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Statewide arts leadership conference held in Walker

Photo provided Dee Skogen, center, and Cheryl Prindle, right, both of Wadena, were among participants at the arts leadership workshop in Walker.

The Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota (FRACM) recently sponsored the opportunity for arts leaders throughout the state to attend a two-day James P. Shannon Leadership Institute training.

Local arts leaders attending the two-day Leadership Conference at the Country Inn in Walker were Cynthia French, Great River Arts Association; Don Hoffmann, Madhatters Community Theatre and Staples Area Men's Chorus; Dee Skogen, Madhatter's Theatre; Amy Hunter, Staples Motley Area Arts Council, Lamplighter's Community Theatre and Staples Area Women's Chorus; Therese Kunz, Screen Porch Productions; Millie Engisch-Morris, Crossing Arts Alliance; Mim Maas and Cheryl Prindle, Greater Wadena Area Arts League; Jamie Robertson, Whiskey Creek Film Festival, New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, Five Wings Arts Council board member; Nancy Leasman, Five Wings Arts Council.

The purpose of the Arts Leadership Conference was to provide arts administrators the opportunity to refocus, refresh, and re-energize their leadership. Participants took part in activities designed to enhance awareness of their own gifts and talents while outlining a vision for the impact they wish to make in their communities.

The FRACM is honored to partner with the Wilder Foundation in working with the many talented arts leaders throughout Minnesota. Conference funding was provided by The McKnight Foundation.

The Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota is a statewide 501c3 arts organization. Only Minnesota has such a system of regional arts councils which can disseminate state and other funding for the creation, performance and appreciation of Minnesota art. Each of the eleven Minnesota Regional Arts Councils has a primary staff person. Mark Turner serves as the Executive Director of the local region. Together, these representatives comprise the voting membership of the Forum of Regional Arts Councils. The FRACM's mission is to serve as the voice of and advocate for small arts organizations and community-based activities throughout the state.