Throughout the Month of July: FREE Grant Writing Workshops at a Location Near You!

This July, Region 2 Arts Council is once again offering FREE GRANT WRITING WORKSHOPS to artists and arts organizations in our five county region: Hubbard, Clearwater, Beltrami, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties.  Find the location nearest you and decide which grants you’d like to apply for. Next, call/email R2AC and reserve a spot.  Grant Deadlines are Fast Approaching!  What’s coming up first?  Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant are due in the R2AC office by August 16th!

WORKSHOPS:

Public Library Conference Room
Thursday, July 7             PARK RAPIDS

Individual Artist Grant/ McKnight Career Development Fellowship
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Arts Project Grants/Community Arts Support Grants
7:30 – 8:30 p.m

Faith Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, Bagley Avenue, NW
Tuesday, July 12             Bagley

Individual Artist Grant/ McKnight Career Development Fellowship
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Arts Project Grant/Community Arts Support Grant
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue
Thursday, July 14th      Bemidji

Individual Artist Grant/ McKnight Career Development Fellowship
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Arts Project Grant/Community Arts Support Grant
7:30 – 8:30 p.m

Lake of the Woods High School Media Room
Tuesday, July 19th               Baudette

Individual Artist Grant/ McKnight Career Development Fellowship
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Arts Project Grant/ Community Arts Support Grant
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Red Apple Cafe
Thursday, July 21               Mahnomen

Individual Artist Grant/ McKnight Career Development Fellowship
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Arts Project Grant/Community Arts Support Grant
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

For All Workshops ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required.  To reserve a place in a free workshop or for further information, please call 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org

FALL ROUND GRANT DEADLINES: Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant deadline:August 16th; Arts Project Grants and Career Development Fellowships: September 14th, and Individual Artist Grants: October 6th, Community Arts Support Grants: Feb 15th (one round every two years).  Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Writing Workshops will be offered in August and September to residents of Region 2’s five counties as well as residents of Roseau, Itasca, Cass and Becker Counties to prepare for the October 6th deadline date.

GRANTS:

The Arts and Cultural Heritage grant writing session will be open to artists in all art disciplines, any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), and units of government. These grants support three key areas: Arts Activities and Arts Access, Education, and Cultural Heritage. Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.

The Arts Project grant writing session will be open to any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), and units of government.  These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, and artists-in-residence. Organizations can apply for grants up to $1,500.

The Community Arts Support grant writing session will be open to any arts organizations. These grants are two-year awards that help provide some measure of funding stability for arts organizations so that their energy can be better focused on increasing the quality and availability of the arts to their communities. Arts organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000 depending on the their annual revenues.

The R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship is open to established artists in all disciplines who show a commitment to their career. This 18-month fellowship provides the opportunity for career development experiences that will add depth and advancement to any artistic career. Two $6,000 fellowships will be awarded per year.

The Individual Artist grant writing session will be open to artists in all art disciplines.  These grants offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant is open to individual Native American artists in all disciplines. These grants offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Native American artists residing in Region 2 and additionally Becker, Cass, Itasca, and Roseau counties are encouraged to apply. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Note: As you plan your fall grant projects, be aware that delays in grant award payments may occur.  Payments by R2AC on approved grants are dependent on the status of the Minnesota State Budget.

FREE Grant Writing Workshop for Native American Artists

The Region 2 Arts Council will offer a free grant writing workshop for anyone interested in applying for an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Individual Artist grant.  This workshop will familiarize artists with the application process, what projects are eligible, how to develop a project budget and other tips.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants are open to individual Native American artists in all disciplines. Applications are due March 2, 2011. These grants offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Leech Lake Tribal College Drum Room

Tuesday, February 15

3:oo-4:30 p.m.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required. To reserve a place in a free workshop or for further information, please call 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org

R2AC Awards Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants

Jim Jones will use funds to create a birch bark canoe much like this one!

This fall Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) awarded $3,ooo through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program. Monies awarded are for arts activities related to its mission of supporting, maintaining, and promoting traditional and contemporary Native American arts in North Central Minnesota. The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grants program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation. Current AAI Council members are Tom Buckanaga, Douglas Lee, Genny Lowry, Bernice Mitchell, Audrey Thayer, Debra Warren, Delina White and Harold White, Jr. The grant recipients and information about their projects are listed below.

Karla Joy Bellanger of Ponsford received $1,000 to assist in purchasing supplies to create traditional beadwork for exhibition in the Native Harvest Catalog.

Norma Jean Bakka of Ogema was awarded $1,000 to help develop a professional-looking exhibit for her collection of Anishinaabe American Indian Art in order to display it in educational settings.

James L. Jones, Jr. of Cass Lake received $1,000 to assist in building a 15’ Old Style Algonkin Birch Bark Canoe.

Next deadline for other grants available: R2AC/Mcknight Career Development Fellowships deadline January 19, 2011; Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants, deadline January 19, 2011; Individual Artist Grants, deadline February 10, 2011; Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants, deadline March 2, 2011; Arts Project Grants, deadline March 10, 2011; Arts Legacy Designation Grants, deadline March 10, 2011; and Artist Mentor Grants, deadline April 15, 2011.

Applications for these grants will be available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601, and will be available for download from our website, http//r2arts.org. Please call the Region 2 Arts Council office with any questions at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 or send us an email at staff@r2arts.org.

UPCOMING OCTOBER GRANT DEADLINES FAST APPROACHING

Bemidji jewelry artist, Dawn Standera, received an Individual Artist Grant that helped defray costs associated with traveling to Mexico and mentoring with a Cavendoli Macrame artist.

Applications are available for the following Grants at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 and are also available on this website.  The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant is due October 6 and the Individual Artist Grant is due October 7. Continue reading “UPCOMING OCTOBER GRANT DEADLINES FAST APPROACHING”

FREE Grant Writing Workshop for Anishinaabe Artists!

Anishinaabe Artist Delina White's work

The Region 2 Arts Council will conduct a free grant writing workshop in Bemidji Thursday, September 16 beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Region 2 Office at 426 Bemidji Avenue N.

Discussion will focus on the R2AC/McKnight Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Individual Artists Grant Program.  This grant opportunity is available to enrolled members of federally recognized tribes who live in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Becker, Roseau, Itasca, and Cass counties.

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant is open to individual Native American artists in all disciplines. These grants offer funding of up to $1,000 per project for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities.

In the past, artists have used grant monies for painting or photo exhibitions, creating decorative quill work, recording music CDs, drum-making, creating beaded clothing, jewelry, wood or stone carving, theater projects, basketry, etc.

If you are interested in learning about how to navigate through  the grant writing process or if you have an project idea you would like to discuss, please attend the workshop!

Red Lake Grant Writing Workshop

Quill work basket by Anishinaabe artist Mel Losh

The Region 2 Arts Council will conduct a free grant writing workshop in Red Lake tomorrow (Thursday, August 26) beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Tribal Council Headquarters Building.

Discussion will focus on the R2AC/McKnight Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Individual Artists Grant Program.  This grant opportunity is available to enrolled members of federally recognized tribes who live in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Becker, Roseau, Itasca, and Cass counties.

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant is open to individual Native American artists in all disciplines. These grants offer funding of up to $1,000 per project for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities.

In the past, artists have used grant monies for painting or photo exhibitions, creating decorative quill work, recording music CDs, drum-making, creating beaded clothing, jewelry, wood or stone carving, theater projects, basketry, etc.

If you are interested in learning about how to navigate through  the grant writing process or if you have an project idea you would like to discuss, please attend the workshop!

Thursday, August 26

4:30- 5:30 p.m.

Tribal Council Headquarters Building

UPCOMING GRANT DEADLINES

Arts Project Grants, Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants for Individual Artists, and Individual Artist Grants have deadlines fast approaching!

Arts Project Grant
Deadline: September 15, 2010

Bemidji Community Theater's Pirate's of Penzance

Open to any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), and units of government.  These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, and artists-in-residence. Organizations can apply for grants up to $3,000.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant

work by Anishinaabe artist Delina White

Deadline: October 6, 2010

Open to individual American Indian artists in all disciplines. These grants offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Individual Artist Grant

Deadline: October 7, 2010

Daisies and Gold by Bemidji based artist Paula Swenson

Open to artists in all art disciplines.  These grants offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career enhancing projects or opportunities. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Projects funded through R2AC’s grants programs should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties.

The term “arts” refers to music, creative writing, dance, visual art, theater, and other forms of creative expression. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you, help you locate an artist, or assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, toll free at 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org.

Grant Deadlines Approaching Quickly!

Attention Artists and Non-Profit Organizations:

Grant Deadlines Approaching Quickly!

The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) has many grant deadlines just around the corner.  Here is a listing of those upcoming deadlines.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants            $3000 – $6000                       August 12

Arts Project Grants                                    $3000                                    September 15

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants            $1000                                    October 6

Individual Artist Grants                        $1000                                    October 7

The R2AC encourages individual artists, nonprofits organizations, schools, and government entities to take advantage of these grant opportunities. Art projects enhance our world and expand thinking on personal and community levels.

Contact the R2AC for more information about these grants or to talk about arts project and programming ideas.  Call 218-751-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org.  More information is also available at http://www.r2arts.org.

More grant opportunities will be available in spring of 2011.

R2AC Offers FREE Grant Writing Workshops for Native American Individual Artists

The above work is by Anishinaabe artist Delina White

The Region 2 Arts Council will offer free grant writing workshops for any Native American artists interested in applying for an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative for Individual Artists grant within the Region 2 area (serving Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties). These workshops will familiarize potential applicants with the application process, what projects are eligible, how to develop a project budget and other tips.

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant for Individual Artists is open to individual Native American artists in all disciplines. These grants offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

The workshops will be offered in the following locations:


OGEMA

Thursday, August 12

Minwanjige Cafe (near Strawberry Lake Store)

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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CASS LAKE

Thursday, August 19

New Leech Lake Tribal Headquarters

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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RED LAKE

Thursday, August 26

Tribal Council Headquarters Building

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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BEMIDJI

Thursday, September 16

R2AC Office, 426 Bemidji Ave N

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

UPCOMING GRANT WRITING WORKSHOPS

"Bernice" by Bemidji artist Alice Blessing. . . Alice received an Individual Artist Grant to assist with the costs of creating her show "The New Rules of Femininity: A show for my daughter."

The Region 2 Arts Council is excited to announce new funding opportunities, increased request amounts, and a decrease in “match” requirements as we begin the journey through our new fiscal year.  If you are an artist seeking financial support for projects, work for a non-profit organization whose constituents could benefit from arts programing, or are a citizen focused on bringing more art into your community as a means to improve day to day existence, please consider attending one of the R2AC grant writing workshops listed below.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  IF YOU DECIDE TO ATTEND, PLEASE NOTIFY THE R2AC OFFICE BY RESPONDING TO THIS EMAIL OR CALLING 218-751-5447.

R2AC funding opportunities include:

The McKnight Career Development Fellowship
is open to established artists in all disciplines who show a commitment to their career. This 18-month fellowship provides the opportunity for career development experiences that will add depth and advancement to any artistic career. Two $6,000 fellowships will be awarded per year.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant is open to artists in all art disciplines, any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), and units of government. These grants support three key areas: Arts Activities and Arts Access, Education, and Cultural Heritage. Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.

The Arts Project Grant is open to any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), and units of government.  These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, and artists-in-residence. Organizations can apply for grants up to $3,000.

The Individual Artist Grant is open to artists in all art disciplines.  These grants offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.


ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required.  To reserve a place in a free workshop or for further information, please call 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org

Workshop Schedule:

TUESDAY, JULY 13

BAGLEY FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH FELLOWSHIP HALL 5 – 8:30

5:00- 6:30 Individual Artist/McKnight Fellowship
6:30 – 7:30     Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants
7:30 – 8:30    Arts Project Grants

THURSDAY, JULY 15

BEMIDJI    R2AC OFFICES 426 BEMIDJI AVE    5:00-8:30

5:00- 6:30 Individual Artist/McKnight Fellowship
6:30 – 7:30     Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants
7:30 – 8:30    Arts Project Grants

MONDAY, JULY 19

BAUDETTE    LOW HIGH SCHOOL ATV ROOM                5:00 – 8:30

5:00- 6:30 Individual Artist/McKnight Fellowship
6:30 – 7:30     Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants
7:30 – 8:30    Arts Project Grants
MONDAY, JULY 26

MAHNOMEN    RED APPLE CAFE

4:00 – 5:30     Individual Artist Grant/ McKnight Career Development Fellowship
5:00 – 6:30    Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
6:30 – 7:30    Arts Project Grant

TUESDAY, JULY 27

PARK RAPIDS    PUBLIC LIBRARY CONFERENCE ROOM    5:00 – 8:30

5:00- 6:30 Individual Artist/McKnight Fellowship
6:30 – 7:30     Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants
7:30 – 8:30    Arts Project Grants

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12

OGEMA    Minwanjige Cafe

(near Strawberry Lake Store)
Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant                                    4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 19

CASS LAKE    New Leech Lake Tribal Headquarters       (115 6th St., Suite E  – Next door to Dairy Queen).

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant                                    3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

THRUSDAY, AUGUST 26

RED LAKE    Tribal Council HQ Building

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant                                    4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Region 2 Arts Council Office        426 Bemidji Avenue

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant                                    5:00 – 6:00 p.m.