About The Arts Partnership (TAP)

The Arts Partnership (TAP) is a nonprofit umbrella arts organization that represents all art forms in Fargo and West Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN.

Our mission is to cultivate the community through the arts, which we do with our three core values:

  1. Support local art and the artists who make it
  2. Advocate the arts’​ role in a vibrant economy
  3. Promote a creatively enriched community

We envision a community that wholeheartedly embraces and supports the arts as a valuable piece of our social and economic success.

We live our mission and propel our vision by communicating about the arts, advocating for the arts and giving grants to artists and organizations making our community a vibrant place to live.

We communicate about the arts through various media outlets, including the Fargo Forum, KFGO radio, Fargo INC!, our blog, our e-newsletter and on social media. We also work to ensure that the arts and culture in our community are being spread across many sectors, including the business community, educational centers, government, and the general public. Some of our prominent programs include ChalkFestArtWORKS, Community Supported Art and our Support Local Art campaign. In summer 2019, we will open Aptitude, a creative incubator at West Acres Mall.

We were formerly known as the Lake Agassiz Arts Council, founded in 1970. We changed our name to The Arts Partnership in 2009. In 2017, we were honored to receive the Governor’s Award for the Arts in North Dakota. You can view our organization’s history here.

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The Arts Partnership is committed to inclusivity and accessibility. The Arts Partnership seeks to achieve diversity and cultural equity in its leadership, partnerships, grant making and programs. The Arts Partnership seeks to be a supporter and model for all arts organizations in the region, particularly in areas of board make-up, staffing, training and communications practices.

The Arts Partnership carries out its region-wide mission with proactive efforts to embrace differences of culture, ethnicity, race, religion, international origin, sexual orientation, physical abilities, socio-economic status, age and gender.

The Arts Partnership stands by the Statement on Cultural Equity by Americans for the Arts.

History of The Arts Partnership




  • TAP awarded the Differentiator Award at the Governor’s Main Street Initiative Summit
  • Closed APT and opened Aptitude in collaboration with West Acres Mall
  • Granted $97,875 to 30 organizations through the City Arts Partnership grant program
  • Granted $27,736 to 16 individuals through the Individual Arts Partnership and the Jade Presents Arts Partnership grant programs
  • Hired Communications Coordinator Ethan Mickelson to replace Chelsey Ewen
  • Hired Danica McDonald as the Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator
  • Held The Arts Partnership Business Breakfast Series and brought in David Brown (CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce), Kyle Carter (ED, the Downtown Davenport (Iowa) Partnership) and Jeff Nicholson (CEO, Plazacorp Kalamazoo, MI) and his wife, artist Barb Nicholson
  • Brought in Campus Philly CEO Deborah Diamond to meet with area business, campus and community leaders to begin creating Campus FM
  • Awarded the first Outstanding Board Awards at The State of the Arts to the FM Symphony Orchestra and the Gooseberry Park Players
  • Hosted the first Salon pARTy at West Acres Mall
  • Launched the 10/11/12 and April Showers Bring May Flowers funding campaigns





  • Awarded $105,700 in City Arts Partnership grants to 30 nonprofits
  • Awarded $18,551  in Individual Arts Partnership grants to 13 artists
  • President & CEO Dayna Del Val awarded the Emerging Leader Award from the ND Association of NonProfit Organizations
  • Communications Coordinator Chelsey Ewen awarded the YWCA Woman of the Year in the Arts and Culture Category
  • Nominated for a Chamber Choice Award for Outstanding Small Not For Profit
  • Renamed the Artist in Residence program to ArtWORKS; added Hector International Airport to list of businesses participating in the program
  • Communications Coordinator Chelsey Ewen awarded Third Place in the Arts and Entertainment category at the Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Awards
  • Raised more than $160,000 on Giving Hearts Day
  • Started writing monthly business and the arts articles for Fargo, Inc. magazine
  • APT, a Creative Incubator hosts more than 25 artist studios





  • Received the Governor’s Award for the Arts in North Dakota
  • Hosted a 10-event Holiday Art Market at APT
  • Received a Consensus Council Grant and traveled to more than 17 communities to study the arts and the economy
  • Promoted Executive Director Dayna Del Val to President & CEO and Grants and Programs Coordinator Tania Blanich to Director of Operations
  • Hired Christina Johnson as our part-time program manager of APT
  • Awarded $108,000 in City Arts Partnership grants to over 30 arts organizations
  • 150 Primary Artist Partners
  • Secured ChalkFest signature sponsor, Gate City Bank
  • Completed an eight-month tactical planning process with consultant Jim Clark of Lexington, KY





  • Hired Grants and Programs Coordinator Tania Blanich
  • Hired Communications Coordinator Chelsey (Engelhard) Ewen
  • Received the Pineapple Award for promoting the Metro through the Arts from the FMWF Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Participated in the Americans for the Arts Economic Study of the Arts V
  • Raised $140,000+ on the third annual Giving Hearts Day
  • Drew more than 5,500 people to fourth annual ChalkFest, making it the largest free art-making event in the Metro
  • Held the first State of the Arts event open to the business and arts communities as well as the public
  • Awarded $84,000 in City Arts Partnership grants to 33 organizations
  • Awarded $18,678 in Individual Arts Partnership grants to 16 artists
  • Entered into a 2-year relationship with Kilbourne Group to create APT, a Creative Incubator in December





  • Hired Communications Coordinator MeLissa Kossick
  • Moved ChalkFest to the Red River Zoo, which drew more than 3,000 people in the community
  • Hired consultant Tania Blanich to review and make recommendations for strengthening the City Arts Partnership grants





  • Began a weekly arts radio program called The Metro Arts Scene with KFGO AM 790
  • Began Unplugged with Dayna Del Val, a monthly radio program devoted to arts conversation
  • Joined Giving Hearts Day and raised $6,000





  • Began a weekly content relationship with the Fargo Forum to create articles and columns about the arts
  • Created ChalkFest, a free art-making event in the metro that attracted 450 people
  • Began the Corporate Artist in Residence Program, bringing artist exhibits to corporations and creating artist-employee engagement opportunities to inspire and promote creativity in the workplace
  • Created the Individual Arts Partnership grants: awarded $2,500 to 5 artists





  • Created a second full-time staff position, the Digital Media Producer, to create a weekly e-newsletter and handle day to day communications, transitioning away from a 6x/year newspaper publication run by mostly volunteers
  • Started the Community Supported Art Program, modeled on Community Supported Agriculture, to introduce artists to new audiences
  • Created a funding relationship with Sanford Health





  • Hired the first full-time Executive Director Dayna Del Val
  • 60 Primary Artist Partners





  • Accepted into the ArtsLab 3-year cohort
  • Changed the name from the Lake Agassiz Arts Council to The Arts Partnership
  • Branded the tri-city grants to City Arts Partnership grant program





  • Invested with three other North Dakota arts councils in Culture Pulse, an online calendar
  • Awarded $68,500 in grants to 28 organizations





  • Led an Arts Center Feasibility Study for the Metro
  • Participated in the Americans for the Arts Economic Study of the Arts III





  • Produced Herd About the Prairie, a community-wide public art project consisting of bison fiberglass sculptures by local artists





  • Gave $38,250 in grants to 18 nonprofits



Early 2000s


  • Added the City of West Fargo to the re-granting relationship



Mid 1990s


  • Added the City of Moorhead to the re-granting relationship





  • Started the funding relationship with the City of Fargo to re-grant City dollars to arts nonprofits



1970s and 80s


  • Produced various outdoor art festivals





  • The Lake Agassiz Arts Council was founded