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Arts Advocacy Day 2017

1,000 arts advocates attended Arts Advocacy Day 2017 in St. Paul. Area residents, staff and board members met with northwestern Minnesota legislators to advocate for protecting the 47% of the Arts Legacy Fund and Maintaining the General Fund for the MN State Arts Board & Regional Arts Council System.

NW MN Arts Exhibit — Deadline February 28 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 2018 Annual Art Exhibit. The deadline to submit your art work is February 28, 2018! This year, the annual Art Exhibit will be in Thief River Falls at the Engelstad Arena and runs from April 18 through April 28, 2017.

Artists from our 7 county service region can enter into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2300.00 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 on Saturday, April 28. The exhibit opens at 9:30 am that day with the reception at 2:00 pm.

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 28, 2018.  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.


NWMAC is also accepting nominations for our “Of The Year” Awards.  Awards will be presented at the Artist Reception on April 28 in Thief River Falls. For more information, click here. 





Aliza Novacek-Olson, Fellowship Grant Awardee

Aliza Novacek-Olson is a fiber artist by medium and a folk artist by style. She was awarded a Fellowship Grant to provide demonstrations and workshops in the fiber arts to various community groups. Her goal was to impart awareness of fiber arts, as well as to display and preserve techniques of traditional methods used to create folk art from textiles. She utilizes primitive techniques and machines/tools used by our ancestors.

Aliza’s grant allowed her to travel around the region to demonstrate different types of folk art and to provide workshops to teach a fiber art technique to different communities and audiences. She doesn’t limit herself to one method of folk art. Her folk art techniques include spinning on both a traditional spinning wheel and the great wheel, processing and carding of natural animal fibers, weaving on a triangle and a peg loom, Nålbinding (a primitive needle binding technique), knitting on a circular knitting machine, and wet felting.

As a part of the grant, Aliza was also able to upgrade some of her equipment, purchase supplies and accessories and attend workshops herself to learn some new techniques to grow her skills in the fiber arts.


Interested in applying for a Fellowship Grant yourself? The deadline for artist project applicants is coming soon — January 15.

Click here for more information.

Support for our Fellowship program comes from the McKnight Foundation.


Fellowship Applications Open At Tofte Lake Center — Emerging Artist Applications Open Soon

Tofte Lake Center Opportunities 

Looking for an opportunity to get away, spend time outdoors and have time to create your art? The Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp near Ely, Minnesota will host its third annual weeklong artist retreat for a Minnesota artist who exemplifies the spirit, passions, and values of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna. This will be the week of September 25-October 1 in 2017.

For Gaia, physical activity and art were a means of self-expression, self-definition — in her DNA. At Tofte Lake Center, Gaia’s love of art and nature were perfectly combined. Surrounded by the beauty of this location, she spent many memorable days and nights creating all forms of art. She took time each day to commune with her spirit by hiking, biking, and kayaking. She has left her fingerprints all over Tofte Lake Center, touching both the people and property, as well as the world around her.

Application Requirements

*Applicants must live in Minnesota.

*Please fill out an application, complete with resume.

*After completing your residency, you will be required to submit a 1-2 page testimonial of your experience which could be shared with the public, to help keep Gaia’s artistic legacy alive.

Honorarium and Accommodations

Lodging is subsidized: the recipient is provided a solo cabin with kitchen and bath facilities.

The recipient will receive an honorarium of $200 to cover meals and travel. Once at TLC meals are the responsibility of the artist.

Application and Selection Timeline

Applications for 2017 are open until January 15, 2017

The recipient will be notified by February 15, 2017

Questions? Contact info@toftlekae.org

The Emerging Artists Program Open December 15

Tofte Lake Center is also sponsoring its 8th annual Emerging Artists Program which enables both individual creative artists and a collaborative team of artists to take time and attention to focus on their current work. This program subsidizes two one-weeklong residencies for 7 emerging artists and/or 2-3 person creative teams from the Minnesota and the 5 boroughs of New York, and 1 week-long residency for a performing arts project that would have exclusive use of the facilities. Please note that applicants must live in either MN or one of the 5 NYC boroughs to be eligible to apply.

The residencies at TLC are intentionally interdisciplinary in nature. Artists from several disciplines can apply: playwriting, poetry, prose writing, painting, music composition, and dance. We would be happy to accept applicants who sculpt, produce films, are photographers, work with crafts; we are, however, more limited in terms of the materials we can provide. The underlying philosophy is to provide space and means of support for individual artists wishing to further their creative endeavors in the visual, literary or performing arts. The dramaturgical assistance of TLC director Liz Engelman is available if desired.

Group Project Week: July 17-23, 2017

Individual Artist/Creative Team weeks: Planning is in progress-please stay tuned!

How To Apply

Submissions will be accepted from December 15, 2016 – February 15, 2017.

Each Artist Will Receive Each artist from MN will receive an honorarium, meal, and travel stipend of $800, and each artist from NYC will receive $1,200.

Accommodations There are 7 sleeping areas in four cabins. 2 cabins are solo cabins, the other five sleeping areas are either bedrooms or lofts in shared cabins. Each artist will have his/her own room/loft.

Emerging Artists We define “emerging artists” as those who have not attained name recognition in their profession/field by having a body of critically recognized work (at least 3 major productions, showings, exhibits, books) at major and well-known institutions/publishers.

Application And Selection Timeline

February 15, 2017 at 5PM, PST: Application Deadline

April 1, 2017: Recipients Notified

Questions? Contact info@toftlekae.org

Made possible by the Jerome Foundation

2017 Rural Arts & Culture Summit Seeking Proposals



Springboard for the Arts, the Center for Small Towns and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota are seeking proposals for the 2017 Rural Arts & Culture Summit, which will take place June 6 – 8, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

The 2017 Rural Arts and Culture Summit will gather rural artists, arts organizations and community and economic development leaders from the upper Midwest and beyond. The goal of the RAC Summit is to build capacity for long-term partnerships between artists and rural communities by facilitating cross-sector conversations and professional development workshops for up to 400 artists, board members/staff/volunteers of rural arts organizations, and rural development stakeholders.

They are looking for sessions and workshops that do any of the following:

*Provide resources or training to help individual artists and arts organizations thrive in rural communities.
*Bridge relationships between the arts and other sectors (such as health, economic development, environment, education, historic preservation) by providing stories of impact/lessons learned about artists engaging in rural community development issues.
*Celebrate diverse forms of creative expression in rural communities
*Inspire action for sustaining or growing support for rural arts and culture.


Please read the proposal guidelines before you submit your proposal. The deadline for submitting your proposal is midnight on Monday, December 5, 2016.

The proposal form can be found at this link: http://tinyurl.com/racproposals

For more information about the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, visit www.racsummit.org