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Individual Artist Grants Deadline January 15

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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.

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. There will be a grant writing workshop on Monday, January 7 at 3pm at our office in Warren to help you write this grant.

Submit by January 15, 2018 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 Individual Artist Grants 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.

McCanna House Artist-in-Residence Opportunity

Open to Artists in Music, Theatre, Literature, & Visual Arts

The North Dakota Museum of Art is accepting applications for the 2019 McCanna House Artist-in-residence season. Artists working in music, theatre, literature, or the visual arts are encouraged to apply. Open to artists in all stages of their career. Preference given to regional artists (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba), with remaining availability open to all.
Image by Micah Bloom
The North Dakota Museum of Art presents a unique opportunity with the McCanna House Artist-in-residence program. This retreat consists of a 1920s farmhouse and large outlying steel building in the midst of the thriving farmland of the Red River Valley of Eastern North Dakota. While the residency affords no dedicated media specific facilities at this time, the open space of the house, barn and grounds affords opportunity for the creation of work in many scales.
Image by Kelli Nelson
 
THE PROGRAM
The residency consists of 2 – 5 week blocks of time layered throughout the operating year. The house is open from June 1 through the end of September or early October. There will only be one artist on the property at a time, unless a group project is accepted. While there are no expectations for the artist to complete work during the residency, artists are asked only to use their time wisely, and be aware of the transformative potential of time spent there.
Deadline: Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2019
2019 Announcement: February 15, 2019.
Image by Micah Bloom
AMENITIES
*Wireless Internet
*Well lit French country-style farmhouse, detached 40 x 70 foot steel building, and large outdoor space with yards and surrounding tree lines.
*House has 3 full bedrooms, each with attached bathrooms
*New washer and dryer
*New electric stove in well appointed kitchen
*Screened in porch area with convenient BBQ
*A modest array of hand tools
*Opportunities to work with surrounding community groups
*Well stocked library
*Fruit trees
*Surrounded by working fields producing soy beans, potatoes, canola, and more…
*Endless sky
*Big weather
Email Matthew Wallace with questions.

Jayne Flaagan: Local Author Featured at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery

 

Jayne Flaagan and Ella

 

Looking for local reads?  Books by local author Jayne Flaagan are now on display at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery.  Her books make up an eight part series about Ella the dog.

Jayne Flaagan grew up in North Dakota and made the big move to Minnesota many years ago. She lives with her husband and her goofy dog named Ella. She also has three great children.

Books have always been a huge part of her life and reading to children is something that she feels is critical to every child’s learning experience. Between her jobs and raising her children, she estimates that she has probably read over a million books to children over the years!

Jayne Flaagan grew up on a farm with a Husky for a pet and she has many fond memories of him. When it was time to get a dog for her own family, she knew that it had to be a Husky. Huskies are fun, lovable and have lots of energy! Ella is the second husky that she and her family have had the joy of including in the family.

Ella has provided so much joy and entertainment for her own family that Flaagan decided she wanted to share Ella with other families. Thus, “Ella the Doggy” book series was born!

To view Jayne’s books, please visit the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721(located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery.)  The gallery is open Thursday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M.and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. Jayne Flaagan’s website can be found at www.ellathedoggy.com and you can reach her atdjflaagan@gra.midco.net.

Jayne will also be featured on Tuesdays with Mara on Pioneer 90.1FM on Tuesday, November 6 at 3:05 pm.

For more information about this display, look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Stephanie Olson at (218)688-1256 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.  This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in Minnesota to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  To view more information on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council look to our website or Facebook page.  Please sign up for our e-newsletter on our website home page to see the latest news and grant announcements.  Email director@NWArtsCouncil.orgor call 218-745-9111 to reach our office during regular business hours.

 

Wannaskan Almanac — a Daily Arts Blog in our Region

Have you read the daily arts blog called Wannaskan Almanac?

Background

The Wannaskan Almanac (http://wannaskanalmanac.blogspot.com/) was created by Joe McDonnell (formerly of The Raven) and Joe Stenzel, both from Wannaska. McDonnell started this blog in late December, after Garrison Keillor stopped doing The Writer’s Almanac on MPR, as he was missing its weekly theme. Encouraging the writers he knew might be interested in participating, he engaged five individuals, then tackled two of the days, Friday & Sunday himself.

Five writers, four of whom are from the Wannaska area are: Joe McDonnell, Joe Stenzel, Catherine Stenzel, and Steve Reynolds; one from Warroad — Kim Hruba, and one from Dodge City, Kansas — John Bouchard, an elementary school teacher with Rainy River, Ontario roots and Wannaska connections through his wife. The writers of Wannaskan Almanac write their daily Monday-Sunday blogs in various forms, as essays, chronological lists and histories, poetry and photographical memoirs.
Here’s the schedule of writers:
Monday: Catherine Stenzel (Jack Pine Savage)
Tuesday: John Bouchard (John Bouchard)
Wednesday: Joe Stenzel (Woe-Wednesday’s Child)
Thursday: Steve Reynolds (WannaskaWriter)
Friday: Joe McDonnell (Chairman Joe)
Saturday: Kim Hruba (Kim Hruba)
Sunday: Joe McDonnell (Chairman Joe)
The above writers also write the following blogs:
WannaskaWriter: http://palmvilletownshipmn.blogspot.com/ isn’t maintained as a daily, but has been going for several years.
The Blogings of Chairman Joe: http://goodoldjoe.blogspot.com/
Joe Stenzel: unavailable
John Bouchard: ffefreekshow@hotmail.com
Check it out!

TARP — Teaching Artist Roster Program Apply Today

Take Advantage of this Fantastic Opportunity Right in Our Region

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 August 15 to participate in this round of our training series.  Go to our on-line system, register, and complete the Teaching Artist Roster application.  Training dates will be in September and October at our office in Warren.
The deadline to apply is August 15, 2018.  There is an info session on August 7 at 3 pm at our office to learn more about this program. See below for more information. Or NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster Program Aug 2018
Please contact our office with any questions you have about this program.