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Poetry Home Repair Online Class March 15- May 21

Although Ted Kooser’s book, The Poetry Home Repair Manual states on the cover that it is “practical advice for beginning poets,” the book has great lessons for poets at any level of experience. In this course, you will work through Kooser’s book chapter-by-chapter, gleaning the valuable lessons he has to impart, and practicing incorporating some of his “practical advice” into our own poems. Each week, there will be a handful of discussion questions drawn from that week’s assigned chapter, then a poem prompt related to that week’s topics. Each participant will come away from the class with a truckload of new ideas, new tools in their poetry toolbox, 10 new poem drafts and the feedback received on them from participants and instructor LouAnn Muhm to guide revision, and a new writing community with whom to share triumphs and struggles.

Poetry Home Repair (10 weeks): 
March 15-May 21,2021— $350

Registration deadlines: March 10. Ten spots available, first-come, first served. To register or for more information, email northbeachwriters@gmail.com or visit https://northbeachwritersretreat.com/poetry-home-repair/

In this class, you will be following along in The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser. It is necessary that you have the book (print or digital) in order to take the class.

Topics covered in this 10-week course include:

  • Week 1–Chapter 1:  Poet’s Job Description
  • Week 2–Chapters 2-3: Writing for Others and First Impressions
  • Week 3–Chapters 4-5: Don’t Worry About the Rules, Rhyming, and Prose Poems
  • Week 4–Chapter 6: Writing About Feelings
  • Week 5–Chapter 7: Can You Read Your Poem Through Your Poem?
  • Week 6–Chapter 8: Writing from Memory
  • Week 7–Chapter 9: Working with Detail
  • Week 8–Chapter 10: Controlling Effects Through Careful Choices
  • Week 9–Chapter 11: Fine tuning Similes and Metaphors
  • Week 10–Chapter 12: Relax and Wait

ARTISTS RESPOND: A NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR RURAL AND SMALL TOWN ARTISTS AND CREATIVES

Announcing Artists Respond: Equitable Rural Futures


Springboard for the Arts, with support from the Blandin Foundation, has a new funding opportunity Artists Respond: Equitable Rural Futures for artists and creatives in small towns and rural places in Minnesota.

The murder of George Floyd and other Black lives at the hands of police, increased polarization across geographies and ideologies, and the rise in emboldened white supremacist groups, has led to necessary conversations and action that advance equity and racial justice in rural communities.

To support the creative work that is essential to this movement, Springboard invites artists and creatives in rural places and small towns in Minnesota to propose projects that center BIPOC (Black, Indigenous or People of Color), Native, and LGBTQIA+ experiences and perspectives in rural and tribal communities, create safe and supportive spaces for connection, confront truth about historic harms, bring non-dominant stories into light, and/or address racism, homophobia and/or transphobia. Whether using music and dance, food, craft and traditional art, public art, fashion and design, the mail or local media, we know rural artists can play an important role in helping their communities imagine and build a more just and equitable future for all.

Culture bearers, makers, artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, performers and other creatives in rural and tribal communities of 25,000 people or less in Minnesota are invited to apply for project support of up to $2500, with priority given to BIPOC, Native and/or LGBTQIA+ led proposals. Application deadline is Friday, April 2 at 11:59pm.

Find out more about the call, see the application, and register for a March 5 info session at their website! https://springboardforthearts.org/artists-respond-equitable-rural-futures/

East Grand Forks Campbell Library Looking for Artists for Online Programming

Campbell Library in East Grand Forks is looking for flexible, tech savvy (or willing to learn) artists for arts programming at the library. Specifically,

  • a monthly Artist in “Residence” program – a series of short videos of you in your studio working on your art culminating in a Zoom workshop – they provide supplies to participants and they put together the project with the artist leading together over Zoom.
  • Summer Arts in the Park – they are hoping that things are a little closer to normal in summer and some outdoor programs will be possible.  In the past, this event has been first come, first serve, but this might change depending on the situation at the time
  • Summer Reading Program presentation/workshop – Artists have undertaken various arts activities with kids who are registered for our summer reading program in the past.  They’re not sure what the Summer Reading Program will look like this year, so this is a very flexible opportunity – it could be fine arts, it could be dance, it could be music and dance!  The possibilities are endless!

They are open to ideas — so take advantage of the opportunity to create and be creative.  If you have a project you’d like to try, let them know about it and you can talk about logistics.  They welcome any and all questions.  Also if you know anyone else who might be interested in this, please share this with them.

Contact:

Andrea Lorenz
Program Coordinator
East Grand Forks Campbell Library
(218) 773-9121
alorenz@egflibrary.org

2021 McKNight Fellowships for Book Artists Applications open until March 1

The application period for the 2021 McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists is open until March 1, 2021. 

In partnership with the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts will recognize and support mid-career book artists living and working in Minnesota with these transformative fellowships. MCBA administers two Fellowship awards annually, allowing Minnesota book artists to set aside time for study, reflection, opportunities, new projects, experimentation, and exploration. 

Fellowship benefits include:

    • An unrestricted $25,000 award
    • Funding for professional digital documentation of artwork
    • MCBA Artist Collective membership during fellowship year
    • Two studio visits from a national critic/curator/artist
    • Featured participation in a public artist panel at Open Book
    • Travel honorarium to attend one conference during the fellowship year
    • Opportunity to attend an artist residency program 

The program is designed to award Minnesota book artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a sustained period of time, and are at a stage in their career that is beyond emerging.
For further information, contact:

Torey Erin, Director of Exhibitions and Artist Programs
Terin@mnbookarts.org 
612-215-2528

or visit their website here.

Eligibility

  • Have or maintain Minnesota residency for at least one year prior to application and for the duration of the fellowship year.
  • Are mid-career with a body of work that demonstrates a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. 
  •  Can only apply to one McKnight Artist Fellowship in any artistic discipline within a year.
  • Have not been a recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship within any artistic discipline in the last five years. (Additionally, if applicant is a past McKnight Artist Fellow, they must demonstrate growth and ongoing artistry since their most recent McKnight Artist Fellowship.)
  •  Are not staff, board, or immediate family of the McKnight Foundation or fellowship administrative partners. 
  •  Are not enrolled full-time in an academic program. 

What are book artists? Book arts is a family of processes that includes but is not limited to letterpress printing, screen printing, intaglio, bookbinding, box-making, papermaking, or paper decoration. Book art, broadly defined, includes work that embodies narrative, instruction, reference, mapping, guides, documentation, and more. It is work that engages the viewer and propels the experience forward through narrative, sequencing, spatial elements, visual or verbal language, temporal, mechanical, aural, typographic, symbolic or material means. As an interdisciplinary art form, book arts may include other mediums such as photography, other forms of printmaking, installation, sculpture, and film.

Looking for Artists interested in Public Art Projects

There is funding available for public art — Don’t Miss Out!

Public Art Worksheet is due February 10.

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 19!

The NWMAC is looking for artists who are interested in pursuing a public art project this Spring/Summer/Fall of 2021. By expressing your interest in being added to our list, you are indicating that you have time and availability to undertake a public art project. Once we have created a list of interested artists, we will share and promote your interest to cities, businesses, and schools. If the entity interested in working with you is a for-profit business, then the artist will need to be the applicant for the grant. If the entity is a city, school, county, or nonprofit, then the organization will be the applicant. While the grant deadline will be in March or April, you must complete this worksheet by February 19 to be eligible. Please note that graphic art signs are not the intent of this program nor is advertising for the business with their logo.

Creating art in public spaces requires a different skill set than creating art for private commissions. It requires the artist to work with city, the community, or the neighborhood in collaboration to determine subject matter, look, and timeline. The artist needs to recognize and adhere to zoning and building codes. The artist also needs to be transparent at times with a whole committee of people related to design and installation and lighting requirements for public safety. Often it requires working at a large scale and understanding whether your art can handle our extreme weather. It can be very rewarding and fun! 

The worksheet is available here:

Please download, fill out and email back to us!