Individual Artist Grant Deadline: February 7

Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant
Deadline: February 7, 2012
Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000

Open to Minnesota artists in all art disciplines who reside in Mahnomen, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, and Hubbard 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. 

Applications are available for Individual Artist Grants at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 and are also available for download here.

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.

Attention Arts Organizations! Upcoming Community Arts Support Grant Deadline

Community Arts Support Grants – Deadline: February 15, 2012
Open to any arts organization in Hubbard, Beltrami, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Clearwater Counties.

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.

If you miss this application deadline, you will need to wait two years before you have the opportunity to apply again. Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 and are also available for download from our website.

We would be happy to assist you in completing the application form. Call 751-5447, toll free at 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail staff@r2arts.org.

Note: Arts Organizations having received funding through Community Arts Support Grants in 2010 MUST have their final reports in by February 1, 2012 to be eligible for a grant this round.

This grant is funded, in whole or in part, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

Grant Writing Workshop Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Baudette

Individual Artists, Non-Profit Organizations, and Schools:
Do you have an arts-related project in mind that needs funding?

Come to the Baudette Depot on Tuesday December 6, 2011 for a Region 2 Arts Council drop-in session and grant-writing workshop!

Drop-In:  5:30 and 6:00 p.m. Pick up application materials for any R2AC grants and discuss which grants best support your project ideas. 

Grant-writing workshop: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Discuss grant writing strategies and take a closer look at grant-specific requirements.

The following grants will be highlighted in this workshop:

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants
Deadline: January 17, 2012

Providing opportunities for arts, arts access, arts education, and cultural heritage activities.
Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.

Individual Artist Grant
Deadline: February 7, 2012

Supporting individual artists in creating and promoting their art.
  Individual artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Community Arts Support Grants
Deadline: February 15, 2012

Fostering the development and sustainability of new and existing arts organizations.
Based on their annual expenses, organizations can qualify to receive between $4,000 – $12,000 to be paid over two years.

Please RSVP for the grant writing workshop by calling or emailing Region 2 Arts Council, 218-751-5447 / 1-800-275-5447 / staff@r2arts.org.

R2AC grant applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 and for download. Contact our office at any time for assistance in the application process.

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.

These grants are funded in whole or in part by an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota Voters on November 7, 2008.

R2AC Awards Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants

The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) has recently awarded $3,750 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program.  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.   The grant recipients and information about their projects are listed below.

Bonita Desjarlais, of Bena, received $1,000 to purchase tools and equipment to complete Ojibwe style stained glass projects for display in art exhibitions.

Luella M. Zimmerman, of Blackduck, was awarded $1,000 to purchase materials and equipment to make star quits for sale.

Melvin Losh, of Bena, received $1,000 to purchase a laptop computer, flatbed scanner, software and accessories to digitize photographs to create an online archive of his art and quillwork from the last 37 years.

Clem May, of Red Lake, was awarded $750 to purchase a new drum set to use in performances.

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grants program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation. Current AAI Council members are Tom Buckanaga, Mary Guardipee, Douglas Lee, Genny Lowry, Bernice Mitchell, Delana Smith, Debra Warren, Delina White, and Harold “Dunesy” White, Jr.

The next deadline for the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Grant is March 6, 2012.  The next deadline for other grants available is the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant, due on January 17, 2012.

Applications for these grants will be available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601, or call the Region 2 Arts Council office at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 or see the applications and download them here.

Don’t let the January/February Grant Deadlines Pass you by!

Attention Individual Artists, Non-Profit Organizations, and Schools!
Do you have an arts-related project in mind that needs funding?

In preparation for the upcoming grant deadlines, Region 2 Arts Council is hosting a drop-in session and grant-writing workshop on Thursday December 1st, 2011 in the R2AC office at 426 Bemidji Avenue in Bemidji.

Drop by our office any time between 4:30-5:30 p.m. to pick up application materials and discuss which R2AC grants best support your project ideas.

Plan to attend our grant-writing workshop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for an in-depth discussion of grant writing strategies and a closer look at grant-specific requirements. The following grants will be highlighted in this workshop:

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants
Deadline: January 17, 2012

Providing opportunities for arts, arts access, arts education, and cultural heritage activities.
Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.

Individual Artist Grants
Deadline: February 7, 2012

Supporting individual artists in creating and promoting their art.
 Individual artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Community Arts Support Grants
Deadline: February 15, 2012

Fostering the development and sustainability of new and existing arts organizations.
Based on their annual expenses, organizations can qualify for funds up to $12,000, to be paid in 2 installments.

Please RSVP for the grant writing workshop by calling or emailing Region 2 Arts Council, 218-751-5447 / 1-800-275-5447 / staff@r2arts.org.

R2AC grant applications are always available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 and for download.

Region 2 Arts Council strengthens the presence of the arts by supporting opportunities for arts creation, promotion, and education for the people of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties.

Grant Deadlines Next Week: October 5 & 6!

Attention Individual Artists! You’ve got less than a week to finish your applications for Region 2 Arts Council’s Anishinaabe Arts Initiative and Individual Artist Grants.

Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 and may be downloaded from our web site.

Individual Artist Grant
Deadline: October 5, 2011

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. Open to Individual Artists residing in Region 2: Beltrami, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, and Clearwater Counties. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant
Deadline: October 6, 2011

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.  Open to Individual Artists residing in Region 2’s five counties: Beltrami, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, and Clearwater county, as well as nearby Roseau, Itasca, Cass, and Becker Counties. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

IMPORTANT: Hand delivered applications must be in our office no later than 5 p.m. on the deadline date.  Applications postmarked by the deadline date and mailed to our office are also accepted.

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.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines October 2011!

Applications are available for the following Grants at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 and may be downloaded from our web site.

Individual Artist Grant
Deadline: October 5, 2011

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. Open to Individual Artists residing in Region 2: Beltrami, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, and Clearwater Counties. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant
Deadline: October 6, 2011

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.  Open to Individual Artists residing in Region 2’s five counties: Beltrami, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, and Clearwater county, as well as nearby Roseau, Itasca, Cass, and Becker Counties. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

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.

Northern Arts News September/October Edition: Read it Today!

If you haven’t received the latest edition of Northern Arts News in your email in-box, click here and read it today!

Highlights in the September/October edition include:

If you are interested in receiving our e-Newsletter to stay abreast of grants, workshops, and local and regional news and opportunities, please email us at staff@r2arts.org. Write “Newletter” in the subject field.

McKnight Fellowship and Arts Project Grant Deadlines September 14

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 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.

Free Grant Writing Workshops for Native American Artists

Jim Jones working on his birch bark canoe

Over the next three weeks, the Region 2 Arts Council is offering free grant writing workshops to discuss grant writing tips and procedures with individual artists interested in applying for an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant.

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant is open to individual Native American artists residing in Region 2’s Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties, as well as artists living in nearby Roseau, Itasca, Cass and Becker Counties. Native Artists in all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000. Grant Deadline is October 6, 2011.

Location: Tribal Council HQ Building, Red Lake
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Leech Lake Tribal College
Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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