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, 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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 • 4-6 pm
St. Cloud Great River Regional Library, Bremer Room

Artists, performers, designers, community organizers, government workers, developers and others! Join us for this introduction to the big world of contemporary public art and creative placemaking presented by Jack Becker, a nationally-renowned leader in the field. Jack is founding director of Forecast Public Art, where he established a statewide grant program for MN artists and Public Art Review magazine, the world’s leading publication devoted to public art.

Jack will present a wide variety of artful possibilities and engage participants in exploring the challenges and opportunities available in this expanding field—for artists, place-based designers, community developers and city builders. We’ll explore community engagement and participatory practices, discuss issues of equity and inclusion in public life and consider options for future workshops or work that dives deeper into these topics.

Come and see ways that intentionally engaging artists, makers and creatives can change and improve project outcomes (large and small) and impact entire communities!!

Artist Consortium

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call 320-968-4290 ext. 4 or email

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Arts Board Grant Information Session
Presented by Central Minnesota Arts Board at
Great River Regional Library - St. Cloud
April 20, 2017
Would you like to learn more about accessing arts funding in Minnesota?
Minnesota State Arts Board program officer Rina Rossi will talk about the process of applying to Arts Board grant programs for artists, health and human service organizations, schools, local units of government, community organizations, arts organizations, and informal groups. Local artist Willicey Tynes will join in and give tips for crafting strong applications. Heather Allen from the Central Minnesota Arts Board will also be on hand to speak about CMAB grant opportunities.


30 minute appointments are available Thursday, April 20, 2017
10a.m. - noon, and 2- 4 p.m. at Paramount Visual Arts Center
by calling or emailing program officer Rina Rossi at (651) 215-1612, Toll free (800) 866-2787, MN Relay 7-1-1, or

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

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.

Early-Bird Rates (before April 19) $100 for both session days (June 7 & 8); $70 for one day only (June 7 or 8)

Regular Rates (after April 19) $150 for both session days (June 7 & 8); $90 for one day only (June 7 or 8)

To Register, visit


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

Annual Theater Educator Workshop
JULY 12-13, 2017

Perpich Center for Arts Education and Hennepin Theatre Trust are excited to co-present a theatre professional development workshop designed specifically for educators and their students from across the state!

Workshop highlights include: Presentations by professional directors and K-12 theatre teachers on topics ranging from creating a devised show to addressing issues of diversity in the field; A meet-and-greet dinner with local performers and fellow teachers; Tickets to see Motown, The Musical at the Orpheum Theatre; Professional Development Clock Hours.

Sample Workshop Sessions: Creating a Devised Show • Rehearsal Process: Increasing Student Access to the Rehearsal Process • Movement for Musical Theatre • Increasing Diversity in the Theatre Curriculum: The Motown Panel
Character Study (Student Track) • Making a Career in Design & Theatre Tech (Student Track)

Visit the Registration Form for more information!


Registration Fee: $100, includes a ticket to see “Motown: The Musical”

Registration deadline: June 30th, or until workshop is full.

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