Of the Year Awards

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our seven county region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. “Of the Year” Award winners were nominated by area residents.

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Jean Honl of Roseau will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award for fine craft of rosemaling. Jean has been rosemaling for over 45 years. Her work is currently exhibited in our gallery in East Grand Forks. Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00.

Sherri Kukowski of Badger will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Kukowski is a mosaic artist and a strong advocate for the arts. She created the Heritage Wall at the Badger Community Center — a 26 ‘ X 12 ” glass mosaic public art installation showcasing rural life in northern Minnesota. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

George French of Crookston will receive the Northwest Star Award.Mr. French is a musician, specializing in piano and organ, and head of the music and theater departments at the University of Minnesota Crookston. He has directed numerous theater productions and is a dedicated and active volunteer in his communityThis award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

These awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Sunday, March 31in Badger at the Badger Community Center at 111 North Main Street, Badger, MN  56714. Refreshments will be served at 2:15 pm with the program beginning promptly at 3:00 pm. Local entertainment will be featured during the program. In addition, the 2019 Creative Minnesota survey results for our region will be given by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Sheila Smith, followed by a brief discussion of the impact of the arts and culture in the region. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information about the Arts Exhibit see our website: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/2019/03/2019-nw-annual-art-exhibit/

Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation. Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Artist Demonstration painting without a brush

Learn + Be Inspired

March 23

10 am to 2 pm

101 Main Avenue North, Roseau

Painting by Janet Johnson

Janet Johnson, regional artist & owner of River’s Edge Studio, is offering a glimpse in to to her creative process!  Stop by En Liten Svensk Shoppe to chat with Janet, enjoy coffee, sweet treats & a close-up view of an artist at work! 

Didn’t Make it to Arts Advocacy Day?

YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE!

Send a quick note to your legislators telling them
the importance of the arts in your community. Your legislators need to know that their constituents support the arts.

Please take five minutes using this link:
Thank your legislators for state arts funding!

There’s a pre-written and addressed note,
or you can add your own thoughts. 

(If you want to go to Arts Advocacy Day but haven’t yet registered,you can register on-site).


What else can you do?

There is more than just one way to share your support for the arts and Arts Advocacy Day. We want legislators to know that “When you support the arts, the Arts Give Back!”

  1.  Contact your legislator and share with them how the arts and arts funding impacts your life.
  2.  Use MCA’s downloadable tools to share with others about how the Arts Give Back.
  3. Follow MCA on Facebook to share information about Arts Advocacy Day.
  4. Follow MCA on Twitterto share information about Arts Advocacy Day

HASHTAGS? #ArtsAdvocacyDay19 #MNArtsGiveBack and #MNLeg 


Many thanks to all you wonderful Arts Advocates for all you do. Remember that it’s your contacts with legislators are what makes the difference for the arts. Thank you!

North Country Fiddle & Dance Community Dance

North Country Fiddle & Dance April 6 Community Dance

With music by Sugar on the Roof of Duluth

Teaching and calling: Jeanne O’Neil 

Reels, simple squares, circles, and more. All dances taught, no experience needed. 

All are welcome; singles, couples, families. 

Saturday, April 6, 2019 7:30 to 10:00 pm

Community Room at East Grand Forks Senior Center,

538 Rhinehart Drive S.E. East Grand Forks

Free-will Donations at the door

For more info: Jeanne O’Neil at oneil@rrv.net or ( 218) 773- 3850

northcountrydance.org

Made possible in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the states’s general fund.

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