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ABSTRACT International Call for Artists and Writers

APPLY TO THE “ABSTRACT” INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ARTISTS & WRITERS UNTIL JUNE 30, 2017

Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as an idea, feeling or quality but not having a tangible existence. Some conversations can be abstract, vague and theoretical and not based on particular examples or facts. And of course, there is abstract art which evokes feelings without trying to realistically represent the appearance of people or things. Abstract art, like poetry, offers a fragment of a mysteriously familiar narrative without directly revealing it in a realistic way. Reveal your most ABSTRACT thoughts.

If your work is selected you will be:

  • Announced as one of the selected artists/writers in the ArtAscent newsletter.
  • Published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal – a beautiful collectable keepsake that is available in digital and print long after the release date. Your showcase includes your artist/writer website link.
  • Showcased for at least two years on the ArtAscent website online exhibition, including your artist/writer website link.
  • Listed by name online for at least two years on the ArtAscent website artist/writer listing directory.
  • Promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook (16,000+ likes), Twitter, and Pinterest sites.

Selected artist works are featured as follows:

Gold Artist (1), Gold Writer (1), Silver Artist (1), Bronze Artist (1)

  • Featured in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with an accompanying professional review and profile written by our art writer discussing you and your artwork, and selected piece(s) of your artwork.

Distinguished Artists (Up to 27 artists and 9 writers)

  • Featured in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with selected piece(s) of your artwork.

Eligibility

Submitted work can include visual art – paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, digital, printmaking, installations, ceramics, fabric, jewelry, sculpture, and other 2- and 3-dimensional media – and written art – fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words).

For more information and to apply check out their website: https://artascent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/#toggle-id-2

Job Posting: Promotions Specialist, Contract Position

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council hires a contract position each year for a Promotions Specialist.  Please let us know if you are interested in being considered for this position.   Submit a cover letter describing how you are qualified to fulfill the contract and send your current resume to our office by June 1, 2017.   

Promotions Specialist:  Excels in working with the media, social media, and web presence.

Pay Scale is considered a contracted specialist.  The work activities take approximately 520 hours a year spread out over 12 months.  A contract for $13,000 was used last year to complete the work activities.  There are no benefits.

Promotions Work Activities:

  1. Website updates and coordination.
  2. Develop and increase promotion on social media.
  3. Attend the NWMAC Artist Reception annually to take pictures and post to our social media about the event.
  4. Complete a once a month e-newsletter.
  5. Improve the NWMAC on-line directory.
  6. Arrange for artists or arts leaders to talk on our radio spot.  Coordinate all weekly radio segments.
  7. Determine one workshop annually to offer related to promotion and marketing.  Announce, attend, and arrange the workshop.
  8. Create platforms for charitable donations.
  9. Work with groups to use Explore MN Tourism website.
  10. Promote information on residency artists.
  11. Create two six-month reports for the Board of Directors on statistics related to promotion and marketing.

Note:  The work activities have been slightly abbreviated above.  The see a full listing please contact our office.

 

Equality and Respect for All Videos — Express Yourself!

Do the words

Equality and Respect for All 

stir a desire in you to speak up?

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is looking for short video segments to use in our upcoming exhibit this summer.  It’s super easy to participate!  Original songs, poetry, acting, dance, spoken word, whatever expresses “what you feel and think” related to human rights and your own artistic expression.  Get outdoors, shoot some video, make a statement.  Be part of our exhibit!

Easy, easy, easy steps…

  1. Create your video on your smart phone or other device.  Optimal length is 5-10 seconds.  Max 2 minutes.
  2. Save it to Dropbox  here  or
  3. Google Drive  here 
  4. Or email as an attachment to nwartscouncil@gmail.com if very short.

Here’s a tutorial to help you with the uploading process — click on the link: Tutorial. Please let us know if you need assistance — we are happy to help.

5. Let us know that your video exists by emailing Lance at    nwartscouncil@gmail.com. Include your name, your community, and the video title.

We will select thirty videos by June 1 to initially be part of our showcase in East Grand Forks at our gallery in the Riverwalk  movie theater mall.  Videos that are submitted by June 30 will be added over time to the exhibit. The show will be up from June 22, 2017 until a reception on Saturday, August 19 during the Art and Wine Walk.  All participants will be invited to attend, greet the public, and take a group picture.  We already have sixty people creating 12 x 12 canvases to be on the walls related to this theme!

Please let us know if you have questions! We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!

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 mara@nwrdc.org 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 mara@nwrdc.org.

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 creativemn.org.

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 CreativeMN.org 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, www.artsMN.org @MNCitizen
The McKnight Foundation: www.mcknight.org
Target: https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility
Bush Foundation: www.bushfoundation.org
Mardag Foundation: http://www.mardag.org/
Jerome Foundation: http://www.jeromefdn.org/
The Minnesota State Arts Board: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/
Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/racs/forum.htm
Minnesota Historical Society: http://www.mnhs.org/about
Ideas that Kick: www.ideasthatkick.com
Americans for the Arts: www.AmericansForTheArts.org
CURA Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota: http://www.cura.umn.edu/
Minnesota Compass: http://www.mncompass.org
Northwest Regional Arts Council: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/