Artwork of IAG 2013 artists
Works of grant recipients (L-R) Celia Littlecreek, Erja Wiltse, Darci Thabes, Paula Swenson, Vivienne Morgan
Northern Arts News
April 2013 

Artists, Arts and Community Leaders,

Are you interested in helping bridge partnerships between the arts and community issues? The June 2013 Rural Arts and Cultural Summit theme is "Leveraging Arts and Culture to Build Thriving Communities," and will feature presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities to connect artists and leaders from around the state. 


R2AC is offering a limited number of free scholarships to the Rural Arts and Cultural Summit held at the University of Minnesota Morris Campus on June 5-6, 2013. Summit applications will be awarded on a first come-first served basis. R2AC will strive to give equal distribution of scholarships among our five counties to help defray registration, lodging and mileage expenses. Application deadline is April 12, 2013.  Contact the R2AC office for more information and the application at [email protected] or by calling 218 751-5447. 


Have you ever thought about serving on the R2AC board? We are currently seeking applications for board members to serve a two-year term for Beltrami and Mahnomen counties. Contact R2AC for more information and an application.


Finally Spring at last! Time for those creative ideas to germinate and develop before the summer madness takes hold! 


Terri Widman

Executive Director

Region 2 Arts Council


R2AC Collaborative Momentum Continues in April and May


LOW County:  

Join artists, arts supporters, non-profits and business owners for a

from 6-8:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come strengthen collaborative efforts in the arts.  


Mahnomen and Clearwater Counties  

Mark your calendars and plan to join artists, arts supporters, non-profits and business owners for the Clearwater County Community Collaboration for the Arts Workshop on Thursday May 9 or the Mahnomen County Community Collaboration for the Arts Workshop on Friday May 10. 


Springboard for the Arts will offer thought-provoking activities to  bring arts innovation and collaboration to these two counties. 5-9 p.m. Locations TBD.  


All three events are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Region 2 Arts Council. Refreshments will be provided. Please Register in Advance! 

NewsR2AC News

Artist Mentor Grant Program Deadline is April 4, 2013

Artist Mentor Grants are available for 8th-12th grade student artists in all disciplines. Funding covers 20 hours of meeting time with a professional artist (known as a mentor) of the students' choosing. Some students use their funding to help cover the cost of an arts camp, class, or workshop in the state of Minnesota. Artist Mentor Grants have a $600 value. Download a copy of your grant packet at 

or pick one up at 426 Bemidji Avenue in the Region 2 Arts Council office. Contact 218 751-5447 or [email protected] with questions. 



Rural Arts and Culture Summit Scholarship Funds Available: Act Now!

Attend the 2013 Rural Arts & Culture Summit-LEVERAGING ARTS & CULTURE TO BUILD THRIVING COMMUNITIES, happening June 5 & 6, in Morris, MN and meet with other arts-minded individuals who believe as you do that the arts are central to building thriving communities. Key topics include Arts Based Community Development (ABCD), Creative Placemaking, and Creative Enterprise.


Region 2 Arts Council has funds available to support attendance for participants from each of our five counties. This offer ends when funds are used up or by April 12. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, contact us before you register for the Summit! Contact 218 751-5447 or [email protected] today.


Lake of the Woods Community Collaboration for the Arts Soiree on Friday April 26

Join artists, arts supporters, non-profits and business owners for a Community Collaboration for the Arts Soiree at the Depot in Baudette on Friday April 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. Hors deovres and a festive atmosphere are brought to you by the Depot and Region 2 Arts Council. Let's keep the arts momentum in Lake of the Woods County rolling right into the summer! RSVP at 218 751-5447 or [email protected] by April 23. 



JumpstART your Arts Career on April 27, 2013 at the Rail River Folk School

Open to college and high school artists of all kinds- performing artists, visual artists, media artists, musicians. This day is for you if you simply love doing your art and you are looking for the skills and support as you move toward a career in the arts. RSVP by April 23 at [email protected] or 218 751-5447. This event is FREE and runs from 1-4 p.m.



Be a Part! Contribute to 365 Days of Art! (And "Like" Region 2 Arts Council on Facebook!) 

We're calling on all Region 2 artists to share their work through our Facebook Initiative 365 Days of Art! Send [email protected] an image, a poem, a one paragraph excerpt from your book, a YouTube link or photograph of your performance, a description of what you've sent and your permission to share and we'll get you in our 365 Days of Art line-up.


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

Let us help you spread the word about you and your art. Region 2 Artists, please send  [email protected] 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 Individual Artist Grant Recipients Celia Littlecreek, Erja Wiltse, Darci Thabes, Paula Swenson and Vivienne Morgan for our header images!


Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for the May 2013 issue of Northern Arts News is April 15, 2013.


April 2, 4 "Bemidji The Middle Years: 1941-1961"

The Bemidji Public Library, in collaboration with the Beltrami County Historical Society, presents two showings of the documentary "Bemidji The Middle Years: 1941-1961" on Tuesday April 2 at 12:00 noon, and again on Thursday April 4, at 7:00 p.m. Both showings will be held at the Bemidji Public Library.


"Bemidji the Middle Years" is a co-production of the Beltrami County Historical Society and Gary Burger Video-Audio, and was made possible by the generous support of the George W. Neilson Foundation, Beltrami County, the Region 2 Arts Council, Pat Riley and Natalie Roholt, H. B., Ina Roholt, and through the participation of area residents.


April 2     Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents "Architecture as Art" with Jon Rondestvedt

HCLL presents the fourth presentation in their series "Our Shared Heritage Shown through Art" from 1p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids. Rondestvedt says of his presentation: "This topic will explore how we humans use architecture not only to serve utile ends but aesthetic ends as well."


April 2     Adventures in Lifelong Learning with Janice Howarth "Drums of Guinea"

Program runs 10-11:30 a.m. at Beltrami Electric Roger Spiry Community Room, 4111 Technology Dr. NW in Bemidji. All are Welcome! Facebook: adventuresinlifelonglearning-bemidji.


April 4    Attractive Children - One Man's Unmasking of Internalized Oppression

The Minnesota debut of this one-man play with visionary artist Okokon Udo begins at 7 p.m. in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. The second hour of this play includes a talk-back session between the actor and the audience. Voluntary donations will be accepted at the door in lieu of a ticket price. Thank you to the Northwest MN Foundation for their generous support.


April 5 - 7 and 12 - 14    Peter Pan the Musical!

Bemidji Community Theater, in collaboration with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, presents Peter Pan. The whole family will enjoy this innovative musical adaptation by Piers Chater Robinson of J.M. Barrie's classic tale of a mischievous young boy who is able to fly. He is joined by the lost boys, Captain Hook and his pirates, the Darling children and, of course, the mysterious Tinker Bell. The show is directed by Mary Knox-Johnson, with musical direction by Karen Bradley and accompanied by Wayne Hoff.

Performances are Apr.5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees on Apr. 7 and 14 at 2:00pm at the historic Chief Theater, downtown Bemidji.

$12 for adults / $6 for children (17 and under) available at Shannon's Art and Soul, Iverson Corner Drug, and Ken K. Thompson Jewelry at the Mall, or at the box office 1 hour before the show (check or cash only at all locations).


April 5     Art from Within Exhibit Opening Reception

Bemidji-ACLU-MN (Greater Minnesota Racial Justice North Project) is excited by the quality and number of submissions for the fourth annual "Art from Within" exhibit. The exhibit will be at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Avenue, Bemidji, Minnesota from April 5th through April 27th and features artwork that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people. The event is free and open to the public. The community is invited for the opening reception on April 5th at 5:00 pm followed by the art awards announcements at 6:00 pm.


April 5     13th Annual Bemidji Area High School Spring Exhibit

Join community members and high school artists at the Bemidji Community Art Center at 426 Bemidji Avenue for the opening reception of this exhibit from 4-6 p.m. Vote from 4:00-5:30 for your favorite piece of art for the People's Choice Award. The winner will be announced at 6:00 p.m.


April 5    New Beginnings - an exhibit of paintings and drawings

Rail River Folk School welcomes Region 2 Arts Council Artist Mentor grant recipients Kailey Babcock and Justice Deeter and their exhibit of paintings and drawings on the theme of transformation and growth. Meet the artists during the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Rail River Folk School is located at 303 Railroad Street SW.


April 5    Freaxis Variety Show

Experience a creative force like no other brought to you by the Freaxis Studio inhabitants and friends! 5 p.m. Freaxis Studios in the lower level of the BCAC, 426 Bemidji Avenue N. 


April 5     Bemidji First Friday Exhibits and Artists

Gallery North welcomes artist Curtis Shagunn; Glazed and Amused hosts artist Diamond Knispel, Wildhare Bistro welcomes "Wetland" with artist Mary Lingen, Raven Rock Gallery hosts B Jolly and Doug Zuehlsdorff, Northwoods Folk Collective open mic at 7:30 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School. For more complete information visit



legacysmall April 8    Abbey Road Band in Bemidji

The Abbey Road Band has become one of the most sought after Beatles Tribute Bands in the United States. They might not look like the Beatles, but everyone agrees they SOUND like the Beatles. Performance takes place at the Bemidji High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available by calling (218) 444-5606 or stopping by the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji. The Headwaters Concert Series is sponsored by Paul Bunyan Communications.


April 9    Abbey Road Band in Park Rapids

The Heartland Concert Association also presents the Beatles Tribute Band Abbey Road Band at Park Rapids Area High School at 7:30 p.m.


April 20     Opera Encore HD presents Bizet's "Carmen!"

Enjoy opera this spring at the Bemidji Amigo Cinemas 5 miles west of Bemidji on Highway 2. Show time is 2:00 p.m. Tickets available at the door: $20 Adults/$10 Students. Plan ahead for May 18 to see Lehar's "The Merry Widow." For more information: [email protected]


R2AC Color Logo April 23    R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship Award Recipient Al Belleveau to Present Artist Talk Back Session

Albert Belleveau brings an artist dialog, question and answer period and Rock Iron Art demonstrations to two sessions in the Drum Room at Wadiswan, White Earth Tribal & Community College, 2250 College Road, Mahnomen, MN 56557. His sculptures were created as a result of fellowship research of ancient art. Event times: April 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM which is open to all students, staff, faculty, and the community and then again at 5:30 PM a session will be open for the community in conjunction with WETCC campus coffee house night. The sculpture display will be available for viewing in the drum room for the week following the presentations as well.
  Let us know you are coming! Email [email protected] or call 218 751-5447.     


April 26    Community Collaboration for the Arts Soiree

Interested in collaborating for the arts in Lake of the Woods County? Still have arts projects and innovations on your mind, but it would be helpful to have the key players in the right place at the right time? Join artists, arts supporters, non-profits and business owners for a Community Collaboration for the Arts Soiree at the Depot in Baudette on Friday April 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. Hors d'eouvres and a festive atmosphere brought to you by the Depot and Region 2 Arts Council. Let's keep the arts momentum in Lake of the Woods County rolling right into the summer! RSVP at [email protected] or 218 751-5447 by April 23. 


April 26    R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship Award Recipient Del Lyren to Present Artist Talk Back Session 

Del Lyren will perform a jazz piece on EWI (electronic wind instrument) using Logic Pro, Sonic Cell, and other electronic sound modules for special effects and accompaniment, and discuss the EWI, how it works, and the potential uses for it in the future. His talk will include original compositions, a discussion of his fellowship experience beginning with his jazz studies with Jeff Coffin, how his work has been incorporated into the MIDIots (faculty electronic music ensemble) at BSU, a visual representations of his tour with Dave Matthews Band.  This event will be held in Park Rapids at the Gordon Van Wert gallery on April 26 at 4pm. The talk is free and open to the public. Please email [email protected] or call 218 751-5447 to let us know you are coming.







April 3, 4     Minnesota State Arts Board Grant Program Information Sessions

Come learn more about upcoming Minnesota State Art Board grant opportunities that will occur this spring and summer. Join MSAB staff and R2AC Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council Member and Bush Fellow Delina White for this series of MSAB grant program information sessions in our area:


Leech Lake Tribal College - Wednesday, April 3 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Benny Tonce Drum Room.


Bemidji Public Library- Wednesday, April 3 at 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Bemidji Public Library Meeting room.


Mille Lacs Indian Museum - Thursday, April 4 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


In the first 60 minutes of the information sessions, Arts Board grant programs will be reviewed. In the second 60 minutes, Arts Board staff will answer questions from the audience, and be available for one-on-one conversations. These workshops are free of charge.


Month of April    Spring Artist Series Workshops at the BCAC

April 2,4,9 -11   Black & White Media Sampler with Kathy Gustafson

April 6 Painted Paper Book Construction with Terry Garrett

April 20 & 22 Beginning Mosaic Class with Virgene Tyrrell

April 20 Intro to Inkle Loom Weaving with Kristin Majkrzak

April 23 Fiber Dying & Introduction to Needle Felting with Bonnie Lundorff

April 23, 30 & May 7 A Taste of Tapestry with Kristin Majkrzak

April 27 Weaving with Beads - Spiral Stitch with Patty Lovegreen


Learn more about the Spring Artist Series at There are class and material fees for each workshop. Members of the Art Center receive a discount. Class sizes are limited so sign up today!


April 11&19    Slam Rools and Skool

This Slam Poetry Workshop is a 2 time course held at the Rail River Folk School in Bemidji. Thursday April 11th from 6-9 p.m. covers the rules of a slam competition and tools and tips needed to write an effective slam poem. Participants will write a poem or two. Friday April 19th from 6-9p.m. is a slam contest to be held between the students from the first class.


Questions, Comments or to Sign up contact: Julia Oxenreider. Cell: 808-446-2584

Email: [email protected] . Region 2 Arts Council can answer questions as well! Course cost: $10 includes both sessions!



April 12-13     Intro to Contact Improv Dance Neige Christenson

Join this innovative Boston-area instructor and explore gravity, momentum, flow, improvisational movement and communication with others through dance. This workshop focuses on movement: individuals both experienced and inexperienced in dance are encouraged to participate! Friday from 7p.m.-9p.m. and Saturday from the Elks Lodge at 116 4th Street in Bemidji. Workshop fee: $65.00 Register TODAY with Region 2 Arts Council. Registration closes April 12.  218 751-5447 or [email protected]. Make checks payable to Region 2 Arts Council. Send in or drop off at 426 Bemidji Ave. N, Bemidji, 56601.


April 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11     Painting to Understanding - Translating Ideas Into Paint 

Local painter Paula J. Swenson will take participants through the creative process from conception to implementation and from completion of a painting to its exhibition. Participants will learn the practices of painting and self-expression and how to find new ways to problem solve and stretch their imaginations. The workshop will culminate in a May exhibit of participants' work at the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse in Bemidji, MN.


Participants will meet with Paula on Saturdays, at River of Time Studio on 1017 N. Plantagenet Road SE in Bemidji, MN. Session 1 will be from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. All other sessions run until 2:00 p.m. A schedule to hang art for the participants' May exhibition at the Wild Hare will be determined during the workshop.


Registration deadline: April 8th. Send a check for $50.00 made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. no refunds unless the workshops are cancelled. For more information call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447.



 April 27    JumpstART Your Arts Career

High school and college-aged artists of all kinds who are considering a career in the arts are invited Rail River Folk School in Bemidji from 1-4 for a workshop and discussion designed to give you some tools to help keep you on your path as an artist. The reputable Springboard for the Arts from Fergus Falls is coming to facilitate. This event is FREE and snacks will be provided. Participants must register in advance by April 23. Call 751-5447 or email [email protected].  



May 1     Writers Workshop with Angela Foster and Candace Simar

Join these sisters and writers from 12:00-2:00 at the Gonvick Legion Cabin for a 2-hour writing workshop following their program "Farm Girls" Using Photographs to Inspire Life Stories.  Do you worry your children and grandchildren will never know the simple pleasures of growing up in a world without cell phones and Internet? Have you always wanted to write your life story?  Through the use of free writes and prompts, participants will begin putting their memories onto paper. You will get practical advice to help you write stories your family will treasure for generations. Participants should bring at least one family photograph for inspiration. By the end of the class, you will have drafted the beginning of a short memoir piece. 


To register send a check payable for $25.00 to "Angela Foster" to NELL PO Box 584, Bagley MN 56621. Include your name, phone number, and email. Please register by April 27, 2013.


May 6-7     Who's in Charge? A Minnesota Theater Forum on Leadership and Diversity

The Minnesota Theater Alliance invites artists, administrators, educators, and students to a collective conversation around critical challenges and opportunities in leadership, inclusion, and diversity facing our community. Topics to be addressed include:

The changing demographics of our community: how we overcome our own biases to cultivate art that reflects the world we live in. Mentorship and leadership change: how we retain the wisdom of mature leadership while cultivating the next generation.

How did we get here? How the current template for leadership and governance in our industry became the standard. Where could we go next? An exploration of alternative business and management models. Partnerships: sharing leadership to leverage strengths across organizations and industries. Monday, May 6, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saint. Paul, MN


May 9     Clearwater County Community Collaboration for the Arts Workshop

Interested in collaborating for the arts, arts based community development, and creative enterprise in Clearwater County? Mark your calendars and plan to join artists, arts supporters, non-profits and business owners for this workshop bringing arts innovation and collaboration to Clearwater County. Presented by Region 2 Arts Council. Facilitated by Michele Anderson and Jun-li Wang from Springboard for the Arts. This workshop is free and open to the public. 5-9 p.m. Meats, cheeses, veggies and snacks provided, community connections and creative innovation encouraged. Location TBD. For more information and pre-registration contact Region 2 Arts Council, 218 751-5447 or [email protected].


May 10     Mahnomen County Community Collaboration for the Arts Workshop

Interested in collaborating for the arts, arts based community development, and creative enterprise in Mahnomen County? Mark your calendars and plan to join artists, arts supporters, non-profits and business owners for this workshop bringing arts innovation and collaboration to Mahnomen County. Presented by Region 2 Arts Council. Facilitated by Michele Anderson and Jun-li Wang from Springboard for the Arts. This workshop is free and open to the public. 5-9 p.m. Meats, cheeses, veggies, and snacks provided, community connections and creative innovation encouraged. Location TBD. For more information and pre-registration contact Region 2 Arts Council, 218 751-5447 or [email protected].


June 5-6    Rural Arts and Culture Summit

Learn from the best in the nation!  John Davis is a nationally recognized leader who uses the arts to strengthen rural economies.  He's one of three inspiring keynote speakers at the 2013 Rural Arts & Culture Summit. Register today - 





Apply NOW to Bemidji 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. Apply at  Go to for complete contest information.   


Have you noticed the For Sale signs on the sculptures around Bemidji? Remember: All sculptures on the Bemidji Sculpture Walk 2012 exhibition are for sale and would make great gifts! Please contact:  [email protected] 



April 12     Application for Savage Juried Art Competition and Show

The Savage Arts Council invites Emerging and Professional Minnesota fine artists to enter the 7th annual Savage Juried Art Competition and Show, submission deadline April 12, 2013. The show runs April 26-May 31 2013 at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center in Savage MN. Fees include $15 for one entry, $25 for two entries. To register: Email: [email protected]. For more information about the Savage Arts Council, visit


April 15     Application Deadline for Bemidji - First City of Arts Studio Cruise

Calling all artists with studios within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji, Minnesota! Applications are now being taken for the 6th annual Studio Cruise, 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: Oct. 18, 19, 20. Deadline for all applications is postmark by April 15, 2013. Fees include a $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee. Applications available on-line at

Artists who create their artwork within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji but who may not have a studio accessible to visitors can apply to be a Guest Artist at a qualifying Host Studio location. This opportunity is limited to having a maximum of three artists total at any one studio location. Questions? Contact Dave Towley at 218-333-3547 ([email protected]) or Lori Forshee-Donnay at 218-444-7570 ([email protected])


April 18     Submission Deadline for Art in the Hollow: First Annual Outdoor Temporary Installation/Sculpture Competition  

The 1st annual Art in the Hollow Outdoor Temporary Installation/Sculpture Competition & Exhibition aims to select 10 temporary art works to grace wild and lovely Swede Hollow Park during the annual daylong festival on June 1, 2013.  


First submission is free, subsequent submissions $15.

Winners Announced: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 6:30pm

Sculptures Installed and Exhibited: day of the festival Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Application and Information: on website (


April 30     Submission Deadline for Small Art for Big Hearts

Artists! Expand your buyer contacts, exhibit your work, and at the same time contribute to a great cause at this Art Event for the Bemidji Food Shelf! Artists are invited to contribute works of art and join this fun, high profile event on June 1st, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hungry Bear- First City Ballroom/convention center in Bemidji, MN. This evening will bring together hundreds of artists and collectors for a night of refreshments, conversation, and art buying. All proceeds going to feed the hungry. Please email Don Houseman at [email protected] or Pam Nelson at [email protected] for submission requirements and submission form.



May 1     Registration Deadline for Artists' Call for New Juried Art Fair

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association is adding a Juried Art Fair to an already successful food, music and fun event Sunday, July 14. The Park Rapids area draws thousands of summer visitors and seasonal residents who enjoy our lakes and rich cultural traditions every year. Registration deadline is May 1. More information and an application form are available at (under Current Promotions).

To plan a more successful weekend, artists also are invited to apply for the Downtown Art Fair at the Old Central School Grounds in Grand Rapids Saturday, July 13, sponsored by the MacRostie Art Center. The MacRostie's application may be downloaded at Park Rapids and Grand Rapids are about 90 miles apart.


Lot 6 Art Fair

The 3rd year of the Lot 6 Art Fair will be happening on Saturday June 8 in Bemidji. For Early Bird booth discounts, get your applications in by April 1st. Returning artists DO NOT need to submit a jury fee - unless you are applying with a different medium then the previous years. There are a limited amount of double booths spaces (10x20) available to artist wishing to have more space. There will be a small number of free upgrades to a double space to artists wishing to demonstrate during the festival, please see details on the application. In addition, there is a limited number of FREE booths to non-profit organizations. If you are a non-profit interested in an information booth, please send us a small statement about your organization and what you intend to have available at your booth during the festival. These booth spaces are voted and decided upon by the Lot 6 Art Fair Committee. Follow the Lot 6 Art Fair on Facebook, Twitter and keep an eye out for the Lot 6 Art Fair blog- coming soon!


Writers' Groups in Bemidji

The Bemidji Community Art Center's Spoken Word Committee is working in partnership with area writers to provide opportunities to attend free writers' groups.  Thanks to individual volunteers, who have been willing to make meeting arrangements and serve as contacts, the groups have been self-sustaining.  


The Children's Book Group invites new members.  It is a secular group that appreciates the meeting space generously provided by the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road, SW.  Meeting dates are still flexible and are planned month to month.  The next meeting is scheduled for Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. on April 1st in the Fireside Room. No prior publishing experience required.  


The Poetry Group is also open for new members.  It meets monthly in people's homes on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  The next meeting will be on Saturday April 6th.


RA Writers' Group (established years ago) is a mixed genre group that meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Minnesota Energy building on 2nd Street and Minnesota Avenue. It, too, is open for new members at this time.  Enter by knocking on the West door as you face the building on 2nd Street.  


The Lit Wits is a novel writers' group.  Openings will be posted in future R2AC Newsletters.


?? Group - If you are interested in forming a group focusing on a different genre or niche, contact the BCAC to help notify others, who might be interested.


Contact the Bemidji Community Art Center office at 444-7570 or [email protected] for further information, to be notified about meetings or to learn about other opportunities offered in the 2013 Spoken Word Series.



May 3     Deadline to apply Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowships

The $20,000 fellowships awarded by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) recognize the creativity and expression of exceptional Native artists who have made significant impact in the field. American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists are encouraged to apply for this unique national fellowship honoring excellence by Native artists in six disciplines: dance, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts and visual arts.


Artists who are members of federally and state-recognized U.S. tribes, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities can review criteria in full and apply by the May 3 deadline at: Questions: contact Program Director Reuben Roqueñi: [email protected] or 360-314-2421.


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. If you are able to lend a hand, storage space, or host, please send your contact information by email to: [email protected]


Baudette Depot Seeks Photos and Stories

Attention: Local stories and photos are needed for 3 upcoming exhibits at the Depot! The Transportation Exhibit seeks transportation related photos from the first half of the 20th century taken in the Lake of the Woods area. For the special "Signatures Exhibit," photos or stories about family members "riding the rails" as a hobo or as an orphan traveling to a new home are needed. For the traveling Smithsonian Exhibit "The Way We Worked," short narratives about your first job and what you learned from it (it doesn't have to be a paid job) are needed by May 1st. 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: [email protected]






Congratulations to Bemidji's Roy C. Booth and Craig Myran. Their horror/urban fantasy short story, "Package #900420" has been accepted for Scarlett River Press's upcoming "Haunted Lens" anthology.


Booth has also been named a panelist for the "21st-Century Publishing: Industry, Media, and the Future of Print" conference sponsored by the University of Minnesota Duluth to be held on April 12. The panel: "Marketing and Retailing Books in the 21st Century: Retailer and Librarian Perspective."


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