R2AC Soiree to Kick Off Arts Collaboration!

Please come to the Collaborative Kick-Off Soiree for the Arts on Friday, October 26 from 7-9 p.m.  Come share your ideas, find and offer enthusiasm, and be inspired to move forward with arts project and arts event ideas!

The event is FREE and takes place at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW in Bemidji. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.  (So that Holly from our office can plan for how many of her delicious delectables including yummy meatballs and tasty tarts  to make, RSVP Required!)

Come see what kind of great things will come of just two hours of your time on a Friday evening in October! (Fun incentives for collaborative groups to meet again, information and hands-on experience with Google Hang-Outs, and inspiration will abound. We promise!)

Artists, representatives of arts organizations and non-profits, arts-minded educators and business people, and all Region 2 Arts arts enthusiasts invited!  Email staff@r2arts.org or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447.

Sept 25: R2AC Listening and Feedback Session for Hubbard County

Arts Downtown Park Rapids tonight, musical performances arranged by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council at the Kinship spaghetti dinner on Friday, and Arts Leap 2012 on Saturday and Sunday make for a full arts weekend in Hubbard County!

With so much going on, don’t forget that Region 2 Arts Council invites Hubbard County Residents to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 to gather community input on how R2AC can best support the arts in Hubbard County. 

Schools, city and county government, non-profit organizations, artists, art organizations and community members are encouraged to attend and give feedback on Region 2 Arts Council’s grant programs, workshops and other arts activities.

It is important for us to listen to the needs and experiences of people such as yourself. Board members from Hubbard County and Region 2 Arts Council staff will be present at the listening session to ask questions and gather feedback. Please come and discuss your thoughts on how Region 2 Arts Council can better meet the needs of artists and art organizations, and continue to create thriving arts communities.

Date: Tuesday September 25, 2012
Location: Coldwell Banker, 101 South Main in Park Rapids
Time: 5:30 p.m.

If you have any questions or you would like additional information, please call 800 275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org

Feel free to share this information. We’re hoping for a strong turn out!

Impressive Turn-out at Coffee Party for the Arts with Rep. Larry Howes

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Sheila Smith from Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Terri Widman from Region 2 Arts Council, and Mark Turner from Five Wings Arts Council  joined nearly 50 artists, arts organization representatives, and arts appreciators from our region on Sunday, March 25th to share with Representative Larry Howes the powerful and positive impact arts Legacy funding continues to have in our northern Minnesota communities.

The turn out was impressive; and those who shared their experience spoke honestly and eloquently about the many ways the arts improve the quality of our lives.

Thank you- not only to all in attendance, but to all artists and arts supporters in Five Wings and Region 2!

This Thursday: Artist Mentor Info Session in Bemidji

Original Artwork by Kiah Hartung, student artist mentoring with visual artist, Kristin Gustafson.

NEW DATE: March 8      Artist Mentor Grant Program Informational Meeting. 5:30-7:00 p.m. Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.  519 Minnesota Avenue, Bemidji.   Are you

  • an 8th-12th grade student  (in school or homeschooled) with talent and a passion for the arts?
  • the parent of an 8-12 grade student artist?
  • a teacher who wants to learn about a grant opportunity for students you know with a special arts talent?
  • an artist interested in mentoring a young  artist?

On Thursday March 8th, Region 2 Arts Council is hosting a panel discussion to inform interested 8-12 graders, their parents, teachers, and local artists about the Artist Mentor grant program. Artist mentors and student grant recipients will speak candidly about the working together and the application process.  There will be time for questions.

RSVP by Tuesday March 6 Contact staff@r2arts.org or 218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447.  Can’t make it to the meeting? Download a copy of the Artist Mentor Grant application here.  Applications are due April 11th.

“This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.”

Minnesota State Arts Board Grant Program Information Session

Anyone who would like to learn about the recently announced upcoming Minnesota State Arts Board grant opportunities and deadlines is invited to attend a free session at the Bemidji Public Library on Wednesday, August 17th:

What:  MSAB  Grant Program  Information Session
Where:  Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Avenue NW
When:  Wednesday August 17,  5:30-7:30pm

In the first 60 minutes of the Grant Information Session, all grant programs will be reviewed. In the second 60 minutes, the Artists Initiative grant will be discussed in detail. Individuals do not need to stay for both hours.

This workshop is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged.  Register by contacting the Arts Board by phone (651) 215-1600; (800) 866-2787, MN Relay 7-1-1; or online at https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHJpZ0pyNWdmeDBZeHZXWEk2XzZCcEE6MQ

 When you register, we need to know:
1.  Your name
2.  Your e-mail address and telephone number
3.  Which information session (by city) you will attend

The list of dates and locations for the other Minnesota State Arts Board workshops can also be viewed in the Deadlines/Calendar section of the Arts Board Web site: http://www.arts.state.mn.us.

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts.  Funds for Minnesota State Arts Board programs are provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Public Art 101 Workshop Inspires Informs and Impacts Attendees

Forecast Public Art Executive Director Jack Becker conducted the Public 101 Workshop to artists, community leaders, and arts enthusiasts on Tuesday, April 27 in Bemidji.

Attendees assessed public art projects from across the globe, learned the processes of planning a successful public art project, and considered the multitude of levels from which public art is judged. Considerations such as funding, organizing, message, temporary versus permanent art, and the differences between community initiated and artist initiated projects were discussed and analyzed.

Public art can make powerful statements – sometimes grand, impacting thousands, other times intimate, influencing individuals on the personal level. Becker noted that the art in a community becomes the barometer of that culture, indicating where an area has been, where it is, and where it may go. Public art creates meaningful public space.

Forecast Public art is a St. Paul based company dedicated to strengthening and advancing the field of public art – locally, nationally, and internationally – by expanding participation, supporting artists, informing audiences, and assisting communities.

The workshop was organized by the Region 2 Arts Council and funded by an allocation of Minnesota’s Land and Legacy Amendment .

Click here to view Lakeland Public Television’s news story on the Public Art 101 Workshop!

Forecast Public Art and R2AC to Present Public Art 101 Workshop

Who: City Managers, Parks & Recreation Works, Community Developers, Non-Profit Developers, Library Directors, and Artists

What: Public Art 101 Workshop

When: April 27th, 9am – 12:30pm

Where: County Administration Building, County Board Room, 701 Minnesota Avenue, Bemidji


Are you interested in having pubic art in your community? Are you wondering how to involve artists in placemaking and public improvement projects? Are you an artist looking to learn the basics of public art? The Region 2 Arts Council in partnership with Forecast Public Art invite you to learn about the exciting field of public art and how you can get started with your own art projects. Forecast presenters will review recent national and international public art projects, address the economic benefits of public art and provide a step-by-step guided tour through the process of developing a public art project. Public art can be political and controversial and this workshop will address the potential of controversy and how to turn it into a constructive dialog in your community. This introductory workshop will provide you with opportunities to meet with others in your region that are interested in public art, connect you with resources as you explore public art possibilities, and provide inspiration to get your planning started!

About Forecast Public Artworks:

Forecast Public Art is a St. Paul-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen and advance the field of public art locally, nationally and internationally by expanding participation, supporting artists, informing audiences and assisting communities.

Forecast works towards its mission through three key programs:

  • Public Art Review is the world’s leading journal critically exploring contemporary public art. Created in 1989, the Review has grown from a black and white newspaper format with a few hundred readers to a glossy 100-page magazine with approximately 10,000 readers in all fifty states and twenty foreign countries.
  • Our grant program competitive grants each year to Minnesota artists. Grants range in size from $2,000 (for research and development) to $7,000 (for public projects).
  • Our consulting practice helps create public art by providing project management for community groups, organizations, government agencies, and individual artists seeking to enhance public space.