VSA MN offers its last arts access and disability session August 13

We regret to announce that VSA Minnesota, an organization that has served over 33 years as a  “one-stop shop for arts access”, closes its doors at the end of September.
Please consider joining VSA MN’s staff member, Craig Dunn, as he shares a final “brain download” on arts access and disability awareness information they have collected and distributed throughout VSA’s many years of service.
This special opportunity is for arts administrators, board members and anyone interested in access to the arts for people with disabilities.
The workshop is free of charge. Light refreshments will be available.
Tuesday, August 13
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Historic Holmes Theater
806 Summit Avenue
Detroit Lakes, 56501
This workshop is designed to share VSA’s wealth of information and resources, and to answer questions about audience accommodations, disability etiquette and emerging trends in the field of arts access.  Electronic resource lists, internet links and suggestions of people to contact will be made available to all attendees during this three-hour gathering.
Please contact Region 2 Arts Council staff for further information and to register.
218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447 / staff@r2arts.org

R2AC announces scholarship opportunities to attend the 2019 RAC Summit

Region 2 Arts Council is happy to announce that scholarships for the 2019 Rural Arts and Culture Summit are now available.
EVENT DATE: October 3-5, 2019
LOCATION: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Scholarship Application Deadline: August 9, 2019
These scholarships are available for individuals who live within Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Clearwater counties.
The Rural Arts and Culture Summit is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Thank You!

Arts leaders at MSAB round table

The Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) held its annual meeting in Bemidji on July 10 & 11, 2019.  Region 2 Arts Council Board Members, Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council members, regional arts leadership, local artists, the arts interested public, and community leaders from throughout our five-county region spoke eloquently about the value of the arts in speeches, presentations, and round table discussions. Watermark Art Center and Headwaters Music & Arts hosted sections of the meeting, Anton Treuer engaged us in thoughtful discussion, and Al Belleveau led Arts Board members on a lively tour of the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Thank you to Executive Director of the MSAB Sue Gens and each of the members of the State Arts Board for spending two days in Bemidji, learning more about our growing arts communities.  Thank you and miigwech to all who participated!

Laura Seter, Executive Director
Region 2 Arts Council

 

R2AC office has limited office hours today

The R2AC office will open for a limited time today between 1:30 pm and 3:30pm. to allow staff to attend and listen in on the day’s activities hosted by Minnesota State Arts Board.
Please join us!

Thursday, July 11
8:00 – 9:30 am – Sanford Center
Arts Community Conversation

10:00 – 11:15 am – Sanford Center
Roundtable discussion -Using the arts to build more vibrant communities, a discussion with area community leaders.

11:30 – 1:00 pm – Sanford Center
Roundtable discussion – Supporting and sustaining a thriving arts community in northern Minnesota, a discussion with area arts organization leadership.

2:00 – 4:00 pm – Headwaters Music and Arts
State Arts Board business meeting.

MSAB meetings are conducted in keeping with the Minnesota Open Meeting Law. Members of the public are welcome to listen and observe, but may not participate in meetings unless invited to do so by the board chair or executive director.

MN State Arts Board hosts Annual Meeting in Bemidji

This year Bemidji was selected to host the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) Annual meeting held this week, July 10 and 11. During this time, MSAB will host presentations and workshops, including a series of roundtable discussions. These events offer members of the public a way to listen in and learn about how the arts support vibrant communities, and what is needed to sustain the arts in northern Minnesota. The full schedule is listed below:

Wednesday, July 10
1:00 – 3:00 pm – Watermark Art Center
Region 2 Overview – Demographics, geography, programs and services, ways the arts are having an impact on the region, and factors that influence access to the arts in this region. Take time to tour Watermark galleries!

3:15 – 4:45 pm – Watermark Art Center
Dr. Anton Treuer – Cultural competence and reconciliation. Engagement exercise(s) for State Arts Board and Region 2 Arts Council staff, board, and council members.

4:45 – 5:30 pm – Various locations in downtown Bemidji
Bemidji Sculpture Walk – Walking tour led by Al Belleveau.

Thursday, July 11
8:00 – 9:30 am – Sanford Center
Arts Community Conversation

10:00 – 11:15 am – Sanford Center
Roundtable discussion -Using the arts to build more vibrant communities with area community leaders.

11:30 – 1:00 pm – Sanford Center
Roundtable discussion – Supporting and sustaining a thriving arts community in northern Minnesota with area arts organization leadership.

2:00 – 4:00 pm – Headwaters Music and Arts
State Arts Board business meeting.

MSAB meetings are conducted in keeping with the Minnesota Open Meeting Law. Members of the public are welcome to listen and observe, but may not participate in meetings unless invited to do so by the board chair or executive director.