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English Learners at Williston High School increase vocabulary through Picturing Writing

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Williston High School student holding their art and writing booklets up to the monitor during Zoom classIn May of 2022, NDCA Rostered Teaching Artist Beth Olshansky conducted a 9-day Virtual Picturing Writing Residency initiated by Williston EL high school teacher LeAnne Tracey. Students used crayon resist watercolors to paint 2 pictures and then described them in 2 separate poems. 

By Rhea C. Beto


Retired ND Museum of Art founding director leaves behind sustainable future

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Painted portrait of head and shoulders of Laurel Reuter with dark hair in elegant bunAfter dedicating fifty years of her life to the North Dakota Museum of Art, Founding Director 
Laurel Reuter was not about to walk away without helping members of the board and staff plan for the future. 

By Rhea C. Beto


Minot Symphony Orchestra director plans new strategy after attending national conference

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Orchestra conductor and violinists of LA Philharmonic

In June of 2022, Minot Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Ellen Fenner attended the League of American Orchestras 77th National Conference in Los Angeles, CA. When she returned, she laid out plans to implement many of the ideas and suggestions she had learned at the conference. The trip was funded in part by a Professional Development Grant from NDCA. 

By Rhea C. Beto


North Dakota’s ONLY Trombone Choir performs new works by ND composer

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7 men and 1 women in all black, holding trombones, standing on UND CampusIn the spring of 2022, University of North Dakota (UND) Teaching Assistant Professor, Author and Composer Dr. Chris Gable wrote an eight-part composition for the North Dakota Trombone Choir called Alarum Within. The project was meant to portray the negative impact on society caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

By Rhea C. Beto


Wayne Beyer retires leaving strong legacy for art community

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Wayne Beyer wearing glasses, grey hair, smiling, sitting on a chair with white bulldog on his lapAfter 42 years of service, Wayne Beyer is retiring from Director of Wahpeton Park and Rec. To explain the strong connection he experienced with the art world, Wayne wrote, "Parks and recreation is very diversified and art has been a great way to offer many unique opportunities."


Protect and preserve ND Ukrainian culture and heritage

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Psyanky - Ukrainian Easter EggsAround 10,000 Ukrainians immigrated to North Dakota between 1896 and 1899, according to a 1984 book by Francie Berg called “Ethnic Heritage in North Dakota.” The timing is significant because North Dakota had just become a state in 1889. Ergo, Ukrainian culture began intertwining with North Dakota heritage during the first few years of statehood.

By Rhea C. Beto


Envisioning what is possible: The Grue Church Project

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Black and white side view of Grue Church in Buxton, NDIn the small community of Buxton, ND stands a 130-year-old church that was scheduled to be destroyed in 2020. A group of passionate people in the community decided to not only save the building, but restore, re-purpose and reimagine ways to use the facility to celebrate its heritage and continue the cultural folk traditions it was founded upon.

By Rhea C. Beto


Walker Bruns Fish Story

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Head and shoulders smiling Walker Bruns with full beard standing among trees and tree trunks with a canopy of leaves holding colorful fish decoyWalker Bruns began his fishing tackle business called Bruns Tackle while he was in the 8th Grade. He was assigned a school project to create a mock business including a product, pricing, and a full business plan. Six years later, his business is thriving, he is a graduate from North Dakota State University with a degree in Business Administration, a minor in Entrepreneurship, and has a whole new skill set of creating spearfish decoys thanks to the NDCA Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.

By Rhea C. Beto


Lakota singers breathe new life into old Native songs

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Frances DensmoreProject underway revisits century-old recordings made at Standing Rock

Before singing, Red Weasel bowed his head in prayer, “Wakan'tanka, hear me.  This day I am to tell your word.  But without sin I shall speak. The tribe shall Live.  Behold me for I am humble.  From above watch me.  You are always the truth, listen to me, my friends and relatives, sitting here, and I shall be at peace.  May our voices be heard at the future goal you have prepared for us.”    

From Teton Sioux Music & Culture by Frances Densmore (1918)

 


Imitation may be the biggest form of flattery; the story behind the Lake Region Arts Festival

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Lake Region Arts Festival logoDiscover the collaboration and inspiration that lead to the overwhelming success of the first ever Lake Region Arts Festival in Devils Lake, ND. 

By Rhea C. Beto


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