Category Archives: Workshop

Residencies and Workshop Retreats at Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp

Applications for Residencies Open Until November 30

The deadline for Guided Workshop Retreats is December 30

https://toftelake.org/residencyprograms

THE GAIA FENNA MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP

Tofte Lake Center will host its sixth annual week-long residency for a Minnesota artist who exemplifies the spirit, passions, and values of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna. This year’s residency week will be September 14-20, 2020.

For Gaia, physical activity and art were a means of self-expression, self-definition — in her DNA. At Tofte Lake Center, Gaia’s love of art and nature were perfectly combined. She took time each day to commune with her spirit by hiking, biking, and kayaking. She has left her creative fingerprints all over TLC.

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST & GROUP/ORGANIZATION

These residencies are offered for both individual artists, small creative teams, and groups or organizations looking for space and time to connect, create, and reflect together in community and in nature.

Artist residencies are interdisciplinary in nature, and balance group activity, personal work time, facilitated conversation, with the exchange of work and performance. Artists from diverse backgrounds and communities are encouraged to attend. Residencies are structured around the artists’ specific project needs. Days are self-directed, and could include individual/team work, afternoon excursions or on-site activity, dinners and evening gatherings with resident artists.

Tofte Lake Center is family-friendly. For Individual Residencies, artists are welcome to bring their families when space allows and when agreed upon in advance.  For these residencies child-care is not guaranteed, though assistance is offered to help resident artist parents find part-time childcare for their stay, should this make their residency possible.

2020 Individual Artist Residency Weeks Available: June 15-21 (depending on grant funding, this week could be dedicated to our Family Artists Residency Program), June 22-28, June 29-July 5, August 3-9, August 10-16, and September 21-27.


TLC offers residency and retreat opportunities for artistic groups or organizations looking for space and time to connect, create, strategize, plan, and reflect together in community.

If you are interested in hosting a Group or Organizational residency, please contact us at info@toftelake.org between October 1-November 30, 2019 – the earlier the better!

Application and Selection Timeline

November 30, 2019, 11:59pm EST: Application deadline

February 1, 2020: Notification deadline

Applications are accepted from artists 18 years or older at the time of application. For more information about Tofte and their programs visit their website at https://toftelake.org/home

Workshop for Tending our Performing Arts Gardens Event in Walker on October 19th

Minnesota Theater Alliance’s One-day, capacity-building workshop and conversations for organizations and individuals in Minnesota’s performing arts community.

Performing arts organizations — including the artists, administrators, board members, and volunteers — must be tended in order to thrive, build capacity, and take care of the holistic well-being of the people involved. Please join the Minnesota Theater Alliance and a dynamic group of presenters for useful workshops and conversations around the themes of establishing strong roots for capacity building and positive community impact. (Hence the catchy garden metaphor…!) 

October 19, 2019 — 9:00am – 5:00pm
Walker Bay Theater, Walker

  • A Statewide View of our Performing Arts
  • Celebrating Inclusive Arts 
  • Program Evaluation 101: Crafting a Plan to Get Data You Can Actually Use
  • Stage and Production Management: Building your Craft 
  • Building Ensemble and Individual Agency
  • Performing Arts Administration: Wearing all the Hats
  • Open Space ConversationsYou bring the topics! What does your community need to discuss right now?

For more information, including schedule and presenter info, click here

This event is open to any performing arts practitioner in any part of Minnesota. We have structured five events in central locations across the state to be as conveniently located for you as possible. It is great to connect with new performing arts practitioners in your vicinity, especially when you can access such a range of capacity-building content in just one day.

Register here.

Accessibility training for festival and event board, staff & Key volunteers

Welcoming All      

The Minnesota Festivals and Events Association, Minnesota Access Alliance, and the Minnesota State Arts Board will offer Welcoming All, an accessibility training for festival and event board, staff, and key volunteers. Participants will work with presenter Diane Nutting to explore how elements of accessibility and inclusion can be applied in festival planning, design, and implementation. This workshop will provide an overview of disability awareness and highlight examples of successful accessibility and inclusion frameworks.

The training is free, but registration is required. The same workshop will be offered in three locations, with availability at the Saint Cloud and Saint Peter locations. Please note registration for the third location in Saint Paul is closed as the session is full. To learn more and register for a session, please click on one of the location links below.  Because of the distance, the NWMAC will be offering reimbursement up to $150 towards your mileage. Please contact our office for more information and to fill out a simple form.

Saint Cloud, October 2, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
https://festivalaccessibilitystcloud.eventbrite.com/

Saint Peter, October 29, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
https://festivalaccessibilitystpeter.eventbrite.com/

CART captioning and ASL will be provided, speaker will be amplified, and assisted listening devices are available.

To ask questions or request other accommodations, contact (651) 539-2689 or info@mnaccess.org

Applications are open for TARP

Deadline is Friday, September 6 to apply for the Teaching Artist Roster Program (TARP)

Interested in teaching others about your artform?  Apply now to NWMAC for training.  Join our TARP roster!

The Teaching Artist Roster Program (TARP) is a seven-session training designed to support artists (visual, performing, writing, media, fine art) 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 Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC).

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

The deadline to apply is September 6, 2019 to participate in this round of our training series. There are 7 training sessions. Applicants must commit to attend all 7 sessions. There is no cost to attend!  This is the equivalent of receiving a $500 grant for training.

To apply, go to our on-line system, register, and complete the Teaching Artist Roster application. 

For more information contact our office at 218-745-9111 or email mara@nwrdc.org.  

TARP Schedule

  • Session 1– Tues., Sept. 17 Fosston
  • Session 1– Thursday, Sept. 19,  Warren
  • Session 2–Tues., Sept 24 Fosston
  • Session 2– Thurs., Sept. 26,  at Warren
  • Session 3–Tuesday, October 8   REMOTE
  • Session 4/5–Saturday, October 12  All day in Warren
  • Session 6–Thursday, Oct. 17 REMOTE
  • Session 7–Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Warren
  • Session 7–Thursday, Oct 24 in Fosston

Take Advantage of this Fantastic Opportunity Right in Our Region!

Performing Arts Leaders Training/Networking Day


THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

Where: Win-E-Mac Arts & Event Center: 23130 345th St SE, Erskine, MN 56535
Cost: $15.00 per attendee (includes lunch)
Mileage reimbursement available (see below for details)

Put this on your calendar!

A day for performance arts makers in our region to get together, gain some knowledge, share some knowledge, and meet others with the same goal: producing quality performance arts.

Sessions will include:

  • Designing and Maintaining a Website—bring a laptop that can connect to the Internet
  • Sound Design and Operation
  • Creating a Production Calendar
  • Time to Network with Others
  • Facebook for Organizations
  • Concert Series Info Sharing
  • And More—we may be adding other topics, so stay tuned

Who is this workshop intended for?

  • Directors:  Learn some tech basics and—perhaps more importantly–how to dialogue with others to create a comprehensive production.
  • Board members: gain insight into the world of “what’s going on behind the scenes”. Also, easy and inexpensive ways to manage staff, volunteers, box office and publicity.  
  • Technicians and those who would like to become Technicians
  • Volunteers of every aspect of music, theater, dance and concert series production: those who want to step into this world but lack knowledge and confidence.
  • Young/old/seasoned veterans/newcomers:  there will be time to ask questions, give answers and get to know others in our region.

Presenters for the workshop include Andrew Hanson, Jane Anderson and Bruce Elseth. 

Registration: Call NWMAC receptionist at 218-745-6733 and leave your name, organization, city, contact phone, email; or email this information to mara@nwrdc.org

Cost:  $15.00.  Paypal is available on donations page of NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org or you can pay with cash/check to NWMAC, 109 S Minnesota St, Warren, MN  56762.

Mileage reimbursement for those from our service area of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau counties in Minnesota that travel over 90 miles round trip to attend.  A form will be provided at the workshop to request reimbursement.