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The Minnesota State Arts Board would like to hear from you

The Minnesota State Arts Board wants to hear from you

In response to COVID-19, the Minnesota State Arts Board made broad changes to its grant programs this year.  They offered two new, flexible programs that are intended to help creative individuals and organizations adapt and sustain their practices and activities during the pandemic and beyond.  They’d like your thoughts on those programs.

They are asking you to respond to a very simple survey that will take only a few minutes to complete.

The pandemic has brought uncertainty and deep economic challenges to the individuals and organizations who, together, make up our state’s arts and culture sector.  Your insights will be valuable to them, as they begin planning their grant programs for the coming year.

Please don’t delay; they will close the survey on Monday, October 12.

Take the survey

Thank you for your time and your thoughts.

Meet Trey Everett NWMAC’s new Showcase & Training Specialist

The NWMAC is pleased to announce that Trey Everett is our new Showcase and Training Specialist.

In addition, to coordinating all our exhibits and trainings, Trey is also a visual artist. He mostly works with pen and ink, which includes calligrams (images made with words), lectionary art, editorial cartoons, and commissions. He also enjoys indoor and outdoor mural work.

Trey grew up in the Missouri Ozarks and has lived in Crookston since 2006. He has worked in the religious world for much of his life. From 2006 to 2019 he was the Co-Director of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing as a retreat leader and healing art instructor. Most recently, he worked in the Crookston school system as a long-term English substitute teacher.

Currently, Trey’s focus is on his spiritual direction practice, healing art workshops, graphic recordings, and his visual art career. He has volunteered and/or worked with the Queen City Art Festival, Crookston Youth Association (The Cove), Hope Coalition suicide prevention group, Crookston Library Board, UMC Art Committee, volunteer Crookston art teacher, and the Crookston High School Play and Musical Art Director.

Trey’s artistic abilities and creativity come naturally. He comes from a long line of talented artists. Nevertheless, he has studied, worked, and honed his skills over time and continues to develop them. He studies accomplished pen and ink artists, as well as world-renowned tattoo workers and muralists for inspiration, to learn techniques, and to help develop his unique style. His reading interests, meditation practices, and spirituality greatly affect his art. Listening to particular artists like Tom Petty, Josh Ritter, and Stevie Nicks, bring out the inspiration and creativity and helps transcribe the deep hidden stirrings of his heart and mind into visual images.

Trey has been called the “Tea Master” over the years. He holds the title jokingly, but he does brew jasmine tea almost daily in his little Chinese Yixing tea pot. He has developed a contemplative tea ceremony practice that he’s used with many groups over the years. The ceremony helps focus on having a welcoming attitude toward whoever and whatever life brings our way as well as being attentive to all our senses, i.e. living in the present moment.

Trey is very excited to work with the Arts Council as the Showcase and Training Specialist. “Art is so important to me and now I have the opportunity to assist and get to know artists in our region. The idea of collaborating with other artists and helping them with some of their art dreams is fantastic. Creativity is powerful! It moves us out of our anxious, neurotic minds into the deeper, calming place of our heart. I’m grateful to have this opportunity to promote and delve into creativity with others.”

Welcome to the Arts Council, Trey!

You can reach out to him with questions or ideas about our exhibits and training needs at Trey.crxpres@midcontwork.com.

Minnesota state Arts Board Seeks Grant Application Reviewers

Open Call for Remote Grant Application Reviewers

The Minnesota State Arts Board seeks generous involvement of Minnesota citizens – like YOU – to review new grant program applications remotely, ongoing during the months of September–December 2020. Receive a modest financial stipend for your time providing feedback on assigned applications and help determine which will be recommended to receive funding.

The Minnesota State Arts Board seeks generous involvement of Minnesota citizens – like YOU – to review new grant program applications remotely, ongoing during the months of September–December 2020. Receive a modest financial stipend for your time providing feedback on assigned applications and help determine which will be recommended to receive funding.

Public funds belong to all Minnesotans, so a broad spectrum of perspectives and experiences is vital to our grant making process. When selecting reviewers, the Arts Board will give special consideration to geographic representation from throughout the state, ethnic and racial diversity, and a balance of those with previous experience with people who will bring new perspectives to the grant review process.

To learn more about the opportunity, visit: 
http://www.arts.state.mn.us/reviewer.htm

“It’s inspiring and motivating to see what other people are working on. It gives me hope for the future.” – previous reviewer 

Selected reviewers must:
– be a Minnesota resident;
– have access to a computer with Internet connection; and
-have a background in at least one art form or artistic tradition;
-or have knowledge of or experience with nonprofit organizations.
Contribute your perspectives

APPLY NOW
Questions? Contact Jenea Rewertz-Targui, advisory review panel coordinator, at (651) 539-2657 | (800) 866-2787 
or Jenea.Rewertz-Targui@arts.state.mn.us

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. It works to ensure that all Minnesotans can participate in and benefit from the arts. 

NWMAC Stands Against Racism

NWMAC Stands Against Racism

The unrest that has unfolded in the wake of yet another tragic loss of a black person’s life has turned into a movement for an end to systemic racism across the nation and across the world. Northwest Minnesota Arts Council stands with and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.  

Racist violence is unfortunately a part of our history, of society, and it must stop. We must not tolerate racism towards people of color, indigenous groups, Latinos, or any minority group held back and held down by systemic injustices. We pledge to fight racism wherever it appears. 

For more than two years, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has been working on issues of equity in how public dollars are distributed for the arts, how arts groups can affirm equity as a core principle, and how we operate as an organization.

It’s only the beginning of a long journey that will require us to listen to more people, to probe deep-set biases, and to question many aspects of our operations. 

We’ve changed many of our practices in the past two years, including adding an Equity Task Force and diversifying our board members and hosting focus groups, but still know we need to do more.  If you would like to join us in this work towards justice and equity for all in our region, please feel welcome and appreciated for what you bring to the table. 

Additionally, we know people need art now more than ever to express ourselves and cope with the many emotions we have all been feeling. We will be sponsoring a virtual art workshop and exhibit in the near future on this theme so please stay tuned for more information.  

Sincerely, 

Board of Directors and Staff

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council