A Message from Our Executive Director
Region 2 Arts Council


For the past two years, Region 2 Arts Council has enjoyed being a part of the Rail River  Folk School community in Bemidji. Working alongside such artistic and innovative  individuals and organizations has impacted us in positive ways.
On September 30, 2017, we will be moving out of our current Region 2 Arts Council  office space to a temporary location within the Rail River Folk School Building at 303  Rail Road Street SW in Bemidji.  This move is bringing us one step closer to our permanent home with the Watermark Art  Center at 505 Bemidji Avenue.
We are planning to be located in our temporary space at Rail River at least through  November 2017 and possibly longer.
Rest assured, our temporary office will be staffed from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you would like to meet with us one-on-one, you are welcome to stop by or  make an appointment (call 218 751-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org) to meet with us. Our  staff also plans to be out and about in our five counties more than usual in October and  November. We'll let you know more details as our plans unfold.
Thank you for your flexibility!

Laura Seter, Executive Director

Recently Funded Projects
Region 2 Arts Council

This is a small selection of Region Two Arts Council's grant recipients from the past fiscal year. Not all awardees are listed in this partial slide show, but it includes grantees from every county in our region: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen.

These activities were made possible thanks to the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, money from the State's general fund, as well as funding from the McKnight Foundation. 
Board Member Vacancies
Region 2 Arts Council

Currently we need one resident each from Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties to become a member of our Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity to understand the workings of the granting process, to be more involved with the arts and artists of your region, and to enjoy camaraderie with others that appreciate the arts.  Interviews for board members have begun and will continue into October, or until positions are filled,  for each two-year term. 
Teachers and School Administrators!

Arts Learning Grant deadline is October 15, 2017

(218) 751-5447
R2AC's Upcoming Grants

(218) 751-5447
First Friday Art Walk
September 1

Bemidji Public Library  Paintings by John Winter   9 am - 5 pm, 509 America Ave NW  

Dunn Bros Coffee  Local Poet Anthony Swann   8 am - 8 pm, 501 Paul  Bunyan Dr SE

Gallery North Talk with Showcase Artist Greg Walker, who is a stuntman, actor and photographer on September 8th  2 - 6 pm, 310 4th St NW

Headwaters Music & Arts
 3 - 4 pm Headwaters' Art
Camp exhibit, 4:30 - 6 pm Book launch party for Susan Kedzie's A Thousand Purring Cats, 7 - 10 pm First Friday CoffeeHouse with the Northwood Folk Collective, 519 Minnesota Ave NW

The Least of These Fair Trade & Handmade Gift Shoppe
is hosting a fun, family-friendly event, "Art for Unity," 5 - 7 pm,  108 3rd St NW

Neilson Place "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  First Call Art Studio Tour artists' exhibit  4 - 7 pm, 516 Beltrami Ave

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse  Angela Shogren Photography  
3 - 5 pm, 523 Minnesota Ave

Opening Reception
  Nemeth Art Center
September 2
4:30 pm

Reception for Gail Katz-James' exhibit, which will be on display until Sept. 30. Also see Christopher Harrison, David Ruhlman and Mathieu Ruhlman exhibits at the Nemeth in September.

Region 2 Arts Council Logo

This activity is made possible, in part, by the Region 2 Arts Council with funding from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Nemeth Art Center
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN
Kari Grace

September 3
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lake Bemidji State Park
3401 State Park Rd NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Starts September 6
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

And Oct 4th & Nov 8th

For poets who want to dive deep, develop humor and voice, and let the images lead. This three session course will be led by published author and professor at BSU, Carol Ann Russell. If you are currently a poet this class is for you.
$70.00 member | $75.00 public

Headwaters Music and Arts
519 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Come celebrate the 100th production in Bemidji Community Theater history!


September 8, 9, 15, 16
7:30 pm
Sep 10, 17
2:00 pm

Historic Chief Theater
314 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji MN 56601

September 9
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Calling all Artists:  Network with other artists,  explore new opportunities,  and taste test gourmet grilled cheese bar.

River Art Community
323 Main Avenue
Park Rapids, MN
The Art Within: Finding Our Voice Together
September 16
12:00 - 6:00 pm

The Hubbard County DAC, Park Rapids Area Library and Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council are collaborating on t his community art project. The first step is for community businesses and organizations to participate. Volunteers will be cutting colored water bottles and assembling them into a sculpture for the Park Rapids Public Library inspired by the glass sculptures of artist Dale Chihuly. The public is invited to the assembly from 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at Century Middle School, where there will be an art show, guest speakers, and Tiffany Besonen as guest artist.

September 23
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Library will host an open house and reception to celebrate the completed sculpture. 

To arrange for a tote at your business or for an organization to use the tote at the library, call 218-732-4966.

Century Middle School
501 Helten Ave
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Book Release Party
Jackpine Writers' Bloc

September 16

Workshop 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Book Release Party 1:00 pm

Jackpine Writers' Bloc Talking Stick 26 book release party
and writers' workshop.

Register by email  or call  218-732-3782
Blueberry Pines Golf Club
39161 US-71
Menahga, MN 56464
First City Poetry Reads

September 16
4:00 pm

Around the World to Downtown Bemidji with Dr. CarolAnn Russell

Cantabria Coffee Company Patio
211 2nd St NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Community Contra Dance

September 16
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Free-will donation

Region 2 Arts Council Logo

This activity is made possible, in part, by the Region 2 Arts Council with funding from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad ST SW
Bemidji MN
The Great American Story

September 23
7:00 pm

Four finalist contestants convene at Armory Square and face off in front of an audience of story lovers and judges. Their votes decide who wins the prize money and who wears the crown of Great American Story Teller. Tickets $10 (children 12 and under admitted free).

Great American Story Details.
Region 2 Arts Council Logo

This activity is made possible, in part, by the Region 2 Arts Council with funding from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Armory Square
203 Park Ave S
Park Rapids, MN
Art Leap

Sep 23rd & 24th

Meet artists and artisans in their studios and workshops. Enjoy live performances of music. Maps are available at the Park Rapids Visitor Center and the event is free to the public. Sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council.

Region 2 Arts Council Logo

This activity is made possible, in part, by the Region 2 Arts Council with funding from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Park Rapids area, MN

The Zither
Presented by  Hubbard County Historical Society

September 25
7:00 pm

Debbie Center will present a program on the Zither for the Hubbard County Historical Society. Refreshments will be served.
Zither is a class of stringed instruments.

Call 218-732-5237 for more information.

Northwoods Bank Community Room
1200 East First Street
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Hinge Residency

They are now accepting applications for the Hinge Arts residency in Fergus Falls. Applications are for residencies taking place January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018.
The application deadline  is 
September 1

Lake of the Woods Artist Retreat

Come out to Laketrails Base Camp on Oak Island for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and art. Cost is $300.00 which includes boat transportation, meals, snacks, and lodging.
September 7 - 10

Pier 25
Oak Island, MN 56741
Seeking Executive Director

The Kaddatz Gallery is hiring a full-time Executive Director.
The Kaddatz Gallery is a nonprofit gallery located in historic downtown Fergus Falls, MN, whose mission is to foster visual arts education and appreciation, and to maintain a gallery that celebrates the work of area artists and honors the legacy of Charles Beck.
Closes September 8

Fergus Falls, MN
Call for Art

September 13
Deadline to apply

 Smackmellon calls for art submissions for their Fall 2017 Exhibition, "UPROOT." They will consider artwork and public programs that address social justice issues, earth justice issues, creative action, and the future of the arts.

 Find out the details of applying.
Catalyst Initiative
Jerome Fellowship

The 2017 Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists   is   open to those Artists who have an ongoing   commitment to working in the arts, rather than engaging in art as a hobby, pastime or occasional pursuit.  
The application deadline  is 
September 15

Baudette Library Public Art Project

The Baudette Public Library is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications to create an exterior piece of public artwork.
The application deadline  is 
September 15

Baudette Public Library
Arrowhead Regional Library System
Baudette, MN 56623
Partners in Participation Grant

Minnesota State Arts Board announces the Partners in Arts Participation grant program. Grant funds may be used by Minnesota nonprofit health or human service organizations to integrate the arts into their programming.
The application deadline  is 
September 15

Catalyst Initiative Grant

September 15
Deadline to apply

 Catalyst Initiative is now accepting applications to provide funds to support six small-scale Civic Practice projects around the nation.
Find out the details of applying.

September 25
Application Deadline

The call for submissions is now open to accomplished individual practicing Native artists.
Find out the details of applying.

September 30
Application Deadline

 For four weekends in January and February, the Art Shanty Projects On-Ice Program will transform Lake Harriet (Bde Unma), a frozen lake in Minnesota, into a village of ice fishing shanty-like structures designed and built by artists. The project is free and open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am to 4pm, January 20 - February 11, 2018.
Find out the details of applying.
Art Shanty Projects

September 30
Application Deadline

 The City of Golden Valley invites artist to submit proposals for the rotational art display at Brookview and City Hall.
Find out the details of applying.

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
Statewide Theater Conference

Oct. 6 - 8
Save the Date

Minnesota Theater Alliance will be holding their second annual Statewide Theater Conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Hamline University
St. Paul, MN
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
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
Don't forget to  check our calendar  for local events all year.

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