Drum roll please! It’s a New Fiscal Year for R2AC

R2ACLogo_Color_small…but before moving forward, let’s take a minute to look back at FY16:

Region 2 Arts Council awarded arts organizations, schools, and non-profit organizations a total of $202,377.00 in State and Legacy funds.  

The funding totals by county are

  • Beltrami County: $99,112
  • Clearwater County: $24,259
  • Hubbard County: $49,646
  • Lake of the Woods County: $23,960
  • Mahnomen County: $5,400

Region 2 Arts Council awarded Individual Artists a total of $48,805.00 in McKnight, Legacy, and State funds. The funding totals by grant program are

  • Individual Artist Grants: $18,132
  • Artist Career Development Fellowships: $12,000
  • Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants: $9,313
  • Artist Mentor Grants: $4,800
  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Individuals: $3,000
  • Quick Grants for Artists: $1,560

These awards made possible by

  • the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund
  • an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund
  • and with funding from the McKnight Foundation

Thank you to our funders!

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Come Visit Us at 303 Railroad Street SW in Bemidji!

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The Rail River Folk School Building

We are settled into our new home in the Rail River Folk School warehouse building.  Stop in and see us, give us a call, or drop us a line to discuss grants!  Don’t forget our three upcoming deadlines on October 15: Quick Grants for Individual Artists and Non Profits, Arts Project Grants, and Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Schools.  We are here, ready to support you in your arts project planning.

Career Development Fellowship Deadline: Sept. 11, 2014

mcknight_foundation_logo-300x34$12,000 in funds available for R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship – Two Fellowships awarded every year

Individual Artists of at least 21 years of age with a minimum 5-year history of sustained accomplishment in their chosen artistic field, residing for at least one year prior to deadline in one of the following Minnesota counties: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen, may apply for this 18-month fellowship funded by the McKnight foundation. The goal of the R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship Program is to provide substantial support to the region’s most talented artists to further their artistic works through study, introspection or innovation and to facilitate depth and advancement in their artistic careers. Deadline: September 11, 2014.

To download an application, go to https://r2arts.org/grants/arts-grants-for-individuals/the-r2acmcknight-grants-for-arts-organizations/.

For grant writing hints and tips: Come to our workshop!

Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014; Time: 5:50-7:30 p.m.; Location: lower level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji MN.

Or contact us at staff@r2arts.org / 218 751-5447 or 1800 275-5447. We are happy to answer your questions, read over your application materials, and set up one-on-one appointments for those unable to attend the workshop.

New R2AC Submission Policy: All materials submitted 2 weeks prior to the deadline will be carefully reviewed for omissions and detailed feedback will be provided to the applicant.  Materials submitted after two weeks prior to the deadline will be reviewed by R2AC staff as time allows.  All grants submitted by the deadline date will be sent “as submitted” to the board for review.

Individual Artist Grant Deadline: Wednesday, February 5

mcknight_foundation_logo-300x34R2AC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant
Deadline: February 5, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.
Have you been thinking about this?  We think there’s still time! 
Open to artists in all art disciplines that reside in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen Counties. 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.This grant is designed for artists at various career stages and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Questions? Assistance? Call 751-5447, toll free at 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org. Download a copy of the grant application at https://r2arts.org/grants/artist-grants/.

Belleveau and Gustafson Receive R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowships

Big check pictures are in! Plans are in place!  If you haven’t heard, back in October 2013, sculpture artist Kathy Gustafson and director/performing artist Cate Belleveau received McKnight funded Region 2 Arts Council Career Development Fellowships.

IMG_0503Cate Belleveau, of Puposky, a local writer, actor, director, teacher and founder of the Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective, was awarded $6,000 to attend the Network of Ensemble Theater’s National Summit and Dell’Arte International’s Summer Workshops. Her focus will be on physical theater, theater in a rural setting, and storytelling by using stories drawn from and shared by the community. She will create a local ensemble theater group to utilize these new skills and ideas that will perform at Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space.

IMG_0519Kathy Gustafson, of Bemidji, a local painter, sculptor, artist career counselor for Springboard for the Arts and member of Studio Ten, was awarded $6,000 to incorporate metals such as stainless steel, copper, bronze, brass and aluminum into her sculptures. Her plan includes working with other local sculptors to learn hot metal/forging techniques and methods of applying patinas and finishes. Her Fellowship will result in a new body of work intended for public display.

Belleveau and Gustafson were selected from a very competitive, extraordinarily worthy pool of Region 2 artist applicants.  Look ahead to fall 2014 for another chance to apply!

This activity is made possible by a Region 2 Arts Council / McKnight Career Development Fellowship Award.

2 Upcoming Grant Deadlines: Jan. 17 and Feb. 5, 2014

legacy_smlArts and Cultural Heritage Grant
Deadline: January 17, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.
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, Arts Education, and Arts and Cultural Heritage. Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.  

Projects funded through Region 2 Arts Council’s Arts & Cultural Heritage grant program should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties.

mcknight_foundation_logo-300x34R2AC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant
Deadline: February 5, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.
Open to artists in all art disciplines that reside in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen Counties. 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.This grant is designed for artists at various career stages and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Questions? Assistance? Call 751-5447, toll free at 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org.

$13,000 IN INDIVIDUAL ARTIST GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL ARTISTS

IAG DEADLINE FEBRUARY 5, 2014 Applications for Individual Artist Grants, funded by the McKnight Foundation, are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 and are also available on our website, http://r2arts.org.

R2AC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant

Deadline: February 5, 2014

Open to artists in all art disciplines that reside in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen Counties. 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.

This grant is designed for artists at various career stages and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you or assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, toll free at 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org.