Mission Statement
The mission of the Nelson County Arts Council is to ensure the
presentation and preservation of the arts throughout Nelson
County by presenting programs and events that will enlighten,
instruct and entertain our citizens.
History Briefs

Jennifer Parker


Debra Hensrud, Pres.
Sue Olson, VP
Linda Loe, Sec
Betty Breckheimer
Kara Weichmann
Gene Gunhus
Charlotte Hatlestad
Rod Fuglestad
Becky Goetz


Emily Avdem
Dakota Prairie High
* Pekin Days Art Show committee was formed in 1994
* After repeated successful art exhibits during the annual Pekin Days celebration and a growing interest from all
Nelson County residents, the committee applied for and received a 501c3 non-profit status under the name of Nelson
County Arts Council in 1999
* The ten member Board of Directors is composed of residents representing communities throughout Nelson County
* Today the NCAC produces the largest judged art show and sales in North Dakota, displaying artists' work from ND,
SD, MN, WY, CO, MT and Canada; a Student Art Show representing high school students' artwork from Dakota
Prairie, Lakota, Larimore, Warwick and Ft Totten schools; the Stump Lake Fine Arts Youth Camp offering both visual
and performing art classes; an annual Art Auction; and adult art workshops.
PO Box 83   
   Pekin  ND  58361     

Supported in part by a grant from
the North Dakota Council on the
Arts, which receives funding from
the state legislature and the
National Endowment for the Arts

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Thank You - Phase 3 Completed
We would like to thank each and every one of you
that made Phase 3 of our Auditorium Renovation
Project possible.  We now have a wonderful
lighting and heating system, an attractive ceiling,
bathrooms, food prep room and an area for an
office.  The public had a chance to enjoy the
renovations during our Sounfest 2010.  The
building was packed and the bands actually got to
perform on stage!  It was such a fun event and
proud moment for the NCAC Board members and
City residents that we were all able to overlook
the fact that we are still in need of interior
painting, resurfaced floor and work on our stage
and dressing rooms.  That will all come in time.  At
the present, we have to concentrate our donated
funds on some unexpected cost due to
unforeseen problems that occur with most
renovation projects.  We were able to cover the
majority of the cost with the funds from USDA
Community Facility Grant, donations from Otter
Tail Power Company, North Dakota Telephone
Company and from your generous donations.  The
additional needed funds totaled a little over
$10,000.  We obtained a $5000 loan from the
Farmers and Merchants State Bank and will take
the remainder from our Special Revenue Fund
that we set up in 2005 to meet unexpected costs
of our programs. It is our intentions to replace
those funds through your donations and
fundraisers. Our office will be financed through a
donation from Marti Maraden of Stratford, Ontario
in the amount of $4000.  Marti and her siblings
spend as much time as possible on their farm
south of Pekin that was homesteaded by their
grandfather, Ole Fredrikson.