Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship applications are now open online!

Maximum Award: $5,000
Deadline: March 1, 2020 by 11:45 pm
Review Date: April 1, 2020
Earliest Start Date: May 1, 2020
AAI Exhibit: Date to be determined…

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellowship provides unfettered funding to one individual Native American artist residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, or Itasca counties in Minnesota to fuel his/her art.

The goal of the annual Region 2 Arts Council AAI Fellowship Program is to assist the region’s most talented Native American artists in furthering and innovating their work by awarding substantial financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences that facilitate depth and advancement in their art form. Through such support, the R2AC aims to raise the profile of artistic work in the region and create a strong community of Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellows. Each fellow’s artwork will be featured in R2AC’s annual AAI exhibit.

One $5,000 award will be granted in 2020.  The funds can be used for, but not limited to:

  • Exploring new directions or continuing work in progress
  • Production costs, materials, or equipment
  • Collaborative or community projects
  • Travel, research or study to further your art

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Artist Market held on February 1



An Artist Market featuring indigenous women artists and designers will be held in conjunction with “A Traditional Perspective in a Modern World” fashion show on Saturday February 1, 2020 at Northwest Indian Community Development Center.  The Market will open at 4 p.m. and the Fashion Show, showcasing Delina White’s designs, will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The fashion show is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Miigwech to the McKnight Foundation as well, for supporting this event.

Office closes early today!


Please note that we will close our office early today to make sure staff makes it home safely amidst weather warnings. Quick notes:

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  • Reminder: Tonight’s fashion show and program with Delina White is cancelled due to inclement weather – NEW DATE: Saturday, February 1 – Stay tuned!
  • Our office is closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day

Stay warm and safe today!!

Fashion Show Rescheduled – Individual Artist Grant applications due today!

REMINDER: Individual Artist Grant Applications are due today by 11:45 p.m.

“A Traditional Perspective in a Modern World” Fashion Show & Artist Market 

Region 2 Arts Council and its Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Council, in partnership with Northwest Indian Community Development Center, invite the public to: “A Traditional Perspective in a Modern World” Fashion Show and Artist Market, an evening celebrating the beauty, elegance and inspiration of Delina White of IamAnishinaabe fashion & jewelry designs. Delina is Region 2’s Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellow and was recently named one of 6 Star Tribune 2019 Artists of the Year.

RESCHEDULED DATE: Saturday, February 1

ARTIST MARKET Opens at 4:00 PM


EVENT LOCATION: Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave. N in Bemidji.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Region 2 Arts Council staff at 218-751-5447; toll-free at 800-275-5447; or by email at

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Special thanks to the McKnight Foundation and Northwest Indian Community Development Center for supporting this event.

Arts Project Grant Application review tonight – Please join us!

Please join the R2AC Board and staff for this month’s business meeting and application review.

Tonight’s Schedule

4:30 p.m. Business Meeting
6:00 p.m. Arts Project Grant Application Review
Watermark Art Center
Education Room
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The Region 2 Arts Council operates in the spirit of the open meeting law. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend these sessions. Interested in joining the next meeting remotely? Contact us for details.

Arts Learning Grant Recipients Awarded in Region 2

On November 18, 2019, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors granted $24,000 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to the schools and non-profit organizations listed below. These grants support high-quality arts education that develops knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts for the benefit of Minnesotans of all ages across our five-county region.

Lake of the Woods High School in Baudette was awarded $4,701 to fund an arts field trip for students to attend a Broadway touring production of “Frozen” at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

Headwaters Music & Arts in Bemidji was awarded $1,316 to hire visual artist Alice Blessing to teach a series of arts workshops for adults, including accommodations for adults with disabilities.

Northern Light Opera Company in Park Rapids was awarded $6,000 to offer NLOKids, a three-week Theater Camp that brings together children from the communities of Pine Point and Park Rapids to produce a theater project for public performance.

Mask & Rose Women’s Theater Collective in Puposky was awarded $2,487 to offer an ecology-themed visual arts/theater camp for youth culminating with a public performance of the musical “To Save the Planet.”

Lake of the Woods Art Guild of Baudette was awarded $3,686 to offset student tuition for a 5-day “Portraits in Acrylic” workshop with BSU Professor, Alice Blessing.

Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids was awarded $5,810 to deliver a series of art workshops for area youth, each led by a different guest artist, to explore a variety of techniques and mediums.