Anishinaabe Artists (L-R) Dana Goodwin, Duane Goodwin, Deb Hawthorne, Mary Guardipee
Northern Arts News
March 2014 


The Artist Mentor Grant application season is upon us! If you have a young person in your life in 8-12th grade who has a passion for the arts in any discipline, please consider sharing the following information with him or her. 

If you are an artist interested in mentoring a young artist, please contact us so we can add you to our list of potential mentors. Artist Mentors receive $950 for up to 20 hours working with a young artist.  This is an exciting program bringing people together through art.  Please help us spread the word!

Artist Mentor Schedule Highlights  


Grant Writing Workshop: Saturday, March 8, 2014. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji. We'll talk through the paperwork! Call 751-5447 to register.


Informational Meeting: Monday, March 10, 2014.  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 519 Minnesota Avenue, Bemidji. Region 2 Arts Council staff and former Artist Mentor Al Belleveau will be on hand to answer questions and share our enthusiasm! Students, parents, teachers, guardians, and artists interested in mentoring are invited. Free & snacks provided. Call to register!


Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 9, 2014. 5:00 p.m. Drop off at Region 2 Arts Council office or mail in.


Grant Review Session: Saturday, May 3, 2014.  15-minute interviews for applicants.


Grant recipients receive either 20 hours of one-on-one mentoring with a Minnesota adult artist or $600 toward tuition for a class, camp or workshop in the student's art discipline in the state of MN. 


Grant applications are available at the R2AC office at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 or for download at Questions? Call (218) 751-5447 or 1(800) 275-5447 or email Open to young people residing in Beltrami, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Hubbard, and Clearwater counties.  


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2014 Arts Advocacy Day is March 27!
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) invites you to join your fellow arts advocates at the Minnesota History Center and State Capitol to talk about the arts and educate our legislators.

Artists and Arts supporters from across the state will join together to protect Art and Legacy funding, making sure we remain the strongest arts community in the country.

You and your team will be led by an experienced advocate who has participated in past Advocacy Days and knows what to do. By working together we show the strength of Minnesota's arts community.

Get more information and register online at

Region 2 Arts Council staff is going, let us know if we'll be seeing you there!

Practice Artisan Politics!

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Grant Deadlines

March 5

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grant deadline is March 5. Thanks to the generosity of the McKnight Foundation, Region 2 Arts Council has grants for up to $1000 available to Native American artists residing in Becker, Cass, Beltrami, Roseau, Itasca, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Clearwater, and Mahnomen counties. Traditional and contemporary art has been supported through this grant.  


March 12

Arts Project Grant deadline on March 12 has $12,400 to award with a max request of $2,500 for schools, organizations, and government offices. The grant application is in a question and answer format- fairly straight forward and easy to navigate. This is a great grant; often overlooked! Don't miss out- the APG is perfect for school projects!


April 9

Artist Mentor grant deadline is April 9. This grant supports 8-12 grade students (whether attending traditional school or not) who are committed to making advancements in their artistic skills. The purpose of this grant is to pair students with professional artists or to support student tuition for an arts class, camp or workshop. This is a fantastic program, highly recommended by mentors and students alike.  Call us with questions! Students, mark your calendars for a Saturday March 8 grant writing workshop in the Region 2 Arts Council office from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Call 751-5447 to register for this workshop. 


"No Risk" Workshop Funding Available (until the funding is used up!) 

For anyone interested in offering an arts workshop in our Region 2 counties.  Whether you want to bring in an artist or present an arts workshop yourself, "No Risk" workshop grants are an easy way to help defray the cost to participants and support the arts in our communities.


Links! Links!  We'd love to tell others about you!  

Artists Interested in School Residencies

Send us your name, discipline, and contact information and we'll include you on our list of artists interested in residencies.


Arts Link Pages at

Artists and arts organizations, send us a link to your website or blog  and we'll add it to our website.


Literary Links at

This list will support Region 2 Literary Artists by sharing their links, publication titles, and any other pertinent literary info that will help get the word out about them and their work  


Header Images

Photos for this month's newsletter header show the work of Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grant recipients and AAI council members now on display in our office until April 14th for the first Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibition..


Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for the April 2014 issue of Northern Arts News is April 20, 2014.




March 6    Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibition Opening

Mark your calendars for the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibition opening from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2014.  This exhibit features the work of Anishinaabe Arts Initiative artists and council members.  Come see quillwork by Mel Losh, Raku pottery by Celia Littlecreek, Antler carvings by Giiwedin Biindige, beaded moccasins by Bernice Mitchell, paintings by Wesley May, original smudge bowls by Bambi Goodwin, and more. Some artwork will be for sale.  Sculptor Duane Goodwin's exhibit Asiniig will be available for viewing upstairs in the Watermark Gallery Thursday evening as well. Come meet the artists while enjoying hors'deouvres and high quality regional art.  Region 2 Arts Council is located in the lower level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building, 426 Bemidji Avenue N. in Bemidji. Call 751-5447 or email for more information. The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit opening is free and open to the public and will be available for viewing 9-5 p.m. M-F until April 14.

March 7    2014 Spoken Word Series presents Author Lauren Cobb
The 2014 Spoken Word Series begins a new season with the book release of Boulevard Women by author Lauren Cobb at the Watermark Art Center (Carnegie Building) on Friday evening, March 7th.  The public is cordially invited to her reception at 5:30 p.m. and her reading at 6:00pm.  An audience Q&A and book signing will follow.  Follow this link for information on signing up for her workshop "The Word Made Flesh: Breathing Life into Fictional Characters" from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday March 8, 2014 at the Bemidji Public Library. Call the Art Center for more information (218) 444-7570.

March 7 - 9   Bemidji-Area Puppeteer Margaret Burger at Heart of the Beast
Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater presents 2 shows produced through PuppetLab, a program supporting select emerging puppeteers in the state. Margaret Burger's show "The Lie" and Seth Eberle's show, "Odyssey: The Soles' Journey Home" will be featured this weekend. Burger writes of her show, "When the boy next door is thirsty, Polly busily concocts the perfect drink. Gulp, gulp, gulp. But little does she know that what happens next could yank the shadows right out of this true-life puppet opera!" ASL/AD interpretation available upon request.  Tickets are $12.00

March 7    Gallery North - Dianne Roholt, Jesica Conrad, and Les Sanders
Stop by Gallery North's First Friday reception, March 7th from 2:00-5:00 pm. and take a look at the work of Showcase Artists Dianne Roholt (pencil/ink drawings) and Jesica Conrad (landscaped quilted pictures). Featured Artist for First Friday will be woodcarver Les Sanders and his carved whimsical characters and houses and split cedar flutes. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at Located at 502 3rd Street NW, Bemidji.

March 7    Wild Hare Bistro presents Dancing Sky Tapestry Weavers  

This group of local fiber artists will exhibit varied styles and materials in a collection of in their woven art work.   The show will include pieces by Ann Kastl, Patti Sellon, Nancy Salminen, Kristin Majkrzak, and Caroline Fylpaa.  There will also be pieces woven by tapestry instructor, Traudi Bestler of Minnetonka, and cavandoli knotted artwork by our "Knot More" friends and guest artists, Dawn Standera and Karen Forbes.  Meet the weavers at the opening reception on First Friday, March 7th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare's own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00 p.m. featuring Middle-Eastern inspired cuisine, with a wine and beer list to match. See the menu at 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA

March 8    Artist Talk with Duane Goodwin at Watermark Art Center
Watermark and Paul Bunyan Communications present "Asiniig" with artist Duane Goodwin now through March 28th. Duane will be presenting at the art center on Saturday March 8th from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on his artistic process, design and inspiration with an opportunity for Q&A. The Watermark is located in the upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Ave N. for more information call 218-444-7570, email on the web at
March 8    Heartland Concert Association presents The Abrams Brothers
The Abrams brothers, John, James and cousin Elijah skillfully combine the music of their roots with their own distinct sound.  It's a combination of bluegrass, country and folk-rock that's had the Canadian festival circuit up in arms over their potential, and the rest are catching on! With Season tickets or contact Bobbi Zigmant at 732-9293 or Kathy Hollenbeck at 237-6004 for cost of admission. 7:30 p.m. at Park Rapids HS auditorium.

March 9    Music with a Mission
Come enjoy Eastern European folk-inspired music by Brahms, Dvorak, and Janacek on four-hands piano with Drs. Paul and Helen Baumgartner of Gustavus University.  Freewill offerings will support the Global Mission Institute. 2:00 p.m. First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N. For more information call 444-5302.

March 20    Bemidji State University presents Julie Johnson, flutist
Julie Johnson is a free-lance flutist and composer active in the Twin Cities.  She will be working with university students and presenting a concert of her own works and arrangements, performed on bass flute and electrified flute.  She has recently been heard in many programs at the McPhail Center for the Arts, where she teaches flute, and at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. 7:30 p.m. at Thompson Recital Hall in Bangsberg Auditorium on the BSU campus.  This event is free and open to the public.

March 21    Bemidji State University presents Faculty Trio 

Stephen Carlson, piano; Patrick Riley, cello; Melanie Hanson, violin will perform Beethoven's D Major "Ghost" Trio, and Brahms' Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8. 7:30 pm Thompson Recital Hall at BSU. Free admission
March 21, 22, 28, 29  Northern Light Opera Company  - The Apothecary
Legacy Logo Come enjoy this comic opera by Joseph Haydn, at Armory Square in Park Rapids at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 21, 22, 28 & 29.  The Apothecary is a 4 person opera dealing with the intrigue of a love triangle, a plot line favored in operas composed years later by favorites such as Donizetti and Mozart.  Sempronio, an old apothecary will be sung by Jason Wright; Grilletta, Sempronio's ward will be sung by Brinn Krabbenhoft; Mengone, Sempronio's apprentice will be sung by Brian Hobson; and Volpino, a young rich dandy (pant role) sung by Mary Maxwell.  The $15.00 tickets may be purchased at Beagle Books or at the door. Reserve tickets by calling 218-237-0400. Be sure to attend this new venture of the Northern Light Opera Company for a welcome break in a long winter season.

March 22    Bemidji State University presents Tracy Stein, Flute
Tracy is a music education major at Bemidji State University.  Her junior recital will feature 20th-century works for flute. 3:00 p.m. Thompson Recital Hall. Free Admission.
March 22    Bemidji State University presents Eric Olson, Violin
Come to Thompson Recital Hall at Bemidji State University for a concert featuring Eric Olson, BSU violin instructor.  7:30 p.m. Free admission.

March 22   The Great Thaw Fine Craft Fest
Come see what area artists have been working on while dreaming of warmer temps! All items are handmade! 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Michelle at  Held at Bemidji High School. This event is free and open to the public.

March 23, 3:00 pm  Charles Lazarus Jazz Ensemble
Charles Lazarus, 4th trumpet with the Minnesota Orchestra, will be performing with his jazz ensemble. At Thompson Recital Hall at BSU. Adults, $10; BSU or NTC students free; all other students $5.
March 27    Save the Date! Arts Advocacy Day
mncitizens for the arts On March 27, artists and arts supporters from across the state will meet at the Capitol for ARTS ADVOCACY DAY.  Come discuss the importance of arts funding with legislative decision makers. Join your fellow arts advocates from around the State and from Region 2 to talk about the arts, make new contacts, and educate our legislators at the State Capitol about the importance of the arts.  This is a well-organized event; whether you are outspoken or interested in listening in and being counted- this is for you! Let's have a strong showing from Region 2! Call us with questions.  Register at

March 28-30 and April 4-6    Disney's My Son Pinocchio
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Bring the whole family to the the historic Chief Theater in Bemidji to enjoy Bemidji Community Theater's performance of this family classic.  Children $6, adults $12. Tickets available at: Iversen Corner Drug, Ken K Thompson Jewelry, Shannon's Art & Soul.



March 8   Artist Mentor Grant Writing Workshop

Are you an 8-12 grader interested in submitting a grant for the Artist Mentor Program? Call Region 2 Arts Council 218 751-5447 or email us at and 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji. We'll talk through the paperwork! Call 751-5447 to register.


March 8   Writing Workshop with Author Lauren Cobb at Bemidji Library

Writers won't want to miss "The Word Made Flesh: Breathing Life into Fictional Characters" from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Bemidji Public Library front meeting room. The workshop is $40 ($20 for students) and you may register by calling the Watermark Art Center at (218) 444-7570.


March 10   Airbrush Painting with David Hudson in Gonvick

Learn the basics of airbrushing, shading and line technique, in this introductory class.  We will also touch on using templates.  If you have experience, feel free to attend and bring your own brand of expertise and ideas.  Art Mondays classes at Create It! Community Art Studios, Clear Waters Life Center, 226 Elm St., Gonvick.  1:00 to 3:00 PM and/or 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Cost per day for one or both sessions is $10.00 to cover cost of supplies. For more information or to register, call 218-776-2789 or contact via email:  Drop-ins welcome.




March 12    Deadline for Region 2 Arts Council Arts Project Grant
Download grant applications at Paper copies are available in our office at 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji.  Call 751-5447 or email with questions. This grant is open to schools, non-profits, towns and city government offices, and community ed programs for arts projects. Applicants may request up to $2,500.

March 14  McKnight Composer Fellowship Deadline
The 2014 McKnight Composer Fellowship guidelines and application materials have been posted. These fellowships are given annually to four mid-career Minnesota composers. The award is $25,000 in unrestricted funds, plus the opportunity to spend up to one month of concentrated time working in an artist residency setting of the Fellow's choice. Applications must be postmarked by midnight on March 14, 2014. Complete program information is available at

March 17    Deadline for City of Bemidji RFP for Public Art
The City of Bemidji Waste Water Treatment facility has put out a call for emerging and established public artists or artist teams residing in Region 2 (Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties) as well as Native artists residing in Region 2 plus Becker, Cass, Roseau and Itasca counties to submit proposals for this public art opportunity. The complete RFP (Request for Proposal) and photographs of the proposed project site can be found on the City of Bemidji website in the link to: WWTF Public Art Project. Paper copies of the RFP are available at the Bemidji City Hall, 317 4th St. NW, Bemidji, MN.  Potential applicants with questions must email their questions to Mike Forbes, WWTP Co-Superintendent, at The project budget is $22,000.

March 21 & 22    FREE Training for Native Artists in Mahnomen, MN
First People Fund Logo 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: White Earth Tribal and Community College. Time: 8:30-5:00 both days (1 hour break for lunch, which will be provided).  Reserve your spot now!  Online Registration: Phone and  email registrations accepted at / 800-275-5447.

March 21    McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists Deadline
For complete information, visit Attend a McKnight Information Session to learn more about the application process and the newly envisioned fellowship program. A video recording of the MCAD information session will is available online. Artists are welcome to schedule one-on-one meetings in person or over the phone with program director Kerry Morgan. This award supports outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists. For more information, contact 612.874.3803 or email

March 21   Call for Public Art/Environmental Art
Green Island in Wadena seeks to lease four large, outdoor sculptures in any style or medium from Minnesota Artists beginning in April 2014. The sculptures must incorporate one or more of these characteristics - Large Scale (over 7' longest dimension), related to environment, wildlife, habitat, water, or ecology, interactive, kinetic, solar or wind activated, beautiful, or colorful. For more information contact by March 21. Green Island Preserve is located at 850 Scheer Drive NE, Wadena, MN.

March 24 & 25    Long Lake Theater Auditions for Summer Season
All ages and all abilities are welcome to audition for the Long Lake Theater Summer Season between 6:00 -8:00 p.m. Long Lake Theater is in Hubbard, MN, 8 miles south of Park Rapids. Call (218) 732-0099 or visit

March 28    Deadline for Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant
The Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant provides Minnesota writers with financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement multifaceted plans to further their artistic careers. Learn more about winners, judges, and guidelines. The Emerging Writers' Grant is funded by Jerome Foundation. Please be sure to read the 2014 Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant Guidelines.

March 31    Deadline for Submissions for Bemidji Sculpture Walk
The Bemidji Sculpture Walk is seeking sculpture, sculptors, and potential sculptors for our upcoming 2014 sculpture display in down town Bemidji. If you have a sculpture to display or an idea of a sculpture you would like to create, the Bemidji Sculpture Walk committee would like to help you become apart of the Sculpture Walk. Call Al Belleveau to chat about this opportunity: (218) 368-7330 visit One more. Bemidji Sculpture Walk would like to remind every one that many of the sculptures on display are for sale. Prices are on the sculpture plaques and in the walking guide.  More info can be obtained by calling Al Belleveau @ 218 243 2685. Sculptures will be rotating out in May so order early. 

April 1   Deadline for The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment Project Grant
The (BAAE) is now accepting art project grant applications for its 2014 grant round.  Any school or 501(c)3 organization in the Bemidji area is eligible to apply. Applicants that are not schools or 501(c)3 organizations need to work through a fiscal agent.  Individuals are not eligible to apply.  Grants of up to $1000 are available for qualifying visual, literary, music and performing arts projects.  Applications available at: Region 2 Arts Council office; Headwaters School of Music; Northwest Minnesota Foundation; Rail River Folk School; and Watermark Art Center (located in the Carnegie Building, 426 Bemidji Avenue). Grant applications are also available to download and print at:

April 1    Earlybird Deadline for Park Rapids Summer Art Fair
The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association will sponsor a Juried Art Fair in conjunction with a successful food, music and fun event Sunday, July 13. The Park Rapids area draws thousands of summer visitors and seasonal residents who enjoy our lakes and rich cultural traditions every year. Early bird registration deadline is April 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 12, sponsored by the MacRostie Art Center. Park Rapids and Grand Rapids are about 90 miles apart.

April 1   Early Registration for Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference  

This June, writers will gather on the shores of Lake Bemidji at Bemidji State University for an enlivening week of literary activity. Each morning, participants will gather their thoughts, notebooks and writing utensils and head off to craft talks and workshops, where their teachers and fellow participants will provide feedback and encouragement. Afternoons provide literary events and time to write and relax, and evenings offer the Reading Series, where conference faculty will read from their work and share insights in an intimate setting. Deadline for Registration: May 1, 2014. Save and register before April 1, 2014. More information can be found at


April 4    Minnesota Film and TV Grant Deadline
MN Film and TV is currently accepting proposals from Minnesota-based Filmmakers with narrative features or long-form documentary works in progress (active pre-production or production-post has not commenced) that align with Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund priorities. $155,150 is available in reimbursement funds. Filmmakers may request up to 50% of their total budget, but must have 50% of the request available in verified funds at the time of application. Application Deadline is April 4, 2014 at 5pm. Filmmakers selected to receive reimbursement must deliver 5 copies of the project rough cut by June 5, 2015. The complete Request for Proposals, application and guidelines are available at
April 4    Deadline for Submissions for 2014 Minnesota Biennial Series
Minnesota Museum of American Art Revives its Minnesota Biennial Series this summer. The competition will be open to all Minnesota artists to offer the public a snapshot of, quite simply, the best art and craft being made throughout the state today. Exhibition locations and dates include May 29 - July 27:  MMAA Project Space | 332 N. Robert Street, St. Paul; August 16 - October 12:  Lanesboro Art Center | 103 Parkway Ave N., Lanesboro (will show a limited selection).  Submission requirements: A maximum of 20 digital images of existing work only, résumé, and artist statement. Online submissions only, web address to be announced. For questions contact

April 6    Deadline for Submissions for From Trash to Flash
Bemidji State University's Students for the Environment has partnered with the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Bemidji to hold an event connecting local artists, BSU, and Habitat for Humanity with the community. From Trash to Flash is an opportunity for local artists to use some materials from the ReStore to create original works of art that will be auctioned off to benefit Habitat for Humanity on April 13 at Sparkling Waters Restaurant.  Contact Jordan to sign up and for more details: (507) 995-5736 or

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

Calling all artists with studios within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji, Minnesota, applications are now being taken for the Bemidji - First City of Arts Studio Cruise 2014. This, the Seventh year for the 'Cruise', is a working studio event which provides an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios to showcase their art and craft. Studio Cruise dates are October 17. 18 and 19, 2014 (MEA weekend). Deadline for all applications is postmark by April 15, 2013. Fees include a $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee. Interested artists are encouraged to apply by completing the Studio Cruise application available on-line at the Watermark Art Center website Questions may be directed to Dave Towley at 218-333-3547 ( or Lori Forshee-Donnay at 218-444-7570 (

April 18    Deadline for McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists
The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Ceramic Artists Program is designed to significantly advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. Two grants of $25,000 each will be awarded annually. Fellowship recipients are required to co-teach a public workshop in Northern Clay Center's studios. At the culmination of the grant period, recipients will be featured in a catalogue and group exhibition at Northern Clay Center. Recipients are also required to submit a final report at the end of the grant period. Guidelines and application: or visit  

April 25    Deadline for MN State Arts Board 2015 Arts Learning Grant
The FY 2015 Arts Learning grant program is now open for application. The FY 2015 Arts Learning Program Overview and Application Instructions are available on the Arts Board Web site. The Arts Board uses WebGrants, an online grants management system, for all applications. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once. To register, visit the Arts Board Web site. See the NEWS section on the home page for WebGrants instructions and registration information. Those considering a first time application are urged to review the program's eligibility requirements and to speak with program officer Connie Skildum prior to beginning an application. She can be reached at (651) 215-1617, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at

On Going at Headwaters School of Music & the Arts
The Headwaters Handbell Choir is a fun group that meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. Rehearsals are at the Headwaters  School of Music in the Arts Recital Hall room.  Beginner and Advanced players are invited to join! If you are interested in being part of the Handbell Choir, please contact the Headwaters School at 218-444-5606 for more information and to register. Located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji.

On-going Pre-School Music Class at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Join Fawn Foss on Monday mornings from 10 - 10:45 a.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts for a preschool music class. This group for 3-5 year-olds will involve singing, playing, dancing, and stories based on fun themes. Cost is $25/month. March class begins on Monday March 3rd. Call the HSMA at 218-444-5606 to register or for more information. Located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji.

The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts Youth Orchestra meets on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Rehearsals start on Tuesday, March 4. This is for students in grades 5 and up or those who have been in private instruction. Students must be able to play in 1st and 3rd position. Cost is $10 a month. Students who are in private study or an orchestra group are encouraged to consider participating! Call the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 218-444-5606 to register or for more information. The Headwaters School is located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji.

On-going    VSA Minnesota's New Website is Live
Check out VSA's new website at Those interested in receiving a monthly VSA newsletter or Accessible Arts Calendar should email or call 612-332-3888 / 800-801-3883 or submit a request online.

Congratulations to photographer and Region 2 Arts Council Board Member Joseph J. Allen who has been selected as one of 28 Minnesota artists to take part in the MN Creates inaugural exhibition now on view in the reception area and other public spaces of the State Capitol and State Office Building throughout the 2014 legislative session. MN Creates is an artist-led initiative to bring the work of contemporary Minnesota artists into the State Capitol and State Office Building.


Congratulations to Gallery North in Bemidji on their recent increase in membership! Artists Les Sanders, Donna Andersen, Kym Kovacic, Steve Kovacic, and Stacey Stang have been juried in as new members. Congratulations to these artists!

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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