Northern Arts News
February 2020

Wow! Did you know that our board meetings and grant reviews are open to the public?

For those of you who can't attend in person, online access to some grant reviews will be available via Zoom . Contact us for more information.

Discover our board meeting calendar and grant application review dates here:

Contact us with questions or assistance.

Next Board meeting is
February 10
Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m.
and Individual Artist Grant review starts at approx. 5:00 p.m.

Chair:  Laura Grisamore - Hubbard County
Vice Chair:  Rebecca Colebank - Clearwater County
Treasurer:  Shannon Lucas-Westrum - Beltrami County
Secretary:  Deb Carlson - Lake of the Woods County

 Board Members:
Pam Janssen - Clearwater County
Gayle Gish - Mahnomen County
Michael Schlemper - Beltrami County
CT Marhula - Lake of the Woods County
vacant - Mahnomen County
vacant - Hubbard County

Region 2 Arts Council Office
Inside the Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN

The AAI Advisory Council (Anishinaabe Arts Initiative) is comprised of Native American artists and arts appreciators from the regions served by the AAI grant.
Next AAI Council meeting: April 1, 2020

Council Members
Delana Smith (Red Lake Band) … Red Lake
Genny Lowry (Leech Lake Band) …Bemidji
Bernice Mitchell-Diver (Leech Lake Band) … Cass Lake
Debra Warren (White Earth Band) … Bemidji
Mary Ringhand (Red Lake Band) … Ponemah
David B. White (Fort Peck) … Ponemah
Larry Vanwert (Red Lake Band) … Redby
Kent Estey (White Earth Band) ... Naytahwaush
Paula Littlewolf (White Earth Band) ... Mahnomen

Orion Dagen-Goodsky wearing traditional Ho-Chunk dress
Designer: Delina White of – Photographer: Bobby Rogers of
Featuring the stunning artistry of our 2019 AAI Artist Fellow, and one of six Star Tribune’s artists of the year: an evening celebrating the beauty, elegance, and inspiration of Delina White of IamAnishinaabe fashion and jewelry designs .

February 1, 2020

Artist Market
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Fashion Show
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Join us! Free and open to the public.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center
1819 Bemidji Ave. N

This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Miigwech to the McKnight Foundation and Northwest Indian Community Development Center for supporting this event.
Region 2 Arts Council serves artists and communities in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.
Grants for Individuals

Deadline: February 15, 2020
Maximum Award: $600

The Young Artist Grant program is for 8th-12th grade students who have a strong interest in the arts and reside in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties. Students who are singers, musicians, writers, media artists, performers, visual artists and craftspeople are welcome to apply! 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 in the state of Minnesota.
Applicant must be a resident of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Deadline: March 1, 2020 by 11:45 pm
Maximum Award: $5,000

The goal of the annual Region 2 Arts Council AAI Fellowship Program is to assist the region’s most talented Native American artists in furthering and innovating their work by awarding substantial financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences that facilitate depth and advancement in their art form.
Applicant must be a resident of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen , Becker, Roseau, Cass, or Itasca counties in Minnesota.
Grants for Organizations

 Deadline: February 15, 2020
Funding Range: $2,000 - $7,000 for two consecutive years

The Community Arts Support Grant program is open to any arts organization with a two-year operating history. These grants are two-year awards that help provide some measure of funding stability for arts organizations so that their energy can be better focused on increasing the quality and availability of the arts to their communities.

Region 2 Arts Council Community Arts Support Grants are available to arts organizations located in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties .
Community Arts Support (CAS) Grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF). The CAS grant program is also funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

 Deadline: March 15, 2020

Maximum Award: $6,000 (20% Cash Match required; 25% Match on equipment purchases)

Arts Access Grants can support creation, production, and presentation of high-quality arts activities, as well as projects that help overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities, and projects that help instill the arts into the community and public life in our region. Arts activities proposed for funding must be accessible by the public, have a strong community component, and must benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.
Region 2 Arts Council Arts Access Grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Grant applications are available online approximately one month before the deadline date. Keep in mind that there are many pieces of the grant you can begin to work on before the grant application is available. Call or visit us with any questions, concerns, or support needs.

Region 2 Arts Council Awards

On December 18, 2019, the Region 2 Arts Council granted $6,000 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program, which is governed by the AAI Council. The Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grants awarded support the creation, production, and presentation of high quality arts activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions in our state and arts projects and programming specifically meant to build bridges between Minnesotans through arts and culture.

Bemidji State University was awarded $3,000 to hire award-winning Native American flute player Jan Michael Looking Wolf to provide a two-part public flute instruction workshop and an interactive live performance.

Headwaters Music & Arts was awarded $3,000 to hold a five-day music performance and songwriting workshop for fiddle, viola, guitar, cello, bass and ukulele players with a cultural/historical focus on Minnesota's frontier era of the mid 1800s.

Region 2 Arts Council Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grants are made
possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Awarded in Region 2
On December 18, 2019, the Region 2 Arts Council awarded $5,600 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program, which is governed by the AAI Council. These grants support and promote traditional and contemporary Native American artists in our region.

Grant recipients include:

Richard Kagigebi, Lac Courte Oreilles tribal member from Detroit Lakes, was awarded $1,000 to purchase equipment and supplies to create three new appliquéd mural blankets for exhibition.

Vincent Johnson, Red Lake Band member from Ponemah, was awarded $1,000 to create photos and videos for an exhibit titled We Are Still Here that encapsulates ancient Ojibwe teachings and traditions, where possible in the native language, and how they inform modern culture.

Donald Applebee, Red Lake Band member from Red Lake, was awarded $1,000 to develop artwork to aide children to better understand and remember his traditional Anishinaabe stories.

Ashley Cooper, Leech Lake Band member from Bemidji, was awarded $600 to purchase a sewing machine and supplies to create her own original fashions.

Kristi King, Red Lake Band member from Bemidji, was awarded $1,000 to purchase a sewing machine and fabric to create jingle dresses for young girls to use during pow wow season.

Gordeaux Lafleur, Red Lake Band member from Red Lake, was awarded $1,000 to purchase supplies to create unique airbrushed t-shirt art.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Grants are made possible by the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative through support from Region 2 Arts Council and with funding from the McKnight Foundation.

Region 2 Arts Council Awards Arts Project Grants

On January 13, 2020, the Region 2 Arts Council granted $13,353
through the Arts Project Grant program. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects and programming including costs associated with public art, arts festivals, engagement of guest artists, arts field trips, workshops, exhibitions, presentations, or performances that will benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen counties.

Grant recipients included:

Bemidji Woodcarver's Club was awarded $2,179 to hire artist Alec Lacasse to teach a variety of techniques in woodcarving related to the medium of cottonwood bark and the expression of the human face.

Bagley School District Community Education Program was awarded $2,500 to provide a summer theater experience for children and adults through a Prairie Fire Children's Theatre production of Robin Hood with the addition of art-making experiences for participants.

Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids was awarded $2,500 to host "See the Sky," a curated exhibition of artist T.L. Solien's work.

Watermark Art Center in Bemidji was awarded $2,500 to hire Forecast Public Art to develop site plans for transforming exterior spaces, located to the north and south of the art center, into interactive outdoor spaces to accommodate and expand arts programming.

Bagley Area Arts Collaborative was awarded $1,610 to hire Joshua
Cunningham of St. Paul, MN to teach a three-day plein air oil painting
workshop in June 2020.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra was awarded $2,064 to host guest pianist Gareth Cordery at their season finale concert, "Across the Pond."

Region 2 Arts Council Arts Project Grants are made possible by an
appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.
Request for Proposals:
Folk and Traditional Arts Field Survey in Southeast Minnesota

The Minnesota State Arts Board is seeking proposals from qualified individuals or firms that can conduct a folklife field survey and community map of existing and potential traditional arts activity among first and second generation immigrant residents living in or near several southeast Minnesota communities. Work for this
project must take place between late February 2020 and June 30, 2020.

For more information please visit the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Web site.

Applications due February 10

Region 2 Arts Council is open Monday through Friday,
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact us or stop by anytime to set up an individual appointment.

Boeing, Boeing

Directed by Derrick Houle
It's the 60's and Bernard, a bachelor, has a flat in Paris where he is engaged to three stewardesses.
January 31, February 1, 7, 8 at 7:00 p.m.
February 2 & 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Historic Chief Theater
314 Beltrami Ave N

Harps & Chords

Harps & Chords is an emerging new duo from New York City featuring harpist Jacqueline Kerrod and vocalist Daisy Press. Both have wide-ranging backgrounds and performance experience. Their repertoire includes classic Beatles songs such as "I Love Her" and "Maybe I'm Amazed," Elvis songs including "Can't Help Falling in Love," Bob Dylan classics like "Make You Feel My Love."

February 1
7:00 p.m.

Park Rapids High School Auditorium
Park Rapids

Winter Photography Workshop

Professional photographer Janet Nelson will help you make the most of winter's unique opportunities. The class will be basic to intermediate and cover macto and landscapes, lighting and composition. Bring your own camera, owner's manual, extra batteries and charger, flash and tripod if you have them.

For ages 12 and up. Class limited to 15; call the park at 218-308-2300 to register. No fee for the class; come dressed to be outside; bring your own snack; vehicle permit required to enter the park. Meet in the Visitor Center. If you need an accommodation, please call or email the event contact by two weeks prior to the event
10 miles north of Bemidji off Hwy 71 N

February 1
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Minnesota State Park
3401 State Park Rd NE

Create It! Art Classes for Adults: Pottery
Hand building at its best. The focus of this class is creating unique things with hand-building and slab-rolling. From bowls to vases to created creatures. Instructed by LeAnne Walkberg. Please note this class begins in February.

February 3, 10, 17, 24
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Clearwaters Life Center
226 Elm St

February 7

Bemidji Public Library Art Wall features Alice Lacoursiere, whose oil paintings depict scenes from her travels throughout the country and here in Northern Minnesota. 509 America Ave NW

Dunn Brothers continues to display the work of Mike Thole, author and illustrator of two children’s books, and illustrated the book Binesi-Dibaajimowinan: Ojibwe Bird Stories. 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.

First Lutheran Church will feature fiber art by Eve Sumsky, and Butch Holden's photogrphy and paintings. 9 am - 4:30 pm. 900 Bemidji Ave. N.

Gallery North will host Showcase Artist Ron Lyman. Featured artist John Winter. Reception from 2 - 6 pm. 310 4th St NW

Headwaters Music & Arts will host their monthly Coffeehouse open mic event at 7:00 pm (see below for more info). 519 Minnesota Ave NW

Neilson Place continues a photography display, Clicking Cousins by Lily Hadrava and Andrea Martin. Reception 1:30 - 3 pm

Rail River Folk School will host a Sweetheart Art Sale from 2 - 6pm. They will have 10 local artisans with a wide array of hand crafted items for your shopping enjoyment. 303 Railroad St SW

Watermark Art Cen ter will host an opening reception for painter Paula Swenson and her exhibit “Looking for America" will be held from 5 to 7 pm with an artist’s introduction by Swenson at 6 pm. 505 Bemidji Ave N.

Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse continues to present Love, Minnesota , new works by Bemidji artist Malisa VanMaasdam. 1950’s inspired postcards featuring Minnesota outdoor activities. 523 Minnesota Ave NW.

Jazz Fest

Workshops will begin with open rehearsal and performances with guest artists. High school jazz bands will be playing in the morning and afternoon. The schedule features clinics by guests Kenni Holman and Tim Aucoin, along with workshops in the morning and afternoon. The BSU Faculty Combo will perform that evening with guest soloists Kenni Holmen, saxophone and Tim Aucoin, bass.

The festival’s second day will feature more workshops along with a final performance featuring Bemidji State’s Blue Ice jazz band, joined by Holmen and Aucoin.

For more information, contact Prof. Scott Guidry at 218-755-3365 or

February 7 & 8

Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Dr N

Creative Cafe

Gallery North artists will take you on a hands-on adventure into the arts. Join in our activity or just hang out. Snacks are provided.
No registration required.

February 11
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Gallery North Also Presents:

310 4th St NW

Call 219-444-9813 with questions

February 7 – March 24
A retrospective exhibition representing works executed during her “Minnesota Period” at Bemidji State University beginning in 2003 until this spring, when she will retire as a full professor.

February 7 – March 28
A collection of paintings inspired by Swenson’s observations as she traveled across the United States of America.

Valentine Workshop

February 8
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Kids will create several pieces of art from the heart for their special someones.

Family Create Project: Fleece Wreaths
February 22
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN 

Contra Dance!

No experience necessary. All instructions will be presented.

February 8
7:00 pm

Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St SW
Bemidji, MN

Artists' Valentine Sale
All about the LOVE

Silver, Glass, Rocks & Clay, Paintings & Silks.
Featuring Hattie Peterson, Butch Holden, Diamond Knispel, Gillian Bedford, and Mary Therese.

February 8th
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Headwaters CoffeeHouse is a volunteer-led community event held the first Friday of most months. Fun, welcoming, family friendly and supportive, the event has a relaxed and casual tone that encourages musicians, singers, and spoken word performers of all ages and skill levels. Sign-up begins at 6:30 or by email to

February 7
7:00 pm

This program gives area adults access to a well-equipped pottery studio. The Pottery Studio includes wedging and worktables, tools, assorted glazes, five pottery wheels and kiln firing access.
Open Pottery is for potters who have gone through Headwaters' pottery room orientation. Please see requirements for Open Pottery for more information . Register Online.

Be sure to check out their Art Clubs for Kids

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave. NW
Bemidji, MN
Big Screen Rhythms
The BSO brings to life the epic masterpieces of the silver screen. Join us for an afternoon of your favorite cinema music with classics such as Jurassic Park, Star Wars, and the theme from E.T.!

February 16
3:00 p.m.

Bemidji High School Auditorium

Murder Ahoy

Murder Ahoy is a collaboration between Bemidji Community Theater and the Sanford Event Center. The Titan sets sail February 20 and 21. Tickets (prices to be set) will be available through the Sanford Event Center and are not sold at other outlets.

February 20 & 21
7:00 p.m.

Historic Chief Theater
314 Beltrami Ave N

Terrapin Sundays

This is the third season of the original art and music series. The art reception begins at 3 p.m. Music will start about 3:45 p.m. and go until about 6 p.m. with a 30-minute break between sets. Featured this event will be art by Chis Bodenheimer and music by The Fattenin' Frogs. Visit Terrapin Station, a music, art and wellness center, and the Blue Door Gallery. For more information, call 218-652-4091

February 23
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Terrapin Station
115 Main St

February 28 - 29

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

Calvary Lutheran Church

Offering several genres of writer's retreats, workshops, and online classes throughout the summer.

Poetry Retreat
June 2 - 6

Memoir Retreat
June 23 - 27

Multiple Genres Retreat
August 9 - 13

Park Rapids, Minnesota

Open Call

Open Call provides documentary funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television.
Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Applications due February 14

Jerome Hill Fellowships Open

Fellowships for emerging artists.

Book Artist Fellowships

Applications due March 1

Media Artist Fellowships

Applications due March 9

Composer Fellowships

Applications due March 17

Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride is a community development and artist residency program in Fergus Falls which activates cultural programming at or related to the historic Fergus Falls State Hospital, or the “Kirkbride Building.”

The deadline for application is March 2 , 2020 provides a $500 grant to one visual artist each grant cycle. Once an artist wins a grant, they may not apply again. There are four grant cycles per year – January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15. They do not require proposals or any indication of how you will use the funds. Therefore, please do not send proposals because we will not read them.

The deadline for the current grant cycle is April 15, 2020

An application fee of $25 is required.

2020 Grants, Residencies, and

Join Artwork Archive's newsletter subscription to download a lengthy list of opportunities around the United States.

Call for Art: Juried Figure Show

Minnetonka Center for the Arts calls for figure art. Artists working in fine art and fine craft media are encouraged to submit up to twelve pieces of original artwork depicting or inspired by the human figure.

Entries Due February 5

Seeking Native Artist
Local to the IHS Bemidji Area
(Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin)

The National Indian Health Board is seeking to work with a Native artist local to the IHS Bemidji Area (including Tribes in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin) for our 2020 National Tribal Behavioral Health Conference taking place in the Bemidji Area in late spring/early summer 2020. Selected artwork will be featured throughout our conference books, banners, staging, and digital marketing. Artwork can be paintings, drawings, beadwork, crafts, pottery, sculpture, photography, et cetera, and the selected artist will also receive a complimentary conference exhibit booth in our exhibit hall.

Deadline: February 7

Please submit high resolution images of original artwork

Creative Community Leadership Institute

Creative Community Leadership Institute (CCLI) is an intensive, in-person, cohort-based training program with real-world practice for artists, culture bearers, community organizers, community development practitioners, and other leaders seeking to deepen their impact in creative community building.
In 2020, CCLI will host three cohorts, one each in St. Cloud, MN; Fargo, ND; and Rapid City, SD. Cohorts will meet in person three times over five months from spring to fall. This year, the Rapid City, SD cohort will be limited to enrolled tribal members and people who live or work directly in Native communities.

Entries are due March 9

Hot Iron Artist Residency Program

Each year, Franconia Sculpture Park invites artists from around the world to participate in the Hot Iron Artist Residency Program.

Entries are due March 20

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk committee will select 12 new submissions, based on their conceptual strength, originality, and workmanship. These will be presented for one year in locations throughout Bemidji. Selected artists will receive a $500 dollar honorarium. Artists may submit up to three separate works. Each work must be submitted individually to help us stay organized. There is no cost for submission.

ROCKchester Music & Art Festival is inviting young emerging visual artists to submit an application to display visual artworks at this years two-day event June 12 & 13th at the Civic Theatre in Rochester, Minnesota

Submission deadline is April 10

6 x 6 x 2020:

Call for Entries

Each summer Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s 6x6 exhibition brings together thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, youth and YOU. Each artist may enter up to three artworks of any medium (2D or 3D).

Entries are due April 11

13th Annual Horizontal Grandeur Juried Art Exhibition

The 13th Annual Horizontal Grandeur Juried Art Exhibition will run from June 18 – October 23, 2020. Any artist residing in a U.S. state or Canadian province with a prairie can enter up to six original pieces. All genres will be considered, from painting to photography to sculpture – anything inspired by the prairie and made by you!
Exhibit dates: June 18-October 23, 2020

Submission deadline is May 1

Stevens County Historical Society & Museum
Morris, Minnesota


Congratulations to Flora Jones, Delina White and Dennis Williams , who both received an Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship from First Peoples Fund.

Flora Jones , who is from Red Lake , Minnesota and is a member of the Red Lake Ojibwe Tribe received this award for her Beadwork, Jewelry and Quilting.

Dennis Williams , who is from Audubon, Minnesota and is a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe--White Earth Nation received this award for his Beadwork, Regalia and Fashion Design.

Delina White , from Walker, Minnesota, is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe/Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She received this award for Mixed Media.

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