Upcoming Grant Deadline
Arts Access for Small Towns............due April 15, 2018
Maximum Award: $6,000
Nonprofit organizations or groups with a fiscal sponsor in towns with a population under 2,000 can apply for grants up to  $6,000  to fund projects that would benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.
For more information, or with questions, contact Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447; toll-free at 800-275-5447;  or via email at  staff@r2arts.org
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. 

(218) 751-5447
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We Need Board Members!

Region 2 Arts Council seeks arts appreciators and artists of all kinds from Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, and Mahnomen counties to join our Board of Directors. Board terms last two years and will begin in July. Eligible applicants must be 18 years or older, have a strong interest in the arts, and have the desire to be an ambassador for Region 2 Arts Council.
This is a great opportunity to understand the workings of the arts granting process, to be more involved with the arts and artists of our region, and to enjoy camaraderie with others who appreciate the arts.
Excerpt from a recent letter to the editor by Nancy Cole, former LOW board member:
I was a representative for four years. I learned a lot about areas of art that I was not as familiar with, also sharing what I know with others. I met interesting people and interesting ideas. Taking my turn evaluating granted arts projects led me to events I might have otherwise passed by, sometimes enriching my life in surprising ways.
Region 2 Arts Council covers round trip mileage at the current IRS rate for attending board activities. Time commitment involves board meetings, committee work, and 5-8 hours per month reviewing grant applications, along with attending selected funded arts events. Summers are relatively free of board obligations.
E-mail us with questions at laura@r2arts.org
Mn Artists Training Workshop in Bemidji

Mn Artists will visit Bemidji for a lively workshop and discussion on artists' participation in digital communities. We will review how to best use Mn Artists' online professional development tools, recommended for artists who want to improve their online presence and connect to more opportunities, communities, and conversations, both locally and regionally. 

Mn Artists is home to art, writing, opportunities and conversation, online and off, by, for and about Midwestern artists working in every discipline. A program of the Walker Art Center, Mn Artists is dedicated to improving the quality and national visibility of regionally-rooted art, artists and cultural dialogue through a dynamic online community, responsive arts journalism, and by giving artists access to, and connections with, collaborators, influencers and the public

This event is free and open to the public. To reserve your spot,  register online here.

Wednesday April 25
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Watermark Arts Center Education Room
505 Bemidji Ave N.

E-mail us with questions at alice@r2arts.org
Accessibility Training

Region 2 Arts Council welcomes VSA Minnesota to present a two-session workshop on creating access for people with disabilities to arts performances, workshops, exhibits and activity within our organizations. Staff, board members and volunteers of organizations providing arts activity are invited to join us as we learn ways we can improve the accessibility of our offices, buildings, board rooms, and events. 
Thursday April 26
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Watermark Arts Center Education Room
505 Bemidji Ave N.

Join us for one or both sessions:
  • General Accessibility Training: to help an arts organization to be more welcoming to people with disabilities. 10:00 am - 11:45 am.
    • A light lunch will be provided by R2AC.
  • Finding, Developing, and Serving a New Audience: learn how patrons with disabilities participate in the arts; including disability etiquette, and connections with disability agencies and resources. 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Please register for one or both sessions via email here by April 23.

This activity is made available through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

E-mail us with questions at alice@r2arts.org
Arts Access Grants Awarded
On February 12, 2018 the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors awarded $54,014 through their Arts Access Grant program, designed to support access to high-quality arts activities and projects that help instill the arts into the community and public life in our region.
The grant recipients included:
Bemidji Community Theater received $4,977 to produce the children's musical The Elves and the Shoemaker on April 6 - 13, 2018. (Beltrami County)
Bemidji Contra Dance was awarded $2,759 to hold a series of musicians' and callers' workshops and evening contra dances from July to October 2018. (Beltrami County)
Bemidji State University Music Department was awarded $4,019 to host renowned Latvian composer, Eriks Esenvalds to host a three-day residency at BSU, culminating in a High School Choral festival concert on March 22 -24, 2018. (Beltrami County)
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra received $6,000 to perform a concert featuring violist Brett Deubner playing the American premiere of Max Wolpert's Viola Concerto No. 1, Giants, on October 7, 2018. (Beltrami County)
City of Bemidji Parks & Recreation was awarded $5,100 to host, in partnership with the Bemidji Community Theater, a summer Theater Day Camp for youth, June 4 - 15 2018. (Beltrami County)
City of Park Rapids Arts and Culture Advisory Commission received $6,000 to initiate a sculpture trail in the Red Bridge Park. Ribbon cutting is projected to be June 16, 2018. (Hubbard County)
Clearbrook-Gonvick Community Education was awarded $1,189 to bring Prairie Fire Children's Theater to direct the play Tom Sawyer, for local performers from age seven to adult, as part of their Summer Recreation program. June 22 & 23, 2018. (Clearwater County)
Headwaters Music & Arts received $6,000 to host storyteller Laura Packer for a series of workshops and performances, with the goal of building bridges, finding voice and being heard, on May 11, June 1 & 2, 2018. (Beltrami County)
Indigenous Environmental Network was awarded $6,000 to host a week-long birch-bark canoe build at the Rail River Folk School, with experiential learning opportunities from novice to apprentice, and an open paddle experience with local artists to tell our unique Mississippi story, on July 14 - 22, 2018. (Beltrami County)
Nemeth Art Center received $2,323 to host an exhibition called White Earth Window, a collaboration by photographer Wayne Gudmundson and writer Anton Treuer, which reflects the Anishinaabe experience on the White Earth Reservation, from May 31 - July 28, 2018. (Hubbard County)
Nemeth Art Center was awarded $2,007 to host the exhibition titled, The Extraordinary Outdoors, curated by Tim Peterson, featuring the work of five Minnesota artists whose works depict dynamic visual explorations into nature, August 3 - September 29, 2018. (Hubbard County)
Park Rapids Downtown Business Association received $2,725 to provide free, live music with the 2nd Street Stage summer concert series. The ten events will be held on Thursday evenings from June 14 through Aug. 16, on the 2nd block of Main Avenue in Park Rapids. (Hubbard County)
Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council was awarded $4,915 to produce Art Leap 2018, a driving tour of artists' studios and other cultural destinations. September 22 & 23, 2018. (Hubbard County)
These funds are made available through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.
E-mail us with questions at staff@r2arts.org
Young Artist Grants Awarded
On March 19, 2018 the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors awarded $4200 through their Young Artist Grant program, designed to provide 8th-12th grade students residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties the opportunity to study art with a professional artist, attend an arts workshop, take a class, or attend an arts camp in the state of Minnesota.
The grant recipients included:
Noelle Aguilera was awarded $600 to learn Cavandoli knotting with Karen-Lisa Forbes. (Beltrami County)
Magnolia Mascia received $600 to take Painting lessons with Lisa Robinson. (Beltrami County)
Grace Nelson was awarded $600 for Painting lessons with Pamela Edevold. (Beltrami County)
Anna Renn received $600 for Photography lessons with Brian Grund. (Beltrami County)
Charlotte Saxton was awarded $600 to attend Guthrie Summer Musical Theater Intensive Camp. (Beltrami County)
Joshua Schueller received $600 to take Violin lessons with Dr. Dina Neglia-Kahtchyran. (Hubbard County)
Zachary Schueller was awarded $600 to take Trumpet lessons with Paul Loxtercamp and Del Lyren. (Hubbard County)

These funds are made available through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

E-mail us with questions at staff@r2arts.org
Carol Struve at Talley Gallery
April 3
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Opening reception for former Bemidji State University Painting Professor, Carol Struve, who will exhibit her new work for the month of April.

Talley Gallery, Bridgeman Hall
Bemidji State University
Bemidji MN
Figure Drawing/Painting Group
April 4, 11, 18 & 25
7:00 pm
Figurative Artists of Bemidji invite you to join the group in the drawing studio on Wednesday evenings. Drawing benches and easels provided, just bring your own art supplies to paint or draw, along with a $5 donation for the model. Must be 18 years old. 

Sign up on Facebook or join in-person on Wednesdays.

Bridgeman Hall
Bemidji State University
Bemidji MN
First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji
April 6

Dunn Bros Coffee will feature artwork created by Bemidji High School students. The Intro to Color and Design class, taught by Nina Lubarski, will display portraits which were painted with a monochromatic color scheme 6 am - 7 pm.  501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE.
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse presents an opening reception for the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Member Exhibit, which runs April 6th - May 1st.  3 pm - 5 pm. 523 Minnesota Ave.

Bemidji Public Library art wall will feature the drawings of Wally Falk, illustrator of the comic strip, "The Country Parson" which ran in the Bemidji Pioneer in the 1950s.  Open 9 am - 5 pm.  310 4th St NW.
Gallery North will host a reception for Showcase Artist Dawn TracyFeatured Artist will be Gallery member 
Maureen O'BrienFeatured Author for the evening will be 
Joanna Dymond 2 pm - 6 pm.  310 4th St NW.

Butch Holden will host Looking Different Directions in his home studio. This father/son show features ceramics by Holden and printmaking by his son, Luke. 5 pm - 7 p.m. 1104 Minnesota Ave. (Entrance is in the back alley.)

Northwest Indian Community Development Center will host a reception for their Fiber  and Photo exhibit, as well as handmade art for sale, 4 - 7 p.m.  1819 Bemidji Ave N, next door to Slumberland.
Watermark Art Center will host an opening reception for their annual Spring High School Exhibit. Featuring photography, painting, mixed media and more. Voting for People's Choice Award will take place during the reception from 4 - 5:30, with the winner announced at the end.  4 - 6 pm. 505 Bemidji Ave N.
Headwaters Music & Arts  will host a reception for the exhibit Oil Landscapes by Kathleen Jones,  4 - 6 pm.  Following the reception  will be the  Open Mic Coffee House from 7 - 10 pm,
hosted by Cate Belleaveau .
Exploring the Versatility of Acrylics
April 6, 13, 20 & 27
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
There is so much you can do with acrylic paints; achieve the effects of watercolor or gouache with more control, or oils without the chemicals or rules. Different techniques such as underpainting and direct painting, glazing and impasto, skin tones, 
fur and texture will be covered.
Instructor:  Pamela Edevold, former R2AC Artist Fellow 
Fee: $35. All materials will be provided.
This is a part of Bagley's Community Ed program.

Bagley Library Community Room
79 Spencer Avenue SW
Bagley, MN 56621 

April 6 - 11

A fun, toe-tapping musical based on the classic Grimm's fairy tale.
Directed by Mary Knox-Johnson, vocal direction by Julie Loxtercamp, and accompaniment by Dan Will.

  Date and Time details here

Adults $12 / Children $6
In the spirit of paying it forward, each child in attendance 
will receive a free children's book courtesy donations 
from area businesses and the public. 

Children's Book Drive
If you would like to donate new or gently used books suitable for K - 8th grade students, please drop off at Gallery North.
Drop off is Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
Gallery North
310 4th St, Bemidji 
Dream Big: Reach for the Stars
Reading Retreat
April 7
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
If you're ready for a relaxing day in a beautiful setting, join this annual retreat to pamper yourself with a delicious lunch and lively conversation about books. The cost is $45 plus books.

The books being discussed are  See You in the Cosmos and  The Stargazer's Sister. The books and registration forms are available at Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery.

Call 218-237-2665 or email  here for more information.

Jewel of the Northwoods B&B
39050 Twin Lakes Rd
Menahga, MN 56464
Don Houseman Exhibition: 
Barns Are Noble
Opening Reception April 7
1:00 pm
Bemidji area artist Don Houseman will present his woodcut prints, acrylic paintings and original book art at the Rourke Gallery. The exhibition runs through May 26.

Rourke Gallery Info

Rourke Art Gallery & Museum
521 Main Ave
Moorhead, MN 56560
Oil Landscape Painting
 Four Session Course

April 7, 14, 21, and 28
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore your world with this introduction to water-based oil painting. In this class you will transform an idea, experience, or photo into a more interesting, vibrant, landscape painting with local oil painter Kathy Jones. Learn tricks and tips of oil paint as you create a painting from start to finish. This class is for folks who have worked with paint and want to explore landscapes, intermediate to advanced.  

$80.00 member | $85.00 public
More Information Here
Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave
Bemidji MN
Paint & Sip

April 7
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bring a friend, enjoy a glass of wine, and create a painting on a Saturday afternoon. Regional artist, Kitty Ballard, will walk you through the steps of creating your own work of art, offering tips and tricks during this fun, no-pressure, event. Absolutely no experience necessary to take part. There will be a cash bar on campus courtesy of Brigid's Pub. Supplies provided; must be 21 or older to attend.

$30.00 member | $35.00 public

More Information Here
Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave
Bemidji MN
Pottery & Pints

April 7
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Enjoy a relaxing evening glazing pottery, drinking good brew, and tasting custom appetizers. Clay potter Tom Daly will walk you through the process of glazing two pottery pieces created by Daly, such as a beer mug, wine mug, plate or bowl. If you are so inclined, you can try out the pottery wheel or other basic pottery techniques. There will be plenty of breaks for socializing and enjoying beer and appetizers. Absolutely no art experience is required. Come learn in a fun and supportive environment surrounded by your friends. 21+

$40.00 member | $45.00 public
More Information Here
Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave
Bemidji MN
2nd Annual Project 26 Art Unveiling Event
April 13
5:00 pm

Evening activities will include a showcase of survivor artwork, a survivor story, honoring the participants, a healing drum, and a meal. This is a free event, and the general public is encouraged to attend to view the artwork. Please bring friends, and families out 
for a powerful and inspirational evening.

Details here
1819 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN 56601
Heartland Concert Series: Cahal Dunne
April 17
7:00 pm
Cahal Dunne will close the Heartland Concert Association 2017-18 season. Dunne, "Ireland's Happy Man," is a composer, classically trained concert pianist, singer, storyteller, comedian and television personality. His style is rich and deep, reflecting the many sides of his distinguished career.

Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium
401 Huntsinger Ave
Park Rapids, Minnesota
Weavin' Up North Workshop
April 20 - 22
Headwaters Basketmakers' Guild presents this workshop, including classes. Delicious food, cabin lodging, and weekend extras.

Concordia Language Villages
8659 Thorsonveien NE
Bemidji MN
Nemeth Art Center
Spring Membership Drive 
Asian Market meal

April 21
6:00 - 8:30 pm
The Nemeth Art Center will hold an "Asian Market" meal, prepared by local chef Megan Handke.

Music will be provided by Kirk Brock, and attendees will have a chance to win an original piece of art by acclaimed photographer  Wayne Gudmundson, along with a wide variety of other prizes.

The cost of the dinner is $50 per person, which includes a membership to the Nemeth Art Center.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Bogey's Bar
16819 MN-34
Park Rapids
Monroe Crossing
April 21
7:30 pm
Headwaters Music & Arts welcomes world-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing. Named in honor of Bill Monroe, they dazzle audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, 
bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. 

Tickets $20: buy from  Headwaters Music & Arts  218-444-5606 or Brigid's Pub.

Concert proceeds support Headwaters Music & Arts music scholarships and summer camp programming.

The Chief Theater
414 Beltrami Ave N
Bemidji MN
April 27  -  April 28

Visit the studios of fiber artists along a route connecting Bemidji, Turtle River and Tenstrike. Witness the creative process of artists in mediums such as weaving, basket making, Native American beading, knotting, macrame, quilting, felting and more. 

Including exhibitions at Watermark Art Center, Wild Hare Bistro and the Northwest Indian Community Development Center in Bemidji.

Bemidji Area
April 28

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra  

April 29
3:00 pm

Russell Hancock is a gifted pianist praised for the warmth and exuberance of his style. He debuts with the BSO for the Piano Concerto in A Minor by Edward Grieg; also on the program is Brahms' Symphony No 2.
More Information
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Bemidji High School Auditorium
2900 Division Street West
Bemidji, MN

Seeking Program Director

Bemidji Sculpture Walk seeks a Program Director, who will work under direction to foster the growth and development of the Sculpture Walk. Background and experience in business/marketing a plus, as well as experience working with art related activities. 

Submit letter of inquiry, resumé, and references to mailing address below, or by email to this address.
Bemidji Sculpture Walk
PO Box 1444
Bemidji, MN 56619
Bemidji Area Arts Endowment Grants

Deadline April 3

Arts Project Grants (for organizations) of $1,500 each. 
$22,500 available

Everett Wilimek Orchestral String Scholarships
Two $250 Scholarships Available

2nd Street Stage Button Design Contest
Deadline April 6

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association is sponsoring a 2nd Street Stage button design contest with a $250 cash prize to the winner. Please draw your design within a 4-inch circle. Designs must include "2018," "2nd St Stage" and "Park Rapids, MN." They may be full color or black and white with color accents. 
Submit designs on paper to the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association, P.O. Box 142, Park Rapids, MN 56470 or e-mail a pdf or jpg to  luann47@gmail.com
Juried  Youth Art Exhibit in Park Rapids

Now accepting applications: t he Nemeth Art Center, in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design ( MCAD ). The exhibit will be on display at the Nemeth Art Center from 
May 3rd - May 26th, with a reception and 
award ceremony being held on Saturday, May 19th 2018.

Applications Due April 13
Nemeth Art Center
Park Rapids, MN
6x6:  The International Small Art Phenomenon
Deadline April 14

Rochester Contemporary Art Center's inspiring exhibition, 6x6, unites artists throughout the community, country and world, equalizing makers of every level and every medium. Entering artworks is completely free and completely open to anyone and anything - as long as the artwork is 6 in (15.24cm) square.  Entries are accepted now through  April 15th  (postmarked  April 14th).

137 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14604
Bush Foundation  Community Creativity Cohort
Deadline April 26

The Community Creativity Cohort 2 is a participant-led, capacity building program to support organizations that make art and culture central to problem solving: the guiding goal of the  Community Creativity strategic initiative
This cohort will focus on:

Organizations led by and serving people of color or Indigenous people (POCI)


Organizations led by and serving people from rural communities, non-metropolitan cities or towns with populations of fewer than 50,000 people.

Bush Foundation
101 Fifth Street East, Suite 2400
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
Red Bridge Sculpture Park

Call for Artists: Entries due April 30

The City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission are accepting entries for a Sculpture Trail in Red Bridge Park.
Sculptures will be installed for one year. Entries of completed works must be submitted along with a $10 entry fee by the end of the business day April 30. Artists will be notified of selection on May 18 and will have until June 8 to install their works. Each artist whose work is selected will receive a $500 honorarium. Download the entry form with more details here.

This project is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008. Funding also was received from the Park Rapids Community Fund.
Park Rapids, MN
Bagley Art in the Park

Call for Artists: registration due  June 24

Come to the Bagley City Park and sell your art or wares Saturday July 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Rain or shine. Local artists, live music, and food from non-profit vendors.

Art in the Park is July 14
Bagley Art in the Park
15020 340th St
Bagley, MN
Summer Program at the International Cello Institute

July 14 - July 28

Application in multiple parts, including audition. Senior division is for ages 16 - 24; Junior division is for ages 11 - 15. There is a $75 application fee.

International Cello Institute
Northfield, MN
Minnesota State Arts Board Grants

The Artist Initiative grant program is designed to support and assist professional Minnesota artists at various stages in their careers by encouraging artistic development, nurturing artistic creativity, and recognizing the contributions of individual artists to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.

Literary arts and  Performing arts; dance, music, and theater: Applications due May 4, 2018.

Visual arts; media arts, photography, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts: Applications due June 29, 2018

The Folk and Traditional Arts grant program is designed to enrich Minnesota communities through folk and traditional art forms being passed on, documented, practiced and shared. A pplications must be submitted and accepted May 25, 2018.

Minnesota State Arts Board
Park Square Court, Suite 200
400 Sibley Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Bemidji Play is New York City Bound

Local artist Cate Belleveau wrote a play about Bemidji-born Mary Welsh Hemingway and the other women in Ernest Hemingway's life. Titled, Mary 4 Martha 3- NO Footnotes, it was selected to be part of a NYC Theater Fest called NY Summerfest at the Hudson Theater in midtown Manhattan in late August.

This newsletter is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Don't forget to  check our calendar  for local events all year.

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