ART PEEKS A little spot for big art. . .

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 by Marshall Muirhead
January 15, 2016
R2AC/McKnight Individual Artist Grants 
Open to artists in all art disciplines. 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 $2,000. Individuals

January 15, 2016
Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant for Small Towns 
Open specifically to non-profits, schools, government offices, and community education programs in towns with a population under 2,000. This grant offers funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions; engagement of guest artists; public art projects; and artists-in-residence in three key areas: Arts Activities and Arts Access, Arts Education, and Arts and Cultural Heritage. Applicants are eligible for grants up to $6,000. Small Towns
December 18-19, 2015 
Gallery North will host a Holiday Open House and Sale from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at 502 3rd Street NW, Bemidji. Friday will feature a book-signing by author Mary Knox-Johnson with her recently released children's book Alphabet JambalayaSaturday will feature artist Marion Caroline with a watercolor demonstration. They invite you to join in for good Art, good food, and good fun! 

December 19, 2015
The Nutcracker will be presented by First City Dance Studio at the Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave Bemidji, in two performances, 2:00 pm  and 6:00 pm. Tickets are available at First City Dance Studio or 1/2 hour prior at the Chief: $7.00 each with 5 & under FREE. Dance

Now through December 22, 2015
It's Only Clay, the ceramic functional vessel exhibition at Watermark Art Center, will complete its run this month at 505 Bemidji Ave N, Bemidji. Purchases available in show and gallery shop. Watermark

Now through January 2016
The Abstract Topographical Aerial City Scapes Art Show will be at Dunn Bros Coffee. Is it possible to mix a Sam Staudt painting with caffeine and chocolate? And don't miss Ribbed Out, Eve Sumsky's woven basket show at The Wild Hare. Sumsky's new work stems from attending the National Basketry Organization's conference funded by her McKnight/Region 2 Individual Artist Grant.

Now through March 30, 2016
On your way to The Cities? Reflection: Made Here fills windows and other underused spaces throughout the downtown Minneapolis Cultural District with art. The work of more than 60 Minnesota artists and 20 students explores the theme of reflection. The display will continue through March 30, 2016. Made Here
December 16, 2015 
Do you have questions? New York Foundation for the Arts staff have answers! Join #ArtistHotline on December 16 from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm EST for a Twitter convo. (And every 3rd Wednesday of every month.) Any artist may ask: about health care, album promotion, that Schedule C? And everything inbetween. You'll gain the resource information you need to sustain your career as an artist.  

December 29, 2015
Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places means art from and for all of us. The Minnesota State Arts Board requests proposals from professional artists or artist-led teams to design, fabricate, and install a permanent, site-specific public artwork at the Staples Campus of Central Lakes College in Staples, Minnesota. %4Art!

January 13 & 14, 2016
The Bemidji Community Theater will hold auditions for Enchanted Sleeping Beauty from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Chief Theatre. The show dates will be: April 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm and April 10, 17 at 2:00 pm. Contact Mary Knox-Johnson at 333-8740.

January 14, 2016
A webinar for Operating Support grants that are due January 22, 2016, will be held by the Minnesota State Arts Board at 3:00 pm to provide help with the grant application process. Register

February 1, 2016
The Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee is ready for your entry. Art on our Bemidji corners is indeed a vital part of the visual and emotional impact of our northern city. Submit your work!

February 12, 2016 
Arts Learning, is a Minnesota State Arts Board program offering that generously funds projects to help lifelong learners acquire knowledge and understanding as well as skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage learners with skilled teaching artists and high quality artistic experiences. This grant is open to nonprofit organizations; public agencies or divisions of local, state, or tribal government; educational institutions; artists; and arts organizations. Webinar

Nemeth Artist Call
The Nemeth Art Center is accepting submissions for their Community Gallery. If you are a local or regional artist interested in showing work please email jpegs or your website link. 

Native American Artist-in-Residence 
The application for this program is due in September 2016, but it is well worth looking ahead to this residence opportunity. 

Southern Exposure?
Performing Artists of Latin America brings contemporary and traditional performing artists from Latin America to audiences across the United States. A fee support grant is available to nonprofit presenters who book artists from the curated roster. Tour Your Town!

Anytime Anywhere
Springboard! Yes, Springboard for the Arts is in St. Paul, but they are still here for us. Their website is worth the time and effort to find something you didn't know existed. Their workshops and artist counseling sessions for new-comers as well as seasoned professionals can't be beat. 
Wow! Region 2 Arts Council awarded $90,000 for individual artist and organizational grants for the months of September, October, and November. Watch for full listings of awardees in your local newspaper and on facebook. Congratulations to all!

Listen, it's Holly on KBXE! Holly chats with KBXE's Area Voices producer, Alauna Yust, about grants administration and creative energy. Yay! 

What is a Hinge Residency? Shannon Murray was awarded a weeks-long residency in Fergus Falls during 2016 through Hinge Arts. From their website: "Shannon has been making folk a threat again since 2001 with her quirky stories, passionate message, quick wit, and contagious energy." This program was created for both national artists and local community to explore transition, connection, and innovation. Explore Hinge Arts and see what's afoot in rural Minnesota. 

Remember the "Artists Thrive" surveys from MN State Arts Board? Good job, we were well represented for Region 2! 

The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into effect by President Obama last week on December 10th. This act leaves the No Child Left Behind era in the dust and creates a real pathway for the Arts in our schools. This is good news for all of us. The Arts is truly instrumental in opening the minds of our children, not just in the Arts, but through the Arts in the acquisition of Math, History, Science, and Literature. Learn more from Americans for the Arts.

The Legacy Amendment has generated nearly $250 million dollars per year since 2010. Split between the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, Clean Water Fund, Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Outdoor Heritage Fund and Parks and Trails Fund, these funds will continue to assist Minnesotans in leaving an amazing statewide legacy until July 1, 2034!

Let's also acknowledge MN Citizens for the Arts, an organization essential to our state for it's state of being of the arts. Their creative reporting of all that's art-connected keeps us in the top of the nation.
Pecha Kucha Night was December 1st at The Rail. It's a pack of 6 minute and 40 second morsels of fame that help us celebrate the love of things that keep us buoyant. It's definitely a neighborly venture to take in, be a part of, or to sponsor, so watch for the next event with those posters that can't be beat. PKN Bemidji!

What else?
First Friday + Park Rapids' Classic Chorale + Honoring Our Ancestors Arts Festival in Red Lake + Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Concert + Pequana Playhouse's Open House + Wreath-Making at Lake Bemidji State Park + Schoolcraft Learning Community's Winter Concert + A Merry Tuba Christmas! + Snowflake Inspiration with Traveling Art Pub! 
But the best part is that was only some of our happenings.. .and there will be more!
Google Calendar is full of our 5 county events! 
And don't forget What's Up Babe? It's another spot to find it all.

Here are the FACTS!
Does your county need more coverage? Whether it's tiny or giant, we need and want your happenings. We'll post to Google Calendar, facebook, or right here in our newsletter, Northern Arts News (NAN). Send it to us by the 10th of the month for the NAN and G-Calendar items we'll post as soon as possible. Email it. And don't forget to add your queries and comments!

Region 2 Arts' Tumblr is a wide platform for odd, interesting tidbits. If you've never tried Tumblr, it's visual windows, sometimes with words but mostly without. You can choose whose sites you want to flip through and then follow your favorites, building your own bundle. Kind of like having a Harry Potter-esque bookmobile right at your fingertips? R2Arts' Tumblr page is kept by your friendly newsletter editor as a place to question art and its rays. Go 2 Tumblr!

If you don't know Patreon, definitely put it on your list of to-do's. P A T R E O N

Oh, and our next public, yes public, board meeting for Region 2 is January 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm. A review of the Community Art Support Grants will begin at 6:00 pm and go until close. 
Resolution: A firm decision to do or not do something.
That was the first Google to come up. It was the OR NOT that stopped me cold. Can I Decide What I Truly Don't Want To Do? Uhhh, of course I can and so can you! If permission can come from anywhere, then it has arrived. Is there something you really don't want to do in this year that's just around the corner? Hmmmm. . . 

MMB, Newsletter Editor

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