Crookston's workshop scheduled for Oct. 9.

    The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hosting We Are Water workshops, led by Crookston artist Trey Everett.  

    RSVP today for a We Are Water workshop held in a variety of locations throughout our region. In a similar spirit to our Equality and Respect for All workshops, participants will be provided a 12×12 canvas, supplies and instruction to create a piece of art around this theme. Water can be a source of recreation; it keeps us alive; it is used for daily life. Participants are encouraged to bring snippets or photographs or anything else they might want to use as material, medium, or inspiration.  

    Completed artwork will be put on display in the NWMAC Gallery in November and will also be included in a catalogue of the exhibit.

    This is a fun interactive activity for a group of people who gather monthly for a meeting.  Does your group or club have an October meeting that you would like to combine with an outing to explore the topic of We Are Water on canvas?   You must RSVP so we have enough art supplies and canvas.

    Forty-four canvas pieces will be exhibited at the NMAC gallery in November and December and will move to the University of Minnesota Crookston in mid-January.  There will be a reception on Friday, January 25 at UMC. There will be a catalog related to pieces in the show.

    Below are the We Are Water workshops scheduled so far, and the upcoming schedule. Workshops were held earlier this week in Stephen and Fosston. All times are 5:30 to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

    Tuesday, October 9 in Crookston at the library

    Thursday, October 11 in Thief River Falls at the River Walk Public House from 7-9 pm (this class is full with 20 participants, please select a different location)

    Wednesday,  October 17 in Red Lake Falls at the Red Lake Falls Library

    Tuesday, October 23 in  Hallock at the  Hallock Public Library

    Monday, October 29 in East Grand Forks at the Campbell Library

    Tuesday, October 30 in Greenbush at the  Greenbush Public Library

    Thursday, November 15 in Crookston at UMC in the Prairie Room

    Contact Mara ( to sign up or schedule additional workshops.
RSVP at least three business days before the class. If there are less than five people registered the class will be cancelled.
What is the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit?

    West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019.  

    Other sites include St Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is working in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.  Art creation workshops are offered in September and October 2018 that will bring together citizens, in our seven county region, creating a canvas that depicts what they think of when they hear We Are Water MN.   

    We Are Water MN explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship. The website on We Are Water MN shares stories from people in Minnesota relating to this theme.  To read these stories visit

    Visit West Polk Soil and Water District’s website to watch for more on this exhibit coming to Crookston at