Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Awards

The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) recently awarded $5,065 through the Anishinabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program.  Monies awarded are for arts activities related to its mission of supporting, maintaining, and promoting traditional and contemporary Native American arts in North Central Minnesota.  The Anishinabe Arts Initiative grants program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.  Current AAI Council members are Tom Buckanaga, Dawn Goodwin, Douglas Lee, Genny Lowry, Bernice Mitchell, Audrey Thayer, Debra Warren, and Delina White.

The Indian Studies Program at Bemidji State University in Bemidji was awarded $1,938 to assist them in co-sponsoring their annual Spring Art Show with the Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake.

Duane Goodwin, a visual artist from Bemidji was granted $800 to assist him in the purchase of digital photography equipment that will enable him to document various stages of his individual sculptures.

Dave Van Wert, a visual artist from Bemidji received a $727 award to purchase tools that will aid him in his stone sculptures.

Wesley May, a visual artist from Bemidji, was awarded $800 to assist him in creating a cohesive body of work to exhibit at national art shows and may help him to strengthen his marketing opportunities.

Margaret LaRoque, a visual artist from Cass Lake received $800 to purchase a computer and printer to assist her in creating and selling her jewelry.

The next deadline for R2AC Anishinabe Arts Initiative Grants is October 1, 2009.

Other available grants include:  Arts Project Grants, deadline September 15, 2009, Individual Artist Grants, deadline October 7, 2009; and the McKnight Grants (open only to 501(c)3 arts organizations), deadline January 13, 2010.