Nearly 80 individuals came together at Necce's Ristorante in Park Rapids to enjoy a life changing meal by celebrity chef Amy Thielen and to support the artistic programming at the Nemeth Art Center. A massive thank you to all that participated in making this fundraiser an astounding success! Here are some images from the evening captured by Dawn Rossbach and Lowell Wolff:
The Nemeth Art Center held a "Halloween Happening" at Armory Square in Park Rapids on October 31st, 2015. The night was comprised of a family dance party with DJ's ESP Woody McBride & Casey Borchert, along with a musical performance by Marah in the Mainsail. This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, with additional support from the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Chamber of Commerce. Here is a taste of some of the wonderful images of the Happening captured by NAC member Lowell Wolff. I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Halloween Happening a successful reality!
There have been some esteemed guests to the Nemeth Art Center in the past week! Eike Schmidt & Roberta Bartoli had a chance to walk through the NAC and study some of our paintings. It was an amazing and enlightening experience to get their collective opinions of the NAC's permanent collection. Eike was just named the director of the Uffizi Museum in Florence, Italy. Congrats Eike! http://www.magentaflorence.com/new-uffizi-director-named/
Sending a huge THANK YOU to the nearly 40+ individuals who supported the Nemeth Art Center's fundraising dinner hosted by Amy Thielen and Aaron Spangler on August 7th, 2015. Opening their home to new and ongoing supporters of the art center, Amy pulled out the best of her culinary talents and provided a meal no one will forget anytime soon. A Spanish themed dinner featured Paella, a traditional tortilla, a garden gazpacho dotted with an eggplant condiment, fresh green beans and a Celery Salad tossed with dates, roasted walnuts and Amy's own dressing. Finishing the meal off was a caramelized creme brûlée desert with a surprise burst of black currant jam.
On April 15th, I was fortunate to attend a Legacy Amendment Funds Training at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation in Bemidji. The Keystone speakers that day were David Zentner and Sheila Smith. Both individuals lobbied and advocated extensively for the Legacy Amendment that was passed by the Citizens of Minnesota back in 2008. Since 2010, the Legacy Amendment has generated roughly $250 million dollars per year split between the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, Clean Water Fund, Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Outdoor Heritage Fund and Parks and Trails Fund. Unless the Legislature someday succeeds in diverting this money, these funds will continue to assist Minnesotans in leaving an amazing State wide Legacy until 7/1/2034.
While I was sitting at this training, soaking up David and Sheila's captivating stories of how a diverse majority of Minnesotans came together to pass this bill in 2008, I realized how much the Legacy Amendment has changed my life. In the fall of 2009 I contacted the MN State Historical Society to see if grants were available to help repair the Historic Hewitt Schoolhouse's leaky roof. I learned that day that normally there wouldn't be any funding available for this task, but the first round of the Cultural & Heritage grants were just coming online and we had a month before the grant deadline to submit our project. Having never written a grant before, I scrambled to put together our application with a $5,000 match from both the Hewitt Historical Society and the City of Hewitt. A few months later we learned that Hewitt was awarded $156,365 to repair the roof and windows on the westside of the Historic Hewitt Public School. For the inaugural Legacy grant round, our award was the second highest amount in the state! Since that time I have been involved in numerous grants from the different funds created by the Legacy Amendment. If you are a Minnesota artist and you haven't already, you definitely wanna check out the grants available from your Regional Arts Council and the State Arts Board. If you are not an artist, but you are somehow involved in your community, I would suggest checking out the Minnesota Historical Society and DNR Legacy grants as well. Don't be scared of applying for grants! Always share your grant application drafts with peers to catch mistakes. Another tip is to submit your project by the pre-application deadline if possible. Even if you fail on your first grant attempt, it is likely that you will receive helpful feedback on ways to improve your application for the next round. Good luck and don't give up! Together may we leave one heck of a Legacy in Minnesota!