The Arts Partnership Staff

Dayna Del Val - Director - The Arts Partnership

Dayna Del Val

President & CEO

Dayna Del Val is a proven leader in arts advocacy and arts administration. She has transformed The Arts Partnership into a dynamic, responsive, arts advocacy powerhouse. A proven communicator, her diverse writing platforms, radio and television interviews and in-person presentations consistently highlight the myriad and reciprocal benefits of investing in the arts for economic, community-based placemaking, cultural and quality of life aspects. An instinctive leader with a voracious curiosity for learning, Del Val has grown the organization by nearly 200%.

In 2018, Del Val received the Emerging Leader award from the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO). In 2017, The Arts Partnership was awarded the Governor’s Award for the Arts for Outstanding Arts Organization.

Additionally, she is a professional stage and commercial actor. She launched the original Legendary tourism ads for the state of North Dakota, but for some reason, everyone seems to focus on the Josh Duhamel ones instead. 😉


Tania Blanich - Director of Operations - The Arts Partnership

Tania Blanich

Director of Operations

Tania Blanich is the Director of Operations at The Arts Partnership. Tania has spent her career in arts, non-profit, philanthropic and government administration. Her career began in public administration, working as an analyst for several New York City government agencies. She then transitioned to arts administration, serving as Director of the Program for Media Artists, a Rockefeller Foundation-funded program that supported media artists in the U.S. and Latin America. After working as Chief Operating Officer of LexArts, the local arts council and fund for the arts in Lexington, KY, she returned to the Metro to serve as Executive Director of the Rourke Art Museum. She’s pleased to be working with TAP to help build the capacity of our community’s arts organizations and artists. Tania earned her BA from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a native of Fargo, ND.


Ethan Mickelson

Communications Coordinator

Ethan Mickelson is the Communications Coordinator at The Arts Partnership. He creates digital and print content highlighting our Partners for the Fargo Forum, The Arts Partnership’s blog, our weekly e-newsletter “Connecting the Dots” and our social media platforms. Ethan earned a degree in strategic communications with an emphasis in public relations from North Dakota State University in 2018. Before moving to Fargo, he grew up on a flat patch of farmland outside Rolla, ND. He has been stringing words into articles since he started writing for the The Turtle Mountain Star in high school, with more recent writing experience including Fargo Underground, Fargo Monthly, Bison Illustrated, Fargo Inc, and The Growler Mag. With travel experiences ranging from Japan, Russian, and Haiti, he is now exploring the corners of his new home – Fargo, ND. You’ve probably seen him sipping coffee, riding bike or center-stage videoing the next big event.


Artist and The Arts Partnership Project Manager Christina Johnson.

Christina Johnson

Project Manager

Christina Johnson is the Project Manager at The Arts Partnership. She also acts as the on-site manager for APT, a Creative Incubator, located at 225 4th Avenue North in Downtown Fargo. She graduated with a degree in Art from NDSU, and continues to paint, draw, and sculpt out of her Fargo home. When she isn’t working or creating art, she’s fixing something on her house or cars, gardening, playing with her cats, or getting ready for Burning Man.


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Danica McDonald

Executive Assistant & Special Projects Coordinator

Danica McDonald is the Executive Assistant & Special Projects Coordinator at The Arts Partnership. Danica joined The Arts Partnership full-time in January of 2020 and worked  part-time before that since 2018. She wears many hats at TAP, including managing projects, poring over spreadsheets, and being the one-woman office IT department. No matter which hat she is wearing at the end of a day, she couldn’t be happier that her job is to help cultivate the community through the arts.

Danica graduated from North Dakota State University in the fall of 2019 where she studied voice as a mezzo-soprano and sang alto in various choral ensembles. She holds a degree in music and economics with a minor in computer science. She is now pursuing a Master of Science in Business Analytics at NDSU where she will graduate in 2022.


2019-2020 Board of Directors

Karin Rudd — Board Chair
Executive Vice President at Gate City Bank

Noah Ford-Dunker — Treasurer
Digital Marketing Manager at Eide Bailly

Melissa Tomlinson — Secretary
Project Manager at Myriad Mobile

Linda Boyd
Executive Director at Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra

Matt Brunsvold
Realtor at Raboin Realty

Nikki Ness-Berglund
Owner of Luna Fargo and Bernie’s Wine and Liquors

Scott Seiler
Artist and Senior Marketing Specialist at Sanford Health

Shelley Szudera
Creative Director at Choice Bank

Lana Suomala
Artist and Spanish Teacher at Moorhead Public Schools

Christi McGeorge
Department of Human Development and Family Science at North Dakota State University

Shyla Thompson
Release Manager at Microsoft