Announcing our 2021 AAI Fellow

The Region 2 Arts Council is excited to announce their recipient of the 2021 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellowship, awarded to multi-genre artist Karen Goulet.

Karen Goulet is a Multi-Media Artist who continuously moves between creative genres. She comes from people who are makers of beauty and possibility, informed by a worldview that has been influenced by culture, complex histories, and personal experiences. Of her work she states, “Color is my muse. Whether I am using paint or thread I pay attention to nuances and energy that a color brings to the artwork. I have progressed my technical skills over the years. I have had to learn the ‘right way’ to do things in order to bend and shape things into my own voice. I make work that honors who I am from as I fill my need to make new visual stories. As a contemporary Indigenous artist I draw inspiration from cultural aesthetics, history, and place. I use techniques and methods that have been passed on to me as well as explore new media that will enhance the voice in my work. The traditional items I make for gifts inspire and help to inform my approach to paint, paper canvas and other materials that I incorporate into my art. I constantly explore what is possible through use of various materials, and I see it as a means to continuing our stories.”

Click here to learn more about the AAI Fellowship

The AAI Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation, and aims to assist the region’s most talented Native American artists in their work by awarding financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences. This award is for Native American artists residing in Minnesota’s Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties.

Creative Support for Individuals & Organizations

Creative Support for Individuals
Maximum Award: $6,000

Two application deadlines:
June 4 by 4:30 p.m.
August 6 by 4:30 p.m.
Creative Support for Organizations
Maximum Award: $25,000

Two application deadlines:
June 25 by 4:30 p.m.
October 1 by 4:30 p.m

These grants are flexible and meant to help artists and culture bearers adapt to a changing and challenging environment in which to work. By using their creativity and connection to community, this grant program will help Minnesota artists and culture bearers maintain their visibility and financial sustainability.

Grantees will be able to use funds to sustain their practice and stay relevant and connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future.
These grants are designed to support arts organizations, and nonarts organizations that regularly offer arts programming, as they rebuild, reimagine, and continue to adapt their arts programming in response to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic.

Grantees will be able to determine how best to use funds to stay connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities that participate in their regular arts programming.

Funding opportunities!

Reminder: Arts Project Grant and Young Artist Grant applications are due May 15!

Creative Support for Individuals
Maximum Award: $6,000

Two application deadlines:
June 4 by 4:30 p.m.
August 6 by 4:30 p.m.
Creative Support for Organizations
Maximum Award: $25,000

Two application deadlines:
June 25 by 4:30 p.m.
October 1 by 4:30 p.m

These grants are flexible and meant to help artists and culture bearers adapt to a changing and challenging environment in which to work. By using their creativity and connection to community, this grant program will help Minnesota artists and culture bearers maintain their visibility and financial sustainability.

Grantees will be able to use funds to sustain their practice and stay relevant and connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future.
These grants are designed to support arts organizations, and nonarts organizations that regularly offer arts programming, as they rebuild, reimagine, and continue to adapt their arts programming in response to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic.

Grantees will be able to determine how best to use funds to stay connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities that participate in their regular arts programming.

Applications are now open!

We just opened two new application rounds.
See below for details.

The Arts Project Grant is a project-based grant open to non-profits, public and charter schools*, community education programs, arts organizations, institutions of higher learning, government and tribal entities, and groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor.
*Parochial schools are ineligible

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021
Maximum Award: $2,500 (no cash match required)
Earliest Start Date: June 21, 2021

These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs associated with public art, arts festivals, engagement of guest artists, arts field trips, workshops, exhibitions, presentations, or performances.

Region 2 Arts Council Arts Project Grants are made possible by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund

The Young Artist Grant program is for 8th-12th grade students who have a strong interest in the arts and reside in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties. Students who are singers, musicians, writers, media artists, performers, visual artists and craftspeople are welcome to apply!
Grant recipients are reimbursed up to $600 for costs associated with arts instruction/mentorship, arts classes/camps/workshops in the state of Minnesota, and some related travel expenses or materials.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021
Maximum Award: $600
Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2021
Mandatory End Date: April 1, 2022

Region 2 Arts Council Young Artist Grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

You are invited…

As an arts/culture organization located in Beltrami, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen and Hubbard counties, we invite you to join us for a unique learning opportunity facilitated by Julie Bates MacGillis, of Julie Bates MacGillis Consulting.

Equity as Action is a workshop series that supports you to:

  • Think about equity within your organizations, decision-making, and work
  • Explore ways of connecting values to actions
  • Apply a few of these ideas right away!

All workshops are held via Zoom

Workshop #1: APRIL 22 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Equity as Action: What do we DO differently to become more equitable and inclusive?

Participants will:

  • Learn ways to turn priorities and commitments into actions
  • Determine what is a good next step in equity/inclusion
  • Make decisions on where to go from here

**Serves as pre-requisite to Workshops 2 & 3

Email us to register or call us!

218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447

REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO APRIL 15

We encourage more than one participant from each organization to attend

Funding for this series is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

 

AAI Fellowship applications are due April 1

Maximum Award: One $5,000 award
Earliest Start Date: May 14, 2021

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship provides unfettered funding to one individual Native American artist to fuel his/her art in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties in Minnesota.

Applications and details are available online at r2arts.org

Is this your first time applying?
Create a log in and apply online

Questions? More Information? Support?
218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447 / staff@r2arts.org

It’s happening today!

Join Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) staff for a presentation outlining R2AC’s Biennial Plan for Fiscal Years 2022 & 2023, including:

  • Community needs assessment results
  • Upcoming priorities and intended outcomes
  • Grant and non-grant programs and services
  • Grant deadlines
  • Preliminary 2-year budget for R2AC

OR contact us directly: staff@r2arts.org / 218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447
PLEASE JOIN US!

Region 2 Arts Council FY22-23 Biennial Plan Draft
CLICK HERE TO VIEW

March 25 Public Meeting

CLICK HERE TO VIEW Region 2 Arts Council FY22-23 Biennial Plan Draft


The correct date for this public meeting via Zoom is March 25 (4:00 pm)

Join Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) staff for a presentation outlining R2AC’s Biennial Plan for Fiscal Years 2022 & 2023, including:

  • Community needs assessment results
  • Upcoming priorities and intended outcomes
  • Grant and non-grant programs and services
  • Grant deadlines
  • Preliminary 2-year budget for R2AC

Attendees at the public meeting can learn about the plan, ask questions, and make comments before it is submitted to the Minnesota State Arts Board and Forum of Regional Arts Council Arts Advisory Committee for review and approval.