The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council counts on a team of people passionate about the arts to help us make decisions from programs we run to grants we approve. Our current board members are Kristina Gray, Briana Ingraham, Janet Johnson, Mary Ann Laxen, Connie Nelson, Aliza Olson, Chris Lane, Brook Rufsvold, Elizabeth Rockstad, Elwyn Ruud and Kat Zepeda.
Here are some current and former board members:
NWMAC Board members as of April 2017: left to right- Connie Nelson, Elwyn Ruud, Mary Ann Laxen and Faye Auchenpaugh. Not pictured: Eryn Gee Killough, Charles Erickson, Briana Ingraham, Stephanie Olson, Elizabeth Rockstad and Jane Anderson.
Mary Ann Laxen lives in East Grand Forks and she is the representative for Polk County. She writes: “My Foray into the world of art didn’t begin until I was in my 50’s. Before that I was immersed in the world of health care administration. What began as a way to relax and unwind became for me, a world of art and creativity.” Mary Ann was one of the founders of River Walk Arts Gallery and Gift Shop in East Grand Forks. She served on the board, exhibited and sold photography note cards, and charcoal drawings. Mary Ann says about being a Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Board Member, Because I believe that the arts should be available to all ages, I have agreed and value serving on the Board. I am living proof that “we are never too old try something new!” And she truly is living proof of that sentiment! At the age of 65 Mary Ann went sky diving and when she was 70, she went paragliding off the Swiss Alps!