New this year: Set up an ONLINE ACCOUNT to apply for R2AC Grants!

November 2, 2015
R2AC/McKnight Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant HERE! 
Open to Native American artists in all arts disciplines residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Roseau Counties. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Artists may apply for grants up to $1,000. Paper grant applications are also available. Contact [email protected] or 751-5447 for more information. Miigwech McKnight Foundation!
Stay tuned for the NEW deadline!
Artist Mentor Grant
Open to 8th to 12th grade students who want to stretch themselves artistically. You may choose to work one-on-one with an established artist, or attend an arts class, workshop or camp within the state of Minnesota. In preparation for the deadline, consider a regional artist in your arts area that would be a good mentor fit for you, or research arts camps or workshops to attend. This grant is made possible by the people of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
December 15, 2015
Community Arts Support Grant
Open to any arts organizations with a two-year history. These grants are two-year awards that help to provide some measure of funding stability for arts organizations so that their energy can be better focused on increasing the quality and availability of the arts to their communities. Organizations may qualify to apply for up to $6,000 per year based on their annual expenses. This grant is made possible by the people  of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 
First City of Arts Studio Cruise 2015 is here. Grab a map and a friend and head to the arts! Cruise is a great time to be outside, meet new friends, and see the creations that have come about. October 16 Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; October 17 Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; and October 18 Sunday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. CRUISE!
Spoken Word Series 2015 from Watermark Art Center, brings author Will Weaver in for a Reading and Workshop. It all begins Friday October 23rd from 5:30-7:00 pm, with a Reading at 6:00 pm from The Last Hunter. Weaver will also talk about memoirs and "LitWeaver," an e-reading outreach to schools. The interactive Workshop, "Writing for an Audience: How to Hook and Hold a Reader," will be held the following day, Saturday, October 24th from 2:00-4:00 pm. Workshop fee $30 / Students $15. To register: 218-444-7570 or [email protected]. This event was made possible through the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment & Project Fund!
Halloween Happening is coming up at Armory Square, 203 Park Avenue South in Park Rapids.Head over in your scary best on Saturday, October 31st from 6:00 pm to midnight. It's $8 for adults, $5 youth, $25 families, and kids 5 and under FREE. Rock to the haunted dance party, cash for costumes, Minneapolis band "Marah in the Mainsail," DJ's extraordinaire, and more! This community event is sponsored in part by the Nemeth Art Center and the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. BOO!

Haunted House? Venture into the Armory basement from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm! This $5 each fundraiser is for the Nemeth Art Center and Park Rapids High School Theater Department. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. . .

Holidays by Hand, Bemidji's 5th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, will again be hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area, 1600 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji, on Saturday, December 5th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Last year over 1400 people came out to support our local arts community. Vending? Lou Ann Knor is the application contact at [email protected]. Let's fill the gym with Handmade!

First Friday is coming right up, November 6, 2015, so mark your calendars!

It's Only Clay, a national exhibition of functional ceramic vessels, will open at the new WATERMARK ART CENTER, 505 Bemidji Ave N, Bemidji, on Friday November 6th, with a reception from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and a 6:00 pm awards announcement. The show will run through December 19, 2015. "It's Only Clay" has been made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Yes again! 
Hello, Dolly! Bemidji Community Theater is hard at work on their upcoming production based on the play "The Matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder. Ticket sales begin October 21st for performances November 13-14, 20-21 at 7:30 pm and November 15, 22 at 2:00 pm. And yet another win for the people of Minnesota as "Hello, Dolly" was funded in part by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund by way of the Region 2 Arts Council. 
October 16th MIDNIGHT is the deadline to submit your ARTISTS THRIVE surveys: HERE!
The Minnesota Arts Board wants to know what YOU need to thrive!
ARTS.STATE.MN.US is us too! Take a bit of time to cruise the Minnesota State Arts Board web pages and see what's possible both in and out of our region. An artist residency?  National exhibition calls, Percent for Art, tours, festivals, webinars, and more. If you find yourself in the Twin Cities this month, attend an overview of all Arts Board grant programs and a panel discussion with five grantees on October 19th or 27th.
Community Arts Education Support Grant? This is a Minnesota State Arts Board grant program for community operating support for $8,000 to $25,000. The deadline is 4:30 pm on October 30, 2015. 

MCKNIGHT.ORG is another site to visit to keep your opportunities in view. 
Congratulations to Region 2's QUICK GRANT individual and organizational recipients!
Dr. Eric Olson is providing an artist-in-residence for area strings students with Alexander Corbett; Watermark Art Center will be hosting fiber artist Kate Anderson in the first annual Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Weekend; and Northern Artist Association held a porcelain painting workshop the first week in October with Nancy Eagleson.

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. 
On October 1st we said "Goodbye" to the Carnegie and "Hello" to the Rail River Folk School. It was quite the transition but we did it and now we invite you into our new offices across the Irvine bridge at 303 Railroad Street SW.
Thank you Terri, we'll miss you! On September 4th we gave a "Farewell" hug to our long-time Executive Director, Terri Widman, who is now loving her retirement. We also gave a "Welcome" hug to Laura Seter, our incoming Executive Director (and previous Program Coordinator). Welcome Aboard!
Holly Alcott, our Grants Manager, attended a regional staff retreat, Forum for Regional Arts Councils of MN, on October 1-2 in Foley and Otsego. Yay!

Stay in the loop with GOOGLE CALENDAR. View concerts, workshops, events, and deadlines for our Region 2 counties. We'll add your information, just email it to us at: [email protected] 
Thank you!

And connect with us! We have two facebook pages: staffregiontwoarts (where Laura and Holly abound) and Region 2 Arts Council (where business abounds). And our Tumblr r2arts  ARRRRRRRRT! is a new spot for art-related pictures and musings.
I loved Joan Brown. She was a Self painter, an open water swimmer, a Californian, and not least a redhead. I knew her through these things. And then when I was far away, I knew her through her strange and accidental death in a country even farther away. On October 26,1990, Joan worked to install her obelisk at the ashram of her spiritual guru in India. In a moment when she was most in grace, feeling loved, doing what she loved and where she loved, a turret fell, killing her. She was cremated in the next moment with her ashes flying into the Ganges. 

Northern Arts News Editor
Region 2 Arts Council | 303 Railroad Street SW Bemidji MN 56601 | 218-751-5447 
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