montage of art by Rick Lundsten
Watercolors by recent Individual Artist Grant recipient Rick Lundsten of Park Rapids
Northern Arts News
January 2013 


Loads of local, state, and national arts grant opportunities are coming your way in the New Year and we've done our best to highlight a few for you here. We are frequently alerted to opportunities for artists and arts organizations, and we share that information via our Region 2 Arts Council Facebook page as soon as we receive it. In addition, you can always find links to arts funders on our website, Just look under "Resources" and let your fingers do the walking!


NYFA New York Foundation for the Arts

Search for grants by discipline, deadline date and more! 


McKnight Artist Fellowship Program

For guidelines, deadlines, and information on a wide range of McKnight Fellowship grant opportunities.


First Peoples Fund

Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards: a national fellowship award for American Indian Artists. 


Northern Clay Center Artist Project Grants  

Application Deadline: February 22, 2013. 


Jerome Foundation 2013 Travel and Study Grant for Emerging Artists

Application Deadline: February 25, 2013. The disciplines supported in the 2012 cycle are Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. 


National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships

Deadline: February 28, 2013.  


The Jerome Foundation General Program  

 Grants for non-profit arts organizations and  fiscal sponsors applying on behalf of artists for the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists in NYC and MN. 


United States Artists Fellows 

Nominations accepted. 


Tofte Lake Center (Ely, MN) Emerging Artist Program Residency, funded by the Jerome Foundation.


Plus, Springboard for the Arts has a resource page you won't want to miss, including links to a multitude of Crowdfunding websites and Springboard's own comprehensive grants deadline calendar.  


Don't stop here! This 2013 January Issue of Northern Arts News is chock full of opportunities for artists and the arts-minded among us. January 17, 2013 and our Arts and Cultural Heritage grant deadline is approaching fast!  In short, keep reading; I don't think you'll be disappointed!


All the Best for the New Year,


Laura Dehler-Seter

R2AC Program Coordinator 


365 Days of Art


On January 1, 2013, we launched 365 Days of Art  on our Region 2 Arts Council Facebook page.  


The concept is simple:  


Each day in 2013, we'll post an image, a sound bite, or a YouTube link of a Region 2 artist's work. Whether you are a musician, performing artist, visual artist, literary artist, or media artist, we want to feature you!

Send an image, a link, and any necessary information about what you've sent (titles, dimensions, publication dates). We'll put you in our line-up. Don't forget to include this line in your email:

"Region 2 Arts Council has my permission to share this link/ this piece of art work/this poem/this piece via their Facebook 365 Days of Art initiative."


And don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook!


Be A Part! Share your Talent through 365 Days of Art!

R2AC News 
Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Deadline January 17, 2013

Did you know that Arts and Cultural Heritage grants are open to individual artists as well as any non-profit, school, community office, or government unit in our five counties? These grants bring high quality art and arts programming to our region and to our state in the form of arts education, arts and cultural heritage, and arts access activities.  There is currently $58,529 available for this grant. 


Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000. Go to our website for more details and to download a grant application. Applications also available at our office, 426 Bemidji Ave.,Bemidji. R2AC staff are eager to answer your questions and offer assistance in person, by email at, or over the phone 800-275-5447 or 751-5447. 


Individual Artist Grant deadline February 7, 2013

The R2AC Individual Artist Grant Program stimulates new artistic endeavors in the region by providing project assistance to Region 2 artists who are seriously committed to their work and to the advancement of their artistic careers.  It is designed for artists at various career stages.  Emerging artists are encouraged to apply.  This program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.  Applications are available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, or for download from our website.  Stop by, email us at, or call us at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 and we'll be happy to help!


R2AC Awards Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants 

The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) awarded $2,806 through the R2AC/McKnight Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program. The grant recipients and project info listed here:

  • Wesley May, of Bemidji, received $938 to purchase materials and secure booth space to do live art demonstrations at community celebrations.
  • Roselyn Jones, of Cass Lake, was awarded $868 to purchase a sewing machine, serger and dress form to assist in completing two cloth and appliqué shawls and skirts for women's fancy shawl dance regalia.
  • Teresa LaDuke, of Cass Lake, received $1,000 to purchase supplies to develop and complete a series of thirteen images for a calendar project.

 The next deadline for the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Grant is March 6, 2013.


Applications are available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601, or for download from our website. Email us at, call us at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 for more information and assistance. We are happy to send paper copies of our grant applications to interested applicants as well!  AAI grants support individual Native American artists residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Hubbard, Roseau, Itasca, Cass, and Becker counties.  


Arts Project Grants: The best kept secret at R2AC!

If your organization could use up to $1,500 for an upcoming arts project or event, consider an Arts Project Grant, deadline: March 12, 2013. Download an application from our website, or stop by our office for a paper copy. Call 800-275-5447 / 751-5447 or email us at  


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 to propose workshop ideas to R2AC for direct funding. Please download an application from our website or contact our office.  


Help us Share your Artist Websites, Blogs, and Facebook Pages! 

Let us help you spread the word about your art. Region 2 Artists, please send a link to your website and we'll post it on our Artist Links page.  Interested arts organizations should send us their links as well!  Click here to see if your arts organization has already been listed.   


Header Images

Thank you to recent Individual Artist Grant recipient Rick Lundsten, watercolor artist from Hubbard County, for sharing images of his work for our newsletter header!


Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for the February 2013 issue of Northern Arts News is January 15, 2013.


Jan. 4    Bemidji First Friday Events 

Don't miss the January First Friday exhibits featuring John Egger, Trish Barthorpe, Scott Fadness, Samuel Staudt, Jane Freeman and Don Houseman, and Cyrun Swann in various locations around town.  See exhibit descriptions and locations at Note: the Bemidji Community Art Center will remain closed through Jan. 23.  


Jan. 12    Second Saturday Art Gala Night at the RailRiver Folk School   

Head over to 303 Railroad Street SW in Bemidji for Second Saturday Art Gala Night offering approximately one dozen artists the opportunity to display and sell their handmade items. This is a great place to meet some wonderful artists, purchase handmade art, and enjoy good music and refreshments. 


If you are an artist or musician interested in participating in a Second Saturday Art Gala, please email for an application.   


Jan. 17   Arts Downtown Park Rapids

The Arts Downtown PR (Third Thursday) series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown Park Rapids with a reading and book signing by Joanna Dymond at Beagle Books along with a full schedule including musicians playing at local dining establishments. Dymond's book, Crazy as a Loon, is a crime caper set in northwest Minnesota. Thank you to the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council for sponsoring Arts Downtown PR in January.


Jan. 19   The May North at Terrapin Station in Nevis

Head on over to Nevis at 7p.m. on Saturday, January 19 to hear The May North, an alternative grass string band. With a sound that's part classic Americana, part folk, part bluegrass and a bit of breakneck blues, The May North pays tribute to these forms while carving its own distinctly original path.


legacysmall Feb. 16     Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping

On Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m., the Headwaters Concert Series presents Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping! This show will bring back memories for many of time spent in the basement of their home church. In this performance, the year is 1969 and while the world is changing dramatically, in their small rural Minnesota community, the ladies of the Lutheran church basement kitchen are dealing with changes of their own.


Each concert in this Series will be held at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Advance Sale Tickets available at Overbeeks, Kelsey's As You Like It, and Headwaters School of Music and the Arts: Adults $17/Students $5. At the Door Tickets: Adults $20/Students $5.


June 5-6   The Rural Arts and Culture Summit

A June Event? It's only January! That's right! January is a great time for planning ahead. Mark your calendars for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit on June 5-6 at University of Minnesota-Morris. For updates, "like" The Rural Arts and Culture Summit on Facebook or visit the website.  


R2AC Color Logo January and February    Customized Grant Writing Workshops

Region 2 Arts Council is trying a bit different approach to grant writing workshops for organizations and individuals this winter. We're checking in with non-profits, arts organizations and galleries and offering to work with groups in the comfort of their natural environment. If your organization is interested in a hands-on Region 2 Arts Council grant writing workshop tailored to the specific needs and interests of your participants, please contact us at or call 751-5447 or 800-251-5447.  Groups of five or more individual artists interested in a customized grant writing workshop should call us as well.


 Jan. 7,14, 21, 28    Session 1 Pottery Classes with Tom Daly

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts on Minnesota Avenue in Bemidji presents a series of pottery classes for students of all levels throughout the winter and into spring. After learning the basics of clay construction, participants can easily move on to throw pots on the wheel. Cost of each monthly session is $55. Classes for ages 8 - 13 are from 4:15 to 5:30 pm. Classes for ages 14 - adults are from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Session I: January 7, 14, 21 & 28; Session II: February 4, 11, 18 & 25; Session III: March 4, 11, 18 & 25; Session IV: April 1, 8, 15 & 22.  (218) 444-5606 519 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji, MN 56619  


Jan. 24    Canvas and Cocktails - Paint Party for Beginners

Have you wanted to give painting a try but feel a bit nervous or not artistic enough? Join the Bemidji Community Art Center in the Main Gallery at 426 Bemidji Avenue from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for a fun and relaxing evening of art instruction! The BCAC's BYOB Paint Party is an easy and stress free way to give painting a try! You will be guided by an instructor to recreate the evening's featured painting. All materials needed will be on hand along with some great nibbles to nosh. And since it is BYOB, you can bring a little liquid courage (or anything else you prefer to drink) to help get those creative juices flowing - the BCAC will provide the cups and the corkscrew. For more information email the Bemidji Community Art Center at


Jan. 26    Bemidji Community Art Center Artist Series                        

Each of the following workshops takes place on Saturday, January 26. Call the BCAC (218) 444-7570 or email at to register for a class. Class fees must be paid at time of registration. Material fees must be paid on first day of class. Registration is not guaranteed, as class sizes are limited. More location information at the time of registration.

  • Hand Decorating Paper with instructor Terry Garrett                                              

Class Fee - Member: $50       Non-Member: $65

Materials Fee: $10.00             Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In this workshop participants will decorate several sheets of paper with techniques including paste paper, bubble printing, stenciling marker, air brushing, and stamping to name a few.  The completed decorated papers can be used to make cards, books, stationary or for collage or scrapbook backgrounds. Students are encouraged to bring sack lunch for break and a smock or paint shirt for protection.

*This class qualifies for 6 - CEU clock hours for Art Teachers Licensure*

  • Intro to Needle Felting and Fiber Dyeing with instructor Bonnie Lundorff             

Class Fee - Member: $30                   Non-Member: $36

Materials Fee: $12 to instructor          Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 p.m.

Students will learn the basics of hand dyeing wool roving and get an introduction to needle felting, a technique using the roving.

  • Intro to Inkle Loom Weaving with instructor Kristin Majkrzak                   

Class Fee - Member: $55                   Non-Member: $70

Materials Fee: $2 to $5 for fiber. Looms will be provided.

Class time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1 hour break for lunch) 


Inkle looms are small, portable looms and can be used to make belts, bookmarks, straps, decorative edging, and even jewelry. Participants will learn how to put the warp yarns on the loom to create individual patterns. Varied yarns available.  Everyone will leave with a small, completed project as well as an "inkling" of the many creative projects that can be woven on such a simple loom.


R2AC Color Logo Feb. 21, 22, 23    Portrait Painting with Joan Wilson

Northern Artist Association of Bemidji is sponsoring a 3-day, portrait painting workshop from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Beltrami County Electric Community Room on 411 Technology Drive NW in Bemidji, MN. Participants will learn to paint a portrait using a live model beginning with instruction with local artist Joan Wilson on how to pose the model and mixing flesh tones to layout of the painting and final composition. There will be breaks throughout the day and a one-hour lunch break. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch or drive into town to buy their lunch.


The registration deadline is Friday February 15th, 2013. To register, send a check in the amount of $60.00, made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, to 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or drop off your check at the R2AC office or at Gallery North located at 502 3rd St. in Bemidji. Please note that there will be no refunds unless the workshop is cancelled. For more information call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or Gallery North at 218-444-9813.


R2AC Color Logo Mar. 23    Photography for Artists with Cal Rice

Join experienced local photographer Call Rice for a Photography for Artists workshop held at the Bemidji Headwaters School for Music and the Arts on Saturday March 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This workshop is for you, if you
  • are an artist who creates two or three dimensional art
  • present your work in photographs (web site, gallery or catalog)
  • want to improve your skills to create images that are commensurate with the quality of the art
  • want to better understand the functions built into your camera

Registration is $30 at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. (218) 444-5606 519 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji, MN 56619,




Jan. 15    Proposal Deadline for 2013 Rural Arts and Culture Summit

Do you have a story, inspiration, or advice to share about how arts and culture can build strong rural communities? The Rural Arts and Culture Committee is accepting proposals for the June 5&6 Rural Arts and Culture Summit: Leveraging Arts and Culture to Build Thriving Communities that will take place at the University of Minnesota-Morris. Visit the website for more information


Jan. 15    Logo Contest Deadline for MACT
After many years the Minnesota Association for Community Theatres would like to update its logo.  For more information, visit the MACT website.

legacysmall Jan. 16 & 17    Auditions for the BCT production of Peter Pan
Come audition for a role in Bemidji Community Theater's production of Peter Pan from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Chief Theater downtown. Bring 16 measures of music to sing and a prepared one-minute monologue. Email Mary Knox-Johnson for more details.

Jan. 31    Application Deadline for Minnesota Fringe Festival  

Between now and January 31, all you need to do is fill out a simple online form to be entered in the lottery for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. That's it - shows are selected by random, so everyone has a fair shot at getting in. For more information, visit


Feb. 14    Submission Deadline for CRE8 Online Literary Magazine

CRE8 is the new online literary magazine sponsored by the English Department at Bemidji State University. CRE8 showcases creative works by writers and artists from northern Minnesota. At this time CRE8 publishes fiction and nonfiction up to 4,000 words in length, poems up to 75 lines in length, and graphic narratives. 


CRE8 also accepts submissions for their artist "Portrait" feature, interviews with artists of ANY medium regarding their creative process.  Visual artists, composers, dancers, storytellers and all other creative people are invited to reply!


Visit the web site, for more details and the required Submission Cover Page or Artist Interview Form.


Feb. 15    Deadline on Call for Entry Forms to Sculpt Siouxland Exhibit

Sculptors are invited to participate in the 2013-2014 Sculpt Siouxland Exhibit. Chosen sculptures will be featured in a unique outdoor display located throughout downtown Sioux City, IA for the duration of one year. Go to for more information.


Feb. 28     Application Deadline for NEA Creative Writing Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to announce that application guidelines are now available for the FY 2014 Creative Writing Fellowships in Prose.  Creative Writing Fellowships encourage the production of new work and allow writers the time and means to write. The program offers $25,000 grants to published creative writers. For full grant application information and guidelines, go to:   


Mar. 1    Submission Deadline for Talking Stick Volume 22

The Talking Stick, a locally published and nationally recognized publication, seeks submissions in poetry, fictiion, and creative nonfiction from Minnesota writers. The Talking Stick is published by Jackpine Writers' Bloc of northern Minnesota.  For full submission guidelines, go to 


Mar. 1     Application Deadline to Sculpture Walk 2013 

Participate this year in Northern Minnesota's premiere public art venue: Bemidji's 14th Annual Juried Public Art Exposition. The Sculpture Walk committee will select the 20 best submissions, based on their conceptual strength, originality, and workmanship. These will be presented for 12 months in locations throughout Bemidji, Minnesota. Please apply before March 1, 2013 at: Go to for complete contest information. Questions? contact 


Reminder: all sculptures on the Bemidji Sculpture Walk 2012 exhibition are for sale and would make great gifts. Please contact:  


legacysmall Mar. 5    Deadline for ACLU-MN North Office Call for Artists

The Greater MN Racial Justice Project North, brought to you by American Civil Liberties Union- MN, is now accepting applications for the Art from Within show. Featured artwork will give a personal and compelling view in to the lives of real people whose civil liberties, protected under the Bill of Rights, have been challenged. Art from Within is a venue for American Indians as well as non-Natives who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. For more information, please contact Audrey Thayer, ACLU-MN, Greater MN Racial Justice Program, at 218-444-2285.


On-Going     First City Singers

First City Singers is a non-auditioned chorus program for "seniors" who love to sing and perform in our community. Rehearsals are always on Mondays from 1 - 2 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music & Arts. The group performs the 3rd Monday at Havenwood Care Center; the 3rd Wednesday at Gold Pine Homes; the 3rd Friday at Baker Park; the last Monday of the month at either Wind Song or Tamarack Assisted Living; and the last Tuesday of the month at Neilson Place. This group is comprised of around 30 singers and a special need right now is for vocalists who have either a bass or tenor voice. Call Arlys at 444-6653 or Donna at 444-3296 for more information.


On-Going    Headwaters Youth Orchestras with Conductor Dr. Melanie Hanson

The Headwaters Advanced Youth Orchestra for high school-aged students meets Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:00. Students who are in private study or an orchestra group are encouraged to consider participating. Students must be able to play in 1st and 3rd position and have the ability to sight-read. This group is asked to perform on a regular basis for special events within our community.  


The Headwaters Junior Youth Orchestra is for students in grades 5 - 8. This group meets Tuesdays from 5:00 - 6:00. Students who are in private study or an orchestra setting are usually recommended by their private instructor or orchestra leader for participation. Students are at the beginning level of proficiency at sight-reading and finger placements. This group will also be asked to perform in our community - usually at our local shopping malls and at assisted living or nursing facilities. Call 218-444-5606 for more information or to register. Cost is $10 per month to participate. 


Baudette Depot Seeks Smithsonian Institution Exhibit Assistance

The Baudette Depot is looking for people to help with the current traveling Smithsonian Exhibit "The Way We Worked" coming to Baudette on May 11- June 22, 2013.  The Depot Preservation Alliance, as a host organization, is responsible for the install, take-down, and open house during the six week exhibit run.   An off-site storage space for Depot equipment is needed during the run of the exhibit. Exhibit hosts who would like to greet guests and answer basic questions or businesses interested in participating in the "adopt a day" program are also needed.

If you are able to lend a hand, storage space, or host, please send your contact

information by email to:   


Baudette Depot Seeks Photos and Stories  

Attention:  Local stories and photos are needed for new exhibits at the Depot!  The final planning stage is underway by the Depot Preservation Alliance and Venture Exhibits on the future major transportation and settlement exhibit at the Baudette Depot. The Exhibit seeks transportation related photos from the first half of the 20th century taken in the Lake of the Woods area.  Photos could be of people boarding or departing the train at any of the CN depots along our northern border, hello/goodbye photos at any of the CN depots in the area, early trucks at work, boats at work, horses/mules at work, - all preferably with people involved - and more.  Please include any information that you might have to help tell the story behind these photos.


R2AC Color Logo A special "signatures" mini-exhibit including puppetry is planned to open in Spring 2013 at the Baudette Depot.  Please consider sharing your photos or stories about family members "riding the rails" as a hobo or as an orphan traveling to a new home. Please send your photos and or stories to: Depot Preservation Alliance P.O. Box 1238; Baudette, MN 56623; attn.: JK. Photos will be copied, attribution noted, and returned to you.  Photos, stories, and questions can also be emailed to:  


legacysmall Minnesota Department of Agriculture Artist Database Available

MN artists interested in working with county fairs can access more information regarding the County Fair Arts Access and Cultural Heritage Grant Program on line at Artists interested in signing up to share their talent with MN County Fairs should consider submitting their information to the MDA County Fairs database.


Minnesota State Arts Board unveils WebGrants

MSAB will begin using a new online grants management system during the FY2014 grant cycle. Potential users are encouraged to take advantage of online training available in Fall 2012. Go to Sign up today to receive messages regarding the latest information from the Arts Board about training and the new system.    


Bemidji Selected for Arts Midwest World Fest

Arts Midwest is delighted to confirm its desire to partner with the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts for the 2013-15 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle.  During the two-year partnership, Arts Midwest will bring to Bemidji four music ensembles for week-long residencies during which each ensemble will share the music of its culture through workshops and concerts.  The ensembles will be coming from Israel, Canada, China and Brazil.


Contact Headwaters School of Music & Arts at 218-444-5606 or by email at for more information or to be included in this great opportunity.



Bemidji native playwright Roy C. Booth announces that "Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine," a fantasy children's play he co-wrote with Bob May and Cris Tibbetts, "will receive a whopping 33 performances" Jan. 17, 18, 22 - 26 at California State University Stanislaus in Turlock, CA.  Samuel French published the play following its premiere at Brainerd Community College in 1989, and it has been produced by amateur and professional theatre companies alike over 300 times in seven countries since its release. 


Region 2 Artist Wayne Shilson's exhibit "Scenes from my Life" runs at the Taube Museum of Arts in Minot, ND from Feb. 12- March 29. This exhibit includes at least 35 paintings of various sizes. Also visit to see Shilson's paintings exhibited at the Westport River Gallery in Westport, CT. If you are visiting the Grand Canyon, don't miss Shilson's work at the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau at Tusayan, Arizona. He is considered their exclusive artist and is featured on their Facebook page.  

The Northern Arts Newsletter editor reserves the right to edit or rewrite submissions for grammar, style and clarity or to conform to restrictions of space. R2AC reserves the right to determine the newsworthiness and appropriateness of any submission.  Thank you for your submissions! 
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