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Join Us for a Conversation on State Grants

Kathee Foran, Program Officer with the Minnesota State Arts Board, will be in our part of the state April 30 – May 2.

The Minnesota State Arts Board has eleven programs that aim to foster opportunities for all Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Their grant programs are open to artists and arts organizations, but many programs are also open to schools, health and human service organizations, senior centers, cities, and other types of non-arts organizations that are interested in partnering with artists to bring arts activities into their work.

Kathee will be in northwest Minnesota and available to meet with residents in the following towns:

Sunday, April 30, 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm Halstad (before the Artist Reception)

 Monday, May 1, 10:00 am – Noon Crookston

 Monday, May 1, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Thief River Falls

 Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 am – Noon Roseau

 Tuesday, May 2, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Red Lake Falls

You can have a casual conversation, or you can focus in on a specific idea. She will have information on their programs, including who is eligible to apply, what types of projects can be funded, how the application process works, and more. If you are already considering applying, we could spend time talking about tips crafting applications.

If you’re interested in meeting, please let Kathee know and she’ll reserve an appointment for you.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact her or the NWMAC.  She is looking forward to meeting you.

Kathee Foran , Program Officer

Minnesota State Arts Board

Park Square Court, Suite 200

400  Street, Saint Paul, MN  55101

kathee.foran@arts.state.mn.us

(651) 215-1626 and (800) 866-2787

 

Call to Artists: Commissioned Outdoor Sculpture at Concordia Language Village Skogfjorden

CALL TO ARTISTS!

 

Syv Søstre Garden Park Sculpture Skogfjorden, Norwegian Language Village Concordia Language Villages Bemidji, Minn.

Professional artists are invited to submit qualifications for consideration to create a site‐specific sculpture, or artwork, for a newly created “garden park” at Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village.

BACKGROUND

Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village, is one of seven culturally authentic program sites on Turtle River Lake near Bemidji, Minn. In the center of the Village is a newly established garden park (2015) that was funded by Gary and Jenette Nelson in honor of their daughter, Ann Nelson, a former Skogfjorden villager (camper) who lost her life on 9/11 in one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The Nelsons intended to create a place that captured Ann’s dream to learn languages and experience the world. The Syv Søstre garden park offers Skogfjorden villagers and staff a place for gathering, for finding purpose and direction, and for experiencing the wind in their sails to carry their dreams forward.

There is a Norwegian saga about the eight daughters of the mountain king Sulitjelma. They, like Ann, were eager to explore the world. Lekamøye, the eldest, was charged by their father to lead and protect them on their journey. They came down from the mountains to the salty sea that Lekamøye couldn’t resist throwing herself into for a swim. Hestmannen, the son of the mighty Vågakallen from the Lofoten islands, spied Lekamøye in the fjord and was immediately enchanted. Eager to win her over, he mounted his horse and rode off to woo her. But Lekamøye was not to be had and fled, eventually having to leave her sisters by the sea as she sped on. But before the sisters could explore more or Hestmannen win Lekamøye’s heart, a drama ensued and they all turned to stone.

Today, the Syv søstre (Seven Sisters) stand tall, linked together, jutting into the ocean from Norway’s coast. People travel from all over the world to walk the Syv søstre’s deep valleys and climb their tall peaks, all to discover the treasures of Norway’s natural wonders of land, sea and vast vistas beyond. The Syv søstre offer exquisite stages for wonder and delight and stand as a magnificent landmark for seafaring travelers on journeys to places beyond.

This Norwegian legend has been the inspiration for the creation of the Syv Søstre lommepark at Skogfjorden. The small park’s seven circles—one for each sister—offer their own small places for wonder and delight, places for looking inwards and looking out, for looking downwards and looking up.

A copper vegviser, a Viking compass used for finding one’s way, is inlaid in the stone floor of the circle at Syv Søstre’s west entrance. On the east side, from the cobbled stone floor, shine the stars of Lille bjørn — the little dipper and homing North Star. Between them, there is a circle for gathering and looking inwards, and another circle with a tree to provide shade for looking out. The park’s three middle circles are linked to form a ship with a raised bough and swirling tail, reminding villagers and staff to take what they discover about themselves and the world with them on their life journey. In the middle of this ship, where a mast might be, is the home for the future sculpture that will be placed to draw one’s eyes up, out and far, far beyond.

BUDGET

A selection panel will commission three short-listed artists to submit a concept design proposal for the sculpture responsive to the scope of the project listed in the Call to Artists. A stipend of $300 will be paid for the concept design and any research or travel associated with the concept design.

The project budget for the Syv Søstre garden park sculpture project is $13,500.
The project budget must cover all costs associated with the completion of the approved artwork, including but not limited to the artist’s fee, travel and mileage, required insurance, materials, fabrication, installation, any graphic design and miscellaneous supplies.

Eligibility requirements

All professional artists who can demonstrate the successful completion of a private or public project of similar size and scope are eligible to apply. Employees of Concordia College and Concordia Language Villages are ineligible. Undergraduate students will not be considered eligible.

Additional qualifications include:

  •   Demonstrated ability to work with a design team to meet the goals for the project;
  •   Ability to attend scheduled design team meetings in Bemidji or by phone; and
  •   Ability to design, fabricate and install a project at the selected location within thebudget granted by the installation deadline of June 1, 2018.

    SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO:

    Ross Dybvig
    Assistant to the Group Director rmdybvig@cord.edu
    Subject: Garden Park Sculpture

    SUBMISSION MATERIALS:

o Professional résumé highlighting relevant previous experience.
o Three to five images (JPEG up to 3MB) of previous private and/or public art projects

of commensurate scope.
o Image list identifying title, date, location, materials, size, budget and commissioning entity.
o Letter of interest outlining qualifications, interest, and ability to complete the project. o Names and contact information of three references.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017

 

SELECTION PROCESS

A committee comprised of Concordia Language Villages leadership staff and art professionals will review qualified submissions the week of May 8, 2017 with a decision for launching the design phase by May 15, 2017.

Schedule

A group of three artists will be short-listed and will be requested to provide a site-specific concept design for the Syv Søstre garden park sculpture. A design prospect booklet will be provided, and opportunity to see the site can be arranged by appointment.

Each artist selected will receive a stipend of $300 to cover the costs of producing a 2D rendering or maquette by July 3, 2017. Stipend must cover all costs of the production of the site-specific rendering, research, travel and materials.

Review of site-specific concept proposals by the Selection Committee will take place July 5–26, 2017.

Terms and Conditions

Application for any project advertised by Concordia Language Villages constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined in this prospectus as well as recognition of ordinances and policies of Concordia College. Concordia Language Villages reserves the right to reject all submissions and to terminate the selection process without prior notice. Submission materials become the property of Concordia Language Villages. For more information about Concordia Language Villages and the Norwegian Language Village, please visit www.ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org

Questions may be addressed to:

Warren Schulze, Director of Operations Concordia Language Villages wschulze@cord.edu; 218-586-8502

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Annual Exhibition

NWMAC Annual Exhibition
Opens Thursday, April 20th
 
Norman County West School
Halstad, MN

 

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is the primary coordinator and sponsor of this popular area exhibition.  Last year $2,300.00 of prize money was awarded at the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibition!
Thursday, April 20, Exhibition Opens to the Public
People’s Choice Voting Begins
Sunday, April 30th  Exhibition & Reception
12:00 P.M. Open for Viewing 
 1:00 P.M. Artist Reception
2:00 P.M. Program
Including “Of the Year Awards” Presentation and 2017 Creative Minnesota Report about Northwest Minnesota 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.
Exhibition Closes Afterwards.
Please join us!

Calling Northwest Minnesota! Equality & Respect for All Artist Workshop Series

Please Join Us At Our

Equality & Respect for All

Art Workshop Series

Ties That Bind by Ekua Holmes
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is proud to partner with regional artists Trey Everett & Janet Johnson to host a series of art workshops that will inspire and promote
Equality and Respect for All.

In a response to recent and ongoing events occurring on local, national and international levels, NWMAC is calling our region to participate in this series of workshops as a platform to let Human Rights voices be heard. We are proud to sponsor these workshops and remind everyone of their importance and equality, despite differences in background, race, gender and sexual orientation. Our workshops will be a space to create art that will revolve around our theme of Equality and Respect for All. We are striving to inspire people to process current events through artistic expression. Please join us!  

Many art materials and a 12″ x 12″ canvas will be provided, although you will want to bring your scissors and painting supplies if you wish to paint or cut, to work quickly.   You also may want to bring snapshots or images that are important to you, to include in your piece.  If you finish your piece you will leave it with the facilitator, if you bring your canvas home, you need to deposit $10.00.  The workshops will be led by artists Trey Everett and Janet Johnson. No unattended children.  Only adults and very engaged young adults, please. You don’t need to consider yourself an artist to attend!

The artworks will exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks, opening June 22, 2017. A public reception will be held during the Art & Wine Walk on August 19, starting at 1:00 P.M.

For more info and/or Register for a workshop, call (218) 745-6733 or NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

Upcoming Workshops:  (Classes will not be held for 3 or less RSVPs.  10 per location on average)

  • Tuesday, April 18 Halstad (2 people attended, completed)
  • Wednesday, April 19 Hallock (7 people attended, completed)
  • Thursday, April 20 Crookston (rescheduled due to low registrations)
  • Saturday, April 22 East Grand Forks (canceled due to low registrations)
  • Saturday, April 22  Roseau Library Conference Room 1:00- 3:00 pm with Janet Johnson
  • Monday, April 24 Ada Dekko Center 5:30 – 7:30 pm with Trey Everett
  • Tuesday, April 25  Warroad Library 5:00 – 7:00 pm with Janet Johnson
  • Tuesday, April 25 Red Lake Falls Community Center 5:00 – 7:00 pm with Trey Everett
  • Wednesday, April 26  Middle River American Legion 5:00 – 7:00 pm with Janet Johnson
  • Thursday, April 27 Thief River Falls Public Library 5:00-7:00 pm with Janet Johnson
  • Monday, May 1 Crookston Public Library 5:00-7:00 with Trey Everett
  • Tuesday, May 2 Fosston Public Library 5:00-7:00 with Trey Everett (tentative)

May 5 and 6 will be wrap up days in Warren at our office.  No workshop, only materials available.

Registration is required! 

Rural Arts and Culture Summit Register Today

Register today for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit!
Registration is now open for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, June 6 – 8, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Read more and register at www.racsumit.org. The deadline for early bird registration is April 19. We will be coordinating a ride share. Please contact our office ASAP about the scholarship and ride share. You will need to complete a form to receive the scholarship monies. Call us at 218-745-9111 for more information.

The featured plenary session on Wednesday, June 7th, will bring together four cultural leaders to discuss a variety of cultural equity issues in small towns and how the arts can help create more inclusive communities:

Anton Treuer, an Ojibwe scholar from Bemidji, Minnesota

Michael Strand, a potter and activist from Fargo, North Dakota

Meredith Martin Moats, a folklorist and founder of the McElroy House in Dardanelle, Arkansas

Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate Roots from Utica, Mississippi

On Thursday, June 8, keynote speaker Dr. Jessica Metcalfe from Turtle Mountain, North Dakota, will share the stories and strategies behind her business, Beyond Buckskin, which empowers Native American artists and designers, advancing the quality of Native American fashion through education while providing an in-depth platform for societal participation. Inspired by historical and contemporary Native American clothing design and art, Beyond Buckskin promotes cultural appreciation, social relationships, authenticity and creativity.

Other highlights of the Summit will include:

“Range,” an exhibit in UMM’s Morrison Gallery curated by Andrew Nordin. Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to exhibit until April 1. More information about the exhibit can be found at www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com/range

“A Steady and Irresistible Wind,” a site-specific, place-based performance installation created by artist Bethany Lacktorin, which will take place during the Summit on and nearby the University of Minnesota, Morris campus. A follow up to Lacktorin’s performance, My Ocean (2016), this piece is an ongoing exploration of diaspora where displacement, transition and growth as it occurs culturally, agriculturally, mentally and socially are expressed in story, music, movement and sound.

Workshops, panel conversations and demonstrations presented by over 30 practitioners throughout the nation.

Registration for the Summit is now open, with special early bird discounts available until April 19. Register here: http://bit.ly/RACSummitReg