Region 2 Arts Council's New Location!

As of  November 30, 2017 , the Region 2 Arts Council office is now in its permanent location inside the new Watermark Arts Center building at 505 Bemidji Avenue North, Bemidji, Minnesota. 

Region 2 Arts Council
505 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji, MN 56601


Please continue to send mail to our Post Office box at 
PO Box 693
Bemidji, MN 56619

Phone: (218) 751-5447
(800) 275-5447


Website: r2arts.org
Upcoming Grant Deadline
 

Individual Artist Grant................due January 15, 2018

Artists can apply for grants up to $2,000.

The R2AC Individual Artist Grant Program, made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation, provides financial assistance to artists in any art discipline or in any stage of their career as an artist. 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.

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


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(218) 751-5447
Upcoming Grant Deadline


Arts Access Grant......................due 
January 15, 2018


Organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.

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. 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.

Non-profits, arts organizations, schools, community education programs, institutions of higher learning, local city, town, county government or tribal offices, or groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor can applyArts activities proposed for funding must be accessible by the public and have a strong community component.

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
 

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.

This grant application  will be available online by  January 15, 2018
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.

This grant application  will be available online by  January 15, 2018 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
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
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
 
Northern Clay Center Opportunities Workshop in Bemidji
 
January 24
4:30 pm

Region 2 Arts Council will be hosting this event in the Education Room at the Watermark Art Center. Join Jill Foote-Hutton from the Northern Clay Center to learn more about the opportunities they offer ceramicists, including grant programs and artist residencies.


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Watermark Art Center
Education Room
505 Bemidji Ave NW
Bemidji, MN
The Arts Matter in Minnesota!

The Arts Are Important to Minnesota.
 
 
Explore research about Minnesota's arts community by geography and by fourteen topics ranging from artist income to Minnesota's theater sector. With interactive maps you can explore the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations by region and artist wages by county.
 
 
If you are a politician or elected official, this data can show just how much economic activity is generated by art & artists in your area.
 
If you are a member of the public, the CreativeMN report is a great way to see the impact of art in Minnesota and find out what's in your county or region.
 
If you are a student you can find research about Minnesota's arts community conveniently collected in one place.


Find Out More About the Arts In Minnesota at CreativeMN.org
 
 
Economic Impact of the Arts in Hubbard County
 
January 3
5:30 pm

Creative Minnesota Report regarding Hubbard County to be released at presentation and discussion.

Call the Armory Square at  (866) 375-6409 for more information.

Armory Square
203 Park Ave S
Park Rapids MN
 
First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji
 
January 5

Dunn Bros Coffee will display the paintings of John Simonis.
6 am - 7 pm.  501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE.
 
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will continue "Art Feast," original watercolors  of illustrated recipes by Malisa VanMaasdam.
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 displays the Northern Artist Association's exhibit,  "Come Join Us and Put Your Creative Side to Work."
9 am - 5 pm.  509 America Ave NW.
 
Gallery North will host a reception for pencil artist David Head, 2 am - 6 pm.  Featured Artist will be Gallery member and jewelry artist Heidi Horton. Featured  Author will be Gallery member Patricia "Jamie" Lee, and her novel, "Washaka - the Bear Dreamer." 310 4th St NW.
 
Watermark Art Center will host a reception for their exhibit, Aazhoomon,  from 5 - 7:30 pm, poetry reading begins at 6:30 pm. The exhibit  includes traditional and contemporary Indigenous artwork. Watermark  is now at 505 Bemidji Ave N.
 
Headwaters Music & Arts will host Recent Works by Tom Daly: Pottery,  Driftwood and Plants. 4 - 6 pm. Following Daly's reception will be the  Open Mic Coffee House from 7 - 10 pm, hosted by Cory Campbell and  Lori Barrow.
 
Jewelry-Making Get Away
 
January 6, 7, 8

The Smoky Hills Art Gallery Jewelry-Making Get Away is a retreat designed for those who love beads and stones. Participants will be using natural rocks, minerals and gemstones for wire wrapping and bead stringing their own beautiful jewelry.

$180 for 6 classes


Smoky Hills Art Studio
307 Main Ave S
Park Rapids, MN
 
Storytellers

Sponsored by Farm by the Lake
 
This month: January 14 and 28
3:00 pm

Ward Rubecht and Dick Roue will be the storytellers in January. More dates in February.


Bagley Public Library
79 Spencer Ave SW
Bagley, MN
 
Native Artist Business Training
 
January 16 & 17
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This two-day training gives artists real-world tools and detailed resources to navigate the arts industry and become successful entrepreneurs. The training is intended for emerging and seasoned artists alike.

Hosted by First Peoples Fund and 4-Direction Development Inc., event will be held at Seven Clans Casino.
 
Register Here for this Training

10200 Highway 89 NW
Red Lake, Minnesota
 
Bemidji Concert Series
 
January 21
7:30 pm

The Argus Quintet has quickly established a reputation as a dynamic, versatile ensemble known for innovative performances and diverse repertoire. 


Thompson Recital Hall
Bangsberg Theater Complex
1500 Birchmont Dr
Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN
 
Terrapin Sunday

January 28

3:00 pm Art Reception featuring Jenny Meyer
4:00 - 6:00 pm Two sets of original music by The Brothers Burn Mountain   $15 per show 

The Blue Door at Terrapin Station
115 Main Street W
Nevis, MN
 
Call for Artists

Bemidji Sculpture Walk presents  SculpturePainters 2018:  "Dogs on the Walk!"  Bemidji's 3rd Juried Public Art  Auction Fundraiser Event. Apply to paint these fiberglass dog sculptures, which will be displayed over the summer on the annual sculpture walk, in locations throughout Bemidji.

January 10, 2018
Deadline to Submit


Bemidji Sculpture Walk
PO Box 1444
Bemidji, MN, 56619

This activity is funded, in part, by Region 2 Arts Council and the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
 
Operating Support Grants Available

Operating Support provides general operating support to high quality, established arts organizations that produce, present, or exhibit works of art; to organizations that provide a broad range of services to artists; and to community arts schools and conservatories that make arts learning available to Minnesotans of all ages and abilities. Grant amounts are $15,000 and up.

Applications must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. on January 19, 2018


Minnesota State Arts Board
Tom Miller , project manager
400 N Sibley St #200
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 215-1611
Call for Artists: International Women's Voices Day
January 21

It's easy to participate - just pick an unproduced play by a woman, secure the rights if necessary, organize a free public or private reading, and let the Festival know you are doing it by emailing them at  IWVD@WomensVoicesDC.com .  That's it!  You will officially be part of International Women's Voices Day!

 
Center for Emerging Visual Artists, a visual arts organization located  in Philadelphia, is presenting " Art  in  the  Open," a biennial citywide event that celebrates artists, their inspirations for creating  art, and their relationships with  the urban environment. Application fee of $35

February 1
Deadline to Submit

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists
The Barclay, 237 South 18th Street, Suite 3A
Philadelphia, PA 19103
 
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
 
 
 
Local artist 
Kathy Sanders is included in the International Society of Glass Beadmakers issue of "THE FLOW" publication. This issue features one of her handmade glass beads in the 13th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass and a tutorial titled "Art to Art: The Influence of Rosemaling on the Art of Flameworking." This tutorial, with text and demonstration by Kat Sanders, demonstrates her way to 
re-create a Norwegian decorative painting 
technique in glass art.

Kathy's handmade artisan glass beads  and jewelry are on display at   Gallery North,  310 Fourth Street NW, Bemidji, MN  and  Watermark Art Center at  505 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN .
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Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants Awarded
 
The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) awarded $4,728 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program. Monies awarded are for arts activities related to its mission of supporting, maintaining, and promoting traditional and contemporary Native American arts in North Central Minnesota. The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grants program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.
 
Gordeaux Lafleur, Red Lake, was awarded $999 to purchase an air compressor to facilitate creation of his original airbrush designs.
 
Paula Littlewolf, Mahnomen , received $1,000 to create fine arts prints of her paintings as well as matting and display materials for exhibition of her work.
 
Frederick Fisher, Bemidji, was awarded $1,000 to purchase a printer to print his original works of art directly on t-shirts .
 
Judy Toppings, Waubun , received $829 to purchase equipment, materials, and supplies for her project Ogitchidaa/Ogitchidaakwe to make Warrior Quilts telling the stories of veterans.
 
Bryan Belgarde, Deer River , received $900 to purchase an airbrush, compressor, paints, and t-shirts to create original wearable art.

More about our Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant
This newsletter is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Don't forget to  check our calendar  for local events all year.

Send submissions for our February newsletter by January 25 to: 
alice@r2arts.org