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Nominations for Arrowhead Arts Awards

Help the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council celebrate the best artists and arts advocates in the region. Many of us know an artist or arts advocate who deserves a little more recognition. Nominate that special artist for the Arrowhead Arts Awards. ARAC wants to recognize those who contribute to the arts in the region with two prestigious awards, which include cash awards. The deadline to nominate an individual is Dec. 7.

My Time with Arrowhead Regional Arts Council

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Joni Van Bockel and a friend during her time in Duluth.

Hi, I’m Joni Van Bockel. In June I left the Twin Cities to work and intern for the wonderful folks at the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. This internship has been an extremely valuable learning opportunity for me both as a professional seeking a career in the arts and as a young artist.

Updating Technology, Advancing Careers

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On Oct. 15, 11 individuals from Duluth were awarded funding from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for its Technology/Equipment Grant Program. These grants are for individual artists seeking funding for technology needed to advance their career and body of work.

Local artists and organizations receive grants

Kathleen McTavish will partner with the Duluth Art Institute to provide a year-long, hands-on digital lab and series of workshops to explore, experiment, create, and share new media tools and processes.

Kathleen Mctavish will partner with the Duluth Art Institute to provide a year-long, hands-on digital lab and series of workshops to explore, experiment, create, and share new media tools and processes.

Duluth artists and organizations received a total of $58,820 in arts funding from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to produce projects and creative learning opportunities in the local community. There are many wonderful projects to look forward to in Duluth this year such as the installation of Mary Plaster’s puppets at the Duluth Children’s Museum, or the workshops Kathleen McTavish will be leading at the Duluth Art Institute. Duluth is fortunate to have so many creative people and organizations producing projects and events that engage with the local community.

Arts fellowships and grants awarded to Duluth artists and regional organizations

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council awarded the following grants and fellowships to the following applicants, many from Duluth. If you see these artists, congratulate them.

ARAC Call for Community Volunteers to Evaluate Grants

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I volunteer with the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and I can say surely and with enthusiasm that some of the best people I have met in Duluth I have met through ARAC, including grants manager Ashley Kulka, executive director Bob DeArmond, local artists and arts organizers across the seven-county Arrowhead region. If you have a desire to support the arts, doing this work is immensely awesome.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is recruiting community members to be a part of ARAC’s Rural and Community Art Project and Career Development grant review panels. Each program has two panel meetings a year that require members to read between 15 and 30 applications per meeting. If you are interested in serving on either of these panels, contact the office at 218-722-0952, 800-569-8134, or info @ aracouncil.org. This is a great way to learn more about our regional arts community; the council and its programs; and the grant review process.

ARAC Individual Artist Awards

Your Legacy Sales Tax, with some money from the General Fund and from the McKnight foundation, makes possible these Arrowhead Regional Arts Council awards to individual artists in Duluth and the region. If you see a friend on this list, say “Woot,” would you?

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Awesomeness

Do you want to see what your regional arts council is funding in your community? Check out the list below, congratulate friends and neighbors who won money, then take a look at the bottom of this message for more about ARAC.

ARAC seeking new board members

I have been a board member at the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for, like, four years now. It has enriched my life immensely. Immensely. Consider joining as an Duluth member, at-large.

ARAC is currently accepting applications for the upcoming term starting in June. Positions that will be available include a board representative from Koochiching County and at-large members from any of the seven Arrowhead region counties.

For more information on becoming an ARAC board member and how to apply, click here.

ARAC Organizational Grants Awarded

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council awarded a total of $93,840 in two-year operating support grants in January. There were eight organizations awarded out of 11 applicants. The program awards up to $12,000 over a two-year period to established nonprofit regional arts organizations to maintain their ongoing operating needs and services. The following is a list of organizations granted:

  • County Seat Theatre, Cloquet
  • Lake Superior Community Theatre, Silvery Bay
  • Matinee Musicale, Duluth
  • Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, Virginia
  • Nordic Center, Duluth
  • North Shore Music Association, Grand Marais
  • Northern Lights Music Festival, Inc., Aurora
  • Twin Ports Wind Ensemble, Duluth

ARAC also awarded a total of $39,090 in rural and community art project grants. There were nine organizations awarded out of 10 applicants. The program provides grants up to $5,000 to nonprofit, regional arts groups to support community- or artist-initiated arts activities that will affect the group and/or the community it serves. The following is a list of organizations granted:

  • Chalk.a.Lot, Two Harbors
  • Cook Area Chamber of Commerce, Cook
  • Friends of B’nai Abraham, Virginia
  • Good Harbor Hill Players, Grand Marais
  • Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus, Grand Rapids
  • Grand Rapids Players, Grand Rapids
  • Great River String Ensemble, Aitkin
  • Itasca Choral Society/Itasca Community Chorus, Grand Rapids
  • Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championships, Virginia

ARAC Technology/Equipment Grant Recipients

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council granted technology/equipment funding to the following individual artists on Oct. 16. For past program recipients, please contact the office by e-mailing info @ aracouncil.org.

News about the arts from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council

Various bits for local artists, arts consumers, and art organizations:

  • The next ARAC grant deadline is Oct. 31. The grant programs included in this deadline are: Two-year Operating Support for organizations, Rural and Community Art Grants for organizations and Career Development Grants for individual artists. Online applications for these grant programs will be available Sept. 19. ARAC will also be holding grant writing workshops on these programs in the weeks prior to the deadline.
  • ARAC is accepting nominations for the 17th annual Arrowhead Arts Awards. The awards were developed to recognize individuals who have made important contributions to the arts in the region. ARAC gives out two awards each year: The George Morrison Artist Award and the Maddie Simons Advocate Award. The purpose of the awards is to recognize the work and contributions of individual artists and arts administrators, as well as raise the profile of arts in their communities. Nominations must be postmarked by Nov. 14.
  • View the calendar of ARAC-funded events at aracouncil.org.