Northern Arts News
February 2017
In This Issue
Opera at the Bemidji Theater

February 2 & 4

7:00 pm

"Le Nozze De Figaro"

Bemidji CEC Theaters
Bemidji, MN

Find out more about this event here.

First Friday Art Walk

February 3

See new art in Bemidji at Watermark Art Center, Gallery North, The Least of These Fair Trade and Handmade Gift Shoppe, and more!

Find out more about this event here.

Heartland Concert Series:
Wylie & The Wild West A Cowboy Western Quartet

  February 3

7:30 p.m.

Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium 

Singer, songwriter, rancher, horseman and the original, world famous Yodeler, Wylie Gustafson leads this musical outfit known as The Wild West. 

Bemidji Concert Series

Andy Martin 
Corey Christiansen

Feb. 3
7:30 pm

Beaux Arts Ballroom at Bemidji State University

Night In: A Book Event

February 4
5 - 7 pm
Spend a night in with books, book recommendations, snacks, and more. Hosted by Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery

The Armory
203 Park Ave S
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Storytellers Series at Farm By the Lake

February 5
Sonja Kosler

February 19
Richard Rousseau

4 pm
Farm by the Lake,  17797 366th St, Bagley, MN 56621

Star Quilt Making Class 

February 11 & 12
9 am - 5 pm 

Leech Lake Tribal College

Anita Lovelace will teach this class. Must register via their event page.

Making Ribbon Skirts

February 16 & 23
ongoing into March

Leech Lake Tribal College

Priscilla Smith will teach this class.

Winter Fun Fest

February 18
Starts at 10 am

 Blackduck, MN

Scavenger Hunt, Snow Sculptures, and more! 

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra

February 19
3 pm

 Bemidji High School Auditorium
Bemidji, MN

Funded, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council

American Folk Art Painting Class

February 25

Blue Willow Boutique
309 America Ave NW

Call Betty at (218) 556-7631 for details

Call for Artists

MN Artists is seeking proposals from Minnesota-based artists of all disciplines to serve as "guest curators" for one-night events at the Walker Art Center. 

Applications are due February 8
More info  at their web page.

Rural Arts & Cultural Summit

Save the Date!
June 6-8

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Northern Arts News Deadline

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

Grant Deadlines

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants  - Deadline Feb. 15, 2017
    • 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. 

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship  - Deadline March 1, 2017
    • This Fellowship is to assist the region's most talented Native American artists in furthering their work to fund creative time and/or arts experiences that advance their art form. Each fellow's artwork will be featured in our annual Anishinaabe Arts Initiative exhibit. More info at  the application.
Young Artist Grants  -  Deadline  Mar. 15, 2017
    • (Previously Artist Mentor Grants) provides 8th-12th grade students the opportunity to study art with a practicing professional artist, attend an arts workshop, take a class, or attend an arts camp in the state of Minnesota. Award up to $600.  More info at  the application.

Quick Grants  -  Deadline  Mar. 15, 2017

How To Do Art Fairs:
For Artists

by Kathy Towley
February 4
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Presented by Region 2 Arts Council
At the Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Are you new to the Art Fair Circuit? Wondering what it's all about? Kathy Towley shares 20 years of experience in Art and Craft Fairs at this informational class. Learn about applying to craft fairs, display and booth needs, and selling the arts and crafts you create.

Please register for this class by email, or call (218) 751-5447

Elephant Man
Bemidji Community Theater

February 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12

Historic Chief Theatre
314 Beltrami Ave
Bemidji, MN 

Tickets $12
Mature Content

Find out more  on their web page.

Artist Opportunities at Franconia Sculpture Park

Exhibit, create, and fund your art! 

Located in Shafer, MN

Fill Out Our Survey!

Help Us Fund Local Art

Our annual survey will guide Region 2 Arts Council's funding of art programs and projects, and we greatly value your input! It only takes 5 minutes; please share the link with your friends and family in our region.

Arts Advocacy Day

At the Capitol

February 28, 2017

Head to the state capitol with other arts advocates to protect state funding for the arts. 

Find out more and sign up here.

Art Spark:
Vision Boards

February 11
1-3 pm

Join Art Spark, a local art collective, to make yourself a vision board for the new year.

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

Find out more  on their event page.

Arts Learning Grants

Arts Learning is a program that offers funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage learners with skilled teaching artists and high quality artistic experiences.

Applications due
February 24, 2017


Region 2's Calendar
Don't forget to check our calendar and plan ahead for grant deadlines, workshops, and region-wide arts events.


Creative Spirit 
Fiber Festival

February 24 - 25

The festival explores a variety of fiber arts, including basketry, cavandoli, knitting, needle felting, quilting, rug hooking, spinning, and tatting. There are hands-on demos, educational classes, trunk shows, door prizes, and more. 

 Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference

Intensive Weeklong Workshops

June 19-25, 2017
Apply online by May 1


Save the Date!
April 29, 2017
Presented by Region 2 Arts Council. 
For Artists, Craftspeople, Organizations, Schools, and Culture-Bearers.  Contemporary and Traditional Arts Showcase and Resource Event
At the Rail River Folk School, Bemidji