R2AC Individual Artist Grants Awards Announced

R2ACLogo_Color_smallRegion 2 Arts Council (R2AC) recently awarded $3,914 through the Individual Artist Grant Program to individual artists in Beltrami, Hubbard and Lake of the Woods Counties.  The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new artistic endeavors in the region by providing project assistance to regional artists who are seriously committed to their work and to the advancement of their artistic careers. The Individual Artist Grant Program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

Joanna Dymond of Bemidji was awarded $926 to promote her self-published novel “Crazy as a Loon.”

Rick Lundsten of Park Rapids was awarded $988 to scan and frame his paintings for shows, gift shops and galleries.

Michelle Ruport of Bemidji was awarded $1,000 to purchase a jewelry kiln and supplies to continue her work with precious metal clay and enameling.

Joanne Kellner of Baudette was awarded $1,000 to explore the principles of puppetry with mentor Margaret Burger of Fortuna Puppet Theater.

The next Individual Artist Grant deadline is February 7, 2013

Applications are available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601, or for download from our website.  Please call us at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 for more information.