Saturday May 3, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT
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Danebod Folk School 
140 Danebod Court
Tyler, MN 56178

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Nicole DeBoer 
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council 


Schedule (**may change / will be updated as changes occur)

Friday, May 2(OPTIONAL: rooms available on 1st come, 1st served basis)

6 - 7PM       Check in / Room Assignments

7 – 8 PM     Artist Networking: "Grant Inspiration Stories" meet artists who have received SMAC grants and what became of their projects

Saturday, May 3

8–9:00 AM Registration / Continental breakfast

9:00 AM     Welcome / Introduction of Session Leaders

9:20 AM     "The Traveling Museum visits Danebod" Andrew Nordin & Lisa Bergh will introduce and lead attendees on a collaborative art project

9:45 AM     SESSION I Workshops:

  • 1A -  Slant Rhyme and Meter and Voltas, Oh My! Set your Writing Free with Form Techniques: Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Saara Myrene Raappana thinks that writing a poem is like putting together a puzzle - except that the pieces are all the words in the world, and you have no picture to reference.  The techniques used in formal poetry - meter, syllable-counting, rhyme, etc. - can be a great way to bring the pictures into focus, find those vital "corner pieces," and discover exiting new pieces that transform the "puzzle." The exercises will give participants fun, practical skills to generate new, surprising material; polish it into a refined draft; and replicate the process at home in order to begin or enhance their writing practice.  Lead by Saara Raappana, Poet
  •  1B – "Splish Splash: Creating with a Dash"   For artists of all skill-levels and mediums, this hands-on painting activity will inspire you to keep creating long after the session is over.  Lead by Bobbie Alsgaard-Lien, Artist and Professor, Minnesota West Community College
  • 1C – TBD THEATRE CLASS: (check back to see what we have planned for theatre -- and non-theatre -- attendees

11:00 AM   Break to network and contribute to The Traveling Museum

11:15 AM   Panel Discussion:

Grants Available to Artists in SW MN --

Listen in to the stories of artists who have received grants and artists who have not received grants.  Understand what inspires them to keep applying. In addition, Virginia Paden from the Minnesota State Arts Board will join in the conversation to share what opportunities are available for artistis in the region.

12:15          LUNCH

12:45 PM     Special Performance:  “Prairie Lotus” Hmong dance group from the Walnut Grove area

1:30 PM     Break to network & contribute to The Traveling Museum

2:00 PM     SESSION II Workshops:

  • 2A - Film Making Real world experience in Southwest Minnesota. Lead by Samuel Hathaway, Actor ("Sweetland"), Director and PRoducer ("Once Upon A Whitsun") from Montevideo and Dana Johnson,  Director and Producer from Appleton 
  • 2B - "Intro to Tap" (TENTATIVE):  A fun and invigorating experience designed to introduce you to the basics of tap, from a shuffle, to a brush, to a flap. No experience or tap shoes required!
  • 2C - "Legal Considerations from Artists":  From protecting your intellectual property to choosing a legal form for your artistic business, an understanding of underlying legal principles will help you make smarter choices.  Learn about copyrights and contract basics regarding selling and licensing your work as well as getting into business.  Lead by Anna Metcalfe, Springboard for the Arts

3:00 PM     SNACK / Networking / The Traveling Museum

3:30 PM     SESSION III Workshops:

  • 3A – Watercolor for Everyone: This techniques class will include wet in wet, dry brush, super imposed layering, negative & positive spaces. Lead by Charlene Buescher, Artist / Watercolor Painting Instructor from Hendricks
  • 3B – Establishing Your Web Presence: Bring your work to life online and reach your audience with a website and social media.  Dos and don'ts, must haves and things to avoid, and pragmatic solutions for sharing your work with more people by establishing an online presence. Lead by Kelley Nemitz, Owner of 360 Design House

4:45 PM     Wrap up/Thank you!

5:00 PM     Workshop concludes