Board Member Vacancies

Region 2 Arts Council

Currently we need one resident from each of these four counties to become a part of our Board of Directors: 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 art and artists of your county, and to enjoy a measure of camaraderie with others that share in the arts. Please contact the Region 2 office for more information or to request an application. Positions will be filled in May, and on a rolling basis thereafter, for each two-year term. 
(218) 751-5447

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit
Closing Reception

Please join Region 2 Arts Council

Friday May 5
4 pm - 7 pm

for a closing reception of the
Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit

This show exhibits traditional and contemporary artwork of Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) grant recipients, Council members, and features Region 2 Arts Council's first annual AAI Artist Fellow, beadworker Tom Stillday of Ponemah.

Region 2 Arts Council
Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad Street SW

Region 2 Arts Council Logo

Image: Quill Box detail by Mel Losh of Bena, MN
  First Friday Art Walk
Bemidji, MN

May 5

Region 2 Arts Council: Anishinaabe Arts Inititative Exhibit Closing Reception (details above). 4 - 7 pm

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse: A rtwork created by the Bemidji and Northern Cass Developmental Achievement Centers, under the tutelage of artist-in-residence Diamond  Knispel. 3 - 5 pm

Gallery North: Gallery North has moved! Stop by their May First Friday reception  to see the new space! Showcase  Artist for Gallery North's First Friday will feature author Barb Schlichting. The gallery's new location is: 310 4th St NW, Bemidji. 2 - 6 pm

Watermark Art Center: Annual 5th Grade Invitational. 
This year's exhibit will be a window show that will transform the 500 block of Beltrami Avenue into a block-wide art walk, with several business storefronts displaying students' art in their windows. 4 - 6 pm

Rail River Folk School  introduces First Friday Fest, from 7 pm - 12 pm. This is an all-inclusive music and creative arts gathering happening every First Friday. Musicians and other performers are invited to take part. Inquiring performers are asked to sign up in advance, by emailing Diamond here.
Rail River is located at 303 Railroad St. SW

Grant Writing 101
Leech Lake Tribal College

May 5
5 - 8 pm

Learn the basics of writing grants and proposals for funding. 
Get the most out of the workshop by attending all four classes.

Registration is required, please call Esther 218-335-4247  

6945 Little Wolf Rd NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
"Annie" & 
"Back the the Future"
Movie Night at the Chief Theater

May 6
4:00 - 9:00 pm

314 Beltrami Ave 
Bemidji, MN

Special Performance
Chiao Yen Chen

May 7 

Headwaters Music and Arts welcomes to Bemidji cello and piano instructor Chiao Yen Chen. Aya's music background includes a Master of Music in cello performance, University of Missouri, and as principal cello in National Ping-Tung University of Education Orchestra. Please help us welc ome her during this special performance.

519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji

Basic Drawing with Diamond Knispel

May 9 
6 pm - 8 pm

Limited number of seats - registration required.  Adults 18+, who have an interest in learning art. No previous experience required. $40. 

519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji

America's Roots of Pop
Heartland Concert Series
Reception for Lowell Wolff
Photography Exhibit

May 10 

Exhibit runs May 4 - 27

Nemeth Art Center 
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Region 2 Arts Council Welcomes Public Feedback

May 11
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Join us for a presentation of our Biennial Plan for fiscal years 18 -19. We will present Region 2 Arts Council's goals, budget, grant deadlines, and intended outcomes for the next two years. The public is encouraged and welcome to attend. Feedback is encouraged and expected.

Contact us by email or call ( 218) 751-5447 for more information.
Corner Studio at Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad Street SW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Heid E. Erdrich

May 13
4:30 pm

Heid E. Erdrich will lead discussion on the book, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. This is a follow up program as part of Park Rapids Area Reads Together. 

Nemeth Art Center
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Minnesota Orchestra

May 17
1:30 pm

The entire Minnesota Orchestra will present a concert.

Bemidji High School Auditorium
Bemidji, MN

Beginning Stone Sculpture
With Gordon Van Wert

May 19 & 20

Must register by calling Esther at (218) 335 4247

Leech Lake Tribal College
6945 Little Wolf Rd NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633

Professional Photographs of Your Artwork
Presented by Region 2 Arts Council

Cal Rice will take professional photos of your artwork, and then you'll receive the digital images. You may bring 1-4 pieces of art to be photographed; artwork must be smaller than 40" in any dimension. Limit of 15 participants.

May 20

11 am - 3 pm

Coldwell Banker
101 Main Ave. S
Park Rapids

Workshop is free, but you must register by
calling (218)751-5447
or emailing

Minnesota Folklore
Hubbard County Historical Society

May 22
7 pm

Nels Kramer will present the Hubbard County Historical Society's May program on Minnesota Folklore. Refreshments will be served. 

Northwoods Bank Community Room
1200 1st St E
Park Rapids, MN 56470

More info here, or  call (218) 732-5237
Folk and Traditional Arts Grant

Due June 2

Minnesota State Arts Board

Click here for more info.

Region 2 Arts Council is offering scholarships to attend!

Region 2 has one scholarship left! 

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. Scholarships are made available via Region 2 Arts Council and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils. 

June 6 - 8, 2017

Rural Arts & Culture Summit
University of Minnesota, Morris

Bravo! Strings Camp
Advanced Studies for the Serious String Player, Pianist, & Guitarist

June 11 - 24, 2017

Shattuck-St. Mary's School
Faribault, MN

Headwaters Fiddle Camp

June 12 - 16, 2017

Headwaters School of Music & the Arts 
519 Minnesota Ave NW

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

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.

Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute

A Free Summer Art Institute for High School Students with a  demonstrated interest in visual arts and Native American culture.
Grades 10-12

University of South Dakota

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