Cultural Connections Community Celebration!

Peacemakers Resources, a nonprofit based in the Bemidji area and dedicated to building a positive community, applied for an Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant from the Region 2 Arts Council this past spring.  Their efforts paid off.

Peacemakers Resources received $6,000 in funding to assist in the coordination and implementation of the performance and educational components of the Cultural Connections Community Celebration.

Cultural Connections Day will take place Wednesday, August 18, from 2-8 p.m. at Waterfront Park and Library Park in Bemidji.  The cost is FREE!  This festival for the Bemidji area and surrounding areas celebrates diversity and promotes cultural understanding.

Come celebrate “who we are together” through engaging, fun, and healthy activities and demonstrations!

There will be cooperative and cultural games, water activities, pop-can fishing, Native arts and crafts, interactive demonstrations and information booths, food, and entertainment.   P-Town Boyz, a group from the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Annie Humphrey, Baba Yaga, Native storyteller Chelsea Annette, Eric Carlson, hip-hop performers Native Era and Native Bro, and Sadie and Sarah Hamrin will perform throughout the event.

Partners for the event include the Shared Vision, Indigenous Environmental Network, BSU Outdoor Program Center, Peacemaker Resources, Bemidji Area Race Relations Council, Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), Greater MN Racial Justice Program-ACLU MN, and the City of Bemidji.

For information about volunteering for this event, visit

The R2AC is proud to support the arts components of this important celebration.  Art is a universal language and a catalyst for building bridges between cultures.  The Cultural Connections Community Celebration is a progressive, positive event promoting understanding, awareness, and connections.