Professional Photography Session

Professional Photographs of Your Artwork

Presented by Region 2 Arts Council

Professional photographer Cal Rice will take professional photos of your artwork, and will then send the digital images to you. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional items allowed. Limit four items per artist; items must be under 40 inches in all dimensions.

May 20

10 am – 2 pm


Coldwell Banker

101 Main Ave S

Park Rapids, MN 56470


Workshop is free, but you must register by calling (218) photog wkshp751-5447 or emailing

Anishinaabe Artist Exhibition through May 5


The Region 2 Arts Council Offices will continue to host the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibition through First Friday, May 5, 2017.  If you haven’t seen the show yet, the work is absolutely stunning!  Our office is open 9-5 p.m., First Friday hours are 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

We are taking the show down a bit earlier than planned, so please come see the show this week.  You still have time to be awed, inspired, and moved by the beadwork, quillwork, photography, painting, star quilts, and more.

AAI Exhibit Artists include: David Manual, Calsandra Tyndall, Delina White, Lavender Hunt, Sage Davis, Bernice Mitchell-Diver, Wesley May, Joseph J. Allen, Debra Warren, Brian Dow, David Ben White, Celia Littlecreek, Robie Rock, 2017 AAI Artist Fellow Tom Stillday, Melvin Losh, Simon Zornes, Betsy May, Karen Goulet, Mary Guardipee, Debra Bearskin Hawthorne, Judy Toppings, Cherilyn Spears, Paula Littlewolf, Joy Eastman, and Pamela Iceman.

Our office is located at 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji, MN 56601. Contact us at 218-751-5447 or for more information.

Workshop To Be Rescheduled

black ash basket

From Swamp to Showcase: Black Ash Basketry

April 20, 2017 11 am – 3 pm   WORKSHOP POSTPONED. Please check here to find out new date.

Doreen Wells will teach participants how to create baskets using Black Ash. All materials provided.

Red Lake Nation College, 23750 MN-1, Red Lake, MN 56671

Class is free, but you must register by phone or email (218) 751-5447

Arts Expo and Native Artist Exhibit: This Weekend!



Region 2 Arts Council’s first Arts Expo is Saturday April 29: 10 am – 4 pm

All are Invited:  Artists, Craftspeople, Arts Appreciators, Culture-Bearers, Organizations, Schools, City Planners, Town and City governments, Administrators, Non-Profit Organizations and more!
Come for the art! Our Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibition will be open to the public.   Find funders and artists for the arts programming you’ve been planning. Learn about engaging audiences and artists with disabilities, how to apply for a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Learn about the awards and opportunities First Peoples Fund has to offer Native Artists. Find out about grants through the McKnight Foundation.  Learn what it takes to have a show at a local or regional gallery and how to engage as a participant or volunteer with arts organizations in our region.
Finally, don’t miss out on Sheila Smith’s talk on the million and billion dollar impact the arts have on our economy in the State and in our region.
This is a free event!  All are Welcome

Seminars at the Expo:

10:30 am Craig Dunn of VSA MN presents “Expanding Participation by Artists and Non-Artists with Disabilities”

12:15 pm Kathee Foran, MN State Arts Board presents “Artist Initiative Intensive”
1:30 pm Creative Minnesota Report by Sheila Smith of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
2:15 pm Announcing Region 2 Arts Council’s first annual Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellow, Tom Stillday, who is a beadworker from Ponemah.
2:30 pm Gallery Directors Panel

Featuring the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit Opening Reception

By Region 2 Arts Council

All Day! With artwork by our Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grantees, Council Members, and we will announce our first ever recipient of the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship!

Visit with these resources *Updated 4/20/17:

  • Rourke Art Gallery
  • First Peoples Fund
  • Minnesota State Arts Board
  • Incepticons Recording Studio
  • Watermark Art Center and Mikaanen Gallery
  • Gallery North
  • Springboard Center for the Arts
  • Macrostie Art Center
  • Park Rapids Lake Area Arts Council
  • Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
  • Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
  • Rail River Folk School
  • Region 2 Arts Council
  • Bemidji Community Theater
  • Kaddatz Gallery
  • KBXE Radio
  • Bemidji Pioneer
  • VSA MN (Formerly Very Special Artists)
  • Bemidji State University Technology, Art, and Design Department
  • Bemidji Sculpture Walk
  • Headwaters School of Music and the Arts
  • Belle Thalia/ Mask & Rose Women’s Theater Collective
  • Paul Bunyan Playhouse
  • What’s Up, Babe?
  • Nemeth Art Center
  • McKnight Foundation
  • Lakeland Public Television
  • Jerome Foundation
  • Armory Square

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

Arts Project Grant

Award Amount: Up to $2,500

Deadline: April 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm

cropped-r2aclogo_color_small1.jpgArts Project Grants are open to nonprofits, schools, government or tribal offices, or community education programs. These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, public art projects, and artists-in-residence.

Funded arts projects must benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

Applications are available online at  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