Artwork by Delina White
Northern Arts News
January 2017
In This Issue
Jewelry Making Getaway

This retreat is designed for those who love beads and stones. You will be using natural rocks, minerals and gemstones for wire wrapping and bead stringing your own beautiful jewelry.

January 7 & 8

Smoky Hills Art Studio
Park Rapids, MN

Call 218-237-7625 to register, or

Drawing Cartoons

Bring drawing materials: pencils, erasers, water color markers, blue colored pencil, package of copier paper, etc! All supplies will also be available for purchase at The Old Schoolhouse.

Saturday January 7
1 - 3 pm

The Old Schoolhouse
2335 Monroe Ave SW
Bemidji, MN 56601 

Call 218-751-4723 to register.

Storytellers Series at Farm By the Lake

January 8 
January 22

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

Northern Lights Dance Academy Winter Showcase

Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium

January 8
3:30 pm

Auditions for

January 11 & 12
5-7 pm

Hosted by Bemidji Community Theater, this audition is at BSU's Bangsberg Main Stage
More info can be found at their website.

Asian Sumi-e Brush Painting Workshop

January 14
10:30 am

The Old Schoolhouse


Taught by Dr. Charles Alberti. Participants will learn to paint bamboo, fish, and more.

Find out more on their event page.

Vocalmotive Dinner Show 

Jan 20, 21, and 22 

Bemidji High School - Commons 

2900 Division Street West
Bemidji, MN 56601

For showtimes call 218-444-1600 or email them here.     
Region 2's Grant Calendar
Don't forget to check our calendar and plan ahead for grant deadlines, workshops, and region-wide arts events.

Ten Art Lessons for Homesch o ol Students

This series may be taken by parents who are teaching their children at home, as well as their children who are being home schooled.

January 21
10:30 am - 12:30 pm


The Old Schoolhouse
2335 Monroe Ave SW
Bemidji MN 56601
Minnesota State Arts Board

MSAB has unveiled their calendar for next year. Check here for grant deadlines and programs.

Save the Date for the next
Rural Arts and Culture Summit

June 6-8, 2017

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Northern Arts News Deadline

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

Grant Deadlines
    • 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.

  • Individual Artist Grants - Deadline January 15, 2017
    • This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. More info at the application.  

Grant Info Sessions

Join us to learn about the on-line grant application process, tips for your artist statement, work sample guidelines, and completing a budget.

For Individual Artist Grant (IAG) and Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant for Small Towns (ACHT)
Park Rapids:
January 6
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (IAG)
Meeting Room
Coldwell Banker 
101 Main Ave S, Park Rapids, MN 56470
January 9
5:30-6:30 p.m. (ACHT)
6:30-7:30 p.m.  (IAG)
Depot Preservation Alliance
Baudette, MN 56623
(218) 590-6407

If you can't make it to these drop-in sessions, you may call, email, or stop in our offices during business hours for assistance with grants.
Need an info session? If you have a group of four or more, and a location, we can tailor our grant info sessions to your needs; call or  email Region 2 Arts Council.

Region 2 Arts Council

We are pleased to announce the following recipients of our
Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant:

Brian Dow received $956 to buy equipment and create prints of his paintings.

Lavender Hunt was awarded $1,000 to purchase supplies and materials to create traditional Anishinaabe apparel pieces and beaded jewelry.

Pamela Iceman received $971 to create a series of purses, wallets, and medallions.

Jacob McArthur was awarded $1,000 to create a photography series called Springtime on the White Earth Reservation.


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How To Do Art Fairs:
For Beginners

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 January 25th  by email, or call (218) 751-5447

Headwaters Youth Orchestra Introductory Meeting

January 23, 2017

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Headwaters School of Music & the Arts 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji

Headwaters School is currently taking registrations for the Headwaters Youth Orchestra which will meet from January to May. The cost is $75.00 fo r
the entire spring semester; financial aid is available. Register online or call (218) 444-5606 for more information.

Call for Submissions: Minnesota Shorts Play Festival

Deadline March 1

Minnesota writers can submit up to two short plays in a pdf form (up to 10 pages). Put your name, address, and phone # on the title page. Simply email your script.
 The 9th annual festival will be Sept 7 & 8 in Mankato. For more info and mailing address,  go to their website 
or call (507) 420-1881

Advanced Digital Photography Workshop: Winter Wonderland

January 28

12 pm - 4 pm

Lake Bemidji State Park

Professional photographer Janet Nelson is the instructor. Bring your camera, extra battery and/or charger, camera manual, a tripod if you have one, and also a snack. Dress warmly to be outdoors. For ages 12 and up.

No fee for the class; vehicle permit required to enter the park. Meet in the Visitor Center.
Limited to 10 participants. Call the park at 218-308-2300 to register.