(L-R) Mask & Rose: "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", Northern Light Opera Company: "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown", & Bemidji Community Theater: "The Game's Afoot"
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Region 2 Arts Council has a full season professional development
workshops planned for all our area artists.
On November 8 & 9 trainers from First Peoples Fund
in Rapid City, South Dakota arrive to run a two-day workshop for Native artists. This workshop gives Native artists the tools and support they need to manage entrepreneurial businesses in order to achieve economic success and grow as leaders in their tribal communities. The goal is to enable Native artists to make a living from their art through sales locally, regionally and nationally, allowing them to sustain themselves, their families and their communities.
R2AC is grateful for First Peoples Fund's generosity in offering this workshop twice in our region-- the November workshop in Red Lake, and another in March, at White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen. First Peoples Fund is a leading arts organization supporting over 1,000 Native artists in grants and training programs. The deadline to register for this workshop has been extended. This workshop is free and open to Native artists of all kinds. Registration is required! Call us at 218 751-5447 or 1800 275-5447
Are you interested in learning how to fund your work? Springboard for the Arts' Anna Metcalf will be coming to Bemidji to run Fund your Work in the Beltrami Electric Community room on November 12 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.. Come to this workshop and
discuss the value of multiple income streams, including crowdfunding sourcescover research and application preparation techniques for grants, fellowships, scholarships, and residency programs available to individual artiststalk about finding and maintaining partners in the community as a strategy for expanding your audience and appealing to potential funders.
Call or email [email protected] to register.
Finally, mark your calendars for December 2nd and 3rd for
Art Making and Creative Partnerships = Community Wellbeing
with Maria Genne, Founder and Director of KAIROS ALIVE!
and Carla Vogel KAIROS ALIVE! program coordinator. On Monday, Dec. 2 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Genne and Vogel will bring us an interactive evening to consider the potential for partnerships based on collaboration, mutual respect and creativity to expand and deepen our positive impact on community well-being. The goal of the evening is to help show what can be done through the arts to foster community well-being. Anyone interested in continuing the conversation is invited to a Tuesday morning breakfast conversation at Headwaters on 519 Minnesota Ave. in Bemidji from 8-9:30 p.m. with presenters Maria and Carla. This is going to be a fantastic workshop. We hope you will contact us to sign up!
These workshops are free and open to the public. See you there!
Region 2 Arts Council
R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowships Awarded
Cate Belleveau, local writer, actor, director, teacher and founder of the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, was awarded $6,000 to attend the Network of Ensemble Theater's National Summit and Dell'Arte International Summer Workshops. Her focus will be on physical theater, theater in a rural setting, and storytelling by using stories drawn from and shared by the community. She will create a local ensemble theater group to utilize these new skills and ideas.
Kathy Gustafson, a local painter, sculptor, artist career counselor for Springboard for the Arts and member of Studio Ten, was awarded $6,000 to incorporate metals such as stainless steel, copper, bronze, brass and aluminum into her sculptures. Her plan includes working with other local sculptors to learn hot metal/forging techniques and methods of applying patinas and finishes. Her Fellowship will result in a new body of work intended for public display.
This 18-month fellowship provides the opportunity for experiences that will add depth and advancement to the artistic career of established artists in all disciplines. The R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship is funded by the McKnight Foundation.
Plan now for January 17, 2014 Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Deadline
Beat the rush & come talk to us while we are fresh! Individual artists, schools, government offices and non-profits- let's talk about your fabulous arts ideas and how our grants can support you! Gather 4 or more people together and call to set up an individualized grant writing workshop. 218-751-5447.
Funding Available for Arts Workshops
We have "no risk" workshop funding available for workshops in all artistic mediums. You can invite an artist to our region to teach, or a regional artist can conduct a workshop and earn a presenters fee. This is an on-going program (no deadlines) with an easy as pie application.
Arts Link Pages at r2arts.org
Have you visited our Arts Link page? It's growing! Artists and arts organizations, please send us a link to your website or blog and we'll share it!
Literary Links at r2arts.org
Region 2 Arts Council would like to share author websites, blogs, and local literary links for Region 2 literary artists. Would you like to be included? Send us your links, titles, and any other pertinent info.
Mask and Rose: "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" directed by Cate Belleveau, with musical direction by Melanie Hanson. Actors (L-R) Chuck Deeter, Matt Jedlicka, Kalli Wilson, Llewellyn Grayhawk, Eva Anderson, Evan Wilson, Mike Hardin and Mary Anderson.
Northern Light Opera Company: "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown", stage direction by Gregory Paul, technical direction by Brian Ahart and Musical Direction by Jason Wright. Actors (L-R) Libby Sorenson & Hawken Paul
Bemidji Community Theater: "The Game's Afoot" directed by Vicki L. Stenersen. Actors (L-R, standing) Steve Saari, Jordan Shearer, DeeJay Arens, & Katie Carpenter (L-R, seated) Bridget O'Sullivan, Larisa Berglund, Holly Alcott & Julie Kaiser.
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.
Northern Arts News Deadline
Deadline for submissions for the December 2013 issue of Northern Arts News is November 20, 2013.
Nov. 1 Bemidji Community Art Center - presents the 11th Annual It's Only Clay
This national juried ceramics exhibit features work by Juror Andrea Leila Denecke along with 23 artists from around the United States. Denecke's work appears in the exhibit and for purchase in Shop 426. Reception is from 5 to 7pm with a brief presentation and announcement of the awards. Purchase Awards are made by the Bemidji State University Department of Technology and Design with the works to be included in the Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection, a permanent functional ceramics collection at Bemidji State University. Winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall will also be announced.The exhibit will be on display November 1st through December 21st, 2013. IOC 2013 is co-sponsored by the BCAC and Bemidji State University. Support is provided by the Holiday Inn Express - Bemidji and the BSU Foundation. IOC 2013 is also made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council and funding by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund and the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment - component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.The BCAC is free and open to the public.Visit the BCAC and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at www.bcac.wordpress.com For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at [email protected] Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.
Nov. 1 First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji
Meet the artists at loads of great locations around town! Gallery North Artists at the History Center, Terry Honstead and Dee Najjar at the Cabin Coffee House, Diana J. Collison-Jones and her copper tooling, oils and acrylics at Dunn Bros and at Gallery North, and Patty Lovegreen at Gallery North, and more! Don't forget to stop by for the Northwoods Folk collective at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW. For more details on all First Friday events, go to http://bcac.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/november-first-friday-at-a-glance-6/
Nov. 1 The Wild Hare Bistro welcomes Featured Artist D. L. Houseman
Come to the Wild Hare for "Lost Pictographs and Petroglyphs" through December 4th. Inspired by his grandson's drawings on small hand size rocks, Houseman explores the possibilities of lost stone images in his new series of acrylic paintings which incorporate facsimile artifacts. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, November 1st. from 3pm - 5pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare's own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm. This month's new menu will celebrate the bounty of our local harvest, with a wine and beer list to match. See the menu at wildharebistro.com. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-
Nov. 1 Fortuna Puppet Theatre presents Dracula
Come to the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 519 Minnesota Ave. in Bemidji from 7-8:00 p.m. for puppeteer Margaret Burger's DRACULA! This shadow show for mature audiences is not to be missed! Cellist Pat Riley provides fittingly eerie accompaniment. Tickets $5.
Nov. 5 BSU's Talley Gallery presents "Speaking Through Objects"
Patrick Luber, a professor of sculpture at the University of North Dakota, will be present at an opening reception for an exhibition of his work entitled "Speaking Through Objects," from noon-3 p.m. in the gallery. The show will be open through Dec. 6. "Speaking Through Objects" features reliefs from Luber's milagro series. A milagro is a folk charm offered as a petition or an offering of thanks by practitioners of the Catholic faith while in prayer, especially in the American Southwest and in Latin America. For more information on BSU's Talley Gallery, go to http://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/departments/visual_arts/galleries/talley/
Nov. 9 4th Annual Opener Art Festival
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the George W. Neilson convention Center. Loads of vendors. Get ready for the holidays and pick up some great items for yourself.
Nov. 10 The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Continues a Season of Celebrations
Under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, the BSO continues its 75th anniversary year with "Homecoming Celebrations" on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. The BSO welcomes home former orchestra member and special guest artist Eric Haugen, who will be featured on Antonin Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191. The program opens with Wretched Bloomed by contemporary composer, James Young. Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163 rounds out the program. Join Dr. Everett immediately after the concert for a post-concert conversation. Tickets available at the door or in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North and South or online at brownpapertickets.com. $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens 62+, and $10 for college students with ID. Students grades K-12 are admitted free. All seats general admission. Doors open for seating at 2:30 pm. Season tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the concert for $60, or through the BSO website at www.bemidjisymphony.org/tickets or call 218/444-7914.
Nov 14 The Winter Market: Preserves, Arts, and Crafts at the White Earth Tribal College Extension Building
The 2nd Thursday of every month from November - April, the Winter Market offers preserves, arts and craft items. Beginning at 3 p.m. at White Earth Tribal and Community College Extension, Mahnomen.
Nov. 14-16, 18, 21-23 The Mask and Rose Women's Theater presents EVITA!
Directed by Cate Belleveau and Music Director Dr. Melanie Hanson, Evita!, a modern rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, charts the rags-to-riches rise of the First Lady of Argentina, who won the love of her countrymen after marrying military leader-turned-president Juan Peron. Thursday- Saturday and Monday shows start at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday Nov. 16 having a 2:00 p.m. matinee in addition to the 7:30 show. No Sunday shows. BSU mainstage. Adults - $14. -- Students and Seniors - $8.00 and K- HS - $5.00. Tickets available at Shannon's Art and Soul and Brigid's Pub on Beltrami Ave. in Bemidji.
Nov. 15 "Walking Through Nature" by Maureen O'Brien
Neilson Place presents an acrylic painting display which brings nature to those who cannot walk in it daily. Meet and talk with Maureen on Friday, November 15, 2013, from 3:00-4:30 in the Neilson Place lobby. Refreshments will be served. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1. Exhibit runs until mid-February.
Nov. 15 Glazed and Amused features Deb Krueger
Deb Krueger's work will feature nature photography and inspirational verse, along with photo cards and wrapped rock necklaces.
Nov. 18 Park Rapids Area Community Band Concert
Come hear the Park Rapids Area Community Band, under the direction of conductor Russ Pesola, perform a concert at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium on Sunday, November 18 at 3 p.m. Refreshments served after the concert.
Dec. 3 Schoolcraft Learning Community Winter Concert
On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium, Schoolcraft Learning Community will showcase its choirs, orchestras and French programs. This is free and open to the public.
Dec. 6 & 7 Classic Chorale Concerts in Park Rapids
Mark your calendars & stay tuned for more information!
Dec. 6 & 7, 13-15 Bemidji Community Theater and Paul Bunyan Playhouse Present The King and I
Enjoy this Rodger's and Hammerstein classic at the Historic Chief Theater for Friday and Saturday performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. and a single Sunday matinee beginning at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12/adults and $6/Children (17 and under) and can be purchased at Shannon's Art and Soul, Iverson's Corner Drug, and Ken K. Thompson Jewelry at the Mall. The King and I is presented through special arrangement with R& H Theatricals.
Mondays Nov 4, 11 & 18 Glass on Glass Mosaic with JoAnne McFarlin
This workshop runs from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and/or 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Participants will create a glass on glass mosaic on a base of their choice. All supplies will be provided unless participants bring in their own switch-plate, picture-frame glass or window. Cost per day for one or both sessions is $10.00 for supplies. Create It! Community Art Studios, Clear Waters Life Center, 226 Elm St., Gonvick. For more information or to register, call 218-776-2789 or contact via e-mail: [email protected]. Drop-ins also welcome.
Nov. 8 & 9 FREE Native Artist Professional Development Training in Red Lake, MN Offered by First Peoples Fund
This two-day workshop gives Native artists the tools and support they need to manage entrepreneurial businesses in order to achieve economic success and grow as leaders in their tribal communities. The goal is to enable Native artists to make a living from their art through sales locally, regionally and nationally, allowing them to sustain themselves, their families and their communities. The training experience is hands-on, specifically designed with Native artists in mind. Workshop Location: Seven Clans Casino in Red Lake.Time: 8:30-5:00 both days (1 hour break for lunch, which will be provided). You must call or email Region 2 Arts Council at [email protected] or (218) 751-5447 / (800) 275-5447 by Friday November 1, 2013 to reserve a spot. Look for this same workshop in Mahnomen at White Earth Tribal and Community College in March 2014.
Nov. 9 Make Your Own Needle Felt Ornament
This is a basic needle felting workshop that runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. No experience necessary to participate. Even if you have some experience or you are a master of needle felting, you may also enjoy doing this project. Children ages 11 and up may participate if they are attending with an adult. Apple Blossom will supply a snack and a play space for children ages 3 years and up. 2 years old and younger may attend only with an older sibling or babysitter who will play with/watch them.
Fees vary depending on number of ornament makers and children attending per family. (Base fee is $25 per maker plus kit fee; $5 for child in play space.)
Location: Apple Blossom Childcare in the United Methodist Church, Bemidji.
Contact Dacia for details. 218-766-0640 or http://on.fb.me/1bieLCI Needle Felt Ornament on FB. Get ready for the Holiday Season with this class.
In the New Year there will be more Saturday hands on classes:
- January 11th - Sew and stuff play food for your child's imaginative play
- February 8 - Stitched napkin and table décor
- April 5, 12, & 19 - Waldorf doll making as a 3 class series
For info or to sign up contact: Dacia Dauner, call 218-766-0640 or email [email protected]
Dec. 2 & 3 Art Making and Creative Partnerships = Community Wellbeing
Region 2 Arts Council is sponsoring Maria Genne and Carla Vogel of nationally renowned Minneapolis-based KAIROS ALIVE! for this free workshop at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 with a follow-up breakfast networking meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 for those who wish to work further to create opportunities for collaborative/intergenerational art making. The Monday evening event is an interactive workshop of the most productive variety. Diverse audiences are welcome. Artists and those involved in health care, social services, education, and environmental sustainability will be especially interested in this workshop. Call 218 751-5447 or email [email protected]. This is one workshop you will not want to miss!
Call for Artists 3rd Annual Holidays by Hand Festival
Holidays by Hand seeks artists and crafts people for their annual festival held at the Boys and Girls club from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 7, 2013.Please contact Michelle at [email protected]
Nov. 8 Deadline 2013 VSA Minnesota Project Grant for Emerging Artists with Disabilities
Seven grants of $1500 each, funded by the Jerome Foundation, will be awarded to emerging Minnesota artists who propose to create new work. The Jerome Foundation and VSA Minnesota have been offering these annual grants since 1996. Applications and guidelines can be mailed or emailed to artists or are available to download as a Word, .pdf or .rtf files on our Grants, Forms and Guidelines page. http://www.vsamn.org/forms.html#projectgrant For more information or questions, call 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883, or email [email protected].
Nov. 8 Deadline Discounted Application Fee For Shoebox: An International Sculpture Exhibition
Contact the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to enter the international juried sculpture competition entitled SHOEBOX, featuring 3-D work designed to fit within the confines of a typical shoebox. Each applicant is free to use a shoebox of choice, from baby-size shoes to boots, as the dimensions of their work. There are no media restrictions. http://www.mtsu.edu/art/
Nov. 15 Deadline Call to Artists Bemidji Sculpture Walk 2014
Participate this year in Northern Minnesota's premiere public art venue: Bemidji's 16th 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. For more information and application please go to http://www.bemidjisculpture.org/submit-work#sthash.wWtTQvvh.dpbs
Nov. 30 Registration Deadline MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS 40th Anniversary Concert
Created by Harvey Philips, MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS 2013 concerts will be presented in over 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries and will be performed again this year in the Paul Bunyan Mall in Bemidji. Every TUBACHRISTMAS performance features traditional Christmas carols especially arranged for the first TUBACHRISTMAS by American composer Alec Wilder. All Tuba and Euphonium players are encouraged to call the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 218-444-5606 to sign up and be part of this Christmas tradition. $10.00 to participate.
Dec. 6 Application Deadline USArtists International 2014
USArtists International provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at significant international festivals anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. The application deadline for the second of three grant rounds of the 2014 program is Friday, December 6, 2013 for projects taking place between March 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015. This is a submission deadline.Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Brigid Zuknick, at [email protected].
Dec. 13 Application Deadline FY 2014 Partners in Arts Participation Grants
Applicants may now begin submitting FY 2014 Partners in Arts Participation grant applications. This is a pilot grant program designed to broaden opportunities for Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Grant funds may be used by Minnesota nonprofit health or human service organizations to integrate the arts into their programming or services. Applicants may choose to have their constituents engage in existing high quality arts experiences, and/or may work with an artist or arts organization to design experiences tailored to meet the needs of the constituents they serve. Grants range from $5,000-$25,000. For more information, go to http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/machf-piap.htm
Jan. 31, 2014 Deadline McKnight Professional Development Grant
Forecast for Public Art is offering a $5000 Professional Development Grant through the McKnight Foundation. Go to http://forecastpublicart.org/forecast/2013/09/mcknight-professional-development-grant-overview/ for more information.
Call for Submissions to The Bemidji Speculative Fiction Guild's first anthology "Sword and Quill" Vol. I
The Bemidji Speculative Fiction Guild is a collective interested in showcasing the talent and hard work of Bemidji speculative fiction writers by publishing speculative fiction from authors with a connection to Bemidji. Speculative fiction is a wide genre; the Guild is seeking short stories that explore that range, from demon-hunting urban fantasy to bone chilling rural horror to epic hard science fiction and everything in between. For more information contact [email protected].The anthology will be edited by Roy C. Booth, Cynthia Booth, and Sean Froyd. The editors have sole discretion regarding which submissions will be included in the anthology. https://www.facebook.com/bemidjispeculativefiction
Call for Short Story Submissions
ALTERED STATES: a cyberpunk/sci-fi anthology with Indie Authors Press (Croydon, UK/Algarrobo, Chile) is proud to announce the upcoming anthology, ALTERED STATES: a cyberpunk/sci-fi anthology Vol. I. for print and electronic publication edited by Roy C. Booth and Jorge Salgado-Reyes. Indie Authors Press is seeking reprints of short stories that have previously been published, written by established and upcoming writers from around the world with a Cyberpunk or Sci-Fi theme. Cyberpunk plots often center on a conflict among hackers, artificial intelligences, and mega corporations, and tend to be set in a near-future Earth. Submissions for cover art are also sought. Contact [email protected] for submission requirements.
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Students- check out these Scholastic student art and writing awards. There are many categories available for your submissions! http://www.artandwriting.org/the-awards/categories/
On Going First City Singers
Seniors who like to sing, come join a non-auditioned chorus program to sing and perform in our community. Rehearsals are always on Mondays from 1-2:00 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music & the Arts. This 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 WindSong or Tamarack Assisted Living; and the last Tuesday of the month at Neilson Place. Call Arlys at 444-6653 or Donna at 444-3296 for more information
On going The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts' Fall Semester Private Lessons
Private lessons are currently available in piano, guitar, voice, violin, viola, percussion. Please call 218-444-5606 to sign up as teacher schedules fill quickly. The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji. Learn to play the Autoharp, Banjo, Dulcimer and Mandolin with Mark Bridges; Voice Lessons with Annalise Aahkus; Percussion Lessons with Eric Sundeen; Violin/Viola Lessons with Andrew Green or Renae Carlson.
On Going Artist Career Consultation through Springboard for the Arts
In the need for some guidance? Sign up for a career consultation! Springboard for the Arts offers consultations for individual artists and groups. In a consultation, our Artist Career Counselors get to know you and your work, help you set goals, and develop realistic strategies to help you reach those goals. Consultations cost $45/hr. and are a tax-deductible business expense. Those who expect they may need 5 hours or more of consultation time, should consider registering for an Artists' Field Guide. A complete list of consultants, with bios and areas of specialization can be found here.
On Going Springboard for the Arts Helps Minnesota's Creative Community Connect to Health Insurance Coverage
Springboard for the Arts is certified to help you navigate health insurance coverage issues
MNsure.org opened in October 2013, for coverage beginning January 1, 2014. Visit www.springboardforthearts.org/health or contact Nikki Hunt at [email protected]
Congratulations to horror fiction writer and R2AC Board vice-chair, Justin Holley. Two of his stories, Jigsaw Jimmy and Ghost of an Interview, came out last month in two anthologies: Erie Tales: 666 and 13 Quick Shivers.
Congratulations to Sean Hill whose poem "Still Life with Starlings and Man" was published in the current issue of The Harvard Review. http://harvardreview.fas.harvard.edu/?q=print-issues%2Fharvard-review-44
Congratulations to Roy C. Booth whose fantasy short story "Ariana Dewchaser and the Troll," co-written with Brian Woods of Birmingham Alabama will be featured in the upcoming Dormancy of Harren anthology from Harren Press.
Congratulations to puppeteer Margaret Burger who has been chosen as a Puppet Lab Artist through a Jerome Foundation Grant with Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater in Minneapolis. Margaret travels to HOBT twice a month from September through March culminating in an original 45-minute show to be performed at Heart of the Beast in March 2014. Her show will explore experimental shadow puppetry and comic-book style adventure playwriting.
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!
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.