Region 2 Arts Council's Office Space

As of  November 1, 2017 , the Region 2 Arts Council office is still in its temporary location within the Rail River Folk School building.  We will be moving soon to the new Watermark Art Center, once renovations are complete.  Stay tuned!
Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant

Deadline: November 15, 2017
Maximum Award: $3,000
Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grants support events and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions in our state. These funds are specifically for building bridges between all Minnesotans through arts and culture by ensuring that Minnesotans are able to experience, first-hand, our diverse cultures through the work of artists and arts organizations in the state.  

Applications are online at 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

Region 2 Arts Council is presently located at 303 Railroad Street SW in Bemidji.

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

(218) 751-5447
Wire Wrapping And the Tree of Life
November 2
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join jewelry designer, Heather Harrom, as she teaches the basics of wire wrapping. In this workshop you will learn wrapping technique and practice, creating a one-of-a-kind Tree of Life pendant.

Two-session workshop, repeats November 9

$30.00 member | $35.00 public

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji MN
Hunchback of Notre Dame
November 2 - 4
7:00 pm
ASL-Interpreted Matinee Saturday 1:30 pm

Bemidji High School students put on the musical Hunchback of Notre Dame, based on the Victor Hugo novel.

Bemidji High School Auditorium
2900 Division St W
Bemidji MN
First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji
November 4  

Dunn Bros Coffee  will feature the portraits of Russ Hue Lund, 5 pm - 7 pm,  501 Paul  Bunyan Dr SE

Gallery North  "Holiday Boutique" reception 2 pm - 6 pm
310 4th St NW 

Headwaters Music & Arts
  "Woven Elements," featuring the work of Shannon Lucas Westrum 4 - 6 pm. Headwaters will host the First Friday CoffeeHouse from 7 pm - 10 pm 519 Minnesota Ave NW

Northwest Indian Community Development Center will display unique artworks crafted by area Indigenous artists; artworks will be for sale. 4 - 7 pm,  520 4th St NW

Rail River Folk School First Friday Fest, including live music and artist displays. 7 - 10 pm, 303 Railroad St. SW

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse   
presents "Aadizookaan: Scared Stories & Myths" by D.L. Houseman,
7 am - 5 pm, 523 Minnesota Ave

5th Community Contra Dance and Musician's Workshop for Contra Dance

November 5

This dance will again feature live music by the O'Neil Family band from East Grand Forks and calling by Wendy Greenberg.  Everything is taught by the caller. No experience or partners necessary. Families welcome.  A free-will donation is suggested but not required.

Musicians' Workshop for Contra Dance 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Contra Dance 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Rail River Folk School


November 5
7:30 pm

Boston Brass is a five-piece brass ensemble specializing in classical arrangements, jazz standards and original brass quintet repertoire. Tickets available in advance at the BSU Department of Music. Single performance tickets also will be sold at the door.

Thompson Recital Hall
Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex
Bemidji State University
Bemidji MN
Drawing Portraits

4 Weeks Starting 
November 7
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

$35.00 member | $40.00 public

Capturing the details of the human face is a challenge; face it head on with instruction from professional artist Diamond Knispel. Repeats every Tuesday for four weeks.

Headwaters Music and Arts
519 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre

November 9
7:00 pm
Tickets for the evening performance are free at the Park Rapids Area Library. For information, call the library (732-4966).

Middle School Gym
Park Rapids Century Elementary School
501 Helten Ave
Park Rapids, MN
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Sound of Music

November 10 - 19
7:30 pm

314 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji, MN
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Book Launch for 1,000 Purring Cats
by Susan Kedzie
November 11
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Children and families welcome from 2 - 3:30 pm for book reading/signing, art activity & light refreshments.

Book launch and signing party from 6 - 8 pm with music, light refreshments, & door prizes.

Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St SW
Bemidji, MN
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra

November 12
3:00 pm

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Orchestra performs  "Opera Roles."
Now living in Germany, award-winning tenor J. Warren Mitchell is a rising star in the opera world. He joins the BSO for a program of well-known opera arias and German songs.

Bemidji High School Auditorium
2900 Division Street West
Bemidji, MN

Fundraiser for Bemidji Community Theater
" Vene and Friends"

November 15
7:30 pm

This is a Fundraiser for  Bemidji Community Theater, w ith entertainment by Joe Vene, Karen Bradley, and friends.
Tickets $10.00

314 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji, MN

Park Rapids Area Community Band Concert

November 19
3:00 pm
 Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium
401 Huntsinger Ave
Park Rapids, MN
Terrapin Sunday with Marsha and Gary Wolff

November 26
3:00 - 6:00 pm

3 pm Art reception featuring the work of Gary &  Marsha Wolff
4 - 6 pm Two sets of all original music by  Elephant Hotel on the Terrapin Soundstage
$15 per show; $50 for the 5-show season; Tickets available at Terrapin Station
(Enter in The Blue Door at Terrapin)
More Info Here

The Blue Door at Terrapin
115 Main Street
Nevis, MN
Arts in Harmony

November 13
Deadline to Submit

23rd Arts in Harmony 2018 Annual International Show,  "The North Show."  Submitted artwork cannot have been in previous Arts in Harmony shows.  Entry Fees: Two images for $35 and additional images for $5 each may be submitted.

Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN
Holidays By Hand
Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

Call For Artists: Now accepting applications
You can  email for more info .

December 9
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bemidji, MN

This program is a new opportunity for emerging artists in Minnesota to participate in solo or group exhibitions at the Quarter Gallery in Regis Center for Arts at the University of Minnesota. Please submit application to with subject "RCA Emerging Artist Exhibition Program" by Monday December 11, 2017

December 11

University of Minnesota
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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