Grant Recipients

The following art programs were funded by Region 2 Arts Council in November:
Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants for Schools
Bemidji Middle School received $2,800 to fund William Durbin, acclaimed Minnesota author, to teach 325 students in sixth grade at Bemidji Middle School short story elements in historical creative writing.
Lake of the Woods High School was awarded $3,000 to take students on a field trip to the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis to view a production of Wicked, have a tour of the Orpheum, and to visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Red Lake Middle School received $3,000 to bring two Native American artists to the school to do a residency which will teach self-expression of inner-voice to students through the creation of spoken word and music pieces.
Arts Project Grants
Bagley Area Arts Collaborative received $1,829 to host a three-day plein air painting workshop with Arna Rennan in August 2017.
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra was awarded $2,500 to present the concert “Cinematic Legends,” a family-friendly concert featuring well-known film scores from Hollywood movies.
Farm By The Lake received $2,420 to host six storytellers in January, February, and March. This project will culminate with a workshop class to instruct participants to write their own stories.
Nemeth Art Center was awarded $2,500 to host an exhibit by artists David & Mathieu Ruhlman.
Nemeth Art Center received $2,500 to host exhibits by artists David Linder, Adam McCauley, Gail Katz-James and Lowell Wolff.   

Pequana Playhouse was awarded $1,640 to provide a variety show for community members to enjoy, and in which to participate.


Congratulations to all our applicants on making arts thrive in the region!

LouAnn Muhm and Mary Therese Named Region 2 Arts Council’s 2016-2017 Artist Fellows

On October 8, 2016, a committee consisting of Region 2 Arts Council board members and established community artists convened to review 9 applications for the Artist Fellowship award. After discussion and review of each applicant’s artistic quality, merit, and project proposal, poet LouAnn Muhm of Park Rapids and painter Mary Therese of Bemidji were named 2016-2017 Artist Fellows.

louann-muhm-headshot-2015 LouAnn Muhm has been a practicing poet for 25 years. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and her book of poems, Breaking the Glass (Loonfeather Press), was a finalist for the 2009 Midwest Book Award in Poetry. In addition to being a poet, Muhm is a teacher and a scholar, having recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry. As a 2016-2017 Artist Fellow, Muhm’s plans focus on reading, writing, and researching- working toward the completion of a new body of work.


marytherese-2016Mary Therese is a full-time painter, and has been working with a variety of mediums in her career as an artist. She paints interior and exterior murals, and has lead many community members in the creation of public art projects. Therese expresses herself in acrylic and watercolor paintings as well as surface designing fabric to be worn or displayed. Her paintings have been exhibited both locally and internationally. As a 2016-2017 Artist Fellow, Therese plans to spend time creating large-scale batik paintings, with subjects drawn from her environment and travel experiences.

The Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank each of the Artist Fellowship applicants and congratulate LouAnn Muhm and Mary Therese as the 2016-2017 Artist Fellows!



Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Deadline November 2, 2016.

Maximum Award: $1,000

Deadline: November 2, 2016 by 11:59 pm

Open to Native American artists in all arts disciplines residing in the following counties: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, or Roseau.

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. Both contemporary and traditional arts, such as beading and regalia making, are considered for funding. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Applications are available online at  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

Miigwech to McKnight Foundation for funding this grant.

Arts Project Grants and Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants for Schools are now open for applications!

Create a login to apply for the R2AC Arts Project Grant or the Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant for Schools by October 15, 2016.

The Arts Project Grant offers funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to arts performances or exhibitions, public art projects, arts workshops or festivals, or artists-in-residence at schools or at local community centers. Non-profits, schools, government or tribal offices, community education programs, or arts-focused groups with a fiscal sponsor can apply for up to $2,500. Additionally, arts organizations, such as community theater groups, art centers, community chorales/bands/orchestras, etc. may also apply to fund consultation projects in board development, fiscal management, fundraising, public relations, audience development, or assistance in designing arts programming.

The Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant for Schools offers funding for costs associated with arts performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, public art projects, artists-in-residence, and other arts projects. Public schools, charter schools, or community education programs can apply for grants up to $3,000 with no cash match needed! So contact your local teachers, school administrators, school board members, community education directors, or parent-teacher organizations and encourage them to apply to fund some terrific arts projects in your community.

Funded arts projects must benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties. Contact your friendly Grants Manager, Holly Alcott, if you have any questions about these grant programs or your eligibility to apply.

R2AC Quick Grants are finally open for applications!

Create a login to apply for R2AC Quick Grants for Individual Artists or Organizations by September 15, 2016. 

These grants offer funding for workshops, conferences and training opportunities, or to provide funding for arts projects or activities that have not been previously funded by R2AC. Organizations may apply for up to $1,000 and Individual Artists can apply for up to $500 to fund arts opportunities or activities that would be completed within six months of the grant award date.

Click here for more information on the FY17 R2AC Ouick Grants for Individual Artists.

Click here for more information on the FY17 R2AC Ouick Grants for Organizations.

If you are interested in applying for the FY17 R2AC Artist Fellowship ($6,000) for established local artists that has the same September 15th due date, click here!

R2AC Fellowship Award Applications Available

Create a login at to apply for the R2AC Artist Fellowship Award by September 15, 2016. 

An eligible artist applicant must be a resident of Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, or Clearwater County, 21 years of age or older, and must have a history of sustained accomplishment in his or her chosen artistic field over a period of at least five years.

This year, applicants for the Fellowship are asked to provide the following:

  • recent work samples
  • an artist statement and resume
  • a description of the ways in which the artist plans to develop his or her art during the 18 months of the Fellowship

If you are an artist who is familiar with the Region 2 Arts Council Fellowship from past years, please note that our application guidelines have changed.

The 2 R2AC Artist Fellows will each receive $6000 of unfettered funds to support their artists’ lives and artistic work during their time as R2AC Artist Fellows.

Click here for more information on the FY17 R2AC Fellowship program.