Have you heard?

Join Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Region 2 Arts Council, and fellow arts appreciators, leaders, and artists during Virtual Arts Action Week from February 16-19 to advocate for arts funding in the State. Participation is completely online. You’ll take part in an opening rally and brief advocacy trainings before joining others in several short Zoom meetings with your state legislators to help them understand the role the arts have in bringing economic vitality and vibrancy to their hometowns. Thanking our legislators for their support of state arts funding and letting them know that their constituents support the arts helps guarantee funding at this critical time. Visit artsmn.org to sign up today! Registration closes February 14.

Arts Access Grants are now open for online applications!

Maximum Award: $6,000
Grant Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
Earliest Start Date: May 1, 2021

Important changes this year: Please read carefully! 

Arts Access Grants are open to government offices, tribal entities, or groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor to fund the 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. Funds can be used for a variety of arts projects and programming including costs associated with public art, arts festivals, engagement of guest artists, arts field trips, workshops, exhibitions, presentations, or performances. Eligible proposals must show a commitment to expanding audiences by removing barriers to participation, and must be realistic, adaptive, and adherent to state mandated COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. Up to two applications per organization will be accepted. 501(c)3 nonprofit Arts Organizations may use one of the two applications to apply for operating support.

Create a Login and apply online.
Our office, located inside the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji, is open with one staff member on duty Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 5 pm. As always, staff are also working from home Monday-Friday 9am-5pm to answer questions, discuss ideas for projects, preview applications to make suggestions, and offer technical help. Email us at staff@r2arts.org, send us a message via facebook, or call and leave a message at 218-751-5447 (toll free 800-275-5447) and we will call you back. We can even set up a face-to-face appointment via Zoom to discuss your application.

Office Updates

We wanted to post a reminder about our office schedule, which at this moment is altered to ensure the health and safety of everyone as we continue to navigate this pandemic. Our office, located inside the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji, is currently open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays ONLY from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and is staffed on a rotation basis. Otherwise, staff continues to work from home and is available Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. via email.

We stand ready to answer questions, discuss ideas for projects, preview applications to make suggestions, and offer technical assistance as required. Email us at staff@r2arts.org, send us a message via facebook, or call and leave a message at 218-751-5447 (toll free 800-275-5447) and we will call you back. We can even set up a face-to-face appointment via Zoom to discuss your application. Let us know how we can help!

Specific staff email is as follows:

Laura Seter (Executive Director): laura@r2arts.org

Holly Alcott (Grants Manager): holly@r2arts.org

Kathryn Gonzalez (Program Assistant): kathryn@r2arts.org

AAI Grant applications are due January 15, 2021

Maximum Award: $1,000
Grant Application Deadline: January 15, 2021
Earliest Start Date: February 15, 2021

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants are open to Native American artists in all arts disciplines residing in the following counties: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, or Roseau. This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work, purchase of materials or equipment to create works of art, educational opportunities in the arts (excluding academic credit), and proposals for projects or opportunities to enhance the career of an individual artist. Eligible proposals must be adaptive to restrictions that exist during the current global pandemic.

Create a Login and apply online or use our Paper Grant Application – print, fill out, and send in the mail. To be eligible, mailed applications need to be postmarked no later than January 15, 2021.

Click to view (AAI) Grant Info Session

NOTE: Our office hours are currently altered to ensure the health and safety of everyone as we navigate these times of the pandemic. Our office doors will open to the public once again beginning January 13th on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays ONLY from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Staff will continue to work on a rotation basis.

We are here to answer questions, discuss ideas for projects, preview applications to make suggestions, and offer technical help. Email us at staff@r2arts.org, send us a message via facebook, or call and leave a message at 218-751-5447 (toll free 800-275-5447) and we will call you back. We can even set up a face-to-face appointment via Zoom to discuss your application.

Reminder: Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Info Session is January 4, 2021

Info session for AAI Grants is January 4 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom (meeting can be accessed by computer or phone) – Register to attend here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvd-qpqD4jEtO4SYlwhY_cqh5h77IvK27W

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant applications are due January 15, 2021.

Our office is currently closed for the holidays. If you have questions, email us (staff@r2arts.org) or leave a phone message (218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447) and we will contact you when we return to work the week of January 4th.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and safe 2021. Here’s to a better year ahead!

R2AC will be closed for the holidays

The Region 2 Arts Council will be closed for the holidays from December 24, 2020 – January 1, 2021. During that time staff will not be checking emails or phone messages. We will be back to work on January 4, 2021.
Given current COVID restrictions, our plan is to open our office doors Wednesday through Friday beginning January 13, 2021. Please check our website (r2arts.org) or call our office to confirm staffing and office status prior to visiting as we will continue staff rotation until further notice.

As a reminder, Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant applications are due January 15, 2021.

Info session for AAI Grants is January 4 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom (you can access through either a computer or phone) – Register to attend here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvd-qpqD4jEtO4SYlwhY_cqh5h77IvK27W

If you have questions while we are closed, please feel free to email us (staff@r2arts.org) or leave a phone message (218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447) and we will contact you when we return to work the week of January 4th.

We wish you all safe and happy holidays with hope for better days to come in the new year!

Below is direct contact for individual staff:
Laura Seter: laura@r2arts.org
Holly Alcott: holly@r2arts.org
Kathryn Gonzalez: kathryn@r2arts.org

ReZume Arts – Final Segment!

We regret that we experienced technical difficulties during the live feature of this ReZume Arts segment, originally planned for November 23. The recording of this segment was recovered and we invite you to join us to close this program by viewing the pre-recorded session with us as a final segment of ReZume Arts.

During this conversation you will get an inside view on hat-making with Kelly Schultz, and learn ways in which you can engage with Shannon Lucas-Westrum‘s creative projects. Both artists also share on their creative process and the ways they have used this time to grow and expand as artists.

Please join us
Wednesday, December 23
1:00 P.M.Final Event!
Join our final event via the R2AC FB page

LISTEN – ENGAGE – DISCOVER


Shop for unique gifts this holiday season by purchasing directly from local artists!
Contact and artist information for ALL showcased artists is on our ReZume Arts page (Scroll down to view all artists!)

Region 2 Arts Council will be closed for the holidays

The Region 2 Arts Council will be closed for the holidays from December 24, 2020 – January 1, 2021. During that time staff will not be checking emails or phone messages. We will reopen our office on January 4, 2021. We realize that we currently have an open call for applications for the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant which is due January 15, 2021. We ask those who would like paper applications mailed to them to contact us with your address by December 22nd and we will get applications in the mail to you before Christmas. If you have questions while we are closed, please feel free to email us (staff@r2arts.org) or leave a phone message (218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447) and we will contact you when we return to work the week of January 4th. 

We wish you all safe and happy holidays with hope for better days to come in the new year!

 

Happy Holidays with Gingerbread Cookies and Snow