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.
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.
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.
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.
Justin is the Executive Director of the Minot Area Council of the Arts. Born and raised in Minot, Justin developed a passion for the arts at a young age. In addition to his work with MACA, Justin can be seen performing with The Heritage Singers and Mouse River Players, and sharing his love of the arts with his wife and kids.
Operations and Special Projects Coordinator
Chandell is the Operations and Special Projects Coordinator 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.
Randi is the Children’s Librarian at Minot Public Library. She enjoys crafting, reading, and hanging with her kids. She began working at the Minot Public Library in 2013 and has been a strong advocate for library services in regional organizations such as the North Dakota Library Association and Mountain Plains Library Association.
Chelsea is the co-founder/editor-in-chief of Minot Magazine, a founding member of the Minot Street Art Movement and a professional communicator. You’re most likely to find her drinking coffee, chasing her kids and brainstorming ideas for creative ways to improve our community.
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.
Terri is the owner of the Children’s Music Academy of Minot. She served as the Executive Director of the Minot Area Council of the Arts for 17 years, followed by four years as the Board President. She is a past president and member.
Travis Gerjets is a baker and co-owner of Prairie Sky Breads in downtown Minot.
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 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 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 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.