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received a $72,100 Arts Learning Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to develop Create It! Community Art Studios including: Pottery, Mosaic/Glass and Painting/Drawing Studios. Open Studio every day of the week; art teachers and art mentors on hand every Monday. Starting in May!  


The Lady Slipper Scenic Byway, Inc. received a $24,200 Minnesota State Arts Board grant for the Lady Slipper Festival, which celebrates Minnesota's state flower, the Showy Lady Slipper. Held June 16-17 in the city of Blackduck and on the Leech Lake Reservation, the festival will feature art, music, and information about the flower and the scenic byway along which it grows.


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"Beware the Ides of March!" Why? Because March 14th is the deadline for Arts Project Grant submissions. Region 2 Arts Council has $22,700 in funds available for Arts Project Grants, which is enough to fund at least 15 separate projects! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to fund the projects on your wish list. 


In fact, all March and April grant deadlines are fast approaching. Native American artists, Non-Profit organizations, Schools and Students, take advantage of the grant opportunities we offer this spring.  These grants will not be available again until next fall, and the Artist Mentor grants for students are only available once per year.  Refer to the R2AC Grant Deadlines listed in the newsletter and download applications from our website.


R2AC is pleased to have facilitated many diverse professional development workshop opportunities for artists and arts organizations this year. Watch for posts on the latest "No Risk" workshop offerings coming your way, there are six to choose from in March alone! 


We hope you will enjoy and explore some of the many art experiences happening in our region this spring. 


Respectfully yours,


Terri Widman

R2AC Executive Director



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grantdeadlinesR2AC Grant Deadlines


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 Seeking Board Members 

R2AC is currently seeking four board members from Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard and Mahnomen counties to fill a two-year term vacancy beginning July 1, 2012. To receive an application, please email or write to Nominating Committee, Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601 or call 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447. Completed applications must be received by April 1, 2012.





R2AC Color LogoNEW DATE: March 8     Artist Mentor Grant Program Informational Meeting 5:30-7 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in Bemidji. Come hear artist mentors Jake Baggenstoss, Malisa VanMaasdam, Al Belleveau, and Nicholas Jackson along with the student artists they've been mentoring talk about their experience through the Artist Mentor Grant Program. If you are an artist interested in being a mentor or an 8-12 grade student interested in applying for this program (or the parent of a young student artist), this informational session is for you! Call 218-751-5447 / 800-751-5447 or email us at staff@r2arts.org to let us know you're coming. Registration deadline, March 6.


6 R2AC "No Risk" Workshops this March!  

R2AC Color LogoMarch 9, 10 & 17     Rigid Heddle Weaving.   Join local fiber artist Ann Kastl for a three-day workshop in which participants will learn to weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom. The cost is $75 for the workshop and $10 for supplies. The workshop will run from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, March 9 and from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. with a break for lunch on March 10 & 17. Bring your own loom (there are three available on a first come first served basis). 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 by March 6. Call 218-444-5606 with questions.     

R2AC Color LogoNEW DATES:  March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14    Painting to Praxis - Translating Ideas into Paint with local painter Paula Swenson. The workshop will take participants through the creative process from conception to implementation, emphasizing painting, problem solving and self-expression, culminating in a May exhibition at the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse in Bemidji. To register, mail a $50 check payable to the Region 2 Arts Council to 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 by March 9. Call 218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447 or email with questions.    


R2AC Color LogoMarch 24 & 31    Build a Solid Oak Butterfly Bench. Join master woodscraftsman Duane Shoup in his Shevlin woodshop for a two-day workshop in which each participant will build their own solid oak bench for indoor or outdoor use.  The workshop will run from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. To register, send a check in the amount of $125 to Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Avenue N, Bemidji, MN 56601 by March 16. Email or call 218-751-5447 with questions.


R2AC Color LogoMarch 24    Acrylic Painting, the Abstract Experience for Beginners. Join artist and facilitator Shannon Lucas Westrum at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in Bemidji for the opportunity to create abstract paintings by experimenting with techniques and mediums in a no-pressure environment. Easel, canvas, pallet, brushes will be provided. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a break for lunch and is geared toward people who consider themselves "non-artists." To register, send a check in the amount of $40 payable to Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, P.O. Box 542, Bemidji, MN 56619 by March 16. Call 218-444-5606 with questions.


R2AC Color LogoMarch 24   Winter Retreat for Writers: Dreams as Portals for Creative Energy. Join Dr. CarolAnn Russell for this lecture, discussion and workshop from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Stream of consciousness writing will be the medium for self-exploration and generation of future writing projects in all genres. 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 by March 16. Call 218-444-5606 with questions.  The cost of the workshop includes snacks, meal and materials.  


R2AC Color LogoMarch 26, April 2 & 9   Building a Bunraku-inspired Rod Puppet. Join puppeteer Margaret Burger of Fortuna Puppet Theatre on three Mondays from 6-8:30 p.m. and build a 16" puppet, with a paper mache head, and a wood, wire, cloth, and foam body. The focus of the workshop will be on construction, with an introduction to the basics of movement with your completed puppet. An amazing amount of expression can be achieved from this simple puppet. The workshop will be held in Freaxis Studios, lower level BCAC, 426 Bemidji Ave. To register, please send your check in the amount of $25 to Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave N, Bemidji, MN 56601 by March 19. The cost includes all materials. Email or call 218-751-5447 with questions.

Other Workshops and Classes

March 5, 12, 19 & 26  Headwaters School of Music and the Arts presents Beginners Pottery Classes 

Ages 8-13: 4:15-5:30 p.m. / Ages 14-adult: 6:30-8 p.m.

Call 218-444-5606 to sign up for this Monday evening class.  


March 5, 12, 19 & 26  Headwaters School of Music and the Arts presents Third Street Singers - Senior Chorus Program. 

The Third Street Singers is a non-audition senior chorus program that rehearses on Monday afternoons from 1-2 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and performs regularly in the community. Call 218-444-5606 with questions about joining the group.  


March 6, 13, 20 & 27  Headwaters School of Music and the Arts presents Youth Orchestra from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays.

The group is for students in grades 5 and up or those who have been in private instruction. Students must be able to play in 1st and 3rd position. Cost: $10 a month.  Call 218-444-5606 to register.  


March 7, 14, 21 & 28 Headwaters School of Music and the Arts presents Beginners Violin Class from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. This violin group is for students who have never played a string instrument but want to learn. This class is for students age 6-9. Call 218-444-5606 to register.


Headwaters School of Music and the Arts offers Private Music Lessons available in: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Viola, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba and Drums! Call 218-444-5606 to sign up for lessons with an instructors specializing in your instrument of choice.





March 2      Bemidji First Friday Events
See the complete list of events at the BCAC website.


legacysmallMarch 4    Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents "American Kids." Guest artist Nick Hardie is featured in Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto in A Minor. Local string students join the BSO in Gustav Holst's "Saint Paul Suite." Concert is at 3 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Auditorium with Dr. Beverly Everett conducting. Tickets: available at the door, Brigid's Cross, Lueken's North and online at brownpapertickets.com. This activity is funded in part by a grant from Target, and 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 Nov. 4, 2008.


legacysmallMarch 15     Arts Downtown Park Rapids (3rd Thursdays) invites audiences to see and hear visual artists, musicians, writers and other artists in businesses in downtown Park Rapids on the Third Thursday of the month. Hours are generally 5-7 p.m. Events are free and open to the public with a free will donation to the artists encouraged. Artists interested in participating, email or call LuAnn Hurd-Lof 218-652-4081. This year, Arts Downtown participants are eligible to receive a $50 honorarium. Arts Downtown PR is a Legacy grant funded event, sponsored by PRLAAC.    


March 24   Out of the Hat 6 presented by KG Entertainment and The Paul Bunyan Playhouse at 8 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji. Tickets cost $10 and are available at Harmony Co-op, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, and at the door.  



McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists Deadline: March 6

The goal of the program is to identify four established Minnesota visual artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit. The program provides unrestricted cash awards of $25,000 each, creates opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, and organizes a group exhibition of the fellows' work in MCAD Gallery, accompanied by a catalogue. Visit the website for complete information. 


Student Artist Contest Deadline: March 14

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning invites Hubbard County high school art students to participate in creating an image portraying what the towns in Hubbard County will look like in 2058. The contest is open to students in grades 9-12 and offers cash prizes based on artistic merit. Winning student artists will share their work with the public on Tuesday, March 27. For more information and to pick up rules and contract for the contest, please contact your art teacher or Martha Leistikow at 218-732-3131. 


Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is compiling a database of artists interested in collaborating with county fairs to bring arts and arts programming to these events. The MDA is responsible for administering the County Fair Arts Access and Cultural Heritage grants to fund projects that enhance arts access, arts education and preserve and promote Minnesota's history and cultural heritage. If you are interested in being listed on the MDA Artist Database or want to learn more about the County Fair Arts Access and Cultural Heritage grant programs, please email Emily Murphy or call 651-201-6648.  


Northwest Minnesota Foundation Deadline: March 6

Through a collaborative venture with the Valspar Corporation and the Minnesota Beautiful Picture-It-Painted program, assistance will be provided to communities and organizations seeking paint and other coating materials necessary for restoration and beautification projects. Approximately 550 gallons of free paint will be available. Download application materials or email or call Holly at 218-759-2057 or 800-659-7859. 


Sanford Center Showcase Exhibit Deadline: March 15 sanford 

The Sanford Center Art Committee in Bemidji is seeking adult artists residing in Region 2 for six-week exhibits in the two new showcases in the Neilson Convention Center. The committee will select artists based on artistic quality, originality and craftsmanship of the work. Please contact Art Committee Chair Sandy Kaul with questions at 218-751-8940. 


Sanford Center Bike Racks Deadline: March 15

The Sanford Center Art Committee in Bemidji is seeking proposals from artists who wish to design and create functional bicycle racks to be integrated into the west side plaza of the facility. The artist-designed bike racks are to be unique and functional and be able to accommodate 14 bikes near Gate 4 and 7 bikes at Gate 2. Proposals should include a budget for additional racks should the Center wish to purchase more in a limited edition series. The artist will receive $1,000 for the design, fabrication and delivery to the Sanford Center. Please contact Art Committee Chair Sandy Kaul with questions at 218-751-8940. 


Bemidji Sculpture Walk 2012 Deadline: March 31

Participate this year in Northern Minnesota's premiere public art venue. The Sculpture Walk committee will select the 20 submissions based on their conceptual strength, originality and workmanship. These will be on display for 12 months in locations throughout Bemidji. Click here for more information or to submit sculptures.   


Call for Artists: 3rd Annual Opener Art Festival

This visual arts show and sale is open to artists in all areas of visual art. There are more than 50 vendor spaces available. The Festival will be at the Nielson Conference Center in the Sanford Center ballrooms on November 3, 2012. Fee:  $75 for 10x10 booth plus $15 processing fee. $10 discount on registrations postmarked before April 2. For information and application, visit the website or call 218-556-5907. 


First City of Arts Studio Cruise 2012: April 15

Artists with studios within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji are invited to apply to participate in the Bemidji - First City of Arts Studio Cruise 2012. This is a working studio event which provides an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios to showcase their art and craft.Studio Cruise dates: October 19, 20 and 21. Fees: $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee. 


Call for Proposals Deadline: May 1

Region 2 artists are encouraged to submit proposals for a public-art project involving the fašade of the 90.5 KBXE studios/office space at 305 America Avenue NW in Bemidji. For more information, view the Request For Proposals  


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This activity is funded 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.