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North Shore Arts League to be formed.

Dec 22, 2018 01:28PM ● By Editor

Media release from the Johnson Heritage Post - December 22, 2018

North Shore Arts League forming. All creators of fine art, regardless of medium, are welcome.
If you have wanted a way to network with other artists in a supportive environment, this group may be for you! This includes potters, fiber artists, photographers, woodworkers, painters, sculptors, metalworkers - any artist who may benefit from having a go-to network is welcome!


The first organizational meeting will be:

Tuesday, January 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post, 115 Wisconsin Avenue, Grand Marais, MN You are welcome to bring a lunch to eat during the meeting.


Artists are integral to the culture and history of the North Shore while also playing a important role in today's economy. To thrive and assure a vibrant art force, it is important that artisans have a nurturing, supportive community dedicated to their personal, social, educational and informational needs. The arts league will be a self-facilitated group organized by artists for artists. It will be organized as the group desires and based on the needs of the group.


The Johnson Heritage Post (JHP) will initially be the convener and provide meeting space until the group is established and can self-convene. The JHP is tentatively planning a local artist show for April/May 2019. More information will be provided at the initial meeting.

Anticipated Benefits

  • Community of artists for support, inspiration and camaraderie

  • Network of artists as influencers of an artful life on the NorthShore

  • Art critique when desired

  • Act as influencers to the business needs of artists and the community

  • Create a “key contact” place for requests by area businesses

  • Recognition by shows anda wards

  • Social gatherings

  • Education and demonstrations both from within the group and from guest presenters

  • Collaboration with each other and area resources with each other and area resources ,e.g.Johnson Heritage Post, Grand Marais Art Colony, Schroeder Historical Center, area businesses, Creative Economic Community (CEC), and many others

  • Mentoring

  • Focus groups specific to different mediums, e.g.potters, weavers, photographers, etc.

  • Access to grant and sponsorship information

• Planning and access to upcoming events
• Become a point of contact for seasonal and tourist artists

• Possible website and newsletter
• A welcoming place to begin and continue an arts journey

Questions or need more information? Call the Johnson Heritage Post at (218) 387-2314

Follow this link for more information and to see an agenda for the first meeting.

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