Northern Arts News, June 2015

We hope you will take some time to read the June 2015 edition of Northern Arts News!

Highlights include

  • Region 2 Arts Council seeks a Lake of the Woods County Board representative
  • June 5 Davidson at 80: a Retrospective showing the work of artist Marlon Davidson opens at the Watermark Art Center
  • June 5 R2AC Board Chair and author Justin Holley’s book release
  • June 6  Shaynowishkung Statue Dedication in Bemidji’s Library Park
  • Grant deadline list for 2015-2016 released
  • June 13 Photographing Your Artwork with Cal Rice in Baudette

Read Northern Arts News and stay in touch with the arts in our region!


April 27: PlaceBase Productions is Facilitating a Story Swap in Bemidji


Artists, directors, performers, arts organizers, crafts people, gallery owners, teachers, and all-around arts appreciators:  Let your voice be heard!

PlaceBase Productions is gathering stories about arts successes, challenges, and hopes for the future in four communities around the state.  The collected stories will take on a new life in an original theater production premiering at the Rural Arts and Culture Summit.

The Story Swap is coming to the Rail River Folk School at 303 Rail Road Street in Bemidji on Monday, April 27 from 5:30 – 8:00.  This event is free and open to the public.  It will include a locally catered meal, thanks to the Rural Arts and Culture Summit committee!

Register HERE:

How-To Training with Mn Artists: April 16

picture-492-1414103641Artists, enhance your online presence! Learn how to make the most of the NEW, completely redesigned website.

This workshop will be facilitated by Mn Artists’ staff. It is free and open to the public.  Contact Region 2 Arts Council today to register: / 218.751.5447

Location: Bemidji High School Computer Lab
Date:Thursday April 16, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
RSVP: 4/14/15.

April 8 Workshop: Clear up the Fog about Artist Residencies: A Simple Framework

Teachers, artists, administrators & program directors: this workshop is for you!

Margaret Burger is a local artist who has made art with kids of all ages in schools, clubs, libraries, and at festivals. Through trial, error, and trouble-shooting, she’s come up with a simple framework and a series of handouts that help make artist residency procedures and processes clearer for teachers, artists, administrators, and program directors. If you are interested in having an artist work with your students, or if you are an artist interested in residencies, this workshop is for you. Wednesday, April 8 from 6:15-7:45 p.m. at The Fireside Grill and Patio in Bagley on Hwy 2. RSVP with Region 2 Arts Council by 4/6/15. Call 218-751-5447 or email This workshop is free and open to the public.

Something for Everyone! April’s Professional Development Line-Up

Take advantage of these professional development opportunities for artists, arts organizations, and arts-interested!  The workshops are free, open to the public, and coming up soon. Contact us to register for one or more of these workshops! / 218-751-5447.

April 8:  Building an Artist Residency with Margaret Burger: Let’s talk Nuts and Bolts: and Paperwork and Plans! How do artists put this together? What do teachers need to know when choosing to partner with artists? Artists, Teachers, School Administrators, Community Ed Program Coordinators and anyone planning an artist residency for your organization will benefit from this workshop!
Fireside Restaurant in Bagely.  6:15-8:00 p.m.

April 11:  Financial Assessment and Planning for Small Arts Organizations. Phil Hatlie from the Non-Profit Assistance Fund as facilitator. At this interactive training designed specifically for small arts organizations, Nonprofits Assistance Fund will teach arts organizations to:

  • Read key financial reports including the balance sheet and income statement
  • Understand the accounting rules governing restricted funds
  • Clarify financial roles and responsibilities
  • Use trends to get a picture of your organization’s future
  • Recognize the components of business models in your organization and how they work together
  • Communicate your financial position in a way that accurately tells your organization’s story.
    If your organization has completed the Cultural Data Project (CDP) to demonstrate these financial concepts, please bring copies of your trend reports). 9 a.m.- noon at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Avenue in Bemidji.

April 16: Website How-To Workshop. Artists, enhance your online presence!  Be the first to learn how to make the most of the NEW, completely redesigned website. Tentatively planned for Bemidji High School Computer Lab, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

April 27: Join Place-Based Productions for a Story Swap. Artists, Community Leaders, Partners and Neighbors!  Here is an invitation to join Region 2 Arts Council and PlaceBase Productions in Bemidji for a unique opportunity to learn, reflect, and celebrate the arts in northern Minnesota. PlaceBase Productions is gathering stories and from this engagement process, Ashley and Andrew will use these “stories from the field” to create an original theater performance to be performed at the Rural Arts and Culture Summit in June. We re one of the four communities in the entire state to participate in this process, and we need your voice! Please join us at Rail River Folk School on 303 Rail Road Street in Bemidji from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. (and there will be food! A free, catered meal from a local restaurant).

Work of Art Workshops in Bemidji and Park Rapids

Work of Art Logo-print-cmyk-2014Artists: Please join Springboard for the Arts’ Artist Trainer Naomi Schliesman on March 10th & 11th for one or both of the following professional development workshops.

March 10 in Bemidji: Record Keeping and Financial Management

How does your actual income compare with your desired income?  Learn how Budgets and Cash Flow Statements help you plan for profit (it isn’t just whatever is left at the end.) Making accurate projections about what to expect allows you to plan for it and to prosper. When: Tuesday, March 10, 2015. 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Rail River Folk School, 303 Rail Road Street SW, Bemidji.

March 11th in Park Rapids: Legal Considerations for Artists

From protecting your intellectual property to choosing a legal form for your artistic business, an understanding of underlying legal principles will help you make smarter choices. This session centers on information about copyrights and contract basics regarding selling and licensing your work, as well as getting into business.
When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015. 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Coldwell Banker, 101 Main Street S., Park Rapids

Both are free and open to the public. Call 218 751-5447 or email by 3/9/15 to register.