Northern Arts News
August 2019
After several years of collective effort, the Clearbrook SooLine Depot will be mounting this beautiful sculptural sign created and designed by artist Jay Jones. The completed project was funded through an Arts and Cultural Heritage for Small Towns grant. Congratulations to the many people who made this project possible.
R2AC Board Member News
2019 - 2020 Region 2 Arts Council Board

Chair: Laura Grisamore - Hubbard County
Vice Chair: Rebecca Colebank - Clearwater County
Treasurer: Shannon Lucas-Westrum - Beltrami County
Secretary: Deb Carlson - Lake of the Woods County
Pam Janssen - Clearwater County
Gayle Gish - Mahnomen County
Michael Schlemper - Beltrami County
vacant - Mahnomen County
vacant - Hubbard County
vacant - Lake of the Woods County
Openings are still available for Mahnomen, Hubbard, and Lake of the Woods counties.
Interested in serving the arts in your community?
Contact Executive Director, Laura Seter:

Serving MN artists and communities in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.
2019-2020 Grant Application Deadlines are available online
Upcoming Grant Workshops
and Information Sessions
Artist Fellowship Information Session

Monday, August 19
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave. N

Learn about the application process. Receive assistance on your grant project or fellowship. Address any questions you my have.

Info Session on Arts Funding
for Individuals and Organizations

Wednesday, August 21
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Clear Waters Life Center
256 2nd Ave. SW

Learn about Arts Access Grants for Organizations and Artist Fellowship opportunities for Individual artists. Understand some important changes and updates to our grant process. Receive assistance and support on your grant application.

Grants for Organizations
Fall Arts Access Grant for Organizations

Deadline: September 15, 2019
Maximum Award: $6,000

Open to non-profits, schools*, government or tribal offices, or groups with a fiscal sponsor . These 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.
*Parochial schools are ineligible

Grants for Individual Artists
R2AC Artist Fellowship

Deadline: September 15, 2019
Maximum Award: $6,000

Open to established artists in all disciplines who have shown a consistent commitment to their work as artists over the past five years. This 18-month fellowship provides unfettered funding to fuel your art.

Two $6,000 fellowships will be awarded per year.

Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grants are made possible with funding from the McKnight Foundation.

Grant applications are usually available online approximately one month before the deadline date. Keep in mind that there are many pieces of the grant you can begin to work on before the grant application is available. Call or visit us with any questions, concerns, or support needs. We are here to help!
On the Horizon...
Arts Learning Grant

Deadline: October 15, 2019
Maximum Award: $6,000
(20% Cash Match; 25% Cash Match for Equipment only)

NOTE: No cash match is required for Public Schools & Community Education programs with grant requests under $3,000

Open to public and charter schools*, community education programs, and any nonprofits or groups with a fiscal sponsor providing arts education programming. These grants can support high-quality arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts. Funds can be used for artists-in-residence programs and educational performances, or to provide arts classes, camps, or workshops. Funded arts activities must be open to the general public in Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen and Hubbard counties. Maximum Grant Award is $6,000 with 20-25% Cash Match. Schools can apply for without a Cash Match for $3,000.
*Parochial schools are ineligible

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Contact us or stop by anytime to set up an individual appointment.
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Region 2 Arts Council
505 Bemidji Ave. N
(inside the Watermark Art Center)
Bemidji MN 56601
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MN State Arts Board News
Partners in Arts Participation Grant program

Application Deadline is August 23, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.

This grant program is 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. Applicants may choose to have their constituents engage in existing high quality arts experiences, and/or may work with an artist or arts organization to design experiences tailored to meet the needs of the constituents they serve.
Looking Ahead...

Cultural Community Partnership Grant program deadline is September 13.

This grant program is 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.
2019 Summer Recital Series
12:00 p.m.

Bemidji Area Church Musicians 32nd season of the summer recital series begins this month. Locations vary. Lunch is available after each recital.

Side by Side
by Sondheim
Long Lake Theater
August 16 - September 1
Fri -Sat 7:30 p.m.
Sun 3pm

Enjoy this musical revue featuring the songs of the Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim. Its title is derived from the song "Side by Side by Side" from Company.

(Formerly known as Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC)
Noon Hour Concert Series
Thursdays, June - August
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Locations Vary

The summer Noon Hour Concert series began in 2006 as an opportunity to enjoy lunch to live music performed in local churches. This series has now become a day time social event for people who enjoy good music and socializing with friends.

Second Street Stage
Thursdays, June - August
2nd block of Main Street
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association invites you to celebrate summer with this free event, offering great music and family activities.

Free Tours!
1st and 3rd Sunday
11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
June - August
Bemidji Visitor Center
Have you ever wondered about all those interesting sculptures in
downtown Bemidji? Join us for a 1 hour walking tour to learn about these amazing pieces of art and the artists who created them.

2nd Saturday through September
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Come enjoy music, poetry, film, dance and theatrical performances!
Every second Saturday, May through September.

Art's Explorers Corner

Interact with our exhibits in ways that bring art to life! ARTS Explorers Corner features hands-on arts projects for kids in our community gallery.

Free and available during gallery hours. All ages welcome!
Weaving Community Together:
Artists Collaboration with Garcia-Gomez and Engebretson
Through September 28
This collaboration is interactive and all are welcome to participate. You can be a part of this exhibit by weaving on a community loom with Bruce, working in the studio with Luisa, playing with puzzles or adding to Luisa’s art installation.
R2AC with border
Andy Messerschmidt
Agroccult series
August 3 - September 28
Andy Messerschmidt’s ongoing Agroccult series is a body of over 900 landscape paintings depicting geomancy and the metaphoric stimulation of the Earth’s nervous system through the acupressure that is applied by the existence of humans. His bold colorful imagery is often done on large MDA panels. Set in the large gallery at the Nemeth Art Center, these pieces will fill the space with color and invite imagination.
Turtle River Day
August 24
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
A day for family fun! 5K with registration starting at 7:30, run/walk starting at 8:30. Pancake breakfast hosted by the New Salem congregation from 8:00 to 11:00. Bounce houses for kids from 8:00 to 1:00. Tractor pull for kids starting with registration at 9:30. Craft vendors, food vendors, etc starting at 9:00. Car show! And a parade at 1:00 (line-up at noon). Join us for the 15th annual Turtle River Day celebration!!

Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront
June - August
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This summer marks the 4th season of the popular Mississippi Music concert series. Thousands of locals and visitors of all ages have enjoyed these live performances and the group looks forward to presenting another rousing summer filled with a variety of great music.

Create it! Art Classes for adults
Clear Waters Life Center
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Found Object Sculpture Welding
August 19, 26
Instructor: Jay Jones

Learn the fundamentals of welding by creating a sculpture from scrap iron.

Beading Circle
Every Monday through Sep. 30
Next one is Augsut 19
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For beginners or more advanced beaders who are looking to create a space to be creative.
Contact Becca (Extension) at 218-935-0417 ext. 314 or email Courtney (Gizhiigin).
1st Saturday Pop Up Market
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Local, handmade arts and crafts. Free Vendor space for local Artists. 
First Friday Showcase:
Charles Alberti's Thematic Painting to Music
September 6
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join Elaine Netland to paint a French countryside that incorporates acrylic techniques to make your painting look like a watercolor painting. All materials are provided.
Creative Cafe
2nd Tuesday of the month
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Gallery North and guest artists will take you on a hands-on adventure into the arts. Come sip, nibble goodies, connect, and get creative. Choose an activity or come to hang out. No registration required, come join the fun. 
Make a Splash
Fall Kickoff
September 14
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Instructor showcase at 4:00 p.m.
Stop by to meet our music, art and chess teachers, try out all kinds of musical instruments, and learn about our music programs, art clubs, pottery, chess club, or parent-child music & art classes.
HMA prepares for school year with after school Art Clubs

Young Artist Club (K - 2nd)
Headwaters Art Club (3rd - 6th)
Teen Art Club (7th - 12th)

Existential Psychoanalysis (What is Life?)
Paintings by Tawnee Corning
Lakeview Gallery
August 9 - October 25
“Existential Psychoanalysis (What is Life)” is a series of portraits by Bemidji artist Tawnee Corning, with images of outer space and nature projected onto them to portray the feelings that come with the struggle of finding the meaning and purpose of one’s life.
Nibikaang - From the Water
Kaul / Miikanan Galleries
July 11 - September 22

Exhibit features work by artists living within the Mississippi Watershed, Great Lakes, or Red River of the North that explores their relationship to water.
Creating from Nature: Inspiration from the Landscape
BSU Harlow|Kleven Gallery
June 1 - September 14
The works presented were created by observations of the textures in nature, of light interacting with various land forms and other visual cues. By combining observations with the emotional connections of being in the landscape, the artist created pieces that speak to their experience. 
Mixed Messages
Acrylic Paintings by Lonnie Knutson
Lakeview Gallery
August 9 - October 25
Lonnie Knutson created in a myriad of mediums and subject matters for some 40 years, eventually landing in abstract. This exhibit includes acrylic and oil on canvas.
Family Art
Words in Stones
August 23
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Come to the Watermark for an evening of creating word stones with your family! Stones can say your family’s last name or an inspiring or poetic word, and can be used indoors or out. Add tessarae (small glass pieces) to decorate, or leave them plain. Drop in by 6:30 to ensure completion.
Auditions: Annie
August 27 & 28
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Bemidji Community Theater
Performing Arts Center
316 Beltrami Ave NW
Prepare a short monologue of 1 minute or less, 16 measures of music to sing a capella, and a short 30 second routing of dance moves.
Show dates: Nov. 15-17, 19, 21-24

Artists' Retreat
Oak Island, MN
September 5 - 8
Has your artistic project been “on hold?” Are you needing some inspiration?

It’s time to reconnect with your creativity and goals.

44th Annual North Country Arts & Crafts Workshop
Concordia Language Village
September 10-12
Men and women of all ages are welcome to share high quality 
arts/crafts instruction, stimulating demonstrations, international 
foods menu, entertainment and great camaraderie in a scenic setting.
Register today!

Rural Arts and Culture Summit
October 3-5
Reif Center
Grand Rapids, MN
Whether you're an artist building your career, a community leader looking for ways to collaborate with your creative community, or an arts nonprofit leader wanting to strengthen your organization, there is something for you at the Rural Arts and Culture Summit.

NEW! Teaching Artist Training in Creative Aging
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
October 21 & 22
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
co-sponsored by MN State Arts Board
The is the second creative aging training for MN teaching artists. The training is open to all artistic disciplines and will equip teaching artists to design successful, effective sequential arts education programs for older adults. Please note that this training is not designed to provide training on health and wellness programs or focused on arts therapies for older adults. This event is free of charge. Lunch and parking will be provided.
The registration lottery for this event will be open to any Minnesota teaching artist until August 28, 2019.   We allow as many people to sign up for the training as possible, and select 50 participants through a lottery, while also holding space for teaching artists from greater Minnesota.

Equity Audit Services now Available!

Forecast is now available to perform an Equity Audit to assess the equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in your community’s public art collection. Forecast's Equity Audit is a comprehensive benchmarking tool to identify discrepancies in public art collections as related to race, gender, immigration status, and more. As part of an Equity Audit, Forecast reviews current pieces in a collection for multiple EDI factors, such as themes, artists, and locations. With this new service, Forecast will help you identify gaps, prioritize initiatives, set goals, assign accountability, and measure impact. Equity and inclusion are core values of Forecast. We are excited to partner with you to expand these values in your community through this new service!

Forecast. ED.
An Online Learning platform

Forecast.ED courses are designed to cover a diverse array of topics within the fields of public art and placemaking. Some courses offer a broad overview, and others allow you to get more specialized information about a certain topic area.

Are you an artist? We are updating our artist database!

Fill out our artist survey to ensure we have up-to-date info about your creative practice so that, as opportunities arise, we send out what is most relevant to you.
Photo by Anna Min Enterprises.

Spirit Room's mission is “to enrich people’s lives through the development and practice of creative, contemplative and healing arts.” We engage with individuals and organizations to create an educational experience that includes the community in the outcome. 
Spirit Room Galleries
Fargo ND

Because the Spirit Room has several galleries, larger work and more prolific artists exhibit in the Lotus Studio or Gallery I. Gallery II, a smaller gallery, is especially good for young artists who may not have a large body of work or artists that would have difficulty with the costs of framing.

If you are interested in exhibiting with us please send us an e-mail with a cover letter, current resume, website (if you have one,) and proposal for exhibition.

Hinge Arts Residency
Fergus Falls
Application Deadline: September 1
Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride is a community development and artist residency program in Fergus Falls which activates cultural programming at or related to the historic Fergus Falls State Hospital, or the “Kirkbride Building.”

Artists of all disciplines and career levels are welcome to apply to Hinge Arts Residencies taking place between January and June of 2020. Artists have the opportunity to apply for 1 of 3 residency tracks offered: 
🔸Career Development

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Intercultural Leadership Institute
Applications for the 2018-2019 ILI cohort are currently open.
The Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), is a collaborative effort of First Peoples Fund, Alternate ROOTS, the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture and the PA'I Foundation, organizations that have a shared commitment to pursue cultural equity and to support artists, culture bearers, and other arts professionals as change-makers in their communities.

Located on 43-acres in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, 45 miles northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, USA. Franconia offers a place where artists live, create, and exhibit three-dimensional artwork.
Arts Administration Internship 
Applications accepted on a rolling basis

This type of internship is best suited for those interested in exploring public art, museum studies, arts administration, or nonprofit management careers.
For complete details and application instructions, visit Franconia's website
Contact Amber White with questions: or (651) 257-6668
BELT Magazine
LGBTQ Anthology
Deadline for submissions: Oct. 1
Belt Publishing is excited to announce an anthology of LGBTQ stories from the Midwest and Appalachia, to be published in Fall 2020. We plan to offer an honorarium to contributors, contingent on fundraising over the next year.

Cattail Creek Framing seeks artists to display their work at their art gallery space in Park Rapids!
Cattail Creek Framing seeks painters, jewelry designers, fiber artists, sculptors, carvers, collage artists, stained glass artists, basket makers, quilters, and potters.
Artists interested in displaying their work can contact Tammy directly:
Please mail to, drop off, or stop in to our store located at:
120 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Contact Janae, in store at (218) 308-7378
with any questions.
Furniture Express of Bemidji
seeks to create a furniture store that is 100% Local

Accepting Proposals!
The project has been created by Bemidji local, Janae Thomton. She is asking for submissions of portfolios in 3 ring binder form with photos and an artist biography. For those interested in selling wall art, she is asking for framed prints preferably no less than 11x14in. Canvas paintings of any size, wall decor of any variety.
Levitt AMP Grant Awards
2020 Applications Now Open!
Each year, the Levitt Foundation awards $25K matching grants to U.S.-based nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities to present the Levitt AMP Music Series, 10 free concerts that inject new life into public spaces and create vibrant community destinations. Through online public voting, your votes determine the Top 25 finalists.
Learn more and apply here
2020 Grant Applications

Four Public Art Grant Opportunities

Applications Close: October 16, 2019 

Descriptions about the grants:
Mid-Career Project Grant*
Supports the creation of a new, publicly accessible, temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist
Mid-Career Professional Development Grant 
Supports Minnesota-based mid-career artists seeking to expand or advance their careers in the field of public art, through a project idea or participation in career-enhancing activities
Early-Career Artist Project Grant*
Supports creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an early-career Minnesota-based artist
Early-Career Artist Research & Development Grant
Supports early-career artists in public art related research and development or with the planning phase of freely accessible public art installation or activity in Minnesota

NOTE: If you are applying to the Early-Career Project Grant or Mid-Career Project Grant you are required to upload/secure site permissions with your application (deadline October 16, 2019). Learn more about the in's and out's of securing site permissions at our info session featuring artists and city planners.

One Year Artist Fellowships
Applications are Now Open!

Award Amount: $5,000

Through our Artists in Business Leadership and Cultural Capital Fellowships, First Peoples Fund partners with Native artists and culture bearers to strengthen their business skills and to ensure that art, culture and ancestral knowledge are passed from one generation to the next. 

Twenty to twenty-five artists are selected annually for First Peoples Fund's one-year fellowship programs. Fellows receive $5,000 project grants, technical support and professional training to start or grow a thriving arts business and to further their important work in their communities.

Applicants must be documented affiliates of a United States Tribe (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian).

Convenings, Research & Memberships (Ongoing)

Supports convenings, research, or ongoing programs, services, and activities benefiting organized arts philanthropy, grantmakers, or artists.
Grants are made throughout the year, without a fixed deadline.

Other Opportunities
Early career artists in Minnesota are supported through a number of Jerome-funded programs.

Ensuring that Minnesota is a place where artists choose to live and work strengthens our communities, our cultures, and our economies. The McKnight Foundation’s arts grantmaking is focused on working artists and the organizations that help them advance artistically and professionally.
Initial Inquiry deadline: October 15

McKnight’s arts grantees are organizations that do the following:

  • prioritize compensation to artists
  • enable unique artistic opportunities
  • facilitate meaningful relationships between artists and their communities
  • demonstrate a deep understanding of their field
  • respond to broad trends
  • work to eliminate deep and persistent cultural, economic, and racial barriers
McKnight’s Arts program funds arts organizations across many disciplines that offer support structures for working artists. Is this your organization?

Initial Inquiry deadline: October 15

The annual $50,000 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award recognizes artists who have made a lifelong commitment to creating art that is locally, regionally, and/or nationally significant.

These artists have chosen to make their lives and careers in Minnesota, thereby making our state a more culturally rich place. First and foremost, they have produced creatively incisive art reflecting their particular and extraordinary point of view.

McKnight Distinguished Artists have also inspired other artists, earned acclaim from audiences, patrons, critics, and other arts professionals, and some have founded and strengthened arts organizations.

Region 2 Arts Council extends a deep THANK YOU to our anonymous donor!!
A 501(c)3 organization in our region officially ended its tenure as an arts organization, and recently contributed a generous donation to Region 2 Arts Council. The donors, who wish to remain anonymous, noted they chose to give these funds to Region 2 Arts Council as a way to acknowledge the support they received during the organization's early efforts.

We are both humbled and grateful to receive this generous contribution.
Congratulations to our RAC Summit Scholarship recipients!

Region 2 Arts Council is excited to announce the recipients of the Rural Arts And Culture Summit scholarship award.

Marti Lundin is a rosemaling artist from Beltrami County. Marti's main interest is in Scandinavian painting, dance, and writing. She is also active in several arts groups and is a great supporter of the arts.

Diamond Knispel is a visual artist from Hubbard County. Diamond works full time as an artist, works as sound engineer on the side, and brings her creative work to the Marketing and Arts Program Coordinator position at Headwaters Music & Arts, in Bemidji.

Wesley May is a visual artist from the Red Lake Nation in Beltrami County. Wesley does live painting with children and youth, as well as adults to show how core values can be applied using the tools around us = values in action.

Jessica Saucedo is a community organizer living in Beltrami County. Jessica is co-owner of Rail River Folk School, a community arts and education center engaging with various types of arts and artists to do self-produced performances and classes.

Nicolle LaFleur is Executive Director at the Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, Hubbard County. Nicolle contributes her energy and enthusiasm in the arts to offer high quality art experiences, engaging arts exploration across all ages.

Rima Smith-Keprios is an actively engaged community member living in Beltrami County. Rima has a great appreciation for the dedication, self-discipline and self-expression of artists, and readily participates in painting with various mixed media.

Gillian Bedford is a professional oil and acrylic painter and is a recent arrival to Beltrami County. Gillian loves meeting other artists and is especially interested in connecting with rural artists across the area.
The 2019 Creative MN Report is available online!
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