What Do Artists Need? Please share your ideas! Meeting May 8!

What do artists, arts organizations, and our arts involved public need?

We want your ideas! The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s mission is to promote and support art activities in our region. Every four years, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council conducts a larger needs assessment to help determine its programming for the future. The state asks us to get input from the arts community and the arts-involved public so we can assess and prioritize needs. This is your chance to influence arts programming in our region. Take the survey here.   We also welcome your letters or emails with suggestions for NWMAC programming as we move forward. 

We have held public meetings and focus groups to gather input for our plan.  Surveys are being sent to the Arts-Interested Public. We are looking for input from our region — specifically, the counties of Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Polk, Pennington, Norman, and Red Lake. A public meeting was held on Monday, April 8 at 10 am at our office in Warren. One last meeting will be held on May 8 to show and discuss the final two plans before they are submitted. 

Please attend our final public meeting on May 8, 2019. Everyone from Northwest Minnesota is welcome! It will be at 2:00 PM at our office in 109 S Minnesota St, Warren, MN 56762.

Leading up to this meeting, all comments from residents of our service area in northwestern Minnesota (see list below) are welcome as we complete the planning process for both our two year State biennial plan for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021; and our McKnight Foundation proposal for September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2021. Comments can be emailed to director@NWArtsCouncil.org or mailed to NWMAC, 109 S Minnesota St, Warren, MN 56762. A great way to comment prior to May 8 is to complete our needs assessment for arts interested public. Here is the active link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GBGCJMM

Thank you to the one hundred and fifty people who have provided input into this plan! Your ideas and feedback continue to be our biggest asset during planning. The draft of our biennial plan is posted to our website in our About Us section under Annual Report, Plans, and Needs Assessment. Our current biennial plan is on the same page.

We have two main needs assessments. One is on-going for those that have applied for a grant or used a service offered by our Arts Council. Here is the link http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/needsNWMAC2016 if you have not completed the survey lately. You can complete it once a year. This survey has already been compiled for this planning cycle but your responses will be reviewed as we develop our future FY2022-23 biennial plan.

The second is for Arts Interested Public and the link will be open until the end of April 2019 for comments and responses. If you cannot attend the May 1 meeting but can complete the Arts Interested Public survey (takes about 10 minutes) please click the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GBGCJMM . Any last minute comments between April 1 and April 30 will be brought to the meeting on May 8. We are proud to say that our plan is grounded in the needs of artists, arts leaders, and arts interested public!

This meeting occurs between two Arts Council meetings (April 18 and later on May 8). Plan submission is the next week so don’t delay.

We look forward to continuing to serve our area of Northwest Minnesota including the counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau.