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Coming Soon…Grant Deadlines!

$5,000 Individual Artist Grant Deadline October 15!

Arts Legacy and Arts Project Grants Deadline November 1!

Grant money is available from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  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.

imagesMcKnight/NWMAC Individual Artist Grants for Projects Individual adult artists can apply by October 15 for a NWMAC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant of $5,000.00 or if their project has a very strong community focus, they can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000.00.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

Project grants are awarded to individuals.  To be eligible you must be out of high school and at least 18 years of age.  College tuition is not an eligible expense.   This is the main category that individuals use to support their artistic business or advance their technical skills. This category is for non-hobby artist.  Grants are awarded annually with $1,500 going to four individuals and $5,000 going to four individuals.  Support for our Fellowship program comes from The McKnight Foundation.  The deadline is October 15th annually for $5,000 level applicants and January 15th annually for $1,500 level applicants.

LegacyLogoThe 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.  A maximum of $10,000.00 can be requested.  Applicants must provide cash match and it is recommended that it be between 25% – 50% although some projects may be approved with as little as 10% cash match if they are innovative and fit a unique need.

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.  Arts Legacy grants and Arts Project grants have annual deadlines of August 1, November 1, and March 1 each year.  This November 1 deadline is the second round for these two categories.   

Arts Equipment for Schools Grants are considered a special category of our Arts Project Grant Program.  This grant allows schools to purchase artistic equipment for their art room, theater, band room, etc.  Equipment that is used solely for the pursuit of arts like a kiln or theater lights, or a band instrument has a better chance of being funded.  There is one annual deadline for this grant on November 1.  Grants of up to $3,000.00 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.

Also available on a first come-first served basis are Artist Residency Grants for are School Districts.  Grants of $2100.00 are awarded to sponsor artists working with children usually in a traditional weeklong residency but it can also be a different format that serves your school or summer program.  An extra $400.00 may be requested for art residencies that need supplies.  Schools are strongly urged to use a COMPAS roster artist because they have been professionally trained in working in schools.  Local artists who are sponsored need to provide lesson plans and show their professionalism in a classroom setting.

The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

Funding for these programs comes primarily from the Minnesota State Legislature.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state.  All eleven councils work together with their fiscal agent the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants.  The McKnight Foundation is another funding source helping local arts councils promote and serve the arts community.

Middle River Community Theatre Presents Interruptions

Interruptions Poster

The Middle River Community Theatre presents its 2016 Goose Festival Production of Interruptions. Tuesday, September 27- Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 each day. Sunday, October 2 at 4:00 pm. This is a modern comedy and an award winning play that features a strong ensemble cast. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Young’s General Store in Middle River.

Seussical The Musical, Jr!

 Seussical Jr.

August 04 – 06

Northland Community Technical College Theater

7:00 pm Showtime

Adults: $10

Children 12 & Under: $6

Tickets Available at Hugo’s and Digikey in Thief River Falls

(Thief River Falls, Mn) – The stage is built, the costumes are fitted, and the lights are focused: the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater is making final preparations for their Summer Theater Arts Review (STAR) program premiere:

Seussical Jr. , opens Tuesday, August 4 and will run for three performances!

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Maizy Le Bird explains herself to other cast members in Seussical Jr. Left to right: Sam Buckley, Isaiah Burkel, Tyler Sele, Amber Samuelson, Elise Kalsnes (as Maizy), Alysson Karrow, and Grace Brickson.

Seussical Jr., written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, is a Broadway show based on the books by Dr. Seuss. While the books Horton Hears a Who and Horton Hatches an Egg are the basis of the plot, many other characters, such as The Grinch and Yertle the Turtle, show up in the show. It’s a lively musical romp that was written and intended for audiences of all ages.

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Bottom row, left to right: Ethan Osowski, Becca Ballard, Grace Bohnenkamp, DJ Bernstein, Josh Row. Row 2: Allyson Karrow, Grace Brickson, Breanna Lee, Devyne Sieckert. Row 3: Sam Buckley, Ella Budish, Grace Brickson, Peyton Casteel, Elise Kalsnes. Row 4: Molly Halsa, Emma Anderson, Amber Samuelson. Top: Isaiah Burkel, Tyler Sele, Kaitlyn Johnson.

This is the first time the TRFACT has produced a show in which the entire cast is made up of teens. It is group- directed by Jane Anderson, Sherry Knott, Lacey Simoneau, Kristin Buckley, and Phil McKenzie. The cast has been learning the dialogue and music from the show in a workshop atmosphere, in which they are taking individual voice lessons, given small-group dance instruction, and are working on large group improvisation and theater basic skills.

According to Jane Anderson, TRFACT executive director,

“Musical theater requires a combination of many skills. Oftentimes in the theater, we focus on only learning the lines of dialogue and the notes to the songs. But there is so much more. Movement, character development, and really learning how to ‘play’ on stage are what make a good actor a great actor. That’s what we are trying to do with students in this program.”

Members of the cast of Seussical Jr. were selected by audition and include (character, name and grade in school) Cat in the Hat:  Tyler Sele (10); Jojo:  Ethan Osowski (6); Horton:  Isaiah Burkel (2015 grad);

Sour Kangaroo: Amber Samuelson (9); Gertrude: Sam Buckley (11); Mayzie: Elise Kalsnes (9); Bird Girls: Grace Brickson (9), Chloe Lundeen (7), Alysson Karow(9); Who Mayor: Joshua Row; Mayor’s Wife: Dominica Bernstein; Yertle the Turtle/Grinch: Eleanor Brickson; Vlad Vladikoff: Kaitlyn Johnson.

Members of the ensemble playing Whos, Jungle Citizens, Fish, and Wickershams are Breanna Lee (6); Peyton Casteel (8); Grace Bohnenkamp (6); Ella Budish (7); Becca Ballard (6); Devyne Sieckert (6); Eleanor Brickson (6); Kaitlyn Johnson (8); Molly Halsa (8); and Emma Anderson (9).

Performances for Seussical Jr. will take place at the Northland College Theater on August 4, 5, and 6 at 7 p.m. each evening.   Because of a generous Legacy grant from the Northwest Regional Arts Council, tickets are reasonably priced at $10 for Adults and $6 for children ages 12 and under. The show runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with an intermission, so it is the perfect venue for small children. (But it will entertain adults, as well!)

Tickets are available at Hugo’s in Thief River Falls and at Digikey Corporation during business hours.   Tickets are also available at the door each night of the performance.

www.trfact.org

 

Mind Over Matt: Middle River Community Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIND OVER MATTMiddle River Community Theatre proudly presents Mind Over Matt, by Scott Haan and directed By Brent Peterson.

Ever argue with yourself? Ever said, “I don’t know what got into me?” This is the story of Matthew Lane. Matt is a successful illustrator with a couple of deadlines and several squabbling inner personalities who do weird and wonderful things. As Matt tries to gather up enough nerve to ask out the girl of his dreams, Matt’s egos, who all have their own hang-ups, lead him in one too many directions. When Matt’s overworked boss comes to believe that Matt has a crush on her, the conflicted egos manage to make a bad situation much, much worse.–Heuer Publishing “Mind Over Matt” synopsis.

The Cast of Mind Over Matt, 2014 Goose Festival Middle River Minnesota.
The Cast of Mind Over Matt, 2014 Goose Festival Middle River Minnesota.

539744_185127594940472_1021079361_nPerformances take place at Ye Olde Depot Theater-Middle River, MN the week of Goosfest.  Call Young’s Store in Middle River at (218) 222-3513.  There are performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and a matinee on Sunday.  Call to see if tickets are still available.  They go fast!

 

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is proud to be a partner in this wonderful one-act play!