The North Valley Arts Council begins as a volunteer organization under the name of the Greater Grand Forks Arts and Humanities Association.
The organization conducts the first city cultural assessment in the state of North Dakota. The assessment identifies the need for a full service local arts/cultural agency.
To address this need, the council reorganizes under the North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC) and hires an executive director and office manager. At the same time, NoVAC opens a downtown office at the Empire Arts Center.
Due to programming demands on the theater and the arts council, NoVAC separates from the Empire Arts Center and develop a new board of directors with a new mission statement. NoVAC relocates its offices to the University of North Dakota campus to share office space with the Greater Grand Forks Marketing Services Partnership.
NoVAC receives a 2 year grant from the Archibald Bush Foundation to achieve organizational stability.
NoVAC receives a 3 year grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. With this financial support, NoVAC creates professional development programs, networking opportunities, advocacy events, and calendaring and information resource services.
NoVAC starts the Annual Arts Awards, which honors the artists, individuals, organizations and businesses who support arts and culture through volunteerism, financial contributions, and more.
The North Valley Arts Council assumes responsibility for management of the Grand Cities Art Fest. Previously, NoVAC was an Art Fest sponsor, managing the Arts in Action program in Town Square.
In the summer of 2010, NoVAC begins the Mayor's Choice Artist Program, in partnership with the Grand Forks Mayor's Office, and ventures into new territory with the Zombie Music Fest. Held in October, Zombie Fest is an arts-themed Halloween event for the whole family.
In March, NoVAC accepts the 2011 North Dakota Governor's Award for the Arts. NoVAC partners with the Third Street Clinic to create Healthy Living through Art.
NoVAC's Fiscal Agency program is given an overhaul as the Umbrella Program, a way for artists and organizations to apply for non-profit funding and offer taxable deductions to their donors.
NoVAC also welcomes a second full-time employee, greatly increasing our capacity for special projects and community support.
The North Valley Arts Council begins partnering with Arts Midwest on the World Fest program, bringing four international musical groups to Grand Forks to teach and perform. NoVAC also begins a partnership with the North Dakota Council on the Arts and Valley Memorial on an art health program.
NoVAC continues to administer the Arts Re-Grant Program for the City of Grand Forks, providing Grand Forks arts organizations with seed money for public programs.
At NoVAC, we are always looking for new and better ways to serve the arts community and Greater Grand Forks as a whole. If you have ideas or would like to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (701) 772.3710.