We Have Moved to Watermark Art Center's New Building!

As of  November 30, 2017 , the Region 2 Arts Council office is now in its permanent location inside the brand new Watermark Arts Center building at 505 Bemidji Avenue North, Bemidji, Minnesota. 

Region 2 Arts Council
505 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone: (218) 751-5447
(800) 275-5447

Website: r2arts.org
Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Individual Artist Grant................due January 15, 2018
(See Info Sessions below)

Arts Access Grant......................due 
January 15, 2018

Drop-In Info Sessions

We will have two Drop-In Dates dedicated to supporting you in applying for an Individual Artist Grant. Come visit us with your questions about the grant application, and check out our new office space!

December 12 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and 5:00 - 6:30 pm

December 14 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Applications are online at r2arts.org. 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

The City of Mahnomen and the White Earth Tribe's Gizhiigin Arts Incubator received a 
Minnesota Local Government Innovation Award
for their joint public art project that commissioned local artists to create movie themed mural panels on the boarded-up windows and doors of the county-owned historic Rainbow Theatre on Main St. in Mahnomen. 
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Arts Learning Grant Recipients

Region 2 Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of Arts Learning Grants:

Bemidji Community Theater was awarded $3,837 to continue a Theater Internship Program allowing interns to work with mentors on five upcoming projects. 
Bemidji Middle School was awarded $2,094  to host writer Patricia Jamie Lee for "Writing Across Cultures," where students will respectfully write a short story across cultures with authenticity. 
Lumberjack High School was awarded $4,003  to have an Arts Field Trip to see a performance of Romeo and Juliet at Park Square Theater, and engage in Native American art, and other exhibits, at the Minnesota History Center. 
Red Lake Nation College was awarded $5,458  to work with Navajo playwright and theatre-maker Rhianna Yazzie of New Native Theatre in Minneapolis to write and present an original one-act play, with additional theater coaching from Stephanie Thompson of Ten Thousand Things Theater in Minneapolis, Kaitlen Osburn of The Minnesota Film Festival and Cate Belleveau of Mask & Rose Theater in Puposky.

Watermark Art Center was awarded $3,600  to present the 5th Annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival, featuring a vendor market, free and low-fee classes and hands-on opportunities focused on fiber arts.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Artist Fellows for 2017-2018
The Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank each of the Artist Fellowship applicants and congratulate Shannon Lucas Westrum and Kelli Lien as the 2017-2018 Artist Fellows!
Kelli Lien 
has 20 years of experience working in watercolor and is a Signature Member of the Red River Watercolor Society. Her paintings have won top awards at national and regional shows, and her collages have been accepted into juried shows and will be included in the National Collage Society's Calendar for 2018. Kelli has taught a variety of art-related classes at elementary schools, senior centers, and at the Rapid City fine arts center. Currently, some of her recent art can be found at Wings'n Willows Art Gallery, in Grand Rapids. As a 2017-2018 Artist Fellow, Kelli's plans focus on upgrading her studio, creating a new website to market her art, and producing new work. She wants to explore acrylic painting and abstraction and to have more time to focus on creating new collages and watercolors. She also hopes to connect with the community through teaching workshops, attending arts 
classes, being more involved in artist groups, and continuing exhibiting throughout the region.

"Sunlit Ruby Red Begonia," Watercolor by Kelli Lien, 2016

"Moving Along with Pedestal," Ribbed construction bowl with rattan on a white-tail deer antler pedestal with open lashed rim, by Shannon Lucas-Westrum, 2016
Shannon Lucas-Westrum is an artist who specializes in weaving
baskets that incorporate natural elements into unique shapes. She has been weaving since 2000, taking traditional weaving styles and merging them to form pieces that are both functional and sculptural. She occasionally teaches beginner workshops in weaving and jewelry-making in her Bemidji studio. Her work can be seen during the annual American Craft Council Show in St. Paul, the First City of Arts Studio Cruise in Bemidji, in regional galleries, and in her home studio by appointment. As a 2017-2018 Artist Fellow, Shannon has been accepted for an artist residency at Shankill Castle near Kilkenney, Ireland. From there she plans to travel to Galway to work with traditional master basket weaver Joe Hogan. After returning to Bemidji, she plans to create contemporary baskets utilizing the traditional techniques and designs she encounters in Ireland made with locally cultivated materials, and plans an exhibition of her new baskets next year.

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 R2AC Artist Fellows!
R2AC Board Member Vacancies

Currently we need one resident each from Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties to become a member of  our Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity to understand the workings of the granting process, to be more involved with the arts and artists of your region, and to enjoy camaraderie with others who appreciate the arts.  Interviews for board members have begun and will continue into January, or until positions are filled,  for each two-year term.

Phone: (218) 751-5447
(800) 275-5447

Website: r2arts.org
We Are Creating a Teaching Artist Roster

The Region 2 Arts Council is facilitating the creation and distribution of a Teaching Artist Roster in service of artists who may be interested in arts instruction opportunities and to support organizations and schools that are seeking artists for that purpose. If you are an artist in the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen who would like to be added to our list, please email your name, art area/subjects you teach, and contact information to  alice@r2arts.org

The Teaching Artist Roster is a tool to connect artists with schools and organizations.  It is not an endorsement of the teaching qualifications of the artist or the suitability of an artist to meet the specific needs of an organization or school.  Region 2 Arts Council recommends that artists be paid a minimum of $300 per four teaching hours; however, R2AC is not responsible for any aspect of the agreements made between organizations, schools, and artists.
To be added to the Teaching Artist Roster, please email your name, art area/subjects you teach, and contact information to alice@r2arts.org
Park Rapids and Menahga Theatre Cooperative Winter Play

Failure: A Love Story
December 8 & 9
7:00 pm

Park Rapids Area High School
401 Huntsinger Ave
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Holidays By Hand
Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

December 9
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

7th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival at a new location: the Bemidji High School.  Featuring over 50 artists showcasing their handmade items. 
Free admission
You can
  email for more info .

2900 Division St W
Bemidji, MN
6th Contra Dance and Musician's Workshop

December 9

Musician's workshop 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji, MN

Community Contra Dance 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
303 Railroad St SW,  Bemidji, MN

Everything is taught by the caller. No experience or partners necessary. Families welcome.  Free will donations accepted.
Make Birchbark Ornaments

December 5
6:00 - 8:00 pm
December 9
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Create an ornamental woven star using strips of birch bark. The class will be led by weaver Emily Derke. You have two opportunities to attend - spend a Tuesday evening or enjoy this class for longer during the Saturday session.

Students will take home several handmade ornaments. $40 ($35 for Headwaters members)


7:00 pm
Watermark Art Center is pleased to present the next event in the First City Poetry Reads series at Anytime Fitness in Bemidji. The theme will be "Our  Physical Selves," featuring poet Erin Lynn Marsh, who will address the personal and cultural aspects of physical disability.

2526 Hannah Ave NW
Bemidji, MN

Call for Emerging Visual Artists
December 11
Deadline to Submit

Call for visual artists of all ages  for emerging artist exhibition at  Lanesboro  Arts Gallery. Exhibition opportunities for those artists with little to no exhibition experience.


This program is a new opportunity for emerging artists in Minnesota to participate in solo or group exhibitions at the Quarter Gallery in Regis Center for Arts at the University of Minnesota. Please submit application to mzefeldt@umn.edu with subject "RCA Emerging Artist Exhibition Program" by Monday December 11, 2017

December 11
Deadline to Submit

University of Minnesota

The Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University seeks submissions for the upcoming juries exhibition State of the Union. No submission fee.
December 15
Deadline to Submit

Memorial Union Gallery
North Dakota State University
1401 Administration Ave, Fargo, ND 58105
Operating Support Available

Operating Support provides general operating support to high quality, established arts organizations that produce, present, or exhibit works of art; to organizations that provide a broad range of services to artists; and to community arts schools and conservatories that make arts learning available to Minnesotans of all ages and abilities. Grant amounts are $15,000 and up.

Applications must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. on January 19, 2018

Minnesota State Arts Board
Tom Miller , project manager
400 N Sibley St #200
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 215-1611
Call for Artists

Bemidji Sculpture Walk presents  SculpturePainters 2018:  "Dogs on the Walk!"  Bemidji's 3rd Juried Public Art  Auction Fundraiser Event. Apply to paint these fiberglass dog sculptures, which will be displayed over the summer on the annual sculpture walk, in locations throughout Bemidji.

January 10, 2018
Deadline to Submit

Bemidji Sculpture Walk
PO Box 1444
Bemidji, MN, 56619

This activity is funded, in part, by Region 2 Arts Council and the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Center for Emerging Visual Artists, a visual arts organization located  in Philadelphia, is presenting " Art  in  the  Open," a biennial citywide event that celebrates artists, their inspirations for creating  art, and their relationships with  the urban environment. Application fee of $35

February 1
Deadline to Submit

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists
The Barclay, 237 South 18th Street, Suite 3A
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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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