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Volunteer Park Brings Innovative Signs

Trail sign pictures were placed at Volunteer Park. The artist was Irina Astvatsaturov, an Armenian who does a great job with Art4Life.

The Springboard for the Arts grant allowed this project. It is yet another way to partner arts and health, encouraging pedestrians to easily access destinations along our trails and sidewalks. The sign is located just west of Dakota/Minnesota Avenue bridge.

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Health Watch is another good way to encourage locals and visitors to use trails.

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Think Global Hear It Local

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Good news! Lorraine Klaasen and her ensemble have agreed to tour this fall as part of Arts Midwest World Fest. Lorraine is one of the few South African artists who have preserved the classic sound of Township Music, which continues to be the most distinctive sound to come out of South Africa.  We’re excited Lorraine will tour in our program and equally excited to feature South African music which has not been part of Arts Midwest World Fest before.  You can find more information about Lorraine here:

Arts Midwest World Fest presents Lorraine Klaasen, from South Africa, with “Think Global Hear It Local.”  This public concert is Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 6:30pm.  The concert will be located at the new Wahpeton High School Theater.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Tickets are available at the Red Door Art Gallery and Wahpeton Parks & Rec.

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Le Vent du Nord

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, Le Vent du Nord comes to Wahpeton, ND for a concert!

When:  February 13, 2016 – 6:30pm

Where:  Stern Cultural Center, NDSCS Bremer Theater

Cost:  $10.00 per adult, $5.00 all students, FREE under age 5

Tickets available at Red Door Art Gallery (701-591-1010), Wahpeton Parks and Rec (701-642-2811), and Mary Gibbon (701-680-9062)

Sponsored by Three Rivers Arts Council.


See you there!!

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Baladino comes to Wahpeton, ND Through Arts Midwest World Fest Partnership

Wahpeton, ND — Baladino, a lively Mediterranean folk band, will visit Wahpeton as part of a multi-city Midwest tour coordinated by Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest.  The ensemble’s name is a combination of “Baladi” and “Ladino” and both words represent central themes in the ensemble’s vision. “Baladi” means “land” in Arabic and “Ladino” refers to both the language and the culture of Sephardic Jews who lived in Spain up until the 15th century. The music played by Baladino comes from its homeland—Israel—a country composed of Diaspora Jews who migrated from different parts of the world. These migrations have enriched the area and the musical influences from the Middle East, Europe and Africa became a major part of Israeli culture itself.


As Israelis born to immigrant parents, particularly from Middle Eastern countries, Baladino members find a deep connection to their parents’ countries of origin, musically and culturally. The Ladino songs the band plays have been passed on from generation to generation and Baladino is now sharing them worldwide. Baladino ensemble members include Tomer Moked, a brilliant string player and musical arranger, Daniel Sapir provides an inspired foundation on the string bass, Yael Badash brings rich vocals to the mix, Yonnie Dror adds wonderful color with a variety of wind instruments, while Yshai Afterman holds it all together on percussion with mesmerizing Mediterranean rhythm.


It’s not often smaller communities have the chance to host international ensembles like Baladino—let alone for a full week. The music and culture Baladino shares will be absolutely fascinating and different from what we typically hear. Baladino will visit many schools and community locations during the week and present a full public concert. We expect this residency will be a delightful experience for everyone.


We typically would not have the resources to host week-long residencies of the kind Baladino will offer. Arts Midwest, one of six U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, partners with program sponsors like the National Endowment for the Arts and 3M to cover a substantial portion of the program cost so that communities throughout the Midwest can enjoy this rich arts experience. Wahpeton was selected as one of only nine Midwestern cities to host the 2015–2017 Arts Midwest World Fest and is the only partner community chosen in North Dakota. It’s a real honor to be part of this program.


David Fraher, president & CEO of Arts Midwest notes, “Arts Midwest’s goal is to make meaningful and lasting impressions on the communities that host this program. We think week-long residencies can offer so much more than one-day visits. There are more opportunities to truly connect with each other whether through workshops in schools, concerts in the greater community, or through social gatherings. We want this to be a rich experience for the entire community.”


Baladino is the first of four ensembles to visit Wahpeton over the course of this two-year partnership with Arts Midwest. The other ensembles featured in this program come from Québec, Turkey, and China.


Arts Midwest World Fest presents international music ensembles in the nine-state region it serves with the goal of connecting small and mid-sized Midwestern communities to world cultures. Arts Midwest’s

organization-wide mission is to “promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives.”


A program of Arts Midwest, the 2015–2017 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, and Anime Twin Cities. Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China for Anda Union, the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest for Baladino, and the Délégation du Québec à Chicago for Le Vent du Nord. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Arts Midwest is also generously supported by Illinois Arts Council Agency, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.



Coming Soon to Wells Park in Breckenridge

FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE! Welles Park in Breckenridge, MN Saturday, September 26th 2:00 -3:30pm



Performed at the Olympics featuring music of champion fiddler Shawn Mousseau



Winners of Canada’s Got Talent TV Show


Bring your own chairs – seating is limited! Get ready to do the Red River Jig!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota

through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

Stompers Mission: To help re- capture and preserve the history of the Metis people through the traditional dancing of the Red River Jig


Rebar 3-D Art

Photos taken this past Thursday and Friday when we attended the Bismarck
reception for the Bush Fellows previous recipients. The re-bar welded huge
3-D sculpture piece was done by Benet Brien (Sp) and has a prominent place
in the Federal Building at Bismarck. It just takes 10 minutes to park your
car and walk into the front doors and take a left to view this amazing20150424_095050
rebar 3-D amazing work of art. The more we stood and viewed it the more
amazing it became. My thoughts would certainly be to invite him to bring
his work in our sculpture garden by our Hughes Shelter.


We are fortunate to already have one of his buffalo pieces in our town…his
Buffalo Sculpture piece is already holding a prominent place on the Circle
of Nations Capital. I invite you to drive up 8th street and stop to admire
it just to the south of the administration building. Wow!

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Shawn McCann Mural Concept released

UPDATE: After submitting various versions of the mural concept to the Project Director, Lise Erdrich, and the City of Wahpeton for approval, the design for the mural has become finalized with this version.


Apparently there were heritage requirements involving these NEA grant funds, plus some reservations about the snowglobe design being not conservative enough. These were the reasons given for the changes.

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Remember the mural he painted at the Chahinkapa Zoo and the 3D chalk painting?

This week Shawn McCann released his concept for the big downtown mural he will begin next week. This is how Shawn describes his concept:

” I am going for something that will really catch peoples attention. The concept is a snow globe with a black and white image of Old Wahpeton inside with a street car breaking through the globe. Period dressed people would be on the edge of the snow globe looking out and the water from inside would flow towards the rest of the wall creating the river and the teepees and trees that create our namesake “Dwellers among the Leaves” To add a final little touch, some of the leaves on the very far right would turn into the eagle feathers which are significant in meaning for the Native Americans.”

All the murals and one still to come, are being funded by a National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant. The grant was awarded to Circle of Nations School here in Wahpeton, and Three Rivers Arts Council partnership, and written by Lise Erdrich of CNS.

Here is the black and white earlier draft superimposed on the building it will occupy in Wahpeton:
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Preparation and painting will begin late next week or early the following week (around June 21st). You can come and watch the mural develop, and talk to the artist, who is a really nice guy.