We Have Moved!
Region 2 Arts Council

Our office has moved down the hall to a temporary space. We are still located inside the Rail River Folk School, just down the hall a bit in the middle of the building. Look for our sign on the door! We will be in this location until further notice.We will move into the Watermark Art Center's new building in downtown Bemidji when it is ready.

Welcome, New Board Members
Region 2 Arts Council

We are grateful to have two new members on our Board of Directors. A big welcome to Mary Therese and Becky Colebank, of Beltrami and Clearwater counties respectively. We look forward to working with you, and we appreciate your service to the region.

We are still seeking board members in Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties. If you are interested, please fill out an application, or ask your friends who may be interested to apply!

Region 2 Staff in Your County!
Region 2 Arts Council

During the month of October, we will be setting up "mobile offices" in our counties, so that we can meet you and answer any questions you may have. Please visit us at the following locations:

NW Indian Community Development Ctr....October 6, 3:00 pm - 6 pm
The Depot in Baudette........................October 9, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
with a Grant-writing Workshop 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Park Rapids Public Library..................October 10, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Leech Lake Tribal College.................October 11, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Gizhiigin Arts Incubator...................October 18, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Please check Facebook, or our office, for more mobile office stops as they are added.
Arts Learning Grant!

Arts Learning Grant deadline is October 15, 2017

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant for Native American Artists!

Open to Native American artists in all arts disciplines residing in the following counties: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, or Roseau. Artists can apply for up to $1,000 to fund costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities such as workshops, conferences or mentorships; or other career-enhancing projects or opportunities for artists.

 Please contact us for more information.
We are here to help you with your application.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative deadline is Nov. 1, 2017

R2AC's Upcoming Grants

(218) 751-5447
Pottery Class for  Kids
October 2

Pottery Class for kids, beginning Mondays in October 2017

Grade 2- 8 | 4 - 5:30 pm | $60 month

Grade 9-Adult | 6 - 8 pm | $75 month

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji MN
Beginning Rosemaling
Rogaland Style

7 Weeks Starting 
October 2

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Cost: $75.00

310 4th St NW
Bemidji MN
Headwaters' Strings Group
October 2
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Every other Monday
Ages 7-18
Headwaters Music & Arts is excited to launch a "pre-orchestra" performance group for beginning and intermediate young musicians starting October 2nd. Prerequisite: at least one year of lessons.
$140 October-May Program, additional sibling $112
Registration deadline Oct 2nd. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji MN
Heartland Concert Series
October 2   New Christy Minstrels
7:00 pm

October 23   Derik Nelson & Family
7:00 pm

Park Rapids High School Auditorium
401 Huntsinger 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.
Learn how to illustrate a story with Amanda Kastner, an illustrating storyteller and designer from the Northwoods. This class will take you through the process of creating a character, giving that character a personality, and building a scene. You will leave this four-session class with one short story and the skills to create more.

$30.00 member | $35.00 public

October 3, 10, 17, 24
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Headwaters Music and Arts
519 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji, MN
First Friday Art Walk
October 6

Bemidji Public Library  Oil paintings by Ruth Ann Nordlund   9 am - 5 pm, 509 America Ave NW  

Dunn Bros Coffee   Vintage clothing collection by SKY Vintage &Handmade,   8 am - 8 pm, 501 Paul  Bunyan Dr SE

Gallery North  310 4th St NW

Headwaters Music & Arts
 Transitions: Contemporary Oil Paintings by Sarah Peterson, 4 - 6 pm, 519 Minnesota Ave NW

The Least of These Fair Trade & Handmade Gift Shoppe
will feature the work of Heather Harrom and live music by Michael
Rendahl. Refreshments from 5 - 7 pm, 
108 3rd St 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

Neilson Place continues their art display entitled "Another Time, Another Place" by Dee Ann Najjar.  8 - 4:30 pm,  1000 Anne St NW

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

Watermark Art Center   4 - 7 pm, 516 Beltrami Ave

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse   
presents "Aadizookaan: Scared Stories & Myths" by D.L. Houseman,
3 - 5:30 pm, 523 Minnesota Ave

Statewide Theater Conference

October 6 - 8

Minnesota Theater Alliance will be holding their second annual Statewide Theater Conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota, bringing together the best minds in theater from across our great state.

Hamline University
St. Paul, MN
4th Community Contra Dance and Musician's Workshop for Contra Dance

October 7

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
River Folk School

Paint a Trick-or-Treat Bag

October 7
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Cost: $5.00,  all materials supplied

Gallery North
310 4th St NW
Bemidji MN
Perpich Arts High School
Information Sessions

October 9, The Baudette Depot,  Baudette, 3:30 pm
October 9, Bear & Bean Coffee,  Roseau, 7:00 pm
October 11, Beagle and Wolf Books, Park Rapids,  3:30 pm
October 11,  Headwaters Music & Arts, Bemidji, 7:00 pm
Do you know a student who is interested in the arts? Perpich Center for Arts Education, a tuition-free high school in Golden Valley, will be giving information sessions at the above locations.


October 13 - 14
8:00 pm Oct. 13 - 11:00 pm Oct. 14

Call for Actors, Playwrights, Directors, and Technicians. No experience necessary.

Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Dr. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

October 14
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Keila McCracken, owner and operator of Bare Cloth, a sustainable clothing business in Bemidji, MN, will lead the class in Shashiko mending. Shashiko is a method used to mend clothing that is worn and torn in a way that is artistic and that creates aesthetic value.

$40.00 member | $45.00 public

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

October 14
7:30 pm
Patsy O'Brien & Dick Hensold  Celtic music concert, songs and instrumentals.

$12.00 at the door

Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St SW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Wild Rice Festival
Nemeth Art Center
October 21
10:00 am - 11:59 pm

This all day event is a partnership between the Nemeth Art Center, White Earth Nation, Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Park Rapids' Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to promote regional artists, musicians and the natural wild rice which is unique to our region of the world.

Armory Square
203 Park Ave
Park Rapids, MN
Acrylic Painting
With Elaine Netland
October 25
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: $55, a ll materials supplied.

Gallery North
310 4th St NW
Bemidji, MN
Basic Watercolor
October 25
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
(Repeats weekly)

Local famed mural and batik artist, Mary Therese, revisits her artistic beginnings with a class in basic watercolor. This four-session class is for all those who have wanted to learn watercolor but haven't had the opportunity, as well as folks looking to brush up on their skill.

Wednesday, Oct. 25th, Nov. 1st, 8th, and 15th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm $75.00 member | $80.00 public 
Call to register: 218.444.5606

Headwaters Music & the Arts
519 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji, MN
8th Annual Manifest Prize

October 1

Open to works of any media, any genre/style, any size. One work will be selected for the award, featured in the gallery, and published. Ten semi-finalist works will also be recognized and published.

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
P.O. Box 6218
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Knight Foundation's Cultural Opportunity Fund

October 1

The goal of the Fund is to make it economically feasible for small to mid-sized arts organizations and artists, with a focus on cultural and artistic diversity, to both rent the Concert Hall for an evening, and receive the net proceeds from the event.

Ordway Theater
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Wild Rice Festival

The Nemeth Art Center is inviting area artists, crafters, food and wild rice vendors to apply for this year's Wild Rice Festival to be held in downtown Park Rapids October 21st, 2017. 
The application deadline  is 
October 13

Presented by Nemeth Art Center
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN
Forecast Public Art Grants

Three grant opportunities:

Early-Career Research + Development Grant 
Early-Career Project Grant
Mid-Career Professional Development Grant 

October 17
Deadline to Submit

St. Paul, MN
Call for Women Artists

Emerging and mid-career women artists: Pen and Brush is looking for new, interesting, and meaningful work that deserves to be shown.

October 31
Deadline to Submit

29 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
Native Artist Fellowships
for Arts Business Initiatives

First Peoples Fund partners with Native artists who want to strengthen their business skills through their Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship Program. In this one-year, self-directed program, artists get the technical support, professional training, and working capital they seek to start or grow a thriving arts business.

October 31
Deadline to Submit

First Peoples Fund
706 West Boulevard
Rapid City,  South Dakota
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

Arts Access Grant Recipients

On September 18, 2017, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors granted $44,200 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to local schools and non-profit organizations for the creation and production of arts activities that benefit community members residing in our five-county region.
Bagley Area Arts Collaborative received $5,625 for "Arts Unlimited," a series of new art workshops for 2018.
Bemidji Community Theater received $6,000 to produce Rogers and Hammerstein's musical The Sound of Music.
Bemidji Sculpture Walk received $5,435 for the upcoming Fiberglass Dog series in which local artists will paint fiberglass dogs to be installed throughout downtown Bemidji.
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra received $6,000 to produce "A Woman's Role," a movie night and concert featuring composer Jennifer Higdon's "Blue Cathedral" and guest cellist Hannah Holman performing pieces highlighting famous female cellists.
Clearbrook- Gonvick Elementary received $3,705 for students in grades 3-6 to see a concert by Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Ordway Center for the Arts and to visit nearby art museums.
Clearbrook Gonvick Public Schools received $6,000 to bring in Copper Street Brass for an arts residency and community concert.
Gizhiigin Arts Incubator received $5,435 to produce "Seven Values Community Mural," in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Mahnomen.
Northern Light Opera Company received $6000 to produce the Lerner & Lowe musical My Fair Lady.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
This newsletter is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Don't forget to  check our calendar  for local events all year.

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