Arts back in park

The Minot Area Council on the Arts is gearing up for a summer season filled with the arts, after a spring full of arts education for kids.

Terri Aldrich, executive director of MACA, said that there have been arts educators in the Minot Public Schools nearly every day this month. Schools pay a small stipend to bring artists into different classrooms to work with children on painting, screen printing, cartooning, sculpting clay and playing the drums, among other arts. Aldrich said she has the arts in the schools events written in orange on her calendar and the month of May is “all orange.” MACA pays the artists and provides the art supplies for the school programs.

Kids will also be highlighted at different arts events this summer. Aldrich said jazz musicians from Minot High School will be among the performers at the annual Integrity Jazz Festival, set for June 29 in Scandinavian Heritage Park. On Father’s Day, during an arts in the park concert, Aldrich hopes to have winners of the recent teen poetry slam competition recite their poems.

Aldrich said the Arts in the Park concerts will kick off on June 10 and end Aug. 4.

“The Arts in the Parks concerts will be in three locations this summer,” said Aldrich.

The city band concerts will be located in Oak Park for the first time since the Souris River flood of 2011.

“We’re excited about having the opportunity to be back in that location again,” said Aldrich, who said the park, while not yet in pristine condition, is better than it was. “It’s good enough that we’ll be able to have the city band concerts there, but it’s not quite where they want it to be,” she said.

For that reason, most of the rest of the Arts in the Parks concerts will be held at Scandinavian Heritage Park.

To celebrate Minot State University’s 100th anniversary, the final Arts in the Parks event on Aug. 4 will be held in front of Minot State University’s Old Main.

Aldrich said many old favorites will be performing this summer, along with some new performers.

“It’s a schedule similar to what we’ve done in the past, but we have some wonderful new additions,” she said.

Cake decorator Mandi Zavalney will be at Arts in the Parks events on June 23, July 18, and Aug. 1. She’ll decorate cakes in the park and people will get to “eat the art.” Other artists will also be present at the event, including artist Rebecca Nielsen, from Minot Air Force Base, and sculptor Don Cullum from Turtle Lake.

The Jazz Festival, free last summer, will return to charging admission of $20 when it is held in Oak Park on the 29th. Aldrich said the Glenn Miller Orchestra will be the headliner. Other jazz performers will also perform, including the Pivetta Duo from North Carolina, Bismarck’s Little Big Band and the Swing Band of Minot. The event will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. at Scandinavian Heritage Park.

For a complete schedule of upcoming events, log on to the Minot Area Council of the Arts Web site at (