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. ūüėČ


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 ‚ÄúConnecting the Dots‚ÄĚ 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 recently graduated from 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.


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.



Danica McDonald

Executive Assistant

Danica McDonald is the Executive Assistant for The Arts Partnership. Danica is studying vocal music and economics at North Dakota State University and will graduate in December of 2019. At NDSU, Danica sings alto with the Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers and performs with To Be Determined Comedy, an improvisational comedy group. In her free time, Danica enjoys spending time with her cat and playing board games with her friends.


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Maria Modi Tuya

Communications Intern

Maria Modi Tuya is the Communications Intern for The Arts Partnership. Maria is studying Communication Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Maria is the 2018 North Dakota State champion for Poetry Out Loud and made it to the top 9 finalists at the national competition in Washington DC. In her free time, she loves to dance, meditate, and spend time with friends and family.



Ellia Dalzell

Philanthropy and Youth Intern

Ellia Dalzell is the Philanthropy and Youth (PaY) intern at The Arts Partnership. She grew up in Horace, ND and is a recent graduate of West Fargo Sheyenne High School. In the fall, she will be attending Concordia College to study Business/Healthcare Administration. Ellia danced at Red River Dance and Performing Company for 14 years, and she was part of the RRD competition teams for the past eight years. In her spare time, Ellia likes to spend time at the lake, take her dog Jett for walks, go on bike rides, complete puzzles, travel and watch movies with her friends and family.


2018-2019 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, Raboin Realty

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