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Northern Arts News
July 2013  


Summertime and the living is easy and outdoors. Picnics and Pie, an R2AC Arts Gathering, was held in Library Park on June 26th to wrap up a year of collaboration workshops and soirees for the arts. Artists from various disciplines and R2AC board members gathered to celebrate summer and the end of our fiscal year in a relaxed setting by the lake.


The attendees of the Rural Arts and Culture Summit are still talking about the experience. It was a tremendous conference packed with useful information for artists and arts organizations.  Stimulating and inspiring keynote speakers and interesting breakout workshops made it a conference you won't want to miss in the future.


Mark your calendar! R2AC Grant Deadlines for the new fiscal year begin on August 14. And be sure to check out the schedule for upcoming R2AC grant writing workshops.   Our workshops provide handouts, tips, and assistance to help you prepare a successful grant.  R2AC staff is always available to answer questions and guide you through the grant process if you can't attend a workshop.


At the end of June two of our R2AC board members completed their terms. We'd like to thank outgoing Chair Kathy Gustafson of Beltrami county and Secretary Leah Prussia of Mahnomen county for their service to R2AC. Also thank you to board member Mark Anthony Rolo of Mahnomen county for his brief service to R2AC. We value and appreciate the work they do to support the arts in Region 2. As always, we are very grateful to community members who serve on the R2AC board, contributing their artistic knowledge and their time to award grants and to govern our organization.


This past weekend I attended the Indigenous Arts Festival held at the waterfront of the Rail River Folk School.  It is so nice to be outdoors enjoying the arts, and you will find many opportunities to do so this summer in our newsletter.


Enjoy the July weather and don't forget to include the arts in your summer fun.



Terri Widman

R2AC Executive Director

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$64,064 Awarded in Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants

Congratulations to everyone for keeping the arts front and center in Region 2!

Rail River Folk School
Clearwaters Life Center
Bemidji Community Theater
Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council
Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective
North Beltrami Heritage Center
Margaret Burger and Fortuna Puppet Theatre
Lake Wood Care Center
Show Choirs of Bemidji
Depot Preservation Alliance
Headwaters School of Music and the Arts
Bemidji Community Art Center
LOW Art Guild
Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji Area
Northern Light Opera Company
Solway Elementary School
Paul Bunyan Playhouse

For more information on R2AC funded projects, please go to  and look under Grants-Grant Award History 



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legacysmall Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Deadline: August 14, 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? ACH grants help bring high quality art and arts programming to our region in the form of arts education, arts and cultural heritage, and arts access activities.  


Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.  Updated applications will be available soon at the R2AC office at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, and for download from our website, . Until then, please call us at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 or email us at [email protected] for more information on the ACH application guidelines.


R2AC Grant Writing Workshops

Starting on July 10th in Bemidji, R2AC will offer FREE grant writing workshops for individual artists, organizations, schools, and units of government within the Region 2 area interested in applying for Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants, Individual Artist Grants, Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants, and R2AC/Mcknight Career Development Fellowships, and for organizations, schools, and units of government interested in applying for Arts Project Grants.


Click here for specific times and locations. Please REGISTER In advance. Email [email protected] or call 218 751-5447 or 1800 275-5447.


Region 2 Arts Council Seeking Board Members from Mahnomen County

To receive an application form to serve as an R2AC Mahnomen County Board Representative for a two-year term beginning August 1, 2013, please email [email protected] or write to:  Nominating Committee * Region 2 Arts Council * 426 Bemidji Avenue * Bemidji, MN  56601. If you have any questions please call 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447.


365 Days of Art!

Head on over to the R2AC Facebook page to view our 365 Days of Art collection. We are continuing this initiative and we'd be happy to share your talent. Send [email protected]  your images and links.


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Thank you to the following Region 2 authors and artists for contributing to the July newsletter header. Books from left to right include

  • By Foot, Pedal or Paddle by Polly Keith Scotland, published by Loonfeather Press, available at;
  • Flesh of Fallen Angels by R. Thomas Riley and Roy C. Booth, cover art by Jade Moede, published by Grand Mal Press,;
  • Thoughts from Pudge by Mary Knox Johnson, illustrated by Marion Caroline Reil, published by Xlibris Corporation, available on;
  • Minnesota's Hidden Alphabet by Joe Rossi and David LaRochelle, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, available at; 
  •  Muddy Jungle Rivers by Wendell Affield, published by Whispering Petals Press, available at;
  • The View from a Rusty Train Car by DeeJay Arens, published by Writers Amuse Me, available at 

Look for books by these talented local authors and others at booksellers in our Region 2 communities.


Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions to the August issue of Northern Arts News is July 15, 2013.  


July 3    Beltrami County History Center presents Gallery North Artists and Exhibit

Artwork and the new exhibit "Trails through Time," can be viewed Wed.-Sat., 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Exhibit topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education, and more. Call (218) 444-3376 for more information.


July 3    2013 Summer Recital Series presents Ronnevik, Romer and Tinsley

From noon-12:30 p.m., come hear Andrew Ronnevik on the violin, Jon Romer on the native flute, and Jacque Tinsley on the folk harp at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Avenue SE in Bemidji.


Legacy Logo July 3-7 and 10-13     Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Come to the Historic Chief Theater, Bemidji, MN for this show. Tickets $22.00. Box Office 218-751-7170; For more information and to order tickets online go to 


July 4, 11, 18 and 25    2nd Street Stage

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association invites you to celebrate summer at 2nd Street Stage events Thursday evenings through Aug. 22. Second Street Stage will run from 6 to 8 p.m. most nights with free bands, a beer garden and family activities on 2nd Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71. Bring your own chair. For more information on bands, special events and times, go to


July 5    Bemidji Community Art Center presents First Friday Events

Highlights for First Friday include artist and traditional canoe builder Maxwell Kelsey followed by the Northwoods Folk Collective at Rail River Folk School, Photographer Irv Strom followed by an All-American menu at Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, Photographer Cal Rice and his images from Cuba at the Bemidji Public Library, Artists of Studio 10 at Brigid's Pub, Showcase Artists Daren Hanson (mixed media) and Barb Ellingson (stained glass) along with Featured Artist Marion Caroline Reil (watercolor) at Gallery North, and photographers Ashley Houle and Joyce Klevens at Glazed and Amused. For more information, go to or call (218) 444-7570.


July 10   2013 Summer Recital Series presents Joe Henry

From noon-12:30 p.m., come enjoy the music of Joe Henry on the piano and organ at St. Philip's Church, 702 Beltrami Avenue in Bemidji.


July 11    Noon Hour Concert

Brian Perez and friends will play jazz featuring saxophone and piano for the Noon Hour Concert Thursday, July 11 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. The concerts are from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Bring your lunch; coffee and bars will be served.


July 12    Neilson Place Opens Photography Exhibit "Through our Eyes"

Aynsley Kluchnik and Abby Szarkowski's travels to Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, North Dakota, Minnesota, Canada, India, New Zealand, and National Parks throughout the United States provide the images for this exhibit.  Meet and talk with Kluchnik and Szarkowski from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in the Neilson Place lobby.  Refreshments will be served. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW.  


July 13    Bagley Art in the Park at Bagley City Park

Come to Bagley Art in the Park from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. to enjoy hand crafted art products from up to 40 vendors. Sonny Johnson, singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Bemidji will be performing from noon until 2:30. Activities for children available.  Food by non-profit organizations will be available.   Bagley Art in the Park is the place to be for a day of fun-filled activities on July 13th!


July 12-14 and July18- 20    You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown 

See your favorite Charles Schulz characters come to life in this Northern Light Opera Company production.  Shows take place at Armory Square, Highway 71 and 2nd Street, downtown Park Rapids and begin at 7:30 p.m. on Fri. 7/12, Sat. 7/13, Thurs. 7/18, and Fri. 7/19, with matinees at 3 p.m. on Sun. 7/14 and Sat. 7/20. The upcoming production includes Libby Sorenson as Lucy, Faith Kern as Sally, Hawken Paul as Charlie Brown, Brandon Haller as Snoopy, Lewis Johnson as Linus, Joe Bolling as Schroeder, Jimmy Farmer as Pigpen, Coral Johnson as Frieda and Finn Paul as Rerun.  Composer Clark Gesner and lyricist John Gordon created this award-winning 1967 musical. Tickets available at Beagle Books, Coborn's or online at$20/adults, $10/students.



R2AC Color Logo July 14    3rd Annual Bite of Park Rapids Food & Art Fair

A juried art fair showcasing original works in wood, fabric, pottery, mosaics, visual art and jewelry opens at 9:00 a.m.  Food booths featuring local restaurants open at 11 a.m. The band line up is: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Chasing Clarence, 12 -1:15 p.m. Absolute Gruv, 2-2:45 p.m. Make the Most, and 2:45-4:00 Absolute Gruv. Join in on fun food races from 1:15-2:00 p.m. Spend the day until 4 p.m. tasting, sampling, enjoying music and shopping on Main Street.


July 14    Artist Reception at Blank Canvas Gallery

Come to the Blank Canvas Gallery from 1-3 p.m. and meet Featured Artist Terri Young (painter), and Guest Artists Anne Crabbe (potter), Byrdie Thompson (painter), Jim Kropp (jeweler), and Glenn Anderson, wood carver and honored guest.  The Sponsors for the Blank Canvas Arts Resource Center will also be our guests for this reception. Refreshments served.  BCG is located at 311 South Main St in Park Rapids. All receptions at the Gallery are open to the public and are free.


July 17    2013 Summer Recital Series presents Glenn Seibel and Wayne Hoff

From noon-12:30 p.m., come enjoy the euphonium and piano music of Seibel and Hoff.  United Methodist Church, 9th and Beltrami Ave. in Bemidji.


legacysmall July 17-21 and 24-27    Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents Boeing Boeing

Come enjoy this show at the Historic Chief Theater, Bemidji, MN. Tickets $22.00. Box Office 218-751-7170; For more information and to order tickets online, go to 


July 18     Noon Hour Concert

The Noon Hour Concert Thursday, July 18 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids will feature Hawken Orion Paul on violin and Lisa Dove on piano. The concerts are from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Bring your lunch; coffee and bars will be served.


July 20-21    Art in the Park

Hosted by the Bemidji Community Art Center, the annual "Art in the Park" will celebrate 46 years in 2013. "Art in the Park" features over 100 artists, a dozen food vendors and live entertainment in Library Park surrounding the Historic Carnegie Library Building.  Dates and times are Saturday, July 20th 10a.m. to 5p.m. & Sunday the 21st 10a.m. to 4p.m.


July 20    The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents Summer Celebrations

The BSO is celebrating its 75th anniversary this season! This summer pops concert features internationally acclaimed musicians Aaron Meyer (concert rock violinist) and Tim Ellis (guitarist) from Portland, OR.  This is an eclectic program of rock to Celtic, jazz, folk and classics with a twist! Also on the program are Americana favorites and our annual "Mystery Maestro" conducting "Stars and Stripes Forever."  7:30 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. All tickets are $10; K-12 students are admitted free. BSO season tickets will be for sale for $60 at Art in the Park and at the concert, and a free ticket to "Summer Celebrations" will be given out with each season ticket purchase.  More info:  or (218) 444-7914.


July 24    2013 Summer Recital Series presents Dr. Beverly Everett

From noon-12:30 p.m., come enjoy the music of Dr. Beverly Everett on the organ at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1800 Irvine Ave. NW in Bemidji.


 July 25     Noon Hour Concert

Audience members will enjoy a pipe organ recital at the Noon Hour Concert Thursday, July 25 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. The concerts are from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Bring your lunch; coffee and bars will be served.


legacysmall July 26-28 and August 1-3    Northern Light Opera Company presents Carousel!

The second production of the Northern Light Opera Company will be at the Park Rapids Area School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Fri. 7/26, Sat. 7/27, Thurs. 8/1, and Fri. 8/2, with matinees at 3 p.m. on Sun. 7/28 and Sat. 8/3. Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel has been regarded by many critics as their finest achievement. Tickets may be purchased at Beagle Books, Coborns, at the door, or on line at $20/adults, $10/students.


July 31    2013 Summer Recital Series presents Lois Simonson and Deanna Murphy

From noon-12:30 p.m., come enjoy the music of Simonson and Murphy on piano and cello at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 5405 Hwy 2 W (across from Amigo Cinemas).


July 31-Aug 4 and Aug 7-10    The Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents She Loves Me

Come enjoy this show at the Historic Chief Theater, in Bemidji, MN. Tickets $22.00. Box Office 218-751-7170; For more information and to order tickets online, go to .


Aug 3    Paint Party 2013 - Art for Everyone 

The Paint Party is an event designed to bring Shannon's Art and Soul art studio outdoors where the public can participant in painting their own masterpiece... with a twist. Participants will choose a t-shirt, canvas or cotton tote bag to create their masterpiece on. All painting will be done using squeeze bottles.  The Paint Party will be held in the alley between Shannon's Art & Soul and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation on Beltrami Ave, Bemidji, MN. With the help of Kickstarter backers, costs to participants should be between $10-15.  For more information, contact (218)556-5907 or [email protected].


legacysmall On-going July    Meredith Setser at Nemeth Art Center

Indianapolis-based artist Meredith Setser has recently installed her new show. "The work, which is comprised entirely of hand printed textiles, is," according to Nemeth Art Center Director Meredith Lyn "something you'll need to see to believe. She's transformed our Great Gallery into a surreal space that will remind you of wild childhood fantasies."  This show is very popular with kids and families. Open Thursdays - Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.  301 Court Avenue, Park Rapids, MN.  


On-Going July    John Lembi Exhibit at the Bemidji Community Art Center

"Child's Play," Lembi's exhibit of oil paintings, watercolors and sculpture is on display now through July 27th. Also on view in gallery X2 is the recently completed model of the future Watermark Art Center. Visit the BCAC and SHOP 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at

[email protected]  Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 - 5 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The BCAC will be closed for the July 4th holiday.


On-Going July and August    "Tiny Bike Shows" with Fortuna Puppet Theatre

Watch for Fortuna Puppet Theatre traveling on bike in your neighborhood! Track the tour on 


 R2AC Color Logo  July and August R2AC Grant Writing Workshops

The following Grant Writing Workshops will familiarize potential applicants with the application process, what projects are eligible, how to develop a project budget and other tips for R2AC grants.   


Workshops for organizations, schools, and units of government will cover the Arts and Cultural Heritage grant (deadline Aug 14, 2013) and Arts Project Grant (deadline Sept 11, 2013).


Workshops for individuals will be tailored to the individuals present including covering the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant (deadline Aug 14), R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowships (deadline Sept 11), Individual Artist Grants (deadline Oct 3), and Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants (deadline Oct 1).    


Please REGISTER in advance. Email [email protected] or call 218 751-5447 or 1800 275-5447.     


Bemidji: Wednesday, July 10: Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N.

5:30-7:00 p.m.:  Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants (for individuals and organizations)/ Arts Project Grants (organizations).  


Baudette: Wednesday July 17: The Depot 

4:00-5:00 p.m.:  Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government

5:00-6:00 p.m.:  Grants for individuals


Park Rapids: Tuesday July 23: Coldwell Banker Community Room, 101 Main Ave S.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.:  Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.:  Grants for individuals


Mahnomen: Wednesday July 24: Mahnomen Museum (in the new building between the Museum and Red Apple), Main Street

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Grants for individuals 


Bagley: Monday July 29: Bagley Elementary School Library

5:00-6:00 p.m.:  Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government

6:00-7:00 p.m.:  Grants for individuals


Bemidji: Wednesday. August 7 Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N.

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Individual Artist & Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants

6:30 -7:30 p.m.: R2AC / McKnight Career Development Fellowship


July 14-19     Minnesota Writers' Conference  


The following workshops still have space available: Poetry, Fiction, Literary Translation. Registration deadline has been extended until July 10.  All Northwoods Writers Conference workshops take place on the Bemidji State University campus in Bemidji.  Apply now at Conference dates July 14-19th. Nightly reading series with conference faculty, free and open to the public. 


R2AC Color Logo July 11-14 & 16   Gaawaabaabiganikaag (Woodland Pottery)
This summer, White Earth Tribal and Community College Extension offers a workshop with artisan Judy Toppings in the Woodland Pottery tradition, from gathering and preparing White Earth clay, to making pottery and learning about the history of Woodland Pottery, to firing. This experience is free and open to the public. Children under 10 are invited if accompanied by an adult. Thursday July 11-Sunday July 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday July 16, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. White Earth Tribal and Community College (WETCC) Extension Building, 2254 College Road, Mahnomen, MN. 

For more info or to register call: Tammy Bellanger at 218-935-0417 Ext 213 or [email protected].


R2AC Color Logo Aug 12-13    Hallendal Style Rosemaling Workshop  

Join the Norda Gonvick Rosemalers for a Rosemaling Workshop with Shirley Evenstad from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Clearbrook, MN. Evenstad is a gold medalist in the Hallendal style.  Cost is $15/day or $30 for both days. Contact Region 2 Arts Council at (218) 751-5447 / 1800 275-5447 or email [email protected] to register.  Make checks payable to Region 2 Arts Council and send to Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji, MN 56601. 

Registration Deadline: Aug. 2, 2013.  







July 12    Application Deadline: Advisory Review Panel Coordinator

The Minnesota State Arts Board is seeking strong candidates for the full-time, permanent position of advisory review panel coordinator. Interested individuals must submit an application online through the State Job Search Web site: Search by Posting Number 13ARTB000003.


R2AC Color Logo July 29   Auditions for Jack and the Beanstalk in Baudette

This is a Prairie Fire Children's Theatre production sponsored by Pequana Playhouse. Registration is Monday, July 29, 8:00 a.m., followed by auditions and the first rehearsal. No advance registration necessary. Questions can be addressed to [email protected] or 634-1177. Rehearsals take place throughout the week. Lower age limit for participation is 7. There is no upper age limit. Rehearsals will run through the week, performances are Friday, Aug 2 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Aug 3, at 2:00 pm.


July 31   Contractor Submission Deadline for VSA Programs

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Office of VSA and Accessibility is seeking contract proposals from contractors to perform the following seven programs:


VSA Arts Connect All Professional Development Program


VSA Arts Connect All Workshop/Residency Program


VSA Children's Visual Art Discovery Program


VSA International Young Soloists: Music for Every Student Program


VSA Playwright Discovery Program


VSA Rosemary Kennedy Internship Program


VSA Accessible Arts for Kids Program


Contract amounts will vary but generally range between $2,000 and $25,000.

Download the Request for Contract Proposals at:  

Proposal Submission Deadline: July 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)

Notification: Selected recipients will be notified on a rolling basis or by September 15, 2013.


legacysmall Youth Music and Arts Showcase V Seeks Student Artists and Musicians

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council will showcase the artistic talents of area youth during Youth Music and Arts Showcase V, Thursday - Sunday, Aug. 15-18 in downtown Park Rapids. Student artists' works will be shown at businesses in downtown Park Rapids. Young musicians have an opportunity play in a concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 and perform downtown Friday, Aug. 16 and as part of the 2nd Street Stage summer music series. For art entry information, call 218-237-6600. For musician entry information, call 218-255-1120.


August 9    Grant Application Deadline MSAB Arts Tour Minnesota

Applicants may now begin submitting FY 2014 Arts Tour Minnesota grant applications. The deadline to submit applications for this grant program is Friday, August 9, 2013. Please note that applications must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.The Arts Tour Minnesota grant program is designed to provide Minnesotans greater access to high-quality arts activities regardless of geographic location.

Grants may be used to support performances, exhibitions, and other activities in Minnesota by professional, touring artists and arts organizations or to support Minnesota presenters in hosting such professional tours. Specific grant requirements are given in the FY 2014 Arts Tour Minnesota Program Overview and Application Instructions, available on the Arts Board Web site.Arts Tour Minnesota grants range from $5,000-$100,000.

See all FY 2014 application deadlines on the Arts Board Web site calendar page.  


Aug 15    Call for Artists Deadline at Harvest Moon Festival 

Moondance Events presents the 1st annual Harvest Moon Art Fair. The art fair will be held in conjunction with the craft beer and wine tasting event Saturday October 5th, Moondance Fairgrounds, near Walker, MN. Rain or Shine (there are indoor alternatives in the event of inclement weather). Artists/Crafters must maintain and staff their booth during festival hours on Saturday: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.


The Harvest Moon Art Fair is a juried show. There is no fee for jurying and no show fees for the selected artists.To apply to exhibit and sell your art/craft please contact [email protected] for the 2013 Artist/Crafter Application and application guidelines. Artists/crafters will submit work samples, description of their work, and an artist bio. Completed applications must be post marked or emailed by 8/15/2013. Email to [email protected] or mail to Craig Gilbertson, 86161 Walker Bay Tr. NW Walker MN 56484.


Fine artists and craft people who produce fine art and crafts are invited to participate. Accepted media includes, but is not limited to ceramics, glass, fiber, photography, jewelry, wood, painting, sculpture, leather, metal, and wearables. No commercial molds, kits, imports or country crafts. All work must be represented in the image files.

Selection will be completed August 31.  


August 23     Deadline for Artists' Call for Library Art Installation

The Park Rapids Area Library has been awarded a grant to commission an artwork for the city's public library. The intent is to provide an art installation that celebrates the library, its mission and its relationship to the community. The library has three areas where an installation could work: an exterior wall, garden and interior wall space. A wide range of proposals is invited, including but not limited to sculpture, relief, tapestry, paintings or mobiles. Deadline for submission of proposals has been extended to Friday, August 23.


For a copy of the Request for Proposals, please contact Jodi Schultz, branch manager, at 218-732-4966 or by e-mail at [email protected].


September 23    Application Deadline for The Golden Foundation 2014 Artist Residency

This is a unique opportunity for artists working in paint to explore and experiment during 2014 Residency sessions. For applications and information, got to or call 607-431-8765.


On-Going    McKnight Artist Fellowships

McKnight contributes nearly $1.7 million per year to individual artists through the 10 fellowship programs. The Foundation delegates management of the fellowships to arts organizations that tailor programs to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines. Interested artists should contact the appropriate administering organization for further information about potential funding. For more links and further information, go to Administering organizations include

Ceramic Artists: Northern Clay Center, 612-339-8007

Choreographers: Northrop Concerts and Lectures, 612-624-4473

Composers: American Composers Forum, 651-228-1407

Dancers: Northrop Concerts and Lectures, 612-624-4473

Media Artists: IFP Minnesota, 651-644-1912

Musicians: MacPhail Center for Music, 612-767-5586

Playwrights: The Playwrights' Center, 612-332-7481

Theater Artists: The Playwrights' Center, 612-332-7481

Visual Artists: Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 612-874-3667

Writers: The Loft, 612-215-2575


On-Going    Writers Groups in the Bemidji Area

The Bemidji Community Art Center (BCAC) and area writers host 4 monthly Writers Groups in different genres. The groups are free with no attendance obligations.   Current groups established: novel, poetry, children's books, mixed genre. If you are interested in exploring, participating or starting your own group, contact the BCAC at 444-7570.



Congratulations to Roy C. Booth, one of three designated special guests attending Diversicon 21 "Old Enough to Think." Aug. 2-4, 2013 in St. Paul.

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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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.