Recent Grants Awarded by Region 2 Arts Council

Region 2 Arts Council recently awarded the following grants:

Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grants

On January 22, 2018 the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors awarded $6,000 through their Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant Program, designed to support high-quality arts programming for Minnesotans of all ages to access diverse cultural traditions through the arts.

The grant recipients included:

Headwaters Music & Arts was awarded $3,000 to hold a five-day fiddle camp in June 2018, with a special focus on the music of participants’ North American heritage and the Scottish/English/Irish/Appalachian roots of folk and Bluegrass music, including a special introduction to contra dancing.

Red Lake Nation College received $3,000 to host an interactive activity in which the public, Ojibwe language educators, and local metal sculpture artists will collaborate to create sculptures of two clans, Bear and Kingfisher, during the first World Anishinaabe Language Summit in the summer of 2018.

These funds are made available through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

Individual Artist Grants

Region 2 Arts Council awarded $19,885 to individual artists in the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen. 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.

The grant recipients included:

Jason Ewert received $2,000 to upgrade his filmmaking equipment (Beltrami County).

Judith Larson was awarded $2,000 to purchase equipment and supplies to create three-dimensional jewelry pieces, embellishments, and findings using sheet metal, wire, and metal clay. (Lake of the Woods County).

Jim Gallagher received $1,399 to purchase field-recording equipment to collect and produce audio stories as an independent radio producer. (Beltrami County).

Teresa McDowell was awarded $2,000 to purchase supplies to create handmade leather mittens and moccasins. (Lake of the Woods County).

S. Diane Kochmann received $1,874 to purchase a portable digital piano for performing solo or with her musical group “Mixed Emotions.” (Mahnomen County).

Marti Lundin was awarded $2,000 to study two styles of traditional Northern European painting at Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah Iowa. (Beltrami County).

Ryan Stewart was awarded $1,654 to purchase welding equipment and supplies to create metal art. (Clearwater County).

John Henningsgaard received $2,000 to produce a professionally recorded collection of his original music. (Beltrami County)

Caige Jambor was awarded $1,078 to purchase equipment to compose, record, produce, and perform a full-length album of original music. (Beltrami County).

Tawnee Corning received $1,446 to purchase supplies to create a series of seven oil paintings for exhibition on the topic of existential psychoanalysis. (Clearwater County).

Jeremy Simonson was awarded $2,000 to purchase a wide-angle lens and a printer to create photographic prints. (Hubbard County).

Cate Belleveau received $434 to support the filming of her original play Mary 3 Martha 4 NO Footnotes by local filmmaker/photographer Jon Heller (Beltrami County).