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Three Grand Forks Arts Nonprofits Selected for Multi-State Program

Northern Valley Youth Orchestras (NVYO), Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, and the Empire Arts Center are three of six nonprofit arts organizations from North Dakota that have been chosen to participate in the peer learning community program, ArtsLab.

ArtsLab, a core program of Arts Midwest in collaboration with local partners, is a seven-month course for artists and arts organization leadership, which explores concepts around leadership development, financial and resource development models, and organizational infrastructure.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for NVYO to learn from our peers in the nonprofit arts world, and we are grateful for the support and confidence in our organization shown by NDCA and ArtsLab,” said Naomi Welsh, Executive Director of Northern Valley Youth Orchestras.

Through the ArtsLab program Arts Midwest seeks to ensure that cultural leaders across the Midwest have the skills, ideas, and networks needed to flourish. “The Empire Arts Center is extremely proud of the work we have done in the Greater Grand Forks community, especially in recent years, however we are excited to move forward and continue to improve as an arts organization with the help of ArtsLab,” said Emily Montgomery, Executive Director of the Empire Arts Center.

The program includes monthly virtual workshops and two, two and a half day retreats in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where the selected organizations from North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa will participate in intensive training sessions. In total, this program is an approximately $15,000 investment of support, training and resources in the Greater Grand Forks community by the Arts Midwest and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

"We are delighted to take part in this opportunity and look forward to learning additional best practices for nonprofit arts groups as we enter our 70th season," said Kathy Coudle-King, Executive Director of the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre.

ArtsLab is anchored in the belief that arts and culture are essential to vibrant communities. ArtsLab believes fundamental to ensuring resiliency is to instill new ways of thinking and new management habits, by offering in-depth training on shaping sustainable business practices. “I was thrilled to learn that the Empire and Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre were accepted into the program as well! This will be an excellent opportunity for the performing arts in Grand Forks to share ideas with each other and with arts groups across the Midwest,” said Welsh.

For more information about the chosen Grand Forks organizations visit their websites at:;; For more information about ArtsLab and Arts Midwest visit