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Of the Year Awards

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.

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Jean Honl of Roseau will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award for fine craft of rosemaling. Jean has been rosemaling for over 45 years. Her work is currently exhibited in our gallery in East Grand Forks. 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.

Sherri Kukowski of Badger will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Kukowski is a mosaic artist and a strong advocate for the arts. She created the Heritage Wall at the Badger Community Center — a 26 ‘ X 12 ” glass mosaic public art installation showcasing rural life in northern Minnesota. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

George French of Crookston will receive the Northwest Star Award.Mr. French is a musician, specializing in piano and organ, and head of the music and theater departments at the University of Minnesota Crookston. He has directed numerous theater productions and is a dedicated and active volunteer in his communityThis award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

These awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Sunday, March 31in Badger at the Badger Community Center at 111 North Main Street, Badger, MN  56714. Refreshments will be served at 2:15 pm with the program beginning promptly at 3:00 pm. Local entertainment will be featured during the program. In addition, the 2019 Creative Minnesota survey results for our region will be given 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. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information about the Arts Exhibit see our website: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/2019/03/2019-nw-annual-art-exhibit/

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.

We Are Water Exhibit at University of Minnesota Crookston

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) welcomes you to visit the We Are Water Art Exhibit, now on display in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Artworks were created by area residents during workshops that were held throughout the region this fall. Participants were encouraged to create using the theme “We Are Water” as inspiration. In a similar spirit to our Equality and Respect for All workshops, participants were provided a 12×12 canvas, supplies and instruction to create a piece of art around this theme. Water can be a source of recreation; it keeps us alive; it is used for daily life. Participants were encouraged to bring snippets or photographs or anything else they might want to use as material, medium, or inspiration.  The workshops and exhibit are part of a larger We Are Water MN project that spans the state of Minnesota.

To view the We Are Water Art Exhibit, please visit UMC any weekday.

On Friday, January 25 an artist’s reception was held to view the canvases and other works in the statewide We Are Water MN project.  Ten years of Clean Water, Land and Legacy funding (Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008) was also celebrated with special guest speakers.

About We Are Water MN: West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019. Other sites include St. Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council worked in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.

What is the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit?

West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019.  Other sites include St Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia.  

We Are Water MN explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship. The website on We Are Water MN shares stories from people in Minnesota relating to this theme.  To read these stories visit  https://mnhum.org/we-are-water-mn/

Visit West Polk Soil and Water District’s website to watch for more on this exhibit coming to Crookston at https://www.westpolkswcd.com/we-are-water.html

Parking is free. There are several spaces marked visitor parking on west side of Kiehle. During evening events  there is no ticketing in any parking lot. 

We Are Water Workshops — RSVP Today!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hosting We Are Water workshops, led by area artist Trey Everett.  

Please RSVP today for a We Are Water workshop held in a variety of locations throughout our region. In a similar spirit to our Equality and Respect for All workshops, participants will be provided a 12×12 canvas, supplies and instruction to create a piece of art around this theme. Water can be a source of recreation; it keeps us alive; it is used for daily life. Participants are encouraged to bring snippets or photographs or anything else they might want to use as material, medium, or inspiration.  Completed artwork will be put on display in the NWMAC Gallery in November and will also be included in a catalogue of the exhibit.

This is a fun interactive activity for a group of people who gather monthly for a meeting.  Does your group or club have an October meeting that you would like to combine with an outing to explore the topic of We Are Water on canvas?   You must RSVP so we have enough art supplies and canvas.

44 canvas pieces will be exhibited at our gallery in November and December and will move to the University of Minnesota Crookston in mid-January.  There will be a reception on Friday, January 25 at UMC. There will be a catalog related to pieces in the show.

Here are the We Are Water workshops scheduled so far (we will update this list as additional public workshops are scheduled):
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Tuesday, October 2 in Stephen from  79 pm at Arts on 5th (completed with 8 participants!)
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Thursday, October 11 in Thief River Falls at the River Walk Public House from 7-9 pm (this class is completed with 17 participants)
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Wednesday,  October 17 in Red Lake Falls at the Red Lake Falls Library (this class has sufficient participants to take place)
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Tuesday, October 23 in  Hallock at the  Hallock Public Library
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Monday, October 29 in East Grand Forks at the Campbell Library
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Tuesday, October 30 in Greenbush at the  Greenbush Public Library
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Thursday, November 15 in Crookston at UMC in the Prairie Room
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Monday, November 19 in Gully
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All times 5:30-7:30PM unless otherwise noted.
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Please contact Mara (director@nwartscouncil.org) to sign up or schedule additional workshops! RSVP at least 3 business days before the class. If there are less than 5 people registered the class will be cancelled.

What is the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit?

West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019.  Other sites include St Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is working in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.  Art creation workshops are offered in October and November 2018 that will bring together citizens, in our seven county region, creating a canvas that depicts what they think of when they hear We Are Water.   

We Are Water MN explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship. The website on We Are Water MN shares stories from people in Minnesota relating to this theme.  To read these stories visit  https://mnhum.org/we-are-water-mn/

Visit West Polk Soil and Water District’s website to watch for more on this exhibit coming to Crookston at https://www.westpolkswcd.com/we-are-water.html

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