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Job Opening: Training/ Networking Specialist

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hiring a Training/Networking Specialist. Deadline to apply is March 10. Complete the application on-line at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JobAppNWMAC and email/mail our office your cover letter showing interest.  The on-line application form goes through all the work activities listed below and has a box for you to comment on your skills related to doing this important work for our office.  If you have questions or trouble accessing the application survey, please contact Mara at director@nwartscouncil.org. 

Training Specialist Contract Position Details

$11,000 annual budget

·         Teaching Artist Roster Training: coordinate and conduct Summer 2020 training sessions.  Approximately 165 hours.

·         Performing artists tech skills training: coordinate and conduct Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 training sessions.  Approximately 100 hours.

·         Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists workshop series within this contract period.  Coordinate with Springboard for the Arts and attend the sessions providing administration. Approximately 40 hours.

·         Minnesota’s Creative Northwest network.   Coordinate/attend.  Provide content into landing page on our website related to Minnesota’s Creative Northwest.  Approximately 50 hours.

·         Training in Folk Arts/Festival coordinators network if time.  Approximately 40 hours.

·         Report on progress at Nov/Dec and June meetings of NWMAC.  Attend the annual meeting in June if available to present.  Approximately 4 hours.

The rate of pay is $25 an hour.  There are no benefits and you need to provide your own office equipment that is sufficient for the work.  You do need to show that you can work with current technology and on-line platforms that we use or be easily trained in those systems.  It is a job that people do out of their home as a contract worker.  The budget is $11,000 for wage and some mileage reimbursement for an entire year plus a couple months.  The contract period will be from hire to June 30, 2021.  Candidates should reside in our seven-county area.

Arts Legacy & Arts Project Grants Application Deadline March 1

Arts Legacy Grants up to $10,000 &

Arts Project Grants up to $3,000 

Applications have March 1 Deadline 

Apply Now 

Applications are open for Arts Project Grants and Arts Legacy Grants. Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations. Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties. The deadline to apply is March 1.

Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven-county service region. Funding can be used for Arts Projects, Arts Equipment, General Support, Public Art Projects and Arts Events in northwest Minnesota. These grants are up to $10,000 with a required cash match.

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match.

Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.

There will be a grant writing assistance workshop on February 12 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM at our office. In addition, our Executive Director is available for one-on-one assistance by appointment at our office in Warren. Contact the Arts Council office if you would like us to host a grant writing session in your community between January 27 and February 13.

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org. The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it. Please contact her at mara@nwrdc.org or call 218-745-9111.

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Winter Fantasy Art Exhibit

NWMAC Sponsors

Winter Fantasy Art Show

The Winter Fantasy Art Exhibit is the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s current exhibit at our gallery at Northland Community and Technical College.

Join us as our artists help you to escape into other worlds that lead into the magic, myths and fantasy of winter. Visit our exhibit and let your mind explore as you go on an adventure in our winter fantasy wonderland.

NWMAC Winter Fantasy Exhibit at NWMAC Gallery at NCTC

The show was exhibited on January 12  in the lobby of the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls as a part of Ice Fest 2020. The exhibit then moved to our gallery at Northland Community and Technical College through February.

Join us for an Artist Reception on Friday, February 28 from 6 to 8PM. Meet the artists and take in the exhibit. Refreshments will be served.

NWMAC Winter Fantasy Exhibit at NCTC

For more information about the exhibit or our other exhibits look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, call our office at (218)-745-9111 or contact Kelsey at (218) 688-0078 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com

Cloth Mache Dragon series by Katelyn Crowe of Warroad

Artists with work in this exhibit include: 

  • Katelyn Crowe of Warroad: Cloth Mache Dragons series 
  • Kendra Olson of Thief River Falls: Character series 
  • Jodi Peterson of Ada: Glass Ornaments 
  • Shantelle Carey of Thief River Falls: An Individual Exploration of Spirituality (rabbit skin) and her “Bean” series 
  • Heather Sabian of Crookston: Leather Sculpture Series 
  • Lia Hanson of Thief River Falls – Joys of Ember
  • Loren Younggren of Hallock – Winter Photography Scenes
  • Coby SkjervenWee Folk Sculptures
Artwork by Artist Heather Sabian
Winter Fantasy Exhibit. Photos by Loren Younggren.
Winter Fantasy Exhibit featuring work by Shantelle Carey and Kendra Olson.

2020 Annual Art exhibit — Deadline February 29 to Apply!

Apply for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit — Open Now

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce their latest “Call for Entries” for the 2020 Annual Art Exhibit. The deadline to submit your art work is February 29, 2020!

This year, the annual Art Exhibit will be in Red Lake Falls in April after Easter. Stay tuned for specific dates!

Artists from our 7 county service region can enter into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards.  Artists must reside in Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau, or Red Lake counties to be eligible.  Both adult and student artists are encouraged to enter.  Exhibit cash award winners will be chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror.  They will be recognized and receive their check at the Artist Reception. The Artist Reception will be held on April 29 at 5PM in Red Lake Falls. The specific location will be announced soon.

Click for more information, including the exhibit entry rules and directions.  If you would like the application mailed to you, please contact our office 218-745-9111 or email Mara. The application must submitted no later than February 29, 2020.  There is a teacher spreadsheet available by emailing Mara.  Teachers can also submit a Word file with student work samples to ease the process.

Here are some main pages on our website that you can click into from our navigation on the left.

Art Exhibit

NW MN Art Exhibit

NWMAC Art Exhibit Directions

NWMAC Art Exhibit Rules

We encourage you to enter with our on-line system!  Login in the upper right corner of our website.  And create a user or use your past Login.  The link below takes you directly to the Login.

ONLINE PORTAL

If you would like to use Paypal, you will find the link on our main donations page here

NWMAC is also accepting nominations for our “Of The Year” Awards.  Awards will be presented at the Artist Reception in Red Lake Falls. For more information, click here.

Of the Year Awards Nominations

Nominations Now Accepted for

“Of the Year” Awards

 including

Northwest Artist of the Year Award $500

Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award $500

Northwest Star Award for $5000!

NWMAC is accepting nominations for our “Of The Year” Awards once again. The nomination form is on our website.

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. Many times people serve in both roles. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500.00 and often goes to a local leader who lives in the area where the artist reception will be held.  But anyone is eligible to be nominated.  Arts includes all disciplines.

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 to use however they see fit.

Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. This award is for $5,000.00 and can be a wonderful gift to those who have chosen a hard career path related to artistic expression.

Our deadline for nominations is always the last day of February each year — this year it is February 29. Please consider nominating someone who you view as a deserving candidate from our seven county service area in northwestern Minnesota. Persons who believe their nominee would qualify for this award and have questions should contact the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office at (218) 745-9111 or email mara@nwrdc.org for more information.  Again, the deadline for nominations is February 29, 2020.

Awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit  Reception in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota on Wednesday, April 29 at 5PM. For more information about the Arts Exhibit click here.

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.