Northfield Arts Town was formed in 2011 to create a comprehensive website where local artists and venues could reach audiences and fans near and far. We officially laucnched the website with a fabulous community party in May 2013, and we’ve spent the past year spreading the word about all the amazing art and art-focused activities happening in our little corner of southeastern Minnesota.
We hope visitors from all over the region will use this website to get to know Northfield better, and after you check out our jam-packed art event calendar, in-depth feature stories, lush artists’ portfolio pages, and links to our many and varied art spaces and places, we hope you’ll come pay us a visit in person! Northfield is just 35 minutes south of the Twin Cities, artfully situated along the Cannon River. Our historic downtown hosts five art galleries, over 20 locally owned shops, a great selection of restaurants and friendly pubs, and the community is home to both Carleton and St Olaf colleges.
Who We Are:
Doug Bratland: A former St. Olaf art major, Doug and his family moved to Northfield in 2002. Doug works as the Web Content Specialist at Carleton College, and is an active community volunteer, including four years of service on the Friends of Way Park volunteer board and six years on the board of Northfield.org. He’s currently on the board of the Northfield Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, and he spends much of his free time pursuing creative projects in music and visual art. Doug’s wife and two children have all appeared in local theater productions.
Amy Smith: A graphic designer hailing from Superior, Wisconsin, Amy moved to Northfield in 2006 with her husband Ed, and their two kids. With the mantra of, “Make everything count,” Amy specializes in interface and user experience design at Thomson Reuters, and has put those skills to the test on two NBC Olympics websites, over 40 television websites, and enterprise software used worldwide.
Nate White: A graduate of Grinnell college, Nate moved to Northfield in 2005. After developing open source software at Carleton for 8 years (with Doug!), he recently started a new job as CTO for MomsRising.org. While he can’t really paint, and isn’t in a band, he is a seasoned technologist who knows how to put together a website. Nate’s wife, Jessica, is the owner of an independent bookstore, where their young daughter can often be found with her nose in a book.
Our other founding partner, Ann Mosey, has moved on to the brighter lights and bigger city of Rochester, Minn. After six years as exective director of the Northfield Arts Guild and a great deal of time & energy getting the ArtsTown project launched, Ann is now the regional coordinator for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ Southeast Minnesota Chapter.
Are you an artist (musician, poet, painter, dancer, or other practitioner of the creative arts) who lives or works within the Northfield school district? That’s our only membership requirement. Do you want to share your work? Sign up today!
Event Submission Guidelines
The events promoted by Northfield ArtsTown are those that have what we’d consider a “regional draw.” Which is to say that a potential audience member (unrelated to the participants in the event) might drive to Northfield from the Twin Cities or Rochester (or points between) to attend. Got an event to share? Sign up and tell us about it!
Do you want to promote your goods, services, or events to our audience of local artists and art lovers? See how easy it is to do just that.
You can also find us on Facebook, so visit us there and see what we’re sharing!