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Looking for Cities Ready for Creative Arts Planning

Leveraging Creativity in Community through Integrated and Place-based Community Development

In partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Arts Midwest is providing a 2017-18 learning experience for up to eight greater Minnesota communities. Communities will apply through their non-profit arts council. This cohort, offered by ArtsLab, a core program of Arts Midwest, focuses on the growing importance of arts and culture as key drivers in building a rural America that can flourish.  The deadline to apply is May 15.

Here are the details:

Course Description: Over the course of four two-day retreats, participants will explore key questions relevant to their common community development needs. The program will invite the cross-fertilization of ideas among participants, and will feature guest thought leaders in the field, assignments and virtual workshops between retreats. Learning within practice, participants will create new habits, deepen relationships, and identify strategic goals for immediate application.

  • What is the confluence in my community among arts and culture, community, and civic life?
  • What is the impact of arts and culture on the economy and quality of life of our community?
  • Can we find a common vision, common cause, and common language for a collective community future?
  • What is our path into the future that engages the broader community?
  • How can we accomplish our goals and nurture our vision toward reality? What is our best business strategy?

Program Components: This peer learning community will include retreats, virtual workshops, and mentorship. One night of overnight stay is expected with each retreat.

Eligibility: This 2017–18 peer learning opportunity is intended to support teams from approximately eight selected communities. To be eligible for this opportunity, a lead organization/applicant must:

  • Be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) or established as a Board or Commission within municipal or regional government, with arts and culture as primary mission.
  • Be based within the State of Minnesota and outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul 7-county area.
  • Have three or more years of programming and/or service to their community.
  • Have expenses of between $20,000 and $500,000 in the most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Have at least one administrative leader (full or part time).
  • Identify a consistent team of 3–6 leaders committed to all aspects of this learning experience. This team should be comprised of a senior staff member, artist, and key board member from the lead applicant organization; and key community influencers, such as an elected official, chamber of commerce member, member of the economic development authority, etc.
  • Preference will be given to communities that demonstrate responsiveness to equity and inclusion of underserved population groups.

Cost: This opportunity is funded by Arts Midwest and its ArtsLab funders. The retreats will be offered at no cost to selected applicants. However, it is recommended that as a part of this application process, each team choose to work with ArtsLab and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) to complete the Creative MN local community economic analysis report. This process would be made available at a fee of $1,500 per team.

Application Process:

For complete instructions and selection criteria, review the complete Application Guildelines (PDF).

Application is available online here.  Must click submit before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017.

Timeline:

April 10, 2017 – Applications available

May 15, 2017 – Applications due 5 p.m.

June 9, 2017 – Applicants notified of panel decisions

September 2017 through March 2018 – Four retreats

Questions? Contact Sharon Rodning Bash (sharon@artsmidwest.org) or Erin Brueggemann (erin@artsmidwest.org) at 612.341.0755 with any questions about the program or application process.

Arts Midwest World Fest Tour Arrives in Thief River Falls

Arts Midwest World FestTour

Coming to Thief River Falls

CONCERT:

Saturday October 10, 2015

Lincoln High School Auditorium, Thief River FAlls, Mn

7:00PM

$5.00/Person  $30.00/Family Max

 

FREE Mini Concert: October 08, 2015
2P- 3P Northland Community and Technical College Commons, Thief River Falls, Mn

 

(Warren, Mn) – Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is proud to announce Arts Midwest World Fest Tour is coming to Thief River Falls, Minnesota in October of 2015!

Arts Midwest World Fest will feature “Baladino”

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Baladino: Photo by Omri Barel

About Baladino:

From Israel

Journey through the music of the Mediterranean with Baladino, a fresh Israeli world music ensemble. Hear centuries-old melodies and revel in sounds carried to Israel from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Arabic countries. The ensemble members effortlessly blend these far-ranging musical influences with authenticity and conviction possible only by those who have grown up in the cultural melting pot that is Israel.

www.baladino.com

Watch this! Learn more about Baladino!

Baladino will be in Thief River Falls, Minnesota the week of October 4th through October 10th!  They will be teaching, singing, and sharing their culture with students through out the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s service area.

More About Arts Midwest World Fest Tour:

Arts Midwest World Fest Tour is an initiative to bring international musical ensembles to MidWest Communities or an intensive weeklong residency.  The goal is to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences.

Arts Midwest World Fest’s objectives are to:

  • present high-caliber, accessible international artists to small- or mid-sized Midwest communities;
  • provide a multifaceted experience to community residents, particularly young people;
  • integrate the artists and their music into a broader social, cultural, political, and historical framework;
  • encourage young people to explore issues and understand concerns of diverse cultures; and
  • create a lasting musical and cultural impact on participants.

Each cycle of Arts Midwest World Fest occurs over a two year period in which four global musical ensembles conduct week-long intensive residencies in selected communities throughout the Midwest. The residencies consist of school concerts, workshops, and outreach activities, and culminate in a public concert.

To extend the cultural experience to the classroom, Arts Midwest provides participating communities with a curriculum that helps students and teachers better understand and appreciate the customs and traditions of the visiting ensembles. The hope is that studying other cultures will spark a lasting curiosity in both teachers and students that will result in further exploration of the diverse and fascinating cultures of the world.

A program of Arts Midwest, the 2015–2017 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and 3M Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest for Baladino. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Arts Midwest is also generously supported by Illinois Arts Council Agency, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.

National Endowment for the Arts: Big Read Grant

310px-Book_CollageThe National Endowment for the Arts has a grant program available for communities through out the United States.  The Big Read program has partnered with Arts Midwest to help facilitate this process.

Application deadline is January 28, 2015.   The Big Read is accepting applications for grants between $2,500 and $20,000. 

So…what is the Big Read?  It’s a program designed to restore reading to the heart of America.  It provides competitive grants to support innovative reading programs and helps combat the rapidly declining number of literary reading happening through out all demographics in America.

Taken from the NEABigRead.org website:

Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in The Big Read from September 2015 through June 2016.

Applicant organizations for The Big Read must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include organizations such as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Note: K–12 schools, school districts, boards of education, or other school governing bodies, whether public or private, are not eligible applicants, but may partner with eligible applicants.

The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet. Activities focus on one book or poet from The Big Read catalogue.

Find out more by clicking on this link!  Good Luck!

RWAG: Featured Artists-Janet Johnson & Bruce D. Flaig

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The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce the opening of Natural Renditions, the new exhibit of artworks by native Minnesotans at our East Grand Forks gallery. New ceramic work by Janet Johnson of Malung, Minnesota, has been paired with nature photography by Bruce D. Flaig, of Fertile, MN. These touching works will be featured throughout the month of October from Wednesday, the1st until Friday, the 31st, 2014.

FlaigJohnson_9aJanet Johnson grew up in northern Minnesota, and recently retired from teaching Visual Art and English classes in grades 7 – 12 in Warroad. Janet exposed her students to many mediums and opportunities to show their work, and she developed her own community and artistic skills, too. Janet has served on the statewide Arts Best Practice and Quality Teaching networks to help art teachers better connect and collaborate. She has also participated in the NWMAC Community Supported Art program, works with the Region 1 Arts Council, and strongly supports arts at the Roseau County Fair. Janet is a skilled ceramist who recently received a grant from the NWMAC to furnish her studio with a new kiln and potter’s wheel.

FlaigJohnson_7aMinnesota native Bruce D. Flaig has degrees in chemistry, physics and meteorology; however his passion is photographing nature in all its forms. Although he’s lived in seven states and two foreign countries, Flaig says he “has photographed in a bunch more” for over twenty years. His work has been published in many magazines including Birder’s World, Bird Watcher’s DigestWild Bird, Ranger Rick, and Outdoor Photographer. While his collection of images now numbers over 60,000, the Arts Council gallery will be featuring eleven framed prints and a video of a collection of Bruce’s finest works.

 

FlaigJohnson_4FlaigJohnson_2aThe Natural Renditions exhibit will be featured during the Art & Wine Walk, Saturday, October 18th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public in the NWMAC gallery, located inside the River Walk Artists Shop & Gallery at the Riverwalk mall near Mamma Maria’s Restaurant, across Demers Avenue from Cabela’s in East Grand Forks. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sundays, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information call the Arts Council office at: 218-745-9111, or email: tmjacobson16@gmail.com.