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New building, opportunities available at Village Arts

By Staff | Oct 25, 2019

Rugby’s Village Arts will begin November with a new building, new classes, music and opportunities for community involvement.

Village Arts Board President Bonnie Berginski told the Tribune the former Bethany Lutheran Church building on 2nd Street Southeast would officially belong to Village Arts on Nov. 1.

“This will leave us with no seating, so we’ll have to do a seating campaign,” Berginski said. “The other Lutheran church is taking the chairs and tables for their building.”

Berginski said Village Arts would solve the seating issue by “doing some sort of fundraisers or buy-a-chair type of program.”

In addition to fundraising matters, Berginski said Village Arts is seeking volunteers.

“We are looking for someone to be a coordinator for our Art for Life program. We need somebody for that as soon as possible. If anyone has time to volunteer, they can contact me at (701) 208-1448.”

Berginski described Art for Life as “a program sponsored by the North Dakota Council on the Arts that brings art to residents in care facilities to combat boredom, depression and loneliness. We need someone who can coordinate bringing artists in and volunteers, that kind of thing.” Berginski said she has held the post before, but due to demands from her business and work, “I don’t have time to do it anymore.”

Volunteers Tilman Hovland and Dave Halvorson have begun directing the Village Arts orchestra and string section to prepare for the annual Christmas Concert, to be held December 1, and Berginski said volunteer Andee Mattson will begin choir rehearsals Monday at the Rugby High School Choir room from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Berginski said volunteers are a central part of Village Arts, and there are always opportunities available.

“We also need volunteers for people to move costumes. There’s lots of opportunities for people to get involved,” Berginski added. “We’re looking for directors and set painters and all that kind of stuff.”

Berginski said Village Arts continues to seek community input for the programs it offers. The organization held a special meeting to solicit feedback earlier this month.

“We held the meeting and 19 people showed up. It was lower than I would have liked to see.”

In addition to volunteer opportunities, Village Arts offers classes and lessons in the arts.

“We’re offering dance lessons (for children); that’s started. We hope to be offering strings lessons soon,” Berginski said.

“We’re looking at doing some improv classes with Jacob Jenkins,” Berginski added.

“We’d like to know who’d be interested in taking that class. They can call me. If we can get high school students or adults who’d be interested in doing improv we’ll be doing some improve classes leading up to an improv night.”

Berginski said she heard suggestions for the group’s new building at Village Arts’ recent community meeting. “I know there were people who expressed interest in doing jazz ensembles and things like that. If there are others in the community interested in doing that or small groups, we’d have rehearsal space for them, and they’re welcome to contact us about doing that.”

“We want to know what people want to do,” Berginski added. “We want people to be involved. We’re not here just to be here. It’s just not the board that’s Village Arts. Village Arts is anyone who wants to be involved.”

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