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! staff@r2arts.org / 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.
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    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).

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 staff@r2arts.org by 3/9/15 to register.

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/