Northern Arts News
September 2016

In This Issue

Looking for more great arts events and workshops? Check out the  R2AC Arts Events Calendar

We'd like to introduce our newest staff member,
Alice Blessing

Alice will be working on professional development, publicity and programming.
Featured Events

The Great American Story
Inaugural Event
The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council is sponsoring The Great American Story as part of Art Leap weekend. Four finalists will tell their winning stories as part of the program from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. They are Anne Dunn, Leigh Harper, Steve Maanum, and Amy Salloway.
This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund.

Bedroom Farce
will be showing at the Chief Theatre Sept 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30pm, and Sept 11, 18 at 2 pm. Directed by Derrick Houle, tickets are $6 for children, $12 for adults. Click here for more info.

"Book Marks", an exhibition of paintings by Natalia Himmirska, associate professor in Bemidji State University's TAD School. This show will reveal a glimpse into her creative process. Through September in Bemidji State University's Talley Gallery, open Mon-Fri 9-4 pm. Click here for more info.

Opera at the Bemidji Theatre
"Norma Liceu," October 6 & 8
$12.50 Adult $9.00 Children, Students, and Seniors. Tix available at the door. HWY 2 West. 5284 Theatre Lane, Bemidji, MN. Click here for more info.

North Country Arts & Crafts Workshop 
September 15, 7:30 am at Concordia Language Villages, 9550 Ruppstrasse NE. For more info, email 
Family Movie Night 
September 15, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Avenue NW. For more info, call 218-751-3963

Artist Reception
An open house for fiber artist Kristin Majkrzak and a 10th anniversary celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Blackduck History and Art Center. Majkrzak's tapestries will be on display in the center's Tin Pan gALLErY for the month of September. Click for more.

Did You Know?
Springboard for the Arts has a new location in the Historic Benson Building at 201 Lincoln Ave in downtown Fergus Falls - right next to the Viking Cafe. They also have some great jobs open.

Call for Artists
Holidays By Hand 2016, the 6th Annual Fine Arts and Craft Festival held at the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji area, is looking for artisans to sell their wares. Event is December 3, 2016, 9 am-3 pm. Apply by November 18. Email  for an application.
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Deadline for submissions for the October 2016 issue of the Northern Arts News is September 30th. E-mail events, etc. to

Region 2 Arts Council
303 Railroad St SW
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601

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Grant Deadlines

Our grant applications are all online now! 

Find them at

Next up:
Open to established artists in all disciplines, two $6,000 fellowships available

Individuals may apply for up to $500.    

Organizations may apply for up to $1,000.
Public and charter schools or community education programs may apply for grants up to $3,000. There is no cash match needed to apply.

Click here  for the full grant deadline list.

Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail for assistance.

Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists

Deadline: Noon on Friday, September 23, 2016. Apply here!

Artists are welcome to schedule one-on-one meetings (in person or over the phone) with program director Kerry Morgan. For more information call 612.874.3667 or email
The Jerome Foundation generously supports this fellowship program.
Farm by the Lake Festival

3rd Annual a ll day family event with music, artists, food & more. Open to the public

September 11, 2016 12 pm-6 pm

Music by Mark Fogelson,  Lance Benson, and  Keith Secola

17797 366th St, Bagley, MN. 

Email for more info.

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.
Planetary Legends
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
Featuring guest pianist Gareth Cordery

Sunday, October 2, 2016,  3:00 PM 
at Bemidji High School Auditorium

You won't want to miss being dazzled by 18-year-old piano virtuoso Gareth Cordery's performance
Tchaikovsky's beautiful and well-loved Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the program are Gustav Holst's "Jupiter" from The Planets, and Mozart's Jupiter Symphony. Dr. Beverly Everett conducts.

This activity is made possible in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's General Fund.

Art Leap

An "open studio event" featuring artists' studios and culturally rich destinations in the Park Rapids area. Art Leap dates are Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25. Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy live demonstrations and other art activities at some locations. Brochures with maps may be downloaded at

Art Leap 2016 is sponsored by PRLAAC with funding provided, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Cultural Community Partnership Grants
From the Minnesota State Arts Board, this program is designed to enhance the artistic and career development of artists of color. It supports collaborative projects between two individual artists, or between an artist and an organization.

The deadline is 4:30 p.m., September 16, 2016.

The Loft Literary Center
Classes for 2016

The Loft advances the artistic development of writers, fosters a thriving literary community, and inspires a passion for literature. Adult, youth, and online classes are all available now.
Click Here for more info on their classes.

Forecast's grants to emerging and mid-career artists in Minnesota support risk-taking, interdisciplinary approaches and collaborative problem-solving. Check out these grants--applications are due October 18, 2016!

Need some inspiration? Click here to read Forecast's Grant Writing Tips.