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2018 Arts Expo

The 2018 Arts Expo

Thank you for attending and for the many representatives of all the arts organizations that spent their day with us

Arts Expo. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council hosted an Arts Expo on Saturday, April 28 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. The event included presentations from representatives from a variety of arts organizations. These representatives staffed tables to meet with attendees, answer questions and provide information about their organizations and services. The NW Art Exhibit was open during the Expo.

NWMAC Board Member Elizabeth Rockstad greeted guests at the Arts Expo and Art Exhibit Reception

Before the Expo opened, Craig Dunn of VSA Minnesota gave a presentation for artists with disabilities, arts leaders, or other organizations trying to provide access to people with disabilities. He was also available during the Expo to answer any questions. Vsamn.org

VSA Exec Director Craig Dunn

 

Organizations at the Arts Expo and their representatives included this amazing line-up

MCA (Minnesota Citizens for the Arts): Sheila Smith, Executive Director

Travis Hanel speaks with MCA Director Sheila Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springboard for the Arts:  Dominic Facio 

North Dakota Museum of Art (located on the UND campus in Grand Forks): Matthew Wallace, Deputy Director

Minnesota State Arts Board in St Paul: Sue Gens, Executive Director. MN Arts Online and the River Walk Artists Gallery: Therese Masters Jacobson

Minnesota State Arts Board Ex Dir Sue Gens and MN Arts Online Therese Masters Jacobson
Ben Owen, an Arts Board program officer, runs the State of Minnesota’s Percent for Art in Public Places program. Ben is a regular presenter and talks with artists around the state about how to take advantage of opportunities at the Arts Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council in Warren: Executive Director Mara Hanel. Teaching Artist Roster Program Artist Stephanie Olson.

Playwrights’ Center: Julia Brown and Alayna Barnes. MN Fringe Festival: Dawn Bentley

Dawn Bentley of the Fringe Festival, Jane Anderson, MN Playwrights’ Center Julia Brown and Alayna Barnes.

Northern Clay Center: Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp. Minnesota Music Coalition Ryan Lee.

Jerome Foundation in St. Paul:  Ben Cameron

MN Association of Songwriters:  Carl Unbehahn

MN Theater Alliance: Joanna Snedman

Nemeth Art Center: Board Member Dawn Rossback

Women’s Art Institute:  Anna Garski

Women’s Art Institute’s Anna Garski speaks with Artist and NWMAC Board Member Janet Johnson

Explore MN Tourism: Dave Bergman

 

Of the Year Award Winners

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Honor

“Of the Year” Award Winners

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.  We are proud to announce this year’s recipients are Jim Kent of Crookston, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla and Scott Pream of Thief River Falls!

These “Of the Year” awards and the NW Art Exhibit awards were presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Saturday, April 28 in Thief River Falls at the Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA).

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Artist of the Year Scott Pream

Scott Pream of Thief River Falls was awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Mr. Pream is an extraordinary actor who also works behind the scenes to help others shine.  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.

 

 

 

Arts Advocate of the Year Betsy Saurdiff

Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla was awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Saurdiff is an art teacher in the Goodridge School District. She is passionate about the visual arts, an accomplished artist who works primarily in ceramics and encourages art exploration in her community. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

 

 

 

NW Star Award Winner Jim Kent

Jim Kent of Crookston received the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Kent is a musician and previously a school teacher in the Crookston School District.  He is active in the Crookston arts community through the community theater, civic music league, Pirate Fine Arts Boosters and Community Oratorios.  He shares his music skills with his church, the school and the community. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event on April 28 to honor these very deserving award winners!

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.

2018 Of the Year Award Winners Announced

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Announce

“Of the Year” Award Winners

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.  We are proud to announce this year’s recipients are Jim Kent of Crookston, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla and Scott Pream of Thief River Falls!

These “Of the Year” awards and the NW Art Exhibit awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Saturday, April 28 in Thief River Falls at the Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA) at 2:30 pm. Please come starting at 9:30 am that day to view the 99 pieces of high quality regional artwork on display in the REA lobby and vote for people’s choice.  At 2:00 enjoy a snack and music entertainment in the cafeteria.  The program will begin promptly at 2:30 with the main focus being the recognition and celebration of artists and the arts in Northwest Minnesota.  Everyone is welcome to this free event.

In addition, there will be an Arts Expo starting with a VSA presentation by Craig Dunn at 11:00 in the Dakota Room. This is for artists with disabilities as well as Arts Leaders or other organizations trying to provide access to people with disabilities. Round table presentations representing numerous arts organizations will be held from noon to 2pm in the Imperial Room. See here for more information.

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Scott Pream of Thief River Falls will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Mr. Pream is an extraordinary actor who also works behind the scenes to help others shine.  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.

Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Saurdiff is an art teacher in the Goodridge School District. She is passionate about the visual arts, an accomplished artist who works primarily in ceramics and encourages art exploration in her community. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

Jim Kent of Crookston will receive the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Kent is a musician and previously a school teacher in the Crookston School District.  He is active in the Crookston arts community through the community theater, civic music league, Pirate Fine Arts Boosters and Community Oratorios.  He shares his music skills with his church, the school and the community. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

Please come on April 28 to show support for our artists.  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.

ARTS A’ FAIR at the Minnesota State Fair

 

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).

    Selection criteria:

  • Audience enjoyment (must be family-friendly)
  • Uniqueness
  • 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: artsafair@mnstatefair.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: artsafair@mnstatefair.org

    Dudley Voigt, Arts A’Fair Program Manager, dudleyvoigt@yahoo.com or
    Shannon Buchda, Minnesota State Fair, shannon.buchda@mnstatefair.org, (651) 288-4395

The North Dakota Museum of Art Presents Robert Dick

Robert Dick

Myra Presents: Sunday Concerts in the Galleries

Sunday, April 8, 2 pm

A Virtuosic Journey Through the Past, Present and Future
Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Sonata Appasionata
Telemann: Fantasy #2 in A minor
Robert Dick: Piece in Gamelan Style
Robert Dick: Book of Shadows, for bass flute
Paganini: Caprice in E minor, Posato for violin
Transcribed by Robert Dick
Robert Dick: everyone@universe.existence
flutist & pre-recorded sounds, poetry Marvin Bell
Robert Dick: Time is a Two-Way Street, for two flutists
With Lisa Bost-Sandberg
Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze, Arranged by Robert Dick
As a boy starting to play the flute in the late 1950s, I used to imagine
my flute as a spaceship. After all, it had all the cool looking keys and rods and strangely shaped metal pieces that the spaceships in my Science Fiction magazines did. The flute stand became a landing
module (a decade before the Eagle landed on the moon!) and the trill keys were rotational thrusters.But my flute had something going that no spaceship can do-it traveled through time as well as space! And now, these decades later, I’m still in the cockpit, heading out on yet another journey, fueled by a lifetime of inspiration from music and all else I’ve experienced on planet Earth.

Today’s program takes us all the way back to the 1700s with a Fantasia by Telemann, through to the 19th century heavy metal of Paganini, bounces between clouds of futuristic sounds and traditional Japanese phrases, and ends-where else?-in the future with my ever-changing version of Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze.

I’m thrilled to be playing for you at the North Dakota Museum of Art and it’s my privilege to be your guide (no tipping, please!), opening the way to easily hear these wonders by introducing the pieces and talking about what happens and why, and how the music connects to us all.

Robert Dick is a musical visionary, a creative virtuoso in the tradition of Paganini and Hendrix, artists who redefined both the music and the technique of their instruments. Improvisor, composer, author, teacher and inventor, he performs worldwide. Listening to Dick play solo has been likened to the experience of hearing a full orchestra.

A central focus of my music is the idea that acoustic instruments can be treated as human-powered synthesizers, each capable of an enormous range of sonority and expression well beyond their traditional definitions. I have total faith in the ability of humans to transcend limits imposed by presupposition. As a child, I rejected the idea that the flute could only produce one note at a time and by my late teens had started to invent thousands of new sonorities. They were there for the doing, if one assumed they could exist, instead of couldn’t.

The idea of continuous transformation of timbre is very important to me, and my music is influenced by electric and electronic music, world music, natural sounds and the work of my fellow composer-performers. I try never to make pastiches but to fuse influences and create work that’s truly original.

Season or single performance tickets available online, at the door, or by calling the Museum at 701-777-4195. Each concert in the series takes place on Sunday afternoons at 2 pm at the Museum, and Monday evenings at Mayville State University.