The Arts Partnership Staff

Dayna Del Val - Director - The Arts Partnership

Dayna Del Val

President & CEO

Dayna Del Val has led The Arts Partnership since 2010. She writes a monthly column on the arts for the Fargo Forum, a monthly article on the arts and business for Fargo, Inc. as well as maintaining an active social media presence. In 2018, Dayna was honored to receive the Emerging Leader award from the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO). She is a board member with NDANO, Board President of Arts North Dakota, a state-wide arts organization, and a non-voting member of the board of the Downtown Community Partnership in Fargo. Additionally, she is a professional stage and commercial actor who can be seen and heard in local, regional and national ads. Also a freelance writer, she currently writes the reflections section in Inspired Home magazine. Dayna lives in Fargo with her husband and their exuberant golden retriever and looks forward to when their college-aged son is home on breaks.


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.


Chelsey Engelhard Ewen - Communications Coordinator - The Arts Partnership

Chelsey Ewen

Communications Coordinator

Chelsey Ewen is the Communications Coordinator at The Arts Partnership. She creates content highlighting our Partners for the Fargo Forum, KFGO, our blog, our weekly e-newsletter “Connecting the Dots” and our social media platforms. Through The Arts Partnership, Chelsey is a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Professional Communicators (FMPC),  the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota (AAF-ND) and the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network (YPN) and is currently enrolled in the 2018-2019 Leadership FMWF class through the Chamber. In 2018 she won Woman of the Year in the Arts and Culture category from the YWCA and has received other awards from the North Dakota Professional Communicators and the Minnesota Newspaper Association for her writing on the arts. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, collaging, playing board games, thrifting, traveling and attending art events. She lives in a teeny apartment in downtown Fargo with her husband Mike and their many plants.



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.


2018-19 Board of Directors

Ellen Shafer, Board Chair
Marketing Communication Consultant, Shafer Public Relations

Noah Ford-Dunker, Treasurer
Digital Marketing Manager, Eide Bailly LLP

Melissa Tomlinson, Secretary
Project Manager, Myriad Mobile

Karin Rudd
Executive Vice President, Gate City Bank

Matt Brunsvold
Realtor, Park Company

Kimberly Pigeon
VP of Inbound Marketing, BNG Design

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

Crystal Gilson
Senior User Experience Researcher, FBS, Creators of Flexmls

Lana Suomala
Artist and Moorhead High School Spanish Teacher

Christi McGeorge
Department of Human Development and Family Science, NDSU