History of The Arts Partnership (TAP)


  • Awarded $105,700 in City Arts Partnership grants to 30 nonprofits
  • Awarded $18,551  in Individual Arts Partnership grants to 13 artists
  • President & CEO Dayna Del Val awarded the Emerging Leader Award from the ND Association of NonProfit Organizations
  • Communications Coordinator Chelsey Ewen awarded the YWCA Woman of the Year in the Arts and Culture Category
  • Nominated for a Chamber Choice Award for Outstanding Small Not For Profit
  • Renamed the Artist in Residence program to ArtWORKS; added Hector International Airport to list of businesses participating in the program
  • Communications Coordinator Chelsey Ewen awarded Third Place in the Arts and Entertainment category at the Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Awards
  • Raised more than $160,000 on Giving Hearts Day
  • Started writing monthly business and the arts articles for Fargo, Inc. magazine
  • APT, a Creative Incubator hosts more than 25 artist studios


  • Received the Governor’s Award for the Arts in North Dakota
  • Hosted a 10-event Holiday Art Market at APT
  • Received a Consensus Council Grant and traveled to more than 17 communities to study the arts and the economy
  • Promoted Executive Director Dayna Del Val to President & CEO and Grants and Programs Coordinator Tania Blanich to Director of Operations
  • Hired Christina Johnson as our part-time program manager of APT
  • Awarded $108,000 in City Arts Partnership grants to over 30 arts organizations
  • 150 Primary Artist Partners
  • Secured ChalkFest signature sponsor, Gate City Bank
  • Completed an eight-month tactical planning process with consultant Jim Clark of Lexington, KY


  • Hired Grants and Programs Coordinator Tania Blanich
  • Hired Communications Coordinator Chelsey (Engelhard) Ewen
  • Received the Pineapple Award for promoting the Metro through the Arts from the FMWF Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Participated in the Americans for the Arts Economic Study of the Arts V
  • Raised $140,000+ on the third annual Giving Hearts Day
  • Drew more than 5,500 people to fourth annual ChalkFest, making it the largest free art-making event in the Metro
  • Held the first State of the Arts event open to the business and arts communities as well as the public
  • Awarded $84,000 in City Arts Partnership grants to 33 organizations
  • Awarded $18,678 in Individual Arts Partnership grants to 16 artists
  • Entered into a 2-year relationship with Kilbourne Group to create APT, a Creative Incubator in December


  • Hired Communications Coordinator MeLissa Kossick
  • Moved ChalkFest to the Red River Zoo, which drew more than 3,000 people in the community
  • Hired consultant Tania Blanich to review and make recommendations for strengthening the City Arts Partnership grants


  • Began a weekly arts radio program called The Metro Arts Scene with KFGO AM 790
  • Began Unplugged with Dayna Del Val, a monthly radio program devoted to arts conversation
  • Joined Giving Hearts Day and raised $6,000


  • Began a weekly content relationship with the Fargo Forum to create articles and columns about the arts
  • Created ChalkFest, a free art-making event in the metro that attracted 450 people
  • Began the Corporate Artist in Residence Program, bringing artist exhibits to corporations and creating artist-employee engagement opportunities to inspire and promote creativity in the workplace
  • Created the Individual Arts Partnership grants: awarded $2,500 to 5 artists


  • Created a second full-time staff position, the Digital Media Producer, to create a weekly e-newsletter and handle day to day communications, transitioning away from a 6x/year newspaper publication run by mostly volunteers
  • Started the Community Supported Art Program, modeled on Community Supported Agriculture, to introduce artists to new audiences
  • Created a funding relationship with Sanford Health


  • Hired the first full-time Executive Director Dayna Del Val
  • 60 Primary Artist Partners


  • Accepted into the ArtsLab 3-year cohort
  • Changed the name from the Lake Agassiz Arts Council to The Arts Partnership
  • Branded the tri-city grants to City Arts Partnership grant program


  • Invested with three other North Dakota arts councils in Culture Pulse, an online calendar
  • Awarded $68,500 in grants to 28 organizations


  • Led an Arts Center Feasibility Study for the Metro
  • Participated in the Americans for the Arts Economic Study of the Arts III


  • Produced Herd About the Prairie, a community-wide public art project consisting of bison fiberglass sculptures by local artists


  • Gave $38,250 in grants to 18 nonprofits

Early 2000s

  • Added the City of West Fargo to the re-granting relationship

Mid 1990s

  • Added the City of Moorhead to the re-granting relationship


  • Started the funding relationship with the City of Fargo to re-grant City dollars to arts nonprofits

1970s and 80s

  • Produced various outdoor art festivals


  • The Lake Agassiz Arts Council was founded