Artwork by Dana Goodwin and Dennis Williams
Northern Arts News
December 2016
In This Issue
Park Rapids Classic Chorale
Christmas Concert

December 2
7:30 pm

December 4
3:00 pm

St. Johns Lutheran Church, Park Rapids
803 1st St W, Park Rapids, MN 56470
Minnesota Theater Alliance Regional Network Meeting 

Meet the new Executive Director of the Minnesota Theater Alliance, Joanna Schnedler, receive an overview of the Performing Arts and Human Resources Toolkit, and have a chance to share information on your upcoming shows, programs and events! 

Co-hosted by Mask & Rose Women's Theatre Collective

December 3
Buffalo Wild Wings (Back Room), Bemidji
One beverage provided

To RSVP for this event, please

The Alliance is also in the process of developing an online platform specific to your region and we need your feedback! Please  complete this very brief form to let us know your thoughts.

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Fundraiser for the Bemidji Carnegie Library Restoration Project

December 3
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Northwest Minnesota Foundation

$20 Tickets available at Bemidji City Hall. RSVP
on their event page.

Rural Arts and Culture Summit 2017

Call for proposals
December 5, 2016

Springboard for the Arts, the Center for Small Towns and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota are seeking proposals for the 2017 Rural Arts & Culture Summit, which will take place 
June 6 - 8, 2017
at the University of  Minnesota, Morris.

More info here.
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra 
Lights & Lore 

December 6th
7:00 pm

Bemidji High School Auditorium
Students K-12 Free!

Songwriting Workshop
Grammy award-winning songwriters Jon Vezner and Don Henry, together known as the Don Juans, are having a songwriting workshop in Bemidji.

December 6th

Interested in attending? 
For more details, e-mail Bruce Kaehne.
  Bemidji Chorale
Christmas Concert
December 11

3:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Calvary Lutheran Church
2508 Washington Ave SE

Alcohol Ink Workshop

December 10

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Old Schoolhouse

Check out their event page for more information.

Suzy & Hondo Christmas Dance Party

December 10

6:00 - 11:00 pm

Suzy & Hondo School of Dance 
1259 Tyler Ave SE, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601

Check out their event page for more information.

Book Signing

Local author Anthony Swann will read from his new book, 
Paint with Words

December 15
7:00 pm

Open Mic for poets to follow; please join and share your poems.

Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St SW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Call for Artists
Hinge Residency

Applications due
December 16, 2016

Artist Residencies from 
April 2017- Sept 2017
Fergus Falls, MN

Go to the application for more information.

Call for Artists
Essential Art

Visual Arts Minnesota hosts this juried exhibition and celebration

January 2, 2017

Check out the announcement to apply.

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Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for the January issue of the  Northern Arts News  is December 20. Submit by email.
Region 2 Arts Council
303 Railroad St SW
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601

Grant Deadlines
    • These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects and can cover costs associated with public art, exhibitions, or performances. Maximum award: $6,000. More info at the application.

  • Individual Artist Grants - Deadline January 15, 2017
    • This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. More info at the application.
(Check out the Info Sessions below)

Grant Info Sessions

Join us to learn about the on-line grant application process, tips for your artist statement, work sample guidelines, and completing a budget.

For Individual Artist Grant (IAG) and Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant for Small Towns (ACHT)
January 5
5 - 7 p.m.  (IAG)
Meeting Room
Bemidji Public Library
509 America Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Park Rapids:
January 6
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (IAG)
Meeting Room
Coldwell Banker 
101 Main Ave S, Park Rapids, MN 56470
January 9
5:30-6:30 p.m. (ACHT)
6:30-7:30 p.m.  (IAG)
Depot Preservation Alliance
Baudette, MN 56623
(218) 590-6407
Grant Drop-In Sessions:  
December 14
10:00 am - 2:00 pm  (ACHT) (IAG)
January 4
10:00 am - 2:00 pm  (ACHT) (IAG)
Region 2 Arts Council
Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St SW
Bemidji, MN 56601

If you can't make it to these drop-in sessions, you may call, email, or stop in our offices during business hours for assistance with grants.
Need an info session? If you have a group of four or more, and a location, we can tailor our grant info sessions to your needs; call or  email Region 2 Arts Council.

Our Grant Recipients

In November, Region 2 Arts Council funded the following art programs:

Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants for Schools

Bemidji Middle School received $2,800 to fund William Durbin, acclaimed Minnesota author, to teach 325 students in sixth grade at Bemidji Middle School short story elements in historical creative writing. Beltrami County.

Lake of the Woods High School was awarded $3,000 to take students on a field trip to the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis to view a production of Wicked, have a tour of the Orpheum, and to visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Lake of the Woods County.

Red Lake Middle School received $3,000 to bring two Native American artists to the school to do a residency which will teach self-expression of inner-voice to students through the creation of spoken word and music pieces. Beltrami County.

Arts Project Grants

Bagley Area Arts Collaborative received $1,829 to host a three-day plein air painting workshop with Arna Rennan in August 2017. Clearwater County.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra was awarded $2,500 to present the concert "Cinematic Legends," a family-friendly concert featuring well-known film scores from Hollywood movies. Beltrami County.

Farm By The Lake received $2,420 to host six storytellers in January, February, and March. This project will culminate with a workshop class to instruct participants to write their own stories. Clearwater County.

Nemeth Art Center was awarded $2,500 to host an exhibit by artists David & Mathieu Ruhlman. Hubbard County.

Nemeth Art Center received $2,500 to host exhibits by artists David Linder, Adam McCauley, Gail Katz-James and Lowell Wolff. Hubbard County.

Pequana Playhouse was awarded $1,640 to provide a variety show for community members to enjoy, and in which to participate. Lake of the Woods County.

Congratulations to all our applicants on keeping the arts alive in the region!

First Friday Art Walk 

December 2

Gallery North Friday, December 2 from 2 - 5 p.m . Drawing for a prize , enjoy refreshments and  shop for original gift items. 502 3rd St NW

Headwaters School of Music and The Arts  Friday, December 2 from 4 - 6 p.m. Reception for local artists Diamond Knispel, Russ Lund, and Tom Daly. Tour the pottery studio, enjoy refreshments and meet artists. 519 Minnesota Ave

Bemidji Public Library
The library wall will feature the woodcarvings and paintings of Les and Kathy Sanders. 509 America Ave NW

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will continue to feature Don Knudson and Marlon Davidson's exhibit titled, "New Work." 

Dunn Bros Coffee Friday, December 2 from 5 - 7 p.m. Reception for Kierlyn Ward,  with a musical  performance. 501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE.

The Least of These Fair Trade and Handmade Gift Shoppe Friday, December 2 from 5-7 p.m. Reception for Jenn Anderson, with live music by Johanna Pomp, and refreshments. 108 3rd St NW.

Make an 
Anishinaabe Appliqué
with us!

Renowned local artist Delina White will 
present about Indigenous Culture & Design in the History of the Great Lakes,
followed with every participant creating a felt appliqué wall hanging.

January 14, 2017

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
American Indian Resource Center at BSU

Sponsored by  Region 2 Arts Council and the  American Indian Resource Center

Free to participants
You must register by email or phone by January 10. Check our  calendar and our  Facebook page for more regional events.

Watermark Gallery News
Watermark Art Center has hired Mahnomen resident Karen Goulet as Program Director of the art center's Native American Gallery.

Beginning now until their renovation  project is complete, visitors can find the Watermark art center at 516 Beltrami Ave, next  to The Tea & Gift Shoppe, in the True North Healthcare building. Go to their website for more info.

Call for Artists

The Minnesota State Arts Board, on behalf of the City of Duluth, requests proposals from professional public artists or artist-led teams for permanent, site-specific public artwork at  Wade Municipal Stadium in Duluth, Minnesota.

The application deadline is Monday,  December 12, 2016

For more information, check out the