Important Reminder: Zoom Rooms & Individual Artist Grant

Quick reminder of important happenings coming up September 30th!

Individual Artist Grant applications
are available online September 30!

Gathering Hour with Zoom Rooms
September 30 at 11:00 AM
Using the enhanced “Zoom Room” feature of this platform, you are invited to join a conversation in smaller groups and directly discuss, share, critique artwork, or collaborate with each other.
(Registration is required)

R2AC Awards $19,000 in Artist Relief Grants

This past July and August, Region 2 Arts Council held two Artist Relief Grant rounds. $500 awards were granted to 38 artists who rely on the creation of art to generate income, have lost arts income due to COVID-19, and have no overdue final reports with Region 2 Arts Council.
We needed to close each round within one day, due to the great number of requests and the limited funds we had available.  Many thanks to Bemidji-based weaver and poet Kristin Majkrzak for her generous gift of $500, which fully supported an additional Artist Relief Grant. Also thank you to author and theater-artist Mary Knox Johnson, who turned down her award in favor of passing it on to the next applicant in line. Finally, thank you to the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors and the McKnight Foundation for standing behind this unprecedented use of our McKnight funding for individual artists.
Artists greatly contribute to the region’s economic and cultural vibrancy of our region. Any person or business interested in donating toward the support of artist through our programming can mail a check (made payable to “Region 2 Arts Council”) to: P.O. Box 693, Bemidji MN, 56619.
Region 2 Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to strengthening the presence of the arts by supporting opportunities for arts creation, promotion, and education for the people of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.

Need connection? Join us for a “Zoom Room” hour with others

  • Are you an artist seeking to connect with other artists to critique your artwork, share resources, network or simply connect with other artists?
  • Are you an organization hosting an event or project and would value connecting with artists?
  • Would you like to simply connect with other artists or arts leaders from the comfort of your own office/home?
  • Are you working on a project and would benefit from having all members come together to collaborate?
Using the enhanced “Zoom Room” feature of this platform, you are invited to join a conversation in smaller groups and directly discuss, share, or collaborate with each other.
Gathering Hour with Zoom Rooms
September 30 at 11:00 AM
(Registration is required)
**Zoom meetings can be accessed by phone or computer.
Please let us know if you need support to join in the conversation.

R2AC Board Business Meeting is today at 2:00 p.m.

Quick reminder that Region 2 Board Business Meeting is today
September 21
Starting Time: 2:00 p.m.
Business Meeting ONLY
via Zoom

All current board meetings are held online via Zoom to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Region 2 Arts Council board meetings are open to the public, in accordance with the guidelines of Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law.

Please contact us for details on how to join if you would like to attend our meetings.

ReZume Arts starts in less than 1 hour!

Quick reminder that our next ReZume Arts, segment goes LIVE on our Region 2 Arts Council Facebook page today at 1:00 p.m.

Who will you meet today?

Duane “Dewey” Goodwin (White Earth Band of Ojibwe)

Duane is a sculpture artist residing in Beltrami County and is a current Region 2 Arts Council Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellow.  He extends a public invitation to visit his Sculpture and Painting Art Show now on display at his studio in Bemidji. Duane can be  reached at the following:

Phone 218 760 4580



Simon Zornes (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) 

Simon has been creating sculpture with asin (stone) and mitig (wood) for over a decade. He has found that each stone holds many stories that access him as their storyteller. He also dedicates his time to hand harvested goods. You can reach him through the following:


Facebook Page: Art from nature


Missed the live stream?

Watch the replay or any previous segment, or better yet, start a Watch Party via Facebook or view it on our You Tube Channel!

And be sure to check out these artists’ work.

We may have cancelled events yet artists are still creating and ready to show you what they have to offer!

Career Development for Artists

Region 2 & Lake Region Arts Councils are partnering with Springboard! Join us!

Region 2 Arts Council is accepting applications from artists in our five-county region interested in joining the new Region 2 Work of Art Learning Cohort. This completely online-opportunity is for artists who are ready to relaunch, reinforce, or retool their artistic careers.


Springboard for the Arts facilitators will lead the Cohort through the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists workshops twice monthly, October – April from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Artists will need access to Zoom in order to participate.

A committee of Region 2 Arts Council board members will select six participants for this opportunity.  We are seeking a dynamic and diverse set of artists from any arts discipline and in any stage of their artistic careers. Application deadline: 9/21/20. 

Questions, clarifications, or to request an application in the mail: Contact / 218 751-5447 / 800 275-5447. Go to to download a paper application. Stop by and get a paper application from the Region 2 Office in the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Avenue N. Bemidji. 

Next ReZume Arts segment goes LIVE September 9!

ReZume Arts
Next Segment:
Wednesday, September 9

1:00 p.m.

Mark your calendar to join us “LIVE” via our FaceBook page

Visit with area Anshinaabe artists!

Duane “Dewey” Goodwin and Simon Zornes

Visit ReZume Arts page for details and to learn more about these artists

This bi-monthly event offers a close-and-personal visit with area artists who share about their work, their artistic process, current projects, and possibly offer a virtual tour of their studios and short demos of their work.

Please join us to engage or re-engage with these artists!

Every session will be videotaped and available on the Region 2 Arts Council YouTube channel at the end of the live event.

If you are an artist living in our five-county region who would like to be showcased, please let us know!

Notice: Round 2 of our Artist Relief Grant is Now Closed

Due to the large volume of eligible Artist Relief Grant applications we have received, Round 2 is now closed. Mail-in applications postmarked by August 31 will still be taken into consideration for Artist Relief Grant funding.
Consider applying to either of these upcoming project grants for artists:

September 30, 2020: Individual Artist Grant application release date

December 1, 2020: Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant application release date

Please stay tuned for more details!

Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for supporting the Artist Relief Grant program!

Artist Relief Grant Applications for Round 2 Open August 31

Region 2 Arts Council opens Round 2 of their Artist Relief Grant on Monday, August 31, 2020. Applications will open at 8:00 a.m. and close once granting criteria have been met and funding has run out.


The Artist Relief Grant is open to artists* whose anticipated arts income has been impacted due to COVID-19. All eligible artists must rely on the creation of art to generate income and have no overdue final reports with Region 2 Arts Council. Artists may only receive one Artist Relief Grant from Region 2 Arts Council.

Award Amount:


How to Apply?

Online: Create a login if you have not yet done so at Complete and submit your application online.

Paper: Download a copy of the application here once the application opens August 31. Submit the application by mail, email, or drop it off at the Region 2 office at 505 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji. Contact or 218 751-5447 / 800 275-5447 to receive a paper grant copy in the mail.

Reviews and Fund Disbursement

Eligible and complete applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Funds are limited and the need is great. It will not be possible for Region 2 Arts Council to fund all applications. Allow 2 weeks for processing to occur.

Eligible Artists

*Artists living in Beltrami, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Hubbard Counties are eligible to apply.   This grant is also open to artists who are enrolled tribal members and descendants and are residents of Itasca, Roseau, Cass, and Becker Counties (our additional Anishinaabe Arts Initiative counties). 

Click here for details

Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for supporting this Region 2 grant opportunity!