Seeking Program Assistant

Job duties include planning workshops for the Region's artists and arts organizations, training others in our grant application system, publicity, and more. Must have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience, experience in the arts, and excellent communication skills. Some in-state travel required.
Hours per week: 15 - 20; Salary range: $15 - $19/hour plus benefits
Submit cover letter and resumé by June 18.

or phone ( 218) 751-5447
Region 2 Arts Council
PO Box 693
Bemidji, MN 56619
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Fall Arts Access Grants Available July 1

Maximum Award: $6,000
Deadline: August 15, 2018

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. Arts activities proposed for funding must be accessible by the public and have a strong community component. 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 apply for grants up to $6,000 to fund arts projects that will benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.
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We Need One More Board Member

Region 2 Arts Council seeks arts appreciators and artists from Mahnomen county to join our Board of Directors. Board terms last two years and will begin in July. Eligible applicants must be 18 years or older, have a strong interest in the arts, and have the desire to be an ambassador for Region 2 Arts Council.
This is a great opportunity to understand the workings of the arts granting process, to be more involved with the arts and artists of our region, and to enjoy camaraderie with others who appreciate the arts.
Excerpt from a recent letter to the editor by Nancy Cole, former LOW board member:
I was a representative for four years. I learned a lot about areas of art that I was not as familiar with, also sharing what I know with others. I met interesting people and interesting ideas. Taking my turn evaluating granted arts projects led me to events I might have otherwise passed by, sometimes enriching my life in surprising ways.
Region 2 Arts Council covers round trip mileage at the current IRS rate for attending board activities. Time commitment involves board meetings, committee work, and 5-8 hours per month reviewing grant applications, along with attending selected funded arts events. Summers are relatively free of board obligations.
E-mail us with questions at
Region 2 Arts Council Awards Arts Access Grants for Small Towns
On May 21, 2018 the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors awarded $18,000 through their Arts Access Grants for Small Towns program. These grants offer funding for the creation, production, and presentation of high-quality arts activities, as well as projects that help overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities, and are available only to regional towns with a population under 2,000.
Depot Preservation Alliance received $6,000 to host Baudette Depot's 4th Annual Bluegrass Festival on August 4, 2018 , incorporating live music, food, and music seminars . (Lake of the Woods County)
Farm By The Lake received $6,000 to host thirteen concerts in June, July, and August, culminating in an Annual Art Festival with three additional musical performances. (Clearwater County)
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians received $6,000 to produce the Honoring Our Ancestors Art Festival on September 27 and 28, 2018 . The Festival will include art demonstrations and performances, showcasing traditional and contemporary Anishinaabe arts. (Beltrami County)
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. 

E-mail us with questions at
Would You Like a Grant-Writing Workshop in Your Area?

Our new fiscal year is starting soon; we'll have a whole new round of grants available starting in July. Would you like us to host a Grant-Writing workshop in your area, or even in your organization? Please let us know. We'll be scheduling workshops in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties throughout July.
First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji
June 1

Dunn Bros Coffee  will feature artwork by the students in grades 1-4 from Apple Blossom School. This mixed-media mural One Well represents the students' investigation into all aspects of water.   
6 am - 7 pm.  501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE. 
Butch Holden Studio  will host guest-artist Jeff Burger during a reception, featuring Burger's soda glazed and wood fired pottery. Holden will share some of his own porcelain work and paintings. 
6-9 p.m. 1104 Minnesota Ave. Entrance is in the back alley.
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse  will present the portraiture of Russell Hue Lund, in this vibrantly colored mixed-media series. 
3:30 pm - 5 pm. 523 Minnesota Ave.

Brigid's Pub  Featuring artists primarily from Bemidji, the exhibit Unite Against Hate- Bemidji will showcase the local debut of Jason Ewert's award-winning short film Feed the Wolf, traditional woodworking skills that promote Indigenous culture, and locally-made artwork showcasing the different cultures and identities of Bemidji residents and broader Minnesota. Reception 4-7 pm,  Unite Against Hate Concert  8-12 pm. 317 Beltrami Ave N.
Gallery North will host a reception for Showcase Artist Russell Lund and his exhibit, Creations by Russ, including watercolor, acrylic, and prismacolor.  Featured Artist will be Gallery member  Marion Caroline Featured Author for the evening will be Colin Mustful.
2 pm - 6 pm.  310 4th St NW.

Neilson Place continues "Drawn to Nature" by Jeff Kitterman,  an award winning Midwest regional artist with a passion for pen and ink biological illustration. 8 am - 8 pm. 1000 Anne Street NW.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center  Come enjoy vendors and artwork created by regional artists. The NWICDC is located at 1819 Bemidji Ave N.  4-6 p.m.
Watermark Art Center  will host the opening reception for The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible, by Lou Ferreri, June 1 - July 28. This exhibit is a series of mixed-media drawings created 
on pages of The New York Times. Artist Talk at 6. 
Reception  5 - 7 pm. 505 Bemidji Ave N.

Headwaters Music & Arts  will host a reception for the exhibit of Kristen Anderson, Adaptation and Optimism.  Anderson's work includes wet-felted wool rugs and hangings that tell stories of adaptation and optimism. Open Mic Coffeehouse at 7 pm, hosted by Kari Grace.  4 - 6 pm, 519 Minnesota Ave N.

United Methodist Church will feature Years of Introspection, a 25 year retrospective of the work of Mary Therese. This exhibit includes watercolor, acrylic and silk batik painting, as well as mixed media collage. Opening reception will be 4-6 p.m., with an Artist Talk at 5. United Methodist is located at 924 Beltrami Ave NW.
The Bemidji Library wall will feature new watercolor paintings by John Winter, who recently retired from the Minnesota State Parks and was also Beltrami County's Park Director. His painting reflects on themes such as nature, history and recreation. The library will be open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and is located at 509 America Ave NW.
June 1 - 23

Reception on June 23

Exhibition of paintings and drawings.

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.
Nemeth Art Center
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN
White Earth Window
June 1 - July 28

Reception on July 14, 5 - 7 pm

Photography by Wayne Gumundson and Writing by Anton Treuer. Artist talks on July 14 at reception.

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.
Nemeth Art Center
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN
Northern Minnesota Songwriters Meeting
June 1
1:30 pm
The stated purpose of the group is, "for songwriters in north central Minnesota to communicate and plan activities, support each other remotely, and socialize." 
The group, on Facebook and in person, is open to all interested songwriters in northern Minnesota. For more information, contact Vicki via e-mail. To join the Facebook group, ask to join here.

214 3rd St NW
Bemidji MN
Birch Bark Weaving
June 2
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Create a beautiful and useful woven birch bark basket using Scandinavian style weaving techniques. Class will include a discussion on harvesting and preparing your own birch bark, and a gallery of different woven baskets to inspire future creations.   This class is part of a spring craft series taught by Emily Derke and Nate Johnson.

The cost is $50.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
For more info, or to register, email here or call 763-245-7050.   

Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St
Bemidji, MN
Legends on Lomond Concert Series

After Memphis.............June 2..........4 - 6 pm
Amanda Standalone......June 9..........4 - 6 pm
Dancing Light.............. June 17......... 4 - 6 pm
The Lost River Band......June 24........4 - 6 pm

Free & open to the public

Feel free to bring your own lawn chair; some chairs provided.
Outdoors, weather permitting.

This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from theArts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Farm By The Lake
17797 366th St
Bagley, MN 56621
Music Under the Pines
June 2
7:00 pm

Live music by Bill & Kate Isles - acoustic singer/songwriter duo performing a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy.

Admission free and open to the public.
(In the Visitor Center in the case of rain.)

MN State Park Vehicle Permit (day or annual) required to enter park.

More information including a map here.

Lake Bemidji State Park Amphitheater
Bemidji MN
Summer Concert Series
June 3 - 24 
(every Sunday)
2:00 pm

June 3: First City Handbell Choir
June 10: Northern Bass
June 17: Shyanne Kaml
June 24: Donna Gaston

Call  218-308-2300 for more info, or click here.

Lake Bemidji State Park
Bemidji MN
Zach Johnson Concerts

Bemidji Public Library.....June 5..... 6:00 pm
Blackduck Public Library..June 6..10:00 am
Johnson's mastery of many instruments leads to exciting live shows. Just some of the instruments he uses in various shows include; 6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, baritone gu itar, dobro, banjo, mandolin, violin, lap steel, harmonicas, octave mandolin, viola, bass, drums, percussion, banjolin, dulcimer, ukulele, pedal steel and more. His repertoire covers a wide range of styles and genres, from folk to jazz, rock to spoken word, blues to pop, country to a cappella, gospel to instrumental and more. 

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage

Bemidji Sings

June 6
7:00 pm
Headwaters Music & Arts invites amateur vocalists ages 15-25 to take part; this is an event for vocalists aiming to qualify for the Minnesota Sings vocal competition for amateur singers ages 15-25 representing their hometowns.

Vocalists are asked to prepare one song that they will sing in front of 2 to 3 friendly judges. If selected as a finalist, you will perform your song that evening at the Bemidji Sings show emceed by Deuces Wild's David Charles Eichholz. The winner will receive a half-day of recording time at Supple Studios, $300 cash, & $40 gas card. The runner up receives $150 cash & $40 gas card.
  Register Here
Bangsberg Hall
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Ave
Bemidji MN
Nature Art Camp
(3 Session Course)

June 7 - 9

June 7, 4:00-7:30 pm
June 8, 4:00-7:30 pm
June 9, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Start your summer with your two favorite activities - the outdoors and art! Visual artist and ecologist Susan "Sparky" Kedzie and clay potter and artist Tom Daly will lead indoor and outdoor art explorations including acrylic painting, a bug house and stepping stones, and making a clay vase with leaf imprints. Bring a sack meal each day;  Saturday  snacks and all program activities provided. 
$50 per participant, Ages 7 - 12. 

Register Here
Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave
Bemidji MN
Rock N Roll Oldies Dance
June 8
Pot Luck 5:00 p.m.
Dance 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Do you love the music of the 50's & 60's? This will be a great evening of social and party dance.

or call 218-766-4043

1259 Tyler Ave SE
Bemidji MN
Ring of Fire: 
The Music of Johnny Cash
June 8 - 16
7:30 pm
Matinees: June 10 & 13

Created by Richard Maltby Jr., Conceived by William Meade
Evening Shows June 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th & 16th 

314 Beltrami Ave
Bemidji, MN
Bemidji Artist Market
June 9
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Creative North Artists will be set up with a variety of local artists and makers. Rain or shine.

Also occurs on July 14, August 11, and September 8

If you'd like to display, email here.
City Parking Lot 4
Corner of Minnesota Ave and 4th St
Bemidji MN
2nd Saturday Haps
June 9
6:00 pm
2nd Saturday Happenings, the new recurring summer event from Nemeth Art Center. Free evening of music, poetry, films and performance held at the art center.

The Nemeth Art Center
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, Minnesota
Sites 'n Bites
June 10
12:00 - 6:00 pm
3rd Annual Food, Art and Music Event. Purchase your Sites 'n Bites Passport for $3 or 3 foodshelf item donations. Food, participate in a community painting, and live music including Corey Medina & Brothers. Proceeds Benefit Akeley/Nevis Food Shelf.

Downtown Nevis
Nevis, MN
Friends of the Arts Reception
June 12
5:30 pm
The 2018 Friends of the Arts Celebration, presented by Watermark Art Center and Keith Johanneson of Marketplace Foods. This year's Friends of the Arts honorees are William and Patricia Kelly. The celebration will include an appetizer buffet and open bar from 5:30 - 7, with a short program beginning at 7 p.m.

Bear's Lair
Puposky, MN
Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront
June 13, 20, 27
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 Free concert  series at the Bemidji waterfront. 
Lost Walleye Orchestra (13th), The Fattening Frogs (20th), Best MN Town Party (27th).

300 Bemidji Ave 
Bemidji, MN
2nd Street Stage
June 14, 21, 28
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

June 14:  Rich Mattson and the Northstars
June 21: The Lucky Dutch
June 28: Pat Lenertz Band
10 free concerts will run from 6 to 8 p.m. (7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9) with bands, a  beer garden, cornhole tournaments and family activities . Bring your own lawn chair. The beer garden will open at 5 p.m. for a social hour  while you find your spot, listen to the sound check and greet neighbors and friends.

This activity is made possible, in part, 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.
Second block of South Main Street
Park Rapids, MN
Colored Pencil Portraits with Pamela Edevold

June 15 & 16
Friday: 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Learn Pamela's step by step process to complete a portrait beginning with a colored pencil underpainting. During this two day workshop you will work on an image provided by the instructor while tips on drawing a likeness will be demonstrated. This will allow the class time to focus on color and form. With each layer of color you will see the subject come to life. All materials will be included in the class fee.

Presented by the Bagley Area Arts Collaborative.

Class Fee: $35

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

Contact Pamela by email to register.

Bagley Public Library
Community Room
Bagley, MN
Spinning Spokes Art on the Go!

June 15
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kids 13 and under, bring your bike to the Watermark Art Center on Friday, June 15 between 4-7 p.m. There will be decorating stations for your helmet, handle bars, spokes, and license plate. Free.

Hosted by Bike Bemidji and Watermark Art Center

Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN
Sculpture Trail Ribbon Cutting

June 16
10:00 am

The City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission invite  you to a ribbon cutting for the new Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail. Six sculptures have been selected and will be installed just prior to the ribbon cutting and remain in place for a year.

This project is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008. Funding also was received from the Park Rapids Community Fund.

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

Red Bridge Park
175-199 Beach Road 
(east of US Hwy.  71/Park Avenue North,  about a block north of the stoplights at the junction of Hwy. 71  and state Hwy. 34)
Park Rapids, MN
Bemidji Community Band Concert

June 17
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Concerts are on the South lawn of Bangsberg Hall.
In case of inclement weather, concert will move indoors to Bangsberg recital Hall, BSU.

Bangsberg Hall, BSU
1500 Birchmont Dr
Bemidji MN
Fiddle Camp
June 18 - June 22
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Headwaters Music & Arts is excited to hold its seventh fiddle camp, a week-long day camp with both private and group instruction, enrichment activities and games, and public performance opportunities. We typically have two performances during the week, concluding with a Friday afternoon performance.

$125 per participant, partial scholarships available.
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.

519 Minnesota Ave 
Bemidji, MN
Northwoods Writers Conference
June 18 - June 24
Please join us for an exciting opportunity to create, collaborate, and commune in the great northwoods.  This year's workshop faculty members are Mat Johnson (Fiction), Joan Naviyuk Kane (Poetry), Wayne Miller (Poetry), Alison Hawthorne Deming (Creative Nonfiction), and Paisley Rekdal (Creative Nonfiction).

Evening readings are free and open to the public.  More information here.

1500 Birchmont Dr N.
Bemidji, MN
A Conversation with Artists
June 21
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Area artists and friends are invited to join Lou Ferreri (whose work is on display at the Watermark Art Center in June) in a discussion about creative motivations and methods.

505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN
Jewelry Class with Deb Carlson
June 22 & 23
Friday 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

In this basic jewelry making class, Deb Carlson will teach students how to make a pair of lily-shaped earrings. During the construction of the earrings students will learn how to transfer their design to sheet metal, cut sheet metal, ball a head on the end of a piece of wire to make a headpin or earring wires. They will learn to wire wrap a loop, anneal metal, form, file, pickle, patina, tumble and polish metal. Students will take home a completed pair of earrings made of either copper or German silver.  Students will also learn how to make a piece of Viking knit chain from wire.

Class Fee:  $35

Bagley Public Library
Community Room
Bagley, MN
The Complete History of America Abridged
A Comedy
June 22 - 30
7:30 pm

Matinees June 24 & 27 

Book by Adam Long, Austin Tichenor & Reed Martin

314 Beltrami Ave
Bemidji, MN
Saturday Art for Kids
June 23
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Watermark Art Center is hosting a mixed media monster sculpture classfor kids ages 6 and older. Students will use  imagination to create a 3D monster using found objects.  
Space is limited. $15 fee.

Register online here

Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN
Dorset Boardwalk Art Festival
June 23
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Artisans and vendors celebrate Minnesota creativity.
Shop and eat in Dorset.

More info here

Downtown Dorset
Dorset, MN
"Best Minnesota Town" Party

June 27
5:00 - 9:00 pm

Named "Best Minnesota Town" for 2017 by Minnesota Monthly Magazine, Bemidji is throwing a party to celebrate. Everyone is invited to join the festivities at Paul Bunyan Park. Live music on the Mississippi Music at the Waterfront stage, food vendors, exhibitors, kids activities, photo ops and more, all on the shore of Lake Bemidji.

More Information

Lake Bemidji Waterfront
300 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN
Summer Program at the International Cello Institute

July 14 - July 28

Application in multiple parts, including audition. Senior division is for ages 16 - 24; Junior division is for ages 11 - 15. There is a $75 application fee.

International Cello Institute
Northfield, MN

August 1 - 5
Hold on to your Hotdish because AATE's 31st National Conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 1-5, 2018! This year our conference will celebrate the work and the future possibilities of the AATE community.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Lake of the Woods Artists' Retreat  

September 6 - 9

You're invited to the 4th Annual Artists Retreat on Lake of the Woods.
Come out to Laketrails Base Camp on Oak Island for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and art. This rustic island is the perfect getaway to rejuvenate and reconnect with your work. Cost: $300

More Information 

Lake of the Woods
Oak Island, MN
Request for Proposals: Baudette Murals

Two businesses in Baudette are looking for an artist to update their public murals on the outsides of their buildings: the Ronnings building and the Baudette VFW.

Ronnings building is looking for a new mural. Presently the mural has a combination of fishing, family and outdoors. The Foundation would like a new mural, but wishes to stay with a theme reflective of the community. Murals must be weather-resistant, as they are outside.


The Baudette VFW is looking to have their existing mural refreshed with a fresh coat of paint, in the same image. Their mural represents area hockey and Veterans. Murals must be weather-resistant, as they are outside.

Please email Carrie  with the following information:

1. Resumé
2. Which mural are you interested in working on?
3. Idea for mural(s).
4. Your fee for the project
5. Time frame for finished project
Call for Artists: Bagley Art in the Park

Registration due  June 24

Come to the Bagley City Park and sell your art or wares Saturday July 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Rain or shine. Local artists, live music, and food from non-profit vendors.

Art in the Park is July 14
Bagley Art in the Park
15020 340th St
Bagley, MN
Call for Storytellers: 
The Great American Story

Entries Due June 30

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council is sponsoring the third annual Great American Story contest for oral storytellers. Stories are now being invited from Minnesota storytellers. Judges will narrow the selections to four finalists who will perform the best-told stories at an event Saturday, Sept. 22 at Calvary Lutheran  Church in Park Rapids. For entry information and 
rules for the Great American Story click here.

Entries no more than 10 minutes in length may be  posted online or recorded on a CD or flash drive and mailed. Entry fee is $10. Entries
must be posted on the website or, if mailed, postmarked no later than June 30.
This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council  funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the  State's general fund.

Great American Story
Park Rapids, MN
Farm By The Lake  5th Annual Festival

Call for Artists
Call for Authors
Call for Musicians

Registration Deadline
July 31, 2018

Festival happens on August 26
Noon - 6:00 pm
Phone: (218) 694-2084

Arts/Craft Booth Fee      $30
Authors Booth Fee      $20
Need Electric Fee      $10
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.
Farm By The Lake
17797 366th St
Bagley, MN 56621
Minnesota State Arts Board Grants

The Artist Initiative grant program is designed to support and assist professional Minnesota artists at various stages in their careers by encouraging artistic development, nurturing artistic creativity, and recognizing the contributions of individual artists to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.

Visual arts; media arts, photography, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts: Applications due June 29, 2018

Arts Access g rant program designed to encourage strategic, long-term engagement between arts organizations and traditionally underserved communities. Grant funds may be used by an arts organization to collaborate with a community to create and/or increase access to meaningful art experiences.   The deadline to submit applications is June 22, 2018. 

Please note that applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.
Minnesota State Arts Board
Park Square Court, Suite 200
400 Sibley Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
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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