MAY 2016
Currently we need one resident from each of four counties to become a part of our Board: Clearwater, Hubbard, Beltrami, and Lake of the Woods. This is a great opportunity to understand the workings of the granting process, to be more involved with the art and artists of your county, and to enjoy a measure of camaraderie with others that share in the arts. Please call the Region 2 office for more information and to request an application. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis through the end of June for each 2-year term. 

And as What's Up Babe suggests for this Board Member search:  " Thank you for sharing this information via your media outlets, word of mouth, printing and posting on your community board, shouting from the rooftops, message in a bottle, anything goes!"

Let us know: / 218.751.5447
Our Region 2 Arts Council is proud to bring several Professional Development Workshops to this 5 county region. Every workshop is free and open to all!

REGISTER: / 218.751.5447

June 1, 2016: RSVP by 5/27 
Artist-in-Residence Training Program w/ Heather Allen
5:30 to 8:30 PM
Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji
This workshop will be presented by Heather Allen, Teaching Artist and Board Officer from the Paramount Theater and Visual Arts Center in St. Cloud. Heather will be sharing information on the innovative Teaching Artist certificate program that they have been using for the past 6 years. This training is designed for artists that wish to teach and for organizations that wish to hire artists for projects, fairs, or residencies. It is important for both sides to understand all of the ins and outs of making an arts residency work, so this workshop will benefit all.

June 4, 2016: RSVP by 6/1
Photographing Your Artwork w/ Cal Rice
Red Lake, venue TBD

June 14, 2016: RSVP 6/10
Forecast for Public Art: Best Practice in Public Art
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, light lunch provided
Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St SW, Bemidji
If you are interested in contemporary public art then this workshop is for you. Forecast knows their business, so come with questions, ideas, and/or intrigue. If an issue of Public Art Review hasn't run across your vision, then it's time. Their St Paul publication covers projects large and small and has an international readership. This workshop will provide visual and performing artists, city planners, business owners, nonprofit leaders and arts organizers with the nuts and bolts to move community projects from development to engagement.

June 18, 2016: RSVP 6/15
Photographing your Artwork w/ Cal Rice
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lunch break/light snacks provided
Red Door Studio, 420 North Main, Baudette
Cal will focus on period special effects and portrait photography lighting in the style of the Old Masters. Special light considerations will also be covered for open air portraiture. Along with your camera, you may choose to bring clothing and props to use in your photographs.

June 25, 2016
Lake Region Artist Resource Fair
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Minnesota  State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls Campus
More than 20 statewide and regional arts funders and arts resource providers will be offering workshops and information for artists in Minnesota. This is a perfect time to connect with others in and around the necessary business side of art. The f irst 15 Region 2 registrants will attend free! After the first 15, the catered lunch will cost $15 (or choose a local restaurant). Be the first in your county to gather a group of 3 or more artists and R2AC will cover your round-trip carpool mileage to Fergus Falls (Find 3-Ride Free). One car per R2AC county is eligible for mileage reimbursement (paid post-event) if request is received by June 22. REGISTER: FAIR
CONGRATULATIONS to all of the recent grant recipients through Region 2! We look forward to each of your projects.

Looking ahead for Deadlines. . .
August 15, 2016: Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant for Individuals
September 15, 2016: R2AC McKnight Career Development Fellowships
May 5-July 16, 2016
Kate Casanova and Cameron Gainer  will show at the Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids. Reception and Artist Talks will be June 25th, 5:30-7:00 PM. SHOW Legacy funded!

May 6 to May 14, 2016
The 5th Grade Invitational is at the Watermark Art Center.  Support our elementary students in their art quest!

May 6 to 31, 2016
Alice Blessing's paintings, "Flowers," are on view at the Wild Hare Bistro, Bemidji. FLOWERS

May 12, 2016
Open Mic at Brigid's Pub  is a weekly event and truly a rite of passage for all ages. 8:00 to 11:55 PM. Youth are welcomed before 10:00 PM.

May 12, 2016
Schoolcraft Learning Community  will showcase their orchestras, choirs and French program from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Free and open to the public at Bemidji High School Auditorium, thanks to support from an Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant!

May 14, 2016
Brian Miller and Randy Gosa will perform and teach songs and song arranging techniques from The Lost Forty Project, a gathering of audio recordings from 1924 from Northern Minnesota. Their duo, The Lost Forty, will hold a workshop at 3:00 PM and a concert at 7:00 PM at the Rail River Folk School in Bemidji. Tickets are $15 for both workshop/concert or $10 at the door for the concert.

May 14, 2016
MakerFaire, Minneapolis-St.Paul, is  at the State Fairgrounds on Saturday from 10:00 to 6:00 PM. If you love it, gear-up and apply for your own booth or performance next year!

May 20-22, 2016
Artists of Minnesota Annual Spring Show
This year the show will be held at Chase on the Lake in Walker, with local watercolorist Jane Freeman as the juror.  ART

June 1 to August 31, 2016
Bemidji Area Church Musicians will begin their Summer Recital Series on June 1st at 12:00 PM, with concerts throughout the summer at rotating churches. The half-hour concerts are free and open to the public. A donation toward college scholarships is requested.

June 20-26, 2016
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, June 20-26, 2016, Bemidji State University has a waiting list to participate, though auditors are accepted.  WRITE

Nemeth Art Center!
NEMETH  There is a lot happening on Nemeth's calendar. Yay Park Rapids!
Art in the Park Bagley
Applications are open to exhibit handcrafted original work at Bagley's Art in the Park, July 9th from 9:00 to 3:00 PM. $30 entry fee, contact Linda Kaul:  BAGLEY

April to October, 2016
Clear Water Life Center in Gonvick has a full array of Monday evening classes for Youth and Adults, April through October, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Classes include Painting and Sculpture with Jay Jones; Mosaics with JoAnne McFarlin; Clay with Dave Hudson; and Concrete with Leanne Walberg.  Classes are $5 / Free to studio members, thanks to the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Funds! Call to register 218-487-5290 x2.

May 16, 2016
If you plan to apply for Minnesota State Arts Board's Folk and Traditional Arts Grant due June 24, 2016, register for this free 1-hour information Webinar at 3:00 PM.  REGISTER 

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

May 21, 2016 Deadline
Gather Art Registry is a unique marketplace now accepting artist applications from Minnesota and Wisconsin residents in the areas of Ceramics, Wood, Prints, Textiles and Metals. Gather is an alternative to traditional wedding registries to enable artists to connect with friends, families and couples. Anyone for a forged mermaid bottle opener by Minneapolis blacksmith Hans Early-Nelson?  GATHER

June 9, 2016 Deadline
Interested in a Minnesota State Arts Board opportunity to build public art on the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River? Then this is for you!  % FOR ART

June 10, 2016 Deadline
The Youth Art Fair, will be at the Uptown Art Fair in Calhoun Square at Lake/Hennepin in Minneapolis. If you are a young prolific artist ready to show and sell your original work, this is a singular opportunity!  YOUTH

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

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

August 1-5, 2016
Musical Theater Camp at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts!  SING

August 8-12, 2016
8th Annual Drumset Camp at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts!  DRUMS
A big "Thank you!" to all who attended our Super-Survey Brunch  with Sheila Smith on April 30th at the R2 office. If you haven't yet contributed your voice, and you participate in art-making in Minnesota, then click on the link and go! Creative MN needs to understand who you are, where you are, and what you need in order to increase funding and recognition for all artists in Minnesota. 

A chance to win! Take 5 minutes and fill out Forecast for Public Art's survey to increase Forecast's footprint in education. You will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift certificate and a 1 year subscription to Public Art Review, Forecast's amazing magazine.  SURVEY 
Kids for Public Art!

Springboard's "Work of Art," the 10 session workshop, is now in digital format. There are also some excellent tiny vids on all kinds of artist-related stuff!  TOOLKIT 
Here are a few events from the month behind us. . . First Friday! Earth Day! Free Comic Book Day at Roy's! Blue Ice, Blue Dance! BSO's Remembrance and Romance! The Lowest Pair's CD Release! 1st Annual Native American Music Showcase! Cinco De Mayo!

Don't miss it: R2's Google Calendar
Ready Go! is a mobile art pilot program powered (phew!) by Springboard for the Arts. Their website is definitely worth a look. If you've ever been interested in taking art to the people--this is the way to do it!  MOBILE ART

Mn Artists is also worth a look if you're browsing  OPPORTUNITIES!
So if you've gotten this far in the newsletter, Thank You! I've been doing this just for You. But now that I'm on my way and passing the baton from this little vista at Region 2, my hope is that you'll continue to find those cool and genuine and heartfelt community art connections. And so you don't miss out, I'm sure your future NAN's will let you in on all of That Good Art Stuff!

mmb Newsletter Editor
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