Oct 7, 2019 – The Call

Back in the Black

Hello members!

Did you see this piece in the Star Tribune* over the weekend? What a difference a year makes.

The NEMAA 10×10 show went better than we possibly could have imagined. An estimated 1,000 people visited the 3rd floor gallery at Northrup King on September 21st, purchasing art and celebrating with us. Nearly half of the 330 artworks sold were snapped up within the first hour and NEMAA raised $15,000! I’ve already begun to plan for next year – modifying the show model a bit to better serve our artist donors, laying the groundwork for business member inclusion, etc.

NEMAA 10×10 was huge for us. However, it is only the first fundraising event for NEMAA’s action-packed autumn.

We are also one of the four nonprofit beneficiaries of this year’s MyTalk107.1’s Down & Dirty Project: Masterpiece. Project Down & Dirty is an annual reality show-type event where all of the MyTalk107.1 radio hosts are immersed together in an unfamiliar world for three days straight. This year, guided by teachers from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD), they will be trying their hands at art-making. The project will culminate with a gallery opening and silent auction at MCAD on October 25th. Tickets for the event go on sale this coming Tuesday. Proceeds from the event will be donated to MCAD, NEMAA, Upstream Arts, and Art Buddies.

Next up, NEMAA is the non-profit beneficiary of the speakeasy bar at Open Casket from November 1-3 (occurring concurrently with Art Attack, Art This Way, California Dreamin’, and Thorp Warp). NEMAA board members will be on hand to answer questions and hand out the 2020 NEMAA Membership brochure, all whilst everyone urbanely sips on specialty cocktails from Vikre Distillery. It’s very chic. Come hang with us in the basement!

Then, just a week and a half later, it’s Give to the Max Day!

The money raised this fall will help build up NEMAA’s reserves. Recently, we have been able to hire part-time support staff. Jade Huynh and Casey Grengs have joined the NEMAA team to assist with communications and social media. Jade will be managing member event submissions and taking over the monthly audience newsletter. Casey will be handling NEMAA’s Facebook account. Use the #nemaamn hashtag to make it easier for NEMAA to pick up a post from your Facebook or Instagram pages, and don’t forget to submit events through your nemaa.org profile for openings, artist talks, exhibits, classes, and workshops.

Also, if you haven’t already, I encourage artist members to join the NEMAA Artists Forum on Facebook. The forum is an additional way for NEMAA to share timely info on deadlines and artist opportunities, as well as a space for members to connect and collaborate with each other.

Happy Autumn!


Anna Becker
NEMAA Executive Director

* Eler, Alicia. “Group that stages Minneapolis’ Art-A-Whirl is back in the black.” Star Tribune, October 4, 2019.

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