Upcoming Grant Deadline

Community Arts Support Grant due February 15, 2018

The purpose of the R2AC Community Arts Support Grant is to provide a measure of funding stability for area arts organizations so that their energy can be better focused on increasing the quality and availability of the arts to our communities. 

Eligible organizations must have arts programming at the center of their mission, and must have been bringing arts projects and programming to our Region 2 Arts Council communities for a minimum of two full years.  Award amounts are based on an applicant organization's averaged expenses for the two completed fiscal years previous to the application deadline.

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
Upcoming Grant Deadline

Young Artist Grant................... due February 15, 2018

Maximum Award: $600

The Young Artist Grant provides 8th-12th grade students residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties 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. Grant recipients are reimbursed up to $600 for work with a mentor artist/instructor or for costs associated with attending an arts camp/class/workshop. As part of the maximum $600 grant award, you may also ask for reimbursement up to $100 for travel expenses, including mileage at $0.535/mile, lodging, and/or meals, and you may ask for reimbursement up to $50 for arts materials such as reeds, sheet music, paints, brushes, books, ballet slippers, sketch pads, etc.

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
Upcoming Grant Deadline

Award: $5,000

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation to provide unfettered funding to an individual Native American artist to fuel his or her art in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties in Minnesota. This year, for the first time, we have two Fellowships available.

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

(218) 751-5447
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.

E-mail us with questions at staff@r2arts.org

February 12:

The Board of Directors will meet at 4:30 in the Education Room at Watermark Art Center, and will be reviewing the Arts Access Grant applications at 5:30 pm. If you'd like to witness the review process, you may join the meeting at  505 Bemidji Ave N, Bemidji.

E-mail us with questions at staff@r2arts.org
Region 2 Arts Council
505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji MN
Warm Your Heart With a Little Art
February 1 - 24

Gallery North is producing a month of art classes to keep you entertained through February.

Feb. 1st   Woodburn on a Feather with Les Sanders. 
1:00 - 4:00 pm.  Use wood burning techniques and beads to design a feather carved from basswood. Age 12+
Feb. 3rd   Bead People Peace Project with Jamie Lee. 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Create a thumb-sized Bead Person, includes a booklet. Children welcome. 
Feb. 3rd   Watercolor Background with Marion Caroline. 
1:00 - 4:00 pm.  Explore and practice a variety of backgrounds in watercolor. Age 10+
Feb. 6th    Put It On a Feather with Marion Caroline.      
1:00 - 4:00 pm.  Paint a Northwoods bird on a feather. Age 10+. 
Feb. 8th   Red Willow Dreamcatcher with Les Sanders.     
1:00 - 4:00 pm.  Make a beautiful dreamcatcher using red willow, sinew, and beads. Age 12+
Feb. 9th   Swedish Heart Fabric Weaving with Colleen Hilts.    
1:00 - 2:00 pm.  Students will learn how to weave a Swedish Heart out of fabric strips. The end product is a pretty wall hanging. Age 9+
Feb. 10th   Small Storage Basket with Monie Martin.       
1:00 - 4:00 pm.  Create a woven storage basket using reeds with color added on the sides. Adult students only. 
Feb. 13th  Ukrainian Egg Painting with Mary Morton.         
1:00 - 4:00 pm.  Learn to paint an intricate and beautiful star pattern on a blown egg using special dyes. Age 10+
Feb. 14th  "Birch Clump" acrylic painting with Maureen O'Brien.  1:00 - 4:00 pm.  Students will use brush, palette knife, and a sponge to paint a clump of birch trees.  Be sure to wear your favorite painting shirt. Age 14+
Feb. 15th   Gourd Art Pin with Kathy Sanders.            
1:00 - 3:00 pm.  Design a unique pin using gourd pieces, acrylic paint/alcohol inks, and learn to incorporate a special handmade bead made by the instructor. Age 12+
Feb. 22nd   Bead & Wire Pendant with Kathy Sanders.      
1:00 - 4:00 pm.  Make a lovely 2-inch pendant using wire wrapping techniques and embellish your piece with beads. Age 12+
Feb. 24th   Unblocked Writer's Workshop with Jamie Lee.  
1:00 - 4:00 pm.  Free the writer inside you, this class gives you tools and strategies to energize and unblock your writing. Age 15+

 For More Information  Email Here or Call (218) 444-9813
First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji
February 2

Dunn Bros Coffee will display  landscape and  nature photography 
by Robert Ferdinandt .
6 am - 7 pm.  501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE.
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse presents  "Dreamscapes," a new series of paintings by Bagley artist Tawnee Corning. The collection consists of 15 colorful acrylic paintings of psychedelic skies.
7 am - 5 pm. 523 Minnesota Ave.
Neilson Place continues the photography display of "North and South - Best of  Both Worlds," by Lainie Hiller.
8 am - 8 pm.  1000 Anne Street NW.
The Bemidji Library wall presents oil painter and wood carver  Kay Schuver, member of the Northern Artist Association.
9 am - 5 pm.  509 America Ave NW.
Gallery North will host a reception for Showcase Artist Raymond WesleyFeatured Artist will be Gallery member and jewelry artist Heidi Horton. Featured Artist will be Gallery member Jamie Lee.
2 pm - 6 pm.  310 4th St NW.
Watermark Art Center will host a reception for the mixed media exhibit,  Salvaged Time 1970-2018 , by Don Knudson .
5 - 7 pm. 505 Bemidji Ave N.
Headwaters Music & Arts will host an  opening reception of Maureen O'Brien's exhibit, "Moments of the Northwoods," 4-6pm. Following the reception   will be the  Open Mic Coffee House from 7 - 10 pm, 
hosted by Caige Jambor .
Wildwood Concert Series
February 2
7:00 pm

Wildwood Concert Series features Curtis & Loretta In Concert.

This event is made possible, in part, by grants from the Region 2 Arts Council, and by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Clearwaters Life Center Gonvick
226 Elm St
Gonvick, MN
February 2 - 3
7:30 pm

BSU's JazzFest will feature workshops and performances, as well as open rehearsals with guest artists.

Thompson Recital Hall
Bangsberg Complex
Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN
Weekly Artists' Meeting
February 5, 12, 19, 26
10:00 am

Northern Arts Association encourages all artists to join, and bring an art project to work on. It is customary to s tay and have lunch together. Meeting every Monday.

For More Information Email Here  or Call (218) 444-9813

Eagles' Club
1270 Neilson Ave SE
Bemidji, MN
Portraits for Teens
February 6, 13, 20 & 27
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Learn how to create a photo-realistic portrait while putting an emphasis on details and technique. Ages 14-18

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave
Bemidji MN
Wait Until Dark
February 9, 10, 16, 17
7:30 pm
February 11, 18
2:00 pm

A thriller directed by Derrick Houle.

Adults $12 / Children $6
Tickets available at Iverson Corner Drug downtown Bemidji, or 
Ken K. Thompson Jewelry.

Historic Chief Theatre
314 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji MN
As It Is Above, It Is Below: 
Inter-Generational Star Map Painting Workshop
February 10
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

An inter-generational star map painting workshop. Part of the exhibit Native Skywatchers - Earth Sky Connections, opening February 5th. Kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $10/person. Family rates available. Call Watermark to purchase tickets - cash or check only. Tel #: 218-444-7570. Thanks to sponsor Northwest Indian Community Development Center and Miikanan Gallery.

Watermark Art Center
505 Beltrami Ave N
Bemidji MN
Paint & Sip
February 10
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join artist Kitty Ballard for an afternoon of fun. Bring a friend and enjoy an adult beverage as Kitty walks you through the process of creating a painting. No experience required and all supplies provided. Ages 21+

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave
Bemidji MN
Pottery & Pints
February 10
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Enjoy a relaxing evening glazing pottery, drinking good brew, and tasting custom appetizers. Clay potter Tom Daly will walk you through the process of glazing two pottery pieces such as a beer mug, wine mug, plate or bowl. If you are so inclined, you can try out the pottery wheel or other basic pottery techniques. There will be plenty of breaks for socializing and enjoying beer and appetizers. Absolutely no art experience is required. Come learn in a fun and supportive environment surrounded by your friends. Ages 21+
More Information Here
Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave
Bemidji MN

Sponsored by Farm by the Lake
This month: February 11 & 25
3:00 pm

Michael Venske and Al Batt will be the storytellers in February. More dates in March. Free admission.

Bagley Public Library
79 Spencer Ave SW
Bagley, MN
Cultural Knowledge of the Stars
February 17 & 18
1:00 pm

Anangoog - Cultural Knowledge of the Stars: A presentation by Mishiikenh (Abe Sutherland) and Ogimaawap (Joe Sutherland) of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, who are carrying on the knowledge of their parents, Mary and Leonard Moose. Two sessions: February 17th and 18th. Presentation begins at 1 p.m. each day, with traditional storytelling to follow. Free to attend, but space is limited. Part of the exhibit Native Skywatchers - Earth Sky Connections, opening February 5th. Thanks to sponsor Northwest Indian Community Development Center and Miikanan Gallery.

Watermark Art Center
505 Beltrami Ave N
Bemidji MN
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra  
"Trading Places"

February 18
3:00 pm

This concert, "Trading Places" features highly accomplished and amazingly versatile trumpet soloist  Mark Nelson.  Nelson joins the BSO to perform works by  Moriconne, Mozart and Gershwin . Hear him "trade places" with a piano for "Rhapsody in Blue!"   Dr. Beverly Everett  conducts.

Bemidji High School Auditorium
2900 Division Street West
Bemidji, MN
Heartland Concert Series
February 20
7:00 pm

Scott  Kirby presents a multi-media stage performance which features live piano music, spoken narrative and video presentation. 

Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium
401 Huntsinger Ave
Park Rapids, Minnesota
Movie Night at the Historic Chief Theater 
February 24
6:00 pm

As a fundraiser, the theater will present the movie,
30 Days of Night.

314 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji, Minnesota
Terrapin Sunday
February 25
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

3:00 pm Art Reception featuring the work of Tiffany Besonen.
4 - 6:00 pm Two sets of all original music by  Jacob Mahon Music &  Colleen Myhre on the Terrapin Soundstage.
For more information call   (218) 652-3091

(Enter in The Blue Door Gallery)
115 Main Street W.
Nevis, Minnesota
Robin Anders at Bemidji Public Library
February 26
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the Bemidji Library for a presentation by Minnesotan musician, Robin Anders, who will be demonstrating and discussing several different drums and percussion instruments from Africa, North and South America, Asia, India, and the Middle East. Robin has toured in these countries performing, and teaching, and providing workshops for over 45 years. 

509 America Ave NW
Bemidji, Minnesota
Arts Advocacy Day

March 6

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will bring hundreds of arts advocates from around the state to the State Capitol for "Arts Advocacy Day" to thank legislators for following through on the promise of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that dedicated funds to conservation and the arts. 

By working together we show the strength of Minnesota's arts community. Let your elected officials know what you think.Registration Deadline is March 2, 2018.

Find Out More About Arts Advocacy Day at ArtsMn.Org
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
661 LaSalle Street #220
St. Paul, MN 55114
Writing Memoirs

March 21
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Clearwater County Historical Society offers a one-day writing workshop with Angela Foster .

Do you have a memory that shimmers in your mind? One that begs to be written? Do you find it  difficult to get started? Through the use of prompts and free writes during this workshop you  will get those memories on paper. We'll talk about the basics of memoir and the details that  bring them to life. You'll leave this class with at least three works in-progress and ideas for many  more.  Angela Foster teaches memoir at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN and  holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Nonfiction from Pine Manor College in Boston,  MA.

Fee $25.00
Deadline to sign up is March 17th.
Payable to Clearwater County Historical Society
PO Box 241 Bagley MN 56621
For more information call    (218) 785-2000
Clearwater County History Center
264 1st St
Shevlin, MN 56676
Arts Learning Grants

Arts Learning is a grant program that offers funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge, understanding, and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage learners with skilled teaching artists and high quality artistic experiences. Proposed projects must take place between September 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019.

Applications must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. on February 16, 2018
Minnesota State Arts Board
Tom Miller , project manager
400 N Sibley St #200
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 215-1611
Call for Artists

AICHO is hosting an exhibit honoring phenomenal women of color. For this exhibit, "Phemonenal," they want artists who identify both as women and individuals who are Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and/or Asian. Artists who fit this criteria are asked to submit artwork inspired by women of color, representations of womanhood as related to their culture, and/or equity in feminism within communities of color.

Selected Artists will be notified on an ongoing basis before drop-off deadline of  Monday, 
March 5
202 W. 2nd Street
Duluth, Minnesota
Residency Program

American Composers Forum has a new residency program. In Common is a new collaborative artist residency that gives communities the opportunity to explore and celebrate their unique diversity through the sharing of stories and the creation of new music. Composers of all styles, who live within driving distance of Willmar, MN, are invited to apply.

March 5
American Composers Forum
202 W. 2nd Street
Duluth, Minnesota
McKnight  Fellowships for Media Artists 

The intent of this program is to enrich and strengthen the state of Minnesota by acknowledging the accomplishments of media artists and supporting their artistic growth. This is not a project-specific grant, but instead an acknowledgment of an artist's exceptional body of work.

Applications must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. on March 13
McKnight Fellowship in Media Arts Administrator and
FilmNorth Screenwriting Residency Administrator
550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120 
St. Paul, MN 55114
Festival Support Grants

The FY 2019 Minnesota Festival Support grant program is now open for application.

Applications must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. on March 23, 2018
Rina Rossi , program officer
(651) 215-1612
Minnesota State Arts Board
400 N Sibley St #200
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 215-1611
Teaching Artist Roster

The Region 2 Arts Council is facilitating the creation of a Teaching Artist Roster in service of artists who are interested in arts instruction opportunities and to support organizations and schools that are seeking artists for that purpose. 

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, email your name, art area/subjects you teach, and contact information to alice@r2arts.org
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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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