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Tending the Creative Soul February 17 5-6pm — Rise like the PHoenix

Tending the Creative Soul’s February topic is Rise Like the Phoenix


Join us Wednesday, February 17 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Did 2020 turn your creative dreams into ashes? Join our next Tending the Creative Soul as we chat about reviving those lost dreams. Let’s talk about our creative dreams for the future, as well as what dreams the NWMAC has in store. If interested, let Trey know by email and he will send you a Zoom invite a few minutes before the meeting. Bring a snack and drink if you would like.

This is a friendly informal gathering. Questions? Email Trey at treyeverettcreates@gmail.com.

First Friday Event: February 5 at 7 PM Kolling Cards Snowtime Coloring Adventure

Kolling Cards Minne-Mural™ Coloring Art and Activity Adventure: “Snowtime!”  

Pre-register for the Free Kolling Cards and Things Made Here Minne-Mural™ Coloring Art and Content “Snowtime” Activity Adventure 

Friday: February 5 at  7:00 p.m. Central Time  (6:00 p.m. MTN / 5:00 p.m. Pacific / 8:00 p.m. EST) 

Snow can be really hard to color… but it’s so much fun. Join Artist Cindy Kolling for the “Snowtime” Coloring Art Adventure from Kolling Cards.  It’s free, but you need to preregister to get the Zoom Event link.

Plan to learn lots of interesting “Snow Stuff” that can be helpful when you color the Snowtime and other Winter designs of Minne-Mural™ Coloring Art Poster.

You’ll mix some art with science and some science with art… You will learn about the colors of snow; and snowflakes.  You will even learn a little French (very little) and how to apply that to coloring snow.  

After this Adventure, you will not see snow the same way again!

The online Kolling Cards Coloring Art and Content Holiday Activity Adventure!  will offer relaxed, fun social interaction; creative activity and nostalgic reflection during this winter season.  You’ll discuss tips on color and light and shadow and lots more. 

Everyone welcome. This is a free Zoom event: pre-register and get the connection link emailed to you.  You will need internet/wifi access and a device with preferably a camera/microphone.

No purchase is required to join the event but if you want to color along on the “Snowtime”  Minne-Mural ™ Coloring Art Poster;  you can order these in a Home Delivery Carepack when you  Pre-register for the Snowtime Event through the shopping page:  https://kollingcards.com/shop     (Heads Up if you are ordering: the next featured Minne-Mural will be “Winter Birds” )

Expect it to be about an hour fifteen – to an hour and half.  There will be door prizes. 

See you online Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Central Time

Color on!  

Looking for Artists interested in Public Art Projects

There is funding available for public art — Don’t Miss Out!

Public Art Worksheet is due February 10.

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 19!

The NWMAC is looking for artists who are interested in pursuing a public art project this Spring/Summer/Fall of 2021. By expressing your interest in being added to our list, you are indicating that you have time and availability to undertake a public art project. Once we have created a list of interested artists, we will share and promote your interest to cities, businesses, and schools. If the entity interested in working with you is a for-profit business, then the artist will need to be the applicant for the grant. If the entity is a city, school, county, or nonprofit, then the organization will be the applicant. While the grant deadline will be in March or April, you must complete this worksheet by February 19 to be eligible. Please note that graphic art signs are not the intent of this program nor is advertising for the business with their logo.

Creating art in public spaces requires a different skill set than creating art for private commissions. It requires the artist to work with city, the community, or the neighborhood in collaboration to determine subject matter, look, and timeline. The artist needs to recognize and adhere to zoning and building codes. The artist also needs to be transparent at times with a whole committee of people related to design and installation and lighting requirements for public safety. Often it requires working at a large scale and understanding whether your art can handle our extreme weather. It can be very rewarding and fun! 

The worksheet is available here:

Please download, fill out and email back to us!

Virtual Arts Advocacy Day February 16-19, 2021

Why Virtual Arts Advocacy Day?

JOIN YOUR FELLOW ARTS ADVOCATES FROM ACROSS MINNESOTA TO CREATE ACTION FOR THE ARTS, FEBRUARY 16-19th.

Minnesota’s premiere arts gathering has moved online! You are needed to help “rally the troupes,” recognize this community’s resilience, and make our voice heard at the State Capitol.

With your action – online and as part of Zoom calls with legislators –  we can help legislators understand the importance of the arts to guarantee funding at this critical time. We may be at our own computers this year, but we can still connect and work together to advance our community. (And hey, we won’t need to worry about the annual Advocacy Day snowstorm!)

MCA is a recognized national leader is arts advocacy. Arts Action Week helps to preserve our Legacy Amendment and state grant funds.

Attend Arts Advocacy Day and help protect the arts funding you love.

What is Arts Advocacy Day/Week?

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts works to increase arts funding by bringing arts advocates together with their legislators about the importance of the arts to our lives and our economy. Every year about 500-1000 arts advocates join together for a rally at the Minnesota History Center Auditorium in the morning, split up into teams with experienced leaders and walk together to legislator offices to educate them about the arts in their communities and ask them to support arts funding. Because of Covid, we are expanding the day to a week (to give us more time to set up zooms) and will be completely online with a short rally, brief trainings, and then zoom meetings with legislators.

Who Goes to Arts Advocacy Day?

Attendees include painters, tenors, dancers, cellists, French horn players and other artists of all kinds, arts administrators and representatives from every arts organization statewide from the big organizations to the smallest all volunteer choir on the northern border, joining together to show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community. Where else could you go to be with 500-1,000 people who agree with you?


Why Should I Go?

Through this big day, we show the strength of Minnesota’s statewide arts community. Previous Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in significant increases in state arts funding (that goes out in grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils). The Legacy Amendment, which tripled arts funding in 2008, was passed on Arts Advocacy Day! Past participants have repeatedly shared their favorite parts of the day:

  1. They feel empowered by gathering together with like-minded people.
  2. They say that Arts Advocacy Day is the best arts networking event of the year, as it’s the only time that arts lovers of all kinds come together in one place.

What are the Important Issues This Year?

Covid has hit the arts harder than almost every other sector. At the same time the state of MN has a budget deficit so we will be fighting off cuts to arts funding.

Legislators need to hear about the importance of the arts to their districts and the impact the MSAB and RAC grants are having in their hometowns.

Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the Legacy Amendment in 2008, passing it by 56%, which created four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts. In the last several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Legacy Arts & Culture Fund be diverted away from the arts. With this uncertain political climate and increased polarization, we need to show a unified front to ensure that arts funding continues to be protected.

What is the Typical Arts Advocacy Day Like?

Watch a video from a previous Arts Advocacy Day.

Watch the video from the Lakes Regional Arts Council about their experiences at Arts Advocacy Day.

How do I join this year?

  1. Sign Up for Arts Action Week Here
  2. Attend/Watch the Opening Rally Webinar. (Info to watch live or on-demand will be emailed to you closer to the event.
  3. Attend meetings with your legislators. (Info for those meetings will be sent to you the week of the event.)

Can’t attend this year? Send your legislator a message about the importance of arts funding.

Arts Action Week Schedule:

Download Last Year’s (2020) Arts Advocacy Day Handbook

Upcoming Grant and other Deadlines

Individual Artist Grants for $1,500 — Due February 10

The NWMAC is has extended our deadline for individuals to ask for $1,500 grants.  The deadline now is February 10! This is the main category that individuals use to support their artistic business or advice their technical skills. This category is for non-hobby artists. Support for Individual Artist Grants comes from the McKnight Foundation.

Public Art Projects — Due February 10

The NWMAC would like to fund some public art projects.  Do you have experience with Public Art? Let us know by February 10 if you are interested in projects in our area.  We will be gathering information from interested artists, including examples of your work and budgets. We plan to share this information with interested organizations like cities and schools.  Let’s create some public art!

Arts Legacy Grants, Arts Project Grants and Arts Equipment for the Schools — Due March 1

There is a March 1 deadline for Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants, as well as for Arts Equipment for the Schools.

Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Sign

This year, the deadline for the NW MN Art Exhibit has been extended until April 15 due to June dates for the showcase.  The exhibit will take place in Warroad.  This allows more time for artists to create work.  The application is open online for you to submit work whenever you are ready.  The Artist of the Year deadline will be extended until April 15, as well.