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Midwest Grain: Watercolor Paintings by Debbie Aune

New Exhibit Now Open!

Midwest Grain

Watercolor Paintings by Debbie Aune

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to exhibit Midwest Grain, a collection of watercolor paintings by Debbie Aune, which feature familiar landmarks to all of us living in northwest Minnesota: grain elevators. A longtime artist of Gatzke, Minnesota, Debbie grew up on a small farm in northern Minnesota, and recalls her early fascination with these historical structures.
“As a small child a trip in the old, crusty, dirty truck to the local elevator was quite the trip. In my early teens I would most likely be found in the dusty combine riding with Mom, and then at age seventeen-it was my job to turn all the fields upside down in preparation for the next year. Dirt was fun!”

Debbie’s art, primarily watercolor paintings, often depicts scenes of daily life in our communities-and our region’s history. “With no surprise, farming, farming equipment and storage buildings have again made their way into my latest watercolor exhibit, Midwest Grain. Elevators, tracks and trains swarm with history, stories and memories good and bad. Every town big or small has (or had) a grain elevator. Good thing I like the color gray!”

Debbie’s exhibition is now open through March 31, 2018 at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks.

Meet the artist on Saturday, February 24, when Debbie will be at the gallery to discuss her works during the Art & Wine Walk, at 1:00 P.M.

“My hope in painting these grain elevators of Northwest Minnesota, besides the obvious farming flashbacks and sense of nostalgia, is to show the charm and curious attraction of these big gray monuments. Their form, the perspective, the subtle changes of gray, their rust, the interlacing spouting and conveyors-it’s all a kick to paint! I have a connection with this dirt we call earth and the galvanized steel, iron and wood that rises from it. Paris, Melbourne and Rome will have to wait. “
To view Debbie’s art, please visit the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenuein East Grand Forks (located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery) now through March 31, 2018. The gallery is open ThursdaySaturday, 2:00-8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 P.M.
All of Debbie’s art featured at the gallery is for sale and can be purchased by contacting the artist at (218)689-2363. For more information about Debbi’s exhibit, or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Kat Allen at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

Arts Advocacy Day is March 6! Plan to attend

Join Us for Arts Advocacy Day
on March 6, 2018!

“Thank you” is not a message legislators hear very often.

On March 6, 2018 Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will bring hundreds of arts advocates from around the state to the State Capitol for “Arts Advocacy Day” to thank legislators for following through on the promise of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that dedicated funds to conservation and the arts. Last year 1000 arts advocates filled the Capitol!

Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the Legacy Amendment, passing it by 56%, which created four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts in 2008. 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.

How does state funding help support access to the arts in your community? Legislators need to know.

ARTS ADVOCACY DAY SCHEDULE:

It’s the biggest arts networking day of the year! MCA invites you to join your fellow arts advocates at the Minnesota History Center and State Capitol to talk about the arts, make new friends, and educate our legislators. Together we will speak about the impact that the arts have had on our lives and our communities. Meet great arts people from all over the state, and make a difference with your friends and neighbors.

You and your team will be led by an experienced advocate who has participated in past Arts Advocacy Days and knows what to do. Following a brief rally, you and your team will visit a series of legislators over the morning, giving you plenty of time to get to know your teammates and the issues you are discussing.

By working together we show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community. Let your elected officials know what you think! Registration Deadline is March 2, 2018.

REGISTER NOW AND FIND OUT MORE AT:
http://artsmn.org/act/events/arts-advocacy-day/

7:30 AM:             Doors Open at the Minnesota History Center
8-9:00 AM:          Registration & Coffee (For those not attending Creative MN event or Class).
8:00 AM:             Creative Minnesota 2017 Report: New Local Studies
8:30 AM:             Advocacy Class for New Attendees
9:00 AM:             Rally & Join your Team
10:00 AM:           Walk or Take MCA Shuttle to Capitol
10:15 AM–2PM: Legislator Appointments (MCA Homebase will be in the Transportation Building.)
Contact our office with questions or if you are interested in riding together.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines — Apply Today

Grant Deadlines March 1

Arts Legacy GRANTS up to $10,000.00, Arts Project GRANTS up to $3,000.00                                                     

The Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven county service region.  Funding for the grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match.  This grant programs have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.

Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.

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.

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 Fellowship program 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

Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations.  Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

Individual adult artists can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000 if their project has a very strong community focus.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

Teaching Artist Roster Training — Apply today

Are you a local artist interested in teaching residencies in the schools in our area?  NWMAC is looking for Teaching Artists
who reside in our seven county service area for our roster!
Apply by February 15th to be part of the second training series.  Go to our on-line system, register, and complete the Teaching Artist Roster application.  Training dates are in March on Saturdays and Wednesdays at our office in Warren.
The deadline to apply is February 15, 2018.  

Dates of the training will be:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (6-9 p.m.Remote access
Saturday, March 10, 2018 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Saturday, March 17, 2018 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (6-9 p.m.)  Remote access
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (6-9 p.m.)

Please contact our office with any questions you have about this program.

North Country Fiddle & Dance February Dance Party!

North Country Fiddle and Dance February Dance Party!

February 17 with Shawn Glidden – guest caller from St.Paul, MN

7:30 to 10:00 PM

East Grand Forks Eagles Club, 227 10th St. N.W. EGF, MN

Long-ways reels, simple squares, whole circle mixers, New England contras and more, are all danced to live fiddle music performed by local and regional dance musicians. All dances are taught and are easy to learn. All are welcome, including singles, couples, and families. Guest caller Shawn Glidden brings new dances from St.Paul.

Donations at the door

Upcoming Winter/Spring Dances:

March 17th – with Clancy Ward ( fiddle) , and Kyle Ollah (banjo), from Duluth, EGF Eagles Club.

April 21– musicians TBA, EGF Eagles Club.

For a current schedule of community dances and for more information, contact Jeanne O’Neil at 218-773-3850.