The Arts Partnership Staff
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. 😉
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 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 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 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.
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
Executive Vice President, Gate City Bank
Realtor, Park Company
Owner, Luna Fargo and Bernie’s Wine and Liquors
Senior User Experience Researcher, FBS, Creators of Flexmls
Artist and Moorhead High School Spanish Teacher
Department of Human Development and Family Science, NDSU