R2AC Listening Session for Hubbard County is this Thursday!

Thursday, January 24, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Park Rapids Area Library
210 W. First Street
Park Rapids MN

Come and share your thoughts, ideas, and aspirations about the arts in your community. Whether you are an artist yourself, a supporter of the arts, or a concerned member of the public, your input matters. Light snacks provided.

This meeting is open to the public.
Please join us! Bring friends, neighbors, and colleagues!

Individual Artist and Young Artist Grant Applications are now online

Individual Artist Grant applications are due February 15, 2019.
Maximum Award is $2,000
Open to artists in all disciplines.

Young Artist Grant applications are due February 15, 2019.
Maximum Award is $600
Open to 8th – 12th grade students who have a strong interest in the arts.Students who are singers, musicians, writers, media artists, performers, visual artists and craftspeople are welcome to apply!

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants Awarded in Region 2

On December 12, 2018, the Region 2 Arts Council awarded $6,907 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program which is governed by the AAI Council. Monies awarded are for arts activities related to its mission of supporting, maintaining, and promoting traditional and contemporary Native American arts in North Central Minnesota.

Grant recipients include:
Todd Jourdain from Red Lake received $1,000 to purchase an airbrush, paints, and canvas to create mixed media works on canvas.

Katie Sandberg from Detroit Lakes received $937 to purchase artist’s supplies to create inventory, and to cover framing and other costs associated with displaying her paintings.

Flora Jones from Red Lake received $1,000 to purchase materials and supplies to make star quilts and to continue teaching others how to sew and make star quilts.

Nick Robinson from Cass Lake received $870 to purchase tools and materials to create “Breaking Thru Addiction,” a series of works in wood.

Deanna Croaker from Cass Lake received $1,000 to purchase a sewing machine, material, and supplies to design and create three 60″ x 60″ traditional and contemporary style star quilts.

Neegonee Brunner from Ponsford received $1,000 to purchase beads, fabric, and a sewing machine to create regalia.

Kristine Nelson from Red Lake received $600 to develop her own style of beadwork and create original designs for medallions, lanyards, and hoop earrings, in flat stitch as well as peyote style chains.

Albert Brunner from Ponsford received $500 to purchase tools and wood to create sculptures, pipes, and traditional wooden flutes.

The AAI grants program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

Current AAI Council members are Debra Warren, Delana Smith, Mary Guardipee, Mary Ringhand, David Ben White, Genny Lowry, Bernice Mitchell-Diver, and Larry Vanwert.

Spring Arts Access Grant Applications due January 15, 2019

The Arts Access Grant is open to non-profits, schools, government or tribal offices, or groups with fiscal sponsor. These grants can support creation, production, and presentation of high-quality arts activities, as well as projects that help overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities, and projects that help instill the arts into the community and public life in our region. Maximum Grant Award is $6,000 (20% Cash Match required; 25% Match on equipment purchases).

Arts Access Grant application deadline is Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Don’t wait! Apply today!

On  the horizon:

Friday, February 15, 2019: Young Artist Grant application deadline (these grants are for 8th through 12th grade students)

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

And for Individual Artists beyond 12th grade…

Friday, February 15, 2019: Individual Artist Grant application deadline (Maximum request is $2,000)

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



Arts Learning Grant Recipients Awarded in Region 2

On November 19, 2018, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors granted $22,903 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to arts organizations, groups with a fiscal sponsor, schools and non-profit institutions and organizations. These grants support high-quality arts education that develops knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts for the benefit of Minnesotans of all ages across our five-county region.

The grant recipients included:

Clear Waters Life Center received $6,000 to provide 29 weeks of quality art classes for youth-older adults Jan-Aug 2019, 20 weeks of Monday classes offered in the afternoon and evening for adult learners and 9 weeks of youth after school classes on Wednesdays.

Bemidji Community Theater received $4,701 to collaborate with TrekNorth Jr. and Senior High School and Neilson Place to record the memories of residents at Neilson Place culminating in a collective performance involving music, song, and dance.

Northern Light Opera Company received $4,945 to offer a three-week Theater Workshop/Camp, NLOKids, to children from the Native American Community of Pine Point MN and children from the Park Rapids community.

Bemidji Community Theater received $5,607 to continue a theater internship program allowing interns to work with mentors in theater related areas on 5 upcoming projects for the 2019-2020 season.

Bemidji State University Music Department’s Bemidji Concert Series received $1,650 to bring the Trombones of St. Louis and Violetta Duo to perform in Bemidji.


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