Northern Arts News
March 2019
Arts Opportunities and Events in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard,
Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties.
This is a free event for Artists, Community Members, Craftspeople, Public Entities, Arts-Interested Organizations, Media. All are invited! Join the fun! Be inspired!
Individual Artist Grant Application Review
March 18, 2019
5:00 p.m. @ Watermark Art Center
Education Room

Young Artist Grant Application Review
March 27 - 5:30 p.m.
R2AC Office
The Region 2 Arts Council operates in the spirit of the open meeting law. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. It is a great way to learn more about the application review process!
2018-2019 Region 2 Arts Council Board

Chair: Laura Grisamore - Hubbard County
Vice Chair: Mary Therese - Beltrami County
Treasurer: Corryn Trask - Lake of the Woods County
Secretary: Deb Carlson - Lake of the Woods County
Rebecca Colebank - Clearwater County
Pam Janssen - Clearwater County
Gayle Gish - Mahnomen County
LouAnn Muhm - Hubbard County
Michael Schlemper - Beltrami County
vacant - Mahnomen County
We still need one more board member from Mahnomen County!
If you live in that area and recognize that the arts are valuable to the quality of life in North Central Minnesota, consider becoming a Board Member.
Additionally, we will be seeking board members to represent Beltrami, Hubbard, and Lake of the Woods Counties, with two-year terms beginning in August 2019.
Contact the Executive Director Laura Seter with questions.
Arts Advocacy Day Highlights
Serving MN artists and communities in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.
Upcoming Grants for Organizations
Arts Access Grant for Small Towns
Deadline: April 15, 2019
Maximum Award: $6,000
(20% - 25% Cash Match required)
Open specifically to non-profits, schools, government or tribal offices, or groups with a fiscal sponsor, located in towns with a population under 2,000.

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
Meet Judy Larson, a 2018 Individual Artist Grant Recipient from Baudette
Judy has been in love with metal work and jewelry making from a very young age. She clearly recalls a trip she took to the Grand Canyon at the age of 7, where she met some Native American artists who shared with her their jewelry making process. She was hooked!
The images below represent some of the work she produced as part of her Individual Artist grant project - an experience she describes as a "hinge-making journey."
She encountered various unexpected challenges that she states ,"you just learn to accept" and ended her story by expressing joy in sharing what she has learned. In her own words Judy states, "Being able to share what I've learned is so great!"
(Above) Ring-hinged copper and brass thoughts and sayings books.

(Below) Flange hinge and tubing pendants took a while to perfect. Hand crafted chains make a difference.
Judy explains, "My final piece, what I worked towards, is a Celtic Metal Clay Locket containing a molded silver four leaf clover from our front yard. The closure is a hand carved silver cardinal and the leaf dangle is molded from a weed."

Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grants are made possible through the generous support of the McKnight Foundation.
Thank you!
MN State Arts Board News
Minnesota Festival Support grant application deadline is March 22, 2019.

This grant program is designed to provide meaningful arts experiences to Minnesotans through festivals that celebrate the arts, build community, and expose communities to diverse art forms including folk and traditional arts.
Musician & Caller Workshops
March 16
3:00 p.m. - 5:00pm

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji
Community Contra Dance
March 16
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St. SW, Bemidji
Featuring live music and workshop facilitation by the O'Neil Family Band from East Grand Forks, 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
"Small Works" Still Life Painting in Oil
With Ruth Ann Nordlund
Saturdays - March 16th and 23rd
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Students will spend two sessions learning techniques necessary to complete a successful still-life painting: including mixing oils, basics of brush strokes, seeing and rendering highlights and shadows and building layers of paint, from the wash to the finished painting.  

Students will work from still life objects and/or photographs supplied by the instructor.
**All materials will be provided.

Register by email or call 218-368-5221.
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 t
he Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
West Coast Swing
Tuesday Evenings
March 19 - April 2
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Polka, Waltz, Schottische
Tuesday Evenings
March 19 - April 2
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Suzy & Hondo School of Dance
1259 Tyler Avenue SE
Bemidji MN 56601
Gallery North Classes

Ukranian Egg Class
with Mary Morton
March 16
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Acrylic Pourings Class
with Charles Alberti
March 20 & 21
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Northern Artist Association
Lunch & Craft
March 18 & 25
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bemidji Eagle's Club

All artists are welcome to work on their projects as a group and have lunch together at the Eagles Club every Monday!

Gallery North
310 4th Street NW
Bemidji MN 56601
Minnesota State Band Concert
High School Auditorium
Park Rapids
March 22
7:00 p.m.
The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council and Park Rapids Community Education are sponsoring the event which will include a program for band students during the school day.
Admission is free and donations will be taken to offset expenses. The concert is conducted by Keith Liuzzi and features two band members as soloists: Tom Wells on tuba (Park Rapids) and Fred Larson on clarinet (Wadena).

Park Rapids Lake Area Arts Council (PRLAAC
Park Rapids MN
Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
March 22 - 24
Instructor: Kristin Majkrzak
Spend a weekend creating a small wall hanging on a simple frame loom to learn basic weaving techniques. Starting at the beginning with how to warp your loom you will be taken through the artistic process of tapestry creation including using straight lines with interacting color, and then moving on to curving shapes and distorted weft.
Times vary - visit HMA website for details.
Next CiderSong is April 7
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.
First City Singers
Rehearsals are always Mondays
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
A non-auditioned chorus program for "seniors" who love to sing and perform in our community. First City Singers is open to snowbirds, summer home folks, and year round Bemidji residents. We are always looking for new members! Call for more info, 218.444.5606
Making Paper with Plant Matter
March 30
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Instructors: Bonnie Vigness & Linda Bissell
Spend a Saturday learning the process of making paper with plant matter. Work with different fiber such as pineapple and asparagus to make your own sheets that you can take home.

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave. NW
Bemidji MN 56601
Farm by the Lake
Storytelling Series
3:00 pm
Bagley Public Library

March 24
Paulette Friday
Free admission
Each Storyteller has their own flair, come see them all.

Farm by the Lake
17797 366th St.
Bagley MN 56621
Daichi No Kai with Yuichi Kimura
from Kobe, Japan
March 31
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Bangsberg Complex
From Kobe, Japan, Yuichi Kimura will be performing Daichi no Kai on the US Premiere Tour! The event will also feature Ensō Daiko and is a part of the Bemidji Concert series. The Center For Diversity Equity & Inclusion is co-sponsoring the prevent reception where food and beverages will be provided! 

Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Drive NE
Bagley MN 56601
Beading Circle
Every Monday
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For beginners or more advanced beaders who are looking to create a space to be creative.
Contact Becca (Extension) at 218-935-0417 ext. 314 or email Courtney (Gizhiigin).
Pop-Up Market
April 6
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Looking for vendors of local, handmade crafts. Booths are free but limited. 
Register by emailing Courtney or Joe

Gizhiigin Arts Incubator
701 Jefferson Ave.
Mahnomen MN 56557
Presentation and Demo by Xilam Balam Yvarra
March 23
11:00 a.m.
Ybarra will share about the significance of traditional clay flutes in the Mayan culture.

 Ybarra is one of the artists currently featured in Watermark’s exhibit, Madwewe – It Is Heard.

Ybarra and his wife, Rebekah, will introduce the flutes in a traditional manner and share about their significance in the Mayan culture. The presentation will involve both discussion and playing of the flutes. Following this, Ybarra will do a demonstration on how to make traditional clay flutes.
Information session for Indigenous Public Art Commission

March 30
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Are you a knowledge keeper, contemporary artist or traditional artist interested in making public art? The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, along with an Indigenous Public Art Selection Committee, invites artists’ proposals for new public artwork to be placed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden or a location on the Walker campus.
Learn about the process, have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your work in the context of the public art setting and scale for the Sculpture Garden.

Adult Art Classes
Felted Stones
March 29 & 30
Instructor: Lisa Jordan
Felted stones make unique and natural fiber art objects that have a pleasing weight in the hand. Creating them is often a meditative process.
Each student will make 2-3 felted stones of their own.
Art Family Style
March 21
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Drop in)
This month, families will work together to create textured, footed clay trinket trays.
Art Family Style is a drop-in class; families can come by Watermark any time between 5-7 p.m. to work on their project, no pre-registration required.

Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji MN 56601
Adventures in Lifelong Learning presents:
A Video Interview with Egyptian Avant-Garde Music
Composer, Dr. Nahla Matta

March 26
10:00 a.m.
Beltrami Electric Cooperative
Presented by Dr. Janice Haworth, the goal will be to learn something about the actual process of creating music and try and make a link between the ancient music / history of Egypt and what’s happening today.
For More Info Call: Board Member,
Al Yarnott: 444-7091 • 760-5281
March 31
Lincoln Portrait
3:00 p.m.
Celebrating music in their hometown, please join us in welcoming Sadie Hamrin and Sarah Hamrin to the stage! This concert will feature Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, Stuart Dorsey Fanfare, Williams Schindler’s List, and Copland Lincoln Portrait.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 3136
Bemidji, MN 56619
North Beach Writers' Retreat
North Beach Resort
Park Rapids
Poetry Retreat is June 26 - 30
Application deadline for Poetry is April 31
(Memoir Workshop is in August)
Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life to unwind and reflect at the North Beach Writers’ Retreat. This generative workshop provides the time and space to push “pause” on the daily responsibilities of life and give yourself the mental space to write. Enjoy writers’ craft talks, writing prompts, fellowship with other writers, feedback, and time for quiet reflection and writing.

North Beach Writers' Retreat
14573 Gazebo Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470
The Reluctant Dragon
March 29 & 30 / April 5 & 6
7:00 p.m.

March 31 / April 7
2:00 p.m.
Historic Chief Theater
314 Beltrami Ave. NW
Bemidji MN
This fun and friendly musical is loosely adapted from the children's book, The Reluctant Dragon, by Kenneth Grahame.
With show-stopping numbers and tongue-in-cheek lyrics and dialogue, this show is campy fun for the entire family, carrying a message of tolerance and friendship.

Bemidji Community Theater
316 Beltrami Ave NW
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 .

Work of Art: Recordkeeping
March 18, 6:00 p.m.
Moorhead, MN

Learn how to track revenues and expenses, make informed projections, and gain a clearer understanding of your artistic business finances. This workshop is a part of Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists.

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Springboard for the Arts
201 West Lincoln Ave. 
Fergus Falls MN 56537
You are Invited to Audition for
Show Dates:
July 26 – August 3, 2019
March 27, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Bemidji)

March 28 & 29, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
(Park Rapids)

Dance Audition: March 30, 10:30 a.m. (Park Rapids)
Invited Callbacks:  Mar. 30, 1:00 p.m. (Park Rapids)

Northern Light Opera Company
203 Park Ave S
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Intercultural Leadership Institute
Applications for the 2018-2019 ILI cohort are now open.
The Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), is a collaborative effort of First Peoples Fund, Alternate ROOTS, the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture and the PA'I Foundation, organizations that have a shared commitment to pursue cultural equity and to support artists, culture bearers, and other arts professionals as change-makers in their communities.

First Peoples Fund
706 West Boulevard
Rapid City, SD 57701
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.

North of the 45th
12th Annual Upper Midwest Juried Exhibition
Entries due by March 22

Exhibition runs:
June 17 - August 9

Open to all residents of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota living north of the 45th parallel. This exhibition showcases the breadth and depth of artists living in this upper Midwest region from both rural and urban areas.
Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail
Call for Entries!

Entries must be submitted by March 29
The City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission are accepting entries for the Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail.
Artists will be notified of selection committee results by April 27 and will have until May 31 to install their works. Each artist whose work is selected will receive a $500 honorarium.

Please mail to, drop off, or stop in to our store located at:
120 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Contact Janae, in store at (218) 308-7378
with any questions.
Furniture Express of Bemidji
seeks to create a furniture store that is 100% Local

Now Accepting Proposals!
The project has been created by Bemidji local, Janae Thomton. She is asking for submissions of portfolios in 3 ring binder form with photos and an artist biography. For those interested in selling wall art, she is asking for framed prints preferably no less than 11x14in. Canvas paintings of any size, wall decor of any variety.
Walker Art Center
Indigenous Public Art Commission

Accepting Proposals through May 13
Are you a knowledge keeper, a contemporary artist, or a traditional artist interested in making public art? The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, along with an Indigenous Public Art Selection Committee, invites artists’ proposals for a new public artwork for placement in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden or a location on the Walker campus. Individual or collaborative original work may be sculptural; incorporate other disciplines, such as audiovisual or installation art; or include traditionally sourced materials. Ahaṡ ake!

Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD)
Display Competition “H2o on the Go–Innovative, Participatory Display.”
Proposal Deadline: March 29
CRWD is seeking inventive design proposals for a display to showcase at community events and in our office that educates community members about the health of our water resources and the crucial role we play in protecting them. A winner will be selected via Review Committee.

The winner will be awarded $5,000 to fabricate their display by August 30, 2019. 

Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute (OHSAI)
Applications now open for 10-12th-grade students!
Deadline is April 1, 2019
OHSAI is open to high school students with a demonstrated interest in the visual arts and American Indian culture.

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.
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
Rural Arts & Culture Summit
Request for Proposals
January 1 - May 1, 2019
Springboard for the Arts is now seeking session ideas for the 2019 Rural Arts & Culture Summit, which will take place October 3 - 5, 2019 at the Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
This year we are particularly interested in session ideas that address the idea of “Creative People Power,” in rural places.

Arts of the Earth Festival
To celebrate art, honor Mother Earth, and inspire community.
Hobson Memorial Union, Bemidji State University
Call for Artists and Vendors!
Event dates: April 27 & 28, 2019
9:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m.
The planning committee is currently seeking musicians, studio artists, organizations, and vendors to be a part of this event. This is an opportunity to display your painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, printmaking, glass, fiber art and more.

If you're interested in attending as a vendor or artist, please contact
Erika Bailey-Johnson at 218-755-2560. This is a juried event.
20/20 Artist Fellowship
Applications Close March 31
The 20/20 Artist Fellowship is an unrestricted $15,000 award, plus a $5,000 professional development stipend given individually to three (3) BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists who are creating tools, pathways and systems of support for artists in their communities.

Arts Project Grants
Postmarked Deadline: April 2
The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, is pleased to announce its 2019 grant and scholarship opportunities. This grant and scholarship program supports the mission of the BAAE, which is to "create a community in which the arts flourish and enhance our lives."

Schools, nonprofit groups, or arts organizations in the Bemidji Area may request a grant up to $1,500.00 to produce an arts event, put on a workshop, develop your arts organization, sponsor touring arts events, sponsor an artist in residence, etc. Applicants that are not schools or 501(c) 3 organizations must use a fiscal agent.

Convenings, Research & Memberships (Ongoing)

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.

Film, Video and Digital Production Grants
Application deadline: May 1

Production grants of up to $30,000 to early career film, video and digital production directors from Minnesota or New York City.

Other Opportunities
Early career artists in Minnesota are supported through a number of Jerome-funded programs.

Arts Access Grant Recipients Awarded in Region 2

On February 11, 2019, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors granted $63,677 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to arts organizations, groups with a fiscal sponsor, schools, government or tribal offices, and non-profit institutions and organizations. 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 projects that help instill the arts into the community and public life for Minnesotans of all ages across our five-county region.

Park Rapids Downtown Business Association was awarded $6,000 to assist in providing music for the 2nd Street Stage 10-week summer concert series.

Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council was awarded $3,095 to assist in planning and producing the Great American Story 4th Annual Storytelling Contest, including a storytelling workshop.

Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council was awarded $5,741 to sponsor Art Leap 2019, a driving tour of artists' studios and other cultural destinations.

Nemeth Art Center was awarded $5,632 to host exhibitions by Minnesota artists Georgia Mrazkova and Andy Messerschmidt and provide youth outreach with hands-on art activities to accompany these exhibits.

Northern Light Opera Company was awarded $6,000 to assist in mounting a production of the Broadway Musical The Drowsy Chaperone the last weekend in July through the first weekend in August at Armory Square Theater, Park Rapids MN.

Bagley Area Arts Collaborative was awarded $1,236 to assist in hiring Creative Pear Designs to create a 7-page web site for publicizing arts events and promoting local artists.

4-Directions Development was awarded $4,800 to assist in supporting the Ogichidaag Arts Initiative, in collaboration with and First Peoples Fund, to train a group of core artists to develop and implement hands-on workshops that will increase art access and transfer artistic knowledge and skills to others.

Manidoo Ogitigaan was awarded $6,000 to assist in funding a series of recorded art immersion events led by local Native artists to increase arts access opportunities to community members in our region.

Headwaters Music & Arts was awarded $4,925 host a series of activities exploring the fiddle music of Canada with visiting musician Carrie Dlukowski.

The City of Bemidji Parks & Recreation Department was awarded $5,855 to host, in collaboration with Bemidji Community Theater, a summer Theater Day Camp for youth, known as BCT Jr.

Bemidji Community Theater was awarded $5,696 to mount a full-scale production of the musical Annie.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra was awarded $6,000 to assist in funding a concert featuring cellist Anthony Arnone performing Antonin Dvořák's Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104.

Indigenous Environmental Network was awarded $2,697 to host a birch bark canoe build at the Rail River Folk School with dedicated apprentices and master builders providing hands-on arts learning opportunities for the general public including an open paddle experience with the finished canoe.
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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