Homegrown theater hero: Doug Scholz-Carlson

Doug Scholz-Carlson may be said to be an organically-grown force in the Southern Minnesota world of theater. He was a little sprout of six when his dad came to the Economics Department of St. Olaf. By middle school Doug was involved in his first show.

Today Doug is the artistic director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, with events this year from June 13-27. He credits his Northfield roots for his involvement and growth. “Myrna Johnson started a drama club at the high school long ago. She chose ever more challenging works for us to stage, and tailored those choices to her [evolving] actors,” he says. Read more

Remembering Her YPTW Roots: Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri

Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri has a dream job. That’s because she is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Greenhouse Theatre Project, which just wrapped up its fourth season. As she looks back at the life experiences that led her to this success, there is no doubt that the Young People’s Theater Workshop (YPTW), played a role. Read more

Reflections from the Rural Arts & Culture Summit

I had the great pleasure to attend the Rural Arts and Culture Summit this past week at my alma mater, the University of MN, Morris (Go Cougars!). The Summit, hosted by Springboard for the Arts, the Center for Small Towns, and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils, provides a place for rural folk–artists, administrators, economic and community developers, educators, farmers, and everyone with an interest–to come together to discuss the successes and challenges of our particular work in our particular places. The theme for the conference this year was “From the Ground Up.” Read more

NAG receives grant from SEMAC for ADA retrospective

Last week, the Northfield Arts Guild received a $10,000 from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) for a project entitled “Artists Disabling Assumptions” during October 2015. The project seeks to reflect upon the 25th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the effects that it has had on people with disabilities. The project features an invited exhibition in the Main Gallery featuring artists with disabilities from multiple disciplines and will also feature artwork from the Guild’s A+ Art Club and other artists with disabilities from the local community. Read more