About Us

About The Arts Partnership

The Arts Partnership (TAP) is a nonprofit organization that aims to support, advocate and promote artists, arts organizations through programs and financial support that elevate the arts in the Metro.

Founded in 1970 as the Lake Agassiz Arts Council, we changed our name to The Arts Partnership in 2009 to symbolize our partnership with arts institutions, businesses and local government.

Our Mission

To cultivate community through the arts.

Our Values

Support local art and the artists who make it.

Advocate the arts’​ role in a vibrant economy.

Promote a creatively enriched community.

Our Vision

We believe that all art forms – from the visual arts to the artisanal arts – make our community a vibrant place to live and work. We envision a community that wholeheartedly embraces and supports the arts as a valuable piece of our shared social and economic success. 

Our Team

Dayna Del Val
President & CEO
Tania Blanich
Director of Operations
Christina Johnson
Project Manager

2021-22 Board of Directors

Linda Boyd * (Chair)

Linda is a lifelong active artist and an established non-profit arts leader in the Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo Metro. She leads The Arts Partnership Board as Chair.

Shyla Thompson (Co-Vice Chair)

Shyla is a Senior Release Manager for Microsoft. Shyla has served on TAP’s Communications committee since October 2016 and is an enthusiastic supporter of all the programs and opportunities that happen with TAP.

Shelley Szudera (Co-Vice Chair)

Shelley is Creative Director at Choice Bank. She successfully implemented TAP’s ArtWORKS program in four of the bank’s Fargo-Moorhead locations.

Dr. Earnest Lamb * (Secretary)

Dr. Lamb is Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM). Earnest is an esteemed cellist and scholar of blacks in classical music.

Melissa Tomlinson (Treasurer)

Melissa works for Aldevron as a Project Manager. She strongly believes the vibrancy of local arts is the key to a healthy and growing community.

Ford-Dunker *

Noah is the Digital Marketing Manager at Eide Bailly. Noah graduated from Concordia College in 2013 with double majors in music composition and business marketing and a minor in Latin.

Melissa Burkland

Melissa is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of United States Attorney’s Office. She is particularly interested in focusing on accessibility and inclusion in the arts.

Dan Leeaphon

Dan is a Principal Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft. Dan’s passions are archery and photography.

Christi McGeorge

Christi is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at NDSU. She aims to increase access to arts for marginalized and under-served communities.

Scott Seiler *

Scott is a Lead Marketing Specialist for Sanford Health and a fine art photographer. Scott has been a board member for the FM Visual Artists and Gallery 4, where he is a premier artist member

Anne Thurmer

Anne is the Dean for the School of Liberal Arts and Humanities at M State. She is passionate about all forms of arts and hopes to be able to support the access and equity work TAP has championed.

* Denotes a Primary Arts Partner, either as an individual artist or as a representative of an organizational Partner.

Board Meetings

Meetings of the Board of Directors of The Arts Partnership are open, according to North Dakota open meetings laws. The Board typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:30 pm during the months of September, October, November, January, February, March, April and May. The State of the Arts, the annual meeting of The Arts Partnership is held in June.

While the meetings are open to attendance by Partners and the public, they are not a platform for open discussion and do not include a public comment segment. If you have questions, comments or suggestions for the Board, please send them to Dayna and they will be passed on to the Board Chair. You will receive a written response from a Board member in a timely manner.

Please contact Dayna Del Val if you wish to attend a Board meeting so she can confirm the time and location of the meeting.

Diversity Statement
The Arts Partnership is committed to inclusivity and accessibility, and 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.

Contact Dayna

Dayna Del Val is the Arts Partnership’s President and CEO.

Contact Tania

Tania Blanich is the Arts Partnership’s Director of Operations

Tania Blanich - Director of Operations - The Arts Partnership

Contact Christina

Christina Johnson is the Arts Partnership’s onsite manager at Aptitude Creative Arts Studios.

Christina Johnson - Project Manager - The Arts Partnership