MARCH 2016
"Move from your heart!"

Sandy Spieler, Artistic Director, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater
Mcknight Distinguished Artist Award 2014
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 will receive up to $600 to attend an arts workshop, class or camp, OR reimbursement for up to $600 to work with a mentor artist.  APPLY

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. APPLY

Laura and Holly , at the Region 2 Arts office, have excellent insights into the grant application process. If you are interested in funding an artistic venture, do not hesitate to contact them for grant support. Remember that the best time is well ahead of your grant deadline! The success of your grant increases if you have had time to carefully shape and test the ideas of your proposed project. A well-edited grant application should also be taken into account. The Region 2 Arts Board will review all applications, allow time for discussion, and use the point system to rate each grant. For this process they will need to understand exactly what your project entails, how potential funding translates to your budget, and where the benefit lies if your grant is chosen. The Best of Luck!
March 18, 2016
presents "Pluck, Luck & Lefse" at the Bella Caffe in park Rapids, 116 3rd Street at 7:00 PM. $15 for entertainment, wine and desserts!

April 1, 2016
First Friday Art Walk is from 2:00 to 9:00 PM at venues throughout Bemidji.  FRIDAY

April 1-30, 2016
The High School Art Show's opening reception is from 1:00 to 4:00 PM April 1 at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji. Snax and bevs!

April 8-10, 2016
Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail is a sure way to escape the winter blues. Join your textile compadres for a tour of fiber arts studios in Bemidji, Osage, and Fosston.  TRAIL

April 8-17, 2016
Enchanted Sleeping Beauty  will be presented at the Chief  in Bemidji by Bemidji Community Theater. BCT thanks the voters of Minnesota for the Arts and Cultural Heritage Funding!

April 15, 2016
Poetry Slam! Get ready to get down at the Keg 'n' Cork for another round of Slams (and Beer). Want to participate? Sign up at the Bemidji Public Library beginning April 1st. Thank you to the library for sponsoring this great community event to celebrate Poetry Month!

April 23, 2016
Minnesota's 2nd Annual BemijigamaagPowwow at the Sanford Center in Bemidji from 1:00 to 10:00PM.

May 1, 2016 NOON!
The May Day Parade, Minneapolis, begins at the corner of 25th St E and Bloomington.  Join all the puppet folks in this heart-opening adventure.  CELEBRATE!

May 5-28, 2016 June 20-26, 2016
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, Bemidji State University
Need to behold the summer ahead? Check out this annual writers get-away held at BSU. This event is 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. 
Workshops: Rebecca Brown-creative nonfiction; Lorraine Lopez-fiction; LeAnne Howe-multi-genre; Jericho Brown-poetry; Natalie Diaz-poetry. The visiting writer is Joy Harjo. Full conference fee $550 before April 15 includes: a daily workshop limited to 13 writers, daily craft talks, publishing and editor Q&A's, afternoon events, and five conference meals. An Auditor Option is available for $150 that includes: all conference amenities and events during the week, but not workshop participation. WRITE

May 20-22, 2016
Annual Spring Show of the Artists of Minnesota at Chase on the Lake. Jane Freeman, local watercolorist, will be the judge.  SPRING

Nemeth Art Center!
NEMETH  There is a lot happening on Nemeth's calendar. Yay Park Rapids!
Registration Open
Clear Water Life Center in Clearwater has a full array of classes for Youth and Adults for Spring. Thank you to the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Funds! Call to register 218-487-5290 x2.

March 15, 2016 Deadline
Essays from The American Midwest: The Quilt Maker's Story  wants your essay! If you're a fiber artist and writer, here's a chance to present your work for the Fiber Art Almanac.  ESSAY

March 22, 2016 & April 1, 2016 Deadlines
Intermedia Arts is  multidisciplinary  and multicultural arts organization in Minneapolis that is looking for an Event Assistant (apply by March 22) and Teaching Artists (apply by Apri 1). JOBS

March 24, 2016
Arts Access Webinar, 3-4 PM
This webinar, presented by the MN State Arts Board, is to gain the information you need for a successful Arts Access application. Arts Access is for projects that broaden arts opportunities for underserved groups by reducing or eliminating barriers to participation.  ACCESS

March 31, 2016, 4:00 PM Deadline
Call for Indigenous Fashion Show
This show is for Red Lake members living on or off the reservation and non-members living on the reservation. Contact Sarah for textile submission.

April 1, 2016 Deadline
First City of the Arts Studio Cruise application postmark deadline is almost here! (Applications accepted through April 15th with a late fee.)  APPLY

April 4, 2016  Deadline
Want a different kind of summer? Apply for the Summer Marketing and Communications Internship with The Loft in Minneapolis.  INTERN

April 11, 2016
Sculpture Walk St. Cloud Deadline
Twelve artists will be chosen to show their work outside for an art walk in St. Cloud. Each artist chosen will be provided with a $2000 honorarium.  WALK

May 1, 2016
Storybook Breakfast at Raphael's Bakery. Actors Needed! HERE

May 6, 2016 Deadline
Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant  will be awarded to  5 writers to underwrite their own projects for $8,000 each.  EMERGING

May 17-18, 2016
Auditions for "The Calico Tiger" will be from 5:30 to 7:30 PM with Studio Works to be presented at Lake Bemidji State Park in August.  BCT

June 10, 2016 Deadline
Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant
Two disciplines, Literary Arts and Performing Arts, will be due June 10th with Visual Arts due August 5th. These grants are for career building and and career development at varying stages of an artist's career. $2,000 to $10,000.  APPLY

June 13-17, 2016
Summer String Fiddle Camp at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in Bemidji. A fun time for all!  STRINGS Also check other exciting camps at HSMA: Musical Theater Camp August 1-5 and Drumset Camp August 8-12.

June 13-17 and June 20-24, 2016
Bemidji Community Theater 's Jr Theater Camp 
Two weeks for kids to be all they can be! REGISTER 
Interns are needed for this camp, so if you're the person for this high energy job contact Mary Knox-Johnson.  EMAIL 

July 9-11, 2016
Minnesota Theater Alliance's Statewide Theater Conference will be held at St John's University. Early Bird registration is open:  REGISTER
Free-Up March 17th and head down to St Paul for Arts Advocacy Day!  You can walk right in and say Thank You to the legislators that hands-down support the arts and an equal Thank You to the legislators that open their doors to be swayed! 
Register by March 14th HERE or hop on the carpool at the last minute.
Can't make it to St Paul next week? Write your legislators! POSTCARD

Stressed? Have an acting bend? Join up with Group Therapy Productions! Call Bridget at 218-553-1690 to find your way to the next meetup. (March 18 and 19th check out their last performances of "The Dining Room" at Rail River.)

Artists! Do you have Health Insurance for 2016? Springboard for the Arts is here to help you sign up for what you need! HEALTH

Congratulations to the Oxcar winners! On February 28th the Oxcar presentation for excellence in theater was at Suzy and Hondo's in Bemidji. Read about Northern Light Opera's big win!  OXCAR.

Springboard's "Work of Art," the 10 session workshop, is now in digital format.  TOOLKIT 
Here's a few events from the month behind us. . . A. R. Gurney's "The Dining Room" / Claudia Schmidt at Brigid's / First Friday Art Walk / William Durbin at BMS / I-Gen Open Mic at HSMA / The Oxcars!

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.  EMAIL 

Our next public board meeting  for Region 2 Arts is March 21, 2016 at 4:30 pm at the Region 2 office at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St SW, Bemidji. Review of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant for Organizations begins at 6:00 PM. 
When Holly sent me this link, I jumped right onboard. Who wouldn't want a 2 minute (or less) ART daily challenge for the month of April? Check this out: CREATIVE SPRINT! And there's a facebook group too so you can see what everyone else is up to.

Raw Eggs in as many colors as you can find from your favorite chickens and their farmers: 
white, brown, and those yummy Araucana blues and greens.
Muslin or white t-shirt (your scrap bin) cut into 6" or so squares.
Cotton string.
Pots to boil water and eggs and vegetation in.
Table with newspaper spread out.
Kids especially.
Bags for collecting!

Best stuff for good colors:
Paper onion skins, marigolds (save these year-to-year in your freezer), blueberries (frozen is fine, just set out to thaw a bit), red cabbage (especially on those blue eggs) greens of any and all kinds (include grass, pine needles, juniper, kale). I've done a lot of experimenting, and though I encourage you to do the same, the stuff above works for sure!

This is a messy but very fun time! The goal is to fully nest your egg with lots of good veg stuff right next to the shell, built right on the square of material. Adults may need to help the little ones with their wrapping. Best colors and patterns come from direct contact with the egg shell. Wrap the cloth snugly around the egg and tie it up real good with string.

I usually use a pot for each person so everyone knows whose eggs are whose.  Put the wrapped eggs, one layer thick, in their respective cold water pots. Turn on the heat and bring to a boil. Watch because you need to start timing as soon as they start to boil. 10 minutes is usually good (9 for tiny eggs and 11 for big ones). Then pour off the hot water and put the eggs in cold water with a few tablespoons of vinegar. When they're cool enough to unwrap, cut the strings and lay out on newspaper for each person to see what they've got. Carefully remove the wet vegetation so as not to disturb the colors on the eggs. Rinse under running water and set back in the cartons to dry. Wow!

One year my 17 year old son made The Earth on a gentle blue egg: Blueberries became oceans and marigolds and onion skins became the land and mountains. Needless to say it was awe-in-spring!

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