Northern Arts News - January 2015
In This Issue
Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants Awarded


Congratulations to the following recipients of the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant! Their art is featured at the top of the page in this order from left to right.

Crystal Littlewolf has received $677 to purchase materials to create blankets which promote personal healing.


Gwendolyn Johns has received $724 to purchase wampum and local shells and stones to create natural native jewelry.


Terri DesJarlait has received $1000 to purchase materials needed to create a woman's jingle dress, two men's woodland vests, and three men's traditional shirts.


Michele Summer has received $722 to enhance her jewelry studio.


Patty Boudreau has received $425 to make a child's Fancy Shawl regalia.

Apply for a Workshop Grant

Our Workshop Grants are easy to complete. They supplement workshop fees and bring quality, affordable workshops to adult learners in our region.

Region 2 residents who want to coordinate or present arts workshops are invited to apply.

Proposals are considered in the order in which they are received. Funds are available until they run out.
Contact  [email protected]
for more information.

Cultural Data Project Update:  


The Minnesota Cultural Data Project is an online system for arts organizations to report their financial and organizational data. Many organizations in Region 2 have completed their first Data Profile, and are now able to run reports on their organizations.


For upcoming reporting, a streamlined version of the CDP is now available.

This was designed to make an organization's data entry for creating its Data Profile shorter, which will be especially helpful for small organizations whose operations are not complex.


Most organizations may notice up to a third fewer questions than before, and many organizations will see the number of questions reduced by half.


A video on the new streamlined CDP Data Profile is available at  For more information, and to start or update your organization's Data Profile, go to

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Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for the February 2015 issue of Northern Arts News is January 22.

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

Click HERE for the full grant deadline list.

Next up:

  • Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant - January 14, 2015. Individual artists, schools, non-profit organizations, government offices, community ed programs are eligible to apply. Individual artists may request up to $3000. All others may request up to $6000.
  • Individual Artist Grant - February 5, 2015. One deadline only this year! Applicants may request up to $2000.
  • Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant - March 5, 2015. Enrolled tribal members and their descendents may request up to $1000. This grant is open to native artists residing in the five counties of Region 2 Arts Council as well as those residing in nearby Roseau, Itasca, Becker, and Cass counties.
  • Arts Project Grant - March 12, 2015.
    Open to schools, government offices, community ed programs, and non-profit organizations. Applicants may request up to $2500.

Application forms are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN and on our website,


Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail [email protected] for assistance.

Professional Development Workshop for Artists

Join MN-based, licensed international arts and entertainment attorney, Brian Lukasavitz for

Estate Planning and Licensing for Artists on Thursday, January 29 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School in Bemidji.


In this workshop, the presenter will discuss key elements of licensing agreements and terms that artists should consider during negotiation, including up-front fees, royalties and reversion of rights as well as cover how to protect and promote an artists creative works once the artist career has ended.  This workshop will highlight wills, trusts and estate planning as it applies in general, as well as special considerations for copyright owners and creators of artistic content.


With an undergraduate degree in theatre and music and a law degree with an emphasis in entertainment and media law, Brian Lukasavitz works with artists and organization to protect, serve and promote their creative projects.


Please contact Region 2 Arts Council at 218 751-5447 or [email protected] to reserve your space! Registration Deadline 1/26/15.

Looking for more great arts events and workshops? Check out the R2AC Arts Events Calendar
Featured Opportunities


Minnesota State Arts Board Announces Fiscal Year 2016 Grant Calendar.  


All application deadlines for fiscal year 2016 Arts Board grants are available on the calendar page of the Arts Board Web site. Several upcoming deadlines include: 

  • Arts Learning: Application deadline (February 13, 2015) is two months earlier than last year.
  • Arts Access: Application deadline (April 24, 2015) is two months earlier than last year.

Contact MSAB: Call (651) 215-1600 or email [email protected]  


Call for Proposals: Metal Artists 

The Art Advisory Committee of the City of Battle Lake is looking for a metal artist to design, fabricate and install an arch in downtown Battle Lake at the east end (Lake Ave./Hwy 78) Located in the heart of downtown, the arch will draw residents, visitors, and tourists to the Art Way as a vital gathering place. January 20, 2015 Submission Deadline. Download Complete RFP and Proposal Guidelines with photos


2015 Minnesota Fringe Lottery now open!   Minnesota Fringe Festival is an annual 11-day performing arts festival in Minneapolis, MN where over a thousand artists present works in every discipline and genre imaginable. All of the shows in the festival are randomly selected. A lottery determines which of over 400 applicants get a spot in the festival. For application and guidelines visit 

Deadline: February 13, 2015 at 5 p.m. (CST)


The Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant Program awards grants to emerging artists who create new work, rotating the eligible disciplines in alternating years. The eligible disciplines for 2015 are music, theater, and visual arts, including composers, sound artists, playwrights, creators of performance art and experimental theater, and visual artists.  More information is available at

 Deadline: February 19, 2015. 


The Minnesota Theater Alliance has launched Arts Market, a free online materials exchange for the arts, where you can offer and find reusable set pieces, hardware, art materials, costumes, props, office equipment/materials, etc. available for free, sale, rent, or barter.  Check it out! 


2015 Sculpt Siouxland Call for Entries  

Sculpt Siouxland, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization of community leaders who are dedicated to engaging and educating the public on the potential of art in public spaces.

Download the Prospectus here.


Sculptor  Don Knudson recently had a work of his from 1970 accepted into the permanent collection of The Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul. The  piece, a wood assembled wall work, "Untitled Composition," was for many years in the collection of Victor Bloomfield,a well-known St. Paul collector and he offered it to the Historical Society when he moved to Portland OR.  The art curator has notified Knudson that his work will be shown in future "recent acquisitions" exhibits.  Don, who lives inBemidji,  is currently producing collaborations with his partner, Marlon Davidson. Congratulations, Don!