Economic Impact of the Arts Report: Release on March 5

logoThe 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!

Funds to Attend the Rural Arts & Culture Summit Available!

RACsummitlogoThis 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!

 

March 5: The Creative Minnesota Report Reveal in Bemidji

logoThe public is invited to join Region 2 Arts Council 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!

It’s Arts Advocacy Day! Region 2 Arts Council Office Will Be Closed 2/18 – 2/19

image005We are attending Arts Advocacy Day at the capitol in St. Paul.  Every year Region 2 Arts Council staff travel to the State Capitol to meet with Minnesota legislators.  We want to let our decision makers know how important Arts Legacy funding is to our communities.

We will be back in the office on Friday, February 19.

Terri, Holly, and Laura

To see our schedule, click here: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/events/advocacyday/ad2015/aboutartsadvocacy/

Feb. 19: R2AC will be at Arts Advocacy Day

0-95293830-3693768On February 19th, R2AC staff will be joining other arts advocates at the State Capitol to share snapshots and stories of the amazingly creative work our artists and organizations are bringing to our communities through the support of Legacy funding.

We want to thank our legislators for supporting the arts.  We also want to thank YOU for doing the work.

Thank you!

P.S. Let us know if you’d like to attend Arts Advocacy Day with us!  We are happy to carpool. Contact staff@r2arts.org

Official Registration Form Here:  http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/events/advocacyday/

Region 2 Arts Council Grant Deadlines in 2015

Don’t MIss These 2015 Grant Deadlines!

Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant – January 14, 2015. Individual artists, schools, non-profit organizations, government offices, community ed programs are eligible to apply. Individual artists may request up to $3000. All others may request up to $6000.

Individual Artist Grant – February 5, 2015. One deadline only this year! Applicants may request up to $2000.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant – March 5, 2015. Enrolled tribal members and their descendents may request up to $1000. This grant is open to native artists residing in the five counties of Region 2 Arts Council as well as those residing in nearby Roseau, Itasca, Becker, and Cass counties.

Arts Project Grant - March 12, 2015.
Open to schools, government offices, community ed programs, and non-profit organizations. Applicants may request up to $2500.

Application forms are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN and on our website, r2arts.org.

Call 751-5447 / toll free 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for assistance.