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Village Arts seeking involvement

By Staff | Mar 1, 2019

Rugby’s Village Arts, Inc. offers the community opportunities to enjoy theatre, music, art exhibits, and much more.

“We focus on the main five areas of fine arts: theatre, visual arts, dance, music, and writing,” President Bonnie Berginski told the Tribune.

But Village Arts needs something in return for it to thrive.

“We need involvement,” Berginski said.

Local artist Glory Monson established the 501 C 3 charity in 1967. “We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2017,” noted Berginski. “About 20 years ago, Deb Jenkins came along and started the strings program that went along with Village Arts,” she continued.

Village Arts dedicated a Christmas performance by Heartland Civic Orchestras and Choir to Jenkins’ memory after she died late in November.

“It’s our mission to bring artistic experiences to people in the Rugby community, not only for entertainment, but for their engagement.”

The organization reaches out for community engagement in several ways.

“We’ve done word of mouth; advertising, posters around town,” Berginski said.

“I do a lot of grant writing, and then we also do our annual patron drive. To be a patron, you make a contribution to Village Arts it’s tax-deductible – and then those patrons are listed on our programs throughout the year,” she explained.

One event featuring programs with patrons’ names is slated for March 23.

“Our Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is a fundraiser; we did one last year, and it was very successful,” Berginski noted, adding the event will feature dinner and a dessert auction.

“Tickets are $45, prepaid to reserve your seat, and you can do that by calling or texting Jodi Schaan, at (701) 771-9796,” Berginski said.

In addition to fundraising, Berginski said Village Arts needs the help of volunteers.

“We need involvement,” Berginski noted. “We’re very open, and looking for volunteers. We could use people. If someone has organizational skills, we need help organizing the warehouse of costumes; we need people who like costumes. We need people to help sell tickets. If they don’t like to be onstage, that’s still a way they can help. We need ushers, and people to serve lunches, and we need people to serve on committees.”

Berginski said she was grateful for the help of local musicians and artists such as Glenda Mack, Andee Mattson and Tilman Hovland.

“We’ve had several people who’ve been active: The Macks, the Dockters, Pam Anderson, David Halvorsen, Craig Wollenberg, just to name a few,” she said.

“Now, we’re looking for someone to chair the committees of dance and writing,” Berginski continued. “Visual arts we have covered; obviously, we have an opening for strings director now,” Berginski said. “We have some people who are possibly able to step up and take over that. “We’re also looking for an artistic director, and a theater director. So, if anyone has talents in those areas, we’re certainly looking for help,”

“We want it (input from the community). We’re open to new things. We’ve got some new ideas we want to try out, but we’ve got to get people involved. We’re taking people’s ideas now,” Berginski said. “We want to keep it going.”

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