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NWMAC Stands Against Racism

NWMAC Stands Against Racism

The unrest that has unfolded in the wake of yet another tragic loss of a black person’s life has turned into a movement for an end to systemic racism across the nation and across the world. Northwest Minnesota Arts Council stands with and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.  

Racist violence is unfortunately a part of our history, of society, and it must stop. We must not tolerate racism towards people of color, indigenous groups, Latinos, or any minority group held back and held down by systemic injustices. We pledge to fight racism wherever it appears. 

For more than two years, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has been working on issues of equity in how public dollars are distributed for the arts, how arts groups can affirm equity as a core principle, and how we operate as an organization.

It’s only the beginning of a long journey that will require us to listen to more people, to probe deep-set biases, and to question many aspects of our operations. 

We’ve changed many of our practices in the past two years, including adding an Equity Task Force and diversifying our board members and hosting focus groups, but still know we need to do more.  If you would like to join us in this work towards justice and equity for all in our region, please feel welcome and appreciated for what you bring to the table. 

Additionally, we know people need art now more than ever to express ourselves and cope with the many emotions we have all been feeling. We will be sponsoring a virtual art workshop and exhibit in the near future on this theme so please stay tuned for more information.  

Sincerely, 

Board of Directors and Staff

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council

Teaching Artist Roster Program Training in August

The NWMAC will be holding a Teaching Artist Roster Program (TARP) training series in August 2020 

Apply now to be part of this cohort and join our TARP Roster online 

What are the TARP training dates?  Thursdays and Mondays in August 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, and 24, 2020 from 6:30 to 9pm.

What is the location?  All trainings are virtual/remote due to the pandemic. Computer connection and internet are essential to participate.  

Who is the trainer for TARP?  Jane Anderson of Thief River Falls has experience leading our previous cohorts and will be leading participants through engaging materials and interesting discussions about the value of artists residencies. She is a fun, engaging trainer with a background in performing arts and teaching. NWMAC is excited that she has agreed to teach this condensed series of six sessions. Guests will also attend and share interesting information.  

Am I eligible?  Qualified individuals live within our seven county service area of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Red Lake, and Roseau counties in Minnesota and can live within 60 miles of our regional boundaries extending into North Dakota and Canada.   

Who should apply and attend?  This session is geared towards teachers in the visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing who are interested in artist residency activity during summer months and leading festival workshops. It is also geared towards people who have a history with already doing artist residency and festival workshop activities and would like to be listed on our roster after attending our training series.      

How can I apply to be in TARP?  You can go on-line and complete the application in our NWMAC online grants system here. Or go to www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org and click login in the upper right corner to enter our online system.  If you have not already done so, you will need to set yourself up as a user with your email and a password.  Help is available from our office at director@nwartscouncil.org if you have any problems.  Please apply by July 31!

What is the cost?  This is free to attend. The value of the training series is equivalent to receiving a $500 grant. 

Can I get the guidelines and application sent to my email or mailed to me?  Absolutely!  Just email your request to director@nwartscouncil.org and include your email or mailing address.      

How many people will participate? NWMAC needs a group of 6 participants to hold the training.  The group can be as large as 20 before qualified candidates are turned away.  

What if I miss a session?  Since it is all on-line, you can miss a session and catch up by watching the recording.  However, you will be dropped from the program if you have too many misses and fall behind in watching the recordings and completing the assignments.  

Can I get CEUs for this course?  Yes, all participants will receive documentation for CEU credits.  

What if I attended a previous TARP training series, can I attend again to complete my TARP profile?  Yes, previous attendees can attend again to refresh and work on their materials.  Please contact our office to be added to the attendee list and go through a process to check your Internet connection. This session will be faster paced and geared for people who have either been or are an arts school teacher or have previous experience doing residencies.   

Hopefully it will work for you to sign up and join this group of creative people! Thanks for your interest.

Summer Arts Program

The Fosston Community Library and Arts Association to Hold

Children’s Summer Arts Program

Program cost is $20/child and includes 4 online classes and the supply kits for all classes. Registration closes on Wednesday, June 17th at 8 PM.  Kit pickup will be June 22nd from 5-7 PM at the Fosston Library Arts Center (403 Foss Ave N).

Thanks to generous donors, a limited amount of scholarships are available for children in need during this time.

The FCLAA will also be offering summer art classes for adults!

For more information, and to register, go to www.fclaa.org

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. 

NWMAC Town Hall Wednesday, May 20

NWMAC is hosting a Town Hall for the Arts

Let’s Connect!

Who:

NW MN Artists and Arts Leaders/Coordinators

You are invited to join NWMAC Director Mara Hanel to connect and network with each other on Wednesday, May 20 at 3:00 PM.

Register to receive the link to join by conference call or GoToMeeting as a video conference. Each person will have two minutes to share their thoughts, observations, and concerns. There will be a chat function, too.  Mara will share how NWMAC is coping with COVID-19 and what resources we are providing, including disaster relief grants to individuals and amendment forms to current grantees. Please join!  

This is a Town Hall of people from our seven county area of the State of Minnesota. To get a link please email your name, home town, organization (if applicable), and arts discipline to mara@nwrdc.org by Wednesday, May 20 at 12 Noon, and she will send you back an email with the link.  Thanks and we look forward to connecting!        

Are you performing or creating or teaching art online?

The NWMAC wants to give NW Minnesota residents opportunities to experience art from home. We would also like to connect artists during this time of social distancing. Let us share your online performances or online art creating or teaching sessions with the region on our Facebook page and website. Reach out to our Promotions and Marketing Specialist Kristin Eggerling at keggerling@gmail.com with questions or to share your work.