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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.

Teaching Artist Roster Training — Apply today

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 February 15th to be part of the second training series.  Go to our on-line system, register, and complete the Teaching Artist Roster application.  Training dates are in March on Saturdays and Wednesdays at our office in Warren.
The deadline to apply is February 15, 2018.  

Dates of the training will be:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (6-9 p.m.Remote access
Saturday, March 10, 2018 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Saturday, March 17, 2018 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (6-9 p.m.)  Remote access
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (6-9 p.m.)

Please contact our office with any questions you have about this program.

Artists Invited to Submit Art for NDMOA Exhibition

This Week Only Exhibition

January 28 – February 4, 2018

Call to Artists – Last February, the North Dakota Museum of Art held its first This Week Only show. Imagine a panoply of art from the Valley and surrounding Plains; walls covered with works springing from our own area to brighten up our lives in the dead of winter. People poured in and lingered over the 106 paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper, and multi-media pieces. Once discovered, two artists ended up in the Museum’s Autumn Art Auction. The Museum’s Director made the first buy, a small beaded sculpture, the feminine version of a Bali bird trophy (right). That 2017 non-curated exhibition was the first ever mounted by the Museum. They’re ready to do it again. Northwest Minnesota was represented well last year.
LISA ARNOLD, BALI BIRD, 2017. BEAD MOSAIC, 6.5 X 3.25 X 4 INCHES DEEP. PURCHASED FROM 2017 THIS WEEK ONLY EXHIBITION BY LAUREL REUTER, MUSEUM DIRECTOR.
Artists: Please submit, buy, celebrate, and expand your visual acuity, or just have fun, and make some money. The NDMOA is showcasing this exhibit during the Museum’s Annual Benefit Dinner. Your work will be the highlight of the evening and a benefit for you and the Museum. The Benefit Dinner is the region’s most glittering and festive occasion. Instead of the customary Silent Auction, everything in This Week Only will be offered for sale with proceeds split 50/50 between the artists and the Museum. Artists set their own prices.
Eligibility: If you are a serious artist from North Dakota or able to travel from your home to Grand Forks and back again in one day (the radius of what we are defining as our region, including Southern Manitoba, far into Minnesota, and Northeast South Dakota), you are
invited to submit one artwork to This Week Only.
Dates: The show officially opens at 2 pm on Sunday, January 28, 2018, and continues for one week, closing on Sunday, February 4.

Delivery of Art: Museum staff will be on hand January 19 – 24 to receive the art during the Museum’s regular hours: 9 – 5 weekdays and 1 – 5 weekends. If you ship your entry, please include a prepaid return label, or include or call the Museum with your credit card number. We will return your work in its original packing and charge your credit card for costs.

Make these arrangements on the Entry Form.
Return of Art: Works not sold can be picked up during regular Museum hours from February 5 – 10. Work not reclaimed or sold will not be stored at the Museum.
Acceptable Artwork: Two-dimensional works of art cannot be larger than a total of 16 feet. (For example 1 x 7 feet, 2 x 6 feet, 3 x 5 feet, 4 x 4 feet or any size smaller.) If you are submitting three-dimensional or non-wall work, please give us a call so we can discuss special considerations. Sculpture must fit through a regular door (7 x 3 feet). Special equipment needed for display — including sculpture stands, monitors and projectors — must be furnished by the artist. The art must be ready for installation, including proper framing to protect the art. No clips and string, or other devices that will allow the work to slip out of the hanging apparatus, become unhinged, or become damaged. This is an uninsured exhibition so artists must protect their own. The Museum retains the right of refusal for works of questionable condition, and to hang certain works in designated areas.
Entry Fee: Each artist must pay $25 prior to or when the work arrives at the Museum.
People’s Choice Award: All visitors will be invited to vote.
Sale of Art: As noted above, please submit work that can be sold. Remember, artists establish the sale price and split proceeds 50/50 with the Museum. Those who wish to buy before the Museum Dinner may pay an extra 20% and it’s theirs. All buyers may take the
work home after the Benefit Dinner or Sunday, the next day.

Mn Artists Presents [Your Name Here] 2018: Call for Proposals

Mn Artists Presents [Your Name Here] is an opportunity for Minnesota-based artists of all disciplines to serve as “guest curators” of a one-night event at the Walker Art Center. Guest curators propose a central theme or question arising from their artistic practice, and then work with Mn Artists/Walker staff to create a multidisciplinary event that may include performances, discussions, temporary installations, concerts, workshops, social and participatory art experiences, and more, highlighting other artists in their professional network.

The call is open now, and proposals are due December 14 at 3 pm. Artists can find the full guidelines and apply here:

http://www.mnartists.org/content/mn-artists-presents-your-name-here-2018-call-proposals

Events can combine components including (but not limited to):

  • set design, costume and temporary installation in a public space at the Walker
  • screenings
  • roundtable conversations, interviews, lectures, panels
  • workshops, how-to sessions, art-making
  • performance
  • live music
  • social moments; spaces or opportunities for artists to meet and connect to each other

CRITERIA

They are looking for proposals that:

  • use innovative, engaging and accessible methods to communicate artistic ideas and issues to the general public
  • are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary
  • include participatory or interactive elements in a playful and/or social atmosphere
  • networking, and/or skill-sharing
  • include a range of entry points for audiences, who range from practicing artists to people visiting a museum for the first time
  • use inventive methods to insert artist projects into the museum context
  • relate to digital practice or online networks
  • involve artists/arts organizers who have not previously been involved in Mn Artists or Walker programming (though artists we have worked with before are welcome to apply!)

For examples of successful projects, learn more about the two Mn Artists Presents programs they produced in 2017, with Marcus Young and Eric Larson.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Proposals must come from individual artists, collaborative groups with a history of working together (i.e., not organizations or non-profits). Current employees or contractors of the Walker are not eligible to apply.
  • Proposals should highlight your community, artistic interests, or network – rather than your own artwork. Please do not submit curatorial proposals that include your own artwork. Even if they are collaborative or interactive, proposals that include artwork authored by the curator will not be competitive.
  • All artists involved in the program must be based in Minnesota.
  • All activities should be somewhat flexible in their space requirements. Available spaces may vary for each program, but project spaces may include: any of the public lobbies (Main Lobby, Cargill, and Hennepin), the Cinema, Art Lab, Garden Terrace Room, Cityview Room, Skyline Room, and possibly terraces (weather and schedule permitting).
  • All projects must leave no trace on the Walker campus, cause no damage to the building or artworks, and take no more than one day to install/de-install.
  • Projects may not involve plant materials, live animals, or food for public consumption made outside of the Walker’s catering agreements.
  • All projects must comply with the Walker’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.
  • Projects must be appropriate for a general audience, including visitors of all ages and with a range of physical abilities.

LOGISTICS

  • Events will take place on Thursday nights on dates pre-selected by Walker staff.  Mn Artists Presents will run from 5–9pm on these given evenings. The events are scheduled for May 3 and August 23, 2018. Applicants should be available for both dates.
  • Events may take place in different public spaces and rental spaces at the Walker Art Center. Please note that space availability is contingent on facility rentals and other bookings.
  • The guest curator will receive a stipend, as well as a budget to commission other artist projects and collaborators, in consultation with Walker staff. Budgets for each program range from $5000-6000, which goes towards materials, event production support, documentation, materials, artist stipends, and includes a guest curator stipend of $1600 as part of the overall budget. Travel and lodging will be covered for artists who live in greater Minnesota.
  • Programs will be developed alongside outreach initiatives, curated content on mnartists.org, and editorial content on mnartists.org.
  • Mn Artists Presents serves as a professional development opportunity for artists with interest or experience in curatorial work, event production, community outreach, and museum operation and administration, as well as providing visibility for their career, expanded network, and artistic interests.

PROPOSALS

They are asking artists to:

  • Propose a central idea, concept, or question, and
  • Give us a sense of how that might manifest in a one-night event: types of artist projects, potential collaborators, thoughts on discussion formats, activation of public spaces etc. Consider the event components as a range of different possible answers to your question!

Once proposals are selected, Mn Artists staff will work with the guest artist to fully realize the event, produce the artist projects, ensure that the event is relevant and accessible to a wide range of audiences, and conduct targeted outreach to expand audiences for the event and for Mn Artists more generally.

 

Finalists will receive notification in January 2018.

 

ARTic Lights & Libations: Looking for area artists to sell their art

ARTic Lights & Libations

Downtown Hallock

Saturday, December 16 from 5 – 8pm

Head north for a night of fun and experience Hallock’s holiday lights, art and spirits. Area artists will be selling art at various businesses throughout the town (Zedge Beauty Lounge, Younggren Photography, Bean and Brush, Kittson County Enterprise, and Bakken Boots). Artist include Connie Nelson, Rock Bakken, Megan Sugden (Kittson Co Skies), Loren Younggren, Alicia Spilde, Alaina Terwee (YaYa), Caylie Nicholson and more. The Art’s Council will also be selling art from our community supported art collection. Visit Revelation Ale and Far North Spirits for locally produced libations. Hop on the Tour of Lights at the transportation hub Revelation Ale. Transportation provided by C&M Ford for the Tour. Shamrock Lanes will be hosting Rock N Bowl for the kids.

Are you an artist or do you know someone who might be interested in selling their art during this event? The organizers are welcoming additional artists. Please contact Alaina Terwee at yayaclay1@gmail.com.