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Support the Arts in Your County and Our Region 

Become a Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Board Member 

Would you like to be more involved in the arts in northwest Minnesota? Consider becoming an Arts Council Board Member! The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is looking to fill a number of open positions on our board.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has openings for representatives from these counties —   Roseau, Kittson, Pennington, Red Lake and Norman. We are also looking for three at-large members who can be from any of our seven counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau. Board members will serve for a three-year term from this fall until Fall 2024 with the option to add an additional three-year term afterwards.

As part of the Arts Council, you will become familiar with arts groups and individuals who are making the arts happen throughout our seven-county service area in northwest Minnesota. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to the vitality of the arts in our part of Minnesota.

The Arts Council meets five times a year usually in Warren or virtually and reviews and approves arts grants and arts policy and arts services for seven counties in Minnesota. You must be confident on a computer and have internet access to be a board member to communicate between meetings.

For more information and to receive a nomination form for yourself or a friend, contact Mara Hanel, NWMAC, at 218-745-8886; or email her at General information on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, including the nomination form, can be viewed at in the About Us section.

NW Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit Will be Held Aug 13-26 in Warroad

The Northwest Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit will be held 

August 13 – 26 in Warroad

Reception and Program on August 26 to 

Honor Exhibit and Of the Year Award Winners

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce the NW Annual Art Exhibit will be in Warroad from August 13 to 26. The exhibit will be Downtown Warroad at the Discovery Development Hub, 201 Lake Street NE and will be open for the public to view art on 

August 13 from 9am – 1pm

August 16-20 MWF from 9 am – 4pm, Tues & Thurs 4-7pm

August 21 Noon to 3pm

August 23-25  from 9am – 4pm

August 26 Noon to 5:30pm

Adult and student artists from our 7 county- service region (Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake Falls) have entered 120 pieces of art, including photography, sculpture, drawings, and paintings, into this exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards. Exhibit cash award winners will be chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror. They will be recognized and receive their check at the reception. Attendees will be able to vote for People’s Choice!

There will be a reception on August 26 at Allison Park Pavilion in Warroad that is free of charge and open to everyone. Mingling, food, and live music begins at 5:30 pm and the program at 6 pm. Please come early to view the art. The Exhibit opens at noon that day and there’s plenty to do in Warroad!

Of the Year Awards will be presented to Don KaKaygeesick of Warroad for the NW Star Award — Lifetime Achievement, Connie Nelson of Hallock for Artist of the Year, and Annethea Novacek of Greenbush for Artist Advocate of the Year.

The Exhibit and Reception are open to the public and free to attend. Many pieces of art are for sale and the public is encouraged to shop. Purchases can be marked as sold and picked up on August 26 at the reception. The reception is a wonderful day of celebrating the arts in our region. Please join us!

More information will be coming about the award winners and the event. Stay tuned!

Funding for these awards is provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Legislature.

Apply now! Arts Grants Applications have Aug 1 Deadline!

Arts Grants Applications have August 1 Deadline — Apply Now 

Arts Legacy grants of up to $10,000.00, Arts Project grants of up to $3,000.00 have an August 1 deadline! Artist Residency Grants for Schools Available

Applications are open for Arts Project Grants and Arts Legacy Grants. 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.

Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven-county service region. Funding can be used for Arts Projects, Arts Equipment, General Support, Public Art Projects and Arts Events in northwest Minnesota.

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.

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.

Schools in our seven-county region can also apply now for an Artist Residency grant of $2,100 plus an additional $400 if the residency needs supplies. Our teaching artist roster online is a great resource to view artists available to teach in our area.  Go to our the main webpage and and click on teaching artist roster on the left navigation bar. Another resource to view artists available to enhance curriculum is COMPAS.     

Also available on a first come-first served basis are Quick Turn Around Grants for $500. These grants can be used for missed gigs and income due to the pandemic. Use the Quick Turn Around application in the Individual Artist grants. See our website for more information and to apply!

The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it. Please contact her at or call 218-745-8886.


North Country Fiddle and Dance is back with a Concert and Dance!

Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 PM

Concert with Four Mile Portage from Duluth

East Grand Forks Heritage Center, 

219 20th St. N.E. East Grand Forks, MN

Traditional tunes full of energy and spirit, songs full of harmony and feeling, with clogging demonstrations sprinkled throughout the performance. The concert will be followed by a clogging workshop. Tom Maloney on banjo, guitar and vocals, and Brandy Forsman on fiddle, bass and vocals.

Donations at the door

For additional info visit their website at

Sponsored by North Country Fiddle and Dance and East Grand Forks Heritage Village, made possible in part by a grant provided by the  NW Minnesota Arts Council through funding from the MN State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. 

Looking for Theater? TRFACT opens Anything Goes on July 20

After nearly two years out of the spotlight, the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater (TRFACT) is pleased to announce that they are once again opening the doors to the public with a classic musical comedy set aboard a luxury ocean liner set in the 1930s.  With music by Cole Porter, lavish period costumes and large-cast choreographed numbers, Anything Goes is sure to please audiences of all ages.

Performances are scheduled for July 20-22 at 7 p.m. each day at the Northland Community and Technical College Theater. Tickets are now on sale at Hope Pediatrics located at 219 Brooks Avenue North in Thief River Falls and will also be available at the door each evening of performance starting at 6 p.m.

According to TRFACT Executive Director Jane Anderson, “The last year and a half has been challenging for everyone, to be certain.  The Theater has persevered by producing concerts and radio shows that have been broadcast on Pioneer 90.1 fm and on our Facebook page.  But actually stepping back on stage has been like ‘coming home.’  We have missed our staff and volunteer performers, and the board determined that we would start with our youth programs–a very wise decision.  We are thrilled to be back and hope local theater lovers take opportunity to come out and support our teens as they present this show.

Anything Goes includes a madcap script with some of the greatest music written by Cole Porter, including the title song “Anything Goes” as well as standards like “I Get a Kick Out of You”, “De-Lovely” and “Blow Gabrielle!”  

The cast is comprised of youth in grades 6th-12th and features Javyn Eidelbes as Reno Sweeney, Odin Mooney as Billy Crocker, Brynn Olson as Hope Harcourt, Liam Stavos as Sir Evelyn Oakley,  Alex Nomeland as Moonface Martin, Jilliana Klemetson as Erma,  Henry Kahlhamer as Elisha Whitney and Olivia Mooney as Mrs. Harcourt. 

Also included in the cast are Amellia Ballard, Annabelle Simoneau Jordin Kading and Alaina Lunsetter as the Angels, Danielle German as Casey/FBI Agent, Andraya Bakken as Betty, Audrey Bienek as Estelle, Justin Timm and Hailee Eidelbes as Sailors, Logan Ballard as the Captain,  Olivia Wojahn as the Purser, Sarah Hahn as the Deck Stewardess, Anita Foster as a Reporter, Amelie Heaton as the Minister,   Charlie Sieckert and Emma Westerman as Luke and John, Riley Poppitz as a Photographer, McKenna Carr as an FBI Agent, Shelby Hensrud as the Old Lady in the Wheelchair and a Passenger, Maddie David as the Cook, and Maddie Poissant and Karena Bakken as Passengers and Public Enemy Soloists.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

For more information on the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, please visit or join us on Facebook.

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