Introducing the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship for Native American Artists

Award Amount: $5,000

Deadline: March 1, 2017 by 11:59 pm

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellowship provides unfettered funding to an individual Native American artist to fuel his or her art. Artists need to be at least 18 years old, have at least 5 years of experience in their art form, and reside in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, or Itasca county in Minnesota to be eligible to apply.

The goal of the AAI Fellowship Program is to award substantial financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences that facilitate advancement in the artist’s art form. One $5,000 award will be granted yearly. Each Fellow’s artwork will be featured in R2AC’s annual AAI exhibit.

Click the login button above to create an account and access the online grant application. For more information call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or toll-free at 800-275-5447. You can also email us at with any questions.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Deadline: February 15, 2017

PrintDoes your non-profit organization, school, community ed program, government or tribal office have plans to bring arts programming to the residents of our five-county region?

Have you considered applying for an Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant for funding support?

Create a login at and begin your Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant application today!

Through our Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant program, your organization may apply for and receive up to $6000 for arts programming in Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Clearwater, and Beltrami Counties.

R2AC staff is prepared to support you in the application process.  Just email, call us at 218 751-5447, or stop by  our office at 303 Railroad Street SW in Bemidji.

We are looking forward to hearing from you, and continuing to support the arts in our communities.

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


Region 2 Arts Council Office Closed on January 24th & 25th

Our office will be closed Tuesday & Wednesday of this week so staff can participate in “Beyond Diversity” professional development training sponsored by Bemidji Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Initiative; Peacemaker Resources; With funding from the Blandin Foundation and Carolyn F. Jacobs Culture and Humanity Fund. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will be checking email and phone messages while we are out. Thank you!

Closed for the Holidays

pbchristmasjoyThe Region 2 Arts Council office will be:

Closed: Mon. December 26 & Tues. December 27

Open: Wed. December 28 to Fri. December 30

Closed: Mon. January 2nd.

Keep these dates in mind if you are planning to stop in for help with your Individual Artist or Small Towns grant applications due on January 15th. Also remember we are here for you via phone & email when “the weather outside is frightful” if you have questions.

We wish you all safe and happy holidays full of good cheer and fun creative opportunities.


Grant Information Sessions

Help with Writing Grant Applications

for Individual Artist Grant (IAG) and Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant (ACHT)

Join us to learn about the on-line grant application process, tips for your artist statement, work sample guidelines, and completing a budget.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines:

Individual Artist Grant (IAG)

Deadline: January 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm

Maximum Award: $2,000

Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant for Small Towns (ACHT)

Deadline: January 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm

Maximum Award: $6,000


Info Sessions:


Thursday, January 5

5 – 7 p.m. (IAG)

Meeting Room, Bemidji Public Library

509 America Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601

Park Rapids:

Friday, January 6

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (IAG)

Meeting Room, Coldwell Banker

101 Main Ave S, Park Rapids, MN 56470


Monday, January 9

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (ACHT)

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (IAG)

Depot Preservation Alliance

Baudette, MN 56623

(218) 590-6407

Drop-In Sessions at Region 2 Arts Council Office (IAG or ACHT)

Wednesday, December 14 10 am – 2 pm

Wednesday, January 4 10 am –  2 pm

Open to artists and organizations in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties. Applications are available online at For more information, or with questions, call 218-751-5447 or toll-free at 800-275-5447. You can also email or stop in our office weekdays 9 – 5 to discuss project ideas.

Region 2 Arts Council, 303 Railroad St SW, Bemidji MN 56601