Region 2 Arts Council Awards Individual Artist Grants

Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) recently awarded $8,635 through the Individual Artist Grant Program to individual artists in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard,  and Lake of the Woods Counties.

The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new artistic endeavors in the region by providing project assistance to regional artists who are seriously committed to their work and to the advancement of their artistic careers. The Individual Artist Grant Program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

Calvin Rice of Bemidji was awarded $900 to purchase a photo-quality data projector to adequately display his art photographs during teaching and slide exhibitions.

Judith Kay Larson of Baudette was awarded $1,000 to purchase supplies and learn how to fire silver metal clay and torch fuse argentum wire for jewelry making.

Wendell Affield of Shevlin was awarded $1,000 to promote and market his memoir Muddy Jungle Rivers.

Jeff Burger of Bemidji was awarded $1,000 to fund a mentorship with pottery artist Linda Christianson to help him in the firing of a new wood-fired soda kiln at his studio.

Kathy Towley of Bemidji was awarded $1,000 to purchase a larger capacity wood lathe to allow her to explore and expand her creative process through woodturning.

Erin Lynn Marsh of Bemidji was awarded $600 to mentor with established poet Sharon Chmielarz to work on her poetry with the goal of producing a manuscript that can be sent in to a book contest and also to publishers.

Julia E. Lamon of Bemidji was awarded $1,000 to travel to Italy and participate in Opera Siena, where she will learn Italian, receive vocal coaching and perform in operas.

Wendi Storbeck of Baudette was awarded $748 to learn Renaissance Italian Masters portrait painting in oils from Frank Covino.

Erik Evensen of Bemidji was awarded $724 to upgrade his equipment in order to produce, in collaboration with composer Andrew Boysen, Jr., a commissioned project by a body of schools and universities.

Joe Rossi of Blackduck was awarded $653 to purchase a digital camera to use to photographically document one year in the life of a bog.

Timeless Traditions at the Depot in Baudette THIS Sunday!

 Timeless Traditions, an ensemble that blends the Native American Flute and Celtic Folk harp in classic, ethnic, and contemporary music in original settings, will be  at the Baudette Depot at 3:00 p.m. this Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Jon Romer (flutes) and Jacque Tinsley (harp) will be collaborating with Andre Ronnevik on the violin.  Timeless Traditions strives to celebrate the rich musical heritage of many world cultures as well as its extraordinary diversity.  Audiences often comment on the calm, healing nature of Timeless Traditions performances.

Please stay after the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to visit with the artists, mingle with the crowd, and check out the ambiance of the restored 1923 Depot.  Free will donations accepted.

This activity 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 November 4, 2008.

Grant Writing Workshop Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Baudette

Individual Artists, Non-Profit Organizations, and Schools:
Do you have an arts-related project in mind that needs funding?

Come to the Baudette Depot on Tuesday December 6, 2011 for a Region 2 Arts Council drop-in session and grant-writing workshop!

Drop-In:  5:30 and 6:00 p.m. Pick up application materials for any R2AC grants and discuss which grants best support your project ideas. 

Grant-writing workshop: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Discuss grant writing strategies and take a closer look at grant-specific requirements.

The following grants will be highlighted in this workshop:

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants
Deadline: January 17, 2012

Providing opportunities for arts, arts access, arts education, and cultural heritage activities.
Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.

Individual Artist Grant
Deadline: February 7, 2012

Supporting individual artists in creating and promoting their art.
  Individual artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Community Arts Support Grants
Deadline: February 15, 2012

Fostering the development and sustainability of new and existing arts organizations.
Based on their annual expenses, organizations can qualify to receive between $4,000 – $12,000 to be paid over two years.

Please RSVP for the grant writing workshop by calling or emailing Region 2 Arts Council, 218-751-5447 / 1-800-275-5447 / staff@r2arts.org.

R2AC grant applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 and for download. Contact our office at any time for assistance in the application process.

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.

These grants are funded in whole or in part by an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota Voters on November 7, 2008.

Prairie Fire Theatre Workshop at Pequana Playhouse L.O.W. School

Pequana Playhouse is having a Children’s Theatre Workshop, facilitated by Prairie Fire Theatre, the week of August 1-6 at Lake of the Woods School in Baudette. Registration is at 8:00 am Monday morning, August 1. Participants must be age 7 or older by August 1. The production is Beauty & the Beast. Performances are Friday, August 5 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, August 6 at 2:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 per person, regardless of age.

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!

Lake of the Woods & Mahnomen County Grant Writing Workshops Next Week

Call  218-751-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org NOW to reserve a space for next week’s Baudette (Tuesday, July 19) or Mahnomen (Thursday, July 21)  Grant Writing Workshops sponsored by the Region 2 Arts Council.

BAUDETTE, TUESDAY JULY 19th

Choose from the list below and reserve a spot for the free grant writing workshops on Tuesday, July 19th at the Lake of the Woods High School Media Room 236 15th Avenue SW in Baudette. Scroll down to read a description of each of the grants.

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.

MAHNOMEN, THURSDAY JULY 21

The  free grant writing workshops in Mahnomen are happening on Thursday, July 21st at the Red Apple Café at 116 NE Main Street in Mahnomen. Don’t forget to contact Region 2 Arts Council (218 751-5447 / staff@r2arts.org) to reserve spot!

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.

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

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.            GRANT DEADLINE: August 16th, 2011.

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.  GRANT DEADLINE: September 14, 2011.

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. GRANT DEADLINE: September 14th, 2011.

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.            GRANT DEADLINE: October 5th, 2011.

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.              GRANT DEADLINE: February 15th, 2012.

 

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.

Region 2 Arts Council Seeking Board Members from Mahnomen and Lake of the Woods Counties

Region 2 Arts Council is currently seeking Board members from Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties to fill a two-year term vacancy beginning in July/August 2011. Deadline for applications is August 1, 2011.

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 staff@r2arts.org 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.

Monday May 16th: Song Sharing Workshop in Baudette, MN

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday May 16th in the Lake of the Woods school commons in Baudette, Minnesota, there will be a song sharing workshop followed by a live folk music performance hosted by Aaron Tank and Drew Warne-Jacobsen (www.aarontank.com).

The schedule for the evening is as follows

6:30– Local songwriters are invited to share original songs and participate in an interactive discussion.

All participants will receive a CD of new original songs by Aaron Tank.

Those who wish to partake in the workshop are asked to contact aaron-tank@hotmail.com to reserve a spot.

Workshop hosts will try to facilitate those without reservations, time allowing.

8:00 – Live performance of original and traditional folk music by Aaron Tank and Drew Warne-Jacobsen.

Both events are free and open to the general public. Times may vary slightly depending on level of workshop participation.

This activity 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 November 4, 2008.