History of ArtWise
ArtWise was incorporated as a non-profit elementary arts organization by a group of parent volunteers in 1993 for the purpose of supporting elementary visual arts programs in the Greater Grand Forks area.
Support of ArtWise
ArtWise is supported by the generous support of our community. We have a partnership with Grand Forks Public Schools, have grant support and have some fundraising activities. Sponsorships for the Art Show and ArtCamps4Kids are available If you are interested in membership, please contact us at 701-787-4260 or . Volunteers are also vital to the success of our programs. Watch for information about volunteer opportunities.
Mission of ArtWise
The ArtWise mission is to give children in the Greater Grand Forks area opportunities to explore their unique abilities through the visual arts, to foster their self esteem and to increase the community's awareness, appreciation, and participation in children's visual arts activities.
ArtWise programs include Artist in the Classroom program with the Grand Forks Public Schools, the Elementary Art Show in the spring, summer Art By Children (ABC) Artist Reception for Business Art Lease, our Kids Art Calendars in the fall and Winter Art Camps4Kids. ArtWise also develops children's activities for local service club and other organizations' festivals.
Staff and Management:
Rita Haag, Executive Director
Pirjo Berg, Admin. Assistant
ArtWise Board of Directors 2020-21:
President: Sheila Dalgliesh, North Dakota Museum of Art, Artist in the Classroom
Vise President: Matthew Anderson, NDMOA Director of Education
Secretary/Treasurer: Sherry Aarnes, Business Leader
Directors: Nicole Derenne, Elementary Parent, UND History and Fine Arts Instructor
Rhiannon Conley, UND Lecturer, English
Erin McMullen, Volunteer
Joni Gilbertson, GFPF Para Educator
Terri Berg, Artist, Artist in the Classroom
Rita Haag, ArtWise Executive Director
Pirjo Berg, Artist, ArtWise Admin. Assistant
Mary Kulas (ex officio), Coordinator Artist in the Classroom
is meeting every last Monday of the Month except December and July. If there is conflict with holiday the meeting will held on third Monday of the Month.
Meetings will be held via Zoom and they start at 4 pm.
Please email us if you want attend the meetings and
we will send you Zoom ID and password.