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R2AC Artist Fellowship
Applications Are Due Soon!

Award Total: $6,000 
Deadline: September 15, 2018
 
The Artist Fellowship Program assists the region's most talented artists in furthering and innovating their work by awarding substantial financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences that facilitate depth and advancement in their art form. Through such support, the R2AC aims to elevate the quality and raise the profile of artistic work in the region and create a strong community of R2AC Fellows.
 
The R2AC Artist Fellowship is made possible with generous support of 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 Learning Grant 
for Organizations is now Open!

Maximum Award: $6,000 
(For Public Schools & Community Education programs no cash match required for grant requests under $3,000.)
Deadline:  October 15, 2018
 
Schools, community education programs, institutions of higher learning, non-profits, arts organizations, local city, town, county government or tribal offices, or groups with a fiscal sponsor providing arts education programming can apply for grants up to $6,000 with a 20% cash match. Public schools or community education programs can apply for grants up to $3,000 with no cash match needed!
 
 

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!
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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Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Exhibit
Call for Artwork!
 
Are you a Native American artist who has received a R2AC grant or have been part of a R2AC granted project? If so, you  are invited to submit 1 - 3 pieces of recent artwork (completed within the last two years) for this year's AAI  Exhibit.
 
Drop off locations and schedule:
Region 2 Arts Council (Bemidji)
Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm
All art pieces need to be received by R2AC no later than September 19th.
 
Gizhiigin Arts Incubator (Mahnomen)
Mon - Fri, 9:30am-4:30pm
or call 218-849-1679
All art pieces need to be received by Gizhiigin no later than September 21st.
 
Exhibit Details:
Gizhiigin Arts Incubator Gallery - Oct. 1 through Nov. 2
701 E. Jefferson Ave., Mahnomen MN
Opening Reception: Oct. 4th, 4:30pm to 7:00pm
 
Region 2 Arts Council Office - Nov. 9 through Dec. 8
505 Bemidji Ave. N, Bemidji MN
Closing Reception: Dec. 8th, 10:00am to 4:00pm
   
The AAI Exhibit is made possible with generous support of 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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Upcoming Deadlines

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant (Individual Artists)
Maximum Grant Award: $1 ,000
Submissions due by: November 1, 2018
 
 
Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant (Organizations)
Maximum Grant Award: $3,000  (25% Cash Match-equipment only)
Submissions due by: November 15, 2018
 

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!

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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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 staff@r2arts.org
 
 

 
Headwaters Art Club
September 6, 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
September 7, 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 Fall Kick Off
September 15, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
An opportunity for parents and students to meet instructors, register for programs, and learn about all HMA has to offer.

Dancing Light
September 15,  7:00 pm
Fundraiser and community concert.



Headwaters Music & Arts
519 Minnesota Ave. NW
Bemidji MN 56601
 
First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji
 
September 7
 
Dunn Brothers Coffee     6am - 7pm
501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE
Featuring artwork by Kaitlyn Sapone.
   
Neilson Place     8am - 8pm
1000 Anne Street NW
Featuring artwork by Elaine Netland.
 
The Bemidji Library     9am - 5pm
509 America Ave NW
Featuring work by Chuck Alberti.
Meet and greet from 2-5pm.
 
Gallery North     2pm - 6pm
310 4th St NW
Featuring artwork by Alayna Greer and John Winter. 
 
Headwaters Music & Arts      9am - 5pm
519 Minnesota Ave. 
Featuring work by Katie Lynn Dixon.
Meet and greet from 3-4:30pm.
 
Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse      9am - 3pm
523 Minnesota Ave. 3:30 pm - 5 pm.
Featuring artwork by Laura Goliaszewski.
Meet and greet from 3-5pm.
 
Watermark Art Center     10am - 5pm
505 Bemidji Ave N
Opening of America's River Re-Explored: Painting by Thomas Paquette of the Mississippi from Source to Gulf.
Reception 5-7pm with artist lecture at 6pm.  
This activity is funded, 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 and by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

Butch Holden Studio   6-8pm. 
1104 Minnesota Ave
Featuring newest work by Butch with jazz guitarist, Lou Samsa.
 
Monroe Crossing
 
September 7
7:00 p.m.
 
 Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Tickets are available at the door.





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. 

 
226 Elm Street
Gonvick, MN
 
 
First Friday
 
September 7
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 
Alayna Greer, September Showcase Artist 
Spray paint artist
 
John Winter, Featured Artist
Paintings primarily focused on nature, history and recreation in Northern Minnesota.

Creative Cafe

September 11
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
 
A Streetcar Named Desire
 
September 7 & 8, 14 & 15
7:00 p.m.

September 9 & 16
2:00 p.m.

Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW
 
A Street Car Named Desire,  a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, tells the story of a southern belle, Blanche DuBois, who, after encountering a series of personal losses, leaves her aristocratic background seeking refuge with her sister and brother-in-law in a dilapidated New Orleans tenement.
 

 
Free Native Artist 
Professional Development
Training! 

September 7 & 8
Fargo, 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
 
Bemidji Artist Market
 
September 8
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
 
Creative North Artists will be set up with a variety of local artists and makers. Rain or shine. Last event of the year!

City Parking Lot 4
Corner of Minnesota Ave and 4th St
Bemidji MN
 

Goodnight Art
September 10, 7:00 pm
A new program for kids ages 3-8, this series is a great way to get your little ones ready for bedtime!
 
Poets in Conversation
September 11, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Featuring HC Palmer and Al Ortolani, this craft lecture will highlight haiku, free verse and other forms of poetry.
Poetry Reading
September 11, 6:00 pm
HC Palmer and Al Ortolani will share from their recently published poetry books, covering topics that include environmental inspiration, the tallgrass prairie and the Vietnam War.

History of the Canoe
September 15, 7:00 pm
Hear Dr. Mark Neuzil describe the people and places that, beginning with dugouts and birchbark boats, make up our common canoe culture.
 
Art Family Style
September 26, 5:00 pm
A monthly program that brings people of all ages together to create art. This month we are creating a rain chain as part of "We are Water" traveling exhibit.


Headwaters Music & Arts
505 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji MN 56601
 
Groundwork Intensive Training
For Persons of Color

September 14 - Oct 6

Forecast is accepting applications to participate in Groundwork, a four-day intensive offered for IBPOC [Indigenous and/or Black, and/or Persons of Color] who live in Minnesota and are collaborative, innovative leaders interested in the arts, artists, and playing a role in making positive change in communities. 

This intensive will offer an overview of the public art consulting world, including: types of work available in this field, the broad range of projects Forecast engages, an understanding of how your strengths, perspectives, and skills can be maximized within the field.

Groundwork will take place over two weekends in the fall of 2018, in the Twin Cities. Participants are expected to attend all four days (times are approximate):

Friday, September 14, 1 - 7 pm
Saturday, September 15, 9 am - 3 pm
Friday, October 5, 1 - 7 pm
Saturday, October 6, 9 am - 3 pm

 
Forecast Public Art
2300 Myrtle Ave #160
St Paul, MN 55114
 
Whimsical Wacky Women
 
September 14 & 21
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
 Kathy Huwe, a retired elementary teacher, will lead participants in this fun workshop for individuals who are new to art and those who just like to get together with friends and create art. Participants will create art with a special person in mind to make this fun and meaningful.
 
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  
 
Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit
 
September 20

 An annual conference for nonprofits in small towns and rural communities hosted by  Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN). This day-long summit is designed to bring together staff, board members and volunteers from across northwestern Minnesota to learn, network and strategize. 

Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN
 
11th Annual "Art at the Lake" Workshop

September 21 - 23

"Mapping our Lives" with Sandra Muzzy, Red River Watercolor Society signature member. Sandy says, "In this class we will look at how to capture experiences, moments and events as a map - as a route to our development and discovery of self. We will look at ways of manipulating the paper, the paint and how this 2D structure can become a 3D statement." 
Cost: $190 including class, most supplies, shared accommodation in the Lodge, and most meals, or $160 with no accommodation.

 
Northern Pines Camp & Retreat
20033 County 1
Park Rapids, MN
 
The Great American Story
 
September 22
7:00 pm
 
Paulette Friday of Alexandria, the tandem team of Tina Rohde of Eden Prairie and Colleen Shaskin of Minnetonka, Susan Searing of Minneapolis and Rose van der Berg of Bloomington will entertain as finalists in the Great American Story storytelling contest.Guest storyteller will be Richard W. Rousseau.
Audience votes, winner gets the crown and prize money. 
 
 
 
This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund. 
 
 
PO Box 702
Park Rapids, MN 56470 
 
Art Leap 2018
 
September 22
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
 
September 23
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
 
This is an open studio event  featuring artists and guest artists. The tour includes 14 to 22 sites serving approximately 60 artists and musicians at studios and other locations. At some studios and other sites, visitors will find artists doing demonstrations, hear live music and enjoy treats.
 
PO Box 702
Park Rapids, MN 56470  
 
 
 
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.  
 
 
 
How Much is that Doggie in the Window?
 
In addition to the classic sculptures installed every spring, a fiberglass series entitled " How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" is also showcased throughout downtown Bemidji. These items are available for auction. Pre-bid on one or all dogs can be made through September 26.
 
Live Auction at Watermark Art Center, Bemidji
Thursday, September 27, 5-7pm
 

 Bemidji Sculpture Walk
PO Box 1444
Bemidji, MN, 56619
 
"Bring Her Home"
Reception
 
On Display through September 29
 
The Bring Her Home exhibit highlights the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. 
 The traveling exhibition features 18 Native
artists from across the United States including Paula
Littlewolf from Naytahwaush.
 

701 E. Jefferson Ave.
Mahnomen, MN
 
Nemeth Art Center
Current Exhibits
 
On display through September 29
 
Nate Luetgers
Reception September 8th, 5pm - 7pm

Extraordinary Outdoors
Reception September 29th, 5pm - 7pm
 



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. 

Alexa Horochowski


This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund.



Nemeth Art Center
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN
 
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
 
Puppeteering Workshop

October 19 - 21
(change of date)

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. There is no charge for the workshop. Ages 10 and up.

(Location To Be Announced)
Bemidji Community Theater
Bemidji, 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 Applications Now Open!

Information Sessions

Forecast Grants 101
Grant options, eligibility, application, requirements, and more.
September 8 - 10am
September 12 - 5:30pm


Grant Writing Study Hall
Dedicated time and space to write your grant application.
September 8 - 11am

Grants
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

FY2019 Grants
Upcoming Deadlines

Cultural Community Partnership Grant

Grant Range: $1,000 - $8,000
Submissions due by: September 21, 2018

This is an individual artist grant designed to enhance the careers of individual artists of color. Artists, at any stage in their careers, can apply for grants to help support collaborative projects. Applicants can collaborate on a project with another Minnesota artist of color or with a Minnesota nonprofit organization.
 
 
Minnesota State Arts Board
Park Square Court, Suite 200
400 Sibley Street
Saint Paul, MN
 

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
 
This newsletter is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

 
Send submissions for our October newsletter by September 22 to: 
  staff@r2arts.org