Arts Project Grant applications are due March 15th


Arts Project Grant applications are due March 15, 2019.
Maximum Award is $2,500
(20% Cash Match required)

Open to non-profits, schools, government or tribal offices, or groups with a fiscal sponsor. 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.

Region 2 Arts Council Arts Project Grants are made possible by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

On the Horizon:
Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship – Deadline: March 1, 2019

Arts Access Grant for Small Towns – Deadline: April 15, 2019

Reminder: Workshop coming up February 20th!

Building Dementia Capability in the Arts

Region 2 Arts Council invites artists and arts program leaders to increase their capacity to develop/expand opportunities that more successfully engage arts patrons and participants with memory loss, and related cognitive or sensory impairments, in the arts experience.

Pre registration closes February 18.
*Mileage reimbursement is available to a limited number of participants coming from Northern Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen and Clearwater counties at the current federal rate.

Click here for details


R2AC Listening Session for Beltrami County is February 13

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Bemidji Public Library
509 America Ave. NW
Bemidji MN

Come and share your thoughts, ideas, and aspirations about the arts in your community. Whether you are an artist yourself, a supporter of the arts, or a concerned member of the public, your input matters. Light snacks provided.

This meeting is open to the public.
Please join us! Bring friends, neighbors, and colleagues!

R2AC Board Meeting is Monday, February 11

R2AC Board Meeting & Arts Access Grant ReviewMonday February 11th from 4:30pm to 8:30 pm
Arts Access Grant Review will start at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Note that our business meeting schedule might be affected due to weather conditions. Please contact our office if interested in attending the meeting and we will keep you informed about schedule and access options.

All Region 2 Arts Council board meetings are open to the public, in accordance with the guidelines of Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law. Monthly meetings are held at the Watermark Art Center (505 Bemidji Ave. N.) in the education studio across the hall from our office. Everyone is welcome to attend (or leave) any time during the meeting and/or grant review.

Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant Recipients Awarded in Region 2

On January 12, 2019, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors granted $8,740 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to arts organizations, groups with a fiscal sponsor, schools, government or tribal offices, and non-profit institutions and organizations. These grants offer funding for arts projects and programming specifically meant to build bridges between Minnesotans through arts and culture that benefit Minnesotans of all ages across our five-county region.

Watermark Art Center was awarded $3,000 to host the annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival featuring a vendor market, free and low-fee classes, and hands-on opportunities focused on traditional and contemporary fiber arts.

 Headwaters Music & Arts was awarded $3,000 to hold a 5-day fiddle camp for youth and adults focused on history and traditions of lumber camp songs.

 Native American Flute Festival was awarded $2,740 to host an evening of performance with music, storytelling, dancing, and drumming, as well as a one-day hands-on flute-making workshop.

Region 2 Arts Council Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Region 2 Arts Council Office to open at noon on January 31

do a sun dance
“Do a Sun Dance” by Alice Blessing

We’re not 100% sure if our cars will cooperate, but the plan is to have the office open by noon tomorrow.

OF course, calling/emailing in advance never hurt: 218 751-5447 or or  And just so you know, we will continue to be available by email tomorrow for sure, regardless of the weather.

Stay safe; stay warm; and of course, work on those grants (and final reports)!  And in the meantime, enjoy this illustration from Bemidji’s own,  artist Alice Blessing.