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: http://goo.gl/forms/wYEUE4v5Xu
Artists, enhance your online presence! Learn how to make the most of the NEW, completely redesigned mnartists.org 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: email@example.com / 218.751.5447
Location: Bemidji High School Computer Lab
Date:Thursday April 16, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This workshop is free and open to the public.
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! email@example.com / 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: Mnartists.org Website How-To Workshop. Artists, enhance your online presence! Be the first to learn how to make the most of the NEW, completely redesigned MnArtists.org 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).
Artists: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 3/9/15 to register.
The public is invited to join Region 2 Arts Council on Thursday March 5 in welcoming Sheila Smith, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, for the release of the Creative Minnesota Report!
The Creative Minnesota Report is a snapshot of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. It documents the impact that the nonprofit arts and culture sector are having on our state and regional economy. We will hear specifically about the results of the report which relate directly to the five counties of Region 2: Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Clearwater.
Date: March 5, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji.
Jobs created, the spending of local vs. non-local attendees at arts events, nonprofit arts and culture organizational budgets, and artist employee levels were measured. A total of 1,269 arts and culture organizations from all corners of the state and 39 nonprofit arts and culture organizations in North Central Minnesota participated in this study.
This is the most comprehensive report ever done in the state of Minnesota about the arts and culture sector’s health and economic impact.
See you on March 5!
This program is designed to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas for local artists and arts organizations from the region by providing financial assistance to attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit in Morris, MN – June 2-4, 2015. To encourage participation, R2AC will distribute limited funds to defray the costs of travel, lodging, and registration to attend the Summit. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement after the Summit, upon the submission of a final report and receipts.
The Summit will gather artists, art organizations, rural-centric organizations, and community and economic development leaders to learn about creative people and places that have built their stories “from the ground up”. People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures and to celebrate the artistic process as a powerful symbol and tool for strong, vibrant communities.
Any individual, 18 years or older, residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties who is interested in building community through the arts may apply. Apply early, as the funding is limited. Applications must be received by R2AC by April 6th at 5pm! Get your application NOW!