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Call for Board Members — Become a NWMAC Board Member Apply Today

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 director@nwartscouncil.org. General information on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, including the nomination form, can be viewed at www.NWArtsCouncil.org in the About Us section.

Arts Midwest Webinar: Art to Bridge Divides

WEBINAR Art to Bridge Divides

Tuesday, June 15 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Join Arts Midwest and Welcoming America on June 15 for a talk on arts’ role in bridging our cultural divisions as part of America Talks & The National Week of Conversation.

Register here

Hear how these arts leaders have deployed creativity as a healing tool and learn how you can connect across the divisions in your own life.
(read more about the panel)

Closed captioning will be available for this webinar. 

June 13 -16 – The first 100 people to register for Art to Bridge Divides will receive a code for a free screening of the film, The Reunited States, a powerful and urgent documentary that follows four everyday heroes on the difficult journey of bridging our political and racial divides. Codes will be valid from June 13 through June 16.

This event is part of America Talks and the annual National Week of Conversation. Interested in attending similar events or learning more about our growing coalition of bridging organizations? #ListenFirst

Check out recent news coverage about their collective efforts in USA TODAYThe Washington PostYahoo News, and 200+ local media outlets.

Franconia Sculpture Park Artist in Residence Applications Open

FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK

Open-Call Applications Live!

Applications Open: June 1, 2021
Applications Close: August 1, 2021
Entry Fee: First two weeks FREE; $25 / $15 Franconia Alumni

Franconia Sculpture Park 2022 Artist-in-Residence applications are now open! There are two new exciting opportunities for Artist Families and Writers.

For information on all residencies please visit: https://www.franconia.org/artist-opportunities/

For their 26th residency year, Franconia Sculpture Park is encouraging applicants with an interest in work rooted in the intersection of art and ecology, including but not limited to: performance; sound art; public interventions; site-specific and ephemeral installation; the rural and natural landscape; earthworks; collaborative works with nature; indigenous history and storytelling; and land and water rights.

Fellowship Residencies

Stipend: $5,000
Spring (April 6, 2022 – June 15, 2022)
Summer (June 22, 2022 – August 31, 2022) Fall (September 7, 2022 – November 23, 2022)

The Franconia Fellowship supports mid-career artists with a $5000 stipend and the opportunity to stay between 3 weeks and 3 months during their Open-Call residencies. This is a self-directed residency, and Fellows are responsible for developing, producing, and installing their work.

Emerging Artist Residencies

Stipend: $750
Spring (April 6, 2022 – June 15, 2022)
Summer (June 22, 2022 – August 31, 2022) Fall (September 7, 2022 – November 23, 2022)

The Emerging Artist Residency represents 25 years that Franconia Sculpture Park has upheld a long-running work exchange model that equally cares for artists and organizational sustainability. While offering professional support and growth to emerging artists, the 50-acre sculpture park receives site and operational support with the help of their Emerging Artist Residents. This is a process-based residency. The rural setting and the chance to work alongside peers, mid-career artists, and visiting art curators create a dynamic setting for critical, technical, and professional growth within a collaborative exchange model.

Artist Family Residencies

Stipend: $2000
July 12-16, 2022 or July 19-23, 2022 | Youth (Aged 8-13) July 26-30, 2022 | Teen Intensive (Grades 9-12)

The Artist Family Residency supports Artist Parents and Artist Youth alike with a one-week residency at Franconia during July. Coinciding with their Youth Installation Summer Camps, Artist Youth are invited to camp during the day while the Artist Parent can be on-site for research or production. For artist parents, this is a self-directed residency. The Artist Family benefits both from the individual creative process and also through togetherness. A culminating Parents & Community sharing of Summer Camp Works provides a joined capstone experience for the Artist Family.

Writer’s Residency

January 19 – February 2 or February 9
Entry Fee: First two weeks FREE; $25 thereafter / $15 Franconia Alumni
Stipend: $1000
The Writers Residency will accept 3 to 4 accomplished writers to join Franconia Sculpture Park in 2022. Writers span a range of arts-focused disciplines and will receive a stipend, full room & board, and a two to a three-week residency at the 50-acre outdoor sculpture park. The writers-in-residence in this program will immerse themselves in the new environment and embrace the time and space to move forward in their work.

Virtual Guthrie Programming for students!

Here Comes the Fun!

Theater-loving kids and teens anywhere in the state — or the world! — can engage creatively with the Guthrie this summer.

They are offering virtual classes and workshops for youth entering grades 6–12 + recent grads. This is a perfect way for theater-loving kids and teens to spend their no-school days. Whether you want to build on existing skills or try something new, your summer is about to get super fun and all-out awesome.

All offerings are virtual, and no experience is necessary — just come as you are!

Scholarships are available for all educational programming, and you can apply here. Questions? View our youth classes FAQs or email classes@guthrietheater.org.

Use promo code EDUFRIEND to receive 20% off! Explore their awesome lineup of classes and workshops below and register today. All experience levels are welcome and scholarships are available.

For middle schoolers (entering grades 6‒9)
Young Actors Intensive – Dive into acting and creating characters
Audition Ready – Prepare to land your first role
Acting Through Song – Tell a story by singing your heart out
Workshop: Slay! – Learn fun and oh-so-fierce choreography

For high schoolers (entering grades 10‒12 + recent grads)
The Actor’s Toolkit –  Build your acting chops
Triple Threat Toolkit – Act, sing and dance like a pro
Audition Intensive – Nail your next theater or B.F.A. audition
Workshop: Slay! – Learn fun and oh-so-fierce choreography
Workshop: Improv – Master the art of on-the-fly performing
Workshop: Acting for Film – Take your talent on camera 
Register Now

Attention Writers! MOLLYHOUSE is looking for poems, stories & Essays

MOLLYHOUSE is looking for your new poems, stories, and essays.

Prepare no more than five poems or a prose piece (5K words max) in a single Word file (.doc, .docx, or .rtf). Place your name and email address on top. No haikus or oddly-formatted poems (due to ebook formatting limitations). Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. NO REPRINTS (your work cannot have appeared previously on Facebook, blogs, etc.).

State in your cover letter whether you identify as:

– D/deaf and/or disabled
– LGBTQ+ (or queer)
– Female or nonbinary
– African-American, LatinX, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, or Arab-American
– Indigenous (or Native American)

International writers working in English are also welcome.

Include a short bio in the third person (100 words max) in the body of your email. Add your social media handle(s) or web site URL at the end in brackets. [Like this!]

Specify in the subject field of your email whether it’s POETRY, FICTION, or NONFICTION, and add your last name after that, as in POETRY Jones.

Send your work to mollyhouselit _at_ gmail _dot_ com between May 16, 2021 – June 7, 2021.

If you’ve appeared in the most recent issue of Mollyhouse, please wait for the next reading period to submit your work. (Thanks!)

Mollyhouse will be available as a free ebook via Smashwords and Apple Books. As this will be an internationally free publication with no budget for advertising, marketing, or Submittable (so no reading fees either!), we unfortunately don’t have the funds to pay anyone. All writers will retain copyright to their own work. Please acknowledge Mollyhouse if you reprint your work elsewhere.

For more info, please check out mollyhouse.org.