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 artwise@mygfschools.org.  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

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




ArtWise Board

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.