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Thief River Falls Area Community Theater Announces 2017 Season Auditions

Are you interested in performing on stage?  Have you always wanted to give it a try?  The Thief River Falls Area Community Theater is inviting you to open call auditions for their summer 2017 season shows.  Shows being auditioned for at this time include The Drowsy Chaperone (June 20-24), a hilarious modern musical written that takes place in the 1920s, directed by Gretchen Weinrich and Sherry Knott; and a small-cast  play entitled  The Boys Next Door (July 18-20) written by Tom Griffin and directed by Teresa Rankin McGriff.

Auditions will take place at the Thief River Falls United Methodist Church, located at 116 North Horace Avenue, on Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10 between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.  Come any time during those hours.  For The Drowsy Chaperone, you will need to have a song prepared.  An accompanist will be provided, but you must bring sheet music with you.  There will also be several song books available, if you should need them. Teens through adults of all ages are welcome and encouraged to audition.  For The Boys Next Door, you will be asked to read from the script.  Samples are available on their website:  www.trfact.org

The TRFACT will also be hosting two shows for teens and children during summer 2017:  The Lion King KIDS  and The Sound of Music.  Auditions for those shows will take place in April.  Those interested should watch their website: www.trfact.org or their Facebook page (Thief River Falls Area Community Theater) for all the latest information and updates.

Questions?  Contact TRFACT Executive Director Jane Anderson at mjander@mncable.net

Arts Midwest World Fest presents Anda Union

Arts Midwest World Fest
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Anda Union
March 12-18

Arts Midwest World Fest presents international musical ensembles in intensive week-long residencies in smaller Midwest communities. Its purpose is to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences. Thief River Falls has been fortunate to a recipient of these residencies for the past two years. Anda Union will be the fourth and final residency as part of this series. Anda Union combines different traditions and styles of music from all over Mongolia. You won’t want to miss the chance to see this musical ensemble from Inner Mongolia, China.

Anda Union will be performing for the public in concert on Saturday, March 18 at 7:00 PM at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls.

Open to the public and appropriate for all ages! Tickets are just $5.00 per person at the door, which is amazingly cheap!! Hear unique instruments and throat music right in our region! We don’t even know what that is but we are excited to learn.

A program of Arts Midwest, the 2015–2017 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, and Anime Twin Cities. Additional support is provided by the Northwest Arts Council. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Heritage Foundation Grants Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation for Anda Union.

Thief River Falls Area Community Theater Presents Sylvia

The Thief River Falls Area Community Theater presents theater with drinks, laughs and appetizers with its production of Sylvia, a romantic comedy written by A.R. Gurney, directed by Jane Anderson.  Performances are scheduled for February 11, 13 and 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Thief River Falls.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.; appetizers must be ordered by 6:45, so guests are asked to arrive early.

The TRFACT is attempting to incorporate new elements into this experience for their audiences.  While not a traditional “dinner theater,” guests will enjoy a selection of appetizers, a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), and dessert at intermission, which are all included in the price of admission.  Choices of appetizers include many flavors of wings, pub style pretzels, stromboli bites, or spicy cheese curds.

The subject of the play is “Sylvia,” a dog, the couple who adopts her, and the comedy that results. Sylvia is a love story, or at least a story about a man’s relationship with one of those magical animals people in stories so often meet just when they’re at a troubling crossroads in life, an animal that is a guide to finding the best in ourselves.

Cast members of this local production include Sherry Knott as Kate, Stephen Moeller as Greg, Leah Wattenphul as Sylvia, and Scott Pream as Tom, Phyllis and Leslie.

Tickets are available at Pennington Main, Pennington Square and at Digikey’s East Entrance during business hours.  A limited number of tickets may be available at the door each evening for an additional fee.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council with Legacy Amendment funding through a vote of Minnesotans in 2008.

 

Grant Deadlines Approaching — Apply Today

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NWMAC Individual Artist $1,500 GRANTS – DEADLINE JANUARY 15!

Individual artist grants are awarded to individuals in our region in performing, visual, media and creative writing arts.

Arts Legacy GRANTS up to $10,000.00, Arts Project GRANTS up to $3,000.00, Arts Equipment for Schools GRANTS up to $3,000.00                                                                    DEADLINE FEBRUARY 01, 2017!

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.

Submit by January 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm.

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

Arts Legacy, Arts Project & Arts Equipment for Schools DEADLINE FEB 1!

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.

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.

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. Grants of up to $3,000.00 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.

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 can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

Lorraine Klaasen Residency and Concert a Success

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Lorraine Klaasen and her four member ensemble  recently spent a week in our area sharing the music and culture of South Africa.  Area students participated in a variety of classes throughout the week at Thief River Falls and Warren Public Schools and Northland Technical and Community College. In addition to the workshops, the group capped off the week with a public concert at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls on Saturday, November 12. Arts Midwest World Fest sponsored the tour making this opportunity available in our area. The concert was also sponsored in part by the Thief River Falls School District and Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.

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Lorraine Klaasen is one of the few South African artists who have preserved the classic sound of Township Music, which continues to be the most distinctive sound to come out of South Africa.

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Born and raised in Soweto, Lorraine has electrified audiences worldwide with her dynamic stage presence and showmanship. A 2013 JUNO winner for World Music Album of the Year, Lorraine is the daughter of legendary South African jazz singer Thandie Klaasen, and was influenced by South Africa’s music giants of the 1950s and 1960s such as Miriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe, Dorothy Masuka, Sophie Mgcina, and Busi Mhlongo.

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Her newest album, Nouvelle Journee, features new musical styles with songs in the Tsonga, Sotho, isiZulu, and Xhosa languages of South Africa, as well as in English and French. The songs are thought-provoking and touch on the importance of family, empathy, love, and hope.

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Arts Midwest World Fest, a program of Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest, gives small and mid-size communities an opportunity to experience people, culture, and music they may be unlikely to enjoy otherwise. Since 2003, the program has partnered with over 60 Midwestern communities and featured ensembles from all over the world.

A program of Arts Midwest, the 2015–2017 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, and Anime Twin Cities. Additional support is provided by the Northwest Arts Council. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.