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The NWMAC is Pleased to Announce our Biennial Plan

We are holding a

Public Hearing on our Biennial Plan

May 4 at 4:00 PM

NWMAC office 109 South Minnesota Street, Warren

Every two years we are required to present a new plan to the public that describes the programs and services we intend to provide within our region. The process in developing this plan includes feedback from the residents of our seven-county region – Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Norman, Red Lake and Roseau, gathered throughout the past two years. The Biennial Plan will be available on our website from April 13 until May 3 for comment. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to read the plan.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this meeting on May 4. Comments are welcome and encouraged.

Questions?  Email or call 218-745-9111.

NWMAC Draft Biennial Plan.pdf 2017


Creative Minnesota 2017 Report

Creative Minnesota 2017 Study
Reveals What Artists Need to Make a Living and a Life in Minnesota

The new Creative Minnesota 2017 report is out!

Plan to attend the Northwest Artist Reception in Halstad  at the Norman County West School on April 30 to hear a presentation of the the results of the study followed by a brief discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region.

A new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Northwest Minnesota will be released at 2:00 PM on April 30, 2017, by Creative Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council (NWRAC). The presentation of the results will be made at the Northwest Artist Reception at the Norman County West School, Halstad, followed by a brief discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region. The exhibit opens at 12:00 pm, Reception/Food at 1:00 pm, Program at 2:00 pm. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to NWRAC at 218-745-9111 or

As the most comprehensive report ever done about the sector’s health and economic impact, Creative Minnesota 2017 fills in the gaps of available information about Minnesota’s cultural field and seeks to improve our understanding of its importance to our quality of life and economy. Creative Minnesota 2017 quantifies the impact and needs of Minnesota’s artists and creative workers, updates previous studies on the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and reviews other research about the arts sector in the state.

The report includes both new, original research and analysis of data created by others. Creative Minnesota’s research is available for free at

104,000 artists and creative workers, 1,600 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and 22 million attendees have a total economic impact of $2 billion annually in Minnesota. Download your copy at or the regional report here.

The presentation will show astonishing results for both the state and for Northwest Minnesota.

  • On a statewide basis, the study found that the combined statewide economic Impact of nonprofit arts organizations, their audiences and artists and creative workers is over $2 billion annually. This includes $819 million spent by nonprofit arts organizations, $564 million spent by audiences, and the direct spending of artists in their communities, on things such as art supplies and studio rental, of $644 million in the state.
  • Every region of the state was found to have a robust arts economy.
  • Among many other regional results that will be revealed at the presentation, in the area that the Northwest Regional Arts
  • Council serves, there is a combined economic impact by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists of $4.9 million per year.
  • The study also shows strong support by Minnesotans for the arts, and provides guidance on what artists need to make a living and a life in the state.

Many regional organizations were part of the study:

Ada Chamber of Commerce, Fosston Community Library and Arts Association, Kittson County Historical Society, L’Association des Francais du Nord, Middle River Community Theater, North Country Fiddle and Dance, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, Palmville Press and Publishing, Inc., Polish National Alliance Lodge 3060, Polk County Historical Society, Roseau Area Arts Association, Roseau County Historical Society, Stephen Arts Council, Summer Arts Stages, Twin Forks Chorus, Valley Crossing Arts Council, Warroad Summer Theatre, Ada Summer Children’s Theater, Argyle American Legion Post 353, City of Crookston – Arts Programs, City of Fertile – Arts Programs, City of Karlstad – Arts Programs, City of Kennedy – Arts Programs, City of Newfolden – Arts Programs, City of Red Lake Falls – Arts Programs, Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce, Crookston Community Theater, East Grand Forks Campbell Library, General Federated Women’s Club, Goodridge Veterans Memorial Park, KSRQ-FM Northland Community & Tech College, LifeCare Medical Center, Malung Community Center, Marshall County Fair, Marshall County Historical Society, Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing, Red River Children’s Chorus, River Walk Artists, Roseau Area Friends of the Library, Roseau Scandinavian Festival, Sons of Norway Snorre Lodge 70, Stephen-Argyle Central Community Education, Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce, Thief River Falls Education Foundation, Tri River Pioneer Museum, Tri-Community Living at Home, University of Minnesota-Crookston, Warren Senior Nutrition Council
Creative Minnesota 2017 was developed by a collaborative of arts and culture funders in partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA).
Major Sponsoring Organizations:
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) is a statewide arts advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure opportunity for all people to have access to and involvement in the arts. MCA organizes the arts community and lobbies the Minnesota State Legislature and Congress on issues pertaining to the nonprofit arts and conducts original research. MCA works with over 40,000 arts advocates in Minnesota. 651-251-0868, @MNCitizen
The McKnight Foundation:
Bush Foundation:
Mardag Foundation:
Jerome Foundation:
The Minnesota State Arts Board:
Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota:
Minnesota Historical Society:
Ideas that Kick:
Americans for the Arts:
CURA Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota:
Minnesota Compass:
Northwest Regional Arts Council:

A Monster Calls by Minnesotan Exec Dir Bill Pohlad of River Road Entertainment

Minnesota has always played an important role in the film world. Minnesotan Bill Pohlad of River Road Entertainment is the Executive Director of soon to be released  A Monster Calls.

SYNOPSIS: A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular and unabashedly emotional drama from director J.A. Bayona. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (portrayed by Liam Neeson in performance capture and voiceover) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.

#AMonsterCalls tells the story of a young boy who uses art to cope with his mother’s terminal illness. From the beautiful watercolors and storytelling, to the compelling characters and more, A Monster Calls is an emotionally gripping film.

Check out the trailer here.

We have prize packs to give away that include t-shirts, adult coloring books and a mini-poster. Just go to our Facebook page and like and share a post about the film.

Looking for Christmas Gifts? Community Supported Art for Sale

Jolene Juhl

Need ideas for Christmas gifts? Want to support area artists? Look no further. We’ve got art for sale. Ranging from $20- $40 a piece or 7 pieces for $225, plus shipping, this is your opportunity to buy original art created in our region at a very reasonable price. Art is available first come, first served. Call our office to purchase today at 218-745-9111. Pictures are examples of what is available.

J Steinbrink
Kruger Mosaic Stones



Trey Everett