaboration. Full details, eligibility, and application are available in the link above.

Be the creative spark for bringing people from all walks of life together to discover shared experience and purpose, and to imagine better lives in the community they all call home.

Singers and/or songwriters who don’t necessarily think of themselves as composers are encouraged to apply.