On Monday evening, at Lindenwood’s Main Shelter, 80+ people gathered for a potluck with The Arts Partnership to have our Annual Meeting 2012 and celebrate the two Advocate Award winners and the re-granting of dollars from the City Arts Partnership and Sanford Arts Partnership grants as well as the first ever Individual Artist Arts Partnership grants. It was a gorgeous evening for a picnic, and we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with so many artists, arts organizations and arts enthusiasts. We also were dazzled by the music of the Heather and Thistle Pipes and Drums group.
Dawn Morgan of the Spirit Room and Dan Aird, local bagpiper and teacher, were given Advocate Awards for their outstanding work in the arts in our community. As noted by those who nominated them:
Arts Advocate Volunteer Dan Aird: I got the idea to nominate Dan for an Arts Advocate Award watching him at the 2012 Celtic Festival. While sitting in on his presentation about the history of the bagpipe, I decided he was a fantastic example of someone dedicated to keeping a rare folk art alive in the techno age. Aird has been practicing, performing, and teaching the bagpipe since the 1960s. Dan has been sharing his gifts for over 40 years and making sure that anyone who has any interest at all gets a chance to learn. Dan has done amazing work and continues to serve our arts community in this unique way—by carrying on a tradition that can only survive if it is passed on to others. ~Dr. Maureen Kelly Jonason
Arts Advocate Leader Dawn Morgan: Without much fanfare, Dawn has been working to promote the arts in the Fargo Moorhead area for a long time, and I think she deserves to be recognized. She is conscious of wider humanistic issues that make what she does at the Spirit Room a unique space in this area. From promoting epileptic art to the art of a person impacted by human trafficking to local artists as well as providing a venue for music, yoga, poetry and meditation, she has demonstrated that she is a leader in this regard. ~Erika Lorentzen
The Arts Partnership awarded $66,000 to 26 area arts organizations from the City Arts Partnership grants to Angels of the Muse, Fargo Park District, Fargo Theatre, FM Area Youth Symphonies, Chamber Chorale, FM Community Theatre, FM Drum & Bugle Corps., FM Opera, FM Symphony Orchestra, FM Visual Artists, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Lake Agassiz Concert Band, Lake Agassiz Girls Choir, Master Chorale, Moorhead Parks and Recreation, MSUM Performing Arts, Plains Art Museum, Prairie Public, Red River Boy Choir, Red River Watercolor Society, Spirit Room, The Learning Bank, The Rourke, Theatre B, Tin Roof Theatre, Trollwood Performing Arts School. These grants are funded by the Cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.
TAP also awarded $3,000 to 24 area arts organizations from the Sanford Arts Partnership grants. Additionally, we awarded four artists Individual Artist Arts Partnership grants: Matthew Gasper of Gasper’s School of Dance and Performing Arts, Scandinavian folk artist Jill Johnson, calligrapher Anne Kaese, and filmmaker Raymond Rea. This funding was from privately secured funding.
It was a wonderful evening of fun, conversation, and recognition. Thank you to the three Cities and to Sanford Health for your generous contribution to the re-granting dollars. We couldn’t do this without you! Thanks to our Partners and guests for joining us.