Teaching Artist Roster

Artists trained in our teaching artist roster program (TARP) listed in alphabetical order by last name.  They are available for residencies in our area.  Please click their names to read about what they are currently offering.  Schools can use our Arts Legacy: Artist Residency grant application to easily sponsor one of these local artists into your school!  100% of the costs might be covered by the grant.  First come, first served with one per district offered per school year.   Artists in our program have create a mock up grant on themselves and a press release that takes most of the work out of applying.

Alex Conwell
  • Alex Conwell of Red Lake Falls. Alex offers residencies and lessons relating to folk fiddle tunes, improvisation (both on and off an instrument), and electronic looping.
  • Jeanne Cooney picture

    Jeanne Cooney of Hallock offers residencies in humorous writing.  She is a published novelist with her mysteries based in Kennedy MN.   Jeanne will get your students to know how to funny without being hurtful in their writing.

    Kristin Eggerling picture
  • Kristin Eggerling of Hallock offers residencies in storytelling writing.  Kristin is a published author who loves to involve writing games into her residency.
  • Annie Fitzgerald of Crookston

    Annie Fitzgerald of Crookston offers residencies in music/singing/songwriting. Annie’s residency Music and our Emotions will encourage children to recognize and talk about different feelings through a variety of fun musical activities, as well as visual art.

  • Christine Foster picture

    Christine Foster of Thief River Falls offers residencies in visual arts.  An accomplished painter, Christine shares her talent with students while teaching visual art terms and having fun with the students.  She has many years of experience doing residencies in our region.

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  • Celeste Hoffman of Goodridge offers residencies in acrylic painting with a focus on realistic painting related to candy or landscape.  She believes ALL can paint with ridiculously amazing results.
  • Kim Hruba picture

    Kim Hruba of Warroad offers residencies in writing and creative expression.  She encourages students to share their own message.  Kim is a published novelist and has her own copy editing business.

  • Janet Johnson
  • Janet Johnson of Roseau is an established artist working in ceramics/pottery and other visual arts mediums. She offers residencies about Pablo Picasso that include creating a stylized clay bas relief mask and a linear monoprint emulating Picasso’s style. Poetry writing and a self-portrait in ink and watercolor are other possibilities.
  • Jolene Juhl picture

    Jolene Juhl of Greenbush offers residencies in glass fusing.  Jolene has a glass hobby gone wild.  She is excited to share her projects, history of glass fusing, and have participants leave with a glass keepsake after she fuses their piece together at her studio.

Cindy Kolling
  • Cindy Kolling of Gully offers residencies in art journaling. Journaling workshop sessions will be conducted in a game-like fashion using prompts to help focus and maintain challenge while developing skills of “looking and seeing” every day with new eyes. Participants will create Art Journal using various art mediums such as painting, collage, etc. for their use while documenting their Art Journey.
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    Misti Koop of East Grand Forks offers residencies in performing arts focused on children singing and dancing to their own songs about their town and area.  She is extremely accomplished at her work after years of being on stage and Medora.  It is wonderful that she is available to come to your school.  Her energy is contagious.

  • Aliza Novacek-Olson picture

    Aliza Novacek-Olson of Roseau offers residencies in traditional textiles like creating felt projects and simple mug rug weaving.  She is an avid historian and teacher of history.  She stays true to the steps of our ancestors.

  • Stephanie Olson picture

    Stephanie Olson of Thief River Falls offers residencies in visual arts and creative expression with watercolor.  She teaches art terms and reinforces visual art vocabulary.  Students are able to express their feelings within their art as they work under Stephanie’s instruction.

  • Elizabeth Rockstad

    Elizabeth Rockstad of Ada offeries residencies and studio classes in mosaic.  She has an active main street studio business in Ada and loves to work with participants on community and school mosaic projects.

  • Marissa Steien picture

    Marissa Steien of Karlstad offers residencies in music performance specializing in pop music.  She is a classically trained voice and piano vocalist.

    New teaching artists will be introduced still this year including creative movement dance, arts of Mexico, creative writing with made up words, and design concepts with sign lettering.


Artists in the program can select from this list whom their residency is geared toward.  This will help you in your selection.

Early Elementary      Upper Elementary      Middle School      High School     Artful Aging      Arts in Healthcare      Intergenerational      Adults      All Ages


We will continue to train cohorts of artists to be added to the list above.  If you would like to join the list, apply within our on-line grant system.  The Login to create a user and start an application is in the upper right corner of our website.  Watch for dates of the training on our home page.  If dates are not yet announced and you are looking for more information, email director@NWArtsCouncil.org and ask how to become a TARP artist!

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