Upcoming Grant Deadline

Award: $5,000

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation to provide unfettered funding to an individual Native American artist to fuel his or her art in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties in Minnesota. This year, for the first time, we have two Fellowships available.

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

(218) 751-5447
Upcoming Grant Deadline

Arts Project Grant........................due March 15, 2018

Maximum Award: $2,500 with 20% cash match.

These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, public art projects, and artists-in-residence. Arts organizations may also apply to fund consultation projects in board development, fiscal management, fundraising, public relations, audience development, or assistance in designing arts programming. Funded arts projects must benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

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

(218) 751-5447
Upcoming Grant Deadline

Arts Access for Small Towns............due April 15, 2018

Maximum Award: $6,000

This grant application will be available after March 15. 

Organizations or groups in towns with a population under 2,000 can apply for grants up to  $6,000  to fund projects that would benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

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
Individual Artist Grants Awarded

Region 2 Arts Council awarded $19,885 to individual artists in the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen. The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new artistic endeavors in the region by providing project assistance to regional artists who are seriously committed to their work and to the advancement of their artistic careers. The Individual Artist Grant Program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.
Jason Ewert received $2,000 to upgrade his filmmaking equipment (Beltrami County).
Judith Larson was awarded $2,000 to purchase equipment and supplies to create three-dimensional jewelry pieces, embellishments, and findings using sheet metal, wire, and metal clay. 
(Lake of the Woods County).
Jim Gallagher received $1,399 to purchase field-recording equipment to collect and produce audio stories as an independent radio producer. (Beltrami County).
Teresa McDowell was awarded $2,000 to purchase supplies to create handmade leather mittens and moccasins. 
(Lake of the Woods County).
S. Diane Kochmann received $1,874 to purchase a portable digital piano for performing solo or with her musical group "Mixed Emotions." (Mahnomen County).
Marti Lundin was awarded $2,000 to study two styles of traditional Northern European painting at Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah Iowa. (Beltrami County).
Ryan Stewart was awarded $1,654 to purchase welding equipment and supplies to create metal art. (Clearwater County).
John Henningsgaard received $2,000 to produce a professionally recorded collection of his original music. (Beltrami County)
Caige Jambor was awarded $1,078 to purchase equipment to compose, record, produce, and perform a full-length album of original music. (Beltrami County).
Tawnee Corning received $1,446 to purchase supplies to create a series of seven oil paintings for exhibition on the topic of existential psychoanalysis. (Clearwater County).
Jeremy Simonson was awarded $2,000 to purchase a wide-angle lens and a printer to create photographic prints. (Hubbard County).
Cate Belleveau was awarded $434 to support the filming of her original play Mary 3 Martha 4 NO Footnotes by local filmmaker/photographer Jon Heller (Beltrami County).

Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grants Awarded

On January 22, 2018 the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors awarded $6,000 through their Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant Program , designed to support high-quality arts programming for Minnesotans of all ages to access diverse cultural traditions through the arts.
The grant recipients included :
Headwaters Music & Arts was awarded $3,000 to hold a five-day fiddle camp in June 2018, with a special focus on the music of participants' North American heritage and the Scottish/English/Irish/Appalachian roots of folk and Bluegrass music, including a special introduction to contra dancing.
Red Lake Nation College received $3,000 to host an interactive activity in which the public, Ojibwe language educators, and local metal sculpture artists will collaborate to create sculptures of two clans, Bear and Kingfisher, during the first World Anishinaabe Language Summit in the summer of 2018.

These funds are made available through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji
March 2

Bemidji State University will host a reception for the  Midwinter Interlude Faculty and Staff Arts and Craft Exhibit.
Music, refreshments and conversation with artists.   Ramsey Gallery in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.  3 - 6 pm

Dunn Bros Coffee will display  landscape and  nature photography 
by Robert Ferdinandt 6 am - 7 pm.  501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE.
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse continues  Dreamscapes, a new series of paintings by Bagley artist Tawnee Corning. The collection consists of 15 colorful acrylic paintings of psychedelic skies.
7 am - 5 pm. 523 Minnesota Ave.
Neilson Place  presents a new art exhibit entitled Drawn to Nature by Jeff  Kitterman . 2  pm - 3:30 pm.  1000 Anne Street NW.
Gallery North will host a reception for Showcase Artist Don WattenhoferFeatured Artist will be Gallery member Mary MortonFeatured Author for the evening will be Holly Szurpicki.
2 pm - 6 pm.  310 4th St NW.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center will host a reception for their Fiber  and Photo Exhibit, as well as handmade art for sale, 4 - 7 p.m.  1819 Bemidji Ave N, next door to Slumberland.
Watermark Art Center  will host a closing reception for the exhibit Native  Skywatchers - Earth Sky Connections.
5 - 7 pm. 505 Bemidji Ave N.
Headwaters Music & Arts  will host a reception for  Herstory: Celebrating Women's History  Month. The exhibit, curated by local artist Paula  Swenson, celebrates women and women artists. The exhibit will  feature 13 local artists.  4 - 6 pm. Following the reception  will be the  Open Mic Coffee House from 7 - 10 pm,  hosted by Rachel Munson .
Six McKnight Artists
March 1 - 28
Open Weekdays 9:00 - 4:00 pm
This annual exhibition features new work by the 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists recipients Nicolas Darcourt (Minnetonka, Minnesota) and Sheryl McRoberts (Plymouth, Minnesota), as well as 2015 McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists recipients Kathryn Finnerty (Oregon), Lung-Chieh Lin (Taiwan), Helen Otterson (Kentucky), and Joseph Pintz (Missouri). This exhibition, supported by the McKnight Foundation, showcases the success of each artist's fellowship or residency.

Talley Gallery
Bridgeman Hall, BSU Campus
1500 Birchmont Ave N
Bemidji, MN
Robin Anders
March 2
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Minnesotan musician Robin Anders will be demonstrating and discussing several different drums and percussion instruments from many cultures on five continents including: Africa, North and South America, Asia, India, and the Middle East. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Park Rapids Library
210 W First St 
Park Rapids, MN

Friday Night Out: Greek Meal
March 2
7:00 pm

Serving Spanakopita with Greek Salad, Moussaka, and Baklava. Suggested donation of $15 per person. Ages 12 & up.

Clearwaters Life Center Gonvick
226 Elm St
Gonvick, MN
Opera: Pirates of Penzance
March 2, 3, 4
7:30 pm

$15 adults; $10 senior citizens (62+) and K-12 students; 
BSU/NTC students get in free with ID.

Details here

Bangsberg Auditorium
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Dr NE
Bemidji, MN
Great Northern Radio Show
March 3
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The show will feature the folk duo of Ron Arsenault and Dave Pengra, new musical artist Ingeborg von Agassiz, and an exciting lineup of local music and comedy.

Thompson Recital Hall
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Dr NE
Bemidji, MN
Minnesota Masterpieces
4th-6th Grade Art Club
March 5 - 8
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Come enjoy painting four Minnesota Masterpieces in four days. Fun and encouraging environment. All skill levels welcome. 
30.00 per child, scholarships available. 

Nevis Elementary School
210 Pleasant St W
Nevis, MN
Arts Advocacy Day
March 6

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will bring hundreds of arts advocates from around the state to the State Capitol for "Arts Advocacy Day" to thank legislators for following through on the promise of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that dedicated funds to conservation and the arts. 

By working together we show the strength of Minnesota's arts community. Let your elected officials know what you think. Registration Deadline is March 2, 2018.

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
661 LaSalle Street #220
St. Paul, MN 55114
Colored Pencil & Animal Portraits
 Four Session Course

March 6, 13, 20 & 27
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn how to draw, blend, and create realistic animals with Prismacolor pencils. Taught by local artist, Diamond Knispel, this class will have you drawing and coloring fur and eyes like a pro. No experience required, ages 18+.

$45.00 member | $50.00 public

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave
Bemidji MN

Native Artist Business Training 
March 7 & 8
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

This two-day trainings 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.

Or call (605) 348-0324 to register by phone.

Watermark Art Center
505 Beltrami Ave N
Bemidji MN
Bemidji Concert Series:
Atlantic Reed Consort

March 8
2:00 pm Lecture/ Performance at Thompson Recital Hall, Bangsberg BSU
4:00 pm  Performance at  Bemidji Brewing

March 9
12:00 pm Brown bag lunch performance at Watermark Art Center
7:30 pm Performance at Thompson Recital Hall, Bangsberg BSU
($20 adult/$10 student)

The Atlantic Reed Consort - which includes oboe, clarinet, bassoon, bass clarinet and saxophone performers - embraces contemporary music while bringing traditional chamber music composed by Bach, Gershiwin and Ravel to audiences in an unexpected format.

Details here

Thompson Recital Hall (and locations listed above)
Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Dr NE
Bemidji MN
Spring Expo
March 10
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come check out what your favorite craftspeople and artists have been working on during the winter. Brought to you by the producer of Holidays By Hand, the Expo will feature new lines from your favorite crafters. Shop Local and support your community. Free admission.

2900 Division St W
Bemidji, MN
First City Poetry Reads
March 10
2:00 pm

"Poets in Conversation," features poets Gail Rixen and Kristin Majkrazk. There will be an open mic period after the reading:  poets should consider their own response to the subject of poetry itself, and how all poets share in the great conversation. Each reading should be no more than three minutes, with family friendly content.

This event will conclude the First City Poetry Reads series, sponsored by the Spoken Word Committee of Watermark Art Center.

Intersection of Bemidji Avenue and 15th Street
Bemidji, MN
Chief Theater Movie Night
March 10
7:30 pm

As a fundraiser, the theater will present the movie The Lion King.

  Details here

Historic Chief Theater
314 Beltrami Ave
Bemidji MN
Sponsored by Farm by the Lake
March 11 & 25
3:00 pm

Nothando Zulu will be the storyteller in March, and Will Weaver hosts a free Writing Workshop.
Free admission.

Bagley Public Library
79 Spencer Ave SW
Bagley, MN
Heartland Concert Series: WindSync
March 15
7:00 pm

WindSync is quickly broadening the appeal of the woodwind quintet by mixing familiar classical music, some familiar lighter tunes. With their interesting stage presentation and communication skills, they give a great program for every audience.

Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium
401 Huntsinger Ave
Park Rapids, Minnesota
Writing Memoirs

March 21
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Do you have a memory that shimmers in your mind? One that begs to be written? Do you find it  difficult to get started? We'll talk about the basics of memoir and the details that  bring them to life. You'll leave this class with at least three works in-progress and ideas for many  more.  Angela Foster teaches memoir at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN and  holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Nonfiction from Pine Manor College in Boston,  MA.

Deadline to sign up is March 17th.

Fee is $25.00
Payable to Clearwater County Historical Society

Clearwater County History Center
264 1st St
Shevlin, MN 56676
Ink-Credible Inks  Workshop

March 24
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Using Alcohol Inks can be a fun way to use colors and create backgrounds for stamping or card making. Alcohol Inks are an acid-free, highly pigmented, and fast drying medium to be used on non-porous surfaces.  This is a class for beginners or intermediate students. No brushes or previous experience needed. You do not need to be an artist to take part in this class.  Instructor:  Diane Crawford

Fee: $35.00
All materials are provided

Students:  Please bring old credit cards.  Wear painting clothing and bring plastic/rubber gloves.

To register, call 218-694-3232 or go  to Bagley School's website here 
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Bagley Community Education Building
202 Bagley Ave NW
Bagley, MN
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra  
"A Woman's Role"

March 25
3:00 pm

Cellist Hannah Holman debuts with the BSO in a concert highlighting famous female cellists. Hannah performs Erich Korngold's Cello Concerto (from the movie Deception), Haydn's Concerto in D and Mendelssohn's Songs without Words. Dr. Beverly Everett conducts.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Bemidji High School Auditorium
2900 Division Street West
Bemidji, MN
Terrapin Sunday
March 25
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

3:00 pm Art Reception featuring the work of Nate Luetgers.
4 - 6:00 pm Two sets of all original music by  Rich Mattson and the Northstars on the Terrapin Soundstage.
For more information call   (218) 652-3091

(Enter in The Blue Door Gallery)
115 Main Street W.
Nevis, Minnesota
They want to hear from the Mn A Community. Artists, social media followers, readers, organizations and anyone else engaged in the Minnesota arts scene, please 
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
Residency Program

American Composers Forum has a new residency program. In Common is a new collaborative artist residency that gives communities the opportunity to explore and celebrate their unique diversity through the sharing of stories and the creation of new music. Composers of all styles, who live within driving distance of Willmar, MN, are invited to apply.

March 5
American Composers Forum
202 W. 2nd Street
Duluth, Minnesota
McKnight  Fellowships for Media Artists 

The intent of this program is to enrich and strengthen the state of Minnesota by acknowledging the accomplishments of media artists and supporting their artistic growth. This is not a project-specific grant, but instead an acknowledgment of an artist's exceptional body of work.

Applications must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. on March 13
McKnight Fellowship in Media Arts Administrator and
FilmNorth Screenwriting Residency Administrator
550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120 
St. Paul, MN 55114
Festival Support Grants

The FY 2019 Minnesota Festival Support grant program is now open for application.

Applications must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. on March 23, 2018
Rina Rossi , program officer
(651) 215-1612
Minnesota State Arts Board
400 N Sibley St #200
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 215-1611
McKnight  Fellowships for Visual Artists 

The McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists program rewards talented Minnesota visual artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time, and who are at a career stage beyond emerging.

Applications must be submitted before 12:00 p.m. on March 30

Kerry Morgan, Program Director

Melanie Pankau, Fellowship Coordinator
Juried  Youth Art Exhibit in Park Rapids

Now accepting applications. The Nemeth Art Center, in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) will host a Youth Art Exhibit in Park Rapids. The exhibit will be on display at the Nemeth Art Center from May 3rd - May 26th, with a reception and award ceremony being held on Saturday, May 19th 2018.

Applications Due April 2
Nemeth Art Center
Park Rapids, MN
Betty Rossi Memorial Fund

The Region 2 Arts Council would like to recognize the Memorial Fund of Betty Rossi, a previous editor of Loonfeather Press. Thanks to her friends' and families' donations to Region 2 Arts Council, we were able to hold a free writing workshop in Park Rapids, featuring local author Will Weaver. There were 18 participants, and a wonderful, creative time was had by all.

For more information about our professional development workshops, sign up via email to receive our e-newsletter.

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Bemidji Play is New York City Bound

Cate Belleveau wrote a play about Bemidji-born Mary Welsh Hemingway and the other women in Ernest Hemingway's life. Titled, Mary 4 Martha 3- NO Footnotes, it was selected to be part of a NYC Theater Fest called NY Summerfest at the Hudson Theater in midtown Manhattan in late August.

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
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