Region 2 Arts Council awards 2019 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship

The Region 2 Arts Council is excited to announce their recipient of the 2019 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship, awarded to contemporary artist Delina White. White was selected on April 3, 2019, when the Region 2 Arts Council’s Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Council convened to review fellowship applications through the AAI program. The AAI Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation, and aims to assist the region’s most talented Native American artists in their work by awarding financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences. This award is for Native American artists residing in Minnesota’s Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties.

Delina White is a Contemporary Artist doing contemporary work based on traditional design. Of her work she states, “I am a Native Apparel Designer and Beadwork Artist; I am Anishinaabe. My artwork includes working with fabrics that are rich in texture and to the touch, interesting to look in all colors; I am grateful to be able to harvest indigenous materials that I know my ancestors prized, and I am fascinated by traditional designs shared between all Great Lakes and Woodland Nations that are so similar and yet so different, that sets a fire in my soul to create. I sew stories that expresses my pride as a First Nations / Indigenous person to this continent so full of history, heartbreak, love and resiliency.”

The Region 2 Arts Council Staff and AAI Council members would like to thank each of the AAI Fellowship applicants and congratulate Delina White as 2019 AAI Fellow!

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

Region 2 Arts Council awards Young Artist Grants

The Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors recently awarded $3,750 through the Young Artist Grant program. This grant is designed for 8th-12th grade students who have a strong interest in the arts and reside in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties. Funding supports work with a mentor artist/instructor, or costs associated with attending an arts camp/class/workshop in the state of Minnesota.

The grant recipients included:

Maya Lindquist of Blackduck was awarded $600 to work with vocal mentor Katie Houg on presentation and performance.

Madelyn Schuette of Bemidji was awarded $600 to study trumpet with Dr. Del Lyren.

Paisly Dennis-Winner of Akeley was awarded $600 to study piano with Sandy Andress and to strengthen her composition and sight-reading skills.

Savannah Tomlinson of Bemidji was awarded $600 to work with mentor artist Mary Therese as well as attend Headwaters Music & Arts Summer Arts Camp.

Kaelan Emerson of Park Rapids was awarded $600 to attend the MMEA All-State Choir.

Helen Bartlett of Bemidji was awarded $600 to study vocal performance with Meghan Stringer.

Lillian Douglas of Bemidji was awarded $150 to attend Bemidji MusiCamp and to purchase sheet music.

Individual Artist Grant Recipients Awarded in Region 2

The Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors recently awarded $19,844 to individual artists from within our five-county region. These grants provide financial assistance to artists in any arts discipline or in any stage of their career as an artist residing in the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen. The Individual Artist Grant Program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation to fund 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.

Grant recipients included:

Paul Albright of Akeley received $960 to purchase a welder for creating metal sculptures.

Alice Blessing of Bemidji received $2,000 to create a portrait series focusing on color and the emotional lives of pre-teen girls and to to host a free workshop for girls, ages 7-12, in the region.

Kari Ekhoff of Bemidji received $1,424 to purchase equipment to allow her to capture original musical works and record cover song interpretations for self-promotion as a singer-songwriter.

Liz Shaw of Park Rapids received $2,000 to purchase a computer capable of handling large-format RAW files, supporting layered art projects, and allowing adequate detailed viewing for product output, as well as updated software.

Lance Heddan of Bemidji received $1,883 to purchase tools, equipment, and materials to resume his career as a glass artist.

Dr. Del Lyren of Bemidji received $2,000 to attend a Logic Pro seminar to enhance his ability to compose and produce electronic music.

Lowell Wolff of Park Rapids received $1,800 to purchase a high-quality video projector to aid in the teaching of photography classes and to produce a photography exhibition.

Blair Treuer of Bemidji received $1,738 to create a series of fabric portraits exploring the topic of cultural heritage and identity, seeking to convey her experience as a white woman immersed in Ojibwe Culture.

Michael Wiltse of Bemidji received $2,000 to be an Artist in Residence at the Chateau d’Orquevaux in Champagne region of France for a month.

Zachary Schueller of Laporte received $1,424 to purchase a Yamaha “Wayne Bergeron” professional trumpet to continue studying trumpet at an advanced level, with trumpet lessons from Paul Loxtercamp, and improve performance in community bands.

Erin Marsh of Bemidji received $860 to attend the 2019 Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference to attend a workshop and have a manuscript consultation with poet Ada Limon.

Sue Olin of Bemidji received $1,755 to attend the Workshop and Master Classes at Harps in the Glen, West Bend, WI, August 21-25, 2019.

2019-2020 Grant Application Deadlines are now available!

We have just recently posted our tentative grant application deadlines for the 2019-2020 grant cycle. You can view the full list here.

Please note that our state funding now requires a later application deadline for our Fall Arts Access grant. This will considerably shift possible earliest start dates for potential projects.

Grant applications are usually available approximately one month before the deadline date. Keep in mind that there are many pieces of the grant you can begin to work on before the grant application is available. Call or visit us with any questions, concerns, or support needs. We are here to help!

Public Meeting Seeks Biennial Plan Feedback on May 6, 2019


Region 2 Arts Council invites all interested members of the public to attend an open meeting for a presentation and discussion of our FY2020-FY2021 R2AC Biennial Plan draft.  Open feedback will be invited and encouraged.

The meeting will run from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6 in the Education Room at the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN. Light snacks will be provided.

For questions regarding this meeting, please contact us at (218) 751-5447 / (800) 275-5447 or email the Executive Director, Laura Seter @

Hope to see you there!



R2AC Board Business Meeting tonight

R2AC Board business meeting is scheduled for tonight at 5:30pm. This is a virtual working meeting. The public is welcome to attend. Please consider joining us to learn about the operational aspects of our programming. Our offices will be open. Call or stop by!

And mark your calendar!
– Public presentation of our Biennial Plan for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 is May 6 at 6:00 p.m. – Watermark Art Center, Education Room. Please join us. We welcome your input!
– R2AC Board business meeting and Small Towns Grant review is Monday, May 13. Starting time is 4:30 p.m. Grant application review begins around 5:30 p.m.