Collaborating within Arts Disciplines followed by It’s Only Clay Community Lecture!

Artists and arts organizations!  Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 2nd when Mark Turner, Executive Director of Five Wings Arts Council, will facilitate Collaborating within Arts Disciplines.

This workshop is FREE, and has been designed to offer you the opportunity to network with other artists and arts organizations, and help you set your plans for creative and effective collaboration within arts disciplines.

In this workshop, the presenter will

  • discuss cross-promoting events hosted by different organizations
  • explore the value of coordinating arts events and activities with other regional partners

Participants will

  • learn the benefits of resource optimization
  • uncover the range of proven marketing strategies and local collaborative partnerships

So please come!

  • Wednesday, November 2nd, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided!
  • Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Avenue, Bemidji, MN.

Following the workshop, we encourage everyone to stay at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts for the “It’s Only Clay” open community lecture with the 2011 IOC Juror, Guillermo Cuellar.

To attend the collaborative workshop, you must RSVP by October 26. Call (218) 751-5447 / (800) 275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org.

The Region 2 Arts Council strengthens the presence of the arts by supporting opportunities for arts creation, promotion, education and funding for the people of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties in north central Minnesota.

Attention Regional Artists and Arts Organizations

Mark your Calendars for Collaborating within Arts Disciplines: a FREE Region 2 Arts Council Professional Development Workshop
on Wednesday, November 2nd!

Come spend an evening with Mark Turner, Executive Director of Five Wings Arts Council.  Come network with other artists and arts organizations, and set your plans for creative and effective collaboration within arts disciplines!

In this workshop, the presenter will

  • discuss cross-promoting events hosted by different organizations
  • explore the value of coordinating arts events and activities with other regional partners

Participants will

  • learn the benefits of resource optimization
  • uncover the range of proven marketing strategies and local collaborative partnerships

Time and Place

  • Wednesday, November 2nd, 6-8 p.m.
  • Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Avenue, Bemidji, MN.

Light refreshments will be provided

You must RSVP by October 26. Call (218) 751-5447 / (800) 275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org.

The Region 2 Arts Council strengthens the presence of the arts by supporting opportunities for arts creation, promotion, education and funding for the people of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties in north central Minnesota.

For Visual Artists: R2AC Offers a Professional Development Opportunity!

Artists both experienced and new to presenting their work to be juried will benefit from Juried Works.  Kathleen Richert from Springboard for the Arts, accomplished artist and seasoned workshop facilitator, will take participants through the art of readying, refining, and in some cases revamping their promotional presentation.

What:            Juried Works: a FREE workshop for visual artists
When:           5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Tuesday, October 25th 2011
Where:
         Coldwell Banker Real Estate conference room, 101 South Main, Park Rapids, MN

Advance Registration is required!
RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office before October 18th by emailing staff@r2arts.org  or by calling (218) 751-5447 or (800) 275-5447.

R2AC is pleased to invite any visual artists residing in Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, and Clearwater counties to attend this free Juried Works workshop.

FREE Native Artist Professional Development Training Offered October 14 and 15, 2011

Attention Native Artists!  Come to a FREE day-long workshop on developing your business as an artist presented by First Peoples Fund in collaboration with Region 2 Arts Council.

This workshop will assist Native Artists in

  • Expressing individual vision and values
  • Defining the foundation of one’s own business
  • Determining arts marketing, business and financial management abilities
  • Understanding and using planning and budgeting tools
  • Developing key business skills

Choose from two dates and two locations:

9:00 – 4:30 Friday October 14, 2011 at Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake, MN. A light lunch will be provided.
or
9:00 – 4:30 Saturday October 15, 2011 at White Earth Tribal and Community College
in Mahnomen. MN. A light lunch will be provided.

RSVP: You must call or email Region 2 Arts Council in advance at staff@r2arts.org or 218-751-5447 / (800) 275-5447 to reserve a spot in one of these two workshops.  Registration Deadline is Friday, October 7.

To read more about the Native Artist Professional Training Workshop and the First Peoples Fund, go to www.firstpeoplesfund.org.

Interested in grant opportunities for Native Artists in and around Region 2’s Hubbard, Mahnomen, Beltrami, Lake of the Woods, and Clearwater counties? Click here to find out more about the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant.

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.

FREE Workshop for Businesses, Artists, and Non-Profits

Community Collaboration:

Connecting over Creative Ideas that Build Community

Sponsored by Region 2 Arts Council

Facilitated by Springboard for the Arts  Jun-Li Wang

Are you a creative entrepreneur or an artist? Business owner or director of a non-profit? Owner of a café, gallery, restaurant, or store?  A dedicated staff member? Maybe you simply care about how your community looks and grows, or have an unrealized project idea waiting to happen, but you need the right combination of people and talent in order for it to succeed.

If any of these fits you, come to Community Collaboration, a FREE hands-on workshop where you can meet others like you, share ideas, and get things done. Community Collaboration will get you talking to other business, non-profit, and arts community members. Do you want to begin creating connections that will make a difference for you and for your community?  Come to this workshop!

Your Choice between 2 Dates & 2 Locations:

Friday, May 6, 4-8pm

Location: Northern Pines Camp, 20033 County Road 1, Park Rapids, MN

RSVP Required by Monday, May 2nd

-OR-

Friday, May 20, 4-8pm

Location: Holiday Inn Express, 2422 Ridgeway Ave NW, Bemidji, MN

RSVP Required by Monday, May 16th

Schedule:

3:30 – 4:00 / Registration

4:00 – 8:00 / Workshop, with light dinner and snacks

8:00 onwards / Optional informal socializing

R2AC is excited to bring this FREE Community Collaboration workshop to our region. Please RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office by emailing staff@r2arts.org or by calling (218) 751-5447 or (800) 275-5447.  Questions?  Call R2AC and ask for Laura.

FREE Workshop for Visual Artists

Juried Works: Sponsored by Region 2 Arts Council and Presented by Kathleen Richert of Springboard for the Arts

Any visual artist whose work has gone before a jury knows the importance of professionalism while promoting ones art.  Whether you are a visual artist who is answering a call for artists, or you are presenting your art for exhibition or for sale, you want to put your most professional foot forward and let the quality of your work speak for itself.

Artists both experienced and new to presenting their art professionally will benefit from Juried Works. This workshop will be presented in both Bemidji and Park Rapids by Kathleen Richert, an accomplished artist and workshop facilitator. Juried Works will focus on readying, refining, and in some cases revamping visual artists’ promotional presentation.

What: Juried Works: a FREE workshop for visual artists

Where: Northwoods Bank, 1200 East 1st Street, Park Rapids, MN, or

Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Avenue NW, Bemidji, MN.

When: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 (Park Rapids), or

5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Thursday, April 21  (Bemidji).

RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office by Monday April 18th by emailing staff@r2arts.org or by calling (218) 751-5447 or (800) 275-5447.

R2AC is pleased to invite any visual artists residing in Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, and Clearwater counties to attend one of these Juried Works workshops.

FREE Workshop for Arts Nonprofits Sponsored by R2AC

Presented by Laura Zabel, Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts:

Healthy Boards for Arts Nonprofits of Any Size

A strong, engaged board of directors is essential for the health of a nonprofit and yet, sometimes this is the last thing we spend time on.  This workshop will help you build effective meetings that engage and interest your board members, design strategies for working with your board between meetings and provide ideas for recruiting great members to your board.  This workshop will be useful to both board members and staff of nonprofit organizations.

What: A workshop for board members and staff of nonprofit arts organizations located in Region 2.

When: 5:30-8:00 p.m., Thursday April 14, 2011

Where: North Country Museum of Art, 301 Court Avenue, Park Rapids, MN

Light snacks will be provided

RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office by Monday April 11th by emailing staff@r2arts.org or by calling (218) 751-5447 or (800) 275-5447.

R2AC is excited to bring Healthy Boards for Arts Nonprofits of Any Size to our region.  We hope you will consider attending this interesting and informative workshop.

July/August Northern Arts News

In this issue: July/August Northern Arts News

Leaves and Lines by Bemidji artist Malisa VanMaasdam

Upcoming Grant Deadlines
Recent Grant Recipients
Upcoming Grant Writing Workshops
Opportunities for Artists
Summer Arts Calendar
Showcase Artist: Malisa VanMaasdam

Snake by Bemidji artist Malisa VanMaasdam

Local Artists Begin “Work of Art” Series

Local artists Holly Alcott,Patricia Heart, Kirk Van Dorn, Don Houseman, Terry Honstead, Kathy Gustafson, and Deb Krueger, and Kathy Weis concentrate on setting time sensitive, attainable goals while Kathleen Richert assists with suggestions and positive feedback.

Seventeen artists residing in Region 2 counties attended the first of a ten part “Work of Art” workshop series Thursday evening at the Bemidji High School.

Kathleen Richert, Director of Artist Services for Minnesota-based Springboard for the Arts, led the workshop which focused on career planning for artists.  Artists will attend nine more evening sessions, all of which are dedicated to the business of art.  Future topics include: time management, professional presentation, marketing, legal considerations, financial management, business plans, pricing work, funding work, and artists and web 2.0.

Normally, this series would come with a price tag of around $500.00 per participant and participants would have to travel to the cities to take part.  Thanks to Minnesota’s Legacy funding, Springboard for the Arts is able to bring these workshops, crucial to the success and viability of working artists, to the eleven regional arts council territories across the great state of Minnesota.