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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!

National Arts in Education Week September 9-15

Join us in celebrating

National Arts In Education Week September 9-15

Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education and its supporters joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the transformative power of the arts in education.

In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law and its many arts-friendly provisions began to take effect. Recently, Congress and the Administration, proposed drastic cuts to the authorized funding for these arts-friendly measures. Sign the petition to U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos to encourage her to take action in ensuring equitable access to arts education so that every student in America succeeds.

In 2018, it is a particularly important time to celebrate arts education as we face the challenges in Washington and through states around the nation in fully realizing the goal of equitable access to arts education for every student.

This fall, our municipal, education and state leaders are engaged in planning, budgeting, and enacting of laws which will impact arts education. They need to know about the impact the arts have on young peoples’ lives and that they must support the arts in every community and every school in America. Click to send a customizable letter to the editor of your local paper now to tell them how and why the arts matter in education!

After taking your actions, you can join the movement of thousands of arts education advocates celebrating National Arts in Education Week. There are a number of others ways you can participate through social media. Take part in the visibility campaign during the week of September 9-15, 2018 by using the hashtag, #BecauseOfArtsEd. People from all walks of life can share their story of the transformative power of the arts in their own education and the impact the arts have had on their work and life.

  • Post on Facebook. Tell the world #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Facebook. Let us know what you are doing now in work and life and how arts education has a positive impact with a photo! Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek, too.
  • Send a tweet.  Share your quick #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Twitter. Be sure to include an image or video along with #ArtsEdWeek.
  • Share a photo. Post your favorite arts education photo on Instagram along with your #BecauseOfArtsEd story about the impact of arts education on your life. Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek.

Applications are Open for Our Teaching Artist Roster Program

Are you a local artist interested in teaching residencies in the schools in our area?

 

Take Advantage of this Fantastic Opportunity Right in Our Region

NWMAC is looking for Teaching Artists who reside in our seven county service area for our roster!

The Teaching Artist Roster Program is a seven-session training designed to support artists (visual, performing, writing, media, fine craft) in refining and developing skills for conducting collaborative, in-depth arts learning experiences in organizations, community settings and schools. A small cohort of artists will be selected to participate in this training, conducted by our Training Specialist and guest peer coaches contracted by NWMAC.

Artists who complete the program are listed on the NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster.  This roster will be used by area schools to select qualified artist in residencies in the years to come and support the activity with grant funds from our office.  Special designated funding exists for schools to sponsor artists on our Teaching Artist Roster.

Artists who complete the Teaching Artist Roster Program:

  • Value themselves as artists and understand what they offer as teaching artists
  • Expand the ways they apply their craft
  • Understand the essential role arts play in a complete education
  • Belong to a network of fellow teaching artists who serve as resources, mentors and peers
  • Are ready to employ and lead assessments that involve personal reflection for continuous improvement
  • Understand how the roles of artist and teacher intersect
  • Are able to develop a residency plan
  • Are familiar with the NWMAC Teaching Artist Grant application process
  • Employ strategies that contribute to success as a teaching artist

Deadline to Apply is August 15, 2018 to participate in this round of our training series. Application is available in our on-line grant system.  Go to our website www.NWArtsCouncil.org and click login in the upper right corner, register and complete the Teaching Artist Roster application.

There is no cost to attend and the value of this experience is equivalent to a $500 grant!

 There is an info session on August 7 at 3 pm at our office in Warren to learn more about this program and work on your application in an environment where you can easily ask questions. Please RSVP to director@NWArtsCouncil.org or call 218-745-9111.

Training Dates

You must commit to attend all seven training sessions.  Here are the options.  We will have a cohort in Warren at our Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office and one in Roseau on the following dates and times:

Session 1
Tuesday, Sept 18, 2018 (5-8 p.m.) Roseau or
Thursday, Sept 20, 2018 (6-9 p.m.) Warren

Session 2
Tuesday, Sept 25, 2018 (5-8 p.m.) Roseau or
Thursday, Sept 27, 2018 (6-9 p.m.) Warren

Session 3
Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 (6-9 p.m.remote access

Session 4 & 5
Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.all in Warren

Session 6
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 (6-9 p.m.remote access

Session 7
Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 (6-9 p.m.) Warren or
Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 (5-8 p.m.) Roseau

NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster Program Aug 2018

Vote in the Primary Tuesday August 14!

What Do
Candidates Say
About the Arts?


Learn and then Vote in the Primary,
Tuesday Aug. 14!

Candidates Respond to MCA on Arts Issues

There are many important races that will be decided in the August 14 Primary Election. MCA has asked candidates across the state about important arts issues. While their answers are still coming in, we thought you would be interested to see their stand on arts issues before you vote on August 14, 2018.
Our survey collected answers from candidates for the Minnesota Legislature, U.S. House and Senate, and Minnesota Governor on issues such as protecting Legacy arts funding, nonprofit tax exempts, and whether the candidates have connections to their local arts organizations.
**NOTE**
If your legislator has not yet responded to the survey,
urge them to do so!”

Download their answers HERE

and VOTE on (or before) August 14!

Where Do You Vote? Find Out Now: