Arts Access Grants for Small Towns

Arts Access Grants for Small Towns

Maximum Award: $6,000
Deadline: April 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm

These grants can support creation, production, and presentation of high-quality arts activities, as well as projects that help overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities, and projects that help instill the arts into the community and public life in our region. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects and programming including costs associated with public art, arts festivals, exhibitions, presentations, or performances. Organizations or groups in towns with a population under 2,000 can apply for grants up to $6,000 to fund projects that would benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Applications are online.

For more information, or with questions, call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or toll-free at 800-275-5447. You can also email us at

This grant is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


Heading into the Weekend in Region 2

Eddie Kidd in Pioneer Park
Eddie Kidd in Pioneer Park

Thursday Nov. 21: Arts Downtown Park Rapids

The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at four locations in downtown Park Rapids.
Author Kent Nerburn will talk about his latest novel, The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo, from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 at Beagle Books, 112 3rd Street West. Next door, April Hodge will sing various Broadway hits while accompanying herself on the piano at Bella Caffè from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Eddie Kidd will start warming up for his America’s Got Talent audition in February in Los Angeles at The Good Life Cafe, 220 South Main, from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7. “Unpolished” will perform an eclectic mix of roots, Americana and Bluegrass music with rich three-part harmonies at Necce’s, 311 South Main, from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7. Members of the band are Sheldon Schiebe – vocals, mandolin and ukulele, Dave Karam – vocals and guitar, and Mark Bridge – vocals, banjo and mandolin.
Silverback Colony will be performing at Armory Square, starting at 7:30 p.m. located at the corner of US Hwy. 71 and 2nd Street in Downtown Park Rapids. Silverback Colony has left its mark all across the region presenting alternative country with a rock backbone. Tickets are $11 in advance/$13 at the door. Advance tickets available online at, at Smoky Hills Art in Downtown Park Rapids or Terrapin Station in Nevis.
Names will be drawn from those attending Arts Downtown PR Nov. 21 for two free tickets to the 3rd Thursday Armory concert by Black River Revue Dec. 19.

Thursday Nov. 21: Poetry Slam in Bemidji

The Bemidji Public Library will be offering an evening of poetry and music on Thursday November 21, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:30 at The American Legion, located in downtown Bemidji at 217 Minnesota Ave NW.  In addition to the Poetry Slam event, local pianist Stacy Truedson will provide the musical ambiance for the evening with a selection of pop/classical/jazz numbers on the keyboard  

Region 2 Arts Council Seeking Board Members 
from Beltrami & Mahnomen Counties – Please Apply!

R2ACLogo_Color_smallRegion 2 Arts Council is still seeking Board members from Beltrami and Mahnomen Counties to fill a two-year term vacancy beginning July 1st, 2013.   Apply Now – Applications are due by May 1st, 2013.

Those who feel that the visual, performing and literary arts are an important contribution to the quality of life in Minnesota are encouraged to consider serving on the board of Region 2 Arts Council. The board is responsible for planning, setting policy and reviewing and awarding grants. It meets seven times per year in Bemidji on the third Monday of the month. Members are reimbursed for travel.

Region 2 Arts Council is one of eleven arts councils in the state of Minnesota and awards over $230,000 annually for art activities in the five counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen. The council operates with funds from the Minnesota State Legislature, the Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Funds and the McKnight Foundation.

To receive an application form please email or write to:  Nominating Committee • Region 2 Arts Council • 426 Bemidji Avenue • Bemidji, MN  56601. If you have any questions please call 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447.

R2AC Listening Session for Beltrami County

R2AC Invites Beltrami County Public Feedback on the Arts
at Listening Session in Bemidji

On Wednesday, November 14th from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Region 2 Arts Council is convening a Listening Session to gather community input on the needs of artists and arts organizations in Beltrami County. The meeting will be held at the Region 2 Arts Council office in the basement of the old Carnegie Library building at 426 Bemidji Ave. in Bemidji.

Schools, city/county government, non-profit organizations, artists, art organizations and community members are encouraged to attend and to give feedback on Region 2 Arts Council’s grant programs, workshops and other arts activities. This is an opportunity to discuss your thoughts and ideas on how to better meet the needs of artists, art organizations and the arts in your communities.

Please register in advance:
Email or call us at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447

Register Now! R2AC FREE Grant Writing Workshops in July

With a new round of grant deadlines approaching, Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) will offer free grant writing workshops for organizations, schools, and units of government and individuals within the five counties of Region 2.

Workshops for organizations will cover  Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants (Aug 16 deadline) and Arts Project Grants (Sept 12 deadline). Special attention will be given to Outcome-Based Evaluations for Arts and Cultural Heritage grants.

Workshops for individual artists will cover Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants (Aug 16 deadline), R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowships (Sept 12 deadline), Individual Artist Grants (Oct 4 deadline), and Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants (Oct 3 deadline).

Please REGISTER in advance.  Email or call 218 849-2996 or 1800 275-5447.

Monday July 16: Clear Waters Life Center, 226 Elm Street, Gonvick MN
Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government: 6-7:30 p.m.
Grants for individuals: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday July 18: Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Avenue NW, Bemidji MN
Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Grants for individuals: 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday July 19: Coldwell Banker, 101 Main Ave S., Park Rapids MN
Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government: 6-7:30 p.m.
Grants for individuals: 7:30-8:30

Thursday July 19: The Depot, Baudette MN
Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Grants for individuals: 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Thursday July 26: Red Apple Café, 116 North Main Street, Mahnomen MN
Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Grants for individuals: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

All workshops will familiarize potential applicants with the application process, what projects are eligible, how to develop a project budget and other tips.

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly June 28th and 30th in Bemidji

Loon Opera Company presents Puccini’s tragic love story Madama Butterfly onstage at Bemidji High School Auditorium on June 28 & 30 at 7:30 PM.

This is a fully staged production complete with a cast of singers from across the nation and full orchestra comprised of members from the Bemidji, St. Cloud and Grand Forks Symphonies. Performed in Italian with English supertitles projected above the stage.


Abe Hunter, General Manager
Matthew Goinz, Music Director
Marcus McConico, Stage Director

Tickets are $25.00 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at Kelsey’s Jewelry or by calling 218-368-8805. Major credit cards accepted by phone or at the door. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to the performance.

Local Author Wendell Affield Presents for Spoken Word Series

Wendell Affield reading from his book "Muddy Jungle Rivers"
Wendell Affield reading from his book “Muddy Jungle Rivers”

On Saturday June 16, 2012,Bemidji Community Art Center’s  Spoken Word Series presents a Book Release & Reading of Muddy Jungle Rivers by author Wendell Affield. 

Reception with refreshments starts at 4:30, reading begins at 5pm with Q&A and book signing to follow.

Location: Headwaters School of Music & the Arts
519 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
For More Information:     218-444-7570
Free Admission

Affield is the recipient of a 2012 Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, to be used for marketing his work.

Bemidji 2012 Legacy Destination Week Events: June 11-17

Don’t miss the week-long line up of activities showcasing arts, history, and outdoor activities available in Bemidji as a direct result of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment funds.

Additionally, Bemidji is celebrating legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan’s 75th year of greeting visitors from the shores of Lake Bemidji this summer.

Join in the fun and celebrate Bemidji’s arts and cultural heritage and beautiful outdoors, June 11-17!

Click here for a detailed schedule of events.

For more information, contact Cindy Habedank at 877-250-5959 or visit their website.

Bemidji City Council Seeks Applications for New Public Arts Commission

The Bemidji City Council is seeking applications for the newly created Public Arts Commission.

The commission will be made up of seven (7) members, two (2) of which may be non-City residents, with demonstrated experience and expertise in visual art or related fields, and holding no official position with the City.  Commissioners will serve without compensation.

The application is available at City Hall, 317 4th Street NW, or on the City’s web site. For more information contact the Kay Murphy, City Clerk at 759-3770.

Blackduck Student Art Show Opens May 19th

Come appreciate student art, May 19-26, 2012!

Art will be on display at the Tin Pan gALLErY
located in the Blackduck History and Art Center
at Main Street and Margaret Avenue in Blackduck, MN.

Special “Open House” hours for this event are
4:00 to 6:30 P.M. –  Wednesday, May 23rd.

Stop by after school, during the Building Trades show or
before the School’s Band Concert!