Nominations for the 23rd Annual Friend of the Arts Award

For the 23rd year the Bemidji Community Art Center is asking people in the Bemidji Community and surrounding area to nominate this year’s Friend of the Arts. The nominee for the Friend of the Arts award should be a living person (or couple) who has given generously of time and effort to promote the arts in the greater Bemidji area.

Nominations must be received at the Bemidji Community Art Center (BCAC) at 426 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601, no later than January 31st, 2011.  The public will be informed of the selection committee’s choice after March 1st with the announcement of the celebration to follow.

Starting back in 1989 with our first honoree Helen Gill, the very first Friends of the Arts Award was presented, and since then has continued a long standing tradition of acknowledging those in our community who have been committed to the arts. Helen’s picture along with those award winners who followed her can be seen on display in the Bemidji Public Library Meeting room.

If you know someone who should be honored by the Bemidji Community Art Center and the community of Bemidji, please contact the BCAC for more information.  Application forms also available on our website:

The BCAC Friends of the Arts Award is sponsored, in part by, our Business Partners;  First National Bank Bemidji, North Country Health Services, Paul Bunyan Telephone and Dunn Bros Coffee

Lori Forshee-Donnay, Executive Director of the BCAC

Phone  (218)444-7570                 E-mail