“Train Travel Adventures” Summer Arts and Culture Programing for Young People in Baudette

If you are going to be in and around Rainy River this summer, you definitely want to look into these fun-filled arts programs for your kids happening at the Depot in Baudette, MN!  Sign up your kids for one or all of the following “Train Travel Adventure” arts programs:

1. NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS – JUNE 6. INSTRUCTOR – DEB CARLSONLearn about American Indian crafts using leather, beading, seeds, and more. Grades 3-8, limit 10. Cost: $12.00.

2. PRINT MAKING AND DRAWING – JUNE 13. INSTRUCTOR – JENNY MOORMAN: Explore methods of printmaking which do not require a “press.” Students will learn and practice basic principles of relief printing and more. Plus learn to draw! ” Morning session – grades 3-5 – $7.00; Afternoon session – grades 6-8 – $7.00.

3. JAPANESE SMALL TALK – JUNE 20 AND 27. INSTRUCTOR – LINDA REDEKER: Mornings only – total cost/2 sessions $12.00. Grades 3-5, limit 10. The class will be an introduction into the Japanese culture, including language, clothing, food, and art.

4. THEATER – JUNE 20 AND 27. INSTRUCTOR – JOYCE WASHBURN: Afternoons only – total cost/2 sessions $12.00. Grades 3-8. Actors will learn basic acting techniques, create their own theater event, rehearse, and perform.

5. PAINTING – JULY 11. INSTRUCTORS – NANCY LUCAS AND AMY LUCAS:  321 ART STUDIO Morning: Learn about the color wheel,rainbow watercolor painting, practice mixing secondary colors, and create original works on acrylic paper. Learn about famous painters Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse through stories. Afternoon: Foil design, sculptures and textures. Grades 3-8, $12.00, limit 20.

6. WONDER WEAVERS/STORYTELLING – JULY 18. INSTRUCTORS – TINA ROHDE AND COLLEEN SHASKIN: Morning only – Grades 1-8; $7.00. Limit 25. Start the morning with storytelling performance by the WonderWeavers. Move on to storytelling games and skill building to help students explore the art of storytelling and create their own stories as individuals or in small groups.

7. INTRODUCTION TO MOSAICS – JULY 18. INSTRUCTOR – SUE HOPKINS: Afternoon – July 18 plus one hour (9:00-10:00 – July 25). Grades 3-8, Limit 15. $7.00. Students will learn the process of the direct mosaic method, by completing a small project from start to finish.

8. WRITING CHILDREN’S STORIES – JULY 25. INSTRUCTOR – JESSICA GUBBELS TORNESE: Morning only – Grades 1-6; $7.00. Story ideas are all around us. Learn to play with the parts of a story – setting, characters, and plots – as you have fun writing and creating your own mini-book.

9. PUPPETRY – JULY 25. INSTRUCTOR – MARGARET BURGER:Afternoon only – Grade 1(age 7) and up; $7.00, Limit 20. This class will be a two part puppetry experience with a family friendly puppet performance by Margaret Burger followed by a “make-and-take” puppet making project.

10. WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY FIELD TRIP – AUGUST 1. INSTRUCTOR – SCOTT LAUDENSCHLAGER: Morning only (9:00 – 1:00 p.m.) Ages 11, 12, 13; Limit 15. $7.00. Will need some parent drivers to assist. Explore the great outdoors as you learn about our area wildlife. Bring your camera and wear outdoor gear/boots.

11. CULTURAL DANCE – AUGUST 1. INSTRUCTOR – BROOKE KNICK: Afternoon only – Grades 3-8. $7.00. Learn to dance mostly village dances in folk style to the complex and fascinating rhythms and music of Eastern Europe.

12. PHOTOGRAPHY – AUGUST 8. INSTRUCTOR – CHRIS TOLMAN/HEADWATERS SCIENCE CENTER: Grades 3-8, Limit 15. $12.00. This is a basic introductory class for kids who want to learn more about photography. Students will learn how a camera works and the three main components that affect the outcome of a photograph: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

13. “TRAIN TRAVELS ADVENTURES” BENCH PAINTING PROJECT– AUGUST 15. Grades 3-8, Limit 15. $12.00. Students will interpret their visions of “train travel adventures” into a series of images on two depot benches (non-historic).

14. SHOW AND TELL – AUGUST 22: All summer students are invited to return for a “Giant Show and Tell Celebration.” The public will be welcome to attend as well. No charge. Set up – 9:00 – 12:00; open house – 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

For more information and registration, please go to http://www.baudettedepot.org/#!summer-fun!

“Train Travel Adventures” is made possible in part by a Region 2 Arts Council grant through funds provided by the Minnesota State Legislature.

$20,665 Awarded for Arts Projects through Region 2 Arts Council!

Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) recently awarded $20,665 through the Arts Project Grants Program, designed for organizations and schools to create or produce an arts project or event. The grant recipients included:

Jackpine Writers’ Bloc, Park Rapids, received $1,415 to publish its 21st volume of “The Talking Stick,” a literary journal featuring the poetry and prose of Minnesota writers, and fund a workshop and book release party.

Depot Preservation Alliance, Baudette, was awarded $1,500 to purchase displays for art exhibitions.

The Bemidji Community Arts Council, Bemidji, received $800 to present, with curator Jason Clark, an exhibit of wood cut prints by artist Eugene Dalzotto featuring educational information on the process and materials used, work by Dalzotto that has never been shown publicly, and also work by Clark.

Bemidji – First City of Art Studio Cruise 2012, Bemidji, was awarded $1,500 to organize and promote an open studio event of participating artist studios in the Bemidji area that is free to the public.

District 309 Community Education, Park Rapids received $1,385 to offer a Kids’ Theater Camp which will engage students in writing, developing and producing an original play with music.

Kelliher Community Education (KISD 36), Kelliher, was awarded $410 to produce a summer theater day camp at the Old School Center in Kelliher, MN.

Pequana Playhouse, Baudette, was awarded $1,500 to contract with the Prairie Fire Theater to prepare and present a children’s theater production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Headwaters School of Music & the Arts, Bemidji, was awarded $1,479 to host a week-long drumset camp for area percussion students.

Depot Preservation Alliance, Baudette, was awarded $1,500 to present a series of ten arts activity days for kids during the summer of 2012 at the Baudette Depot.

Loon Opera Company, Bemidji, was awarded $1,500 to perform Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Complex, Bemidji, MN.

The Bemidji Community Arts Council, Bemidji, received $1,500 to present and host the 10th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibition juried by ceramic artist Robert Briscoe and in conjunction with “Sharing the Fire Tour” at Bemidji State University.

Minnesota Folklore Theater, Park Rapids, received $1,500 to produce “Annie” in celebration of 100 years of the Nevis Schools as part of their second annual Youth Theater Camp.

Headwaters School of Music & the Arts, Bemidji, was awarded $1,500 to provide a concert series at the Lake Bemidji State Park amphitheater every weekend during the summer of 2012.

Lake of the Woods Art Guild, Baudette, was awarded $754 to host a still life oil painting workshop instructed by accomplished artist Ruth Ann Nordlund.

CSSI/Hope House, Bemidji, was awarded $1,500 to contract with artists-in-residence Cindy Ekren and Judith Selby to create a second book featuring client writing and artwork.

Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids, was awarded $922 to host a grand opening exhibit of the permanent collection of Old Masters, including a narrated slideshow of the full collection and a separate slideshow on the establishment of the art center and the history of its permanent collection.

The next deadline for the Arts Project Grant is September 12, 2012. Call the Region 2 Arts Council office at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 for more information. Applications for these grants will be available this summer in the Region 2 Arts Council Office at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601, or for download from our website.

$22,700 for Arts Project Grants Available this Round!

What are you doing this weekend? The Ballet? A play? An art opening? A gourmet meal with friends and family?

Or, filling out an application for an Arts Project Grant, perhaps?  The deadline is Wednesday, March 14.  And you know what that means?  With a whole weekend ahead, there’s still time!

The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) invites any arts organization, non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), or unit of government from Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties to apply for an Arts Project Grant. Organizations can apply for grants up to $1,500 per project and currently $22,703 in funds are available. That’s enough to fund at least fifteen separate arts projects!

Think big projects, medium projects, even smaller projects!  Funding for 1/2 a project (R2AC grant covers half, you find other sources to cover the other half) is so much better than no funding at all…

Organizations can apply for funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists or artists-in-residence, and classes, conferences, workshops, publications, films or other presentations that promote arts awareness.

Region 2 Arts Council staff would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and answer any questions you may have on completing your application. Call 751-5447, toll free at 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for more information.

There are still applications available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji or you can download an application from the comfort of wherever you happen to be with your computer.  Happy Grant Writing!

-Region 2 Arts Council Staff

$22,700 Available to be Awarded through R2AC Arts Project Grants!

Arts organizations, non-profit organizations, schools (including community education offices), and units of government from Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties are encouraged to apply for an Arts Project Grant.  The deadline for application is March 14, 2012.

Arts Project Grants require a 50% cash match of the total project cost. Organizations can apply for grants up to $1,500 per project.  With $22,700 available, that’s enough to fund at least fifteen separate arts projects!

Art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists or artists-in-residence, and classes, conferences, workshops, publications, films or other presentations that promote arts awareness are the types of projects funded through Arts Project Grants.

Projects funded through R2AC’s grants programs should have primary impact on, and accessibility to, residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties.

Region 2 Arts Council staff would be happy to discuss your ideas with you and answer any questions you may have on completing your application. Call 751-5447, toll free at 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org for more information. Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 or are available for download here.

“A Christmas Carol – The Musical” Opens tonight at Historic Chief Theater

Head on over to the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji to see A Christmas CarolThe Musical

This is the first show of Bemidji Community Theater’s 30th season and is a collaboration with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.

The show runs Thurs, Fri, Sat, December 1,2,3 at 7:30pm and Fri, Sat, December 9 and 10 at 7:30pm.  The final show is Sunday, December 11 at 2:00pm.      

A Christmas CarolThe Musical is under the direction of Mary Knox-Johnson with music directed by Karen Bradley and accompanied by Wayne Hoff. This joyous new show from England with music by Piers Chater Robinson and brilliantly adapted by Chris Blackwood is a traditional, vibrant, two-act musical based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens.  The play, written and produced in England just last year, has only been performed in the U.S. on three previous occasions.

Tickets are modestly priced at $12 for adults and $6 for children under 18 and may be purchased at Iverson’s Corner Drug and Ken K. Thompson at the Mall. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office one hour before the performance.

Bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Shelf to the theater, and receive a $1 refund on the price of a ticket.

This production is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Schoolcraft Learning Community to Present its Winter Concert

On Monday, December 5, 2011 at 6:30 p.m., Schoolcraft Learning Community will present its Winter Concert at the Bemidji High School Performance Arts Center.

The concert  is open to the public, will showcase Schoolcraft choirs, orchestras and French programs, and admission is free.  This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

September/October Grant Deadlines Just Around the Corner!

Applications are available for the following Grants at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 and are also available for download. Just click the links below.

Arts Project Grant
Deadline: September 14, 2011
Download application: pdf or word document.
Open to any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), and units of government.  These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, and artists-in-residence. Organizations can apply for grants up to $1,500.

R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship
Deadline: September 14, 2011
Download application: pdf or word document.
Open to established artists in all disciplines who show a commitment to their career. This 18-month fellowship provides the opportunity for career development experiences that will add depth and advancement to any artistic career. Two $6,000 fellowships will be awarded per year.

Individual Artist Grant
Deadline: October 5, 2011
Download application: pdf or word document.
Open to artists in all art disciplines.  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.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant
Deadline: October 6, 2011
Download application: pdf or word document.
Open to individual American Indian artists in all disciplines. 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.

Projects funded through R2AC’s grants programs should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. The term “arts” refers to music, creative writing, dance, visual art, theater, and other forms of creative expression. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you, help you locate an artist, or assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, toll free at 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org.

R2AC Fall 2011 Grant Deadlines

Artists, schools, non-profits, government offices, and arts organizations!  Region 2 Arts Council fall deadlines are approaching fast.  Are you ready?

August:

  Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants: August 16

September: 

Arts Project Grants:  September 14

R2AC McKnight Career Development Fellowships:  September 14

October:

Individual Artist Grants:  October 5

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants:  October 6

Click on each of the grants above to download copies and discover which grants apply to the project or activity you are envisioning. Call R2AC at 218-751-5447 or email us at staff@r2arts.org with your questions and ideas.

All grants are postmark due by 5 p.m. on the deadline dates listed above.  Mail or hand deliver your completed grant applications to Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, Minnesota.

R2AC FREE Grant Writing Workshops in Bagley and Bemidji; Today’s Park Rapids Workshops Canceled

BAGLEY AND BEMIDJI WORKSHOPS NEXT WEEK:

Tuesday, July 12th in Bagley: at Faith Lutheran Church, Bagley Avenue, NW, Bagley. Come to one workshop or come to all!  Call / email our office to reserve a space. ADVANCED REGISTRATION is required. 218 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 / email staff@r2arts.org .

Individual Artist Grant/ McKnight Career Development Fellowship
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Arts Project Grant/ Community Arts Support Grant
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday July 14th, in Bemidji: at the Region 2 Arts Council office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji. Come to one workshop or come for all! Call/email our office to reserve a space. ADVANCED REGISTRATION is required. 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 / email staff@r2arts.org .

Individual Artist Grant/McKnight Career Development
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Arts Project Grant/ Community Arts Support Grant
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

PARK RAPIDS WORKSHOPS CANCELED:

Thursday, July 7th workshops in Park Rapids have been canceled.  Please call and register for workshops at a different location or call / email our office for individual consultation or an appointment.

UPCOMING GRANT DEADLINES:

Applications are available for the following Grants at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 and are also available for download from our website, http//r2arts.org.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants

Deadline: August 16, 2011
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 Cultural Heritage. Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.

Arts Project Grant

Deadline: September 14, 2011

Open to any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), and units of government.  These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, and artists-in-residence. Organizations can apply for grants up to $1,500.

R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship

Deadline: September 14, 2011

Open to established artists in all disciplines who show a commitment to their career. This
18-month fellowship provides the opportunity for career development experiences that will
add depth and advancement to any artistic career. Two $6,000 fellowships will be awarded per year.

Projects funded through R2AC’s grants programs should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties. The term “arts” refers to music, creative writing, dance, visual art, theater, and other forms of creative expression. We would be happy to discuss your ideas with you, help you locate an artist, or assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, toll free at 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org.

CURRENT LINKS: 

For more information regarding the Minnesota state shutdown and the impact on the Region 2 Arts Council, go to https://r2arts.org/2011/07/01/r2ac-and-the-state-shutdown/

For more information regarding our FREE grant writing workshops, go to: https://r2arts.org/2011/07/05/throughout-the-month-of-july-free-grant-writing-workshops-at-a-location-near-you/

For a quick view into Region 2 Arts Council Office week 1 of the shutdown, go to the July 6, 2011 Lakeland Public Television segment:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7T5_pyj4kM&feature=player_embedded#at=23

Throughout the Month of July: FREE Grant Writing Workshops at a Location Near You!

This July, Region 2 Arts Council is once again offering FREE GRANT WRITING WORKSHOPS to artists and arts organizations in our five county region: Hubbard, Clearwater, Beltrami, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties.  Find the location nearest you and decide which grants you’d like to apply for. Next, call/email R2AC and reserve a spot.  Grant Deadlines are Fast Approaching!  What’s coming up first?  Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant are due in the R2AC office by August 16th!

WORKSHOPS:

Public Library Conference Room
Thursday, July 7             PARK RAPIDS

Individual Artist Grant/ McKnight Career Development Fellowship
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Arts Project Grants/Community Arts Support Grants
7:30 – 8:30 p.m

Faith Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, Bagley Avenue, NW
Tuesday, July 12             Bagley

Individual Artist Grant/ McKnight Career Development Fellowship
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Arts Project Grant/Community Arts Support Grant
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue
Thursday, July 14th      Bemidji

Individual Artist Grant/ McKnight Career Development Fellowship
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Arts Project Grant/Community Arts Support Grant
7:30 – 8:30 p.m

Lake of the Woods High School Media Room
Tuesday, July 19th               Baudette

Individual Artist Grant/ McKnight Career Development Fellowship
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Arts Project Grant/ Community Arts Support Grant
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Red Apple Cafe
Thursday, July 21               Mahnomen

Individual Artist Grant/ McKnight Career Development Fellowship
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Arts Project Grant/Community Arts Support Grant
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

For All Workshops ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required.  To reserve a place in a free workshop or for further information, please call 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org

FALL ROUND GRANT DEADLINES: Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant deadline:August 16th; Arts Project Grants and Career Development Fellowships: September 14th, and Individual Artist Grants: October 6th, Community Arts Support Grants: Feb 15th (one round every two years).  Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Writing Workshops will be offered in August and September to residents of Region 2’s five counties as well as residents of Roseau, Itasca, Cass and Becker Counties to prepare for the October 6th deadline date.

GRANTS:

The Arts and Cultural Heritage grant writing session will be 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, Education, and Cultural Heritage. Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.

The Arts Project grant writing session will be open to any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), and units of government.  These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, and artists-in-residence. Organizations can apply for grants up to $1,500.

The Community Arts Support grant writing session will be open to any arts organizations. These grants are two-year awards that help provide some measure of funding stability for arts organizations so that their energy can be better focused on increasing the quality and availability of the arts to their communities. Arts organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000 depending on the their annual revenues.

The R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship is open to established artists in all disciplines who show a commitment to their career. This 18-month fellowship provides the opportunity for career development experiences that will add depth and advancement to any artistic career. Two $6,000 fellowships will be awarded per year.

The Individual Artist grant writing session will be open to artists in all art disciplines.  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.

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant is open to individual Native American artists in all disciplines. 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. Native American artists residing in Region 2 and additionally Becker, Cass, Itasca, and Roseau counties are encouraged to apply. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Note: As you plan your fall grant projects, be aware that delays in grant award payments may occur.  Payments by R2AC on approved grants are dependent on the status of the Minnesota State Budget.