Category Archives: Workshop

MCAD Art & Design Classes for Teens

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School-Year Art and Design Classes for Teens

Did you know the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) offers a selection of classes throughout the school year for teens? Many Continuing Education (CE) classes are open to teens ages 16 and above. There are also several classes available this fall specifically for high school students. Whether your teen is preparing for college or simply exploring their interests, MCAD’s CE classes offer the chance to learn from professional artists at one of the top art and design colleges in the Midwest.

Pre-College Weekend Intensive: Comic Art

Saturday and Sunday, Sept 29-30

Pre-College Weekend Intensive: Animation
Saturday and Sunday, Sept 29–30

Experience an MCAD studio class in a two-day, hands-on intensive. Working with skilled instructors, students will work on a comic art or animation project in an immersive learning environment. Classes feature technical demonstrations, discussions with visiting artists, and information sessions with admission counselors about portfolio development and the art school application process.

Portfolio Preparation 

Saturdays, Sept 29–Oct 27 (No class October 20)

Develop exemplary observational drawing for your college portfolio while working with still-life, landscape, and figurative subject matter. Professional nude models will be used in this class.

We Are Water Workshops — RSVP Today!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hosting We Are Water workshops, led by area artist Trey Everett.  

Please RSVP today for a We Are Water workshop held in a variety of locations throughout our region. In a similar spirit to our Equality and Respect for All workshops, participants will be provided a 12×12 canvas, supplies and instruction to create a piece of art around this theme. Water can be a source of recreation; it keeps us alive; it is used for daily life. Participants are encouraged to bring snippets or photographs or anything else they might want to use as material, medium, or inspiration.  Completed artwork will be put on display in the NWMAC Gallery in November and will also be included in a catalogue of the exhibit.

This is a fun interactive activity for a group of people who gather monthly for a meeting.  Does your group or club have an October meeting that you would like to combine with an outing to explore the topic of We Are Water on canvas?   You must RSVP so we have enough art supplies and canvas.

44 canvas pieces will be exhibited at our gallery in November and December and will move to the University of Minnesota Crookston in mid-January.  There will be a reception on Friday, January 25 at UMC. There will be a catalog related to pieces in the show.

Here are the We Are Water workshops scheduled so far (we will update this list as additional public workshops are scheduled):
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Tuesday, October 2 in Stephen from  79 pm at Arts on 5th (completed with 8 participants!)
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Thursday, October 11 in Thief River Falls at the River Walk Public House from 7-9 pm (this class is completed with 17 participants)
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Wednesday,  October 17 in Red Lake Falls at the Red Lake Falls Library (this class has sufficient participants to take place)
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Tuesday, October 23 in  Hallock at the  Hallock Public Library
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Monday, October 29 in East Grand Forks at the Campbell Library
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Tuesday, October 30 in Greenbush at the  Greenbush Public Library
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Thursday, November 15 in Crookston at UMC in the Prairie Room
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Monday, November 19 in Gully
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All times 5:30-7:30PM unless otherwise noted.
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Please contact Mara (director@nwartscouncil.org) to sign up or schedule additional workshops! RSVP at least 3 business days before the class. If there are less than 5 people registered the class will be cancelled.

What is the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit?

West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019.  Other sites include St Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is working in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.  Art creation workshops are offered in October and November 2018 that will bring together citizens, in our seven county region, creating a canvas that depicts what they think of when they hear We Are Water.   

We Are Water MN explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship. The website on We Are Water MN shares stories from people in Minnesota relating to this theme.  To read these stories visit  https://mnhum.org/we-are-water-mn/

Visit West Polk Soil and Water District’s website to watch for more on this exhibit coming to Crookston at https://www.westpolkswcd.com/we-are-water.html

Grant Writing Workshop to Assist with Upcoming Grant Deadlines

The October 15 deadline for Artist grants for $5,000 is coming soon!

Are you overwhelmed with the grant writing process and don’t even know how to begin?

We can help!

We offer workshops for people who have questions related to our on-line system, grant applications, grant management once they get a grant, and final reporting.  Our Executive Director Mara Hanel covers all aspects of the grant process. You will find that it is really helpful to attend.  The first ½ hour relates to the deadlines coming up.  The second ½ hour relates to the system and questions on grants management and reporting.  We offer webinars and a few in-person meetings at our office.  Don’t let your fear or inexperience with grants stop you from applying.  Let us know if you are interested by emailing mara@nwrdc.org or call 218-745-9111.

Upcoming grants workshop:

Monday, October 1 at 1:00 PM at our office.  

You Must RSVP! Let us know if you will attend.

 

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

Applications Now Open for Groundwork

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR GROUNDWORK

Do you want to build the skills needed to become a public art consultant?

Apply for Groundwork, a four-day intensive offered by Forecast for IBPOC (Indigenous and/or Black, and/or Persons of Color) who are collaborative, innovative leaders interested in the arts, artists, and playing a role in making positive change in communities.

Public art consultants help connect the ideas, energies, and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities and client groups. They facilitate the commissioning of new artwork, identify and curate public artists, produce and manage public events, design and implement community engagement efforts, develop public art plans for public and private developers, and more.

Public agencies and private entities rely increasingly on public art consultants to help guide and facilitate projects and processes to ensure successful public art and placemaking outcomes. Investment in arts and cultural initiatives continue to grow throughout the country, especially in cities and towns addressing arts and place-based development.

Nationally there is a lack of IBPOC in the public art consulting field. Forecast seeks to fill existing gaps in the field of public art consulting through Groundwork, providing opportunities in consulting work and preparing a more diverse network of consultants to help shape the future of public art and place-based work in cities and communities.

This intensive will offer an overview of the public art consulting world, including: types of work available in this field, the broad range of projects Forecast engages, an understanding of how your strengths, perspectives, and skills can be maximized
within the field.

Groundwork is designed for IBPOC with experience in the arts and/or related sectors of the community, including but not limited to: public art, design and architecture, planning, community-engaged arts, community organizing, creative placemaking, economic development, education, environmental justice, health care, housing, native nations, public policy, public systems, youth development.

Following this intensive, participants will have the opportunity to apply to gain paid on-the-ground experience, working on current Forecast projects in 2019. Number of hours will vary by project and participant availability.

Facilitators
Groundwork will be facilitated by Forecast staff in partnership with the following, and others:
  • Sandy Agustin, Creative Facilitator
  • Nicole Crutchfield, Planning Director, City of Fargo
  • Kersten Elverum, City Planner, City of Hopkins
  • James Garrett, Architect and Founder, 4RM+ULA
  • John Gebratetose, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, HUGE Theater
  • Mike Hoyt, Creative Community Liaison, Pillsbury House + Theatre
  • A. Rafael Johnson, Arts-based Evaluator, TerraLuna Collaborative
  • Nathan Johnson, Architect, 4RM+ULA
  • Tisidra Jones, Founder & CEO, Strong & Starlike Consulting, Inc.
  • Pam Korza, Co-Director, Animating Democracy
  • Neeraj Mehta, Director of Learning, McKnight Foundation
  • Satoko Muratake, Landscape Designer and Associate, TEN x TEN
  • Julia Nekessa Opoti, Multi-Media Storyteller and Research Consultant
  • Vidhya Shanker, Research and Evaluation Consultant, Rainbow Research
  • Deanna Rae StandingCloud, Program and Community Network Director, Tiwahe Foundation
  • Caroline Taiwo, Economic Opportunity Program Director, Springboard for the Arts
  • Karis Thompson, Consultant, Community Development + Community Engagement
  • Dudley Voigt, FLOW Artistic Director
  • Harry Waters Jr., Professor of Theatre, Artist, Consultant
  • Eleonore Wesserle, Director of Narrative Strategy, Line Break Media
  • Julio Zelaya, GMRJP Coordinator, ACLU Minnesota
Timeline
This intensive will take place over two weekends in the fall of 2018, in the Twin Cities. Participants are expected to attend all four days (times are approximate):
  • Friday, September 14, 1 – 7 pm
  • Saturday, September 15, 9 am – 3 pm
  • Friday October 5, 1 – 7 pm
  • Saturday October 6, 9 am – 3 pm
Selection Process
Interviews of selected applicants will take place the week of August 6. Notification of the final selection of Groundwork participants will be made by Thursday, August 16.

The application deadline is Monday, July 30 at 4:30 pm CST. To apply click here.

This professional level training is provided free of cost to all participants thanks to a generous Arts Access grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. 

Please contact Forecast if you have any questions about
eligibility, application, or participation at 
consulting@forecastpublicart.org or 651-641-1128.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.