Northern Arts News - September 2014
In This Issue
Arts Calendar Tips
Artist Mentor Grants
Grant Deadlines
Featured Events
Featured Opportunities
Arts Calendar Tips
We have put all our arts events, workshops, opportunities, grant deadlines, etc. into a new online calendar for your convenience. Want to make it even more convenient? At the top of the calendar click on the Agenda tab to view the calendar as a list.
Clicking on the Agenda tab works really well for smart phones! Need more detail? Click on an event or opportunity and the details are there! It also helps to have the calendar on Agenda display to print it. Just click on the Print tab at the top.
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Artist Mentor Grants
Region 2 Students Receive Artist Mentor Grants
R2AC is pleased to announce the Artist Mentor Grant Recipients for 2014:

Gwenfrewi Burger, Skylar Fynboh, Emily Kivi, Madisyn Rick, Alyssa Daken, Sophia Ramirez, Benjamin Larson, and Nikita Graves.

The Artist Mentor Grant provides funding for Region 2 young people to mentor with an established artist or attend an arts class, camp, or workshop in their arts discipline.

Each of our artist mentor grant recipients demonstrates  exceptional creativity, motivation, and commitment to achieving artistic excellence in his or her chosen arts discipline. 

We would like to thank all artist mentors, past and present, for making a difference in our young artists' lives!

Next deadline for application: December 1, 2014.  



Send us your Images!

We are updating our website and planning a facelift to our social media sites. We want pictures of your arts events, concerts, theater performances, arts classes & workshops! We want pictures of your art and pictures of you doing your art. Please send us your images and your permission to use them to [email protected]. We will credit you in all instances where we use your image and will provide a direct link to your website as well. Thank you!  


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Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for the September issue of Northern Arts News is September 22, 2014.

Region 2 Arts Council
426 Bemidji Ave.
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
[email protected]
Grant Deadlines


Click HERE for the full list.

Take note! We have a fast-approaching September 11 deadline for those of you applying for the R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship.


If you can't catch this one, consider applying for the  Individual Artist Grant due February 5, 2015. You can apply for up to $2,000 to fund your work.   

Next up:

Featured Events


Don't miss First Friday in Bemidji on Sept. 5th

On Saturday, September 6th, come see stone sculptor Dewey Goodwin in his studio from 11 am - 5 pm. Directions: 6 miles from the tech school off Roosevelt road at 9221 23rd St SE in Bemidji

Want more art? Go to Art Leap, a driving tour of artists' studios and other cultural destinations in and around Park Rapids. Mark your calendars for Saturday & Sunday, September 27 & 28!

The artists featured above are (L-R) Bill Brown, David Norstad, Paul Albright, Jon Normann, and Gary Wolff. Go see them in person! Tour these and other artists' studios, have a glass of wine at Forestedge Winery, or listen to some great music at Smoky Hills Art or Terrapin Station. If you go on Saturday catch Great Northern Radio Show at Armory Square (get your seats by 4:30 pm) or attend an artist's talk by Jaron Childs at Nemeth Art Center, both are from 5-7 p.m.
Featured Opportunities


ArtSage is seeking to support 20 professional teaching artists committed to learning to work with older adults through the MN Professional Development Arts & Aging Initiative Training Program. Deadline: September 1, 2014.  


First Peoples Fund offers two upcoming awards: the 2014 Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship and the 2014 Cultural Capital Program for tradition bearers. Deadline: September 1, 2014. 


Minnesota State Arts Board Partners in Arts Participation is a pilot grant program designed to fund Minnesota nonprofit health or human service organizations in integrating the arts into their programming or services. Deadline: Sept. 12, 2014.


The Watermark Art Center announces a call for submissions for the 12th Annual It's Only Clay National Juried Competition. Dedicated to functional ceramics, this annual event is a collaboration between the Watermark and Bemidji State University.  Deadline: September 13, 2014.  

Bemidji Sculpture Walk Call for Artists! Submit your design to paint a 3D fiberglass dragonfly.

Deadline: September 15, 2014.   


Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship is now open for writers of color and indigenous writers.

Deadline: October 10, 2014.


awards $25,000 annually to five accomplished Minnesota writers. Deadline: October 31, 2014.   



Anton Treuer will be honored Saturday, October 18, as a recipient of the 2014 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award presented by the First People's Fund at the Cowles Center in Mnpls. Get Tickets here




Ernie and Patt Rall and H.B. and Ina Roholt were honored as the 26th Annual Friends of the Arts at this year's celebration presented by the Watermark Art Center and First National Bank Bemidji on August 29. Congratulations to these amazing arts advocates and patrons of the arts!  


We received this lovely note from Bemidji Community Education: Thanks to a Region 2 Arts Project Grant, the SummerKids Program was able to attain the services of local artist Susan Kedzie, who held art clubs for children in grades 3, 4 and 5.The instruction was specifically geared toward those students highly interested in art and focused on creative skills and drawing. Susan adds humor, as you can see from the photo, to help the students relax about being "perfect". As the art fairy, Susan would "give them a special ability, but they would have to work hard for it" to help them understand that no one is born knowing how to draw.  


Congratulations Susan and Bemidji Community Ed on a successful SummerKids program!