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Fortuna Puppet Theater Productions by Margaret Burger, Individual Artist Grant recipient.

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Wayne Shilson of Park Rapids recently offered his painting "Tuileries Gardens" as a gift to President Nicholas Sarkozy of France. Sarkozy accepted the painting, an 18x24 acrylic on stretched canvas, which is one of a series Shilson completed on a 1999 Paris, France trip supported by an R2AC grant. 


Jill and Deane Johnson of Park Rapids recently published Little Minnesota, a book showing life in 100 small towns of 100 people or less.  


Region 2 artists Marley Kaul (painting), Vivienne Morgan (photography), Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson (furniture and collaboration), Gary Thomton (furniture) and Duane Shoup (furniture) sold works at the Autumn Art Auction at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus in November. The auction grossed over $53,000 that was shared by the artists and the museum.


The Baudette Depot is one of six sites selected to host the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit "The Way We Worked" from mid-May through June 2013. 





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With new grant rounds approaching, Region 2 Arts Council staff has been on the road promoting all of our grants. This time around, we've placed special emphasis on Legacy funded grants: Arts and Cultural Heritage, Artist Mentor, and Community Arts Support Grants. The next Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant deadline is January 17, 2012. We strongly encourage individual artists, teachers, town and city officials, arts organizations, and non-profits to apply for an ACH grant, knowing the positive effect quality arts programming continues to have on our region.


The Legacy Fund, Minnesota Legislature, and McKnight Foundation help Region 2 Arts Council with our commitment to strengthening the presence of the arts in our communities. Whether you are an artist or arts appreciator, we hope your passion and appreciation for the arts stay strong. Please send us an email, give us a call, or stop by our office at 426 Bemidji Avenue in Bemidji to share your project ideas with us. We are eager to discuss the ways R2AC grants can help support your enthusiasm for the arts!



Terri, Holly, and Laura  

Region 2 Arts Council Staff

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grantdeadlinesR2AC Grant Deadlines

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants 

Providing opportunities for arts, arts access, arts education and cultural heritage activities. Deadline: Jan. 17, 2012. 


Individual Artist Grants

Supporting individual artists in creating and promoting their art. Deadline: Feb. 7, 2012. 


Community Arts Support Grant 

Fostering the development and sustainability of new and existing arts organizations. Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012. 


Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants

Supporting individual native artists in creating and promoting their art. Deadline: March 6, 2012


Arts Project Grants

Assisting organizations in the creation and production of arts projects. Deadline: March 14, 2012


Artist Mentor Grants

Encouraging 8th-12th grade students to grow artistically through working with an artist mentor. Deadline: April 11, 2012


R2AC Awards Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants AAI

Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) awarded $3,750 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program. Monies awarded are for arts activities related to its mission of supporting, maintaining, and promoting traditional and contemporary Native American arts in North Central Minnesota.  The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grants program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation. View the list of grant recipients.


R2AC Awards Individual Arts Grants IAG

Region 2 Arts Council board awarded $8,534 through the Individual Artist Grant Program to individual artists. The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new artistic endeavors in the region by providing project assistance to regional artists who are seriously committed to their work and to the advancement of their artistic careers. The Individual Artist Grant Program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation. View the list of grant recipients.



No-Risk Workshop Funding Available

Are you an artist living in the five counties of Region 2 with a talent to share? Are you an arts enthusiast wanting to bring some new talent to our region in the form of a workshop? 


R2AC invites individuals and organizations from our five county area (Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties) to propose workshop ideas to R2AC for direct funding. Please  download an application from our website or contact our office.  



Jan. 4 - May 23     Wednesday Puppet Works with puppeteer Margaret Burger at Headwaters School of Music and Arts.  


 Jan. 9 - April 25     Pottery Classes with Tom Daly offered on Monday afternoons and evenings at Headwaters School of Music and Arts. Students ages 8-13: 4:15-5 p.m. and ages 14 and up: 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $55 per monthly session.


Jan. 9 - April 30     Brass Choir rehearsal on Monday afternoons from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music and Arts. Jeff Sands, MS is the conductor for the Brass Choir. Cost: $40. Call 218-444-5606 to register.  


Jan. 10 - April 24     Youth Orchestra rehearsal on Tuesday afternoon from 4-5 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music and Arts. Dr. Melanie Hanson will conduct the orchestra. Call 218-444-5606 to register.


R2AC Color LogoJan. 21     Acrylic Painting - the abstract experience for beginners. Shannon Lucas Westrum of Wildflower Design Studios will teach a number of different techniques and mediums in a no-pressure creative environment. The workshop is at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. with a break for lunch and then from 1 - 4 p.m. Registration deadline is Jan. 12. To register, make checks payable to R2AC and drop off or mail to our office at 426 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji 56601. Call R2AC or email with questions. 


R2AC Color Logo Jan. 26, Feb. 2 & 16    R2AC Presents Professional Development Workshop Series: E-Commerce for Artists with Adeel Ahmed and Ryan Pesch from the University of Minnesota Extension.

Websites DIY     5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 26

Participants leave the 3-hour, hands-on workshop having developed a basic website through Google Sites.


Social Media Marketing        5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 2

Participants explore basic fundamentals of social networking sites and discuss the potential benefits of engaging in social media marketing.


Marketing your Website      5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 16 Participants learn new ways to improve traffic to their websites.


To register, call or email R2AC. Registration deadline is Jan. 23. All workshops are in the Bemidji High School Math Computer Lab. All are free and open to artists and arts organizations served by Region 2 Arts Council.  


R2AC Color Logo Jan. 27 & 28     2012 Winter Retreat for Writers: Dreams as Portals for Creative Energy. Dr. Carol Ann Russell, poet and professor of creative writing and women's studies at BSU, will guide participants in the purpose and nature of dream imagery to dramatize creative energy and awaken The Sacred Feminine within. Registration deadline is Jan. 24.   To register, send a check in the amount of $100 payable to Headwaters School of Music and the Arts to P.O. Box 542, Bemidji, MN 56619. Call 218-444-5646 with any questions.


R2AC Color Logo Feb. 3, 4 & 11     Painting with Yarn - Introduction to Tapestry Weaving with local fabric artist Kristin Majkrzak. Students will be provided a basic frame loom and yarn for weaving and will learn basic weaving techniques such as how to use color, create shapes, and finishing methods for a piece. The workshop will take place at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Registration deadline is Jan. 31. To register, send a check in the amount of $75 payable to Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, P.O. Box 542, Bemidji, MN 56619. Call 218-444-5646 with questions.      


LouAnn Muhm presents "Writing the Short Poem" an online poetry class/workshop offered through The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. The class will be offered in the spring session beginning Feb. 6. Registration is open now.




Jan. 6      Bemidji First Friday Events
See the complete list of events at the BCAC website.


Legacy Logo Jan. 3-31   Mni Sota: Reflections in Time and Place Exhibition will be at The Hage Atrium at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place showcases the innovative nature of Native American artists whose ingenuity promotes cultural continuity.  The works span a wide range of practices from the very old to the very new.




Call for Artists Deadline: Jan. 5

Visual Arts Minnesota announces a state-wide call for entries for its 12th Annual Essential Art juried group exhibition. The Essential Art Exhibition has been an opportunity for artists to come together and exhibit their best work. See complete requirements and online submission form. Exhibition dates: Jan. 9-31, 2012. 


Art in the Park Early Bird Deadline: Jan. 16

Call to artists and food vendors interested in participating in the 45th Annual Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Fair, July 21 and 22, sponsored by the Bemidji Community Art Center. Final deadline: March 19th (postmarked). Applications after March 19 will have an additional late $25 late fee. For an application or more information, e-mail the BCAC or visit our website.


BCAC Members Show Call for Art Deadline: Jan. 27 

Bemidji Community Art Center Call for Art for the Annual Members Show opening in February 2012. Current members of the BCAC are invited to participate. Submit your work or art you own. The Exhibit Committee will accept submissions of work from BCAC Members Jan. 17-27. 1-3 pieces per artist. Include with your submission your contact information, title of piece, artist name, medium, NFS or listing price if you wish to sell the piece. Please bring your art to the BCAC located at 426 Bemidji Ave N during the gallery hours, Tues.-Fri. 12-5 p.m. Call 218-444-7570 or email if you need to make other arrangements for dropping off your work.  


Fringe Festival Call to Artists Deadline: Jan. 31

Minnesota Fringe is the Midwest's largest performing arts festival that includes enthusiastic audiences, great press coverage and terrific performers of comedy, drama, musical theater, dance, opera, improve, shows for children and more. See more information and the application. For further questions, email Robin. 


COMPAS Call for Artists Deadline: Feb. 24

COMPAS is looking for new artists to add to their Artist Roster for work beginning in July 2012. Artists will do performances, workshops, residencies and professional development at schools, libraries, senior care centers and other community sites. See more details or to apply.  


Our Town Grant Application Deadline: March 1

Art works to improve the lives of America's citizens in many ways. Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $150,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Visit their website for the complete listing of grant requirements and to apply.  




R2AC Color LogoThis activity is made possible, in part, by  grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through frunding from the Minnesota State Legislature.



Legacy LogoThis activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008. 
The Region 2 Arts Council strengthens the presence of the arts by supporting opportunities for arts creation, promotion, and education for the people of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.