Retired art teacher Phyllis Kalliokoski of East Grand Forks, MN shares her story on painting, education and details on a current display of her artwork at the NWMAC Art Gallery and Gift Shop, located in downtown East Grand Forks.
The guest for this week’s NW Minnesota Arts Council Update (3-21-17) is Andrew Fougner, Principal at the Red Lake County Central Elementary School in Plummer, MN. Our topic of discussion is a recent “Artist in Residency” program/week at the school, funded by the NWMAC
Guest Tom Pearce, manager of the Inner Mongolian musical group “Anda Union”, shares his insights as it pertains to the groups educational tour of northwest Minnesota schools.” Anda Union will also perform a public concert, at the Lincoln High School Auditorium on Saturday, March 18th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5.00 and everyone is welcome to attend!
East Grand Forks (MN) Middle School choral teacher Donovan Hanson shares his first-year efforts within the public school system and the help that the NWMAC has given the public school system through a recent grant.
University of North Dakota professor Virgil Benoit secured an Arts Legacy grant from the NWMAC to sponsor a French Canadian band and dance group from Winnipeg to perform at a French Canadian Metis Music and Dance Festival (AFRAN). That event is annual and is held the fourth weekend in August.
The group performed musical numbers and vocals that are traditional and contemporary among musicians of French Canada and their audiences in both Canada and the United States. Their performances were introduced with background pertinent to the group’s style, its musical instruments, and the place the songs and music hold in the Canadian, French-Canadian and Metis communities where the group plays and draws its inspiration.
Benoit discusses the history of the French in the northern United Sates and why history is relevant today.”