$241,000
=
The amount that Region 2 Arts Council awarded this year.

$241,000 is the total amount awarded by Region 2 Arts Council in fiscal year 2017 within our five counties. Keep up the great work, everyone!


(218) 751-5447

Board Member Vacancies
Region 2 Arts Council

Join our Board of Directors! Currently we need one resident from Mahnomen county and one resident from Lake of the Woods county to become members of our Board. This is a great opportunity to understand the workings of the granting process, to be more involved with the arts and artists of your county, and to enjoy camaraderie with others that appreciate the arts.  Interviews for board members have just begun and will continue into July, or until positions are filled,  for each two-year term. 
 
R2AC's New Grants
Mark Your Calendars!

We are gearing up for a new fiscal year at Region 2 Arts Council. FY18 will begin on July 1, 2017.  It will bring  a new set of  goals, and a new year of  grant deadlines:

Organizational Grants:

Fall Arts Access Grant............................08/25/17
Arts Learning Grant...............................10/15/17
Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant.........11/15/17
Spring Arts Access Grants.......................01/15/18
Community Arts Support Grant................02/15/18
Arts Project Grant..................................03/15/18
Arts Access Grant for Small Towns...........04/15/18
 

Individual Artist Grants:

R2AC Fellowship.....................................09/15/17
Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant..............11/01/17
Individual Artist Grant.............................01/15/18
Young Artist Grant..................................02/15/18
Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship........03/01/18



We will be hosting information sessions to explain any changes in our grant programs for the new year. Catch us at:

Park Rapids Public Library  July 20, 1 - 3 pm
Bemidji Public Library  July 25, 1 - 3 pm
Clearwaters Life Center in Gonvick  August 1, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Stay Posted for Red Lake, Mahnomen, and Baudette times and locations

For each session, the first hour will be dedicated to grants for non profit organizations, schools, local and tribal government offices, etc. The second hour is for grants for individual artists.
(218) 751-5447


Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Paul Bunyan Playhouse

June 30 - July 1
 
  Sherlock Holmes is on the case! He and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir in this murderously comic adventure.

 
Historic Chief Theater
314 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji, MN
  
2nd Street Stage
Downtown Park Rapids

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association invites you to celebrate summer at these free events on most Thursday evenings throughout the summer.

June 30 - Aug 17

2nd Street Stage will run from 6-8 pm (7-9 pm Aug 10) with great music, a beer garden and family activities.

Downtown
Park Rapids, MN

Click here for more info.
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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 the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Briand Morrison and Sam Miltich Present:
An Evening of Guitar Greats

July 1
7:30 - 9:30 pm

Guitarists Sam Miltich and Briand Morrison will be presenting a self-produced performance featuring the music of their own guitar influences. Admission is $10.00 at the door. 

Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St SE
Bemidji, MN
 
MYSYSYPYN at Nemeth Art Center

July 1 - 15

MYSYSYPN, an exhibit curated by Matthew Schum, will be on display.
 



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 the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN
Bemidji Community Band Concert

July 2
7 pm


On the south lawn of Bangsberg Hall
Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN
 
NLOKids Theater Workshop
Northern Light Opera Company
 
July 5 - 21

This adventure for children ages 9-13 will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with transportation provided from and to Century School in Park Rapids. NLOC stage and technical directors will lead kids in writing a script, composing music and creating sets and costumes. The Pine Point School will provide lunches. A final performance for parents and friends will be given at the Pine Point Community Center.



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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 the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Pine Point School
Ponsford, MN 56575

Schoolhouse Rock Live
Paul Bunyan Playhouse

July 5 - 9, and 12 - 15
 
The 1970's Saturday morning cartoon that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever and hummable songs is instructing a whole new generation. This family friendly musical will delight all ages.


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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 the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Historic Chief Theater
314 Beltrami Ave
Bemidji, MN

Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront

July 5: Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

July 12: Steve Kaul and the Brass Kings

July 19: Fathom Lane
 
July 26: Charmin Michelle with the Clearwater Hot Club

Live music at the Bemidji Waterfront. All shows 6 pm - 8 pm.
More concerts in August!
 
Bemidji, MN 56601


July 7

Check out these spots:

Dunn Bros Coffee   8 am - 8 pm, 501 Paul  Bunyan Dr SE

First Lutheran Fellowship Hall 2:30 - 4:30 pm, 900 Bemidji Ave N

 Gallery North 4 - 6 pm in their brand new space: 310 4th St NW

The Least of These Fair Trade & Handmade Gift Shoppe is hosting a First Friday Art & Acoustics event from 5 - 7 pm.
108 3rd St NW

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) 3 - 6 pm, 405 Beltrami Avenue

Neilson Place 8 am - 8 pm, 100 Anne St NW

Northwest Indian Community Development Center 4 - 7 pm, 520 4th St NW

Rail River Folk School 7 - 10 pm, 303 Railroad St. SW

United Methodist Church 5 - 7 pm, 924 Beltrami Ave NW

Watermark Art Center  2 - 6 pm, 516 Beltrami Ave

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse  3 - 5 pm, 523 Minnesota Ave


Summer Pops Concert
"Westbound: Don't Stop"
 
July 8
7:00 pm

BHS Auditorium
2900 Division St W
Bemidji, MN
 
Bagley Art in the Park
Bagley, Minnesota

July 8
9 am - 3 pm

Local artists & food.
 
 
Bagley City Park
Bagley, MN
 
Nemeth Art Center
Opening Receptions
 
July 8: David Linder

July 21:
Christopher Harrison, David and Mathieu Ruhlman
   
The Nemeth Art Center will host two exhibits in July; one by David Linder from July 8 - 29, and one by Christopher Harrison, David and Mathieu Ruhlman from July 21 - Sep 30. Opening receptions listed above.


Nemeth Art Center
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Music Under the Pines
Lake Bemidji State Park

July 8: Big Bass Ramblers
7 - 8 pm

July 9: Northern Bass
2 - 3 pm
 
July 15: Wooden Nichols
7 - 8 pm
 
July 16: D.L. and the Clean Starts
2 - 3 pm

July 23: The Pine Tones
2 - 3 pm

July 29: Bluebird
7 - 8 pm
 
July 30: Mark Fogelson
2 - 3 pm

Go to the state park and listen to live music.
 
3401 State Park Rd NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
 
Farm by the Lake Concert Series

July 9:  Lowest Pair

July 16:  Nicholas Jackson

July 23:  Bluebird

July 30:  Corey Medina and Brothers

All concerts begin at 4 pm
Free!



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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 the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

17797 366th St
Bagley, MN 56621

Poetry SLAM!
Sponsored by Headwaters School of Music and the Arts

July 19
8:00 pm
 
Poets of all caliber are invited to join in on the fun. Poets will have the opportunity to perform up to 3 original poems, for cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25 to the best three poems.

 
Fozzie's Smokin Bar BQ
114 3rd St NW
Bemidji, MN

Almost, Maine
Paul Bunyan Playhouse

July 19 - 23, and 26 - 29
 
A romantic comedy by John Cariani.

 
Historic Chief Theater
314 Beltrami Ave
Bemidji, MN
 
Bemidji Art in the Park

July 22 - 23
10 am - 4 pm

Local artists & food.
 
 
Library Park
Bemidji, MN
Bemidji Community Band Concert

July 23
7 pm


On the south lawn of Bangsberg Hall
Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN
 
South Pacific
Presented by  Northern Light Opera Company

July 28 - 30, Aug 2 - 5


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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 the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Armory Square
203 Park Ave S
Park Rapids, MN

Blueberry Festival
Lake George

July 28 - 30

A three day festival that is focused on blueberries; a blueberry pancake breakfast, a blueberry ball, a blueberry square dance. 

Blackduck Woodcarvers' Festival

July 29
 
Showcase of wood working crafts of all kinds from craftspeople across the nation. Also, food!

 
Blackduck, MN

Depot Day
Beltrami Historical Society

July 29
 10 am - 4 pm

This annual open house is the perfect way to spend a summer day: free admission to galleries, children's activities, souvenir photo station, and more.

 
Beltrami County Historical Society
130 Minnesota Ave SW
Bemidji, MN

Movie Night
Bemidji City Park

July 29
8 pm
 
Free movie with concessions for sale.

 
Bemidji City Park
23rd St NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
 
Call for Emerging Artists

July 31
Application Deadline

Call for emerging artists of all media from MN or NYC for place-based Lanesboro Artist Residency Program

 
Call for Artists

Sod House Theater is looking for actors and musicians for this upcoming production. For more information email here.
 

Sod House Theater Presents

Henrik Ibsen's
An Enemy of the People

Aug 11 - 13
Fri & Sat 7:00 pm, Sun 1:00 pm

Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St SW
Bemidji, MN
 
Call for Artists, Crafters, and Authors

The Farm By The Lake 4th Annual Festival
Sunday August 27
12 - 6 pm

Artist/Crafter Booth $30
Author Booth  $20

Request application by c alling (218) 694-2084
They have limited space, so they'd like applications in as soon as possible.
 
Call for Indigenous Artists
Miikanan Gallery

August 28
Deadline

Miikanan Gallery is seeking Indigenous artists to submit work to be considered for exhibition at their grand opening event in the Watermark Art Center. All forms of art will be considered. The exhibit is tentatively scheduled to open November 2017.

They are seeking broad interpretations of the following concept: 
Aazhoomon - Convergence
Converge: Come from different directions and meet.
Convergence: The point of converging; a meeting place. A crossroads.
 
Hard copies of the application will be available upon request.

Karen Goulet
Miikanan Program Director
218-444-7570
Statewide Theater Conference

Oct. 6 - 8
Save the Date

Minnesota Theater Alliance will be holding their second annual Statewide Theater Conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Early bird registration will save you $100.

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

Send submissions for our August newsletter by July 25 to: 
alice@r2arts.org