Arts Access Grant Recipients

On September 18, 2017, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors granted $44,200 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to local schools and non-profit organizations for the creation and production of arts activities that benefit community members residing in our five-county region. 

Bagley Area Arts Collaborative received $5,625 for “Arts Unlimited” – a series of new art workshops for 2018.

Bemidji Community Theater received $6,000 to produce Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical The Sound of Music.

Bemidji Sculpture Walk received $5,435 for the upcoming Fiberglass Dog Series in which local artists will paint fiberglass dogs to be installed throughout downtown Bemidji.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra received $6,000 to produce “A Woman’s Role,” a movie night and concert featuring composer Jennifer Higdon’s “Blue Cathedral” and guest cellist Hannah Holman performing pieces highlighting famous female cellists.

Clearbrook- Gonvick Elementary received $3,705 for students in grades 3 – 6 to see a concert by Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Ordway Center for the Arts and visit nearby art museums.

Clearbrook Gonvick Public Schools received $6,000 to bring Copper Street Brass to their school for an arts residency and community concert.

Gizhiigin Arts Incubator received $5435 to produce “Seven Values Community Mural,” in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Mahnomen.

Northern Light Opera Company received $6000 to produce the Lerner & Lowe musical My Fair Lady.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


Arts Learning Grant Deadline Approaching

Arts Learning Grant

Deadline: October 15, 2017

Maximum Award: $6,000

Funds may be used for artists-in-residence programs, educational performances, educational arts field trips, to provide arts training or workshops, and more. Formerly the Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant for Schools, the Arts Learning Grant is now open to schools, community education programs, institutions of higher learning, non-profits, local government or tribal offices, or groups with a fiscal sponsor located in the five Region 2 Arts Council Counties. Public schools or community education programs may apply for grants up to $3,000 with no cash match. All applicant organizations may apply for up to $6,000 (20% cash match required).

All eligible projects must be arts learning-focused, have a strong community component, and benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Fill out the application.

For more information, or with questions, contact Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447; toll-free at 800-275-5447; or via email at 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


An Enemy of the People

Sod House Theater Presents: Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People

Aug 11 – 13, 2017:  Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm. Sunday at 1:00 pm. at Rail River Folk School, 303 Rail Road Street SW, Bemidji MN


Read about the show in this recent Bemidji Pioneer article.  Then ask yourself, when is the right time to tell the truth?

This classic play examines how a community responds when a local doctor threatens to expose that the water it relies upon for tourism is being poisoned. It questions how far a community will go to protect their town’s secret in order to avoid financial ruin.

Join Sod House Theater this weekend for summer fun, bluegrass music, and action-packed theatre!

Get your tickets at the door, at, or at Iverson Corner Drug in Bemidji.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature from the State’s arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


New Grant Program Info Sessions

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New Grant Program Info Sessions

Come learn about the changes to our grants and grant cycle, which begins in August. Our grants offer funding for a variety of art projects and programs for individuals and organizations. We will be discussing our updated organizational grants for nonprofits, schools, government or tribal offices, and community education programs as well as our individual artist grant programs. The majority of Region 2 Arts Council grants serve individuals who reside in, and organizations located in Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties. Our grants for Native American artists serve those residing in surrounding counties as well.

Park Rapids Public Library  July 20, 1 – 3 pm*

Bemidji Public Library  July 25, 1 – 3 pm*

Clearwaters Life Center in Gonvick  August 1, 3:30 – 5:30 pm*

Red Lake Tribal Council Chambers August 2, 10 am – 12 pm (15484 Migizii Drive

Red Lake MN, 56671)

Mahnomen County Historical Museum in Mahnomen  Aug 3, 1:00 – 3:00 pm*

Gizhiigin Arts Center in Mahnomen  Aug 3, 4:30 – 6:30 pm*

*For each session, the first hour will be dedicated to grants for nonprofit organizations, schools, local and tribal government offices, etc. The second hour is for grants for individual artists.

Applications are available online at  For more information, or with questions, call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or toll-free at 800-275-5447. You can also email us at These grants are made possible by the voters of MN, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, and from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. Thanks, as well, to the McKnight Foundation.


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