Arts Access Grants for Small Towns

Arts Access Grants for Small Towns

Maximum Award: $6,000
Deadline: April 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm

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. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects and programming including costs associated with public art, arts festivals, exhibitions, presentations, or performances. Organizations or groups in towns with a population under 2,000 can apply for grants up to $6,000 to fund projects that would benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Applications are online.

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 staff@r2arts.org

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

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Two Grant Deadlines Upcoming

Arts Project Grant

Maximum Award: $2,500
Deadline: 
March 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm
Review Date: April 16, 2018
Earliest Start Date: May 1, 2018

These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, public art projects, and artists-in-residence. Arts organizations may also apply to fund consultation projects in board development, fiscal management, fundraising, public relations, audience development, or assistance in designing arts programming. Funded arts projects must benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Arts Access Grant for Small Towns

Maximum Award: $6,000
Deadline:
 April 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm
Review Date: May 21, 2018
Earliest Start Date: May 31, 2018

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. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects and programming including costs associated with public art, arts festivals, exhibitions, presentations, or performances. Organizations or groups in towns with a population under 2,000 can apply for grants up to $6,000 to fund projects that would benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Recent Grants Awarded by Region 2 Arts Council

Region 2 Arts Council recently awarded the following grants:

Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grants

On January 22, 2018 the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors awarded $6,000 through their Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant Program, designed to support high-quality arts programming for Minnesotans of all ages to access diverse cultural traditions through the arts.

The grant recipients included:

Headwaters Music & Arts was awarded $3,000 to hold a five-day fiddle camp in June 2018, with a special focus on the music of participants’ North American heritage and the Scottish/English/Irish/Appalachian roots of folk and Bluegrass music, including a special introduction to contra dancing.

Red Lake Nation College received $3,000 to host an interactive activity in which the public, Ojibwe language educators, and local metal sculpture artists will collaborate to create sculptures of two clans, Bear and Kingfisher, during the first World Anishinaabe Language Summit in the summer of 2018.

These funds are made available through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

Individual Artist Grants

Region 2 Arts Council awarded $19,885 to individual artists in the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen. The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new artistic endeavors in the region by providing project assistance to regional artists who are seriously committed to their work and to the advancement of their artistic careers. The Individual Artist Grant Program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

The grant recipients included:

Jason Ewert received $2,000 to upgrade his filmmaking equipment (Beltrami County).

Judith Larson was awarded $2,000 to purchase equipment and supplies to create three-dimensional jewelry pieces, embellishments, and findings using sheet metal, wire, and metal clay. (Lake of the Woods County).

Jim Gallagher received $1,399 to purchase field-recording equipment to collect and produce audio stories as an independent radio producer. (Beltrami County).

Teresa McDowell was awarded $2,000 to purchase supplies to create handmade leather mittens and moccasins. (Lake of the Woods County).

S. Diane Kochmann received $1,874 to purchase a portable digital piano for performing solo or with her musical group “Mixed Emotions.” (Mahnomen County).

Marti Lundin was awarded $2,000 to study two styles of traditional Northern European painting at Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah Iowa. (Beltrami County).

Ryan Stewart was awarded $1,654 to purchase welding equipment and supplies to create metal art. (Clearwater County).

John Henningsgaard received $2,000 to produce a professionally recorded collection of his original music. (Beltrami County)

Caige Jambor was awarded $1,078 to purchase equipment to compose, record, produce, and perform a full-length album of original music. (Beltrami County).

Tawnee Corning received $1,446 to purchase supplies to create a series of seven oil paintings for exhibition on the topic of existential psychoanalysis. (Clearwater County).

Jeremy Simonson was awarded $2,000 to purchase a wide-angle lens and a printer to create photographic prints. (Hubbard County).

Cate Belleveau received $434 to support the filming of her original play Mary 3 Martha 4 NO Footnotes by local filmmaker/photographer Jon Heller (Beltrami County).

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship Deadline Upcoming!

Maximum Award: $5,000
Deadline: March 1, 2018 by 11:59 pm

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation to provide unfettered funding to two individual Native American artists to fuel their art in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties in Minnesota.

The goal of the annual Region 2 Arts Council AAI Fellowship Program is to assist the region’s most talented Native American artists in furthering and innovating their work by awarding substantial financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences that facilitate depth and advancement in their art form.

Two $5,000 awards will be granted in 2018.  The funds can be used for, but not limited to:

  • Exploring new directions or continuing work in progress
  • Production costs, materials, or equipment
  • Collaborative or community projects
  • Travel, research or study to further your art

Applications are available online at r2arts.org

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 staff@r2arts.org
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Upcoming Board Meetings and Reviews

January 22:

Region 2 Arts Council’s Board of Directors will meet via phone-conference at 4:30 pm. They will review the Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant applications at 5:15, and interested applicants may join the Region 2 staff in our office to witness the review process. We are located at 505 Bemidji Ave N, in Bemidji.

February 1:

Our Board of Directors will meet in the Education Room at Watermark Art Center (505 Bemidji Ave N) for a business meeting at 5:00 pm. They will review the Individual Artist Grant applications at 6:00 pm, and interested applicants may join the meeting to listen in on the review.

February 12:

The Board of Directors will meet at 4:30 in the Education Room at Watermark Art Center (505 Bemidji Ave N), and will be reviewing the Arts Access Grant applications at 5:30 pm. If you’d like to witness the review process, you may join us.

2 Grants / 1 Deadline! January 15, 2018

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Arts Access Grants
Maximum Award: $6,000
Deadline:
 January 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm
Review Date: February 12, 2018
Earliest Start Date: February 26, 2018

Arts organizations, non-profit organizations, schools, community education programs, institutions of higher learning, local city, town, and county government and tribal offices, and groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor located within Minnesota’s Region 2 counties are invited to apply for up to $6,000 through the Region 2 Arts Council Arts Access grant program. Arts Access grants support the creation, production, and presentation of high-quality arts activities and projects that benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties.  Would your organization like to enhance community and public life in our region through the arts? Start your online application today! https://r2arts.org/arts-grants-for-organizations/arts-access-grants/

This Arts Access Grant Program is made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Individual Artist Grants
Maximum Award: $2,000
Deadline:
 January 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm
Review Date: February 12, 2018
Earliest Start Date: February 26, 2018

The R2AC Individual Artist Grant Program, made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation, provides financial assistance to artists in any art discipline or in any stage of their career as an artist. This grant offers funding for project 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. https://r2arts.org/arts-grants-for-individuals/artist-grants/