Arts Expo and Native Artist Exhibit: This Weekend!



Region 2 Arts Council’s first Arts Expo is Saturday April 29: 10 am – 4 pm

All are Invited:  Artists, Craftspeople, Arts Appreciators, Culture-Bearers, Organizations, Schools, City Planners, Town and City governments, Administrators, Non-Profit Organizations and more!
Come for the art! Our Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibition will be open to the public.   Find funders and artists for the arts programming you’ve been planning. Learn about engaging audiences and artists with disabilities, how to apply for a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Learn about the awards and opportunities First Peoples Fund has to offer Native Artists. Find out about grants through the McKnight Foundation.  Learn what it takes to have a show at a local or regional gallery and how to engage as a participant or volunteer with arts organizations in our region.
Finally, don’t miss out on Sheila Smith’s talk on the million and billion dollar impact the arts have on our economy in the State and in our region.
This is a free event!  All are Welcome

Seminars at the Expo:

10:30 am Craig Dunn of VSA MN presents “Expanding Participation by Artists and Non-Artists with Disabilities”

12:15 pm Kathee Foran, MN State Arts Board presents “Artist Initiative Intensive”
1:30 pm Creative Minnesota Report by Sheila Smith of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
2:15 pm Announcing Region 2 Arts Council’s first annual Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellow, Tom Stillday, who is a beadworker from Ponemah.
2:30 pm Gallery Directors Panel

Featuring the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit Opening Reception

By Region 2 Arts Council

All Day! With artwork by our Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grantees, Council Members, and we will announce our first ever recipient of the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship!

Visit with these resources *Updated 4/20/17:

  • Rourke Art Gallery
  • First Peoples Fund
  • Minnesota State Arts Board
  • Incepticons Recording Studio
  • Watermark Art Center and Mikaanen Gallery
  • Gallery North
  • Springboard Center for the Arts
  • Macrostie Art Center
  • Park Rapids Lake Area Arts Council
  • Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
  • Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
  • Rail River Folk School
  • Region 2 Arts Council
  • Bemidji Community Theater
  • Kaddatz Gallery
  • KBXE Radio
  • Bemidji Pioneer
  • VSA MN (Formerly Very Special Artists)
  • Bemidji State University Technology, Art, and Design Department
  • Bemidji Sculpture Walk
  • Headwaters School of Music and the Arts
  • Belle Thalia/ Mask & Rose Women’s Theater Collective
  • Paul Bunyan Playhouse
  • What’s Up, Babe?
  • Nemeth Art Center
  • McKnight Foundation
  • Lakeland Public Television
  • Jerome Foundation
  • Armory Square

The Arts Expo is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.