Northern Arts News
January 2019
Arts Opportunities and Events in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard,
Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties.
Biennial Planning Process is Underway
& We need your input!
Public Listening Sessions Scheduled for January 2019:
Clearwater County
Monday, January 7, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Clearwaters Life Center
(in library classroom)
256 2nd Avenue
Clearbrook MN
Lake of the Woods County
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Lake of the Woods County Historical Society
8th Ave. SE
(1 block South of Hwy 11)
Baudette MN
Mahnomen County
Thursday, January 10, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gizhiigin Arts Incubator
701 E Jefferson Ave.
Mahnomen MN
Hubbard County
Thursday, January 24, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Park Rapids Area Library
210 W. First St.
Park Rapids MN
Serving MN artists and communities in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.
Arts Access Grant
Deadline: January 15, 2019
Maximum Award: $6,000
(20% Cash Match required; 25% Match on equipment purchases)
Open to non-profits, schools, government or tribal offices, or groups with a fiscal sponsor.

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.

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
Individual Artist Grant
Drop-In Grant-Writing Support

Drop-In Sessions
January 23 & February 6, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Region 2 Arts Council offices
Inside the Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji MN

Join us to learn more about the application process of 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.
Have you taken our survey?

Survey closes January 8th.
Bemidji First Friday Art Walk
January 4, 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.

First Friday
January 4, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Visit with wood carver/painter/artist Gary Palmer and learn about the"Paint the Puck" contest.

Creative Cafe
January 8, 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! 

Headwaters Open-Mic Coffee House
January 4, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Shannon Murray
A volunteer-led community event held the First Friday of most months. Sign ups begin at 6:30 p.m.
January 6, 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.

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave. NW
Bemidji MN 56601
Free Beadwork Class Series
January 7, 14, & 21
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Learn how to bead a Tubular Peyote Stitch Beaded Pen or Beaded Cabo / Mirror Earrings with beading instructor Dee Robinson. Class size is limited.

RSVP: 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
On Native Land is a photography exhibit that celebrates the diversity and importance of land to Indigenous communities. 
The public also has a unique opportunity 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

Opening Reception Jan. 11, 5:00pm
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.
Hockey Day MN
January 19
10:00 a.m. - 5:00pm
Drop in any time between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to let your kids paint a hockey stick.
Art Family Style
January 24
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
This month’s activity will be paper marbling, an ancient art process dating back to the twelfth century. No pre-registration required. Drop in anytime during this activity.

Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji MN 56601
Musician & Caller Workshops
January 12
3:00 p.m. - 5:00pm

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji
Community Contra Dance
January 12
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
Itasca State Park
My Endless Childhood
A collection of stories by Steve Maanum
January 12
4:00 p.m.
Farm by the Lake
Storytelling Series
3:00 pm
Bagley Public Library

January 13
Laura Packer

January 27
Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux
Free admission
Each Storyteller has their own flair, come see them all.

Farm by the Lake
17797 366th St.
Bagley MN 56621
January 13
Music by Calamity and the Owl
Art by Jane Swenson & Pat Abraham
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
January 20
Music by Urbaniak
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Urbaniak’s experimental expressionism puts fire to the gasoline structure of folk music

Terrapin Station
115 Main St,
Nevis MN 56467
Northwest Indian Community Development Center
Intro to Loom Weaving
January 14 - 16 & 21 - 23
5:00 p.m.
Master weaver Kristin Majkrzak will share her love and knowledge of loom weaving.

Learn to warp and weave on a loom.

Register at 218.759.2022 or email Sasha

Northwest Indian Community Development Center
1819 Bemidji Ave N.
Bemidji MN 56601
Auditions for The Reluctant Dragon
January 16 & 17
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
BCT Performing Arts Center
316 Beltrami Ave. NW.
Bemidji MN
Men, women, and children over the age of 7 are invited to audition.
Directed by Mary Knox-Johnson.
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
Beltrami History
1968 Exhibit
The Minnesota Historical Society's traveling exhibit "1968" is currently on display at the Beltrami Historical Society. It will be in Bemidji until March. 

Beltrami County Historical Society
1 30 Minnesota Ave. SW
Bemidji MN 56601
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 .

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.

Centennial Library
Circle Pines, MN
Call for Artworks
Submission Deadline: January 7, 2019
Forecast Public Art is assisting Anoka County Libraries to exhibit a variety of original artworks inside the new Centennial Library in Circle Pines, Minnesota. Artworks will be inspired by the categories of the Dewey Decimal system. 

Call 218-326-7626 or  email  with questions.
Centennial Library
Circle Pines, MN 55014
Call for Artists: 
Sculpt Siouxland

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019
Sculpt Siouxland is a joint project of the Sioux City Art Center and Sculpt Siouxland, Inc. The purpose of Sculpt Siouxland is to bring seven outstanding outdoor sculptures to highly visible locations in downtown Sioux City for a year-long exhibition.

Call 712-279-6272 ext. 200 with questions.
Sioux City Art Center
225 Nebraska Street
Sioux City, Iowa 51101-1712
ArtScape 10 - Where Art Meets Life
Application Submission Deadline: 5 PM on January 25, 2019
Artists of all ages are invited to participate in this juried art competition. Selected works form part of an outdoor gallery experience in the Shenandoah Valley area.

Interested artists submit work for consideration to ShenArts.

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
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

Artwork submission deadline: Feb. 1, 2019 
All Veterans enrolled in the Fargo VA Health Care System may participate! The event is free and open to the public to attend.

New addition to this year’s festival - Creative Writing!

To submit artwork or for more information, call the Fargo VA at (701) 239-3700 extension 2094.

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

Arts of the the Earth Festival
Bemidji State University
Call for Artists and Vendors!
Event dates: April 27 & 28, 2019
Artists and vendors needed! Festival features live music, sustainable foods, dancing, hands-on activities and art showcase including musical, poetic, and dance performances. It also includes a silent auction.
Contact BSU Sustainability Office for details - (218) 755-2560 or email.
Film, Video and Digital Productions Grant
Applications open January 25, 2019.

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.

2019 Emerging Artists Grants
for MN Artists with Disabilities
Deadline for Submission: February 1, 2019
If you are:
* a Minnesota artist with disabilities,
* early (emerging or reemerging) in your artistic career, and
* want to create new work,
YOU are likely eligible for a $2,000 grant from VSA Minnesota!

Call VSA directly (612) 332-3888 with questions or
for copies of application/guidelines.

 VSA Minnesota
The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 305
Minneapolis MN 55403
Arts Learning Grant Recipients
Awarded in Region 2

On November 19, 2018, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors granted $22,903 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to arts organizations, groups with a fiscal sponsor, schools and non-profit institutions and organizations. These grants support high-quality arts education that develops knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts for the benefit of Minnesotans of all ages across our five-county region.

Clear Waters Life Center received $6,000 to provide 29 weeks of quality art classes for youth-older adults Jan-Aug 2019, 20 weeks of Monday classes offered in the afternoon and evening for adult learners and 9 weeks of youth after school classes on Wednesdays.

Bemidji Community Theater  received $4,701 to collaborate with TrekNorth Jr. and Senior High School and Neilson Place to record the memories of residents at Neilson Place culminating in a collective performance involving music, song, and dance.
Northern Light Opera Company received $4,945 to offer a three-week Theater Workshop/Camp, NLOKids, to children from the Native American Community of Pine Point MN and children from the Park Rapids community. 

Bemidji Community Theater  received $5,607 to continue a theater internship program allowing interns to work with mentors in theater related areas on 5 upcoming projects for the 2019-2020 season.
Bemidji State University Music Department’s Bemidji Concert Series  received $1,650 to bring the Trombones of St. Louis and Violetta Duo to perform in Bemidji.
Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants
Awarded in Region 2

On December 12, 2018, the Region 2 Arts Council awarded $6,907 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program, which is governed by the AAI Council. 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.

Grant recipients include:
Todd Jourdain from Red Lake received $1,000 to purchase an airbrush, paints, and canvas to create mixed media works on canvas.
Katie Sandberg from Detroit Lakes received $937 to purchase artist's supplies to create inventory, and to cover framing and other costs associated with displaying her paintings. 

Flora Jones from Red Lake received $1,000 to purchase materials and supplies to make star quilts and to continue teaching others how to sew and make star quilts.

Nick Robinson from Cass Lake received $870 to purchase tools and materials to create “Breaking Thru Addiction,” a series of works in wood.

Deanna Croaker from Cass Lake received $1,000 to purchase a sewing machine, material, and supplies to design and create three 60" x 60" traditional and contemporary style star quilts.

Neegonee Brunner from Ponsford received $1,000 to purchase beads, fabric, and a sewing machine to create regalia.

Kristine Nelson from Red Lake received $600 to develop her own style of beadwork and create original designs for medallions, lanyards, and hoop earrings, in flat stitch as well as peyote style chains.

Albert Brunner from Ponsford received $500 to purchase tools and wood to create sculptures, pipes, and traditional wooden flutes.

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grants program is supported
by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

Current AAI Council members are Debra Warren, Delana Smith, Mary Guardipee, Mary Ringhand, David Ben White, Genny Lowry, Bernice Mitchell-Diver, and Larry Vanwert.

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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