JumpstART your Arts Career at Rail River Folk School March 9

NicholasBrea2Attention Musicians, Visual Artists, Performing Artists, and Artists of Any Kind!  So you want to be an ARTIST?

If you are  in middle school, high school, college-aged, or fresh out of college; and if you are considering pursuing an arts career, arts degree, or do you just plain love doing your art-

 Please join Springboard for the Arts* and Region 2 Arts Council

Saturday March 9th, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW in Bemidji for


A program designed to support you on your path as an artist

  • 10:00 a.m.-11:30  a.m.  Artist Skills Workshop: Portfolios, Artist Statements, Resumes, Grants
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion with artists and arts professionals:  Learn how to JumpstART your arts career now!
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. Artist Mentoring: see what R2AC artist mentors & students are doing, get more info on Artist Mentor Grant Program for 8th-12th grade artists, and learn about Individual Artist Grants for adult artists seeking mentors.  You want to be a mentor or be mentored?  Please come!

The day is FREE and snacks will be provided!

RSVP 218 751-5447 /staff@r2arts.org by March 7, 2013

*Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate a vibrant arts community by connecting artists with the skills, contacts, information and services they need to make a living and a life.


Arts Coffee Party with Sen. Saxhaug: this Saturday!

0-95293830-3693768Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Region 2 Arts Council, and the Bemidji Community Art Center warmly invite you to a Coffee Party to Advocate for the Arts with State Senator Tom Saxhaug.

  • Saturday, February 2nd at 11:00 a.m.
  • at the Bemidji Community Art Center in the Historic Carnegie Library Building; 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601

State Sen. Saxhaug is extraordinarily important to the arts and he’s coming to Bemidji! We’re calling on artists and arts advocates to attend the coffee party on Saturday to let Sen. Saxhaug know the powerful impact arts funding has on our communities.

Sen. Saxhaug is the Chair of the Senate State Departments and Veterans Division (which determines general fund allocation for the arts) and is a Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Legacy (which decides Arts Legacy Funding).

You bring the arts to our Region. Attend the coffee party to advocate for the continued funding for the arts!

RSVP:  Call 218 751-5447; or email staff@r2arts.org.  Rolls and coffee provided.

Arts Advocacy Day is March 7, 2013 at the State Capitol

0-95293830-3693768On March 7, 2013 artists and arts supporters from across the state will join together to secure Art and Legacy funding for the next two years, ensuring we remain the strongest arts community in the country.

Join your fellow arts advocates from around the State and from Region 2 to talk about the arts, make new contacts, and educate our legislators at the State Capitol about the importance of the arts.

Follow this link for more info and to register: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/events/advocacyday/

Then contact us at staff@r2arts.org, 218 751-5447.  Let’s have a strong showing from Region 2!

Arts Downtown Park Rapids This Thursday, Nov. 15

Jason Wright will perform sacred, familiar and holiday music from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè.

The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at four locations in downtown Park Rapids.

Jason Wright will be performing a blend of sacred, familiar and holiday music from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè, 116 3rd Street West. Wright recently moved to Menahga and will serve as interim director of the Park Rapids Classic Chorale when Jim Wheeler retires. He continues his work with the nationally recognized pianists, Tim and Ryan O’Neill, selling music, editing sheet music and traveling as an associate pianist to promote their albums.

Chef Tom Geraedts will show how to prepare artistic, decorative food trays for the holidays from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Beagle Books, 112 3rd Street West.

Singer/songwriter Trinity Junes will play his own brand of acoustic rock and blues from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Necce’s Ristorante, 311 South Main Ave. Junes, who is from Menahga, adds the harmonica to some of his songs and will perform some of the music on his new CD, “I Get By.”

Taylor Schroeder will perform classic folk and folk/rock from 5:30 to 6 and from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe, 220 South Main Ave. Schroeder plays a little bit of everything and puts his own gentle twist on some classic oldies; you’re sure to hear something you enjoy. You may have heard him at the Youth Music Showcase events in August.

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council sponsors this activity which is funded in whole or in part 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. 

This Weekend in the Arts!

Here are several of the R2AC grant-supported arts events happening in Region 2 this weekend:

Nov. 9-11:  The Foreigner (Baudette)
Pequana Playhouse proudly presents The Foreigner. Dinner Theater Nov. 9 &  10 (dining at 6:00 p.m.,  play at 7:00).  Sunday Matinee Nov. 11 (dining 1:00 p.m., play at 2:00 p.m.).  $7/person. $12 includes dinner. Advance tickets:  Howard’s Oil and The Smiling Moon in Baudette.  “Show only” tickets also available at the door.

Nov. 9-12 & 18: OLIVER! (Bemidji)
Under the direction of Mary Knox Johnson, Bemidji Community Theater in collaboration with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse present OLIVER!  Nov 9-12 at 7:30 p.m. Sun Matinees on Nov 11&18 at 2:00 p.m. Historic Chief Theater, downtown Bemidji.  Tickets: Iverson Corner Drug, Ken K Thompson Jewelry at the Mall, or at the box office one hour before the show.  $12/ adults and $6 /17 and under.  Bring a non-perishable food item to the theater for a $1 refund on the ticket price.

Nov. 11  Bemidji Symphony Orchestra: Music and War
Under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, BSO presents the second concert of the series “Tunes & Topics” on Veteran’s Day, Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Doors open for seating at 2:30 pm. Special guest artist Wesley Baldwin, cellist, will be featured on Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85. (For more concert detail, go to the BSO website. A post-concert conversation will follow.
All veterans of the United States Armed Forces are invited to attend the concert free of charge. Complementary tickets can be picked up at the Beltrami County Veterans’ Service Office at 616 America Ave. NW, Suite 140, or at the door.

Tickets: at the door, or in advance at Lueken’s North, Brigid’s Pub, or online at brownpapertickets.com. $20/adults, $15/senior citizens 62+, and $10/college students with ID.  K-12/free. All seats are general admission. This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of MN through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Nov. 11:   The Hunts (Bemidji)
Champion fiddling is mixed with a blend of world-ranked step dancing, and beautiful vocal harmonies with this talented family of 9.  Performance at the Bemidji High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets available at HSMA 519 MN Ave., Overbeeks Electronics, Kelsey’s Jewelry.  Adults: $17 in advance/$20 at the door. Students: $5. Sponsored by Paul Bunyan Communications and 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.

Copper Street Brass Performing this Thursday at Nevis School

Bringing classical, jazz and rock music to Nevis School, Copper Street Brass will be performing a concert in the Nevis small gym, on Thursday, October 11th, from 7-8:30 pm.

The concert called “Evolution in Concert,” features a brass quintet performing a wide variety of music from Mozart to Billy Joel.

The quintet will be doing a two-day residency for the 5th/6th, junior high, and senior music students.  In addition to innovative concert performances, the group focuses heavily on education and introducing kids to the joy of music.

The quintet prides itself on shattering the divide between listener and performer with their lively banter and audience interaction.  The concert is the high point of the educational program and is perfect for audiences of all ages.  Tickets will be available at the door.

The CSBQ’s educational residency and concert is funded through a grant by the Region 2 Arts Council through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota state legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Region 2 Arts Council Awards Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants

Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) recently awarded $58,161 through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program to arts organizations and non-profits in Beltrami, Hubbard, and Lake of the Woods counties.

The funds will be used to create opportunities for arts access, arts education, and cultural heritage activities that build bridges between Minnesotans. 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. The grant recipients included:

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji,was awarded $6,000 to focus on Native American music and culture in its March concert and its biennial children’s concert, as well as provide educational activities in area schools.

Nevis High School, Nevis, received $6,000 to hire Copper Street Brass to perform a two-day residency including 8 educational sessions and one full-length evening performance.

Bemidji Community Theater, Bemidji, was awarded $5,560 to produce the musical “Peter Pan” in April of 2013.

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning, Park Rapids, received $1,970 to present four educational programs that will examine artistic elements and forms that are common to America’s shared cultural heritage and values.

Bemidji State University English Department, Bemidji,was awarded $6,000 to host the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference at their campus during the third week of June 2013.

Pequana Playhouse, Baudette,received $2,990 to contract with Prairie Fire Theatre to provide a children’s theater production of “Alladin” the week of July 8-13, 2013.

The Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids,was awarded $4,690 to bring Ester Partega and Brad Kahlhamer to Park Rapids as part of the Nemeth Art Center Visiting Artist Series.

Headwaters School for Music & the Arts, Bemidji, received $6,000 to present a professional high quality concert series for residents of north central Minnesota.

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Red Lake,was awarded $6,000 to promote and develop emerging artists with an arts festival.

Lake of the Woods Art Guild, Baudette,received $2,625 to update the newly acquired Baudette Arts Center and make the space usable for studio and exhibit purposes.

The Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids,was awarded $4,326 to partner with the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts to bring the Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program to Park Rapids.

ACLU MN Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project – North, Bemidji,received $6,000 to mount the exhibition Art From Within.

The next Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant deadline is January 17, 2013.

Applications are available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601, or for download from our website.  Please call us at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 for more information.