R2AC Awards $20,010 in Arts Project Grants

Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) recently awarded $20,010 through the Arts Project Grants Program, designed for organizations and schools to create or produce an arts project or event. The grant recipients included:

Northern Light Opera Company, Park Rapids, received $1,880 to present a one-act opera buffa, “The Apothecary” by Franz Joseph Haydn on January 21-23, 2011.

Depot Preservation Alliance, Baudette, was awarded $2,000 to plan and host a grand reopening to celebrate the renovation of the 1932 former Canadian National Depot in Baudette, MN as a center for the arts, culture, history, housing and commerce.

Schoolcraft Learning Community, Bemidji, received $915 to present their Winter Concert at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 13,2010, showcasing both the choirs and orchestras.

St. Mary’s Mission School, Red Lake, was awarded $3,000 to teach elementary school students weaving techniques to create art, which reflects how they see themselves in their culture and in relation to others.

Minnesota Folklore Theater, Akeley received $3,000 to produce a community collaboration of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”

Peacemaker Resources, Bemidji was awarded $3,000 to produce “Act Up”, an original and interactive theater production featuring Schoolcraft Learning Community elementary and middle school students.

Red Bridge Film Festival, Park Rapids was awarded $1,500 to assist in funding the fourth annual Red Bridge Film Festival, which brings a visiting filmmaker, and six unusual films to Park Rapids, MN.

Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Bemidji was awarded $2,445 to host “Positive Kids Performing Art” to conduct an acting/improvisation drama camp for local school children during spring break.

Headwaters School of Music and Arts, Bemidji was awarded $2,270 to o hire local artist Jane Freeman to conduct a four-day workshop that explores realism in watercolor.

Next deadline for other grants available: R2AC/Mcknight Career Development Fellowships deadline January 19, 2011; Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants, deadline January 19, 2011; Individual Artist Grants, deadline February 10, 2011; Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants, deadline March 2, 2011; Arts Project Grants, deadline March 10, 2011; Arts Legacy Designation Grants, deadline March 10, 2011; and Artist Mentor Grants, deadline April 15, 2011.

Applications for these grants will be available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601, and will be available for download on this website.   Please call the Region 2 Arts Council office with any questions at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 or send us an email at staff@r2arts.org.