NDAGA receives arts grant
The North Dakota Art Gallery Association was awarded an $8,056 Institutional Support grant by the North Dakota Council on the Arts. With this grant, NDAGA will continue providing arts programming and supporting cultural activities in its region.
"The support from NDCA is appreciated and will be utilized to further the arts in North Dakota by facilitating visual art exhibits and connecting our local artists to art galleries," said Andrea Lynn Fagerstrom, NDAGA board president. "NDCA grants play an integral role in the continued support and development of arts within the state."
NDAGA, a nonprofit corporation promoting growth in North Dakota arts activities since 1975, provides professional training while coordinating exhibitions, information and services for gallery and museum personnel. It is headquartered in the Minot State University Art Department and overseen by Linda Olson, MSU Division of Humanities chair and NDAGA executive director.
"Someone asked me why I work hard for something without remuneration for so long, over 20 years now. I have to say it goes back to my childhood that was sans formal art creation, although I drew at every opportunity," Olson said. "So, today, I work on NDAGA’s behalf to make artworks of style and quality available in the small towns like that where I grew up, knowing that many of the exhibitions’ audience members will be elementary students, knowing that seeing artworks in person somehow removes the mystery and makes an artist’s career achievable."