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Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery Opens at NCTC in TRF

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery Opens at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce that our new exhibition space will be located at NCTC in Thief River Falls.

NWMAC will have exhibits in the gallery for much of the year with the Northland Visual Art Department taking over the space at the end of each term. “It’s a win-win opportunity for Northland and the Arts Council,” explained NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel. “We appreciate this space to promote the arts and artists in our region and look forward to connecting with the public in a new venue.”

The gallery will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5 PM and at other times when events are held at the college. To visit the gallery enter through Door B near the library. Visitor parking is free in front of the business office.

According to Northland TRF Academic Dean Mike Curfman, “It is great for Northland and the Thief River Falls Community that the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is going to be using the Northland Art Gallery as their new home for shows and exhibitions. We believe it is a great venue to showcase the many talents that people in our region have and look forward to this collaboration with the NWMAC. It is exciting to be able to put these talented artists’ works on display here in Thief River Falls.”

For more information about our exhibits look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Kelsey at (218) 688-0078 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com. Please sign up for our e-newsletter on our website home page to see the latest news and grant announcements.  Email director@NWArtsCouncil.org or call 218-745-9111 to reach our office during regular business hours. 

Minnesota Citizens for the arts Seeking Board members

MCA Seeking New Board Members

Deadline November 1, 2019


Nominations for MCA’s Board Now Open. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is looking to add four new members to their Board of Trustees. There are three openings in Greater Minnesota and one in the Seven County Metro Area. Terms begin December, 2019 and will last for two years.

What makes the arts strong in Minnesota? We have great, talented artists. We have world class museums and orchestras. We have thriving arts communities in every corner of the state. And we have a higher level of arts participation than most of the country. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts is a statewide, grassroots political organization that works to increase support for the arts in our state. We lobby the legislature and congress on behalf of the non-profit arts and also produce research to support arts advocacy. We created and passed the arts portion of the Legacy Amendment with many legislative partners that now funds the arts across Minnesota. Learn more at www.artsMN.org and www.creativeMN.org.

MCA Board at Annual Meeting 2018

The full MCA Board meets four times a year in person in addition to holding an annual Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in St. Paul. All members serve on committees that meet primarily by phone.

Interested? Fill out the form below and return itby November 1, 2019 by email, fax, or by snail mail to the address below. MCA’s bylaws ensure that board representation comes from all over the state. Half of MCA’s 36 board members must come from the Twin Cities metro area, and half from Greater Minnesota.

MCA seeks board members who:

  • Have mix of party affiliation, and provide balance in terms of the size or type of organizations represented on the board (large, medium, small, arts education, individual artist, etc.)
  • Provide other balances in terms of representing the state or the arts community (ie diversity in terms of age, race, etc).
  • Are people with political connections, political strategists, and people with an understanding of the political process, or are willing to learn.
  • Have clout within their organizations and/or peers, and have the ability and willingness to communicate about the need for arts advocacy.
  • Have a willingness to work, volunteer and join us at our meetings.
  • FYI, your nomination to the board is more likely to be successful if you are a paid member of MCA and if you have previously been a part of Arts Advocacy Day, the Legacy campaign, or volunteered for the cause in some other way.

***(Please do not nominate someone else unless you have discussed it with them first, and they have provided an answer to the question “Why do you want to be on the MCA board?).***

Successful applicants will be notified in early December. 

To nominate yourself for the board, send the answers to the following questions and a current resume or bio to: Staff@artsMN.org.
Nominee Name:
Home Address:
Work Address:
Home Phone:
Work Phone:
Organization (If appropriate):
Title (If appropriate):
Legislative District # (If unknown, MCA can identify it for you):
Experience with your local arts community:
Political Experience (desired, but not necessary):
Why are you interested in serving on the MCA Board of Trustees?

Are you interested in serving on our board?

Board Members Needed for NW Regional Arts Council

Support the arts in your county and our region by becoming an Arts Council board member! The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has openings for two representatives from Norman County. We are also looking for three at-large members who can be from any of our seven counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Red Lake, and Roseau. Board members will serve for a three-year term from Summer 2019 until June 2021 with the option to add an additional 3 year term afterwards.

As part of the Council you will become familiar with arts groups and individuals who are making the arts happen throughout our seven county service area in Northwest Minnesota. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to the vitality of the arts in our part of Minnesota.

The Council meets five times a year usually in Warren, MN. The Council reviews and approves arts grants and arts policy and arts services for seven counties in Minnesota. You must be confident on a computer and have Internet access to be a board member since communication happens between meetings by email and websites.

For more information and to receive a nomination form for yourself or a friend, contact Mara Hanel, NWMAC, at 218-745-9111; or email her at mara@nwrdc.org. General information on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council including the nomination form can be viewed at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org in the About Us section.

City of Viking is Seeking proposals for Art Honoring veterans

The City of Viking, Minnesota, working through a Veteran’s Memorial Committee, will be developing a site to honor their communities’ veterans; past, present and future. They are seeking proposals for art that honors veterans that can be transferred to granite or other material that will withstand our weather. The art will need to either be captured electronically and lazered onto the stone, or etched. Clear uncluttered images are best for transfer. Proposals of other types of art are also welcomed as long as the result would be weatherproof, and large enough to be the centerpiece of our memorial.

Project Description: The vision is to select a site along the main street of Viking, and develop an area to commemorate veterans. The site will include a pathway lined with veteran commemorative bricks, garden and plant area, benches and an art centerpiece. This call is for a proposal for the centerpiece.

Goals: Their goal is to publicly thank their veterans, and give their citizens and visitors a place to contemplate the sacrifices that have been made to maintain freedom, and be exposed to quality art.

The proposal should include the following:

  1. A description of the artwork that is proposed. i.e. pencil drawing of “ ”, mosaic, oil, etc.
  2. The artists proposal for the final piece, i.e. artwork lazered, etched, etc., recommendations on size, if the proposed artwork is the final piece, description of size, etc.
  3. Memorial wording may be included, but is not required. If describing a completed piece, location of wording can be included.
  4. Artist’s proposal for use of the “original” if it is art to be transferred.
  5. Photos of other art pieces completed by the artist, and general qualifications.
  6. Artist’s fees.
  7. Name, address, and phone number.

They are seeking artists who are located in the northwest region of Minnesota. Only Minnesota artists will be considered.

Deadline: Proposals must be received by June 15, 2019.
Address: Proposals must be submitted via email to vikingdiner@mncable.net or mailed to Cheryl Peters, P.O. Box 112, Viking, MN 56760.

Selection Process: The Viking Veterans Memorial committee will seek input from local veterans, citizens and the Viking City Council, and notify all entrants of the selection by July 15, 2019. Please send any requests for additional information to vikingdiner@mncable.net.

What Do Artists Need? Please share your ideas! Meeting May 8!

What do artists, arts organizations, and our arts involved public need?

We want your ideas! The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s mission is to promote and support art activities in our region. Every four years, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council conducts a larger needs assessment to help determine its programming for the future. The state asks us to get input from the arts community and the arts-involved public so we can assess and prioritize needs. This is your chance to influence arts programming in our region. Take the survey here.   We also welcome your letters or emails with suggestions for NWMAC programming as we move forward. 

We have held public meetings and focus groups to gather input for our plan.  Surveys are being sent to the Arts-Interested Public. We are looking for input from our region — specifically, the counties of Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Polk, Pennington, Norman, and Red Lake. A public meeting was held on Monday, April 8 at 10 am at our office in Warren. One last meeting will be held on May 8 to show and discuss the final two plans before they are submitted. 

Please attend our final public meeting on May 8, 2019. Everyone from Northwest Minnesota is welcome! It will be at 2:00 PM at our office in 109 S Minnesota St, Warren, MN 56762.

Leading up to this meeting, all comments from residents of our service area in northwestern Minnesota (see list below) are welcome as we complete the planning process for both our two year State biennial plan for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021; and our McKnight Foundation proposal for September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2021. Comments can be emailed to director@NWArtsCouncil.org or mailed to NWMAC, 109 S Minnesota St, Warren, MN 56762. A great way to comment prior to May 8 is to complete our needs assessment for arts interested public. Here is the active link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GBGCJMM

Thank you to the one hundred and fifty people who have provided input into this plan! Your ideas and feedback continue to be our biggest asset during planning. The draft of our biennial plan is posted to our website in our About Us section under Annual Report, Plans, and Needs Assessment. Our current biennial plan is on the same page.

We have two main needs assessments. One is on-going for those that have applied for a grant or used a service offered by our Arts Council. Here is the link http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/needsNWMAC2016 if you have not completed the survey lately. You can complete it once a year. This survey has already been compiled for this planning cycle but your responses will be reviewed as we develop our future FY2022-23 biennial plan.

The second is for Arts Interested Public and the link will be open until the end of April 2019 for comments and responses. If you cannot attend the May 1 meeting but can complete the Arts Interested Public survey (takes about 10 minutes) please click the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GBGCJMM . Any last minute comments between April 1 and April 30 will be brought to the meeting on May 8. We are proud to say that our plan is grounded in the needs of artists, arts leaders, and arts interested public!

This meeting occurs between two Arts Council meetings (April 18 and later on May 8). Plan submission is the next week so don’t delay.

We look forward to continuing to serve our area of Northwest Minnesota including the counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau.