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First Friday Event: Minne-Mural Coloring Art North American Tallgrass Prairie

It’s time for another 

Minne-Mural™ Coloring Art and Content Adventure 

First Friday Event  

Coloring Art Tips and Techniques mixed with Content information:


Featured Topic will be North American Tallgrass Prairie: Nature, History, Heritage, Science, and Minne-Mural™Coloring Art

This session will touch on the prairie ecosystem, plants, human impact and life on the prairie.  Good for all ages.  See a sampling of prairie Minne-Murals™  under the featured designs at www.kollingcards.com.

Plan to join Cindy on Friday Aug. 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm CST, 3:30 pm MT, 2:30 pm PST, and 5:30 pm EST.  This is a free Zoom event — just “order” the event through the shopping cart — click the pic for a link. You will get link details after registration.  

In September Cindy will try a different time for the event.  If you have input on a preferred time slot, please let her know. 

Of the Year Award Winners Announced

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Announce
Of the Year Award Winners

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. Many times people serve in both roles. Of the Year Award winners were nominated by area residents.

2020 Of the Year Award Winners include:

Rob Burkel of Thief River Falls will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award for theater arts. Rob has been involved in theater in the Thief River Falls area for 30 years. His dedication and talent is well known and admired. 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.

NW Artist of the Year Rob Burkel in The Boys Next Door

Bruce Piersol of Red Lake Falls will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Mr. Piersol is a musician and a strong advocate for the arts. He has performed and organized numerous musical groups bringing music to people who otherwise might not be able to experience it. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

NW Arts Advocate of the Year Bruce Piersol

Joe Wavra of Red Lake Falls will receive the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Wavra is a self-taught wood carver, creating life-size animals, Vikings, and trolls with a chainsaw. His carvings can be found throughout the area. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once as a lifetime achievement award.

NW Star Award Winner Joe Wavra

These awards will be presented on Tuesday, August 18 in Red Lake Falls. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our celebration of these wonderful artists and leaders in our area will be limited to close friends and family.

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.

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.