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Join Us for a Conversation on State Grants

Kathee Foran, Program Officer with the Minnesota State Arts Board, will be in our part of the state April 30 – May 2.

The Minnesota State Arts Board has eleven programs that aim to foster opportunities for all Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Their grant programs are open to artists and arts organizations, but many programs are also open to schools, health and human service organizations, senior centers, cities, and other types of non-arts organizations that are interested in partnering with artists to bring arts activities into their work.

Kathee will be in northwest Minnesota and available to meet with residents in the following towns:

Sunday, April 30, 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm Halstad (before the Artist Reception)

 Monday, May 1, 10:00 am – Noon Crookston

 Monday, May 1, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Thief River Falls

 Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 am – Noon Roseau

 Tuesday, May 2, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Red Lake Falls

You can have a casual conversation, or you can focus in on a specific idea. She will have information on their programs, including who is eligible to apply, what types of projects can be funded, how the application process works, and more. If you are already considering applying, we could spend time talking about tips crafting applications.

If you’re interested in meeting, please let Kathee know and she’ll reserve an appointment for you.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact her or the NWMAC.  She is looking forward to meeting you.

Kathee Foran , Program Officer

Minnesota State Arts Board

Park Square Court, Suite 200

400  Street, Saint Paul, MN  55101

kathee.foran@arts.state.mn.us

(651) 215-1626 and (800) 866-2787

 

Training/Networking Contract Position Open

We are Hiring a Training/Networking Specialist

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hiring a Training/Network Specialist. This is a contract position and is initially for $1,800, to work in May and June.  The contract will then be offered again from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 for $11,000.  This contract will involve approximately $9,000 of time at $25.00 an hour and $2,000 of travel.

The first two months (May and June) will be focused on coordination via computer and phone calls.  The contract person must supply his or her own computer and home office environment.  Please submit a letter of interest for this position related to the first and second contracts listed below and your resume.   The deadline to apply is May 2.   Email mara@nwrdc.org.

The first contract from May – June 30, 2017 for $1,800 has six tasks:

  • Set up our new “Bag it: Creative Lunches” networking program.
  • Research a series of trainings related to auditoriums on light, sound, microphones, set, etc.  Use area experts.
  • Coordinate Arts Organizations to learn about Americans for Disabilities Act:  Set-up VSA training in our region.
  • Training Artists to do Artist in Residency work: Set-up COMPAS training in our region for Fall.
  • Train 8 small contract workers to be Springboard Work of Art trainers for our area and Bag It facilitators.
  • Report on progress at June 2018 meeting of NWMAC in writing.

The second contract is from July 2017 – June 2018 for $11,000:

  • Implement Bag It: Creative Lunches starting in September 2018.
  • Implement Auditorium trainings with VSA trainings in Thief River Falls.
  • Coordinate COMPAS training for artists in July, Aug, Sept.
  • Check and continue to train the 8 contract workers implementing Work of Art and Bag It.
  • Art Crawl planning with implementation first weekend in Oct 2018, travel with Executive Director to Meander Art Crawl in Montevideo to experience and learn what works.
  • Coordinate an Arts Expo with organizations from across MN at our Spring 2018 NWMAC Art Exhibit reception weekend.  Including: 1)Placemaking session for cities, artists and arts organizations within Arts Expo. 2) Cinco de Mayo training guide for Cities and Arts Organizations within Arts Expo. 3) Festival training 101 session within Arts Expo.
  • Report on progress at Nov/Dec and June meetings of NWMAC.

We expect that there will be a third contract from July 2018 – June 2019 for $12,000.  Major work actvities will include:

  • Art Crawl implementation first weekend in Oct 2018 with help from Executive Director.
  • VSA training for Arts Organizations continues with check in related to progress on goals.
  • Artist residency training for artists continues with new set of artists.
  • Bag It: Creative Lunches continue and are evaluated.

“Of the Year” Award Winners & Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Reception

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Announce

“Of the Year” Award Winners

Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Reception

 

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 Gayle Moen of Shelly, Jane Vigness of Climax, and Annelee Woodstrom of Ada!

These “Of the Year” awards and the NW Art Exhibit awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Sunday, April 30 in Halstad at the Norman County West High School cafeteria and small gym at 2:00 pm. Please come starting at 12:00 noon to view the 100 pieces of high quality regional artwork on display in the NCW library and vote for people’s choice.  At 1:15 enjoy a snack and music entertainment in the cafeteria.  The program will begin promptly at 2:00 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, the 2017 Creative Minnesota Report about Northwest Minnesota will be given by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Sheila Smith, followed by a brief discussion of the impact of the arts and culture in the region. Craig Dunn from VSA Minnesota will be attending to meet and greet and talk about the Americans for Disabilities Act. He will have information that helps arts organizations work towards inclusion for people with special needs. Kathee Foran will be attending as a program director at the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB).  She will have materials related to grants and services of MSAB. The public is welcome to attend. RSVP for the reception at 218-745-9111. For more information about the Arts Exhibit see our website: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/2017/04/northwest-minnesota-arts-council-annual-exhibition/

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Gayle Moen, Shelly MN, will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Ms. Moen is a musician. She plays the piano and organ. She is a long-time educator in the Crookston Public School System. 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.

Jane Vigness of rural Climax will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Vigness is the librarian in Climax and is active in the Sandhill Historical Society. She is also active in the Association of the French of the North and as a board member helps organize their arts festival each year in August. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

Annelee Woodstrom of Ada will receive the Northwest Star Award. 

Ms. Woodstrom 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. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

Please come on April 30 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.

The NWMAC is Pleased to Announce our Biennial Plan

We are holding a

Public Hearing on our Biennial Plan

May 4 at 4:00 PM

NWMAC office 109 South Minnesota Street, Warren

Every two years we are required to present a new plan to the public that describes the programs and services we intend to provide within our region. The process in developing this plan includes feedback from the residents of our seven-county region – Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Norman, Red Lake and Roseau, gathered throughout the past two years. The Biennial Plan will be available on our website from April 13 until May 3 for comment. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to read the plan.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this meeting on May 4. Comments are welcome and encouraged.

Questions?  Email mara@nwrdc.org or call 218-745-9111.

NWMAC Draft Biennial Plan.pdf 2017

 

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Annual Exhibition

NWMAC Annual Exhibition
Opens Thursday, April 20th
 
Norman County West School
Halstad, MN

 

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is the primary coordinator and sponsor of this popular area exhibition.  Last year $2,300.00 of prize money was awarded at the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibition!
Thursday, April 20, Exhibition Opens to the Public
People’s Choice Voting Begins
Sunday, April 30th  Exhibition & Reception
12:00 P.M. Open for Viewing 
 1:00 P.M. Artist Reception
2:00 P.M. Program
Including “Of the Year Awards” Presentation and 2017 Creative Minnesota Report about Northwest Minnesota by  Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Sheila Smith, followed by a brief discussion of the impact of the arts and culture in the region.
Exhibition Closes Afterwards.
Please join us!