Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship Deadline Upcoming!

Maximum Award: $5,000
Deadline: March 1, 2018 by 11:59 pm

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation to provide unfettered funding to two individual Native American artists to fuel their art in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties in Minnesota.

The goal of the annual Region 2 Arts Council AAI Fellowship Program is to assist the region’s most talented Native American artists in furthering and innovating their work by awarding substantial financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences that facilitate depth and advancement in their art form.

Two $5,000 awards will be granted in 2018.  The funds can be used for, but not limited to:

  • Exploring new directions or continuing work in progress
  • Production costs, materials, or equipment
  • Collaborative or community projects
  • Travel, research or study to further your art

Applications are available online at r2arts.org

For more information, or with questions, call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or toll-free at 800-275-5447. You can also email us at staff@r2arts.org
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Upcoming Board Meetings and Reviews

January 22:

Region 2 Arts Council’s Board of Directors will meet via phone-conference at 4:30 pm. They will review the Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant applications at 5:15, and interested applicants may join the Region 2 staff in our office to witness the review process. We are located at 505 Bemidji Ave N, in Bemidji.

February 1:

Our Board of Directors will meet in the Education Room at Watermark Art Center (505 Bemidji Ave N) for a business meeting at 5:00 pm. They will review the Individual Artist Grant applications at 6:00 pm, and interested applicants may join the meeting to listen in on the review.

February 12:

The Board of Directors will meet at 4:30 in the Education Room at Watermark Art Center (505 Bemidji Ave N), and will be reviewing the Arts Access Grant applications at 5:30 pm. If you’d like to witness the review process, you may join us.

2 Grants / 1 Deadline! January 15, 2018

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Arts Access Grants
Maximum Award: $6,000
Deadline:
 January 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm
Review Date: February 12, 2018
Earliest Start Date: February 26, 2018

Arts organizations, non-profit organizations, schools, community education programs, institutions of higher learning, local city, town, and county government and tribal offices, and groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor located within Minnesota’s Region 2 counties are invited to apply for up to $6,000 through the Region 2 Arts Council Arts Access grant program. Arts Access grants support the creation, production, and presentation of high-quality arts activities and projects that benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties.  Would your organization like to enhance community and public life in our region through the arts? Start your online application today! https://r2arts.org/arts-grants-for-organizations/arts-access-grants/

This Arts Access Grant Program is made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Individual Artist Grants
Maximum Award: $2,000
Deadline:
 January 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm
Review Date: February 12, 2018
Earliest Start Date: February 26, 2018

The R2AC Individual Artist Grant Program, made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation, provides financial assistance to artists in any art discipline or in any stage of their career as an artist. This grant offers funding for project costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. https://r2arts.org/arts-grants-for-individuals/artist-grants/

Joy!

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The Region 2 Arts Council Staff and Board of Directors would like to wish everyone a joyous holiday season!

Our office will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26.  We will also be closed on New Years Day.

 

 

The Individual Artist Grant Deadline is Approaching!

Individual Artist Grant Application Deadline is January 15, 2018

The R2AC Individual Artist Grant Program, made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation, provides financial assistance to artists in any art discipline or in any stage of their career as an artist. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities.
Artists can apply for up to $2,000 in grant funds.
 

Drop-In Information Sessions at our office:

We will have two Drop-In Dates dedicated to supporting you in applying for an Individual Artist Grant. We have iPads available for you to fill out your grant application, or you can bring your laptop.
December 12 at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 – 6:30 pm
December 14 at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Region 2 Arts Council
505 Bemidji Ave. N
Bemidji, MN 56601
Website: r2arts.org

Presenting the 2017-2018 Artist Fellows

On October 28, 2017, a committee consisting of Region 2 Arts Council board members and established community artists convened to review 8 applications for the Artist Fellowship award.

After discussion and review of each applicant’s artistic quality, merit, and project proposal, basketry artist Shannon Lucas-Westrum of Bemidji and watercolorist and collage artist Kelli Lien of Bemidji were named 2017-2018 Artist Fellows.

Shannon Lucas-Westrum is an artist who specializes in weaving baskets that incorporate natural elements into unique shapes. She has been weaving since 2000, taking traditional weaving styles and merging them to form pieces that are both functional and sculptural. She occasionally teaches beginner workshops in weaving and jewelry making in her Bemidji Studio. Her work can be seen during the annual American Craft Council Show in St. Paul, the First City of Arts Studio Cruise in Bemidji, in regional galleries, and in her home studio by appointment. ShannonLucas-Westrum2018Fellow.jpeg
As a 2017-2018 Artist Fellow, Shannon has been accepted for an artist residency at Shankill Castle near Kilkenney, Ireland. From there she plans to travel to Galway to work with traditional master basket weaver Joe Hogan and his son Ciaren who is also an internationally recognized basket weaver. When she returns to Bemidji she plans to create contemporary baskets utilizing the traditional techniques and designs she encountered in Ireland made with locally cultivated materials, and plans an exhibition of her new baskets next year.

Kelli Lien has 20 years of experience working in watercolor and is a Signature Member of the Red River Watercolor Society. Her paintings have won top awards at national and regional shows, and her collages have been accepted into juried shows and will be included in the National Collage Society’s Calendar for 2018. Kelli has taught a variety of art-related classes at elementary schools, senior centers, and at the Rapid City fine arts center when she lived in South Dakota. Currently, some of her recent art can be found at Wings’n Willows Art Gallery, in Grand Rapids. kellilien2018fellow.jpeg
As a 2017-2018 Artist Fellow, Kelli’s plans focus on upgrading her studio, creating a new website to market her art, and producing new work. She wants to explore acrylic painting and abstraction and to have more time to focus on creating new collages and watercolors. She also hopes to connect with the community through teaching workshops, attending arts classes, being more involved in artist groups, and continuing exhibiting throughout the region.

The Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank each of the Artist Fellowship applicants and congratulate Shannon Lucas-Westrum and Kelli Lien as the 2017-2018 Artist Fellows!