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Support NWMAC on Give to the Max Day Nov 15

Once again, we are raising money though Give to the Max Day. GiveMN links donors with organizations that are working to make Minnesota a better place. Its online giving website, GiveMN.org, enables charitable giving any time and any place, allowing people to donate with ease and enthusiasm. GiveMN brings innovation, energy and fresh ideas to Minnesota generosity.

GiveMN is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Visit GiveMN.org today to support the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Art Opportunity Request for Qualifications

Water Themed Sculptures & Mural

Public Art Opportunity

in Grand Rapids

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The Arts and Culture Commission received a Downtown Business Corridor Grant from the MN Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation to develop a highly visible and creative project that generates excitement, encourages citizen engagement, and engenders visible improvements. The Arts and Culture Commission’s projects will consist of three sculptures and one mural. The Commission would like to use this public art initiative to acknowledge and honor either:

  •  the significant relationship that historical and contemporary Ojibwe and/or Dakota people have with this area, OR
  • the local flora, fauna, and natural elements that are important to the region’s ecosystem and communities

The Mural Project

One artist/artist team will be commissioned to create one mural in downtown Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission is facilitating the design and creation of a mural to be located in downtown Grand Rapids. The budget for the mural is $20,000. This do-not-exceed amount must include all fees, materials, transportation, installation, storage, permits, and insurance. More information about the site will be made available to the selected artist[s].

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be experienced visual artists or artist-led teams residing in the state of Minnesota, with special preference given to artists from Northern MN.
  • Applicant must provide evidence of producing at least two commissioned public art projects of a similar scale and budget within the past ten years.

The Sculpture Project

This Request for Qualifications is for the three water-themed sculptures. Water plays a critical role in the community’s quality of life—from the Mississippi River, to the many lakes in the region, water is central to the City’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities, as well as to public health and safety. In addition, it is important to honor the significance that water has had for the region’s diverse communities and, in particular, critical for Ojibwe and Dakota people, who understand that “water is life.” Knowing what a watershed is, where our water comes from and goes to, and how we can each play a role in preserving its function and value is important, but rarely understood.

This public art initiative will raise awareness of both the many water resources available to Grand Rapids, and the everyday actions citizens and businesses can take to improve water quality.

One artist will be commissioned to create three sculptures which will be sited throughout the City.

The budget for all three sculptures is $30,000. The selected artist/team can determine the budget for each artwork, as long as the total for all expenses does not exceed this amount (must include all fees, materials, transportation, installation, storage, permits, and insurance). More information about the sites will be made available to the selected artist[s].

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Please submit all RFQ materials via email to: tpagel@ci.grand-rapids.mn.us. All materials must be received by 4 p.m., CST, Monday, November 26, 2018. No RFQs will be accepted after this time. If you need clarification or further information, contact Tom Pagel, City Administrator at: tpagel@ci.grand- rapids.mn.us or 218.326.7626

Please visit https://www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/9-articles/847-arts-and-culture-commission-looking-for-artists for more information about both projects.

Handcrafted Bags Created by Area Artist Bonnie Hagen

Bonnie Hagen is an artist at En Liten Svensk Shoppe with a flair for color, design and detail

Bonnie’s Story:

“I grew up admiring my godmother who could sew anything without a pattern!  She inspired me at an early age to use my imagination and create beautiful things to wear as well as different accessories.

When I retired, I decided I needed something to keep me busy and started creating purses, weekend bags, traveling bags and water bottle bags.  I have approximately 16 different varieties of bags that I love to make.  My greatest pleasure is picking out the fabric and designing a special bag with that print or design in mind.  If I’m having a bad day, a quick trip to the fabric shop to just admire and feel the fabric sets me right back into feeling good about the day. “

You can read more about Bonnie and the bags here.

You can find Bonnie’s bags at En Liten Svensk Shoppe, 101 Main Avenue North, Roseau. You can  reach her at (218) 242-0894 or bonniehagen48@gmail.com.

Wannaskan Almanac — a Daily Arts Blog in our Region

Have you read the daily arts blog called Wannaskan Almanac?

Background

The Wannaskan Almanac (http://wannaskanalmanac.blogspot.com/) was created by Joe McDonnell (formerly of The Raven) and Joe Stenzel, both from Wannaska. McDonnell started this blog in late December, after Garrison Keillor stopped doing The Writer’s Almanac on MPR, as he was missing its weekly theme. Encouraging the writers he knew might be interested in participating, he engaged five individuals, then tackled two of the days, Friday & Sunday himself.

Five writers, four of whom are from the Wannaska area are: Joe McDonnell, Joe Stenzel, Catherine Stenzel, and Steve Reynolds; one from Warroad — Kim Hruba, and one from Dodge City, Kansas — John Bouchard, an elementary school teacher with Rainy River, Ontario roots and Wannaska connections through his wife. The writers of Wannaskan Almanac write their daily Monday-Sunday blogs in various forms, as essays, chronological lists and histories, poetry and photographical memoirs.
Here’s the schedule of writers:
Monday: Catherine Stenzel (Jack Pine Savage)
Tuesday: John Bouchard (John Bouchard)
Wednesday: Joe Stenzel (Woe-Wednesday’s Child)
Thursday: Steve Reynolds (WannaskaWriter)
Friday: Joe McDonnell (Chairman Joe)
Saturday: Kim Hruba (Kim Hruba)
Sunday: Joe McDonnell (Chairman Joe)
The above writers also write the following blogs:
WannaskaWriter: http://palmvilletownshipmn.blogspot.com/ isn’t maintained as a daily, but has been going for several years.
The Blogings of Chairman Joe: http://goodoldjoe.blogspot.com/
Joe Stenzel: unavailable
John Bouchard: ffefreekshow@hotmail.com
Check it out!