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Fall Arts Access Grant 
Applications Are Due Soon!

Maximum Award: $6,000
Deadline: August 15, 2018

Arts Access Grants can support creation, production, and presentation of high-quality arts activities, as well as projects that help overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities, and projects that help instill the arts into the community and public life in our region. Arts activities proposed for funding must be accessible by the public and have a strong community component. Non-profits, arts organizations, schools, community education programs, institutions of higher learning, local city, town, county government or tribal offices, or groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor can apply for grants up to $6,000 to fund arts projects that will benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Region 2 Arts Council Office is open M-F 9am to 5pm
Contact us or stop by anytime to set up an individual appointment.
We are here to help!
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
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R2Arts Artist Fellowship
Applications Are Online

Award Total: $6,000 
Deadline: September 15, 2018
The Artist Fellowship Program assists the region's most talented artists in furthering and innovating their work by awarding substantial financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences that facilitate depth and advancement in their art form. Through such support, the R2AC aims to elevate the quality and raise the profile of artistic work in the region and create a strong community of R2AC Fellows.
The R2AC Artist Fellowship is made possible with generous support of the McKnight Foundation.

Region 2 Arts Council Office is open M-F 9am to 5pm
Contact us or stop by anytime to set up an individual appointment.
We are here to help!

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R2Arts Artist Fellowship 
Info Sessions

August 13 & 20 
5pm - 7pm
Are you an established artist looking to advance your art form? 
Perhaps you have considered ways to further and innovate your art work and are looking for support to do that?
If so, please consider joining us to learn more about the Artist Fellowship application process and step further towards elevating the quality and profile of your artistic work.

We are hosting two info sessions this month:

August 13
River Art Community 
323 Main Ave S 
5pm - 7pm
August 20 
Watermark Art Center 
505 Bemidji Ave N 
5pm - 7pm

This activity is made possible with funding from the McKnight Foundation.
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Seeking One Board Member
from Mahnomen County!

Region 2 Arts Council welcomes Gayle Gish as a new board member to represent Mahnomen County and we are still looking for one more arts appreciator and/or artist from that county to join our Board of Directors. Board terms last two years and begin in August. 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

FY2019 Grants Now Open

Cultural Community Partnership Grant

Grant Range: $1,000 - $8,000
Submissions due by: September 21, 2018
Free Online Information Session: August 30, 3:00 pm

This is an individual artist grant designed to enhance the careers of individual artists of color. Artists, at any stage in their careers, can apply for grants to help support collaborative projects. Applicants can collaborate on a project with another Minnesota artist of color or with a Minnesota nonprofit organization.

Partners in Arts Participation

Grant Range: $5,000 - $25,000
Submissions due by: August 31, 2018

This is an organization arts grant program designed to broaden opportunities for Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Grant funds may be used by Minnesota nonprofit health or human service organizations to integrate the arts into their programming or services.
Minnesota State Arts Board
Park Square Court, Suite 200
400 Sibley Street
Saint Paul, MN
My Fair Lady
August 1 - 4
7:30 pm

3:00 pm matinee on Saturday

The story line of My Fair Lady follows George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion, where Henry Higgins creates a "lady" out of a Cockney flower vendor from the streets of London. A colorful production led by professional directors (New York City), stage and light designers, and choreographer brings professional excellence to this local community theater company.  

More information here 

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

Armory Square
203 Park Ave S
Park Rapids, MN

August 1 - 5
Hold on to your Hotdish because AATE's 31st National Conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This year's conference will celebrate the work and the future possibilities of the AATE community.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Hairspray: the Musical
August 1 - 4 and 9-11
7:30 pm

2pm Matinees August 5th and 8th

Paul Bunyan Playhouse wraps up their 68th season with this 1960s-style dance music and "downtown"  rhythm and blues show. Hairspray follows plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad's dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful array of characters, leading to social change as Tracy campaigns for the show's integration.

314 Beltrami Ave
Bemidji, MN
Bemidji Area Church Musicians
2018 Summer Recital Series

Wednesdays, Noon to 12:30pm

August 1BACM 2017 Scholarship Recipients
Evangelical Free Church

August 8Melanie & Michael Hanson
New Salem Lutheran Church

Calvary Lutheran Church

St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church

First Lutheran Church

Admission to recitals is free of charge. 
Lunch is available following each recital for a fee. 

2nd Street Stage
Every Thursday
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

August 2 The Hooten Hallers

August 9The 4ontheFloor

August 16Porky's Groove Machine

August 23The Vistas
 Concerts are free and run from 6 to 8 p.m. (7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9) with bands, a  beer garden, cornhole tournaments and family activities . Bring your own lawn chair. The beer garden opens at 5 p.m. for a social hour  while you find your spot, listen to the sound check and greet neighbors and friends.

This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Second block of South Main Street
Park Rapids, MN
"Bring Her Home"
August 2
4:30 pm
Opening Reception for the Bring Her Home exhibit that highlights the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. 
 The traveling exhibition features 18 Native
artists from across the United States including Paula
Littlewolf from Naytahwaush.

4:30 pm Opening Blessing and Drum Song 
5:30 pm Curator's Talk with Angela Two Stars 
7:00 pm Cedar Ceremony 
Light refreshments provided

701 E. Jefferson Ave.
Mahnomen, MN
Three Excellent Cows
August 3 & 4
Itasca State Park, 7:00 pm

August 10-11, 17-18
Lake Bemidji State Park, 7:00 pm

Three excellent cows learn what it takes to make their un-cow-like dreams come true.  With the help of their friends and the farmer, they discover what it takes to be excellent together despite every disappointment, discouragement and barnyard disaster.

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji
August 3
Dunn Brothers Coffee     6am - 7pm
501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE
Featuring artwork by Anne Washburn.
Butch Holden Studio        6pm - 8pm
1104 Minnesota Ave. 
Featuring experimental photos & pottery.
A 15 minute pottery demonstration begins at 7  p.m.
Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse      9am - 3pm
523 Minnesota Ave. 3:30 pm - 5 pm.
Featuring artwork by Laurel Sundberg.
Gallery North     2pm - 6pm
310 4th St NW
Featuring artwork by their newest member Charles Alberti. Basketmaker Eve Sumsky will also be on hand to discuss her work. 

Neilson Place     8am - 8pm
1000 Anne Street NW
Featuring artwork by Elaine Netland.  
Watermark Art Center     10am - 5pm
505 Bemidji Ave N
Continuing exhibits include Bagakaande: It is brightly colored, Elements of Nature, and Being Here.  

First Lutheran Church   Artist reception 2:30-4:30pm. 
900 Bemidji Ave N
Featuring a fiber exhibit by Lettie L. Blackburn in the Fellowship Hall Gallery. 
The Bemidji Library     9am - 5pm
509 America Ave NW
Featuring work by Gabor Nemeth.
Music Under the Pines
August 4Wooden Nichols
7:00 pm
August 5: The Pine Tones 
2:00 pm
August 12Mark Fogelson
2:00 pm
August 19: Lou Samsa 
2:00 pm
August 26Lance Benson
2:00 pm
Admission free and open to the public.
(In the Visitor Center in the case of rain.)
MN State Park Vehicle Permit (day or annual) required to enter park.

Click here and select Lake Bemidji State Park for more info.

Lake Bemidji State Park Amphitheater
Bemidji MN
Legends on Lomond Concert Series

August 5: Shannon Murray
4 - 6 pm

August 12:  Samuel Miltich
4 - 6 pm

August 19Dirt Road Dixie (Cindy-Jo)
4 - 6 pm

August 26Annual Art Festival
Art & Live Music 12-6pm

Free & open to the public

Feel free to bring your own lawn chair; some chairs provided.
Outdoors, rain or shine.

This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Farm By The Lake
17797 366th St
Bagley, MN 56621
The Way I See It
August 6 - September 29

Artist Reception August 9
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Way I See It features work by The Artists of Studio 10, a group of regional artists in the Bemidji area. This exhibit is about individual expression, with each artist using a variety of media to examine the world through their own eyes.
More info here 

Watermark Art Center
Lakeview Gallery
505 Bemidji Ave N 
Bemidji, MN
Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront
August 8Trapper Schoepp

August 15Jillian Rae

August 22: The Christopher David Hanson Band

August 29: Known Only Locally

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 Free concert  series at the Bemidji waterfront. 

300 Bemidji Ave 
Bemidji, MN

Art Class for Kids!
Insect Painting

August 11
1 - 3 pm

This class is part of the Watermark Art Center's new Second Saturday program. In this class, students will use watercolors and Sharpies to create an insect painting. Classes are for kids ages 6 and older.  

Pre-registration is required.

Watermark Art Center
Bemidji Artist Market
August 11
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Creative North Artists will be set up with a variety of local artists and makers. Rain or shine.

Also occurs on September 8

If you'd like to display, email here.
City Parking Lot 4
Corner of Minnesota Ave and 4th St
Bemidji MN
Going Beyond Grants - for Artists of Color and Native Artists 

August 14
6:30 pm
This second workshop looks closer at the fundraising landscape, examines the limitations of grant-based funding and explores ways to move beyond grants to more sustainable, regenerative and community-driven funding options. Refreshments provided.
  This is part of a series that aims to close the economic gap, & increase access to arts funding for people of color and Indigenous people.

Springboard for the Arts
262 University W
Saint Paul, MN

Jerome Fellowship
Info  Session 

August 15
6:30 pm

Want to learn more about the Jerome Fellowship for Artists? Well, here is your chance. Artists are considered for these fellowships work in a variety of visual art media, including both traditional and new media. The program is aimed at visual artists who can present their work in a gallery context.


Center For Hmong Arts and Talent
995 University Avenue, Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN
August 18
3:00 pm

Local blue grass and Celtic style musicians are invited to join Four Mile Portage from Duluth for a workshop on playing for contra dancing (which is always done to live music). This is part of a series of monthly pre-dance musicians' workshops and dances.

Participating musicians are welcome to sit in with the band for a few sets at the evening contra dance and are encouraged to try some dancing. This workshop is free. Pre-registration by e-mail is encouraged but not required.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Headwaters Music & Arts
Minnesota Ave
Bemidji MN
August 18
3:00 pm
New this series, contra dancers who are interested in learning to call contra dances are invited to an afternoon workshop to work with caller Wendy Greenberg. We'll go over the basics of teaching and calling contra dances and give you a chance to try it out a little in a low key way with the musicians in the musicans' workshop at the same time. No calling experience necessary, but it's better if you've done at least some contra dancing.

This workshop is FREE. 
Pre-registration by e-mail is encouraged but not required.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Headwaters Music & Arts
Minnesota Ave
Bemidji MN
August 18
7:00 pm - 10:00pm

This is the second of the new series of monthly contra dances in Bemidji. This dance will feature live music by Four Mile Portage from Duluth, and calling by Wendy Greenberg.

Contra dancing is a lively, traditional social dance that originated in New England and is now done all over the United States. 

Everything is taught by the caller. No experience or partners necessary. Families welcome.  A free will donation is suggested but not required.

To find out more  e-mail here.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Headwaters Music & Arts
Minnesota Ave
Bemidji MN

August 22

Join Artistic Director and Choreographer of Dancing Earth and Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow Rulan Tangen, and International Association of Blacks in Dance President and CEO, Denise Saunders Thompson, as they explore deeper meanings of movement arts as a means of protest, survival, resilience, social change, and the embodiment of futurities.

 Join the conversation via Live Stream on Facebook and participate in the conversation! #KCNationalConvo

Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center

Lake of the Woods Artists' Retreat  

September 6 - 9

Come out to Laketrails Base Camp on Oak Island for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and art. This rustic island is the perfect getaway to rejuvenate and reconnect with your work. Cost: $300

More Information 

Lake of the Woods
Oak Island, MN

USArtists International
Grants for Artists

Maximum Award: $15,000
Application Deadline: September 7

USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. USAI provides funding towards support of artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation.

MidAtlantic Arts Foundation
Baltimore, MD
Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit
September 20

 An annual conference for nonprofits in small towns and rural communities hosted by  Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN). This day-long summit is designed to bring together staff, board members and volunteers from across northwestern Minnesota to learn, network and strategize. 

Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN
How Much is that Doggie in the Window?

In addition to the classic sculptures installed every spring, a fiberglass series entitled " How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" is also showcased throughout downtown Bemidji. These items are available for auction. Pre-bid on one or all dogs can be made through September 26.

Live Auction at Watermark Art Center, Bemidji
Thursday, September 27, 5-7pm

Alexa Horochowski Exhibit
On display through Sept. 29

As a sculptor/installation artist her work addresses the interrelatedness of natural forces (e.g., weather, erosion, plant life), globalization, culture, and matter. 

This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund.
Nemeth Art Center
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN
MN Theater Alliance Statewide Theater Conference
October 14-16

Join the Minnesota Theater Alliance for an unforgettable weekend of connection and reflection with theater makers, movers, and shakers from all across the state! Conversations suited for all areas of theater, as well as theaters of all types and sizes. (Individual artists and administrators, too!)

More info here

BugBee Hive Retreat Center | Paynesville, MN
Puppeteering Workshop

October 26 - 28

Bemidji Community Theater will be offering this workshop with puppeteer Karl Warnke, the designer of the fire lizards for Dragonsong. The fire lizards will be "resurrected" and repaired in order to become ambassadors for BCT.  This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment.

If you are interested, contact Mary Knox-Johnson via email. There is no charge for the workshop. Ages 10 and up.

(Location To Be Announced)
Bemidji Community Theater
Bemidji, MN
Request for Proposals: Baudette Murals

Two businesses in Baudette are looking for an artist to update their public murals on the outsides of their buildings: the Ronnings building and the Baudette VFW.

Ronnings building is looking for a new mural. Presently the mural has a combination of fishing, family and outdoors. The Foundation would like a new mural, but wishes to stay with a theme reflective of the community. Murals must be weather-resistant, as they are outside.


The Baudette VFW is looking to have their existing mural refreshed with a fresh coat of paint, in the same image. Their mural represents area hockey and Veterans. Murals must be weather-resistant, as they are outside.

Please email Carrie with the following information:

1. Resumé
2. Which mural are you interested in working on?
3. Idea for mural(s).
4. Your fee for the project
5. Time frame for finished project
Community Spirits Award
Call for Nominations

NOMINATION DEADLINE:  Extended to August 15, 2018  
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  September 30, 2018
Know an exceptional indigenous artist or culture bearer who has dedicated their life to weaving cultural knowledge into their communities? Each year, First Peoples Fund honors and celebrates exceptional Native artists and culture bearers across the country through the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards. These artists embody their People's cultural assets in their creations and their way of life. 

First Peoples Fund
706 West Boulevard
Rapid City, SD
Hinge Arts Residency

Could you use some dedicated time in a new community to focus on a project? Springboard for the Arts in Fergus Falls is currently accepting applications for its Hinge Arts residency program! Artists of all disciplines and career levels are welcome to apply to live and work in Fergus Falls for 2 to 12 weeks.

We have 3 residency tracks - Career Development, Homecoming and Alumni.  

Registration Deadline
September 1, 2018

Springboard for the Arts
201 West Lincoln Ave. 
Fergus Falls, MN
Detours: Made Here
Call for Submissions

Hennepin Theatre Trust is accepting artists' submissions for the fall/winter 2018 Made Here Showcases.  Made Here, a project of the Trust, temporarily transforms empty storefronts and commercial spaces with art by local creatives into a walkable urban art gallery. The theme for the fall/winter Showcases is "Detours." 

Registration Deadline
September 3, 2018

Hennepin Theater Trust
900 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN
Groundwork Intensive Training
For Persons of Color

September 14 - Oct 6

Forecast is accepting applications to participate in Groundwork, a four-day intensive offered for IBPOC [Indigenous and/or Black, and/or Persons of Color] who live in Minnesota and are collaborative, innovative leaders interested in the arts, artists, and playing a role in making positive change in communities. 

This intensive will offer an overview of the public art consulting world, including: types of work available in this field, the broad range of projects Forecast engages, an understanding of how your strengths, perspectives, and skills can be maximized within the field.

Groundwork will take place over two weekends in the fall of 2018, in the Twin Cities. Participants are expected to attend all four days (times are approximate):

Friday, September 14, 1 - 7 pm
Saturday, September 15, 9 am - 3 pm
Friday, October 5, 1 - 7 pm
Saturday, October 6, 9 am - 3 pm

Forecast Public Art
2300 Myrtle Ave #160
St Paul, MN 55114
11th Annual "Art at the Lake" Workshop

September 21 - 23

"Mapping our Lives" with Sandra Muzzy, Red River Watercolor Society signature member. Sandy says, "In this class we will look at how to capture experiences, moments and events as a map - as a route to our development and discovery of self. We will look at ways of manipulating the paper, the paint and how this 2D structure can become a 3D statement." 
Cost: $190 including class, most supplies, shared accommodation in the Lodge, and most meals, or $160 with no accommodation.

Northern Pines Camp & Retreat
20033 County 1
Park Rapids, MN
(Left to Right) Kathryn Gonzalez, Holly Alcott, Laura Seter
Welcome to our new 
Program Assistant! 

On behalf of the Region 2 Arts Council Staff and Board of Directors, I am extending a heart-felt welcome to Kathryn Gonzalez who has recently begun her work in the position of Program Assistant at R2AC. Kathryn brings true joy in working with people of varied ages, cultures, and individual abilities, along with local and regional experience with coordination and promotion of a range of community-centered arts events and activities.
In addition to being the editor for Northern Arts News and working one-on-one with grant applicants, Kathryn will be taking a lead role in coordinating our professional development program and our annual Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit, as well as working her magic to organize our next Arts Expo. The contributions Kathryn will make to Region 2 Arts Council are many, and we hope you will take a moment to welcome her to her new position.
Regarding Kathryn's passion for working in the arts, she shared this: "I am drawn to contribute to the fields of creative aging, participatory art-making, and creative placemaking because I see these as pathways for artists to become catalysts in the creation of strong, healthy, and vibrant communities."
We are so pleased to have you on our team, Kathryn!

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

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