Northern Arts News
October 2019
Robyn Van Wert's "Ojibwe Old Style Round Dancer" beadwork, appliqué on birchbark. Bag 13" x 9 1/2" with 46" leather strap. September 2018. Van Wert was an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellow in 2018.
Find out more about our Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grants here .
Region 2 Arts Council
Board of Directors News
October R2AC Board Meeting
and Grant Application Review Sessions

The Region 2 Arts Council operates in the spirit of the open meeting law. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend these sessions. For remote access to our board meetings and review sessions please contact us for details.
R2AC Artist Fellowship
Review Session
October 12, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bemidji Public Library Meeting Room

Please note that remote access to this session is not available.

October 21, 2019
4:30 p.m. Business Meeting
6:00 p.m. Arts Access Grant Application Review
Watermark Art Center
Education Room

Board members are still needed to represent Mahnomen and Hubbard counties!

Interested in serving the arts in your community?

Contact Executive Director, Laura Seter:

R2AC Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Council News
The AAI Advisory Council is comprised of Native American artists and arts appreciators from the regions served by the AAI grant. Assistance with your grant request is available from AAI Advisory Council members or from the Region 2 Arts Council Executive Director at 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

Council Members
Delana Smith …. Red Lake
Genny Lowry…. Bemidji
Bernice Mitchell-Diver …. Cass Lake
Debra Warren …. Bemidji
Mary Guardipee … Bemidji
Mary Ringhand … Ponemah
David B. White … Ponemah
Larry Vanwert … Redby
Kent Estey...Naytahwaush
Paula Littlewolf...Mahnomen

New this grant season!
AAI Council Members will review Cultural Traditions in the Arts grant applications in addition to the usual AAI grant applications.

Celebration of Poet Carol Ann Russell’s work “ITALIA – Passeggiata” at the Watermark Art Center
Watermark Art Center hosted a program of original poetry written in 1997 entitled “ITALIA: Passeggiata" by poet and BSU Professor of English Carol Ann Russell. The program highlighted Russell’s poem sequence and the accompanying composition by BSU Professor Emeritus of Music Paul Brandvik sung by BSU Associate Professor of Music Cory Renbarger, with Daniel Will on piano. The accompanying limited edition broadsides, designed and illustrated by former BSU Professor of Visual Arts Jauneth Skinner, were also on display. Carol Ann Russell, a Region 2 Arts Council Fellow, is currently on sabbatical, and will be returning to Italy in October with Skinner as resident artists at St. Mark’s Church in Florence, Italy. 
Artists' Coffee Hour
Learning Circle
Please join artist and business owner, Monica Hansmeyer, as we launch the first Artists’ Coffee Hour to encourage collaborative learning among artists.

October 16
8:30 a.m.
Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse
523 Minnesota Ave NW

This session uses materials from Springboard for the Arts’ Toolkit – Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists – to support local area artists’ shared learning and growth. You can request a free pdf version of the Toolkit here .

The Workbook covers every facet of building a successful and sustainable career – from career planning, time management, marketing, and social media to pricing, recordkeeping, funding, and developing a business plan. The shared learning format invites artists to give and receive support and knowledge through shared experiences. New and experienced artists are welcome!
Region 2 Arts Council serves artists and communities in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.
Grants for Organizations

Arts Learning Grant

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Maximum Award: $6,000 (with 20 - 25% cash match)

Schools and Community Education programs can apply for up to $3,000 with no Cash Match.

Open to public and charter schools*, community education programs, and any nonprofits or groups with a fiscal sponsor providing arts education programming.

These grants can support high-quality arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts. Funds can be used for artist-in-residence programs and educational performances, or to provide arts classes, camps, or workshops. Funded arts activities must be open to the general public. Maximum Grant Award is $6,000 with 20-25% Cash Match.

*Parochial schools are ineligible

Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Maximum Award: $3,000 ( 25% Cash Match for equipment purchases only)

Open to non-profits, schools,* local and tribal government offices, or groups with a fiscal sponsor . These grants can support creation, production, and presentation of high-quality arts activities, as well as projects that help overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities, and projects that help instill the arts into the community and public life in our region.

*Parochial schools are ineligible

Grants for Individuals 

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant

Deadline: November 1, 2019
Maximum Award: $1,000

Open to traditional and contemporary Native American artists in all arts disciplines residing in the following Minnesota counties: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, or Roseau. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Applications are available online at ,  and paper applications are available upon request.

For questions, more information, or to request a paper copy of the application contact Region 2 Arts Council staff at 218-751-5447; toll-free at 800-275-5447; or via email at .

Grant applications are usually available online approximately one month before the deadline date. Keep in mind that there are many pieces of the grant you can begin to work on before the grant application is available. Call or visit us with any questions, concerns, or support needs. We are here to help!
Region 2 Arts Council is open Monday through Friday,
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Contact us or stop by anytime to set up an individual appointment.
We are here to help!
Upcoming Grant Funding Workshops
Overview Workshop:
Arts Funding for Native Artists
& Organizations

Are you a native artist looking for support to fund your artwork and career?
Are you an organization looking to offer high quality culturally-focused arts activities to communities?

Please join us to learn about our Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) and Cultural Traditions in the Arts grants. This session is a good introduction to Region 2 Arts Council grants, and a good refresher for those already familiar with our programs.

Highlights include:
  • support around budgets and grant applications
  • eligibility
  • fitting your project to our funding
  • working with fiscal sponsors

October 9
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Gizhiigin Arts Incubator
701 E. Jefferson Ave

October 9
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Community Charter School
242 Church Street

October 15
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Northwest Indian Community Development Center
1819 Bemidji Ave. N

October 16
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
4-Directions Development Center
23750 MN-1
Red Lake

October 17
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club

**October 23**
Get Support with your Application
Drop-in Session
Spread the Word!
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
4-Directions Development Center
23750 MN-1
Red Lake

Arts Funding - Overview Workshops

Please join us to learn about our upcoming grant programs for organizations interested in funding arts projects. This session is a good introduction to Region 2 Arts Council grants, and a good refresher for those already familiar with our programs.

Highlights include:
  • support around budgets
  • fitting your project to your funding
  • working with fiscal sponsors

October 23
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Clear Waters Life Center
226 Elm Street

October 28
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Baudette Depot
420 N Main Ave
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund with funding from the McKnight Foundation.
Region 2 Arts Council
505 Bemidji Ave . N
(inside the Watermark Art Center)
Bemidji MN 56601
Paula Swenson at Talley Gallery

December 2019

Talley Gallery
Bridgeman Hall
Bemidji State University

Paula Swenson, Region 2 Arts Council Fellow, will have an exhibition of her paintings at the Talley Gallery at Bemidji State University in December, 2019, as part of her Fellowship.
First Friday Art Walk
October 4

Watermark Art Center It's Only Clay; Reception 5 - 7 pm

Gallery North Showcase Artist Heather Fadness; R eception 2 - 6 pm

Rail River Folk School Local Artists; Reception and Sale 3 - 7 pm

Bemidji Public Library John Winter; 12 - 5 pm

Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse Beautify by Cyrus Swann; Reception TBA

 Fabric is Paint

October 5
10 am - 5 pm

Watermark Art Center is introducing a new Artisan Series to their public art classes. "Fabric is Paint" is a full day of transforming fabrics into three-dimensional wall art. The process is simple and the challenge is fun.

You can sign up online or in the Center.

Watermark Art Center

P oetry Slam

October 9
6 - 9 pm

Admission is free and audience members are encouraged to participate (loudly and with enthusiasm), cheering or jeering not only the poets, but the judges.

Red Stu Breakfast Bar
Bemidji, MN

October 11
5 - 7 pm

Opening reception for the exhibition, featuring original work by 20 Indigenous artists from across the United States

Watermark Art Center

Saturday, October 12
1 – 3 pm

Second Saturday Kids Art
6 and up

Watermark Art Center

P umpkin Painting

October 26
1 – 3 pm

Watermark Art Center

Farm to Fiber Festival
October 5-6
Clearbrook City Hall/ Community Center
The festival celebrates the fiber heritage of northern Minnesota while showcasing local fiber producers and artists. A range of workshops taught by fiber artists make fiber art and craft technique accessible to anyone. Join the fun!

T alley Gallery: Keren Kroul

Oct 7 - Nov 1

The Talley Gallery is pleased to present a collection of works by Minnesota educator and artist, Keren Kroul. The works presented in the gallery are a collection of watercolors that examine identity through memory. Keren Kroul is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts .

Talley Gallery
Bemidji State University

Bach Society of Minnesota

The Bach Society of Minnesota is deeply committed to communicating the depths and passions of Bach‘s compositions through period instruments and historic practices.

B emidji State University

From the drum set, Sherrie Maricle leads The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, her quintet FIVE PLAY and co-leads the 3D Jazz Trio. From Carnegie Hall, she performs with The New York Pops and on celebrated stages everywhere.

Bemidji State University

Fiddlin' Around
Kids Mini Workshop

Fiddlin’ Around is a free opportunity for students age 5-11 with any level of playing experience

Headwaters Music & Arts

Bush Fellowships
It's almost Bush Fellowship application time!

They will accept applications for the 2020 Bush Fellowship until October 24
Arts @ MSP offers various opportunities for RFPs.
Artist Roster of emerging, mid-career and established artists who will be prequalified for future public art opportunities at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). Click here for full RFP.

Requests for exhibit proposals from artists, artisans, and partnering organizations for a variety of select locations in MSP. View full RFP here.

Requests for performing arts proposals from performing artists and arts organizations whose work reflects the rich diversity of the Upper Midwest to showcase their unique talent at MSP. View full RFP here.
2020 Grant Opportunities

Applications Close: October 16, 2019  

Mid-Career Project Grant*

Mid-Career Professional Development Grant 

Early-Career Artist Project Grant

Early-Career Artist Research & Development Grant

Funding for Arts Organizations

Initial Inquiry deadline: October 15

McKnight’s Arts program funds arts organizations across many disciplines that offer support structures for working artists.

Funding for Individual Artists

Initial Inquiry deadline: October 15

The annual $50,000 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award recognizes artists who have made a lifelong commitment to creating art that is locally, regionally, and/or nationally significant.

These artists have chosen to make their lives and careers in Minnesota, thereby making our state a more culturally rich place. First and foremost, they have produced creatively incisive art reflecting their particular and extraordinary point of view.

McKnight Distinguished Artists have also inspired other artists, earned acclaim from audiences, patrons, critics, and other arts professionals, and some have founded and strengthened arts organizations.

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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