Arts Project Grants Awarded

Region 2 Arts Council Awards Arts Project Grants

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On April 16, 2018 the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors awarded $24,675 through their Arts Project Grant program. These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, public art projects, and artists-in-residence. 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.

Bagley Area Arts Collaborative received $1,549 to host a Plein Air Painting workshop with Dan Mondloch at the Clearwater County History Center. (Clearwater County)

Bemidji Concert Series received $2,311 to host the highly acclaimed jazz and pop band Hornheads at Bemidji State University. (Beltrami County)

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra received $2,500 to produce a concert called Romantic, with previous member and student aficionado Eric Haugen. (Beltrami County)

Bemidji Woodcarvers Club received $2,010 to host the workshop Wildlife Carving with carver Desiree Hajny from October 25 through October 28, 2018. (Beltrami County)

Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center received $1,305 to create a community-made Mosaic Mural with artist Marsha Wolff at the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center. (Hubbard County)

Nemeth Art Center received $2,500 to host an exhibition of Julie Buffalohead’s paintings and drawings, and Nathanael Flink’s paintings and sculptures from May 3 through July 14. (Hubbard County)

Nemeth Art Center received $2,500 to host a sculptural installation exhibition by previous Bush Fellow, Alexa Horochowski. (Hubbard County)

Northern Light Opera Company received $2,500 to host NLOKids Theater Project, which is a workshop and camp for children, from July 2 to July 20, 2018. (Hubbard County)

Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council received $2,500 to host the Great American Story, a storytelling competition, on September 22, 2018. (Hubbard County)

Park Rapids Schools received $2,500 to host A World of Music with Todd Green, a seminar for middle and high school students, and a public performance, on September 25 & 27, 2018. (Hubbard County)

Watermark Art Center received $2,500 to host America’s River Re-Explored, an exhibit by contemporary landscape painter Thomas Paquette, including an artist lecture and educational activities. (Beltrami County)

Accessibility Training for the Arts

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Accessibility Training

Region 2 Arts Council welcomes Craig Dunn of VSA Minnesota to present a two-session workshop on creating access for people with disabilities to arts performances, workshops, exhibits and activity within our organizations. Staff, board members and volunteers of organizations providing arts activity are invited to join us as we learn ways we can improve the accessibility of our offices, buildings, board rooms, and events.

Thursday April 26
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Watermark Arts Center Education Room
505 Bemidji Avenue North

Please join us for one or both sessions:

  • General Accessibility Training: to help an arts organization to be more welcoming to people with disabilities. Time: 10:00 am – 11:45 am

A light lunch will be provided by R2AC.

  • Finding, Developing, and Serving a New Audience: learn how patrons with disabilities participate in the arts; including disability etiquette, and connections with disability agencies and resources. 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Registration by April 23 is required: email alice@r2arts.org to register for one or both sessions.

Mn Artists Training in Bemidji

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Mn Artists will visit Bemidji for a lively workshop and discussion on artists’ participation in digital communities. We will review how to best use Mn Artists’ online professional development tools, recommended for artists who want to improve their online presence and connect to more opportunities, communities, and conversations, both locally and regionally.

This event is free and open to the public. To reserve your spot, register by email: info@mnartists.org

Wednesday April 25
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Watermark Arts Center Education Room
505 Bemidji Avenue North

Snacks provided by Region 2 Arts Council

Arts Access Grants for Small Towns

Arts Access Grants for Small Towns

Maximum Award: $6,000
Deadline: April 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm

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. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects and programming including costs associated with public art, arts festivals, exhibitions, presentations, or performances. Organizations or groups in towns with a population under 2,000 can apply for grants up to $6,000 to fund projects that would benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Applications are online.

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 staff@r2arts.org

This grant is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Two Grant Deadlines Upcoming

Arts Project Grant

Maximum Award: $2,500
Deadline: 
March 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm
Review Date: April 16, 2018
Earliest Start Date: May 1, 2018

These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, public art projects, and artists-in-residence. 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. Funded arts projects must benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Arts Access Grant for Small Towns

Maximum Award: $6,000
Deadline:
 April 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm
Review Date: May 21, 2018
Earliest Start Date: May 31, 2018

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. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects and programming including costs associated with public art, arts festivals, exhibitions, presentations, or performances. Organizations or groups in towns with a population under 2,000 can apply for grants up to $6,000 to fund projects that would benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Recent Grants Awarded by Region 2 Arts Council

Region 2 Arts Council recently awarded the following grants:

Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grants

On January 22, 2018 the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors awarded $6,000 through their Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant Program, designed to support high-quality arts programming for Minnesotans of all ages to access diverse cultural traditions through the arts.

The grant recipients included:

Headwaters Music & Arts was awarded $3,000 to hold a five-day fiddle camp in June 2018, with a special focus on the music of participants’ North American heritage and the Scottish/English/Irish/Appalachian roots of folk and Bluegrass music, including a special introduction to contra dancing.

Red Lake Nation College received $3,000 to host an interactive activity in which the public, Ojibwe language educators, and local metal sculpture artists will collaborate to create sculptures of two clans, Bear and Kingfisher, during the first World Anishinaabe Language Summit in the summer of 2018.

These funds are made available through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

Individual Artist Grants

Region 2 Arts Council awarded $19,885 to individual artists in the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen. The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new artistic endeavors in the region by providing project assistance to regional artists who are seriously committed to their work and to the advancement of their artistic careers. The Individual Artist Grant Program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

The grant recipients included:

Jason Ewert received $2,000 to upgrade his filmmaking equipment (Beltrami County).

Judith Larson was awarded $2,000 to purchase equipment and supplies to create three-dimensional jewelry pieces, embellishments, and findings using sheet metal, wire, and metal clay. (Lake of the Woods County).

Jim Gallagher received $1,399 to purchase field-recording equipment to collect and produce audio stories as an independent radio producer. (Beltrami County).

Teresa McDowell was awarded $2,000 to purchase supplies to create handmade leather mittens and moccasins. (Lake of the Woods County).

S. Diane Kochmann received $1,874 to purchase a portable digital piano for performing solo or with her musical group “Mixed Emotions.” (Mahnomen County).

Marti Lundin was awarded $2,000 to study two styles of traditional Northern European painting at Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah Iowa. (Beltrami County).

Ryan Stewart was awarded $1,654 to purchase welding equipment and supplies to create metal art. (Clearwater County).

John Henningsgaard received $2,000 to produce a professionally recorded collection of his original music. (Beltrami County)

Caige Jambor was awarded $1,078 to purchase equipment to compose, record, produce, and perform a full-length album of original music. (Beltrami County).

Tawnee Corning received $1,446 to purchase supplies to create a series of seven oil paintings for exhibition on the topic of existential psychoanalysis. (Clearwater County).

Jeremy Simonson was awarded $2,000 to purchase a wide-angle lens and a printer to create photographic prints. (Hubbard County).

Cate Belleveau received $434 to support the filming of her original play Mary 3 Martha 4 NO Footnotes by local filmmaker/photographer Jon Heller (Beltrami County).

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship Deadline Upcoming!

Maximum Award: $5,000
Deadline: March 1, 2018 by 11:59 pm

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation to provide unfettered funding to two individual Native American artists to fuel their art in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties in Minnesota.

The goal of the annual Region 2 Arts Council AAI Fellowship Program is to assist the region’s most talented Native American artists in furthering and innovating their work by awarding substantial financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences that facilitate depth and advancement in their art form.

Two $5,000 awards will be granted in 2018.  The funds can be used for, but not limited to:

  • Exploring new directions or continuing work in progress
  • Production costs, materials, or equipment
  • Collaborative or community projects
  • Travel, research or study to further your art

Applications are available online at r2arts.org

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 staff@r2arts.org
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