Arts Access Grant Recipients Awarded in Region 2

On October 21, 2019, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors granted $53,836 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to arts organizations, groups with a fiscal sponsor, schools and non-profit institutions and organizations for the creation and production of arts activity that would benefit community members residing in our five-county region.

Red Lake Middle School received $6,000 for a music video production residency with Lady Midnight and Garlic Brown for 7th grade students, resulting in a public performance, music video, and book documenting the process.

Bemidji Community Theater received $4,791 to mount a musical production of Treasure Island in March of 2020.

Bagley Area Arts Collaborative received $6,000 for “Creativity Explored,” a series of art workshops offered by artists from the Clearwater County area as well as two nationally known artists.

Clearbrook-Gonvick Community Education received $2,705 to bring Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre to their community to conduct “Beauty and the Beast” for their Summer Recreation program.

Northern Light Opera Company received $6,000 to produce its 19th Annual Summer Production to be held July 24 through August 8, 2020.

Clear Waters Life Center received $5,540 to provide a variety of quality art classes to engage those that are experiencing difficult transitions in their lives: Seniors (13 weeks), Men in a recovery program (12 weeks), and Youth (20 weeks) from December 2019 – April 2020.

BSU Honors Program received $4,800 to bring together national professional directors and playwrights with regional actors and playwrights to create a Short Play Festival that highlights the earth as its subject for local audiences.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra received $6,000 to host Saxophonist Scott Sandberg for two rehearsals of special music in a jazz/swing style in which Dr. Sandberg will provide expertise to help BSO musicians and director learn to perform this unique musical style.

Bemidji Contra Dance received $6,000 to hold 7 public participatory traditional dance events with live music, support local musicians as they build their dance repertoire and skills, and do 2 BSU outreach events to college students in the area.

Red Lake Nation College received $6,000 for a professional writing coach to help RLNC students write professional-quality theatre scripts, and to pay renowned Navajo playwright Rhiana Yazzie to direct a student-acted theatre performance, open to the public, of these scripts at RLNC.