Monika Lawrence, photographer and current grant recipient of an R2AC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant, pictures jeweler Monica Hansmeyer in mid-creation. Hansmeyer is an R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship awardee.

The Sun in Bemidji, Minnesota

The sun isn't even a pearl today -
its light diffused, strained gray
by winter haze - this the grayest
day so far, so when I enter the Wells
Fargo parking lot the last thing I expect
is to see the sun in the car next to mine.
I watch a woman make out with the sun,
and I'm jealous of the sun. Beautiful
beyond her desire - wanting the sun
so - she almost glows as she tugs
sweetness from his whiskers with
her teeth, and his drool runs down
her chin. I think the sun is a man,
but it's hard to tell in this light. No,
it's a mango, and I'm jealous of her.

Sean Hill
March 15, 2016
Artist Mentor Grant
The Artist Mentor Program provides 8th to12th grade students, residing in the five counties of Region 2, the opportunity to study art with a practicing professional artist, attend an arts workshop or class series, or attend an arts camp in the state of Minnesota. Grant recipients receive up to $600 to attend an arts workshop, class or camp, or reimbursement for up to $600 to work with a mentor artist.

April 15, 2016
Arts Project Grant
These grants are open to nonprofits, schools, government offices, and community education programs. Up to $2,500 in funding is offered for project costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, public art projects, or artists-in-residence. 
January 14, 2016
Talley Gallery, Bemidji State University
Join in the reception for the Technology, Art, and Design Faculty Exhibition from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. View the work of Holden, Himmirska, Towley, Brockman, Graham, Higgins, Peterson, Sundahl, Josefson and Lund. GO

January 15, 2016
Bemidji Brewing Co.
From 3:00 to 8:00 pm, with the purchase of a copy of Relentless: A Striker Mystery Novel by Marcus Bruning, you can crack the cover with a FREE beer! (It's arts events like this one that Region 2 is happy to include on our Google Calendar.)

January 2016
Samuel Staudt's Abstract Topographical Aerial City Scapes Art Show delights the walls at Dunn Bros in Bemidji. No 3d glasses required! And don't miss Eve Sumsky's new Ribbed Out baskets at The Wild Hare.

January 15 - February 21, 2016
The Rourke Art Gallery Museum521 Main Ave, Moorhead, presents "Northern Artistry," a show from the artists of Studio 10 in Bemidji: Gustafson, Honstead, Houseman, Jolly, McLandsborough, Najjar, Odegard, Shough, Stone, and Zuehlsdorff. The opening reception will be held Sunday, January 17th 1:00 to 5:00 pm, with an artist talk at 2:00 pm.

January 17, 2016
Dr. Conor O'Brien, Violinist
Attend a Masterclass for young violinists from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Thompson Recital Hall on the Bemidji State University campus, then stay for a duo recital with O'Brien and Dr. Eric Olson at 4:00 pm. The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund supports this FREE and public event.

January 23, 2016
The Flourish Resource Fair will be an artist's haven so be sure to attend! It's held at the Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. FREE but please register: FLOURISH

January 23 - February 21, 2016
What Brings Us Together
The Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Project culminates with this digital image exhibition at the Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul. This is the exploration of six teens over ten Saturdays and is sure to spark new insights.

February 5, 2016
The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. Bemidji, will host an open mic night for young musicians from 7:00-8:30 pm. Time to Play! Time to Sing! There's a grand piano for your use and the stage will be equipped for sound. And in HSMA style, refreshments for all.

April 8-10, 2016
Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail is a sure way to escape the winter blues. Join your fellow textile compadres for a weekend full of old and new fiber skills. TRAIL 

June 20-26, 2016 
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference
Need to behold the summer ahead? Check out this annual writers get-away held at BSU. An event made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council via the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. WRITE
January 22-24, 2016
Winter Moonrise Photography 3-Day Workshop
Split Rock Lighthouse is the destination. John Gregor of ColdSnap Photography will teach twilight and landscape image skills so bring your equipment and revel in the moonlight. REGISTER

February 1, 2016
The Bemidji Sculpture Walk is ready for your entry. Art on our Bemidji corners is a vital part of the visual and emotional impact of our spot on the globe. APPLY 

February 12, 2016 
Arts Learning, is a Minnesota State Arts Board program that offers generous funds for projects to help lifelong learners acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in the arts. This grant is open to nonprofit organizations, public agencies, government divisions, educational institutions, artists, and arts organizations. APPLY

March 12, 2016
Franconia Sculpture Park
If you're into Hot Metal then this residency application is for you: HOT METAL

April 17, 2016
6 X 6 X 2016 is Rochester Contemporary Art Center's Big Show for Small Art. Yes it's in New York, but there's a Global Call for art that is 6 inches x 6 inches. Thousands of works pour in! The anonymous art (signed on the back) will be exhibited both in their gallery and online. Each work will be sold for $20 as a fundraiser for the Center. 6 X 6 

Anytime Anywhere
SPRINGBOARD for the Arts is in St. Paul, but they are here for us with a click of the mouse. Their website is a visual treat and worth the time to find the support you need. Springboard's workshops and artist counseling sessions for new-comers as well as seasoned professionals can't be beat. 
Congratulations Justin Holley! Your novel Bruised hit Brian Keene's Honorable "Horror" Mention list. Check out Brian's podcast and order Justin's book right HERE. (Justin is our R2 Board Chair!)

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts welcomes two new instructors: Hannah Mae Swanson, piano, and Jessica Trosen-Westlund, violin and piano. WELCOME!

Let's Remember: The Legacy Amendment has generated nearly $250 million dollars per year since 2010. Split between the Arts & Cultural Heritage FundClean Water FundEnvironment and Natural Resources Trust FundOutdoor Heritage Fund and Parks and Trails Fund, these funds will continue to assist Minnesotans in leaving an amazing statewide legacy until July 1, 2034. 
Here's a few events from the month behind us. . .The Nutcracker/Harold Pinter One Acts from Group Therapy Producations/Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's Home for the Holidays/Schoolcraft's Winter Concert/Honoring Our Ancestors Arts Fest/The Traveling Art Pub/Native American Comedy Showcase/Blue Willow's Chalk Painting Workshop/Brigid's Open Mic Night/First Friday Art Walk/Pole Dancing!

R2Arts Google Calendar is a go-to for our regional county events! If you don't see your event, please send us your info (short and sweet) and we'll add it. E-HERE
Community Supported Art! Think local CSA's that have delicious weekly produce at their core, then venture out on a variation: Weekly Art! I would love-love-love to see this happen in our community. How about you? Springboard has made your job kit-friendly right here: CSA

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Oh and our next public board meeting for Region 2 is January 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm, with review of the Community Art Support Grants at 6:00 pm until close.
Anything that has the word "tiny" in it grabs me. And a number too? You bet. BJ Fogg, director of the Persuasive Tech Lab at Stanford, is trying his darndest to train our brains to do what we want them to. (Do you have a few of those comic thought bubbles above your head too?) Go ahead, make one a speech bubble, "Yikes, I have a grant deadline just around the corner!" OK good. Click on TINY HABITS and read what he has to say. It's free, it's 5 days! Decide what your 3 Tiny's will be, or even easier he has a list right there to choose from. Here's an example: After I brush my teeth in the morning I will turn on my computer. That's it just turn it on. He's bypassing motivation (we all know where that gets us) and heads for casting that line and hooking it onto something you already do. Drink coffee? Make toast? I was skeptical too. But, if you're interested in human nature and the art of creating, and you want to finally apply for that grant this year, then why not. It just might be the tiniest thing of January that will have you galloping down a clever new trail!

MMB Newsletter Editor

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