R2AC 2019-2020 Fellows Awarded

Bemidji-based Artist Fellows poet Erin Marsh and percussionist Eric Sundeen were selected on October 12, 2019, when a committee of established community artists and Region 2 Arts Council board members convened to review 12 Artist Fellowship applications. This award is intended for dedicated artists who have created a substantial independent body of work, and have received recognition for their work. More info here.

Screen Shot 2019-10-25 at 2.01.18 PMErin Lynn Marsh is the author of the poetry collection Disability Isn’t Sexy, which is a finalist in the NM/AZ Book Awards. Her poems have appeared in Post Road Magazine, Sugar House Review, Paper DartsEmrys Journal, and the anthology Hers: Poets Speak (while we still can), Vol. 2, edited by Jules Nyquist.

Erin shared in her application that she has recently started writing poems that contain elements of magical realism, explaining that by suspending both her own and her readers’ disbelief, she can communicate truths that can seem at odds with perceived reality. She notes her poems are often bold, honest, and specific; and that her goal is to create for her readers a moment in a body that is often considered “other” by our society. Erin Lynn Marsh lives and works in Bemidji, MN.

Eric_RPH9070Eric Sundeen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from St. Cloud State University. He is the Percussion Instructor at Bemidji High School, and has been an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Bemidji State University since 2005.  Aside from his teaching duties, he runs drum circle clinics, is the Camp Director of the Lakes Area Drumset Camp, instructs at Headwaters Music and Arts, plays in the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, and Bemidji Community Band.

Eric has performed throughout the United States, internationally in Mexico, England, Scotland, Whales, Ireland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Russia and Cuba. He has been a member of the Minneapolis-based percussion ensemble CRASH since 1997, and is a current member of the Bemidji-based band, Corey Medina and Brothers.

Eric Sundeen is active as a freelance musician, has been active as a studio percussionist with multiple local artists, is a percussion arranger and composer, and owns and operates a private home drum studio. He lives in Bemidji, Minnesota with his wife and sons.

Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank each of the Artist Fellowship applicants and congratulate Eric Sundeen and Erin Lynn Marsh as the 2019-2020 Artist Fellows!


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

R2AC Office closed Friday – Board meeting & Application Reviews on Monday

The Region 2 Arts Council office, located in the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji, will close Friday, November 15th so staff can attend the 2019 Overcoming Racism Conference. Our office will open again Monday, November 18th, for our regular 9-5, M-F schedule.

Monday, November 18
 R2AC Board Meeting and Arts Learning Grant application Review

4:30 p.m. – R2AC Business Board meeting

6:00 p.m. – Arts Learning Grant application Review

The Region 2 Arts Council operates in the spirit of the open meeting law. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend these sessions. Interested in joining this meeting remotely? Call our office at 218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447, or email us for details.

Arts Project Grant Online & Available for Application!

Deadline: December 15, 2019
Maximum Award: $2,500 (with 20% Cash Match)

These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects and programming including costs associated with public art, arts festivals, engagement of guest artists, arts field trips, workshops, exhibitions, presentations, or performances that will benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen counties. Arts organizations may also apply to fund consultation projects in board development, fiscal management, fundraising, public relations, audience development, or assistance in designing arts programming. Funds can be used to purchase materials and supplies for arts projects but not equipment or non-expendable items. Arts activities proposed for funding must be accessible by the public, displaying a strong community component.

Eligible Organizations
Organizations must be nonprofit and physically located within one of the five Region 2 Arts Council counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, or Hubbard. Eligible organizations include:

  • schools (parochial schools are ineligible)
  • community education programs*
  • institutions of higher learning (colleges or universities)
  • non-profits providing arts programming
  • local city, town, county government entities
  • tribal government entities
  • Groups without 501(c)3 nonprofit tax status are eligible to apply, but must be formed for non-profit purposes, must have the equivalent of a governing body similar to a board of directors or advisory council, and must use a a Minnesota-based non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, or other tax exempt entity such as a school, institution of higher learning, or city, town, county, or tribal government as a fiscal sponsor.

Click here to learn more and apply 

Artists’ Coffee Hour is November 13

Wednesday, November 13
8:30 a.m.
Wild Hare Coffee & Bistro
523 Minnesota Ave. NW

We hope you consider joining our upcoming Artists’ Coffee Hour, a peer-to-peer learning group facilitated this month by artist and business owner, Monica Hansmeyer. The group uses materials from Springboard for the Arts’ Toolkit – Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists – to support local area artists’ shared learning and growth. You can request a free pdf version of the Toolkit here.

The Workbook covers every facet of building a successful and sustainable career – from career planning, time management, marketing, and social media to pricing, recordkeeping, funding, and developing a business plan. The shared learning format invites artists to give and receive support and knowledge through shared experiences. New and experienced artists are welcome!

Interested in starting a group in your area?
Let us know what we can do to help!

218/751-5447 / 800-275-5447 / staff@r2arts.org

This activity is made possible by Region 2 Arts Council with funding from the McKnight Foundation.

Cultural Traditions in the Arts and Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Deadline TODAY, November 1

“Wolfgang” by 2018 AAI Grant Recipient Gordeaux LaFleur

Submit your online applications for Cultural Traditions in the Arts and Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants by 11:45 p.m. TONIGHT, Friday November 1, 2019.

Paper grant applications for Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants must be postmarked TODAY, November 1, 2019 OR they must be dropped off at our office by 5:00 p.m.

Working on an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Application? Join us today at NWICDC!

TODAY – Tuesday October 29, 2019 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave. N in Bemidji

Stop by and visit with Kathryn Gonzalez to learn about our Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant (up to $1000 for Native American Artists to support specific arts projects). Application deadline is coming soon on November 1st!

Receive support on your application or get your questions answered!

  • How do applications work?
  • Are you eligible?
  • Is your project eligible?
  • How do budget forms work?
  • What about artist statements, project plans, artist resumes?

Miigwech to Northwest Community Development Center, an R2AC workshop partner

This activity is made possible, in part, by the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council, through support from Region 2 Arts Council with funding from The McKnight Foundation.

Arts Funding Info Session in Baudette today and R2AC office will close early

Please join Kathryn to learn ways in which your organization can support arts
activities and artists in your community. Artists, and non-profits,
schools (parochial schools excluded), city, town, county, tribal government entities and arts-focused groups with a fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply to fund arts activity. Come find out more!

Monday, October 28
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Baudette Depot
420 N Main Ave.
Baudette MN

Grant application deadlines on the horizon:
Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grants – Due November 1st
Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants – Due November 1st
Arts Project Grants – Due December 15th
Individual Artist Grants – Due January 15, 2020

The Region 2 Arts Council Office in Bemidji will close at 3 pm today.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.