Area Student Art Hanging at Senator’s Office

Art created by area students is hanging at State Senator Mark Johnson’s office in St. Paul.

Pictured L to R: State Senator Mark Johnson, Sue Gens of the Minnesota State Arts Board and Legislative Assistant Rachel Bakke. The art was created by student artists Kristy Williamson of Gatzke, Amy Follette of Crookston, Elise Monson of Grygla and Spencer Wittman of Warren.

The art includes:

“The Tower” Black and White Print by Kristy Williamson who lives in Gatzke and attends Greenbush/Middle River School District.  Kristy created this linoleum print when she was in 8th grade and now she is a Senior. It is a limited edition.  All the letters in the words needed to be carved in mirror image for the print to be legible.  She received 2nd place in our art show this year for this print.  Here is her artist statement about the piece, “This piece is particularly close to my heart.  The most difficult part of this task was planning out all the words backwards. Linoleum printing is one of my most favorite mediums because how difficult it can be. I like a good challenge.”

“We All Fit Together” Painting of flag by Amy Follette who lives in Crookston and attends Crookston School District.  This painting was created as she pondered the meaning of the flag amongst protests this year and her desire to serve in the military in the next few years.  Here is her statement about the piece, “When I decided to create this piece when the controversy on whether or not to stand for the flag was big in the news. I also have recently fallen in love with cubism. So I thought that making a cubism painting of the American flag would be a great representation of our country. We are all different and have all different pieces of ourselves, but when we all come together we all fit with each other, we make each other whole. I tried to demonstrate this in my painting.”

“A String of Planets” Colorful print by Elise Monson who lives in Grygla and attends Grygla School District.  Students love to create art that shows something that captivates them and prompts their learning and in her case exploration.  Statement, “My intention was to just try and create the vision I had in my head.  I knew I wanted to have lots of shades and different textures.” 

“In Sight” Photograph by Spencer Wittman who lives in Warren and attends Warren/Alvarado/Oslo School District.  Passing time by being creative with photography.  Statement,  “This photograph explores my quiet patience, in my hunting stand, waiting and hoping for a deer.  There is pride and tradition around hunting within my family.  The aspect, that most of the time, nothing is in the scope … but at any point a deer might come into view, is what I hoped to capture.”  This piece was in the NW Art Exhibit last year.

 

Artists of Northwest Minnesota Booklet is Available

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 4th edition of our Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet is available for retail locations and others who are interested. This is a marketing booklet that will be distributed throughout our region.

The booklet includes information about a variety of creative people and artists, including visual artists, dancers, bands, musicians, performing artists, and theater directors, editors, writers and fine crafters. The booklet helps those who are listed reach out to the general public and is a means to help the public “get in touch with them” to purchase art, book them, or have them provide a service.

Arts organizations, dance studios, stores with local art, local suppliers of supplies and materials for artists, coffee shops that have open mic or live bands often, etc. are included in the back of the booklet.

Please let us know if you would like copies to distribute or for yourself.

director@nwartscouncil.org or 218-745-9111.

 

Dancing Histories/Dancing Futures — Join Through Live Stream on Facebook

FREE and Open to the Public! 
Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 7pm
The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Can’t make it in person? Join through Live Stream on Facebook and participate in the conversation! #KCNationalConvo

How does identity fuel choreographic ideas and approaches? How can dance translate and heal histories of the body — and how does it empower our future? Join Artistic Director and Choreographer of Dancing Earth and Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow Rulan Tangen, and International Association of Blacks in Dance President and CEO, Denise Saunders Thompson, as they explore the deeper meanings of movement at the meeting place between traditional, contemporary, and beyond. Together they will discuss shifting paradigms in philanthropic funding, how dance is speaking to the next generation, and the evolution of dance festivals in America.

Denise Saunders Thompson is the President and CEO of The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), a nonprofit dance service organization that preserves and promotes dance by people of African ancestry or origin since its founding in 1991. For 30 years, Black dance professionals, students, and supporters, from around the world, have gathered for IABD’s annual conference and festival throughout the country and Canada. In 2018, IABD was awarded $2.6 million dollars by The Mellon Foundation to continue the Comprehensive Organizational Health Initiative, that seeks to address financial capacity and capitalization needs to support long-term durability of arts organizations. Denise’s management and philanthropic career spans over 20 years of executive director and program director experience. She has advised organizations on administrative, programmatic and fundraising issues including strategic plans, policy and procedures, communications programs, budgeting and contracts. And she has pioneered top-ranked courses on the collegiate level (graduate and undergraduate) in artistic development, entrepreneurship, fundraising, grant writing, leadership, management, and production. Prior to her leadership role with IABD, Denise served as a Professorial Lecturer for the Graduate Arts Management Degree Program at American University from 2015 – 2017. And in April 2015, she concluded 17 years of service at Howard University in the capacities of Professor and Theatre Manager/Producing Artistic Director.

Rulan Tangen‘s dance journey centers around the founding of DANCING EARTH CREATIONS (DE) in 2004. After years of teaching dance workshops to reservation youth, she strove to create hope and opportunity for aspiring performers, theater artists and technicians, who also serve as culture carriers, art educators, and leaders. Dancing Earth has thus inspired a new generation of Indigenous performers to express their culture in vital contemporary and experimental forms.

Her professional experience spans international ballet, modern dance, opera, circus, film and television production including includes NYC’s Michael Mao Dance, and Peridance Ensemble; Canada’s Karen Jamieson Dance and Banff Aboriginal Arts; Littleglobe’s Memorylines Opera; and Wise Fool New Mexico’s One Solstice Circus; Marin Ballet, Catskill Ballet Theater, Redwood Empire Ballet and New York Grand Opera. . Native productions include Bones Dance Opera, Ordway Theater’s TRIBE, and Northern Plains traditional powwow dancing. She has danced, acted or choreographed for TV including PBS’s “Music From a Painted Cave” and “We Shall Remain” series, Much Music command performance for HRH Princes Charles, and films Apocalypto, The New World ,Woman Walks Ahead, Drunktown’s Finest, and Ancestor Eyes, for which she received an Action On Film nomination for Best Actress.

Surviving cancer to discover her leadership purpose, Tangen continues to teach extensively in Native communities across the Americas, as well as institutes of higher learning. With a vision for inclusion, she cultivates a new generation of Native dancers, through creative practice that explores intertribal diversity. Many of her students have danced with the company, crediting the work to have empowered their identity as well as their scope of artistic aspiration. Her teaching credentials include Washington University’s Visiting Distinguished Scholar; guest artist instructor at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts for “RACE AND ENVIRONMENT;” Native Wellness Institute Leadership Academy; Artistic Residencies at UC Riverside, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Arizona State University; and New Zealand’s Intercreate symposium.

Her vision is recognized through honors including the first dance fellowship for Artistic Innovation by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Costo Medal for Education, Research and Service by UC Riverside’s Chair of Native Affairs, and as Dance Magazine’s pick as one of “25 To Watch,”  the New Mexico School for the Arts‘ Community Arts Leadership award, the 2015 Arts & Social Change Award from Arts and Healing Network, and was honored as a top ten finalist across all disciplines for the Nathan Cummings Fellowship for Social Change.

Her work values movement as an expression of indigenous worldview, honoring matriarchal leadership, dance as functional ritual for transformation and healing, the process of decolonizing the body, and the animistic energetic connection with all forms of life on earth. She has recruited and nurtured a new generation of Indigenous contemporary dancers and holds the belief that “to dance is to live, to live is to dance.”

ArtChangeUS@Kennedy Center National Conversations is a series of dialogues between prominent artists and pivotal change-makers who are advancing a pluralistic vision of America.