Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship applications are now online!

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship applications are due March 1, 2019.
Maximum Award is $5,000
Open to Native American artists in all disciplines who have shown consistent excellence, commitment and dedication in their work. This 18-month fellowship provides unfettered funding to fuel your art. One $5,000 fellowship will be awarded in 2019.

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation.

Drop in tomorrow for Grant-Writing Support!

pabloIndividual Artist Grant is due February 15th
and we are here to help!
Drop-In Session
January 23, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Region 2 Arts Council offices
Inside the Watermark Art Center
505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji MN
Stop by to learn more about the application process for our Individual Artist grants. Artists can apply for grants up to $2,000.
New and experienced grant-writers welcome.
Can’t make it tomorrow?
We will have a second drop-in February 6th.
Mark your calendar!

R2AC Listening Session for Hubbard County is this Thursday!

Thursday, January 24, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Park Rapids Area Library
210 W. First Street
Park Rapids MN

Come and share your thoughts, ideas, and aspirations about the arts in your community. Whether you are an artist yourself, a supporter of the arts, or a concerned member of the public, your input matters. Light snacks provided.

This meeting is open to the public.
Please join us! Bring friends, neighbors, and colleagues!

Individual Artist and Young Artist Grant Applications are now online

Individual Artist Grant applications are due February 15, 2019.
Maximum Award is $2,000
Open to artists in all disciplines.

Young Artist Grant applications are due February 15, 2019.
Maximum Award is $600
Open to 8th – 12th grade students who have a strong interest in the arts.Students who are singers, musicians, writers, media artists, performers, visual artists and craftspeople are welcome to apply!

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants Awarded in Region 2

On December 12, 2018, the Region 2 Arts Council awarded $6,907 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program which is governed by the AAI Council. 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.

Grant recipients include:
Todd Jourdain from Red Lake received $1,000 to purchase an airbrush, paints, and canvas to create mixed media works on canvas.

Katie Sandberg from Detroit Lakes received $937 to purchase artist’s supplies to create inventory, and to cover framing and other costs associated with displaying her paintings.

Flora Jones from Red Lake received $1,000 to purchase materials and supplies to make star quilts and to continue teaching others how to sew and make star quilts.

Nick Robinson from Cass Lake received $870 to purchase tools and materials to create “Breaking Thru Addiction,” a series of works in wood.

Deanna Croaker from Cass Lake received $1,000 to purchase a sewing machine, material, and supplies to design and create three 60″ x 60″ traditional and contemporary style star quilts.

Neegonee Brunner from Ponsford received $1,000 to purchase beads, fabric, and a sewing machine to create regalia.

Kristine Nelson from Red Lake received $600 to develop her own style of beadwork and create original designs for medallions, lanyards, and hoop earrings, in flat stitch as well as peyote style chains.

Albert Brunner from Ponsford received $500 to purchase tools and wood to create sculptures, pipes, and traditional wooden flutes.

The AAI grants program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

Current AAI Council members are Debra Warren, Delana Smith, Mary Guardipee, Mary Ringhand, David Ben White, Genny Lowry, Bernice Mitchell-Diver, and Larry Vanwert.