Minnesota Arts
Town Hall


April 29
For Arts and Cultural Organizations
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

April 30
For Artists and Creative Workers
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

You are invited to a Minnesota Arts Town Hall to discuss the next phase of recovery and stability for the Minnesota arts community.

We know the current pandemic is having enormous impacts on the arts sector. We also know that the arts are absolutely crucial to getting us through this pandemic.
Where do we go from here? What is it that you need and how can we as statewide organizations help? What questions do you have that you can’t get answered? How can we ensure that communities are not further marginalized? How can the arts help at this moment?
These events will have representatives from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the forum of Regional Arts Councils, Springboard for the Arts, Arts Midwest, Minnesota Theater Alliance, Minnesota Presenters Network, City of Minneapolis Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts present to listen, and as time allows bring the community answers during this session or through subsequent communications.

Registration Details

Click link to register (Registration is required):
Town Hall for Arts and Cultural Organizations
Wednesday, April 29, 10:30 a.m.- 12 noon
Town Hall for Individual Artists and Creative Workers
Thursday, April 30, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
You are welcome to attend either event, but they will each have a slightly different focus. If you would like to speak, please note this in your registration. We will send you a confirmation if you are on the speaker list ahead of the web meeting, allotting 2 minutes per speaker. Speakers will be selected based on order of registration, with discretion of the event moderators to adjust the speaker list to ensure a broad diversity in our speakers.
Please Register to Join this Important Conversation
These town halls are brought to you by Arts Midwest, the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Minnesota Presenters Network, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Theater Alliance, City of Minneapolis Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and Springboard for the Arts.

Region 2 Arts Council awards 2020 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship

On April 1, 2020 the Region 2 Arts Council’s Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council awarded two $5,000 Fellowships through their Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) program. The AAI Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation, and aims to assist the region’s most talented Native American artists in their work by awarding financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences. This award is for Native American artists residing in Minnesota’s Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties. A special chi-miigwech to the Five Wings Arts Council for sharing funding resources with Region 2 to secure an additional fellowship this year.

Region 2 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellow:

Duane “Dewey” Goodwin (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) is a sculpture artist residing in Beltrami County. Goodwin has a long history as artist and arts educator that includes carving, painting and beadwork. His art is a reflective vision of who he is, inspired by his Anishinaabe heritage. His approach to carving is a basic method taught to him by renown sculptor, Allan Houser, during his studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Goodwin’s sculptures reflect his connection and passion for the animals, birds and Native American images Inspired by his own heritage. His artistic approach begins at times with a dream that greatly influences and shapes his work.


Goodwin plans to use his Fellowship award to support a solo-artist exhibit of his work, commissioned by the Sioux Plains Indian Museum in Rapid City, South Dakota during the summer of 2020.

Region 2/Five Wings Anishinaabe Arts Intiative Fellow:

Nedahness Rose Greene (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) is an arts photographer residing in Cass County. Greene is self-taught and has grown her artistic abilities through years of dedicated practice. Her photography is her passion. Greene pushes herself to extend beyond the limits of picture-taking, using her eyes to scan the landscape’s curves and shapes that bring to life her artistic vision. Her keen artistic perspective can motivate by stirring emotions captured by stories that lie beneath the image. She is a proud member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Her culture and heritage is the foundation of everything she does.


Greene plans to use her Fellowship award to support herself professionally to become competitive with other photographers across the state and nation, and pay for professional development to further her career as an indigenous artist in the film industry.


Congratulations to Duane “Dewey” Goodwin and Nedahness Greene as 2020 AAI Fellows!

The Region 2 Arts Council Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship Award is made possible through the generous support of the McKnight Foundation. Miigwech to Five Wings Arts Council for sharing funding resources with Region 2’s AAI Council to award two fellowships this year

Board meeting / Arts Access Grant application review – April 20 & 22

Due to Covid-19 concerns, our board meetings and grant reviews are currently ONLY accessible ONLINE via Zoom.
April R2AC Board Meeting
and Grant Application Review Sessions
(Arts Access Grant applications)

April 20 – 4:30 p.m. Business Meeting / 5:30 p.m. Application Review [1-8]

April 22 – 1:00 p.m. Business Meeting / 1:30 p.m. Application Review [9-17]

Zoom Meetings

Contact us to join the meeting on-line.
The Region 2 Arts Council operates in the spirit of the open meeting law. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend these sessions. For remote access to our board meetings and review sessions please contact us for details.
Region 2 Arts Council has an active and engaged board of directors.
We are currently seeking new board members from Mahnomen and Hubbard Counties, with potential additional openings in May. New board member terms begin in late summer/early fall 2020 and will end in June, 2022.
Please contact laura@r2arts.org if you would like more information on being a part of our dynamic team.

Arts Access Grant for Small Towns applications are now due May 1

Deadline Extended: May 1, 2020 by 11:45 p.m.
Maximum Award: $6,000
(20% Cash Match required; 25% Match on equipment purchases)

Arts Access Grants for Small Towns are open to non-profits, public and charter schools*, community education programs, arts organizations, institutions of higher learning, government and tribal entities, and groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor located in towns with a population under 2,000.  These grants can support creation, production, and presentation of high-quality arts activities, as well as projects that help overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities, and projects that help instill the arts into the community and public life in our region. Arts activities proposed for funding must be accessible by the public, have a strong community component, and must benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

*Parochial schools are ineligible.

Applications are available online at r2arts.org
218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447 / staff@r2arts.org

Office updates and new grant deadline for Small Towns


We hope you are all staying healthy and safe, and finding ways to creatively move through these challenging times.

Please note that the Region 2 Arts Council office remains closed until further notice. Stay connected via Facebook and our website.

As stated before…

Doors may be closed yet our communication remains open!

If you need support, questions or assistance – call 218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org

Individual Staff Contacts:

Laura Seter (Executive Director) laura@r2arts.org

Holly Alcott (Grants Manager) holly@r2arts.org

Kathryn Gonzalez (Program Assistant) kathryn@r2arts.org

Arts Access Grant for Small Towns (population under 2,000) – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO May 1, 2020

AAG for Small Towns Credit & Logo UPDATED

COVID-19 Resource page

This is a fast-changing landscape and we know many of you are experiencing direct impacts due to COVID-19. To that extent, we now have a COVID-19 Resource page on our website at r2arts.org.

We will continue to do our best to connect you, as an artist or arts organization, to vital support systems that may help mitigate the impacts of this pandemic on your work and livelihood. Stay connected even when physically distancing! Also…


5-Minute Survey by Americans for the Arts

This survey is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of the coronavirus has had on arts and cultural organizations and artists across the nation since the coronavirus was detected in the United States. Thank you in advance for spending five minutes to fill it out!

Quick reminder!

REMINDER from the MN State Arts Board:

Please complete the survey regarding COVID-19’s impact on the creative community if you have not yet done so. We will begin analyzing the data provided this week and want to make sure your input is included. If you have already completed the survey— thank you; you don’t need to complete it again. 

Click here to access the survey

Thank you!

Important Survey to help assess COVID-19’s impact – Thank you for your response

SURVEY: COVID-19’s Impact on the Creative Community

A Message from the Minnesota State Arts Board:
The Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota’s regional arts councils know that people and organizations in our state’s arts and creative sector are being tested and challenged as never before. The physical, emotional, and financial toll that COVID-19 is taking is beyond our ability to measure, at this point.
To help us get a handle on what’s happening and guide our immediate and longer-term responses to COVID-19, we need your input. Please take FIVE MINUTES to complete a very brief and simple survey. We will begin reviewing the information on March 25, so please complete the survey by then. However, we know that the situation is evolving every day, so we’ll keep the survey live and will continue to review new responses as we receive them.
Please forward this message to anyone else who might want to provide input.
We will be sharing this information with other arts funders, with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and others who can use it in their own efforts. We are all in this together and I know we all want to do whatever we can to support one another.
Take care,
Sue Gens
Minnesota State Arts Board
Executive Director

Office closed with staff still available


As we close our physical doors we want you to know we are still here to help. Staff will be working from home and we continue to serve grantees and field questions. We can appreciate the disruptions happening in our lives at this moment and know that the creative power of our community members is great medicine. Lots of innovation is happening and we too are thinking of ways to use this moment as an opportunity. For now, know we are with you, ready to support you.

We plan to re-open March 30th, pending no changes. Stay updated via Facebook and our website.

If you need support, you can connect with us via our staff email or by phone: 218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447.

Individual Staff Contacts:

Laura Seter (Executive Director) laura@r2arts.org

Holly Alcott (Grants Manager) holly@r2arts.org

Kathryn Gonzalez (Program Assistant) kathryn@r2arts.org

Resources and Sources:
In the meantime, we are thinking of you and of your health and prosperity. The following links provide resources that may be helpful for artists and arts organizations going forward:
Minnesota State Arts Board Guidance to the Arts Community: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/news/COVID-19.htm
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Corona Virus Resource Center: http://artsmn.org/coronavirus/
Springboard for the Arts Corona Virus resource page for artists, creatives, and organizations: https://springboardforthearts.org/coronavirus/
Minnesota Employment and Economic Development; response for workers and employers: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/