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Published January 13, 2011, 12:00 AM

Marketplace, Beautiful Women of North Dakota form partnership

Program leads kids to arts, writing
Marketplace for Kids is partnering with Beautiful Women of North Dakota on an initiative to encourage young people to explore careers in creative writing and the arts.

By: Helmut Schmidt, INFORUM

Marketplace for Kids is partnering with Beautiful Women of North Dakota on an initiative to encourage young people to explore careers in creative writing and the arts.

The “Innovation in Art and Literature, A Youth Initiative” program was announced Wednesday at a news conference at the Fargo Theatre.

Marketplace for Kids has traditionally concentrated on encouraging invention and marketing of products. The new initiative is designed to show students they can turn a love of creative writing and the arts into a business, officials said.

“This gives Marketplace for Kids a whole new twist,” said Mary Haugo, advisory leadership team chairwoman for Marketplace for Kids.

Chris Linnares of “Beautiful Women Of” said “Innovation in Art and Literature” offers students a way to appreciate the inner beauty of different role models, such as a grandmother. The emphasis will be “on the beauty of the spirit,” she said.

“I’m sure this is going to change their destiny,” Linnares said.

“Art is an effective way to influence change,” added Bill Marcil, publisher of The Forum, who with Linnares is championing the initiative.

Stories and photos will be showcased during the Marketplace for Kids education days this spring around the region.

They will also be posted on the Marketplaceforkids.org website and some of those stories and photos will be part of a “Beautiful Women Of” book planned for publication in the fall, Marcil and Linnares said.

“These kids are going to be given some wonderful opportunities,” said Marketplace President Shirley Dykshoorn.

A program curriculum has been created to guide students through the interview, writing and photography process and is available on the Marketplaceforkids.org website, Linnares said.

Marketplace for Kids had more than 12,000 participants at nine locations around the state last year, Dykshoorn said.

This year’s Region 5 education day, which includes schools in and around Fargo, is May 5 at Concordia College.

A second Region 5 education day was added at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. It will be May 17.

Marketplace is funded by private-sector foundation and grant dollars and a grant from North Dakota’s career and technical education department, said Marilyn Kipp, executive director of Marketplace.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583

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