Mn Artists Training Workshop
Mn Artists will visit Bemidji for a lively workshop and discussion on artists’ participation in digital communities. They will review how to best use Mn Artists’ online professional development tools, recommended for artists who want to improve their online presence and connect to more opportunities, communities, and conversations, both locally and regionally.
Mn Artists is home to art, writing, opportunities and conversation, online and off, by, for and about Midwestern artists working in every discipline. A program of the Walker Art Center, Mn Artists is dedicated to improving the quality and national visibility of regionally-rooted art, artists and cultural dialogue through a dynamic online community, responsive arts journalism, and by giving artists access to, and connections with, collaborators, influencers and the public.
Wednesday April 25
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Watermark Art Center Education Room
This event is free and open to the public, but you must register online here.
For more information please email: email@example.com
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).
- Audience enjoyment (must be family-friendly)
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com
Dudley Voigt, Arts A’Fair Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Shannon Buchda, Minnesota State Fair, email@example.com, (651) 288-4395
You’re invited to the 4th Annual Artists Retreat on Lake of the Woods!
Come out to Laketrails Base Camp on Oak Island for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and art. This rustic island is the perfect getaway to rejuvenate and reconnect with your work.
When: September 6-9, 2018
The Plan: Meet up in Warroad, MN on Thursday and carpool from there. When you get to Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle, you’ll take a boat out to Laketrails. Once on the island, you’ll have dinner and an opening circle to get to know each other. After that, the weekend is yours. You’ll have time and space to do your art and enjoy nature. Meals and snacks are provided during your stay on the island. There is an optional social hour on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, we conclude the retreat with a closing circle at 10:00 a.m. followed by brunch, leaving the island around noon.
For Canadian guests, the meet up will be in Sprague.
Don’t forget! To reach the Northwest Angle, we must travel through Canada. Bring a passport or passport card. Only one of these documents is required to cross the Canadian and U.S. borders. Canadians will need a passport as well to enter the United States at the Northwest Angle.
How “rustic” is it?
Oak Island is about 10-15 minutes by boat from Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle. Laketrails Base Camp is far from posh, but quite comfortable. There is some wi-fi and the communal buildings and cabins have electricity, but plan to spend part of your time unplugged. You won’t need to bring your own toilet paper, and no-flush toilets are conveniently located near the men’s cabin, women’s cabin and the communal spaces. Cabins have an open-space layout, with bunks and single beds with mattresses. There are showers (which are pretty nice considering) but use water sparingly (or jump in the lake.) There are canoes and a sauna for your enjoyment and lots of glorious nature. It’s an island at the end of the earth — in the best sense!
How “rustic” do I need to be?
Must be able to get in and out of a boat and navigate uneven terrain.
Please note that the nearest emergency medical facilities are at least 2 hours away.
What to pack: Sleeping bag or linens, pillow, two flashlights, comfortable clothing, good sturdy shoes (2 pairs recommended), swimsuit, alcoholic beverages for social hour (optional) and supplies for your art.
Cost: $300.00 USD which includes boat transportation, meals and snacks on the island, lodging, canoes, paddleboats, sauna, campfires, lots of peace and quiet, and beautiful nature. A $100 nonrefundable deposit due at time of registration with balance due by August 7th, 2018.
Register by May 1st and save $50!
Register: Go to www.redshoeswriting.com. Fill out the online form and pay with PayPal or download the registration form and mail, along with your deposit or full payment, to: Red Shoes Writing Solutions, 33145 593rd Ave., Warroad, MN 56763.
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!
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.