The Arts Partnership’s Executive Director Dayna Del Val has served on the state-wide board of Arts North Dakota (AND) for two years. This week, she was named Board President.
“I am thrilled to take on this challenge,” Del Val said. “I appreciate the advocacy work and state-wide community building that Arts North Dakota is doing. So much good work has been started, and I can’t wait to help grow what has already been planted.”
Del Val takes over from Pattie Carr of Dickinson State University. Carr served for six years as Board President and will continue on as a board member for the next year. Other board members include Leighann McKenzie of North Valley Arts Council in Grand Forks, Matthew Wallace of the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, Esther Hockett of Bowman and independent artist Brad Bachmeier of Fargo, who is the liaison between AND and the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA). Josh Nichols of Dickinson State University is the Executive Director and Jan Webb, formerly the director of the NDCA, is the State Arts Advocate/membership contractor.
“There is definitely room for more board members, and I invite anyone who is interested from anywhere in the state to contact Josh Nichols or me to discuss this further,” noted Del Val. “AND has incredible potential to be the catalyst between our state’s citizens and our elected officials, who determine the funding that the state gives to the NDCA. Stronger support for the arts serves not only artists and arts organizations but the entire state. Better funding for the arts means educational and work-force improvements, civic engagement, rural development, business attraction and retention, mental and physical health betterment and a higher quality of life for all our citizens. Those issues are our state’s issues, and as artists, we can be instrumental in helping to address them.”
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Del Val says to be on the lookout for a fabulous state-wide event coming to Fargo early in 2016 where both community and advocacy will be promoted and worked on.
Asked if she was ready to begin her term, Del Val said, “Yes! AND is continuing to make the arts valued and supported throughout the state. Get involved and join us in our endeavors.”