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Long X Arts Foundation Brings More Art to Watford City in 2018


January 30, 2019 | View PDF

The Long X Arts Foundation presented pianist, composer, visual artist and former Alexander, ND resident Scott Kirby with his performance called "Main Street Souvenirs" at the Watford City High School theater on Feb. 24. The multi media show focusing on the American Great Plains and prairies featured Kirby's original artwork, historical & contemporary photos accompanied by Kirby's original compositions & narrations as well as pieces from famous American composers.

The Long X Arts Foundation in Watford City celebrated 2018 as a year of growth, offering a record amount of programs and art opportunities for our community.

The Arts Foundation believes that collaboration is the key to success. Our partnership with the Rough Rider Center has allowed us to expand our youth and community art programming, reaching more children than ever. We've also been working with the Watford City High School to offer Teen Art Club to offer weekly after school art activities for teenagers. This student-led group helps members hone their skills and build their confidence.

In addition our collaboration with the MonDak Heritage Center has provided community members an opportunity to work with a professional artist in a variety of mediums. We are proud to say that nearly every 2018 community class has been sold out, which proves the interest and support and that we need to continue to strive to offer more quality programming in 2019.

There were many 2018 highlights as we introduced new events, including resurrecting Homefest's Art in the Park Celebration where we hosted over 20 artists and vendors and offered music and free art activities for kids. Make plans to attend the 2019 celebration on July 13th at the Children's Park.

2018 was also the first official year of our Watford City Area Concert Series. To kick it off we partnered with the Comedy Café to bring in Las Vegas headliner Jeff Civillico to a packed house. We're excited to continue the 2018-19 season by bringing "The Funniest Night of Your Life" with comedian and ventriloquist Todd Oliver to Watford City on February 13.

In addition, the Long X Arts Foundation is proud to continue our work with the North Dakota Council on the Arts to provide the Art For Life Program to our area nursing home and assisted living residents where we help residents express themselves through work with professional musicians and artists throughout the year.

The Arts Foundation is continuing to develop and grow to meet the goals of our mission. We're able to achieve this mission thanks to generous donations from our community and area businesses who believe in the impact the arts bring to our quality of life here in McKenzie County. A special thank you to all of those who have supported us in 2018, because of you we look to a bright future.

Join us for our 2019 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 5:00 p.m. at the Rough Rider Center.

For more information and a complete list of sponsors, members, programming and events, visit


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