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Grant Info Session

The January 15 deadline for Individual Artist grants for $1,500 is coming soon!

Are you overwhelmed with the grant writing process and don’t even know how to begin?

We can help!

We offer workshops for people who have questions related to our on-line system, grant applications, grant management once they get a grant, and final reporting.  Our Executive Director Mara Hanel covers all aspects of the grant process. You will find that it is really helpful to attend.  The first ½ hour relates to the deadlines coming up.  The second ½ hour relates to the system and questions on grants management and reporting.  We offer webinars and a few in-person meetings at our office.  Don’t let your fear or inexperience with grants stop you from applying.  Let us know if you are interested by emailing mara@nwrdc.org or call 218-745-9111.

Upcoming grants workshop:

Monday, January 7 at 3:00 PM at our office.  

You Must RSVP! Let us know if you will attend. Have a conflict? Give Mara a call and she can assist you.

Individual Artist Grants Deadline January 15

START YOUR APPLICATION TODAY

NWMAC Individual Artist $1,500 GRANTS – DEADLINE JANUARY 15!

Individual artist grants are awarded to individuals in our region in performing, visual, media and creative writing arts.

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org, click on the Current Grants Forms under the Grants Tab. The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel 218-745-9111 can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

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Contact Mara for support and to review your application.  Mara can also provide a copy of the application and guidelines for you to review prior to starting your on-line application. There will be a grant writing workshop on Monday, January 7 at 3pm at our office in Warren to help you write this grant.

Submit by January 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm.

Artist Project Grants: Artists must be 18 years and older and reside in the seven-county Northwest Minnesota area at least six months out of the calendar year. Individual Artist Grants provide financial assistance for the exhibition, performance, or production of a specific creative work, mentoring with a more experienced artist, participation in not-for-credit arts experiences.

What is a typical project?  Often, grant proposals are to buy items that directly relate to your art like upgrading an instrument or replacing worn out visual art equipment.  Sometimes proposals are to attend a workshop that is important for your artistic growth then create a new body of work as a result of that learning.  Some grants are to allow artists to create a new body of work, then promote and showcase the result.

What is hard to get funded?  It is difficult to receive funding for items that are part of daily life like computers, printers, cameras, cell phones, etc.  It is also difficult to receive funding to travel to destinations for art training that have the appearance of a vacation.  It is difficult to receive funds to start a new arts medium since your current work sample is important to the application process and must show work within the medium you are applying.

Can I pay myself while I work on my project?  Yes, the McKnight Foundation, encourages established artists to be able to use grant funds to pay themselves to work on the project.  If awarded a grant however careful tracking needs to occur on the form provided.  If awarded all receipts for expenses need to accompany the final report or full or partial funding will be returned including the completed time tracking form.

Support for our Individual Artist Grants comes from the McKnight Foundation. The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis awards the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council $70,000 annually to provide grants and services to artists. Please see the McKnight page on our website that provides a summary and links to this programming. To see if you quality for this grant visit the grants link at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org/grants or call 218-745-9111 or email mara@nwrdc.org.

We Are Water Exhibit

We Are Water Exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery at the River Walk Gallery in East Grand Forks

Stop by and see it today!

We Are Water Exhibit

We Are Water workshops were held in a variety of locations throughout our region. In a similar spirit to our Equality and Respect for All workshops, participants were provided a 12×12 canvas, supplies and instruction to create a piece of art around this theme. Water can be a source of recreation; it keeps us alive; it is used for daily life. Participants were encouraged to bring snippets or photographs or anything else they might want to use as material, medium, or inspiration.  Completed artworks are now on display in the NWMAC Gallery.

We Are Water Exhibit at NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks

Canvas pieces will be exhibited at our gallery in November and December and will move to the University of Minnesota Crookston in mid-January.  There will be a reception on Friday, January 25 at UMC. There will be a catalog related to pieces in the show.

H20 RR by Steven Reynolds

What is the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit?

West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019.  Other sites include St Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is working in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.  Art creation workshops are offered in October and November 2018 that will bring together citizens, in our seven county region, creating a canvas that depicts what they think of when they hear We Are Water.   

We Are Water MN explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship. The website on We Are Water MN shares stories from people in Minnesota relating to this theme.  To read these stories visit  https://mnhum.org/we-are-water-mn/

Visit West Polk Soil and Water District’s website to watch for more on this exhibit coming to Crookston at https://www.westpolkswcd.com/we-are-water.html

TA-COUMBA EXHIBIT AT THE SORENSON GALLERY

Ta-coumba returns to Fosston! Anyone passing west on Highway 2 in Fosston has most likely noticed the mural along the building just west of the stoplights. In the 1990s Ta-coumba (T. Aiken) visited Fosston for an artistic experience involving his talents with Fosston High School art students. A mural was created depicting the history of Fosston with portraits and landscapes of its history. This mural remains a vital scene for visitors and residents today on a business building in downtown Fosston.

FCLAA is proud to bring the artistic works of Ta-coumba to the Sorenson Gallery November 5- December 31, 2018. The following excerpt is taken from Ta-coumba’s website (www.ta-coumba.com):
“I create my art to heal the hearts and souls of people and their communities by evoking a positive spirit.
My art reflects a successful robust life creating objects and experiences. Over the years art has allowed me to travel, nationally and Internationally through, fellowships, grants, residencies, commissions, exhibitions, lectures and curatorial activities. I work in the spirit of collaboration and take great joy from witnessing my arts ability to catapult people into a visual journey.

I have always been fascinated with energy as a door, hallway, gateway or tunnel and the effect on ones approach or exit of a place. I am a son of a healer. On December 29th, 1972 my mother, Janet Aiken died on my twentieth birthday leaving me with a legacy of healing. I reluctantly accepted this inheritance as it slowly redefined my art and my determination to heal and use my art as a vehicle for change.”

Fosston Community Theater to Present Annie

Leapin’ Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals.

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.”

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Performance dates are Thursday, November 29- Saturday, December 1.

Thursday and Friday performances will be held at 7:00 PM. Saturday performances to be held at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. A seating map is viewable online at www.FCLAA.org/theater/seating-map

Tickets available at Generations Clothing for Him, 114 W 1st St., Fosston or by calling 218-435-1676.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.