R2AC Closed Oct. 12th to Attend a Statewide Staff Training

R2AC staff will not be in the office tomorrow, Friday October 12th, because of a statewide staff training. If you have any questions after today that relate to the Arts Learning Grant application, which is due Monday, please email Laura at laura@r2arts.org. She will follow up with you on Sunday.

And don’t forget! We have two grant application deadlines coming right up:

Monday, October 15: Arts Learning Grant application deadline!

Thursday, November 1: Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant application deadline!

Arts Learning Grant Applications are due October 15!

The Arts Learning Grant is open to public and charter schools, community education programs, and any nonprofits or groups with a fiscal sponsor providing arts education programming.

Don’t wait! Apply today!

Monday, October 15: Arts Learning Grant application deadline

And on the horizon for Individual Artists:

Thursday, November 1: Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant application deadline

R2AC Closed Oct. 4th to Attend AAI Exhibition

R2AC staff will not be in the office tomorrow, Thursday October 4th, because they will be traveling to Mahnomen to attend the opening of the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit at Gizhigin Arts Incubator on 701 Jefferson Ave. The opening will be from 4:30-7:00 pm and there will be arts and artists and food! Come Join us!

This is a traveling exhibit and R2AC will have a Closing Reception in our offices inside the Watermark Art Center on December 8, 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

There will also be an group exhibit at Miikanan Gallery in the Watermark Art Center that both of our AAI Fellows will be a part running Nov. 9th through Dec. 23. The opening reception will be Nov. 9th, 5:00-7:00 pm

And don’t forget, Thursday, November 1: Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant application deadline!

R2AC Artist Fellowship

Deadline: September 15, 2018
Award: $6,000

The R2AC Artist Fellowship Program assists the region’s most talented artists in furthering and innovating their work by awarding financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences that facilitate depth and advancement in their art form. Two $6,000 awards will be granted yearly.

The funds can be used for, but not limited to:

· Exploring new directions or continuing work in progress
· Production costs, materials, or equipment
· Collaborative or community projects
· Travel, research or study to further your art

Click the “Login Here” Button on the right to apply right now!

The R2AC Fellowship Award is made possible the by generous support of the McKnight Foundation to provide unfettered funding to individual artists to fuel their art in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, and Lake of the Woods counties in Minnesota.

NEED MORE INFORMATION? Attend an R2AC Artist Fellowship Info Session!

Monday, August 13
River Art Community (Park Rapids)
323 Main Avenue South
5:00 – 7:00 PM

Monday, August 20
Watermark Arts Center (Bemidji)
505 Bemidji Avenue
5:00 – 7:00 PM

Need support to complete your application or explore your ideas? Join us to learn more about the Artist Fellowship and receive support for the application process.

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. Region 2 Arts staff is available Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm. Call or stop by to set up an individual session anytime.

Log in and Apply for an Arts Access Grant TODAY!


Maximum Award: $6,000
Deadline: August 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm
Review Date: September 17, 2018
Earliest Start Date: October 1, 2018

Purpose: Arts Access grants support the creation, production, and presentation of high quality arts activities that help instill the arts into the community and public life in Minnesota’s Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Clearwater Counties by removing barriers that audiences may have to accessing these activities.

Eligibility Basics: Eligible grant proposals must display a commitment to reaching wider audiences through providing new and/or expanded arts programming to residents of our region’s counties, and/or by supporting accessibility initiatives through the project.

Eligible applicants must be Minnesota 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organizations, groups formed for non-profit purposes, or governmental units physically located within one of the five Region 2 Arts Council counties. Not-for-profit groups without 501(c) 3 status  must use a Minnesota 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization or Minnesota governmental unit as a fiscal sponsor.

Contact Us: We’re happy to discuss your eligibility, project proposals, and questions. Contact us at staff@r2arts.org / 218 751-5447 / 800 275-5447.

Attend a Workshop: We’re coming to you, but you can come to us too!
July 16: Coldwell Banker in Park Rapids 5:30-7:00 p.m.
July 19: Bemidji Public Library 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
July 24: Bagley Public Library 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
July 24: Gizhiigin Art Center in Mahnomen 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
July 26: Region 2 Arts Council Office, 505 Bemidji Ave N. Drop-in: 10-2 p.m. & 3-5 p.m
July 30: Region 2 Arts Council Office, 505 Bemidji Ave N. Drop-in: 10-2 p.m. & 3-5 p.m.
July 31: Lake of the Woods Historical Society Museum in Baudette: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

For more information on the Arts Access Grant, to download a copy of the grant questions, to learn more about eligibility requirements and more, visit the Arts Access Grant landing page on our web site.

Thank you! Region 2 Arts Council Arts Access Grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.