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. 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.
Membership is based on a sliding fee scale. We’d love to have you join us! Apply here and we’ll be in touch about membership fees. Our members receive benefits such as increased promotion, community support and professional development opportunities.
We’ve fulfilled our mission in many ways over the years, including school programs, art installations and special events. Today, we focus on a few specific projects.
The Arts in the Parks and Arts in the Library Concert Series provide more than 24 all-ages concerts that are free and open to the public throughout the year. Each concert also includes a visual artist feature.
The Minot Street Art Movement is the force behind the start of organized street art in Downtown Minot. You may recognize the “Love Downtown Minot” or “Magic City” murals as their work. The Minot Street Art Movement came under the umbrella of the Minot Area Council of the Arts in 2018 where we act as a connector between artists, funds and locations to make more street art in Minot.
In addition to supporting our members and special projects, the Minot Area Council of the Arts is committed to fostering our next generation of artists. We also lead a Youth Advisory Committee (MACA-YAC) which gives area students the opportunity to build their skills and gives them the opportunity to showcase their talents in our community.
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.
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.
Jan has been a member of the Minot Area Council of the Arts for 15 years and an officer on the Executive Committee for 13 years. She represents Gentle Winds Promotions.
Travis Gerjets is a baker and co-owner of Prairie Sky Breads in downtown Minot.
Steve is an artist from Garrison known for his beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and nautical sailing ships. A (mostly) retired preacher, Steve enjoys time with his children, adopted children, and grandchildren.
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.”