FREE Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Writing Workshops

Attention Native Artists residing in Beltrami, Mahnomen, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Hubbard, Cass, Roseau, Itasca, and Becker Counties:  Don’t forget to contact Region 2 Arts Council (218-751-5447/1-800-275.5447 or staff@r2arts.org) to sign up for one of the following FREE Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Writing Workshops in your area!

Location: Minwanjige Café, near the Strawberry Lake Store in Ogema.  Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011. Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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.

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

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

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.  To download a copy of Region 2 Arts Council Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant, click here!

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.

R2AC and the State Shutdown

Our Office:

Region 2 Arts Council, a nonprofit organization that receives funding from the MN State Legislature and the McKnight Foundation, will remain open for business for as long as possible, utilizing cash reserves.

Our Grants:

The upcoming Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant deadline of August 16, 2011 will remain unchanged.  However, if the MN state shutdown lasts more than a few weeks, or if the arts budget is drastically cut, it may impact the amount of R2AC funds available and the timing of grant payments for state funded grant programs in the new fiscal year. Payments for the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants and Arts Project Grants awarded this fall, for example, are dependent on the outcome of the MN state budget.

In Short:

We encourage you to apply for the August and September grant deadlines with the understanding that if the budget impasse continues for any length of time, there may be delays in receiving payments for grant projects awarded in the fall.

Please check the R2AC grant calendar at r2arts.org for all of our FY12 grants.  Call 218-751-5447/800-275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org if you have any questions.

Northern Exposure to Life Long Learning Offers a Program on Memoirs

On Wednesday April 27 NELL will host a program with writer Angela Foster.  Ms. Foster will help participants “find our story” and discuss how memoir differs from autobiography and fiction.

Angela Foster is a poet and memoirist who lives in Pine City, Minnesota. Angela teaches memoir through various libraries throughout the state and at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN. She served as co-editor of “County Lines: 87 Minnesota Counties, 130 Minnesota Poets,” published by Loon Feather Press (2008).

This 90 minute program will be at the Gonvick American Legion Cabin at 9:30 am.   Bring along a notebook to take notes and practice writing your story.

For more information on this or other NELL programs, contact Tamara at 694-2856. NELL programs are free and open to all ages.

R2AC Awards Individual Artist Grants

Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) recently awarded $7,700 through the Individual Artist Grants Program, designed for artists at various stages in their careers. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded for expenses associated with projects or opportunities that contribute significantly to an artist’s creative growth or career advancements. R2AC Individual Artist Grants are funded through an appropriation from the McKnight Foundation. The grant recipients included:

Cody Bartz, Bemidji, received $695 to create a set of prints to exhibit at the Wild Hare Bistro in Bemidji, MN.

Randy Bauer, Blackduck, received $535 to record a 10-song CD he can sell and use for self-promotion.

Candice Billups, Bemidji, was awarded $975 to assist her in creating an online portfolio website for sales and promotion.

Terry Honstead, Bemidji, received $1,000 to purchase custom printed cards with envelopes and clear plastic sleeves featuring prints of her paintings for self-promotion.

Karissa Korbel, Bemidji, was awarded $1,000 to gather a band of local musicians to produce a jazz CD.

Kevin McColley, Pinewood, received $895 to develop mail and internet promotions for his novel, “The Moon Song”, recently sold to Unbridled Books for publication.

James Miller, Bemidji, was awarded $1,000 to assist in defraying the costs of a custom made gourd banjo, supplies, recording costs, and classes with a professional mentor for the purpose of composing historical ballads and instrumental pieces to be used in the soundtrack of a local documentary that celebrates the exploration and preservation of the Mississippi river headwaters.

Nora Peterson, Bemidji, was awarded $1,000 to professionally frame and mat ten watercolor and ink paintings and create five giclee prints of each piece of artwork to exhibit and market at Dunn Brothers Coffee in Bemidji in December 2010.

Eve Sumsky, Tenstrike, was awarded $600 to have 15 oak shelves made to display her basketry at shows and exhibitions.

Next deadlines for other grants available: R2AC/Mcknight Career Development Fellowships deadline January 19, 2011; Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants, deadline January 19, 2011; Individual Artist Grants, deadline February 10, 2011; Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants, deadline March 2, 2011; Arts Project Grants, deadline March 10, 2011; Arts Legacy Designation Grants, deadline March 10, 2011; and Artist Mentor Grants, deadline April 15, 2011.

No Risk Workshop Funding Available

Marion Hunziker-Larsen, a Redwood City, CA fiber artist, models braiding techniques for participants at the Braids, Cord-making and Knotting Techniques workshop she conducted in Bemidji this past spring. Bemidji macrame artist, Dawn Standera, organized the No Risk Workshop weekend.

The Region 2 Arts Council invites individual artists and arts organizations in our five county region to propose No Risk Workshop ideas for direct funding.  A No Risk Workshop is a learning experience for adult artists.  It is open to the public and conducted at no financial risk to the organizing party.

In the past, area artists have conducted workshops on topics such as jewelry making, painting techniques, poetry, non-fiction, rosemauling, basket-weaving, and tatting.  Groups have brought visiting artists to the region for workshops such as cord-making and knotting techniques for fiber artists, producing Shakespeare plays with non-professional actors, and painting with watercolors.

If you are a musician and always dreamed of conducting a song-writing workshop or if you are a puppeteer and know others would benefit from your expertise, organizing a no risk workshop that you would lead, might be a nice way to share your talents and create some personal income. Continue reading “No Risk Workshop Funding Available”

Region 2 Awards $48,520 in Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants

Aaron Tank, a Bemidij based musician, will use his grant award to conduct five song-sharing workshops and folk music performances across Region 2.

Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) recently awarded $48,520 through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program, to individual artists and non-profits in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties. The funds will be used to create opportunities for arts access, arts education, and building bridges between Minnesotans and were made available through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008. The grant recipients included:

The Bagley City Council, Bagley received $6,000 to assist with the purchase of a metal sculpture, created by a local artist Jay Jones, depicting historical themes that relate to the city.

Depot Preservation Alliance, Baudette was awarded $6,000 to obtain the services of a mural artist to research, design, and produce a mural in the Baudette Depot which will reflect the cultural heritage of the region in the early 1900’s.

Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Bemidji, received $6,000 to assist Paul Bunyan Playhouse in offering a drama camp for young actors in grade six through high school from the Bemidji Public Schools Summer Learning Communities. Continue reading “Region 2 Awards $48,520 in Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants”

Region 2 Arts Council Sponsors Team Totem Workshop

Paul Albright's Jingle Dress Totem

The Region 2 Arts Council is sponsoring a carving workshop, “Team Totem,” presented by Paul Albright. Attendees will learn the traditional totem pole process and assist in carving a totem pole.  The 2-day workshop will take place October 15 and 16 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. each day at 28348 230th Street in Akely, MN.

Paul Albright is a well-known sculptor and woodworker He has been a full time artist for twenty years. Paul’s wood sculptures have ranged from hand carved smaller detailed pieces to large power tooled works. He resides and works in a wooded country setting just west of Akeley, MN. Totem building is something special in the field of sculpture. In the class offered, Paul will assist you in designing and making your own section of a totem. Once finished, each piece will be re-assembled to form the totem. No previous experience is necessary and the tools will be provided (or bring your own). Continue reading “Region 2 Arts Council Sponsors Team Totem Workshop”

September/October Northern Arts News!

Tall Girl #1 by this month's feature artist, Ashleigh Buck

This issue features:

  • Marsh Muirhead’s Guest Commentary on Poet Laurette Billy Collins and His Upcoming Bemidij Visit
  • Upcoming Grant Deadlines
  • Artist Opportunities
  • Calendar of Events

NOTE: If you are involved in an arts event or production and would like it publicized in Northern Arts News, simply send an email to katiecarter@r2arts.org.  The deadline for our next edition is fast approaching: October 7, 2010.