Nordic Arts Alliance in Moorhead, in cooperation with local colleges, is building new relationships with 18-24-year-old underserved audience members to overcome barriers to understanding, appreciation, and participation in contemporary and tribal Nordic arts in Minnesota.
This season features four performances, beginning in October 2010 and ending in April 2011: Cellist Zuill Bailly, the Vienna Choir Boys, the Harlem Gospel Choir, and gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos with his band of gypsy musicians.
Nordic Arts Alliance presents the Viking world/roots tribal contemporary music band Krauka from Denmark/Iceland in a rural and urban Northern Minnesota tour September 2010 with project components including master classes, school and library workshops, and public performances.
Nordic Arts Alliance presents Ordinary Vikings by Minnesota artist Jill Johnson, creating traditional Scandinavian Bronze and Iron Age bog stav sculptures based on Nordic cultural stories. The work is expanded upon and interpreted by Icelandic folklore storyteller Ingibjorg Gisladottir. There will be an outdoor exhibition at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.
Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment raises revenue for Clean Water, Outdoor Heritage, Parks and Trails, and Arts and Cultural Heritage. Libraries are beneficiaries of a portion of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Funding.
Midwest Viking Festival (MVF) presents Viking-era arts, cultural traditions, and folkways with demonstrations, hands-on activities, and performances, including weaving, wood-turning, metalwork, carving, fiber dyeing, pottery making, felting, rune writing, songs, and more.
This new initiative aims to increase student achievement in and through the arts in nine west-central Minnesota schools. With the ultimate goal of positively impacting the learning of more than 1,500 students this year in the Lakes Country region, 40 teachers in the arts and in other content areas are engaged in professional development, curriculum development, and assessment literacy, leading to the development and implementation of arts-integrated lessons and units tied to the Minnesota Academic Standards.