Arts Learning Grant Deadline Approaching

Arts Learning Grant

Deadline: October 15, 2017

Maximum Award: $6,000

Funds may be used for artists-in-residence programs, educational performances, educational arts field trips, to provide arts training or workshops, and more. Formerly the Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant for Schools, the Arts Learning Grant is now open to schools, community education programs, institutions of higher learning, non-profits, local government or tribal offices, or groups with a fiscal sponsor located in the five Region 2 Arts Council Counties. Public schools or community education programs may apply for grants up to $3,000 with no cash match. All applicant organizations may apply for up to $6,000 (20% cash match required).

All eligible projects must be arts learning-focused, have a strong community component, and benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Fill out the application.

For more information, or with questions, contact Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447; toll-free at 800-275-5447; or via email at 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


An Enemy of the People

Sod House Theater Presents: Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People

Aug 11 – 13, 2017:  Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm. Sunday at 1:00 pm. at Rail River Folk School, 303 Rail Road Street SW, Bemidji MN


Read about the show in this recent Bemidji Pioneer article.  Then ask yourself, when is the right time to tell the truth?

This classic play examines how a community responds when a local doctor threatens to expose that the water it relies upon for tourism is being poisoned. It questions how far a community will go to protect their town’s secret in order to avoid financial ruin.

Join Sod House Theater this weekend for summer fun, bluegrass music, and action-packed theatre!

Get your tickets at the door, at, or at Iverson Corner Drug in Bemidji.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature from the State’s arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


New Grant Program Info Sessions

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New Grant Program Info Sessions

Come learn about the changes to our grants and grant cycle, which begins in August. Our grants offer funding for a variety of art projects and programs for individuals and organizations. We will be discussing our updated organizational grants for nonprofits, schools, government or tribal offices, and community education programs as well as our individual artist grant programs. The majority of Region 2 Arts Council grants serve individuals who reside in, and organizations located in Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties. Our grants for Native American artists serve those residing in surrounding counties as well.

Park Rapids Public Library  July 20, 1 – 3 pm*

Bemidji Public Library  July 25, 1 – 3 pm*

Clearwaters Life Center in Gonvick  August 1, 3:30 – 5:30 pm*

Red Lake Tribal Council Chambers August 2, 10 am – 12 pm (15484 Migizii Drive

Red Lake MN, 56671)

Mahnomen County Historical Museum in Mahnomen  Aug 3, 1:00 – 3:00 pm*

Gizhiigin Arts Center in Mahnomen  Aug 3, 4:30 – 6:30 pm*

*For each session, the first hour will be dedicated to grants for nonprofit organizations, schools, local and tribal government offices, etc. The second hour is for grants for individual artists.

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 These grants are made possible by the voters of MN, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, and from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. Thanks, as well, to the McKnight Foundation.


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Region 2 Arts Council Awards $241,000 in Fiscal Year 2017!



We are gearing up for a new fiscal year at Region 2 Arts Council. FY18 will begin on July 1, 2017.  It will bring  a new set of goals, a new year of grant deadlines, a new year of supporting arts projects and programming, a new office space (in October),  and many new opportunities to support artistic expression in our five county region.

Before we launch into the new, we want to take a moment to look at the now. Congratulations to all of our grant recipients, all of our grant applicants, and all who have planted a seed of creativity that has taken root and begun to grow.

Go to Awarded Grants for a list of FY17 grant recipients from our five-county region. Take a look below for the total amount awarded this fiscal year within each of our five counties:

  • Beltrami County: $132,454.00
  • Hubbard County: $51,053.00
  • Clearwater County: $29,747.00
  • Lake of the Woods County: $19,999.00
  • Mahnomen County: $7,000.00

Our grants, services, showcasing opportunities and operations are made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, with money from the State’s general fund, and with funding from the McKnight Foundation.  Thank you as well to our fiscal agent, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the entire Regional Arts Council system in the state of Minnesota.