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Searching for new Showcase Specialist: deadline June 1

Are you interested in joining the team at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council?  We are hiring our contract workers for FY 2019!

NWMAC’s three contract positions:

  • Showcase Specialist
  • Promotions/Marketing Specialist
  • Networking/Training Specialist

Each contract is a maximum of $16,000 from July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.  The pay scale is specialist at $25.00 per hour and a government rate for mileage reimbursement.  These positions are flexible based on your own schedule to complete the work listed in the contract.  You work from your home on your personal equipment.  You are not an employee.

Right now, in May, our office is receiving letters of interest and resumes from candidates to be considered for these three positions.   We are especially searching for the Showcase Specialist since that position will be vacant.   Note:  Our gallery is in East Grand Forks so distance from EGF will be a factor due to budget constraints.

How to apply?  Write a letter that states your interest and qualifications to complete the tasks, and send your resume.  You can email your information to Director@NWArtsCouncil.org or mail your information to our office at NWMAC, 109 S Minnesota St, Warren, MN  56762.   All materials are due by June 1, 2018.    All contracts will begin July 1, 2018.

Showcase Specialist tasks:  (Please email our office for a more detailed list of tasks if you are interested.)

  • Riverwalk Gallery:  Coordinate eight different gallery showcases and receptions in East Grand Forks.   Update the publications section of our gallery with new brochures and printouts, etc.
  • Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit:  Assist with the display set-up and Artist Reception for the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit in Badger in April 2019.
  •  Traveling Show:  Select pieces, arrange tour,  move the exhibit throughout the library locations.  Distribute booklets.
  • E-newsletter:  Create a monthly artist opportunities e-newsletter in Constant Contact.
  • Media:  Design marketing pieces, press releases and media announcements for showcase projects .
  • Artist Training: Share information with artists on our training and opportunities.  Bring forward ideas for more workshops/training for artists based on their feedback.
  • Three anticipated extra activities outside our region: Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Bemidji MN in June 2019.  Arts Advocacy Day in St Paul in February 2019.  RAC’s of MN Staff Retreat in St Cloud in August of 2018.  All these events need contract staff to write to the board for approval of pre-approved maximum for time/travel used within contract or in additional to contract.
  • Provide a print-out of your completed work activities for Arts Council meetings in Nov and June that includes statistics/evaluation, pictures, and upcoming events.   Attend the annual meeting in June if available to present.

Promotions Specialist tasks:

  • Continual website updates and coordination
  • Continue to develop and increase our promotion on social media including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, etc.
  • Attend the NWMAC Artist Reception annually to take pictures and post to our social media about the event. Attend other events locally as schedule and budget permits to promote and announce our/their activities.
  • Complete a once a month e-newsletter with information for organizations.
  • Improve the NWMAC on-line directory, Artist of NW Minnesota booklet, and include only updated relevant information.
  • Arrange for one artist or arts leader monthly to talk about their artform on our radio spot as a feature. Coordinate all weekly radio guests and our staff including communication with the radio station and guests to ensure that they are informed and available.
  • Work with the Training Specialist to market workshops through our e-newsletter, flyers to libraries/arts locations, word of mouth, and press release announcements. Inform participants about workshop specifics and provide technical assistance to individuals involved in the process of business development.
  • Continue to create a platforms and campaigns for individuals and businesses to give charitable donations to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council through GiveMN.
  • Work with groups to get their information into Explore Minnesota Tourism. Learn the Explore Minnesota Tourism system.  Put NWMAC announcements on the site.
  • Use Remind App for announcements.
  • Create two six-month reports for the NWMAC Board of Directors on statistics related to promotion and marketing. Attend the annual meeting in June if available to present.

Training Specialist tasks:  (email for a detailed list of tasks)

  • Teaching Artist Roster Training: coordinate and conduct Fall 2018 training sessions in Warren and Roseau.
  • Theater Tech training and theater skills training day/conference coordination
  • Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists workshop series in Warren.    Coordinate and attend.
  • Minnesota’s Creative Northwest network meetings in Thief River Falls monthly for one hour, and branching out to more communities throughout the contract year.  Coordinate/attend.
  • Report on progress at Nov/Dec and June meetings of NWMAC.  Attend the annual meeting in June if available to present.


Take the Creative People Survey


Minnesota’s Creative Workers and Artists: An Economic Impact Survey
Artists COUNT! Artists are an important part of a healthy community. Artists contribute to the economy, as well as the vitality, of Minnesota. Artists have significant economic clout. Let’s prove it.


Are you wondering whether this applies to you?  Here are three questions on the survey that help show the wide scope of participants.   Everyone from hobby pottery makers to professional architects to theater ushers to arts administrators to school band conductors.  

How do you categorize your primary artistic discipline? 

Available selections include…. Inter-Disciplinary/Multi-Disciplinary; Architecture; Crafts; Dance; Design Arts; Folk-life/Traditional Arts; History; Humanities; Literature; Media Arts; Music; Opera/Musical Theater; Photography; Theater; Visual Arts; Other

How do you categorize your primary artistic job or role?

Actor; Animator; Anthropologist; Archaeologist; Architect; Archivist; Art Director; Artist; Audio or Video Technician; Camera Operator; Choreographer; Composer; Conductor; Conservator; Costume Attendant; Craft Artist; Curator; Dancer; Director; Editor; Fashion Designer; Floral Designer; Graphic Designer; Illustrator; Industrial Designer; Jeweler; Library Assistant; Makeup Artist; Management; Museum Director; Musical Instrument Repair; Musician; Painter; Photographer; Precious Stone or Metal Worker; Producer; Radio Announcer; Sculptor; Set Designer; Singer; Sound Engineer; Teacher; Usher; Video Editor; Writer/Author; Other

Using the definitions below, how do you most accurately define your status as an artist?

  • Full-time artist (i.e., you support yourself entirely or primarily through your artistic or creative work)
  • Part-time artist (i.e., you also work outside of your artistic or creative work in order to support yourself)
  • Hobby artist (i.e., you don’t rely on your artistic or creative work to produce income)
  • Other (a description is required)

Over 160 nonprofit and foundation partners are working together to make the economic impact study for creatives happen including Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Springboard for the Arts, and many other important arts and artist service organizations in every corner of the state (you can see a list of the partners at CreativeMN.org). This study will be used to generate public and private support for individual artists, and to advocate for more services for artists. The result will be more attention, respect, and funding for artists and their efforts to make their art and their living in Minnesota.

The best way we can prove the economic clout of artists is to hear from artists themselves about how they earn their living and how many dollars they are spending in their community. Participation is voluntary, of course, but very important.

Your information and privacy will be COMPLETELY PROTECTED. This survey is housed on a secure site with firewall protection. The information gathered by the researchers will never been seen by the partner organizations and will be reported in aggregate only. Your individual information will NEVER BE SHARED.


2nd Call: Artist Grants Fall 2015 Deadline

UnknownIt is time to apply as an individual!  Register yourself in our grants portal.  Then click into the individual grants application section.  This application includes all our grants that are geared towards individuals.  (Although if you are an individual interested in a Legacy Grant a few select people with their community project are eligible to apply.)  Talk to our office to see where your project fits!  Click into our current grant forms page to read guidelines for all four programs.


  • NWMAC/McKnight Artist Project Grants of $1,500 Deadline Oct 15
  • NWMAC/McKnight Artist Fellowships of $5,000 Deadline Oct 15
  • Quick Turn Around Grants for adults of $500 Deadline on-going
  • Student Artist Training Grants for middle and high school students of $500 Deadline on-going