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Making a Difference: Karin Rudd Receives 2021 Outstanding Arts Advocate Award

A long supporter of both local arts and making an impact in the communities she has served for more than 28 years, longtime Gate City Bank team member Karin Rudd is a true embodiment of what it means to make a difference.

Throughout her years of service to The Arts Partnership (TAP), a local nonprofit umbrella arts organization, Karin has continued her advocacy and passion to serve. Karin was an active TAP board member from 2014-2020, three of those years serving as board chair.

Rudd was nominated for the Outstanding Arts Advocate Award by a TAP board member, ultimately being approved by the full board with unanimous support.

“Karin stepped into a leadership role with The Arts Partnership at an important time of growth for us. With her guidance, TAP took significant leaps forward and became a much stronger arts advocacy entity. I am grateful for her tenure on the board of directors and the active role she played with me to help us even better #supportlocalart,” said Dayna Del Val, President & CEO, The Arts Partnership.

Rudd received the Outstanding Arts Advocate Award for her personal and professional engagement in TAP and regional arts. She received this prestigious award at the State of the Arts event that was held on June 24, 2021, in Fargo, ND.

“My work with TAP guided me to make a difference and raise awareness of the arts. Serving on their board continued to showcase the importance of creating and growing well-rounded, strategically creative individuals and communities. Art matters! From developing creative thinking skills, growing confidence, cultivating artists, strengthening communities or beautifying a city, art is a necessity,” said Rudd.

Rudd has been an active member of the arts for nearly 30 years, beginning as a professional dancer and instructor with Red River Dance and Performing Company in 1993. Her passion for making a difference and supporting local art has helped create a better way of life both personally and professionally. She currently serves on the board of directors for Fargo Moorhead Opera and is the treasurer for the Fargo/Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT).

Rudd has worked with Gate City Bank for over 14 years, committed to making a difference to her team and to the Bank.

About Gate City Bank

A $2.8 billion mutual bank founded in 1923, Gate City Bank is the region’s leading financial institution, as well as the #1 mortgage lender in North Dakota. The Bank employs more than 735 team members at 43 locations in 22 communities across North Dakota and central Minnesota. The Bank believes in creating a better way of life for customers, communities and team members, and it has contributed $30.6 million in philanthropic giving and 250,000 hours of team volunteerism since 2003. Additionally, Forbes has placed Gate City Bank at #4 in the U.S. on its list of the World’s Best Banks. The Bank has also been named one of the “50 Best Places to Work” seven years in a row by Prairie Business magazine.


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