Grant Recipients
Region 2 Arts Council

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our Young Artist Grants: 
  • Josibeth Aguilera was awarded $600 to study painting silks with Mary Therese in Bemidji.
  • Sierra Charwood received $474 to attend Fiddle Camp in Bemidji. 
  • Quinn Knott was awarded $600 to study woodcarving with Les Sanders in Bemidji. 
  • Allison Koos, of Bemidji, received $600 to study drawing with Anne Washburn. 
  • Joshua Schueller, of Laporte, was awarded $600 to study advanced violin with Dr. Dina Neglia-Khachatryan. 
  • Zachary Schueller, of Laporte, received $600 to study advanced trumpet with Paul Loxtercamp. 
  • Korben Ward, of Bemidji, was awarded $595 to study guitar with Lou Samsa.  
We are also pleased to announce the recipients of our Arts Project Grants: 
  • Bemidji Symphony Orchestra was awarded $2,500 to host guest trumpet artist Mark Nelson for a concert called, "Trading Places," in Beltrami County.
  • Bemidji Woodcarvers Club, of Beltrami County, received $1,950 to host a Woodcarving Workshop with artist Marty Dophens.
  • Headwaters School of Music & the Arts (Beltrami County) was awarded $2,500 to have a Songwriters cultural exchange, showcase, and workshop with artists Berit Dybing, Erdwin Kløvning, Corey Medina & Caige Jambor.
  • Nemeth Art Center, of Hubbard County, was awarded $2,500 to produce an exhibition with Minneapolis-based artist Christopher E. Harrison entitled, "MonsterLands."
  • Northern Light Opera Company, of Hubbard County, received $2,500 to produce the NLOKids Summer Theater Camp in Ponemah.
  • Park Rapids Schools was awarded $2,500 to produce a Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Theatre workshop for students, as well as a public program, in Hubbard County.
  • Watermark Art Center of Bemidji received $2,380 to produce The Exquisite iPhone Landscape Workshop. (Beltrami County)

Board Member Vacancies
Region 2 Arts Council

Join our Board of Directors! Currently we need one resident from each of these counties to become a member of our Board: Clearwater, Beltrami, Mahnomen, and Lake of the Woods. 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. Please contact the Region 2 office for more information or to request an application.  Interviews for board members have just begun and will continue into June, or until positions are filled,  for each two-year term. 
 
(218) 751-5447
Region 2 Arts Council's Office  Will Be Closed
June 6 - 8

Our office will be closed from June 6 - 8, as our staff will be attending the Rural Arts & Culture Summit (see below for more info on the Rural Arts & Culture Summit).

(218) 751-5447


June 2

Dunn Bros Coffee will display watercolor  monoprints by Malisa VanMaasdam, called "Barista Blurbs." 8 am - 8 pm, 501 Paul  Bunyan Dr SE

 Gallery North's reception is from 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

Neilson Place continues the display "Color Me Spring" by Diane Crawford. 8 am - 8 pm, 100 Anne St NW

Watermark Art Center displays new work by local artists. Free Watermark t-shirts will be given out to all  attendees during the art walk. 2 - 6 pm, 516 Beltrami Ave
  
Folk and Traditional Arts Grant
Minnesota State Arts Board

June 2
Applications due

Click here for more info.
 
Farm by the Lake Concert Series
Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank

June 4
4 pm

Free!
17797 366th St
Bagley, MN 56621



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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.


Music Under the Pines: Donna Gaston
Lake Bemidji State Park

June 4
2 - 3 pm
 
 Visit the state park for live music featuring Donna Gaston.

 
3401 State Park Rd NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Rural artists, arts organizations and community leaders gather to highlight arts-based strategies for rural community and economic development. The Summit is organized by Springboard for the Arts and the Center for Small Towns.

June 6 - 8, 2017


Rural Arts & Culture Summit
University of Minnesota, Morris

 

The Marvelous Wonderettes
Paul Bunyan Playhouse

June 7 - 11, and 14 - 17
 
  A salute to female music groups of the '50s and '60s, this smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom.

 
Historic Chief Theater
314 Beltrami Ave
Bemidji, MN
 
Carnegie Arts & Crafts Fair

June 10

9 am - 3 pm
 
Area artisans and crafters will be exhibiting their wares for sale inside the Carnegie Library.
 
Carnegie Library
5th St and Bemidji Ave
Bemidji, MN

 
Youth Art Exhibit in Partnership with MCAD
Opening Reception and Award Ceremony
 
June 10
10 am - 1 pm
   
The Nemeth Art Center, in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, will host a Youth Art Exhibit from June 1st to July 1st.
 
Nemeth Art Center
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN 56470

 
Farm by the Lake Concert Series
Lee "Bone" Sherseth
 
June 11
4 pm

Free!
17797 366th St
Bagley, MN 56621



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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.


Music Under the Pines: First City Handbell Choir
Lake Bemidji State Park

June 11
2 - 3 pm

Go to the state park and listen the First City Handbell Choir.
 
3401 State Park Rd NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Headwaters Fiddle Camp

June 12 - 16

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


This activity is made possible 
by the voters of Minnesota, 
thanks  to a legislative 
appropriation  from the arts and 
cultural heritage fund.

Project 26 Art Show
Northwest Indian Community Development Center
 
June 16
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Show your support as courageous Project 26 participants give glimpses into their own healing journey. Local survivors of sexual and domestic violence will display their artwork.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center (OIC)
1819 Bemidji Ave
Bemidji, MN
 
Free Acting and Music Workshops in Bemidji
Sod House Theater
 
Sod House Theater of Minneapolis will offer a series of free music and acting workshops led by professional theater artists Luverne Seifert & Darcey Engen, and professional musicians Brian Laidlaw & Ashley Hanson, in Bemidji. No experience necessary! We provide a playful and safe environment to learn skills for performance. All workshops are at Rail River Folk School.
 
June 16

6:30 - 8:00 pm
 
The Power of Your Voice: Developing Your Voice for the Stage
This workshop will introduce and encourage performers to develop the components of vocal production such as projection, dynamics, pitch, rate, resonance, variety, articulation as well as relaxation and breathing.  This workshop will help the performer increase vocal energy, strength, range, flexibility, and clarity and apply it directly into their performance. No preparation is necessary. Dress to move comfortably. Best for participants 15 years and older.

June 17

10:00 - 11:30 am
 
Kick in the Pants: Physical Comedy Routines
This workshop will introduce stage techniques of physical comedy; slaps, kicks, trips, falls, fixed points and awkward timing decisions.  Participants will develop and perform a 1-2 minute comedy routine. No preparation necessary. Dress to move comfortably. Any age welcome.
 
6:30 - 8:00 pm
  
Hometown Ballad Songwriting Workshop
In this workshop, you will share stories about your community, discuss the craft of songwriting, and start to turn stories shared into original songs. Open to all ages and levels of experience; singers, musicians, and writers encouraged to attend; instruments are invited, but not required.
 
June 19

5:00 - 6:00 pm
 
Happy Hour Information Session / Call for Performers & Volunteers
Join the directors of Sod House Theater and Region 2 Arts Council to learn more about the opportunity to be involved in a professional site-specific, musical theater adaptation of Ibsen's Enemy of the People that will be performed in Bemidji this August. Open to all ages, abilities, and levels of experience. 
 
6:15 - 7:15 pm
 
Music, Movement, and Muse
This playful workshop will incorporate elements of movement and improvisation mixed with live and pre-recorded music. Using physical theater and creative movement, participants will improvise scenarios based on the tempo, rhythm, and feel of the music. No preparation necessary. Dress to move comfortably.

All workshops are at
Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji
Coming Home:
Young Songwriters Workshop  
with Berit Dybing, Erlend Odnes Kløvning, Caige Jambor and Corey Medina
June 17
10 am - 5 pm

Showcase
6 - 9 pm


Workshop for ages 13-21
$25 per person
Showcase open to the public

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts
519 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council.
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Bemidji Community Band Concert

June 18
7 pm


On the south lawn of Bangsberg Hall
Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN

Minnesota Northwoods Writer's Conference

June 19 - 25, 2017

American Indian Resource Center
1620 Birchmont Dr. NE
Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN



This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Paul Bunyan Playhouse

June 21 - 25, and June 28 - 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
 
Watercolor Painting with Jane Freeman
Region 2 Arts Council

June 23
12 pm - 4 pm

Renowned watercolor painter, Jane Freeman, will teach this intermediate workshop. For intermediate watercolorists; please bring your own paints and brushes.

Clearwaters Life Center
226 Elm St
Gonvick, MN

Workshop is free, but you must register by calling (218) 751-5447 or emailing alice@r2arts.org

 
Reception for MYSYSYPYN at Nemeth Art Center

June 24
2 - 5 pm

MYSYSYPN, an exhibit curated by Matthew Schum, will be on display now until July 15.

301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN

 
Boardwalk Art Festival
Dorset, Minnesota

June 24
10 am - 6 pm

Local Authors, Artists & Food. Area vendors display their wares throughout the town. Demonstrations and signings available.

 
Dorset, MN 56470

Music Under the Pines: Bemidji Bogtrotters
Lake Bemidji State Park

June 25
2 - 3 pm

Go to the state park and listen to the Bemidji Bogtrotters, Jeff Anderson on accordion and Jay Forney on guitar.
 
3401 State Park Rd NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
 
Farm by the Lake Concert Series
Robert "One Man" Johnson

June 25
4 pm

Free!
17797 366th St
Bagley, MN 56621



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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.



 
Call for Artists

June 29
Application Deadline

The Minnesota State Arts Board is excited to announce a new public art project at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis. They're looking for artists or artist-led teams to create permanent, site-specific artwork for a new addition.
Working, professional artists residing in the United States are eligible to apply. Artists must be at least 18 years of age to apply.

Click here for more info.
 
Call for Indigenous Artists
Miikanan Gallery

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.
 
Online applications with submission requirements will be available by mid-June at watermarkartcenter.org. Hard copies of the application will be available upon request.

Karen Goulet
Miikanan Program Director
 Email
218-444-7570

 
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, 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.
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.


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

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