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Cultural Traditions in the Arts
Maximum Award: $3,000 (25% Cash Match for equipment purchases only)
Deadline: December 15, 2018
Note Extended Deadline!
The Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant supports events and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions in our state.  These grants offer funding for arts projects and programming specifically meant to build bridges between Minnesotans through arts and culture. Eligible projects include arts festivals, engagement of guest artists, arts field trips, public art, arts workshops, exhibitions, presentations, or performances that will benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.  
Arts activities proposed for funding must be accessible to the public, and display a strong community component.  Non-profits, arts organizations, schools, community education programs, institutions of higher learning, local city, town, county government or tribal offices, or groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply.
The Region 2 Arts Council Office is located inside the Watermark Art Center (505 Bemidji Ave, N. in downtown Bemidji). Our office is open 
M-F 9am to 5pm.  Call us at  218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447,  or stop by anytime to set up an individual appointment.  We are here to help! 
Region 2 Arts Council Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grants are
made possible 
by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation 
from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Upcoming Grant Deadline
For Individual Artists

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant 
Grant Deadline: November 1, 2018
Maximum Award: $1,000

Region 2 Arts Council Office, located inside the Watermark Art Center at 505 Bemidji Ave, N. in downtown Bemidji, is open M-F 9am to 5pm
Contact us or stop by anytime to set up an individual appointment.
We are here to help!
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Anishinaabe Arts Initiative
(AAI)  Exhibit travels to Bemidji

Exhibit Dates:
November 9 - December 8
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
Region 2 Arts Council
505 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji

Extended Viewing Hours held Friday, Nov. 9th 
Doors open through 7:00 p.m.

After its opening in Mahnomen in October, the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) exhibit travels to the Region 2 Arts Council office in Bemidji. This show exhibits traditional and contemporary artwork by AAI grant recipients, AAI Council members, and other Native American artists who have received, or been a part of, a Region 2 Arts Council grant. The exhibit is open for viewing November 9 - December 8, Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Artwork by 2018 AAI Fellows, Pamela Iceman and Roberta Vanwert, will also form part of a group exhibit at the Watermark Art Center's Miikanan Gallery that opens November 9th. The Region 2 Arts Council office will offer extended viewing hours for the AAI Exhibit November 9th through 7:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Miikanan Gallery's opening reception that evening.
Future grant deadlines for area Native Artists:
March 2019, November 2019


This activity is made possible, in part, by the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative through support from the Region 2 Arts Council 
and with funding from the McKnight Foundation.

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Important News & Updates!
R2AC Monthly Board Meeting
November 19 - 4:30 p.m.
Business meeting and Grant panel:   
Arts Learning Grants will be reviewed.
Watermark Art Center - Education Room
Meetings are open to the public and  are a great way to learn about the grant review process. 
We invite you to join us!
R2AC Office will be closed
November 22 & 23
R2AC staff will not be in the office Thursday and Friday, November 22 & 23, in observance of Thanksgiving. 
May you all enjoy a safe holiday!
Region 2 Arts Council
505 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji, MN 56601
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Seeking One Board Member
from Mahnomen County!

Region 2 Arts Council is still seeking to fill one more Board of Directors position for an arts appreciator and/or artist from Mahnomen county. This position will begin as soon as filled. 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.
E-mail us with questions at

Seussical The Musical
November 1 & 2
7:00 p.m.
November 3
1:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

This fantastical family musical is based on the books of Dr. Seuss, including favorites like "Horton Hears a Who!", "Horton Hatches the Egg," and "Miss Gertrude McFuzz." There are over 100 students involved in the production, from tech roles to a live student orchestra. The cast is made up of both newcomers and seasoned Bemidji High School showbiz vets.

Bemidji High School
2900 Division St. W
Bemidji MN 56601

Headwaters Story Slam
November 1, 8:00 p.m. - Keg n' Cork, Bemidji
Hosted by professional storyteller Laura Packer, up to ten participants will share a true story that is no more than 5 minutes long. The theme of this event is "Speak", inspired by the #metoo movement.
Story Slam Prep Workshop - 4pm (advanced registration required)

Open-Mic Coffee House
November 2, 7:00 p.m.
Held on the first Friday of most months, Headwaters Open-mic CoffeeHouse features music and spoken word performance in a supportive, family-friendly environment.

November 4, 6:00 p.m.
CiderSong is for adults and teens who simply love to sing with others. These "open sing" nights are free of cost and yes, we will have apple cider.

David Greenberg live in concert
November 18, 3:00 p.m. - Thompson Recital Hall (Bemidji State University)
Headwaters Music & Arts welcomes  master Cape Breton fiddler and baroque violinist,  David Greenberg. A soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and folk fiddler, since the 1990s, Mr. Greenberg has specialized in Scottish baroque-folk music, performing and recording with many of the best North American early music ensembles.

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave. NW
Bemidji MN 56601

Heartland Concert Association:
Todd Oliver and Friends
November 2, 7:00 p.m.
Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium
Todd Oliver - comedian, ventriloquist, musician - brings his friends, Irving, a talking dog, and Pops, Miss Lilly and Joey, his lively suitcase family, to the stage to perform "The Funniest Night." 

Park Rapids Area Community Band
Fall Concert
November 18, 3:00 p.m.
Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium

Park Rapids Classic Chorale Concert
November 30, 7:30 p.m.
St. John's Lutheran Church

Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council
Park Rapids MN
First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji
November 2
Dunn Brothers Coffee   6am - 7pm
501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE
Featuring artwork by Madi Stone.
Neilson Place   8am - 8pm
1000 Anne Street NW
Featuring artwork by Elaine Netland.
The Bemidji Library  9am - 5pm
509 America Ave NW
Featuring artwork by Diana Collison-Jones.
Gallery North  10am - 5pm
310 4th St NW
Featuring artwork by Rachel Davey.
"Holiday Boutique" First Friday reception from 2-6pm.
Headwaters Music & Arts  9am - 5pm
519 Minnesota Ave. 
Featuring artwork by the Artists of Studio 10.

First Lutheran Church
900 Bemidji Ave N.
Featuring artwork by Marti Lundin and Lara Dybing.
Artist reception from 2-4pm.
Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse  7am - 5pm
523 Minnesota Ave. 3:30 pm - 5 pm.
Featuring artwork by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center  8:30-4:30pm
1819 Bemidji Ave N.
Featuring artwork by Brian Dow.
Dow will be selling his work from 4:30-7:00pm

Watermark Art Center  10am - 5pm
505 Bemidji Ave N
2018 It's Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibit.
Reception 5-7pm with presentation at 6pm.


It's Only Clay
Artist Reception: November 2, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Presentation at 6:00 p.m.

2018 It's Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibit is dedicated to functional clay vessels, featuring pottery from artists around the United States.
New! Pop-Up Pottery Studio Tour, Nov. 3, 9am-3pm.

This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Spirit of Ukambani
Exhibit runs through December 29
Fiber art and photography exhibit by Mary Therese and Monika Lawrence depicting wildlife and landscapes from the Ukambani region of southern Kenya.
Tapestry Weaving: Beyond the Basics
November 17 & 18
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
This hands-on workshop with weaver Kristin Majkrazk is for anyone who took last month's "Introduction to Tapestry Weaving" class, or who already has a basic knowledge of tapestry. You will explore color mixing, hatching, shape building and other design processes.
Art Family Style
November 29
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
A monthly opportunity for families to participate in an art project together. This month participants will use linoleum blocks, pre-carved by local artists, to stamp patterns onto tea towels and wall hangings. Tea towels will be donated to Watermark to raise funds for educational programming.

Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji MN 56601
First Friday
November 2
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
"Holiday Boutique" will feature specific artwork handmade by Gallery North members.
Featured artist is jewelry maker Rachel Davey.

Creative Cafe

November 14
4:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.

Three of our artists take you on a hands-on adventure into the arts. Sip, nibble goodies, connect, make art if you choose or just come hang out. No registration required.

310 4th St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

E-Commerce Panel 

November 3
1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fergus Falls
Join us at our Fergus Falls office for a conversation with regional artists sharing their stories and wisdom about making a life in the arts! The first in this 4-part series will feature a panel of local makers and online sellers and their advice for maximizing your online sales on a 
variety of platforms.

Save the dates for the other three panel conversations in this series:
February 2 - Detroit Lakes
April 6 - Fergus Falls
June 1 - Battle Lake

Springboard for the Arts
201 West Lincoln Ave. 
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
"She Stitches Fancy"
November 9
Artist Reception 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

The Miikanan Gallery at Watermark Art Center announces the opening of Mazinigwaaso - She Stitches Fancy. This exhibit opens November 9 and features features bead and quill work by three recent award-winning artists. Robyn Van Wert and Pamela Iceman are both 2018 Region 2 Arts Council Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellows. Cari Tabor is a 2018 Minnesota State Fair Merit Award winner.

505 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji, MN 56601
Programming made possible, in part, by the McKnight Foundation, with special thanks to Watermark Art Center media partner,  
KAXE/KBXE Northern Community Radio.

November 9 & 10, 16 & 17
7:00 p.m.
November 11 & 18

Lerner and Loewe's Camelot  brings the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table to life. Based on T.H. White's novel, The Once and Future King,  Camelot tells the story of Arthur, a young squire who becomes King after extracting the sword Excalibur from its legendary rock. The musical follows Arthur from a young, ambitious, idealistic King who dreams of creating a just society to the despairing king bearing witness to his dream's demise. In a world of human realities, can Camelot achieve the utopia of which Arthur dreams?

Open House
November 24

Join us during the Night We Light Parade to talk about plans for the new space, share some warm coffee or hot cider and goodies, and offer suggestions for the new line up of shows coming in 2019-2020.

Bemidji Community Theater
316 Beltrami Ave.
Bemidji, MN 56601
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CONCERT [2] "Romantic"
Featuring Cellist Eric Haugen
November 11
3:00 p.m.
 Bemidji welcomes back one of its own - Eric Haugen - for a memorable performance! He will solo in Walton's Cello Concerto. Dr. Beverly Everett conducts.

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. 

All Concerts Held at:
Bemidji High School Auditorium
2900 Division Street West
Bemidji, MN 56601
Free Native Artist 
Professional Development

November 16 & 17
Seven Clans Casino
Red Lake, MN

First Peoples Fund's two-day trainings give 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

First Peoples Fund
706 West Boulevard
Rapid City, SD 57701
Bemidji Contra Dance
November 17

Musician & Caller Workshops
Headwaters Music & Arts
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free - pre registration encouraged

Community Contra Dance
Rail River Folk School
7:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  Suggested donation

 Featuring live music and workshop facilitation by Sugar on the Roof, from the Duluth area, 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.

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. 

Bemidji, MN 56601

Unique Traveling Exhibit
Now Available! 

The prose poetry collection ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN will tour Minnesota through the winter of 2018-19. This exhibit is an introduction to the unique world of prose poetry through the Everyday Absurdist writings of Dag T. Straumsvåg of Trondheim, Norway

Any Minnesota museum, theater, library, or public space may schedule this exhibit for a 30 to 60 day winter showing at no cost.

Kent Scheer
Green Island
Wadena, MN
Grand Rapids
Artists' Call for Water Themed
Sculptures and Mural

Submission Deadline: November 26 by 4:00 p.m.

The Arts and Culture Commission received a Downtown Business Corridor Grant from the MN Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation to develop a highly visible and creative project that generates excitement, encourages citizen engagement, and engenders visible improvements.

Call 218-326-7626 or email with questions
Arts and Culture Commission
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Brainerd Public Library
Artists' Call for Library Art Installation

Submission Deadline: December 7

The Brainerd Public Library has been awarded a grant to commission kinetic/wind art to be placed outside of the library. The intent is to allow for an art installation that will provide an inspirational experience to all visiting the library.  A wide range of proposals are invited. Deadline for submission of proposals is December 7, 2018.

Call 218-829-5574 or email with questions
Brainerd Public Library
416 S. 5th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401

MN Artists Presents
2019: Call for Proposals

Mn Artists is seeking proposals from Minnesota-based artists of all disciplines to serve as "guest curators" for three one-night events at the Walker Art Center: May 2, August 29, and November 7, 2019. Guest artists will propose a central topic, idea, theme or question arising from their artistic practice or research. Guest curators will then work with Mn Artists and Walker staff to conceptualize and produce a multi-faceted event that activates their idea. 

MN Artists
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Charles Alberti
Art Exhibit

November 3
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Reif Center, Grand Rapids

Thirty-six paintings by Charles Alberti of Bemidji will be on display at the Myles Reif Center for the Performing Arts in Grand Rapids, MN.

The exhibit is available for viewing through November 10th with a "Meet and Greet" on November 3rd.

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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