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Anishinaabe Arts Initiative
(AAI)  Exhibit

Opening Reception - Thursday, October 4
4:30 p. m. - 7:00 p. m.
Gizhiigin Arts Incubator Gallery
701 E. Jefferson Ave., Mahnomen MN

Please join Region 2 Arts Council to celebrate the opening of this year's Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Exhibit. This show exhibits traditional and contemporary artwork by AAI grant recipients and fellows, AAI Council members, and other Native American artists who have received a Region 2 Arts Council grant.
Gizhiigin Arts Incubator Gallery
701 E. Jefferson Ave., Mahnomen MN
October 1 - November 2
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 4th, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Region 2 Arts Council Office
505 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji MN
November 9 - December 8
Closing Reception: Saturday, December 8th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Miikanan Gallery (Watermark Art Center)
505 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji MN
Group exhibit including 2018 AAI Fellows
November 9 - December 23
Opening Reception: Friday, November 9th, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Future grant deadlines for area Native Artists:
November 2018, March 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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Upcoming Grant Deadlines

For Organizations
Arts Learning Grant
Grant Deadline: October 15, 2018
Maximum Award: $6,000 (20% cash match required)
**up to $3,000 with no cash match for Public Schools or Community Education Programs.
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.

For Individual Artists
Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant 
Grant Deadline: November 1, 2018
Maximum Award: $1,000
This activity is made possible, in part, by the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative through support from Region 2 Arts Council and with 
funding from the McKnight Foundation.

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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Arts Access  Grant Recipients
Awarded in Region 2

On September 17, 2018, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors granted $63,677 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to arts organizations, groups with a fiscal sponsor, schools and non-profit institutions and organizations for the creation and production of arts activity that would benefit community members residing in our five-county region. 

Watermark Art Center  received $3,876 to support the 14th Annual "It's Only Clay" National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibit during the months of October and November 2018.
Bagley Area Arts Collaborative  received $4,764 for "Arts Unlimited," a series of art workshops for 2019. 
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra  received $6,000 to produce "Lincoln Portrait" and a concert for children featuring Sarah and Sadie Hamrin performing Mozart's Sinfonia concertante with Dr. Beverly Everett conducting.
Bemidji Sculpture Walk  received $5,800 for the Bemidji Sculpture Walk 20th Anniversary Festival with sculptor demos, living sculptures & music in spring 2019.

Bemidji Contra Dance  received $6,000 to continue building the local contra dance musician and dancer community through workshops and monthly dances from Nov - May welcoming people of all ages, abilities and incomes. 
Clearbrook-Gonvick Community Education received $796 to assist Clearbrook-Gonvick Community Ed in sponsoring the play Cinderella for local performers age 7-adult as part of their Summer Recreation program.
Red Lake Middle School received $6,000 for artists-in-residence Lady Midnight and Garlic Brown to work with 7th grade students to write lyrics and music for a video showcasing Red Lake Native American talent and culture.
Northwest Indian Community Development Center received $4,770 for their "Seasonal Pathway of a Deer Hide" Workshop Series including how a deer hide is traditionally processed and utilized for producing tobacco pouches, moccasins, rattles, and medicine bags. 
Paul Bunyan Playhouse 
received $6,000 to produce "Driving Miss Daisy" during their summer 2019 season supporting the Playhouse in offering diverse roles and themes for actors and audiences in the northern Minnesota region.
Lake of the Woods School  received $1,781 for "Pottery Possibilities" with artist-in- residence Janet Johnson to teach wheel throwing and hand building techniques to 7-12 grade students during the day and to community members in the evenings.
Lake of the Woods School  received $6,000 for a 2-day educational and performance residency with Copper Street Brass.
Bemidji State University Center for Extended Learning received $6,000 to bring poet and writer Terrance Hayes as the Distinguished Visiting Writer to the the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference in June 2019.
Bemidji Community Theater received $5,890 to produce the children's musical The Reluctant Dragon in March of 2019.
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.
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Important News & Updates!

R2AC Offices will be Closed
October 4 & 12

R2AC staff will not be in the office Thursday, October 4th, because they will be traveling to Mahnomen to attend the opening of the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit.

Also, R2AC staff will not be in the office Friday, October 12 due to an all-staff training event.

R2AC Monthly Board Meeting
October 15 - 5:30 p.m.
Board Business Meeting
Watermark Art Center - Education Room

R2AC Artist Fellowship Application Review
October 27 - 12:30 p.m .
Watermark Art Center - Education Room

These meetings are open to the public.

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
Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Exhibit
October 1 - November 2
Opening Reception: October 4, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Featuring recent works by Native American artists who have received a Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) grant or have been part of a 
R2AC funded project.

701 E. Jefferson Ave.
Mahnomen, MN

Headwaters Art Club
October 4, 11 & 25, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Held most Thursdays, this event offers an opportunity for kids in grades 3rd-6th to explore art in a fun and supportive environment.

Open-Mic Coffee House
October 5, 7:00 pm
Held on the first Friday of most months, Headwaters Open-mic CoffeeHouse features music and spoken word performance in a supportive, family-friendly environment.

Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave. NW
Bemidji MN 56601
First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji
October 5
Dunn Brothers Coffee   opening hours: 6am - 7pm
501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE
Featuring artwork by Aimee Bouchard.
Neilson Place   opening hours:  8am - 8pm
1000 Anne Street NW
Featuring artwork by Elaine Netland.
The Bemidji Library opening hours:  9am - 5pm
509 America Ave NW
Updated artwork by Charles (Chuck) Alberti.
Meet and greet from 2-5pm.
Gallery North  opening hours:  10am - 5pm
310 4th St NW
Featuring artwork by DeeDee Narum and Kaia Edland. Featured writer: Anthony Swan.
Meet and greet from 2-6pm.
Headwaters Music & Arts  opening hours:  9am - 5pm
519 Minnesota Ave. 
Featuring work by the Artists of Studio 10.
Meet and greet from 4-6pm.
Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse  opening hours: 7am - 5pm
523 Minnesota Ave. 3:30 pm - 5 pm.
Featuring artwork by Laura Goliaszewski.
Watermark Art Center  opening hours: 10am - 5pm
505 Bemidji Ave N
Reception for Gidibaajimomin - "We Tell Stories"
Reception 5-7pm with artist talk at 6pm.  

Keeping Traditions Alive!
October 5
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This exhibit showcases  Norwegian rosemaling and Swedish kurbits  by artists Lara Dybing and Marti Lundin. Both have studied painting at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center in Decorah IA, North House Folk School in Grand Marais MN, and Concordia Language Villages.
Exhibit runs through November 1st and can be viewed any day the church is open before 4:30pm.

 First Lutheran Church
900 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji, MN, 56619

Gidibaajimomin - We Tell Stories
Artist Reception: October 5, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Presentation at 6:00 p.m.
Prints and mixed media by Gordon Coons (Lac Courte Oreilles) and Anna Johnson (Turtle Mountain). Through the use of contemporary media, both artists give new understanding to traditional Ojibwe stories and culture.

Print-Making Workshop
October 6, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Gordon Coons leads this workshop geared for all ages (kids must be accompanied by an adult). Event sponsored by the Northwest Indian  Community Development Center and is f ree, with no registration required.

Spirit of Ukambani
Artist Reception: October 12, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Presentation at 6:00 p.m.
Fiber art and photography exhibit by Mary Therese and Monika Lawrence depicting wildlife and landscapes from the Ukambani region of southern Kenya.

Introduction to Tapestry
October 20 & 21
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Weaver Kristin Majkrazk walks you through this hands-on workshop where you will learn the basics of tapestry weaving.

Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji MN 56601
First Friday
October 5
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
DeeDee Narum, Stained Glass Artist 
Anthony Swann, Author

Kaia Edland, Painter and Polish Paper cutting

Creative Cafe

October 9
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
Fall Fun at the Museum
October 6
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join Lake of the Woods Historical Society as they celebrate the end of museum season with food and fun, including indoor and outdoor games (weather permitting) for all ages.

206 8th Ave. SE, Suite 150
Baudette, MN 56623
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October 6
7:00 p.m.
 World-renowned violist Brett Deubner performs Max Wolpert's Viola Concerto No. 1 "Giants". Also, enjoy Cavaleria Rusticana by Mascagni, Symphony No. 4 by David Diamond, and Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man.

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
Jersey Tenors
October 8
7:00 p.m.
Park Rapids High School Auditorium
The JERSEY TENORS are a rock/opera mash-up sensation that creates an explosive blend of the most popular opera classics alongside such rock 'n roll greats as Queen, Journey, Elton John and Billy Joel, but they are also "Jersey Proud".

PO Box 43
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Free Native Artist 
Professional Development

October 9 & 10
Bismarck, ND

These two-day trainings give Native 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

Moving Day!
October 13

BCT needs to move all their Costume/Prop items to their new home and need all the help they can get.   If you can help, even for a few hours, we will start at 10:00 at the new building (316 Beltrami) and divide up crews and vehicles to haul items to their new home. Muscles and energy will be appreciated.

Puppeteering Workshop
October 19 - 21

Bemidji Community Theater will be offering this workshop with puppeteer Karl Warnke, the designer of the fire lizards for Dragonsong. The fire lizards will be "resurrected" and repaired in order to become ambassadors for BCT.  This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment.

If you are interested, contact Mary Knox-Johnson via email as soon as possible. There is no charge for the workshop. Ages 10 and up.

Bemidji Community Theater
316 Beltrami Ave.
Bemidji, MN 56601
MN Theater Alliance Statewide Theater Conference
October 14-16

Join the Minnesota Theater Alliance for an unforgettable weekend of connection and reflection with theater makers, movers, and shakers from all across the state! Conversations suited for all areas of theater, as well as theaters of all types and sizes. (Individual artists and administrators, too!)

More info here

BugBee Hive Retreat Center | Paynesville, MN
Bemidji Contra Dance
October 20

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 the O'Neil Family Band from East Grand Forks, 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
Beginner's Beading Class
October 21
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Phoenixx and Jackie Kakageesick from Buffalo Point will show you the basics of beading something small onto leather. All supplies are provided. Class will be held at at Deb Carlson"s Sunflower Studio in Williams.

PO Box 46
Baudette, MN 
Introduction to Print Making
October 26
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
October 27
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 Learn the basics of printmaking through a number of processes. Using a gelli plate, paper stencils, and found objects. Explore color pattern and texture.  For new and those who wish to expand their skills. 
Instructor, Ruth Ann Northlund.
or call 218-368-5221


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. 

36627 225th Ave.
Bagley, MN  

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
2019 Grant Application:
Deadline  is October 17

Mid-Career Professional Development 
[2 Grants, $10,000 each]
Early-Career Project Grant
[2 Grants, $8,000 each]
Early-Career Research + Development Grant
[4 Grants, $2,500 each]
Forecast Public Art
2300 Myrtle Ave #160
St Paul, MN 55114

Convenings, Research and Memberships Grant 

Maximum Awards: $10,000
Grants are made throughout the year, without a fixed deadline.

Grants in this program promote greater understanding, deeper information, and improved practice either for early career artists in Minnesota or New York City and the organizations who serve them or for grantmakers and foundations engaged in supporting the arts.
Interested organizations must contact program staff to discuss projects in advance of submitting an application.

Jerome Foundation
400 Sibley Street,  Suite 125
St. Paul, MN 55101

Communities Thrive

The Communities Thrive Program is a "deep dive" in a small number of communities to help them capitalize on the current "Brain Gain" trend in the ways that best fit their unique community, ultimately building on the strengths and diversity within our region.  This program uses place making and planning approaches to support community vitality.

We are able to provide the following tools and resources as part of the Communities Thrive Program. We expect to work with a community for up to two (2) to three (3) years, as this work takes time and persistence to see it to full impact. 
  • Convening
  • Grant Funding
  • Regional Lending and Investment
  • Philanthropy
The Communities Thrive Program is a competitive process and will accept Letters of Interest from any and all communities within our 12 county region. 

Northwest Minnesota Foundation
201 3rd Street NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Meet the Fellowship Artist:
Mary Therese

October 12
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Artist Presentation at 6:00 p.m.
Watermark Art Center

In the summer of 2017, Region 2 Arts Council Artist Fellow Mary Therese traveled to Kenya with Bemidji State University Professor of Geography, Mark Lawrence, and Adjunct Instructor in Photography and Photojournalism, Monika Lawrence. This journey was the fulfillment of Mary Therese's lifelong dream of traveling to Africa to witness the elephants and other great spirits in the wild.
This collaborative show is an outcome of that journey, reflecting the memories Mary Therese and Monika shared from their time together experiencing the rich culture of the Ukambani region.
Therese's silk paintings are batiks, created by stretching fabric, drawing with brushes, and using tjantinga to apply dyes and hot bees wax, which is first used as a resist then removed from the fabric before the dyes are permanently set by a steaming process. Lawrence's work is comprised of black and white digital photographs, depicting wildlife and landscapes from the Ukambani Region in southern Kenya.
The exhibit runs through December 29.
Mary Therese's body of work was made possible by a 2017 Region 2 Arts Council Artist Fellowship grant

Congratulations to the Watermark Art Center!

Watermark Art Center recently received two grants: A $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to support visual art exhibitions and accompanying educational programming; and a $25,000 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in support of the art center's recent expansion and relocation project, which includes the new Miikanan Gallery, a space dedicated exclusively to featuring Indigenous artwork and programming.
Of the SMSC grant, Watermark Executive Director Lori Forshee-Donnay stated, "We are so pleased to receive this gift. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's support of this project honors Indigenous artists and their work, placing it in the forefront of art and commerce in northern Minnesota."
The National Endowment for the Arts Grant was awarded through NEA's Challenge America program, which supports small and mid-sized organizations that bring arts access to underserved populations. NEA Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter noted,

 "The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to the arts, whether they are in a small or large, rural or urban area. We are proud to support organizations such as Watermark Art Center that are providing opportunities for more people to experience and engage in the arts in their communities."

Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji, MN 56601
Congratulations !

Congratulations to the Bemidji Community Theater on the purchase of their new home  located in the former Book World on Beltrami Avenue in Bemidji.

Here are just a  few reasons why a new space is such great news:
  • It allows BCT to consolidate all of its props, costumes, rehearsal and storage into one space.
  • It provides room to grow and the capacity to expand programming to involve even more community members.
  • It will enhance the vitality of the downtown business by creating a theater district, which includes the Historic Chief Theater, where BCT will continue to stage its plays and musicals.
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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