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 staff@r2arts.org

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

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Arts Downtown Park Rapids 3rd Thursday: Tomorrow!

Larry Kimball and Brian Skinness of Terrapin Stew
Larry Kimball and Brian Skinness of Terrapin Stew

The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at four locations in downtown Park Rapids.

Julie Kaiser will perform as Zelda Fitzgerald in selected scenes from “The Last Flapper” by William Luce from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 at Beagle Books. Next door, Roz Pederson and Deane Johnson will perform Christmas music on piano and clarinet at Bella Caffè from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Terrapin Stew (Brian Skinness and Larry Kimball) will entertain at The Good Life Cafe from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7. Fran Gack will sing a variety of Christmas music, accompanying herself on mandolin and guitar, at Necce’s Ristorante from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7.

There is no admission charge to Arts Downtown PR events, sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council and funded in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

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
https://kindcountry.eventbrite.com, 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  

Arts Downtown Park Rapids Tonight!

Paul Albright
Local musician Paul Albright is also a sculptor whose studio is a popular destination during the Art Leap weekend. Last fall, he sang and played for visitors between giving tours.

The Arts Downtown PR series (3rd Thursdays) continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at four locations in downtown Park Rapids.

Author Jim Johnson shares his affection for the old Hubbard Prairie in his new book, Heyday – 20 Upstart Years on the Hubbard Prairie 1880-1900. He will talk about and sign his books from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Beagle Books. Johnson heads a marketing and communications firm called Yellow Dog North in Park Rapids. He earned a Master of Arts in English and American Studies from the University of Iowa and attended the renowned Writers’ Workshop there. His writing background includes four books on early American culture and design. Johnson also is one of the people behind the Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival and will talk about a number of new events and attractions planned for the festival Sunday, Feb. 24.

Local musician Paul Albright will entertain from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Necce’s Ristorante. He will play a variety of string instruments and sing a variety of familiar and new songs – country, folk and rock with Latin rhythms.

The fine piano at Bella Caffè attracts pianists. Arla Wright and Jodi Ziemann will play from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m., respectively. Wright says, “My 1914 grand piano has been in my home since 1972. I used to practice after my kids went to bed. They still remember these classical pieces and sweet old-fashioned songs I love.  With my kids grown, I don’t often have listening ears when I play these favorites. I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.” Ziemann says, “Do what you love and share it”…picture books and playing piano definitely land in that basket for me. I’ll be sharing a favorite Leo Lionni story about what helps us ‘survive & thrive’ our winters and some favorite, gentle piano pieces that will include some originals.”

At The Good Life Cafe, a band called One Night Only will entertain with jazz infused music from across a variety of genres. Al Marty will play bass, Mike Harrison will play lead guitar and Craig Braunschweig will play rhythm guitar from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m.

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council is sponsoring this month’s 3rd Thursday events.

This Thursday: Arts Downtown PR will Reflect Seasonal Spirit

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The Northern Light Wind Quintet is a favorite local Chamber ensemble. Members are (from left) Jennie Anderson, Noelle Kuitunen-Johnson, Darrel Rodekuhr, Mari Willie and Deane Johnson.

The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at three locations in downtown Park Rapids.

The new musical group, Resonance, will perform from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè. Seven voices (four female and three male) will blend in singing a collection of Carols that span centuries of music. “Let us highlight your holiday season as we bring the magic of these carols to life for you,” says vocalist Gail Haller. In addition to Haller, members are Brinn Krabbenhoft, Julie Kaiser, Mary Maxwell, Bruce Bolton, Jason Wright and Brian Hobson.

The Northern Light Wind Quintet will play easy listening, chamber music from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Necce’s Ristorante. The Northern Light Wind Quintet is a talented ensemble of Jennie Anderson, Deane Johnson, Noelle Kuitunen-Johnson, Darrel Rodekuhr and Mari Willie.

Singer/songwriter Craig Braunschweig will give his own interpretation on favorites of the holiday season from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe.

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council sponsors this activity which is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Arts Downtown Park Rapids This Thursday, Nov. 15

Jason Wright will perform sacred, familiar and holiday music from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè.

The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at four locations in downtown Park Rapids.

Jason Wright will be performing a blend of sacred, familiar and holiday music from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè, 116 3rd Street West. Wright recently moved to Menahga and will serve as interim director of the Park Rapids Classic Chorale when Jim Wheeler retires. He continues his work with the nationally recognized pianists, Tim and Ryan O’Neill, selling music, editing sheet music and traveling as an associate pianist to promote their albums.

Chef Tom Geraedts will show how to prepare artistic, decorative food trays for the holidays from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Beagle Books, 112 3rd Street West.

Singer/songwriter Trinity Junes will play his own brand of acoustic rock and blues from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Necce’s Ristorante, 311 South Main Ave. Junes, who is from Menahga, adds the harmonica to some of his songs and will perform some of the music on his new CD, “I Get By.”

Taylor Schroeder will perform classic folk and folk/rock from 5:30 to 6 and from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe, 220 South Main Ave. Schroeder plays a little bit of everything and puts his own gentle twist on some classic oldies; you’re sure to hear something you enjoy. You may have heard him at the Youth Music Showcase events in August.

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council sponsors this activity which is funded in whole or in part by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Woody Reflected: TONIGHT in Park Rapids

Celebrate 100 years of Woody Guthrie’s music with Tony Glover, Charlie Maguire and Pop Wagner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at Calvary Lutheran Church.  Calvary Lutheran Church is located at 112 Park Ave. So. (US Highway 71), just south of the intersection of State Highways 71 and 34.

The Park Rapids Area Library and Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council are collaborating to host this free program, a celebration of the music and the icon Woody Guthrie represented.

Over the decades, Woody Guthrie’s songs have run around the world like a fast train on a well-oiled track. They’ve become the folk song standards of the nation, known and performed in many languages throughout the world, spreading messages of the power of the people. Pretty Boy Floyd, Pastures of Plenty, Hard Travelin’, Deportees, Roll On Columbia, Vigilante Man and This Land Is Your Land are among the hundreds of his songs that have become staples in the canon of American music.

Woody Guthrie was born July 14, 1912 in Okemah, OK and died Oct. 3, 1967 in Queens, NY. During his lifetime, Woody Guthrie wrote nearly 3,000 song lyrics, published two novels, created artworks, and authored numerous published and unpublished manuscripts, poems, prose and plays.

Having lived through some of the most significant historic movements and events of the 20th Century – the Great Depression, the Great Dust Storm, World War II, the social and political upheavals resulting from Unionism, the Communist Party and the Cold War – Woody Guthrie absorbed it all to become a prolific writer whose songs, ballads, prose and poetry captured the plight of everyman.

Maguire, Glover and Wagner will present a taste of Woody’s music and story through original pieces as well as through Woody’s own music.

This Legacy program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.    

Blank Canvas Gallery Open House, Sunday Oct. 14

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center will be hosting an Open House Reception on Sunday October 14 from 1 – 3 p.m. at 311 Main Avenue South in Park Rapids, MN.

Art works by all of the gallery members  will be on the the “Featured Artist” wall.  New works by the following Guest Artists will be throughout the gallery:

  • Kayleen Horsma – oil painter
  • Kay Wagner – photographer
  • Marcella Rose – painter – sculptor
  • Jo Hill – hand painted silk pillows
  • Gina Singer –  pottery
  • Tom Carew – floral designs

This  is a great opportunity to purchase holiday gifts from the large array of wall art, jewelry, wood sculpture, stained glass, pottery, books and much more.

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!

Art Leap 2012 Invites Touring Sept. 22-23

Kathy Sanders Gourd Art

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC) will sponsor Art Leap 2012 Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23. Art Leap is an “open studio event” featuring artists’ studios and culturally rich destinations in the Park Rapids area. For the 7th year, art lovers can use our map to find their way to area artists’ and artisans’ studios, workshops and other featured locations.

There will be familiar studio names to visit, as well as several new sites where visitors will have opportunities to meet mature artists/artisans who have been practicing their individual skills and talents in their chosen fields for decades. New studios will be Jeff Renner’s Wolf Paw Gallery, Elisa Borton’s Glass by Elisa and the home of Earl and Jeanette Wohlman. For the first time, Art Leap 2012 will extend to Walker to visit The ClayHouse and see Alan Fritz’s pottery and other works in the Artists’ Mall.

In addition to artists’ studios, stop by the Nemeth Art Center and watch Alice Blessing demonstrate her unique finger painting technique for creating realistic portraits. Also, see new work by Kayleen Horsma and meet the artist. This year, the White Birch Artists are displaying their work in the spacious lobby of Coldwell Banker Clack & Dennis Real Estate at the corner of South Main Avenue and state Highway 34.

Live musical performances will add to the experience on Saturday. Alex Ziemann will play from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Moose Creek Village in Downtown Park Rapids and Lori Goulet Reich will perform from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Paul Albright’s Sculpture Studio in rural Akeley. Both days Terrapin Station in Nevis will host the Art Leap Music Experience with a range of musicians, including Seth Doud, Make the Most, Kathyrn Anne Lavelle & Aaron Tank and Vibes for the Tribes.

All Art Leap studios and events are free and open to the public. Most studios and locations will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Park Rapids Community Education is offering a handicapped accessible bus tour to Art Leap destinations Saturday afternoon. (A fee will be charged to cover bus expense.) Call 218-237-6600.

Maps are available at Blank Canvas Gallery in Park Rapids and the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce or may be downloaded at www.prlaac.org or www.parkrapids.com.

Art Leap is sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council. Funding for Art Leap is provided, in part, by Minnesota Power Foundation, Itasca-Mantrap’s Operation Round Up and 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.