Northern Arts News
September 2019

Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors News

Welcome to our new board member, CT Marhula, Bemidji resident who will represent Lake of the Woods County.
So glad to have you!

C.T. Marhula grew up in Baudette, MN.  After graduating from Bemidji State University he returned to Baudette for about ten years.  He then moved to Grand Forks where he obtained JD and MBA degrees from the University of North Dakota.

C.T. has served on two library boards, been president of two Rotary Clubs, served on the School Board and has been active in many other community events. He and his wife Cindy, also a BSU graduate, now live in Bemidji with their Golden Retriever, Sadie. They have two adult daughters.

Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors
2019 - 2020

Chair: Laura Grisamore - Hubbard County
Vice Chair: Rebecca Colebank - Clearwater County
Treasurer: Shannon Lucas-Westrum - Beltrami County
Secretary: Deb Carlson - Lake of the Woods County

Board Members:
Pam Janssen - Clearwater County
Gayle Gish - Mahnomen County
Michael Schlemper - Beltrami County
CT Marhula - Lake of the Woods County
vacant - Mahnomen County
vacant - Hubbard County
Board members are still needed from Mahnomen and Hubbard counties.

Interested in serving the arts in your community?

Contact Executive Director, Laura Seter:

Have you met our Anishinaabe Arts Council yet?

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
Paula Littlewolf, Mahnomen
Kent Estey, Naytahwaush

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) grants support and promote traditional and contemporary American Indian arts in the region. AAI is supported by the Region 2 Arts Council with funding from the McKnight Foundation.

Experience it! Community Art Classes
Clearwater County
After receiving funding through an Arts Learning Grant, Clear Waters Life Center presented a series of art classes called Experience it! Community Art Classes . They offered 29 weeks of quality art classes for youth to older adults from January through August. In addition, they offered 20 weeks of afternoon and evening classes on Mondays geared for adult learners, and nine weeks of youth after-school classes on Wednesdays.
Serving MN artists and communities in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.
2019-2020 Grant Application Deadlines are available online

Grants for Organizations

Fall Arts Access Grant

Deadline: September 15, 2019

Maximum Award: $6,000

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

Arts Learning Grant
is now ready for applications!

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

Grants for Individual Artists

R2AC Artist Fellowship

Deadline: September 15, 2019
Maximum Award: $6,000

Open to established artists in all disciplines who have shown a consistent commitment to their work as artists over the past five years. This 18-month fellowship provides unfettered funding to fuel your art.

Two $6,000 fellowships will be awarded per year.

Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grants are made possible with funding from the McKnight Foundation.

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!
We are open M-F 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!
Region 2 Arts Council
505 Bemidji Ave . N
(inside the Watermark Art Center)
Bemidji MN 56601

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MN State Arts Board News

Cultural Community Partnership Grant

Application deadline is September 13.

This grant program is 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.

Welcoming All Workshop
This workshop will provide an overview of disability awareness and highlight examples of successful accessibility and inclusion frameworks. An accessibility training for festival and event board, staff, and key volunteers.

The training is free, but registration is required.  The same workshop will be offered three times, in different locations.

Saint Paul
October 1, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saint Cloud
October 2, 5:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Saint Peter
October 29, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

CART captioning and ASL will be provided, speaker will be amplified, and assisted listening devices are available. To ask questions or request other accommodations, contact (651) 539-2689 or .

Minnesota Artists
Informational Workshop
September 11
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fireside Grill & Patio
Hwy 2 West
Bagley, MN 56621

Join Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Outreach Coordinator for MN Artists, to learn more about this organization and its services to MN artists across all disciplines. At the info session, you will:

  • Set up an account and create a profile on
  • Learn how this website can benefit you as an artist through networking, collaborations, sharing artwork, creating events and more!
  • Please bring a device (laptop, iPad), digital copies of your artwork, and your CV.

This event is free and open to the public.

Pre-registration is required.

To reserve your spot, pre-register online here.

Space is limited, so register early.

For more information please email  Alanna

Cedar Bark Basketry with Emily Derke

September 21-22

At the Rail River Folk School in Bemidji.

Pre-registration required and space is limited.

Class is $30 with sliding scale option (meaning pay what you are able).

To register, email Emily.

This class is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Heartbeat of the Orchestra

September 29
3:00 pm

Piano virtuoso Brayden Drevlow has played at the White House and all over the world, as well as in Bemidji. He returns as the featured soloist with the dazzling tunes of George Gershwin.

Special Pops Pricing:
All tickets $20; K-12 students Free
Alcohol Ink Workshop with Mary Jo Wentz

Traditional Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper. $60 and all materials provided. Call 218-368-5221 to register

Saturday, September 21
11 am - 2 pm

Class will be held at Bagley Community Education Wing of Bagley Elementary School

Advanced Grant Writing Workshop

September 12th
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Northwest Minnesota Foundation
201 3 rd  St. Bemidji, MN.
Fee:  $30 for MCN members / $65 for nonmembers
Register here
Weaving Community Together:
Artists Collaboration with Garcia-Gomez and Engebretson
Through September 28
This collaboration is interactive and all are welcome to participate. You can be a part of this exhibit by weaving on a community loom with Bruce, working in the studio with Luisa, playing with puzzles or adding to Luisa’s art installation.
R2AC with border
Andy Messerschmidt
Agroccult series
August 3 - September 28
Andy Messerschmidt’s ongoing Agroccult series is a body of over 900 landscape paintings depicting geomancy and the metaphoric stimulation of the Earth’s nervous system through the acupressure that is applied by the existence of humans. His bold colorful imagery is often done on large MDA panels. Set in the large gallery at the Nemeth Art Center, these pieces will fill the space with color and invite imagination.

Showcase Featured Artist

Charles Alberti has 99 paintings to hang for the September 6th opening. Every Friday some will be taken down and new ones hung during the month. All of the paintings will be priced from only $50 to $150 regardless of the size.

Creative Cafe
2nd Tuesday of the month

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Gallery North and guest artists will take you on a hands-on adventure into the arts. Come sip, nibble goodies, connect, and get creative. Choose an activity or come to hang out. No registration required, come join the fun. 
Make a Splash
Fall Kickoff

September 14

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Instructor showcase at 4:00 p.m.
Stop by to meet our music, art and chess teachers, try out all kinds of musical instruments, and learn about our music programs, art clubs, pottery, chess club, or parent-child music & art classes.
After School Art Clubs

Young Artist Club (K - 2nd)

Headwaters Art Club (3rd - 6th)

Teen Art Club (7th - 12th)

Existential Psychoanalysis (What is Life?)
by Tawnee Corning
Lakeview Gallery
August 9 - October 25
“Existential Psychoanalysis (What is Life)” is a series of portraits by Bemidji artist Tawnee Corning, with images of outer space and nature projected onto them to portray the feelings that come with the struggle of finding the meaning and purpose of one’s life.
Nibikaang - From the Water
Kaul / Miikanan Galleries
July 11 - September 22

Exhibit features work by artists living within the Mississippi Watershed, Great Lakes, or Red River of the North that explores their relationship to water.
Creating from Nature: Inspiration from the Landscape
BSU Harlow|Kleven Gallery
June 1 - September 14
The works presented were created by observations of the textures in nature, of light interacting with various land forms and other visual cues. By combining observations with the emotional connections of being in the landscape, the artist created pieces that speak to their experience. 
Ethnic Fest

September 7
Ethnic music, crafts, and cuisine from all around the world.

Walker, MN

North Country Arts & Crafts Workshop

September 10-12
Men and women of all ages are welcome to share high quality 
arts/crafts instruction, stimulating demonstrations, international 
foods menu, entertainment and great camaraderie in a scenic setting.
Register today!

At Concordia Language Villages

Art Leap
An “open studio event” featuring artists and guest artists, will offer 20 sites and feature more than 65 artists and musicians at studios and other locations in Hubbard, Becker and Wadena counties.

September 28 & 29

Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Recital

Jennifer Olson, soprano
Jenya Trubnikava, piano
Performing Schubert, Debussy, Barber, and Larsen

September 28th

Carl O. Thompson Recital Hall
Bangsberg Hall
Bemidji State University
Great American Story Logo
The Great American Story

A storytelling contest with a $1,000 prize.

September 28
7:00 pm

Calvary Lutheran Church
112 Park Ave S
Park Rapids, MN

Rural Arts and Culture Summit

October 3 - 5

Reif Center
Grand Rapids, MN

Opening reception and fashion show with R2AC Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellow, Delina White of I am Anishinaabe

October 3
6 - 10pm

Rapids Brewing
Whether you're an artist building your career, a community leader looking for ways to collaborate with your creative community, or an arts nonprofit leader wanting to strengthen your organization, there is something for you at the Rural Arts and Culture Summit.

Bush Fellowships
It's almost Bush Fellowship application time!

They will accept applications for the 2020 Bush Fellowship from September 24 - October 24

Request for Proposals
Park Rapids Public art opportunity

Park Rapids and Heartland Arts are requesting proposals for public art. A new mural will be painted on the south wall of a Downtown business. The stucco wall has recently been repaired and repainted creating a “blank canvas.”

BELT Magazine
LGBTQ Anthology
Deadline for submissions: Oct. 1
Belt Publishing is excited to announce an anthology of LGBTQ stories from the Midwest and Appalachia, to be published in Fall 2020. We plan to offer an honorarium to contributors, contingent on fundraising over the next year.

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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