Northern Lake County Arts Board

A nonprofit organization

7 donors

CORONAVIRUS has required us to suspend most in-school activities this fall and winter. Grants previously awarded are being carried forward until it is safe to resume a full program of residencies and community cultural events. Sketchbooks have been distributed to all students at William Kelley School as part of our Masterpiece Art program and a virtual Spoken Word Poetry Residency for 11th and 12 grade English classes will be held in May. Board meetings are currently held via Zoom.  We appreciate the understanding of our grantees and donors during this challenging time.

Our Purpose is to support and promote the value of art and artistic expression in the northern Lake County area of Minnesota, with an emphases on programs for young people and on community cultural events.

Our Focus is arts education for children and enriching the cultural environment of the community.

Our Board is made up of community volunteers, including William Kelley School students, grades 7-12. Board meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month, September-June, 3:45 p.m. in the William Kelley School library and are open to all.

Our Partners include local and regional visual, practical and performing artists and arts organizations who serve as advisors, faculty and performers. We maintain a close working relationship with the teaching staff at William Kelley School.

Our Donors are made up of generous individuals and businesses that believe in our programming.

Our Funders include Cleveland Cliffs Foundation, The Rosemary & David Good Family Foundation, Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Cooperative Light & Power, Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation (the Silver Bay Charitable Fund), Minnesota Power & Light, Age-to-Age (Northland Foundation), Thrivent Action Teams, Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Lorntson Children's Endowment.

Our Thanks: We gratefully acknowledge and thank our generous donors that make our programming possible.

Officers: Mary Aijala, President; Jill Hansen, Vice-President; Martha Chateleine, Secretary & Sandy Manning, Treasurer

Grants Funding: Mary Aijala; Morris Manning; Financial Management, Fund Drive & Events Publicity

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 Contact Us:

  • Email:
  • P.O. Box 67, Silver Bay, MN 55614
  • Mary Aijala, 218-353-7352

 How You Can Participate:

  • Volunteer Your Time: in the Classroom, in support of community events and/or on the Board
  • Contribute to the Arts Board’s Activities at any time or during our annual fund drive 
  • Attend Arts Board Sponsored Events

Organization Data


Organization name

Northern Lake County Arts Board

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Arts & Culture