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SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS (Fall 2013)
Since early 2011, the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Fine Arts has been leading a community-based initiative called Twin Ports Arts Align. In February 2012, the school sponsored a gathering of artists and arts organization leaders to discuss how we can become a stronger community, better advocate for our seat at the economic table, and find ways to be a key voice in the development of Duluth as an arts destination. The goal of the Arts Align conversation is to create an arts community that can be a cohesive, inclusive, and integral participant in the Twin Ports economic development process. Having a cohort of Creative Community Leadership Institute graduates will grow the already substantial number of informed proponents of art and culture investment in Duluth. These leaders will help to generate, facilitate, and inform a more comprehensive and successful set of action steps as we move toward our goal as a community. Additional organizations willing to work to pursue and realize Intermedia Arts' Creative Community Leadership Institute in Duluth include: the Duluth Art Institute, the Duluth Playhouse, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). After the completion of the Institute, the School of Fine Arts will continue to periodically gather the group and maintain the connection between the Twin Ports Arts Align community, the university, and graduates of the Creative Community Leadership Institute, Duluth. Our focus on interdisciplinary education, transferable skills, and public and global engagement define us as a leader in fine arts education in the region and as a natural partner with Intermedia Arts. Our multidisciplinary educational offerings, our commitment to an inclusive campus climate for all who learn and work at UMD, and our long tradition of public engagement with our community and region contribute to creating strong and healthy communities.
PLAINS ART MUSEUM (Spring 2012)
Established in 1975, Plains Art Museum (PAM) aims to foster learning and inspiration through art and to advance the visual arts and artists of its region. Serving the Fargo-Moorhead community of 210,000 through high quality exhibitions, educational programs, and outreach, the museum actively serves the wider Midwest and Upper Great Plains regions. PAM is committed to collaboration and community engagement, using art to foster community dialogue and creative problem-solving. Ongoing projects such as Defiant Gardens for Fargo-Moorhead and PlainsInsideOUT link the Museum with community groups, neighborhoods, and civic spaces. The Museum’s education programs serve K-12 students and teachers, college faculty and students, families, and general audiences. An annual season of special exhibitions and permanent collection exhibitions share the intellectual and artistic resources of the Museum with its audiences. The Museum’s collection of 3800 objects focuses on art from 1970 to the present, with a strong concentration of work by regional artists and Native American artists. Nationally recognized artists include George Morrison, James Rosenquist, Helen Frankenthaler, Red Grooms, Andy Warhol, Frank Big Bear, Luis Jimenez, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Brett Weston, and Berenice Abbott. In 2012, the Museum will open a new Center for Creativity, with studio classrooms, a ceramics studio, and exhibition spaces that will link with school districts as well as become a community incubator and laboratory for creative thinking and making.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL ARTS (Spring 2012)
The Department of Visual Arts provides a comprehensive, rigorous, and innovative academic program consistent with the mission of North Dakota State University. The Department of Visual Arts offers several degree opportunities; the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the professional degree and the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science, liberal arts degrees. The BFA requires a studio art concentration, the Bachelor of Arts requires studio art as well as an intermediate competency in a foreign language and the Bachelor of Science requires studio art and a minor in another field of study.
THE BUSH FOUNDATION
The Bush Foundation serves as a catalyst for the courageous leadership necessary to create sustainable solutions to tough public problems and ensure community vitality. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, and today works in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. Currently, the Foundation is focused on increasing educational achievement, advancing solutions to tough public problems and supporting the self-determination of Native nations. Since 1965, the Foundation has invested in nearly 2,200 individuals through fellowships with the belief that these courageous leaders would create broad impact for the communities in which they lived and worked. The Foundation continues to select Bush Fellows (meet the recently announced cohort) knowing they too will inspire their communities to tackle and solve the problems they face. Learn more about the Bush Foundation at BushFoundation.org