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We Need Board Members!

Region 2 Arts Council seeks arts appreciators and artists of all kinds from Hubbard and Mahnomen counties 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.
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Announcing Region 2 Arts Council's Anishinaabe Arts Initiative 2018 Fellows
On April 4, 2018 the Region 2 Arts Council's Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council awarded two $5,000 Fellowships through their Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) program. The AAI Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation, and aims to assist the region's most talented Native American artists in their work by awarding financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences. This award is for Native American artists residing in Minnesota's Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties.
The 2018 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellows are:

Pamela Iceman
a Beadworker from Ponemah, Minnesota, taught herself to bead by watching her female elders and practiced until she became skilled at it. Preferring to work in a more traditional or "old style," she uses her inner visions to create purses, wallets, medallions, and bandolier bags. She considers her work to be a representation of who she is, and because it will remain with people for years to come, she creates each with care, love, and attention to detail. Iceman plans to use her Fellowship award to buy supplies and formatting equipment for her beadwork, and plans to expand her medallion-making and other skills.

Robyn Vanwert 
is a Painter and Regalia Artist from Redby, Minnesota, whose work focuses on integrating the Ojibwe teachings she's learned into her artwork. She brings her vision to life by assembling components such as birch bark and beadwork, inspired by trends in Ojibwe woodland style as expressed initially by Norval Morrisseau.
Using the Fellowship to create a beaded velvet dress with jingles, and to purchase supplies for other projects, she wishes to show the richness of her vision and her culture.

Region 2 Arts Council awards Community Arts Support Grants 
On March 19, 2018 the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors awarded $50,000 through their Community Arts Support Grant program, providing a measure of funding stability for regional arts organizations to increase the quality and availability of the arts to our communities. This is a two-year award. Annual award amounts are based on each organization's averaged expenses for the past two fiscal years.
The grant recipients included:
Bemidji Chorale was awarded $3,000 per year to supplement compensation for their conductor and accompanist, and to pay concert hall rental fees for their spring concerts. (Beltrami County)
Bemidji Community Theater was awarded $6,000 per year to support performance space rental costs. (Beltrami County)
Bemidji Sculpture Walk was awarded $3,000 per year to support compensation for a new Project Coordinator position, fostering growth and development of BSW. (Beltrami County)
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra was awarded $6,000 per year to help support compensation for the part-time Executive Director position. (Beltrami County)
Heartland Concert Association was awarded $4,000 per year to help cover artist fees and publicity costs for their annual concert series. (Hubbard County)
Lake of the Woods Art Guild was awarded $3,000 per year for rental of artists' studio space and workshop venue for local established and emerging artists. (Lake of the Woods County)
Nemeth Art Center was awarded $6,000 per year to support compensation for their Executive Director position, ensuring leadership stability and continued growth in arts programming. (Hubbard County)
Northern Light Opera Company was awarded $6,000 per year for general and administrative expenses and excess program expenditures. (Hubbard County)
Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council was awarded $3,000 per year to promote the arts and support PRLAAC-sponsored projects. (Hubbard County)

Northern Artist Association was awarded $4,000 per year to enhance artistic offerings to the public and assist with rent and administrative costs (Beltrami County)
Watermark Art Center was awarded $6,000 per year to support compensation for their new Art Education Program Coordinator position. (Beltrami County)
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.

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Region 2 Arts Council Awards Arts Project Grants 
On April 16, 2018 the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors awarded $24,675 through their Arts Project Grant program. 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.

The grant recipients included:
Bagley Area Arts Collaborative received $1,549 to host a Plein Air Painting workshop with Dan Mondloch using the grounds of the  Clearwater County History Center as the subject matter . (Clearwater County)
Bemidji Concert Series received $2,311 to host the highly acclaimed jazz and pop band Hornheads at Bemidji State University. (Beltrami County)
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra received $2,500 to support Romantic, a concert featuring composer Howard Hanson's Symphony No. 2 with former BSO musician and Bemidji native, Eric Haugen on cello. (Beltrami County)
Bemidji Woodcarvers Club received $2,010 to host the workshop Wildlife Carving with carver Desiree Hajny from October 25 through October 28, 2018. (Beltrami County)
Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center received $1,305 to create a community-made Mosaic Mural with artist Marsha Wolff at the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center. (Hubbard County)
Nemeth Art Center received $2,500 to host an exhibition of Julie Buffalohead's paintings and drawings, and Nathanael Flink's paintings and sculptures from May 3 through July 14. (Hubbard County)
Nemeth Art Center received $2,500 to host a sculptural installation exhibition by former Bush Fellow, Alexa Horochowski. (Hubbard County)
Northern Light Opera Company received $2,500 to host NLOKids Theater Project, in which Park Rapids and Pine Point area children work together for three weeks on a theater project which includes writing, composing, acting, and singing. (Hubbard County

Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council received $2,500 to host the storytelling competition, the Great American Story, on September 22, 2018. (Hubbard County)
Park Rapids Schools received $2,500 to host A World of Music with Todd Green, a seminar for middle and high school students, and a public performance, on September 25 & 27, 2018. (Hubbard County)
Watermark Art Center received $2,500 to host America's River Re-Explored, an exhibit by contemporary landscape painter Thomas Paquette, including an artist lecture and educational activities. (Beltrami County)

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Introduction to Māori Weaving
May 1 - 3
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Watermark Art Center will host an intensive, 3-day weaving workshop with internationally-celebrated artist Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard, from New Zealand.

Cost for this workshop is $100 ($85 for Watermark members), including materials fee. 

505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji MN
May 3 - June 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
Youth Art Exhibit

May 3 - 26
The Youth Art Exhibit will be on display at the Nemeth Art Center.

Reception and Award ceremony: May 19

Nemeth Art Center
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Theater Career Expo

May 3
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This event is free, but registration is required. The day will feature workshops, panel discussions, informational interviews, resume review and networking.

Guthrie Theater
818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Northern Minnesota Songwriters Meeting
May 4
2:00 pm
The Northern Minnesota Songwriters group was recently formed by a couple of songwriters who live too far from the Twin Cities area to attend the regularly scheduled meetings of the Minnesota Association of Songwriters. Wanting something similar close enough to home for them to participate, they contacted several other songwriters in the northern Minnesota area and also formed a Facebook group to facilitate communication and planning. 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
First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji
May 4

Dunn Bros Coffee will feature "Inner Space," all new paintings created by Tawnee Corning.    6 am - 7 pm.  501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE.
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse  Members of the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail showcase both traditional and contemporary textile art forms, including tapestry, basketry, bead and felt work, as well as textile design and production. Exhibit runs April 6th - May 1st.  3 pm - 5 pm. 523 Minnesota Ave.

Bemidji Public Library art wall will feature wood carvings by Frank BeraOpen 9 am - 5 pm.  310 4th St NW.
Gallery North will host a reception for Showcase Artist Dawn TracyFeatured Artist will be Gallery member   Colleen Hilts Featured Author for the evening will be   Susan Kedzie, with her book A Thousand Purring Cats .   2 pm - 6 pm.  310 4th St NW.

Neilson Place continues "Drawn to Nature"by Jeff Kitterman.Kitterman is an award winning Midwest regional artist with a passion for pen and ink biological illustration. Neilson Place is open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and is located at 1000 Anne Street NW.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center will be returning to First Friday Art Walk with vendors and artwork by regional artists; view new paintings and mixed media by Kent Estey, photography by David Manuel and paintings by Paula Littlewolf.  
4 - 7 p.m.  1819 Bemidji Ave N, next door to Slumberland.
Watermark Art Center  will host the opening reception for their annual 5th Grade Invitational on May 4, 4-6 p.m. See artwork created by area 5th grade students from Central, Horace May, JW Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Paul Bunyan, and St. Philips elementary schools.
4 - 6 pm. 505 Bemidji Ave N.
Headwaters Music & Arts  will host a reception for the exhibit Oil Landscapes by Kathleen Jones,  4 - 6 pm.  Following the reception  will be the  Open Mic Coffee House from 7 - 10 pm,
hosted by Cate Belleaveau .
May 4 - 6
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Comfortable, durable and made to be used. Make your own pack basket using hand-pounded black ash splints. 

This class has two options you can choose from: 

1. Come Saturday and Sunday only and use material that has been pre-prepared for you
2. Come Friday, Saturday and Sunday and prepare your own. Learn how to pound the log to get your material, then cut the splints to width using a cutting jig.

Class will take place May 5-6 or May 4-6 (depending on which option you choose) and run from 9:00-5:00 each day.   The cost is $175.
  Register here by email or call  763-245-7050. 
303 Railroad St
Bemidji MN

May 9
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Building a Better Nonprofit will help you identify practical steps to audit your organization against the Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence and develop a realistic implementation plan for adhering to them. You'll come away with 133 ways that your organization can ensure stability, quality, and transparency. Learn how these practices can help you keep the passion for your work by building an excellent nonprofit.

As a result of attending this session, participants will:
Gain an understanding of the purpose and content of MCN's Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence  Conduct a preliminary audit of your organization's practices.  Receive an initial set of recommendations for individualized implementation of excellence.
Develop an draft implementation plan for the recommendations.

$10 for MCN members / $35 for nonmembers

More Information Here
Luekens North, Bemidji
1171 Paul Bunyan Dr NW
Bemidji MN
Faceless Figures
(2 Session Course)

Thursday, May 10 & 17
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Delve into the basics of acrylic paints and the human figure while creating a surreal landscape with local artist and long time Headwaters instructor, Terry Honstead.

$40.00 member | $45.00 public

More Information Here
Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave
Bemidji MN
Storyteller Laura Packer

May 11
7:00 pm

A performance by Laura Packer will feature a concert of original work meant to bridge barriers of gender, ethnicity and age. This free event is appropriate for individuals of all ages and abilities. The venue is wheelchair accessible and a sign language interpreter will take part in the performance.
More Information Here
Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave
Bemidji MN
Music, Storytelling, and Poetry
May 12
2:00 pm
Bart & Ross Sutter have established individual reputations as a musician and writer, but when they perform as a pair their work has the kind of counterpoint and easy initimacy unique to sibling acts.
A Sutter Brothers performance is a fun-filled blend of music, storytelling, and poetry, highlighting their small town, preacher's kid roots and Scandanavian heritage.  Free admission.

130 Minnesota Ave 
Bemidji, MN
2nd Saturday Haps
May 12
6:00 pm
Free evening of music, poetry, films and performance held at the art center. This is the inaugural happening, with performances by Amanda Standalone, Simon Zornes, and Poet LouAnn Muhm - 2017 Region 2 Arts Council Artist Fellow. There are still performance spots available in June - September.

The Nemeth Art Center
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, Minnesota
Bemidji Chorale Spring Concert
May 13
3:00 pm
Bemidji Chorale presents the 39th Annual Spring Concert, "We the People."  No admission fee. Free will offering gratefully accepted.

1500 Birchmont Dr NE
Bemidji, MN
Park Rapids Area Community Band Concert
May 13
7:00 pm

Park Rapids Area HS Auditorium
401 Huntsinger Ave
Park Rapids, MN
Bemidji Sculpture Walk Installation Events
May 19

9 am - 2 am: Installation of 20 new sculptures will be happening throughout downtown Bemidji. The public is invited to view this yearly event as it unfolds and be the first to see the new sculptures.
Downtown Bemidji
1 pm - 2 pm: Daphna Russell, Colorado Sculptor and Instructor of Art, will conduct a downtown tour of some of this year's sculptures emphasizing how sculptures teach stories and lessons and increase our mental capacity and awareness of the world around us. 
Tour will start at:
Headwaters Music and Arts
519 Minnesota Ave NW
2 pm - 3 pm:   Sung-Hee Min, Sculptor, with works in San Francisco, Southern CA and Seoul Korea will present lecture: "Passage of Time". While living abroad, she taught art to children. Now returning to art making after 10 years, she will share the challenges faced along with supports and encouragement received. 
Headwaters Music and Arts
519 Minnesota Ave NW
5 pm - 7 pm: Reception honoring this year's Sculpture Walk Artists along with the 2018 Dog Series Artists will be held at Northwest Minnesota Foundation, 201 3rd St NW, Bemidji. Light refreshments will be served. Come meet the artists and hear their stories!
Northwest Minnesota Foundation
201 3rd St NW

White Earth Window

May 31 - July 28

Wayne Gudmundson, photographer, and Anton Treuer, writer, present this exhibition.

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
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

FYI: Soon Seeking Program Assistant

Region 2 Arts Council will be seeking to fill a part-time Program Assistant position scheduled to begin in July.  More information will be forthcoming!  In the meantime, please direct your questions to R2AC's Executive Director, Laura Seter. Contact her by email
phone ( 218) 751-5447
or stop by our office.
Region 2 Arts Council
PO Box 693
Bemidji, MN 56619
Seeking Program Director

Bemidji Sculpture Walk seeks a Program Director, who will work under direction to foster the growth and development of the Sculpture Walk. Background and experience in business/marketing a plus, as well as experience working with art related activities. 

Submit letter of inquiry, resumé, and references to mailing address below, or by email to this address.

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.
Bemidji Sculpture Walk
PO Box 1444
Bemidji, MN 56619
Project Grants  for Emerging Fiber Artists

Deadline  May 21

Textile Center is pleased to announce the 2018/2019 Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grant application period is now open.Textile Center partners with Jerome Foundation in selecting emerging fiber artists based in Minnesota for individually designed project grants that inform and advance artistic development in the creation of new work. 
Three $6,000 project grants will be awarded. The grant awards include exhibition planning and implementation, with a final show of the artists' new work from May 20 - July 27, 2019.

Jerome Foundation
400 N Sibley St # 125
St Paul, MN 55101
Request for Proposals

Deadline  June 1
The City of Bemidji's Public Arts Commission Selection Committee requests proposals  from emerging or established artists or artist teams for a public art project. The City proposes to hire an artist or artist team to create a design for a crosswalk.  The artist will design and fabricate a plywood stencil for the City to use to paint the crosswalk at Third Street and Beltrami Avenue.   Submit a CD with a minimum of 10 work samples demonstrating recent work that is relevant to the project scope and budget. Files must be in a jpeg format and no larger than 1920 on the longest side.
Find out more about the Public Arts Commission

Bemidji, MN
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.
Great American Story
Park Rapids, 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
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
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.

Literary arts and  Performing arts; dance, music, and theater: Applications due May 4, 2018.

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

The Folk and Traditional Arts grant program is designed to enrich Minnesota communities through folk and traditional art forms being passed on, documented, practiced and shared. 

A pplications must be submitted and accepted May 25, 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
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