Classes & Workshops

Artist Consortium

Sessions are FREE and designed for
Artists, Makers and Creatives in Region 7W to blend workshops or presentations with opportunities for artists to socialize, network and discuss topics important to their community or discipline.

Thursday, March 23 * 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Paramount Center for the Arts, Downstairs in Studio C, Enter through the back doors.

Central Minnesota artists are invited to participate in an important conversation.
Evening Topic: Creating a Supportive Arts Culture- Selling Art Work,
Building relationships and Nurturing a Community that buys Original Art

With limitless access to cheap, decorative and mass-produced works, how can we work together to generate interest purchasing art work directly from the artists who create it?

Questions that have inspired this call to conversation:
How do artists find a market for their art? Do you feel there is a market for YOUR art where you live?
What success stories do artists have to share? What has worked for you?
What are the barriers you perceive when trying to sell your work?

We’ll share some resources and invite you to bring your own. Let’s brainstorm the ways we can work together to lift this topic up, making it the talk of the town and increasing sales. We need your voice in this important conversation!

Thursday, April 27 * 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Elk River High School, 900 School St NW, Elk River, MN 55330
Want to be inspired by what’s happening in high school arts education? Join us for a road trip to Elk River to take part in Evening of the Arts, an annual celebration and demonstration of the arts in Elk River High School.

Hear the bands and choirs, see students demonstrating along with wonderful displays of student work in a celebratory atmosphere. This massive demonstration of performing and studio arts will provide an exemplary opportunity to see what a commitment to arts education can mean for students in our region.

Meet at the Paramount at 5pm. CMAB will reimburse mileage for a limited number of attendees. Attendees are encouraged to carpool. We’ll enjoy the show from 6 - 7:30, then stop for a bite to eat and reflective conversation and be home by 9:00.

Thursday, May 25 * 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Paramount Center for the Arts, Studio C (downstairs), Enter through the back door.
Teaching artists are invited to spend an evening exploring lesson plans. Rana Nestrud, Elk River High School Arts Director and Regional Arts Partner Director, and Jane Oxton, Education and Outreach Director at the Paramount, will share varied formats, rationale, purpose, and inspiration for writing clear lesson plans that sell your residency and guide your work.

Lesson plans can be the compass, the roadmap and the lifeboat for your projects, especially when done in collaboration with a collaborating teacher. Come and gain confidence in your abilities to write and use these valuable tools. Come with your ideas ready to share.

Artist Consortium

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call 320-968-4290 ext. 4 or email

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Attention K-12 Educators!
Learn about artist residencies and how to bring them to
your school at little or no cost!

You will have the opportunity to:
• Meet Teaching Artists & See Their Art
• Discuss Residencies that Enhance Learning and meet MN Academic Standards
• Enjoy Refreshments & Appetizers
This event is made possible by the ISD 728 Regional Center, The Paramount Education & Outreach department, Central Minnesota Arts Board and The McKnight Foundation.


Wanderway: A hands-on workshop exploring creative digital engagement
Lutman / Lutman & Associates will be offering free digital engagement workshops, funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board, for MN artists and arts organizations. The workshops are designed to help small cultural organizations, artists, and creative small businesses explore creative and sustainable digital engagement. The goals of the workshops are to provide encouragement, build confidence, and offer useful tools and know-how that enable participants to connect with, engage, involve, and serve more people in the ever-evolving online environment. Our workshop is designed with the resource-strapped in mind, and will address the emotional and ethical aspects of digital engagement, not merely the practical

The workshop dates, locations, registration links:
March 23rd, Ridgedale Public Library, Minnetonka

March 28th: Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth

May 1st: Rondo Public Library, Saint Paul

May 3rd: Rochester Art Center, Rochester

The workshop, course materials, refreshments and lunch are free but require pre-registration. All locations are accessible. Space is limited.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Workshop topics will include:

•Facing the fear of beginning something new and ever-changing

•Listening to audiences and expanding your reach to new people

•Cultivating your online voice

•Thinking about what you and your organization have to share with others, your strengths and assets

•Exploring available media channels

•Developing habits for content planning, creation, and sharing

•Understanding the impact of your digital engagement, including the impact on yourself

Arts Camp 2017
This year’s Arts Camp for Educators and Teaching Artists, Expanding Your Teaching Toolbox provides an opportunity for you to explore many ways to add depth, variety, and new pathways to help ensure success for all students.

Download the Briefs and Schedule and then sign up for all of the classes that will help you build your resources and skills toolbox. A registration fee of $50 allows you to take as many of the 15 offerings on Wednesday and Thursday as you would like – what a deal!

The first twenty to sign up for the noon sessions will have their lunch included
. Stay all day, take advantage of the noon offerings or enjoy one of the many unique and wonderful restaurants near the Paramount.

This year, graduate level credit for all sessions is available from University of the Pacific at a cost of $62 per credit up to 3 credits per course. Registration forms will be distributed and completed at Arts Camp. We will collect completed forms and checks covering tuition and submit to Pacific U at that time. CEU’s will also be issued for all of the classes you attend.

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, June 7, but many classes have limited enrollment so register EARLY to ensure a place.


Cost: $50 registration for as
many classes as you’d like!
or by calling 320-257-3127

For more information on
the sessions and CEU credits, download the
Briefs and Schedule

Rural Arts and Culture Summit
Tuesday, June 6, through Thursday, June 8,
at the University of Minnesota, Morris

Organized by Springboard for the Arts and the Center for Small Towns, the Summit gathers rural artists, arts organizations and community leaders to highlight arts-based strategies to rural community and economic development.

The CMAB is offering artists a Scholarship to reimburse registration and housing upon receipts. Mileage can be submitted after the conference for reimbursement. Scholarship are offered on a first-come-first-served basis and are limited. Registration fills up fast!

SIGN UP FOR A SCHOLARSHIP TODAY by contacting Melissa by email or 320-968-4290 ext. Scholarship Sign-Up Deadline is March 23, 2017!


For more information on sessions, speakers and the schedule, visit

CLICK HERE Rural Arts and Culture Summit Registration.

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