The Minot Area Council of the Arts is on a mission: Connecting Artists. Building Community. Fostering Possibilities.

Founded in 1973, the Minot Area Council of Arts is a 501(c)3 membership organization committed to serving Minot area artists, arts organizations and the community at large. We are dedicated to supporting and enriching Minot’s arts ecosystem, facilitating programs, services, and events in which we invite our neighbors and local artists to collaborate in growing Minot’s already flourishing art scene!

Our membership includes individual artists, community supporters, venues and organizations. Nearly every arts and cultural organization within Minot is a member, as well as several organizations from the surrounding area.

We Are

Advocates for the Arts

Our Artistic and Organizational Memberships provide support and resources for area artists and organizations that support the vibrancy of Minot’s art community.
Our ArtWorks(in)Minot program partners with local businesses and artists to showcase original artwork in locations around Minot. This program increases the visibility of local art while providing our participating sponsors with rotating artwork for their offices and meeting spaces.

Our team works in tandem with other arts organizations within the state and region to enhance awareness of the value of the arts, to collaborate on regional art projects, bring international artists and performing artists to the area, and to establish and maintain a network of advocates and resources for our member artists and organizations.

MACA’s participation in Americans for the Arts’ Arts and Economic Prosperity economic impact study contributes quantifiable data which illustrates the national impact of nonprofit arts and culture industries. Participating in this study equips us with regionally-specific data that enables us to continue advocating for the arts in and around Minot.


As facilitators of the Minot Street Art Movement, we act as a connecting point between artists, funds, and property owners to increase the presence of street art in Minot. This initiative works to make great art accessible for all of Minot’s residents, regardless of their demographics. 

As the current stewards of the historic Carnegie Center of Minot, we provide a meeting and event space for area groups and organizations, in addition to hosting community art events and workshops.

Community Builders

Through our annual Arts in the City and Arts in the Library concert series, we provide more than 24 free all-ages concerts to the community each year. These concerts allow us to connect local musicians, visual artists, and local vendors to develop and strengthen a culture of artistic enrichment within Minot.

In addition to supporting our members and their special projects, the Minot Area Council of the Arts is committed to fostering our next generation of artists. We lead a Youth Advisory Committee (MACA-YAC) which gives area students the opportunity and authority to build their skills, showcase their talents to our community, and to collaborate with one another to create art experiences that are relevant to their peers.


Throughout 2022 we participated in the Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) survey collecting data from arts audiences and organizations in the Minot area. The last survey, AEP5 conducted in 2015, revealed Arts and Cultural activity in the Minot region as a $13.5 million annual industry. We are thrilled to share that the results from AEP6 have shown substantial growth and we are now able to boast a $20.8 million annual industry! You can find more detailed results through the link.

In the Fall of 2021, the leadership of the Minot Area Council of the Arts engaged with Strengthen ND to develop a three-year Strategic Plan. To learn more about our vision, values, and plans for the future, you can view our strategic plan HERE.


"The Minot Chamber Chorale has been a member of MACA for many years. We have appreciated the inclusion of our concerts in the quarterly announcements as well as its support in identifying grants that support the performing arts groups such as the Chorale. Arts in the Park has also provided wonderful performance opportunities for our members. Thanks, MACA!"
Cheryl Nilsen
Chorale President
"Love all of the support and resources MACA provides!!!"
Allison Auch
Director of Full STEAM Ahead
"MACA offers so much support for community artists and we love the free Arts in the Parks programs every summer!!"
Janet Anderson
Director of the Library at Minot Public Library


Tonia Vitko

Co-Executive Director

Tonia is the Co-Executive Director of the Minot Area Council of the Arts and loves the Minot community. With a passion for arts since childhood, Tonia is a strong advocate for community involvement and enjoys working with nonprofits. In addition to her leadership role at MACA, Tonia is a mother of two and enjoys spending time with Myles and her furry companions.

Myles Barcomb

Co-Executive Director

Myles is the Co-Executive Director of Minot Area Council of the Arts and is a Minot native who got involved in music and theater at a young age. He has been performing in the Minot area with bands and as a solo artist for over 20 years. In addition to his work with MACA and performing, Myles is a father of two and enjoys spending time with Tonia and his furry companions.

Chandell Lattin

Communications and Marketing Specialist

Chandell is the Communications and Marketing Specialist for Minot Area Council of the Arts. She is an artist and poet, and is passionate about building community and advocating for creative expression. She is a North Dakota native who was raised in the Southwest and has recently relocated to Minot after spending a decade traveling the country with her husband and her four children, whom she homeschools.

Board Members

Kelly Matalka


I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA but moved to Minot in 2011. I work at Creedence Energy and enjoy volunteering for many local organizations in my free time. I’m excited to be a part of Minot Area Council of the Arts to be an advocate for local artists and programs.

Rachel Alfaro

Vice President

Rachel is the Executive Director of the Taube Museum of Art located in Downtown Minot. Rachel is an artist, arts advocate, and mother of two. Originally from Florida, she has called North Dakota home since 2012.

Tim Baumann

Tim Baumann


Tim began working at the International Music Camp in the summer of 2005 as a Dean of Boys and is currently serving as Camp Director with his wife Christine. Tim currently plays oboe and English Horn in the Minot Symphony Orchestra.  He also conducts the Minot Community Concert Band with Christine and plays in the ensemble. 

Melinda Goodman

Melinda is owner of FullTilt Marketing. From her first taste of musical theatre seeing Fiddler on the Roof in a community production to seeing Miss Saigon on Broadway she has been a fan. As her work takes her on travels around the country she seeks out art, music and theatre for creative inspiration.

Travis Gerjets

Travis Gerjets

Travis Gerjets is a baker and co-owner of Prairie Sky Breads in downtown Minot.

Ellen Fenner

Ellen Fenner is the executive director of the Minot Symphony Orchestra and has been part of the Minot Area Council of the Arts board since 2015. Ellen is a graphic artist, arts advocate, entrepreneur and mom. She is always looking for ways to engage in the arts and get people of all ages involved. “The arts make people happy, and we need happy people in our community.”

Sabrina Herrmann

Sabrina is the owner and designer of “Spruce It Up” which creates year-round outdoor décor to create beauty in nature for a person’s home or business. During her 9-to-5 she is the Director of Communication at for a local engineering and architecture firm. For as long as she can remember, she has always been involved in or supporting local arts and looks forward to broadening the awareness of all the activities of the full & creative arts community in Minot.

Greg Vettel

Greg serves as the Director of the Northwest Arts Center and as an Adjunct Professor of Art at Minot State University. As an artist and designer, he combines imagery and typography in printmaking, sculpture and digital mediums. Greg lives in Minot, with his wife, Jayme, and three children, Logan, Eva, and Jackson along with multiple four-legged friends.

Megan Fixen

Megan Fixen is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Minot State University. In her spare time Megan enjoys traveling and reading. She is an arts supporter and loves musical theater.

Kelly Hendershot

Kelly Hendershot is an Assistant Professor in the College of Business at Minot State University. Kelly lives in Minot with her husband, Chauncy, their three children, Charlie, Emmy, and Lauren, and their two golden retrievers.

Katie Dotson

Katie Dotson is a proud Minot native and local artist. Her printmaking and photography work has been featured in juried exhibitions around the state of North Dakota. She actively creates freelance commissions, screen prints, apparel and more, and currently works as the Communications and Outreach Specialist for the Minot Area Chamber EDC.

Kristin Michels

Kristin has enjoyed various arts since she was a child. She started Minot State University in Music, playing viola in the Symphony, and graduated with a Graphic Design degree. She now works at MSU doing graphics and marketing at the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities. She provides design and marketing for nonprofits including Community Rocks and the Minot Lions Club, where she is a member. Kristin’s personal art often has plenty of color, glue, and random thingamajigs. She and her fiance, Derek, create art under the name Chromatic Dragon Studio.

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