Northern Arts News - February 2015
In This Issue
R2AC Artist Mentor Grant Program 
Congratulations to the students featured in the February newsletter header for completion of 20 hours of one-on-one mentoring or participation in an arts experience through the Artist Mentor Grant program.

Gwenfrewi Burger: Cello
Alyssa Daken: Drawing
Skylar Fynboh: Guitar
Nikita Graves: Drawing
Sophia Ramirez: Violin
Emily Kivi: Violin

Congratulations also to Madisyn Rick (dance), who is not pictured. 


8th-12th grade students are selected annually to this program based on their motivation, commitment, creativity, and readiness to expand their arts learning in a new direction.  


The  2015 Artist Mentor Grant Recipients will be announced in the March newsletter.  


Region 2 Arts Council would also like to thank the artist mentors who have shared their time and talent with our area young people.


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Arts Advocacy Day

Please consider attending Arts Advocacy Day on February 19 at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Whether you are a visual artist, singer, dancer, member of a board, arts administrator or student, your presence at Arts Advocacy day makes a difference!

All who attend Arts Advocacy day will meet with their legislators and share stories underscoring the importance of arts funding in our communities.

The legislature decides now how much arts funding there will be for the next two years. Your presence helps protect the gains we have made in arts funding, and prevents diversion of Legacy Arts funding away from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils.

Contact Region 2 Arts Council if you are attending and if you'd like to carpool. We leave on February 18th and return on Feb. 19th after Advocacy Day. Call us at 218 751-5447.
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Featured Events

March 5, 2015: Region 2 Official Release of
Creative Minnesota: The Health and Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector

A new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector will be released  by Sheila Smith of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and Region 2 Arts Council. 


As the most comprehensive report ever done about the sector's health and economic impact, the report breaks out data both statewide and regionally. Thirty nine nonprofit arts and culture organizations in North Central Minnesota participated in the study.


This report is a snapshot of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences as well as other indicators of the sector's health and impact on the economy in the state and in the region.

Time:  5:30 p.m.
Location: Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW in Bemidji.

All are invited to this event & encouraged to participate in a discussion following the release. 


March 29, 2015: 
Five-Year Fellowship Event
Region 2 Arts Council is hosting a community celebration honoring our 10 Career Development Fellows from the past five years. Please attend this event!  Enjoy hors'd oeuvres and hear the artists share a few words about their fellowship experience. 

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Headwaters School of Music and the Arts; 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji.
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Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for the March 2015 issue of the Northern Arts News is February 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:

  • 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 Workshops for Artists 

Bemidji: March 10, 2015 
Record Keeping and Financial Management for Artists with Springboard for the Arts'

Naomi Schliesman.How does your actual income compare with your desired income? If working with numbers drives you crazy, we have clear, simple methods for setting up your financial books. Learn how Budgets and Cash Flow Statements help you plan for profit (it isn't just whatever is left at the end.) Making accurate projections about what to expect allows you to plan for it and to prosper. Also good for teaching artists interested in doing residencies.

Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Location: Rail River Folk School, 303 Rail Road Street SW  


Park Rapids: March 11, 2015  

Legal Considerations for Artists with Springboard for the Arts' Naomi Schliesman.
From protecting your intellectual property to choosing a legal form for your artistic business, an understanding of underlying legal principles will help you make smarter choices. This session centers on information about copyrights and contract basics regarding selling and licensing your work, as well as getting into business.

Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.  
Location: Coldwell Banker, 101 Main Street S.

Please contact Region 2 Arts Council at 218 751-5447 or [email protected] to reserve your space! Registration Deadline for either workshop: Friday, March 6, 2015. 

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.
  • Arts Festival Support: Application deadline (May 22, 2015).

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


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.

Can Can Wonderland
is commissioning playable art for an 18-hole indoor mini golf course at the American Can building in St. Paul, MN. Information session at noon on Saturday, 2/7/15,
Deadline for proposals: March 1, 2015. 

Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute
will take place from June 7-19, 2015 on the campus of the University of South Dakota.  The OHSAI is a free summer art institute open to high school students´┐Ż grades 10-12, with a demonstrated talent in the visual arts and strong interest in Indian culture.  Participants are selected based upon their applications.  Special attention is given to applications from Native American students.    
Apply online at
Deadline:  March 1, 2015.

Franconia Sculpture Park
is a vibrant artist residency and nonprofit sculpture park located in the St. Croix River Valley region of rural Minnesota. Through the artist residency program, Franconia awards competitive fellowships, internships, and metal-casting residencies to up to 40 emerging and mid-career visual artists each year, supporting the creation and exhibition
of large-scale sculpture at our 43-acre sculpture park.
Deadline: March 14, 2015.

Bemidji Sculpture Walk 2015: Call for Artists
Bemidji's 17th Annual Juried Public Art Exposition
Participate this year in Northern Minnesota's premiere public art venue. 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, MN.
For more information and application please go to and submit today!


Early Bird Deadline for Park Rapids Summer Art Fair

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association will sponsor a juried art fair in conjunction with the 5th Annual Bite of Park Rapids on Sunday, July 12. The Park Rapids area draws thousands of summer visitors and seasonal residents who enjoy our lakes and rich cultural traditions every year. The application form is available at (under Current Promotions).

Deadline: April 1, 2015.

Bemidji native Roy C. Booth announces his winning of Best Poet, Best Poem: "Deconstruction," published by Calamities Press, Best Steam Punk Short Story: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Man-Made Vacuum, w/. Nicholas Johnson, Harren Press and Best Editor w/ Jorge Salgado-Reyes, Indie Authors Press. 17th Annual Predators & Editors Awards for 2014, as nominated by his international peers and voted on by the fans. This year there were up to 100 nominees in some 40+ categories. Congratulations, Roy!


Congratulations to the new Gizhiigin Arts Accelerator program in Mahnomen for a successful program launch on January 30th. Six artists were selected to participate in the first six-month program. Gizhiigin is a program dedicated to growing local artist entrepreneurs; it's program coordinator is Tom Ferrarell, who can be reached at 218-261-1513. Thank you also to all funding and supporting organizations: First Nations Development Institute, the City of Mahnomen, USDA, and the White Earth Nation. Welcome Gizhiigin!