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2018 Of the Year Award Winners Announced

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Announce

“Of the Year” Award Winners

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.  We are proud to announce this year’s recipients are Jim Kent of Crookston, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla and Scott Pream of Thief River Falls!

These “Of the Year” awards and the NW Art Exhibit awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Saturday, April 28 in Thief River Falls at the Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA) at 2:30 pm. Please come starting at 9:30 am that day to view the 99 pieces of high quality regional artwork on display in the REA lobby and vote for people’s choice.  At 2:00 enjoy a snack and music entertainment in the cafeteria.  The program will begin promptly at 2:30 with the main focus being the recognition and celebration of artists and the arts in Northwest Minnesota.  Everyone is welcome to this free event.

In addition, there will be an Arts Expo starting with a VSA presentation by Craig Dunn at 11:00 in the Dakota Room. This is for artists with disabilities as well as Arts Leaders or other organizations trying to provide access to people with disabilities. Round table presentations representing numerous arts organizations will be held from noon to 2pm in the Imperial Room. See here for more information.

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Scott Pream of Thief River Falls will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Mr. Pream is an extraordinary actor who also works behind the scenes to help others shine.  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.

Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Saurdiff is an art teacher in the Goodridge School District. She is passionate about the visual arts, an accomplished artist who works primarily in ceramics and encourages art exploration in her community. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

Jim Kent of Crookston will receive the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Kent is a musician and previously a school teacher in the Crookston School District.  He is active in the Crookston arts community through the community theater, civic music league, Pirate Fine Arts Boosters and Community Oratorios.  He shares his music skills with his church, the school and the community. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

Please come on April 28 to show support for our artists.  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.

ARTS A’ FAIR at the Minnesota State Fair

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Performance and Outreach Opportunity at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair for Minnesota performing arts organizations and individual performing artists

For the sixth consecutive year, the Minnesota State Fair will continue the Arts A’Fair Program in 2018 by presenting a variety of performing arts experiences representing Minnesota arts organizations and artists. Participating in this program allows you to promote your work with “Pop Up Performances” on the fairgrounds. Your act/number/vignette will be performed up to four times daily for three consecutive days. Each organization will be paid $1400 for the entire project. In addition, your organization will receive the opportunity to connect with your audiences before and after your performances at your performance location and will be promoted through various means by the fair’s marketing department.

Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds (West End Market & new location in North End of fairgrounds)

When: Three consecutive days from August 23 through September 3, 2018 (exact three days and performances times to be determined).

  • Organizations/artists who were selected in the past are welcome to reapply with the same material or with something new.
  • Performers will have a designated outdoor performance area but should keep in mind the general atmosphere of the Fair.
  • Audiences are drawn to interactive, visually bold or acoustically dynamic performances.
  • Almost 2 million visitors attend the Minnesota State Fair each year! Expect all ages, cultures and tastes.

    Requirements for Performance Participation:

  • Each performance should be 10-15 minutes; set up/strike times should be kept to a minimum.
  • For ease of execution, only minimal props can be used.
  • Performers should be prepared to perform on grass or concrete, without an elevated stage or proscenium.

    Provided for performers:

  • Dressing room space (to be shared with other performers).
  • Sound system with wireless microphones and audio playback.
  • Gate admission to the fair on days of performance.
  • $10 State Fair food vouchers per performer per day.
  • Per diem reimbursement for performers who are located outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Organizations/artists wishing to perform please provide:

  • Your organization’s name and mailing address, as well as a contact person and his/her phone number and email address. If applying as an individual artist, please provide your contact information, as well as an arts organization and contact person at that organization that will act as a reference for your work.
  • A description of the performance that you wish to submit for consideration, including props and/or wardrobe, if applicable. The application may be in the form of a written proposal (via email). You are encouraged to send photos, DVD, or video clips.
  • A description of your technical requirements, such as sound, performance surface, etc.
  • Performance dates that present a significant conflict for your organization (August 23 –September 3, 2018).

    Selection criteria:

  • Audience enjoyment (must be family-friendly)
  • Uniqueness
  • Ease of presentation at event
  • Diverse representation of genres, cultures and geography

    Application Deadline is May 1, 2018

    The proposals will be reviewed and selections made by the Minnesota State Fair. The organizations chosen to perform will be notified no later than May 31 and issued a letter of agreement.

    Please send proposals to: artsafair@mnstatefair.org OR

    Minnesota State Fair – Arts A’Fair 1265 Snelling Ave N
    St. Paul, MN 55108

    Minnesota State Fair Mission is To educate and involve our guests by providing a world-class showcase that is innovative, entertaining and fun.

    We strive to:

  • Showcase Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry.
  • Present an unparalleled forum for knowledge and ideas.
  • Provide outstanding customer service.
  • Offer exceptional value.
  • Provide a safe, clean environment that is accessible to all.
  • Create unique experiences.

    For general information: artsafair@mnstatefair.org

    Dudley Voigt, Arts A’Fair Program Manager, dudleyvoigt@yahoo.com or
    Shannon Buchda, Minnesota State Fair, shannon.buchda@mnstatefair.org, (651) 288-4395

McKnight Fellowship Programs for Theater Artists & Ceramic Artists Deadlines Approaching

McKnight Artist Fellowship Programs

Theater Artists Due April 12

Ceramic Artists Due May 25

Support for individual artists has been a focus of The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program since its inception. McKnight has 10 different Fellowship programs for artists; you can find out about the fellowships and all the organizations that handle them on behalf of McKnight  here. Each program has its own guidelines and deadline. Programs with upcoming deadlines include theater artists (Administered by the Playwrights’ Center. The deadline is April 12. Info is here), ceramic artists (Administered by the Northern Clay Center. The deadline is May 25. Info is here ) Consider applying for one of these fellowships!

 

Call for Artists — Hallock Main Street Mania Art Crawl

Hallock’s Main Street Art Crawl

Friday, June 15

6pm – ?

The City of Hallock is celebrating its 135th anniversary June 14-17. There will be many fun activities happening all weekend, including an art crawl downtown.

Hallock’s Main Street Mania Art Crawl is looking for artists to participate. 

Artists from anywhere, YES! There will be tent space available… selling, showing, whatever is welcome.  A tent will will be left up for Saturday after the parade if some would like to set back up for the afternoon on the 16th.
Other activities include a painting class in the gazebo, music, food trucks and more. A lip-sync contest will begin at 7 pm, with music/dance after.
Please contact Alaina Clay Terwee at 218-988-2766 or yayaclay1@gmail.com if you are interested in showing or selling your work.
There will also be an art contest for artists ages 15 years and under. This will be held from 6:30 -8:30 pm that same evening. To register or for more information contact Alaina Terwee Clay at 218-988-2766 or yayaclay1@gmail.com.