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.

2021 Artist in the Classroom program ended. ArtWise moved to a new location and change its mission and continue serving the community.

Support of ArtWise

ArtWise is supported by the generous support of our community. We 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 701-757-2781 or artwisegf@gmail.com.  Volunteers are also vital to the success of our programs.  Watch for information about volunteer opportunities.

Mission of ArtWise

The ArtWise mission is enhance the Greater Grand Forks community through educational visual art programs and exhibition space for youth, families and artists.

ArtWise Programs

ArtWise programs include Art By Children (ABC)  Business Art Lease, Kids Art Calendars in the fall and Art Camps4Kids, Artists Gallery, and family activities. 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 2021-22:

President:  Matthew Anderson, NDMOA Director of Education

Vise President: Nicole Derenne, Elementary Parent, UND History and Fine Arts Instructor

Secretary/Treasurer: Joni Gilbertson, GFPF Para Educator


              Sherry Aarnes, Business Leader


                  Rhiannon Conley, UND Lecturer, English


              Aaron Stefanich, Grand Forks Children's Librarian


              Tait Simonson, Artist, Art Teacher Central Valley School


              Rita Haag, ArtWise Executive Director

              Pirjo Berg, Artist, ArtWise Admin. Assistant


              Mary Kulas, Coordinator Artist in the Classroom




ArtWise Board

is meeting at ArtWise Gallery and Creation Space at 5 pm every last Tuesday of the Month except December and July. If there is conflict with holiday the meeting will held on third Tuesday of the Month.

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