Northern Arts News
February 2019
Arts Opportunities and Events in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard,
Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties.
Photograph by Anna Renn, 2018 Young Artist Grant Recipient.
Picture was taken with a wildlife lens she borrowed from her photography instructor.
Next R2AC Board Meeting
February 11, 2019
4:30 p.m. @ Watermark Art Center
Education Room
Agenda: Monthly meeting and review of Arts Access Grant applications.
The Region 2 Arts Council operates in the spirit of the open meeting law. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
2018-2019 Region 2 Arts Council Board

Chair: Laura Grisamore - Hubbard County
Vice Chair: Mary Therese - Beltrami County
Treasurer: Corryn Trask - Lake of the Woods County
Secretary: Deb Carlson - Lake of the Woods County
Rebecca Colebank - Clearwater County
Pam Janssen - Clearwater County
Gayle Gish - Mahnomen County
LouAnn Muhm - Hubbard County
Michael Schlemper - Beltrami County
vacant - Mahnomen County
We still need one more board member from Mahnomen County!
If you live in that area and recognize that the arts are valuable to the quality of life in North Central Minnesota, consider becoming a Board Member.
Biennial Planning Process Continues!
Beltrami County Public Listening Session
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Bemidji Public Library, community room
509 America Avenue
Bemidji MN
Arts Access Workshop
Building Dementia Capability in the Arts
February 20, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave.
Bemidji, MN
Region 2 Arts Council invites artists and arts program leaders to increase their capacity to develop/expand opportunities that more successfully engage arts patrons and participants with memory loss, and related cognitive or sensory impairments, in the arts experience.

This workshop includes:
• A Virtual Dementia Tour facilitated by Judi Weiss from the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging.
• An opportunity to learn successful strategies for engagement from artists and arts program leaders who have done this work.
• Time to debrief the Tour with fellow participants and discuss potential applications to various arts disciplines.

Free to participants.
Please register via email or phone by February 18. (218) 751-5447

   **Round trip mileage will be offered to a limited number of participants coming from Northern Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen and Clearwater counties at the current federal rate.
This activity is made possible through combined funding from the McKnight Foundation and the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Serving MN artists and communities in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.
Upcoming Grants for Individuals
Young Artist Grant
Deadline: February 15, 2019
Maximum Award: $600
Open to 8th-12th grade students.

Individual Artist Grant
Deadline: February 15, 2019
Maximum Award: $2,000
(25% Cash Match on equipment purchases only)
Open to artists in all disciplines.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship
Deadline: March 1, 2019
Maximum Award: $5,000
Open to Native American Artists in all disciplines who have shown consistent excellence, commitment and dedication in their work.

Upcoming Grants for Organizations
Arts Project Grant
Deadline: March 15, 2019
Maximum Award: $2,500
(20% Cash Match required)
Open to non-profits, schools, government or tribal offices, or groups with a fiscal sponsor.

NOTE: APG Online Application will go live soon!

We are open M-F 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Contact us or stop by anytime to set up an individual appointment.
We are here to help!

Region 2 Arts Council Office
505 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji MN 56601
Drop-In Grant Writing Support
Individual Artist Grant
Drop-In Grant-Writing Support
February 6, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
505 Bemidji Ave N
(inside Watermark Art Center)
Bemidji MN

Join us to learn more about the application process for our Individual Artist grants, offering financial assistance to artists in any arts discipline or in any stage of their career as an artist. Artists can apply for grants up to $2,000.

New and experienced grant-writers welcome!
Meet Anna Renn, a 2018 Young Artist Grant Recipient from Bemidji
A 9th grader at the time, Anna has had a passion for photography for many years yet never had formal lessons. She used her award to pay for photography lessons from Brian Grund, professional photographer and owner of Chasing the Wind Photography.  

The results speak for themselves!
Anna captured this image during a lesson while using a borrowed macro lens.
"I learned during that session that I immensely enjoy this type of photography," she writes.
The photo of the shore bird was taken during one of her lessons while they were walking along the shore of lake Bemidji.
"I was trying to incorporate a good background into the image, and the blue of the water was perfect."
MN State Arts Board News
Minnesota Festival Support grant application deadline is March 22, 2019.

This grant program is designed to provide meaningful arts experiences to Minnesotans through festivals that celebrate the arts, build community, and expose communities to diverse art forms including folk and traditional arts.

Free Online Info Session
Thursday, February 21
3:00 p.m.
Bemidji First Friday Art Walk
February 1, 2019
The First Friday Art Walk supports both the artists and businesses of Bemidji’s downtown community by providing a festive self-guided walking tour.

Ravenrock Jewelry
313 Beltrami Ave. NW
Opening Reception Friday 1
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit features works by Sarah Marie Peterson displaying a collection of contemporary landscape paintings.

First Friday
February 1, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Visit with wood carvers from the Bemidji Woodcarving Club. The Club has over 25 members and will showcase a variety of unique items.

Creative Cafe
February 12, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Gallery North artists will take you on a hands-on adventure into the arts. Come sip, nibble goodies, connect, make art, and enjoy! 

Gallery North
310 4th Street NW
Bemidji MN 56601
Headwaters Open-Mic Coffee House
February 1, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Kristi Tell Miller
A volunteer-led community event held the First Friday of most months. Sign ups begin at 6:30 p.m.
February 3, 2019
6:00 p.m.
CiderSong is for adults and teens who simply love to sing with others. Come to any or all “open sing” nights. There is no cost.
First City Singers
Rehearsals are always Mondays
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
A non-auditioned chorus program for "seniors" who love to sing and perform in our community. First City Singers is open to snowbirds, summer home folks, and year round Bemidji residents. We are always looking for new members! Call for more info, 218.444.5606
Annual Instructor Showcase
February 15, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Headwaters Music & Arts celebrates the impressive talents of their music instructors with a show offering blues, bluegrass, jazz, classical and contemporary music.

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave. NW
Bemidji MN 56601
Musician & Caller Workshops
February 2
3:00 p.m. - 5:00pm

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji
Community Contra Dance
February 2
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St. SW, Bemidji
Featuring live music and workshop facilitation by Four Mile Portage, from the Duluth area, and calling by Bemidji caller Wendy Greenberg. This project builds Contra Dance through music and caller workshops, and Community Contra Dance events with live music.

Bemidji Contra Dance
Bemidji MN 56601
Farm by the Lake
Storytelling Series
3:00 pm
Bagley Public Library

February 10
Louis Alemayehu

February 24
Writing Workshop with
Wendell Affield
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Free admission
Each Storyteller has their own flair, come see them all.

Farm by the Lake
17797 366th St.
Bagley MN 56621
TAD Faculty Show
Talley Gallery
Bemidji State University
Show runs through February 19
The Talley Gallery presents the works of the Technology, Art and Design faculty. Included are works in: clay, wood, photography, painting, electronic images and 3D printing. The gallery is open everyday, Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm and is located in Bridgeman Hall 140.

Beading Circle
Every Monday
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).
Beaded Birch Bark Earrings
February 23
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A FREE workshop to learn how to make beaded birch bark earrings.
Children 12+ are welcome with an adult.

Pre-register with Becca (Extension) at 218-935-0417 ext. 314 or email Courtney (Gizhiigin).

Gizhiigin Arts Incubator
701 Jefferson Ave.
Mahnomen MN 56557
On Native Land
Lakeview Gallery
January 7 – March 24
Artist Reception is February 1
Artist Talk at 6:00pm
On Native Land is a photography exhibit that celebrates the diversity and importance of land to Indigenous communities. 
The public was also invited to be part of On Native Land by submitting photos for a collage to be displayed on one exhibit wall.
Madwewe – It is Heard
Miikanan Gallery
January 11 – March 30

Artist Talk with Kent Estey
February 7, 6:00pm
Madwewe is a multi-media exhibit that reflects on how we make ourselves heard. From instruments to images, this exhibit will share the stories that reassure us of the rich and beautiful diversity in the Indigenous world.
Second Saturday Kids Art
February 9
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
This month’s class will introduce young artists (ages 6+) to various types of printmaking. Pre-register your child at .
Art Family Style
February 21
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
This month, families will work together to create a fiber bowl made with yarn, fabric and paper remnants.
Art Family Style is a drop-in class; families can come by Watermark any time between 5-6:30 p.m. to work on their project, no pre-registration required.

Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji MN 56601
Watermark Art Center and Willow Wood Market present the sixth annual 
Creative Spirit Fiber Arts Festival
February 22
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Calvary Lutheran Church
2508 Washington Ave SE
Registration for Friday evening classes opens Sunday, January 20th. Pre-registration for Friday is required. Space is limited, so register soon by contacting Bonnie at 218-759-2310 or
Saturday’s class schedule includes mini courses on crochet, knitting, quilt techniques, rug hooking, spool knitting, weaving, wet felting, wool feather trees and more. No registration needed for Saturday classes, but they are first come, first serve. 
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from t
he Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
February 10
Music by Bjorn Olaf and 
Jacob Mahon & the Salty Dogs
Art by Dawn Rossbach
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m
Art reception begins at 3p. Music will start about 3:45p and go till about 6p with a 30 minute break between sets.

Terrapin Station
115 Main St,
Nevis MN 56467
February 17
3:00 p.m.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet inspired Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet Overture and Clay Jenkinson will inspire you with his Shakespeare the Magic of the Word. Add Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Debussy Music for King Lear for a memorable concert!
BSU & BSO Present:
Chris Brubeck's TRIPLE PLAY
February 21
7:00 p.m.
Triple Play is rollicking good fun...led by bassist, trombonist, and pianist Chris Brubeck (Dave Brubeck's son), with Joel Brown and Madcat Ruth.

The Historic Chief Theater
314 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji MN

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 3136
Bemidji MN 56619
Veterans Creative Arts Festival 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fargo VA Health Care System
2101 Elm St N
Fargo, ND 58102

The event is free and open to the public.

Ojibwe Style Moccasin Game Tournament
February 20-21
5:00 p.m.
1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Prizes.
Tournament Coordinator: Charles Grolla
This tournament is part of the Men's Winter Gathering and is Open to the Public.

Email here or call 612.849.4684 for more information.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center
1819 Bemidji Ave N.
Bemidji MN 56601
Nemeth Art Center Winter Social
February 23
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Bella Café in Park Rapids

Meet our new director, Nicole LaFleur, and along with Board members and friends, enjoy light appetizers, desserts and lots of good conversation. Music will be provided by the delightful North Winds Clarinets. Learn about highlights of our upcoming season, upcoming exhibits and more.
Nemeth Art Center
301 Court Avenue
Park Rapids MN 56470
Room Service
February 1-2, 8-9
7:00 p.m.
February 3 & 10
2:00 p.m.

A nimble-witted producer, living on credit in a Broadway hotel, is desperately in need of a good script. The producer plays hide-and-seek with an angel and ...

The Historic Chief Theater
314 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji MN
Puppeteering Workshop
February 2
1:00 p.m -
3:00 p.m.

This series of puppeteering workshops will work to establish a core puppetry group in the area. Includes creating puppets and practicing with different types.

Community Theater Performing Arts Center
316 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji MN
Special Event!
Death of Dr. Valentine
Dinner Theater
February 14
6:00 p.m.
Sanford Event Center
1111 Event Center Dr NE
Bemidji MN
This is an interactive murder mystery dinner theater where Dr. Valentine is shot dead—but by whom? The Lieutenant interrogates suspects and the audience hunts for clues to help solve the mystery.
Bemidji Community Theater
316 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji MN 56601
"Small Works" Still Life Painting in Oil
With Ruth Ann Nordlund
Saturdays - March 16th and 23rd
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Students will spend two sessions learning techniques necessary to complete a successful still-life painting: including mixing oils, basics of brush strokes, seeing and rendering highlights and shadows and building layers of paint, from the wash to the finished painting.  

Students will work from still life objects and/or photographs supplied by the instructor.
**All materials will be provided.

Register by email or call 218-368-5221.
Headwaters Basketmakers Guild
Weavin' Up North
April 26 - 28, 2019
T his retreat allows weavers of all levels of experience—including first time weavers—to expand their skills. Register early!
For registration information email Marcy .

Apply to Hinge Arts Residency!
Application deadline is March 1, 2019

Artists of all disciplines and career levels are welcome to apply. We have three residency tracks: Career Development, Homecoming, and Alumni.

Work of Art+:
Juried Craft & Art Fairs Panel
February 2, 2019
1:00 p.m.
Detroit Lakes
Hear from a panel of local makers to learn the ins and outs of selling your art at craft and art fairs around the country. This training is free of charge.

Springboard for the Arts
201 West Lincoln Ave. 
Fergus Falls MN 56537
Successful Social Media Marketing for Native Artists
Free Webinar Training
Understand successful practices to gain large followings; Gain useful tips and tools on how to manage social media platforms; Know challenges Native Artists face on social media marketing; Gain insight on branding and campaign strategies.

First Peoples Fund
706 West Boulevard
Rapid City, SD 57701
River Teeth
Journal Submissions accepted January 1 - May 1, 2019
River Teeth invites submissions of creative nonfiction, including narrative reportage, essays, and memoirs, as well as critical essays that examine the emerging genre and that explore the impact of nonfiction narrative on the lives of its writers, subjects, and readers.

Minnesota Fringe

Applications are now open!
Fringe Festival - due February 14
Family Fringe - due February 28
Touring artists are encouraged to apply as the first 10% of Fringe Festival slots are reserved specifically for national, international, and Minnesota artists coming from outside the 11-county metro area.

Minnesota Fringe Festival
79 13th Ave. NE, Suite 112
Minneapolis MN 55413
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.
Opportunity 1
2019 Artist Fellowships
Deadline: February 2, 2019

Artists working in three-dimensions are invited to submit ambitious project proposals for the FSP/Jerome Fellowship program (open to MN & NYC artists) or the Open Studio Fellowship Program (open to artists worldwide). Sculpture, site-specific, multi-media, and installation work are considered.
Opportunity 2
2019 Intern Artist Opportunities 
Deadline: February 9, 2019

Franconia invites dedicated, career-bound and emerging artists to apply for the Intern Artist Fellowship Program. Intern Artists are provided room, board, outdoor studio space, creative & technical guidance, and professional development resources in exchange for daily support in park & exhibition maintenance; education & outreach programming; and fellowship artist assistance. 
Opportunity 3
2019 Hot Metal Residency
Deadline: March 9, 2019

Hot Metal Interns arrive July 18 and are joined by Hot Metal Artists on July 25. During the residency, you will participate in bonded sand mold-making workshops, and work together on a pour crew for the community.
Opportunity 4
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
Rural Arts & Culture Summit
Request for Proposals
January 1 - May 1, 2019
Springboard for the Arts is now seeking session ideas for the 2019 Rural Arts & Culture Summit, which will take place October 3 - 5, 2019 at the Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
This year we are particularly interested in session ideas that address the idea of “Creative People Power,” in rural places.

Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute (OHSAI)
Applications now open for 10-12th-grade students!
Deadline is April 1, 2019
OHSAI is open to high school students with a demonstrated interest in the visual arts and American Indian culture.

Arts of the Earth Festival
To celebrate art, honor Mother Earth, and inspire community.
Hobson Memorial Union, Bemidji State University
Call for Artists and Vendors!
Event dates: April 27 & 28, 2019
9:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m.
The planning committee is currently seeking musicians, studio artists, organizations, and vendors to be a part of this event. This is an opportunity to display your painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, printmaking, glass, fiber art and more.

If you're interested in attending as a vendor or artist, please contact
Erika Bailey-Johnson at 218-755-2560. This is a juried event.
Arts Organization Grants
Application deadline is February 5

Up to $30,000 may be requested. Matching contributions are not required.

Convenings, Research & Memberships

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.

Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant Recipients Awarded in Region 2

On January 12, 2019, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors granted $8,740 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to arts organizations, groups with a fiscal sponsor, schools, government or tribal offices, and non-profit institutions and organizations. These grants offer funding for arts projects and programming specifically meant to build bridges between Minnesotans through arts and culture that benefit Minnesotans of all ages across our five-county region.

Watermark Art Center was awarded $3,000 to host the annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival featuring a vendor market, free and low-fee classes, and hands-on opportunities focused on traditional and contemporary fiber arts.

Headwaters Music & Arts was awarded $3,000 to hold a 5-day fiddle camp for youth and adults focused on history and traditions of lumber camp songs.

Native American Flute Festival was awarded $2,740 to host an evening of performance with music, storytelling, dancing, and drumming, as well as a one-day hands-on flute-making workshop.
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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