Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Writing Workshop for Individuals and Organizations Offered in Bemidji

image001Region 2 Arts Council will offer a FREE grant writing workshop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday July 10, 2013 in our office in the lower level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Avenue N., in Bemidji. Please register in advance.

A new Region 2 Arts Council granting cycle begins with the August 14, 2013 deadline for the Arts and Cultural Heritage grant. Individual Artists, Schools, Community Ed Programs, Government Offices, Cultural Groups and Non-Profit Organizations in Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Clearwater County are eligible to apply for this grant.  Individuals may request up to $3,000; Organizations may request up to $6,000. All projects funded through Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants must show artistic excellence and have a clear community component.

Also at this workshop, organizations, schools, and units of government will have the opportunity to learn more about our Arts Project Grant (deadline September 11, 2013) New this year: Arts Project Grant requests up to $2,500 will be considered (do I hear a cheer? :)).

The most updated versions (FY14) of the Arts and Cultural Heritage and Arts Project Grants will be available at this workshop.  They will be available for download on our website in mid-July.   For questions regarding our grants and REGISTRATION for this workshop, please contact us at / 218 751-5447 or 1800 275-5447.

Setting Up an Etsy Account for Artists

R2ACLogo_Color_smallArtists!  Have you ever considered setting up an Etsy account so you can have your own on-line storefront?

Join local artist Melissa Burness on Thursday June 27, 2013 for an Etsy Account Workshop for Artists.

  1. set up your own Etsy account
  2.  set up a Paypal account
  3. list your first product on Etsy!

 This hands-on workshop will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in the Region 2 Arts Council Office at 426 Bemidji Avenue in Bemidji.

Call (218) 751-5447 or email to register TODAY! Only 6 spaces available.  Participants should bring a laptop with wireless capability. We may have a laptop or two on hand if you don’t have one.  Contact us today!

This workshop is for you if

  1. you have been wanting an Etsy account but you didn’t know how to get started
  2.  you have digital images of your work
  3.  you have basic computer skills
  4.  you have a bank account
  5.  you have some ability to navigate the internet

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.

Community Collaboration for the Arts Soiree in Lake of the Woods County

  • Interested in collaborating for the arts in Lake of the Woods County?
  • Have arts projects and innovations in mind?
  • Hoping to meet up with the key players in the right place at the right time?

Join artists, arts supporters, non-profits and business owners for a Community Collaboration for the Arts Soiree at the Depot in Baudette on Friday April 26, 2013 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Hors d’eouvres and a festive atmosphere brought to you by the Depot and Region 2 Arts Council. Let’s keep the arts momentum in Lake of the Woods County rolling right into the summer! This event is free. RSVP at or 218 751-5447 by April 23.

April Arts Board Grant Program Information Session

msab_logo_color_smallR2AC Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council Member and Bush Fellow Delina White joins the Minnesota State Arts Board to present this series of MSAB grant program information sessions in our area:

Leech Lake Tribal College – Wednesday, April 3
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Benny Tonce Drum Room

Bemidji Public Library– Wednesday, April 3
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Bemidji Public Library
Meeting room

Mille Lacs Indian Museum – Thursday, April 4
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

WHY: The Minnesota State Arts Board has announced grant deadlines that will occur this spring and summer. Anyone who would like to learn about upcoming grant opportunities is invited to attend a free session presented by Arts Board staff members and Delina White, resource developer for the Bug O Nay Ge Shig Tribal School.

MORE INFORMATION: In the first 60 minutes of the information sessions, Arts Board grant programs will be reviewed. In the second 60 minutes, Arts Board staff will answer questions from the audience, and be available for one-on-one conversations. The sessions are free of charge.

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts.  Funds for Minnesota State Arts Board programs are provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

R2AC Sponsors Dance/Movement Workshop with Boston-Area Instructor

Christenson carrying balancing partner
Christenson carrying balancing partner

Presence in Motion: Introduction to Contact Improvisation Dance with Neige Christenson

  • Dates/Times: April 12- 7p.m.-9p.m. & April 13- 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Location: Elks Lodge, 116 4th Street Bemidji, MN
  • Cost for Weekend: $65.00
  • Registration Deadline: April 1

Contact Improvisation is a dance form based on the spontaneous play of two people sharing a point of physical contact. The workshop will explore the body’s natural movement properties: gravity, structure, momentum and flow, with an emphasis on  improvisational creativity and clarity of communication between dancers. Contact Improvisation enhances self-awareness as well as any other partner dancing you may have studied, as those involved take turns leading and following, initiating and listening for cues from the other, as well as giving and receiving weight.

Pre-registration required through Region 2 Arts Council by calling 218 751-5447 or via email at

Artist Mentor Grant Program Applications Due April 4, 2013


The Region 2 Arts Council encourages 8-12 grade student artists residing in Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Clearwater, and Mahnomen counties to apply for a Region 2 Arts Council Legacy Funded Artist Mentor Grant.  Grant recipients receive either 20 hours of one-on-one mentoring with an area adult artist or they receive $600 to pay toward tuition for a class, camp or workshop in the student’s art discipline in the state of MN.

Mailed grant applications must be postmarked by April 4, 2013.  Applicants may personally drop off application packets at the Region 2 Arts Council Office in Bemidji by 5 p.m. on April 4, 2013. 

Grant applications are available for download at the Region 2 Arts Council website or at the R2AC office at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601.  Questions? Need assistance with the process?  Call (218) 751-5447 or 1(800) 275-5447 or email Open to home schooled and PSEO students as well. Wondering who might make a good mentor?  We’re happy to help!

JumpstART your Arts Career at Rail River Folk School March 9

NicholasBrea2Attention Musicians, Visual Artists, Performing Artists, and Artists of Any Kind!  So you want to be an ARTIST?

If you are  in middle school, high school, college-aged, or fresh out of college; and if you are considering pursuing an arts career, arts degree, or do you just plain love doing your art-

 Please join Springboard for the Arts* and Region 2 Arts Council

Saturday March 9th, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW in Bemidji for


A program designed to support you on your path as an artist

  • 10:00 a.m.-11:30  a.m.  Artist Skills Workshop: Portfolios, Artist Statements, Resumes, Grants
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion with artists and arts professionals:  Learn how to JumpstART your arts career now!
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. Artist Mentoring: see what R2AC artist mentors & students are doing, get more info on Artist Mentor Grant Program for 8th-12th grade artists, and learn about Individual Artist Grants for adult artists seeking mentors.  You want to be a mentor or be mentored?  Please come!

The day is FREE and snacks will be provided!

RSVP 218 751-5447 / by March 7, 2013

*Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate a vibrant arts community by connecting artists with the skills, contacts, information and services they need to make a living and a life.


March 23 Photography for Artists with Cal Rice

Registration Deadline March 18! Join experienced local photographer Cal Rice for a Photography for Artists workshop held at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts on Saturday March 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This workshop is for you, if you…

  • are an artist who creates two or three dimensional art
  • present your work in photographs (web site, gallery or catalog)
  • want to improve your skills to create images that are commensurate with the quality of the art
  • want to better understand the functions built into your camera

Registration is $30 at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.  (218) 444-5606 519 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji, MN 56619

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.