Closing of our Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit is tomorrow!

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit Closes
Our offices will also be open tomorrow, Saturday December 8th, for our Closing Reception, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. There will be snacks and the Watermark Art Center will also be open. Artists can pick up their works of art after 4pm.

Mazinigwaaso She Stitches Fancy in the Miikanan Gallery at Watermark
This group show features both of our Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellows, Robyn Vanwert and Pamela Iceman, as well as the work of Cari Tabor. Robyn Vanwert and Pamela Iceman will be demonstrating their bead working techniques from 10:00 am-2:00 pm tomorrow.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council Meeting and Grant Review rescheduled
The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council will convene on Wednesday December 12th at 5:30 pm to conduct business and review and award Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants one week later than the originally scheduled December 5th meeting. This meeting is open to the public, in accordance with the guidelines of Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law, and will be held at the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji 56601, in the education studio across the hall from our offices.

Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant deadline is December 15th!

Grant Deadlines on the Horizon…
Spring Arts Access Grant due 01/15/19 is now open for applications!
Individual Artist Grant opens for application 01/01/19 and is due 02/15/19
Young Artist Grant opens for application 01/01/19 and is due 02/15/19

Cultural Traditions in the Arts Deadline is December 15

PrintCultural Traditions in the Arts Grant

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Maximum Award: $3,000 (25% Cash Match for equipment purchases only)

Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grants are open to non-profits, schools, government or tribal offices, or groups with a fiscal sponsor. These grants can support events and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions, including folk and traditional artists and arts organizations, represented in Minnesota.

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

Congratulations to the R2AC 2018-2019 Artist Fellows!

The Region 2 Arts Council is excited to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 Artist Fellowship, awarded to Bemidji-based painter Paula J. Swenson, and Bemidji State University poet and professor Dr. Carol Ann Russell.

Paula Swenson

After graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Paula Swenson struggled to find her own artistic voice. It took her many years, many workshops and many teachers. Around 1991 Swenson found her way to the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota. There she found support and fellowship and discovered not how to paint but how she paints. After finding a subject, Swenson researches that subject, gathers resource materials and meditates on what it all means. By using symbols and colors and shapes Swenson tells stories or portrays a landscape all the while being mindful of unintended  “happy accidents”. Stars turn into birds, trees into creatures, moons into fishing holes. Swenson calls her style Surrealistic for lack of a better term. In Swenson’s words “Mostly I want my paintings to make people happy, including me.”

Dr. Carol Ann Russell-Wething

Dr. Carol Ann Russell is the author of four books of poetry, including The Red Envelope (Florida 1985), Silver Dollar (New Mexico 1995), and Gypsy Taxi (Nebraska 2005). Russell was chosen to receive the 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award by St. Cloud State University, and has taught creative writing at Bemidji State University since 1988, where she is Professor of English. Russell’s poetry has been published in over a hundred literary journal and her poems have been included in more than 13 anthologies representing poets from Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, and the Pacific Northwest. Russell has received many grants, awards, and residencies including the Jerome Foundation, the American Academy in Rome and Villa Vergiliana, Italy, the Australian Centre at Melbourne University in Australia, Studium Scholar at St. Benedict’s Monastery, and the Ragdale Foundation. Poet Carol Ann Russell was elected to P.E.N. International in New York City in 1993.

Congratulations to Paula Swenson and Dr. Carol Ann Russell-Wething!

The Region 2 Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award is made possible through the generous support of the McKnight Foundation.

Upcoming R2AC Board Meeting & Holiday Greetings!

R2AC Board Meeting & Arts Learning Grant Review
Monday November 19th from 4:30pm to 8:00 pm
Arts Learning Grant Review will start at approximately 6:00 pm

All Region 2 Arts Council board meetings are open to the public, in accordance with the guidelines of Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month in the Watermark Art Center at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. at the education studio across the hall from our offices and all are welcome stop in to attend (or leave) any time during the meeting and/or grant review.

Happy Thanksgiving!
R2AC offices will be closed Thursday 11/22/18 and Friday 11/23/18 to celebrate the holiday. We will be wishing you good food, safe travel, warmth in the cold weather, and lots of heartfelt memories made with family and friends.

Check out what is happening at R2AC!

Opening Reception tonight at the Miikanan Gallery from 5:00-7:00 pm
Mazinigwaaso She Stitches Fancy will be showing in the Miikanan Gallery in the Watermark Art Center from tonight, Nov. 9th, through Dec. 23rd. This group show features both of our AAI Fellows, Robyn Vanwert and Pamela Iceman, as well as the work of Cari Tabor. It is an incredibly beautiful show – don’t miss it!

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit travels from Mahnomen to Bemidji
Our offices will also be open tonight, Nov. 9th, from 5-7 pm, featuring the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit. This exhibit will be open whenever our office is open, M-F 9am-5pm, but it is only here until December 8th! If you missed the opening reception at Gizhiigin, you can come to our Closing Reception on December 8, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. There will be food and fabulous art – what could be better?

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council Meeting and Grant Review rescheduled
The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council will convene on Wednesday December 12th at 5:30 pm to conduct business and review and award Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants one week later than the originally scheduled December 5th meeting. This meeting is open to the public, in accordance with the guidelines of Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law, and will be held at the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji 56601, in the education studio across the hall from our offices.

Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant deadline extended to December 15
Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant applications were originally due on November 15, 2018, but because we were late getting the grant open for online applications we have decided to give applicants a whole extra month to apply!

Grant Deadlines on the Horizon…
Spring Arts Access Grant opens for application 12/01/18 and is due 01/15/19
Individual Artist Grant opens for application 01/01/19 and is due 02/15/19
Young Artist Grant opens for application 01/01/19 and is due 02/15/19

R2AC Artist Panel Review and Grant Deadlines Coming Soon

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – R2AC Artist Fellowship Panel Review – 12:30-4:30 pm
The review is open to the public, in accordance with the guidelines of Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law, and will be in the Watermark Art Center at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. at the education studio across the hall from our offices.

Thursday, November 1, 2018Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant applications are due. (Paper applications must be postmarked by November 1st to be eligible)

Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant deadline has been extended to December 15!
Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant applications were originally due on November 15, 2018, but because we were late getting the grant open for online applications we have decided give applicants a whole extra month to apply!

R2AC Happenings – Board meetings, grants and more

All Region 2 Arts Council board meeting are open to the public, in accordance with the guidelines of Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month in the Watermark Art Center at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. at the education studio across the hall from our offices. Please note that today’s meeting begins later than usual. We encourage you to attend anytime.

Monday, October 15, 2018 R2AC Board Meeting (starts later than usual at 5:30 p.m.)
Business Meeting.

Monday, October 15, 2018Arts Learning Grant applications are due by 11:59 p.m. tonight!

Monday, October 22, 2018 – Grant Opportunities for Native Artists, Information Session 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Ponemah Boys and Girls Club (rescheduled due to weather – apologies for anyone who did not receive the notice in time).

Thursday, November 1, 2018Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant applications are due soon.