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L’Ambizioso Duo Touring Northwest Minnesota

L’Ambizioso Duo, recipient of grant funding from the NWMAC, features thrilling classical bass and piano repertoire for audiences around the United States. Comprised of two brothers, Brock and Brayden study bass performance at Johns Hopkins University and piano performance at Concordia College, respectively. Be sure to catch them in concert during their tour of 2017.

L’Ambizioso Tour 2017 Dates


Sat. 14 @ 12:00pm – Middle River MN, First Lutheran Church

Tue. 30 @ 7:00pm – Middle River MN, First Lutheran Church

Wed. 31 @ 7:00pm – Hallock MN, First Presbyterian Church


Sun, June 11 @ 10:30am – Fargo ND, First Lutheran Church
Wed. June 21 @ 7:30pm – Dilworth MN, Dilworth Lutheran Church


Sun. July 9 @1:00pm – Steele ND, Trinity Lutheran Church & Golden Manor Center

Sun. July 9 @6:00pm – Moorhead MN, First Congregational United Church of Christ

Sun. July 23 @ 12:30pm – Maple Grove MN, Lord of Life Church
Sat. July 29 @ 6pm – Lake City MN, United Methodist Church

Sun. July 30 @ 10:30am – Elk River MN, United Methodist Church


Thur. Aug 10 @ 7pm – Fertile MN, Concordia Lutheran Church

Sun. Aug 13 @ TBD – Fosston MN, Kingo Lutheran Church


Long Prairie MN, Trinity Lutheran Church Bemidji MN, United Methodist Church Bloomington MN, Friendship Village

More to come…

Looking for Minnesota-based Mid-Career Public Artists to Apply!

Forecast’s 2018 Mid-Career Project Grant is open for applications


This grant supports the creation of a new publicly accessible temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist. Projects may be in any form or discipline, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, etc. The deadline to apply is July 18, 2017.

More information is available at http://forecastpublicart.org/mcknight-project-grant/

Starting June 15, the application will be available here: https://forecastpublicart.submittable.com/submit


Two Stage Application Process

Stage 1: RFQ

  • RFQs are due on July 18, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Applications will be accepted via the Submittable online application platform. Click here to apply. (Application will be open beginning June 15, 2017).
  • Complete applications include: a narrative (limit 650 words), a 2-page resume, and work samples.
  • Read application details. Please note that failure to follow application instructions may result in your application being deemed ineligible. Email grants@forecastpublicart.org with questions.
  • A panel of public art professionals will select 5 finalists, each of whom will be provided with a $1,000 stipend to support the preparation of a presentation and proposal that will be shared with the selection jury in December 2017.
  • Applicants will be notified of finalist decisions by early September.

Stage 2: Finalist Presentations

  • An informational meeting will be held for finalists in early fall and past proposal examples will be shared with finalists.
  • Presentations: Finalists will be required to prepare a 20-minute project presentation to give the panel a detailed and accurate indication of the work. Presentations can be made utilizing digital imaging programs such as Auto Cad or Sketch Up. They can be illustrated on boards or be presented as physical models or maquettes. Materials may not be returned to finalists.
  • Printed Materials: Finalists will be expected to prepare a printed proposal including at minimum a project description, budget, timeline, and a site approval letter.
  • Site approval must be secured by the date of finalist presentations (written documentation of site approval is required). It is recommended that applicants begin a discussion with site owners at the RFQ stage.

Selection Criteria

Past Recipients

2018 will be the seventh year that this grant will be awarded. Past awardees include:

 Staff Assistance

Info Session: Forecast’s Mid-Career Public Art Grants
This session will include an overview of our grants, application process, and selection criteria, as well as tips and resources for preparing strong applications!
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017
  • 6-7 p.m.
  • Forecast Public Art, 2300 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 160, St. Paul, MN 55114

Feedback Meetings: Limited 30-minute feedback meetings are available with Forecast staff. Dates to be announced. Applicants should come ready with materials they would like reviewed by staff.

Artist Services staff are available to answer questions and to assist applicants in navigating the application process. Email grants@forecastpublicart.org or call Jen Krava at 651-641-1128 x111.

This grant opportunity is generously funded by The McKnight Foundation.

Equality and Respect for All Videos — Express Yourself!

Do the words

Equality and Respect for All 

stir a desire in you to speak up?

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is looking for short video segments to use in our upcoming exhibit this summer.  It’s super easy to participate!  Original songs, poetry, acting, dance, spoken word, whatever expresses “what you feel and think” related to human rights and your own artistic expression.  Get outdoors, shoot some video, make a statement.  Be part of our exhibit!

Easy, easy, easy steps…

  1. Create your video on your smart phone or other device.  Optimal length is 5-10 seconds.  Max 2 minutes.
  2. Save it to Dropbox  here  or
  3. Google Drive  here 
  4. Or email as an attachment to nwartscouncil@gmail.com if very short.

Here’s a tutorial to help you with the uploading process — click on the link: Tutorial. Please let us know if you need assistance — we are happy to help.

5. Let us know that your video exists by emailing Lance at    nwartscouncil@gmail.com. Include your name, your community, and the video title.

We will select thirty videos by June 1 to initially be part of our showcase in East Grand Forks at our gallery in the Riverwalk  movie theater mall.  Videos that are submitted by June 30 will be added over time to the exhibit. The show will be up from June 22, 2017 until a reception on Saturday, August 19 during the Art and Wine Walk.  All participants will be invited to attend, greet the public, and take a group picture.  We already have sixty people creating 12 x 12 canvases to be on the walls related to this theme!

Please let us know if you have questions! We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!

Of the Year Award Winners 2017

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.

Arts Advocate of the Year Jane Vigness, Northwest Star Award Winner Annelee Woodstrom and Artist of the Year Gayle Moen.
Anneke Woodstrom after receiving the Northwest Star Award
Northwest Star Award Winner is Annelee Woodstrom

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that Annelee Woodstrom of Ada has been selected as the 2017 Northwest Minnesota Star Artist of the Year for her lifetime achievement in literary arts. Annelee is a writer and previously an award-winning school teacher in Twin Valley. She has written about her life in War Child: Growing Up in Adolf Hitler’s Germany and Empty Chairs.

Annelee grew up in Hitler’s Germany and moved to northwestern Minnesota in 1946 to marry an American soldier. At the time, she spoke 5 words of English: yes, no, hot, cold and Crookston. Her husband spoke no German. After attending college, she worked as a psychology, mass media, civics and English teacher. In 1984, she was selected as one of ten Teachers of Excellence by the Minnesota State Education Association. Annelee loved teaching and continues to stay in touch with many of her former students. After her husband died in 1998 she decided to start writing.

Annelee has published two books and has a third book coming out soon. Her first book War Child won the Jeanette Fair Award by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Of writing, Annelee says, “You have to be dedicated and put yourself out there.” Her writings are very personal. At times, she said it was painful to write her books, but it the process of writing was healing. “I dealt with the war through writing.”

Annelee speaks to many schools and other groups about her books, the writing process and growing up during the Nazi regime. She writes essays and letters to the editor about current events and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Asked if she had advice for aspiring writers, Annelee said, “Write for yourself. Don’t forget to write, to talk to each other and to read. We should all be encouraged to write. You’ll be surprised at what you learn. Writing has taught me a lot, even about myself. It cleans your mind.”

Joyce Schlagel commented, “Annelee is very deserving of this award for her writing. She really gives it her all. She really goes at it and I’m proud of her. Congratulations!”

The Northwest Star Artist Award is given each year to recognize artists within our seven-county region who stand out in terms of artistry. “Of the Year” Award winners are nominated by area residents. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. Funding for the Northwest Star comes from the McKnight Foundation.

Jane Vigness is Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce this year’s recipient for the Advocate of the Year Award is Jane Vigness of rural Climax.


Jane Vigness is the public librarian in Climax, active in the Sandhill Historical Society and an avid art promoter in her community. She is also a dedicated and hard-working volunteer in the Association of the French of the North (AFRAN). As a board member, Jane helps organize their Chautauqua & French-Canadian Metis Arts Festival each year in August. Jane has written about the event, including AFRANS’s newsletters and article in their book titled Treaty at Old Crossing To Invite Enlightened Understanding (AFRAN 2008). Each year she comes dressed in costume with carefully arranged flowers she has grown to decorate the stage.

Jane is best described by some of her fellow volunteers. “Jane has an empathy for people of diverse cultures. Jane is a true working partner who enlightens every one of us. She sees differences and appreciates what they bring to the occasion.”

Jane is energetic and supportive of the arts. She is always looking for new and exciting artists to exhibit or teach workshops in the library. She tries to bring visual art, theater arts and music to the library to enhance the quality of life in Climax and the surrounding area. Jane was instrumental in arranging the publicity and space for community members to create a community mosaic bulletin board in front of the library with a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council. She encouraged young people in the community to attend the weekly mosaic sessions and made it a point to get the word out in the community. After the bulletin board project was complete, she arranged a well-attended and successful open house, inviting the residents of Climax and surrounding towns to showcase the project, as well as individual mosaics that were created by participants.

Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is given each year to recognize arts advocates within our seven-county region who stand out in terms of volunteerism in the arts. “Of the Year” award winners were nominated by area residents. This award comes with a cash award of $500.00. Funding for the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Northwest Artist of the Year Gayle Moen

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that Gayle Moen of Shelly is the Northwest Artist of the Year. Gayle Moen is a talented musician and choral director. She plays the piano and organ and directs with endless enthusiasm.

Gayle’s lifelong commitment to music includes teaching piano, giving vocal lessons, and working with numerous choral and local theater groups. Many of her students have gone on to have a career in music. Gayle became the church organist at the age of 12. She was the founder, director, accompanist and the arranger of the Inspirations, a traveling gospel concert choir for 37 years. Under her direction, the group released 9 albums. She now directs, accompanies and arranges the Praise Singers at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. In addition, Gayle recorded a solo piano album.

Gayle has been described as a talented and knowledgeable musician full of creative and innovative ideas.  She creates musical programs with masterful arrangements and directs the ensemble from the piano effortlessly. According to Gaye Wick, “Gayle worked with Crookston Community Theater on the musical revue “Swinging on a Star.” By show time we were well prepared and comfortable. She works with you until you know it!  She does so with good humor and a smile on her face. Gayle has worked with many choirs and has helped with oratorios. Once again, she made it fun. I’m in awe of her abilities as a musician. Such talent!”

George French said, “I personally marvel at her keyboard skills while directing ensembles, and very much admire her abilities to arrange music to the level of musical expertise that her ensembles are able to achieve. She also gives all of her singers a chance to sing solos, realizing that a choir of soloists makes for a better ensemble.”

Dave Knudtson has known Gayle most of their lives. “Gayle inspires confidence in the people she works with. Among others, Gayle is certainly one of those who has given me the confidence to roar up on a theatre organ console, be it in Minneapolis, Fargo or New York City and I know I can pull it off. This is a gift she has given to any number of Minnesota musicians. But I am only one of the people she has encouraged and helped in our area.”

Gayle has been generous in sharing her talents with the greater northwestern Minnesota community.

The Northwest Artist of the Year Award is given each year to recognize artists within our seven-county region who stand out in terms of artistry. This 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. “Of the Year” Award winners were nominated by area residents and comes with a cash award of $500.00. Funding for the Northwest Artist of the Year comes from the McKnight Foundation.



Artist-in-Residency Program at McCanna House

The University of North Dakota Museum of Art is once again sponsoring an artist-in-residency program. Applications to the program are now open and there are two spots available — June 5 to 16, and July 3 to 21 — at the Museum’s McCanna House, an artist-in-residence facility 35 miles west of Grand Forks. They are seeking individuals, or groups, working in visual arts, literature, or music. McCanna House is a three bedroom, three bath facility. Group and individual proposals are welcome.

Named McCanna House, the residency will offer artists, composers, and writers time to work in a setting that preserves the history and integrity of one of North Dakota’s first architect-designed, country homes surrounded by rich agricultural land. Margery McCanna, a long-time Museum patron, donated her 1920s French country-style home to the Museum upon her death. It was her wish the property be used as an artist-in-residence space. The home is located in western Grand Forks County in McCanna, North Dakota (approximately 35 miles west of Grand Forks). Check out this link for more information – http://ndmoa.com/artist-in-residence. Or contact the University of North Dakota Museum of Art at 701-777-4195 or ndmoa@ndmoa.com for more information.

About McCanna House

Margery McCanna Jennison gave her ancestral home in western Grand Forks County to the North Dakota Museum of Art to establish the state’s first, full-fledged, Artist-in-Residence Program. Named McCanna House, the residency offers artists, composers, and writers unfettered time to work in a setting that preserves the history and integrity of one of North Dakota’s first architect-designed, country homes surrounded by rich, agricultural land.

McCanna, ND, is a small farming community about 35 miles west of Grand Forks, just north of the town of Larimore. The McCanna family began farming the area in the mid-1800’s, and it prospered into what was one of the largest Bonanza farms in the area. Margery McCanna Jennison inherited the family farmstead, consisting of the 1920 French country style farmhouse, a 40 x 70 foot steel building, and 9 acres of surrounding land. She was an ardent supporter of the arts, and a well-versed world traveler.

When Margery passed away in April of 2010, she left the farmstead to the North Dakota Museum of Art, with the understanding that it would be used to house an artist-in-residence program — a place where people could have the peace and solitude to unfurl the power of their imaginations. The house affords the resident artists a place to contemplate the visceral sense of space and change out here, and to allow this to inspire a blueprint of limitlessness.


  • Well lit French country-style farmhouse, detached 40 x 70 foot steel building, and large outdoor space with yards and surrounding tree lines.
  • House has 3 full bedrooms, each with attached bathrooms
  • Washer and dryer
  • Electric stove in well appointed kitchen
  • Screened in porch area with convenient BBQ
  • A modest array of hand tools
  • Opportunities to work with surrounding community groups
  • 10 miles from town of Larimore (pop.2,000), yet feels remote and private.
  • 35 miles from Grand Forks (pop.55,000), with its thriving art scene and good shopping/dining
  • Well stocked library
  • Fruit trees
  • Surrounded by working fields producing soy beans, potatoes, canola, and more…
  • Endless sky
  • Big weather





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