The following art programs were funded by Region 2 Arts Council in November:
Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants for Schools
Bemidji Middle School received $2,800 to fund William Durbin, acclaimed Minnesota author, to teach 325 students in sixth grade at Bemidji Middle School short story elements in historical creative writing.
Lake of the Woods High School was awarded $3,000 to take students on a field trip to the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis to view a production of Wicked, have a tour of the Orpheum, and to visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Red Lake Middle School received $3,000 to bring two Native American artists to the school to do a residency which will teach self-expression of inner-voice to students through the creation of spoken word and music pieces.
Arts Project Grants
Bagley Area Arts Collaborative received $1,829 to host a three-day plein air painting workshop with Arna Rennan in August 2017.
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra was awarded $2,500 to present the concert “Cinematic Legends,” a family-friendly concert featuring well-known film scores from Hollywood movies.
Farm By The Lake received $2,420 to host six storytellers in January, February, and March. This project will culminate with a workshop class to instruct participants to write their own stories.
Nemeth Art Center was awarded $2,500 to host an exhibit by artists David & Mathieu Ruhlman.
Nemeth Art Center received $2,500 to host exhibits by artists David Linder, Adam McCauley, Gail Katz-James and Lowell Wolff.
Pequana Playhouse was awarded $1,640 to provide a variety show for community members to enjoy, and in which to participate.
Congratulations to all our applicants on making arts thrive in the region!