Region 2's Upcoming Grants

Arts Project Grants

Application due: April 15, 2017
Award amount: up to $2,500
These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, public art projects, and artists-in-residence. Arts organizations may also apply to fund consultation projects in board development, fiscal management, fundraising, public relations, audience development, or assistance in designing arts programming. Funded arts projects must benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.  
Find out more here.
Region 2 Arts Council's

Free Event For Artists, Craftspeople, Culture-Bearers, Organizations, Schools and Public Entities

Featuring the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit Opening Reception
By Region 2 Arts Council
All Day!

Seminars at the Expo:

10:30 am: Craig Dunn of VSA MN presents
"Expanding Participation by Artists and Non-Artists with Disabilities"

12:15 pm: Kathee Foran, MN State Arts Board
 presents  "Artist Initiative Intensive"

1:30 pm: Creative Minnesota Report
 by Sheila Smith of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

2:30 pm: Gallery Directors Panel 
With Macrostie Art Center, Watermark Art Center, Nemeth Art Center, Mikaanen Gallery

Don't miss the announcement of our first Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellow at the Expo

The Arts Expo is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Region 2 Arts Council

Board Member Vacancies

Currently we need one resident from these four counties to become a part of our Board: Clearwater, Beltrami, Mahnomen, 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 contact the Region 2 office for more information or to request an application. Positions will be filled in May, and on a rolling basis thereafter, for each two-year term. 
(218) 751-5447

Creative Minnesota Report

A new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in North Central Minnesota will be released on

April 29
1:30 pm

Presented by Creative Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and the Region 2 Arts Council. The presentation of the results will be made, followed by a brief discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region. This report will be invaluable to artists and non-profit arts and culture groups, elected officials, city planners, city arts commission representatives, and town, city, and tribal government representatives (so please share!).

Arts Expo
Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji

Black Ash Basketry Workshop
Presented by Region 2 Arts Council

Doreen Wells will teach participants how to create baskets using Black Ash. All materials provided.

April 20

11 am - 3 pm

Red Lake Nation College
23750 MN-1
Red Lake, MN

Workshop is free, but you must register:
Call (218)751-5447
or email

Bemidji Community Theater

March 31, April 1, 7, 8 at 7:30 pm
April 2, 9 at 2:00 pm

Historic Chief Theatre
314 Beltrami Ave
Bemidji, MN

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

First Friday Art Walk
Bemidji, MN

April 7

Dunn Bros Coffee: Nina Lubarski

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse: Pine to Prairie Fiber Artists Group Exhibition. 3 - 5 pm

Gallery North:  Linda Bissell,  Bonnie Vigness, and Laura Schemeling. 2 - 5 pm

Watermark Art Center: Manidoikwe Devlin and David Manuel at The Cabin Coffeehouse

Neilson Place: Diane Crawford

Headwaters School of Music & Arts: Northwoods Folk Collective and Open Mic. 7 pm

Click here for more info. 

Generating Truth: The Poet Within & Wild Geography Between Genres
Ghosts, Figures & Friends

Writing Workshop

April 8
10 am - 5 pm

Headwaters School of Music & the Arts
Bemidji, MN

Click here for more info.

Adult Moccasin Workshop
Learn how to make your own adult size moccasins out of moose and elk suede with rabbit fur trim

April 9
10 am - 5 pm

North Wind Trading Post
Williams, MN

Click here for more info. 
Poetry Slam

April 12
7 pm

Perform up to 3 original poems. Cash prizes. 
Toddy's Pub & Grub
Bemidji, MN

Click here for more info.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, and by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund. 

Groundbreaking and Community Pint Night

Watermark Art Center will host a groundbreaking ceremony on

April 12 

at 4:30 p.m. 

to kickoff construction for the new art center at 505 Bemidji Ave N.  Following the groundbreaking, the community is urged to celebrate with Watermark at Bemidji  Brewing Company as part of the brewery's Community Pint Night program. From 5-7 p.m. on April  12, $1 from every tap beverage sold will be donated to the art center.

McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship

Application Deadline April 13 

Click here for more info.

Singers Ahoy! Exploring the Stepping Stones of Passaggio
With Annalise Aakhus

April 15
1 - 3 pm

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts
Registration required. Ages 16+. Cost is $20

Call for Artists
Bemidji First City of the Arts Studio Cruise

The 10th annual Bemidji First City of Arts Studio Cruise is accepting applications for this juried open studio event.
The event is open to artists working within 40 miles of Bemidji and will be held October 20th through 22nd, 2017.

Application Deadline April 15

Ragamala Dance Performance
"Sacred Earth"
April 19
7:30 - 10 pm
Headwaters School of Music & the Arts hosts Ragamala Dance Company. In addition to their dance performance on April 19, there will be a presentation and reception at 7 pm Monday, April 17 

Bangsberg Main Theater
1500 Birchmont Dr NE
Bemidji, MN

This event is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation form the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Margaret H. Harlow Ceramics Collection
Artist Talk by Professor Emeritus Butch Holden

April 19
2 - 4 pm

Holden's gallery talk will open a reception for the exhibit. He will explore the work on display and give a brief history of BSU's ceramics studio.

Talley Gallery
Bridgeman Hall 140
Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN

Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail
Presented by the Watermark Art Center

April 21-22

Featuring Anishinaabe exhibit and workshops at Headwaters School of Music & the Arts

Bemidji, Fosston, Tenstrike MN

Weavin' Up North

April 21-23

Concordia Language Villages
Paseude Ruma NE
Bemidji, MN

Movie Night at the Chief Theater

April 28
6:30-9 pm

Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave 
Bemidji, MN

Loft Mentor Series

Entry Deadline April 28

The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose offers twelve emerging Minnesota writers the opportunity to work intensively with six nationally acclaimed writers of prose and poetry.

The Loft Young Writers Program
Do you have a young writer in your family?

Check out their summer programs:

Handel's "Messiah"
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra

April 30
3 - 5 pm

2900 Division St. West 
Bemidji, MN

Click here for more info.

Folk and Traditional Arts Grant

Due June 2

Minnesota State Arts Board

Click here for more info.

Bravo! Strings Camp
Advanced Studies for the Serious String Player, Pianist, & Guitarist

June 11-24, 2017

Shattuck-St. Mary's School
Faribault, MN

Minnesota Northwoods Writer's Conference

June 19-25, 2017

Register by May 1

American Indian Resource Center
1620 Birchmont Dr. NE
Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute

A Free Summer Art Institute for High School Students with a demonstrated interest in visual arts and Native American culture.
Grades 10-12

University of South Dakota

Click here for more info.

Region 2 Arts Council is offering scholarships to attend!

Rural artists, arts organizations and community leaders gather to highlight arts-based strategies for rural community and economic development. The Summit is organized by Springboard for the Arts and the Center for Small Towns. Scholarships are made available via Region 2 Arts Council and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils. 

June 6 - 8, 2017

Rural Arts & Culture Summit
University of Minnesota, Morris

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