In support of their efforts to provide arts programming in their community, the Minot Area Council of the Arts applied for and was awarded a $10,000 Institutional Support grant by the North Dakota Council on the Arts. The institutional support program is designed to benefit artists, arts organizations and the general public. The program provides general support for qualifying arts and cultural organizations that have proven they have strong management and leadership, quality artistic programming and services, and are an important part of the arts infrastructure in their communities. A total of $416,003 was awarded during this grant round.
"Every aspect of our programming is enhanced by this grant," said Terri Aldrich, Minot Area Council of the Arts executive director. "We are truly grateful for this support that allows us to sustain programming that is so valuable to Minot."
For more than 30 years, the Minot Area Council of the Arts has provided service to arts organizations and the community. Organizational membership includes nearly every arts and cultural organization within Minot and extends to organizations in Stanley, Kenmare, Bottineau and Velva. Programs and services provided to the community include the summer concert series "Arts in the Parks," which produces 25 free concerts in the parks each season; the Integrity Jazz Festival, which brings world class live jazz performance to Minot; and the USO Salute partnering history, heritage and patriotism in the Dakota Territory Air Museum. All MACA's programs serve to enhance the quality of life in the region and make the Minot area an appealing location. The new (culturepulse.org) provides information to the community and promotion and marketing for arts organizations and artists. The arts education programs "Arts in the Schools" provide resources for area teachers, schools and students.
The North Dakota Council on the Arts is the state agency responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout North Dakota, and is funded by the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
James Memorial receives more than $9,000
WILLISTON - The James Memorial Art Center in Williston applied for and was awarded a $9,390 Institutional Support grant by the North Dakota Council on the Arts. A total of $416,003 was awarded during this grant round.
The grant will help provide funds for staffing the James Memorial Art Center's office. "These funds continue to assist with the staffing needs of our organization," said Kim Madsen, board president. "Keeping the office staffed and the gallery open allows the James to be more accessible to the community."
The James Memorial Art Center has been active in the Williston community since it began operation in the historic James Memorial Library in 1993. The James provides the area with monthly art exhibitions, three sessions of art instruction each year for students of all ages, Second Sunday performances, ArtFest, Art Splash and other arts-related programming. The James Memorial Art Center is located at 621-1st Ave. W in Williston. For more information, please call 774-3601.
- Daily News Staff