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Lake of the Woods: Writers’ Retreat




Life got you busy? 

LOW Camp Flyer 2014 LAKECome out to Laketrails Base Camp on Oak Island for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and writing. This rustic island is the perfect getaway to rejuvenate and reconnect with your writing projects and goals.

When: September 18—21, 2014

LOW Camp Flyer 2014 CABINThe Plan: We’ll meet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Warroad, MN on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and carpool from there. Dinner will be on your own at Jerry’s Restaurant at Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle. Boat leaves for the island at 6:30 p.m. Once on the island, we’ll have an opening circle to get to know each other. After that, the weekend is yours. You’ll have time and space to write and enjoy nature. Meals and snacks are provided during your stay on the island. There will be an optional social hour on Friday and Saturday nights with soft drinks provided. On Sunday, we’ll conclude the retreat with a closing circle at 10:00 a.m. followed by brunch. We plan to leave the island around noon.

LOW Camp Flyer 2014 CABINHow 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 some buildings have electricity, but plan to spend part of your time unplugged. You won’t need to bring your own toilet paper, but there are no-flush toilets conveniently located near the men’s cabin and women’s cabin. There are showers, but use water sparingly (or jump in the lake.) There are canoes and a sauna for your enjoyment and lots of glorious nature and space to wander and write. It’s an island at the end of the earth — in the best sense!

LOW Camp Flyer 2014 MAPWhat to pack: Sleeping bag or linens, pillow, flashlight, comfortable clothing, life jacket if you’d like to canoe, swimsuit, alcoholic beverages for social hour (optional). 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. Please note that the nearest emergency medical facilities are at least 2 hours away.

Cost: $200.00 USD which includes boat transportation, meals and snacks on the island, lodging, canoes, sauna, campfires, lots of peace and quiet, and beautiful nature. Maximum of 15 people.

Register: Contact Kim Hruba, kim@redshoeswriting.com or (218) 469-0204. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due upon registration. Balance is due by September 8, 2014. LAKE TRAILS LOW


LOW Camp Flyer 2014



Call to Artists: Design Artist Needed!



Request for Proposals from Design Artists

Design artists should submit their design concept for the 3rd edition of the Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet, to our office by August 1, 2014.  The draft should be completed professionally on a computer, so our panel will be able to make a good selection.  Included with the draft should be a timeline for completion of the project by November 15, 2014 and the contract artist fee required to complete the job.  Please include your business card with contact information.  Only residents of the Minnesota counties Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau are eligible for this design contract.

Specifics for the Design

The front outside cover needs to include the text Artists of Northwest Minnesota as well as A Selection of Artists and Art Sites in Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau Countiesand one featured image.

The inside cover will be a page devoted to credits for the booklet project.  The first page will be a title page.  The second page will be an introduction page.

The next group of pages should have two artists featured per page in alphabetical order.  Each artist will have one sample image, their name, home town, title of the piece if visual art, dimensions if visual art, contact number, email, website, and artist statement.

The last page of the booklet will be a map of arts sites in our counties. The back pages will be a list of arts organizations, arts sites, and businesses that showcase art  in our counties that relate to the map.  The back outside cover will be suggested by the design artist.

Our website features the 2nd edition of this booklet (shown above) at:   http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/arts-directory/visual


Help Send our Students to Camp!


Northwest Minnesota Arts Council  needs your help.  The Minnesota State Legislature made a policy restriction to general funding in 2013.  This new policy only allows out of state travel and training costs of up to 10% of the grant amount per grantee.

Why is this an issue?

Traditionally, NWMAC has awarded grants to students to go to camp in North Dakota at International Music Camp, as well as other camps through out the United States.  This policy change would not allow NWMAC to give students small $500.00 grants, we would be limited to $50.00.

NWMAC has partnered with GiveMn.org to create a fundraiser to raise $3000.00 to send 6 students to camp outside the state of Minnesota.  Last year, NWMAC sent 7 students to IMC.  They studied in drama, creative writing, instrumental music and voice.

Alex Conwell of Red Lake Falls went to the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp in Kansas!  He area of study is the violin.  He had this to say:

Receiving the grant greatly reduced the already high cost to to MWROC, a wonderful music camp, where I made good friends, high-up music contacts, learned to be a better player and had fun!–Alex Conwell

Help us make summer camp dreams come true!

Click on the button and it will take you to our campaign page.

Online fundraising for Send Our Students to Camp


Or you can send donations directly to us at:

“Summer Camp”
109 S. Minnesota St.
Warren, Mn 56762

Thank you for your generous support!  We appreciate you!

Made Here | Hennepin Theatre Trust


Made Here | Hennepin Theatre Trust.

Click on the link…this has been reblogged from Hennepin Theatre Trust.  Everything about the “Made Here” project is designed to show the wealth of talent, diversity and ingenuity of Minnesotan’s.

See what’s happening!  Be involved!  Stay involved!  You are the difference!  Go make change!