Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship Information Session – New Options

Please note that the in-person Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship information session originally scheduled in Bemidji on March 14th is now CANCELLED.

Instead, Jerome staff have set up several online options to learn about this funding opportunity.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 6, 4pm Central/5pm Eastern.

Artists are invited to join Jerome staff for one of the following webinars they have added to the schedule:

In lieu of attending an in-person session, Jerome staff recommends that you watch a video of a webinar regarding the program here

You can also contact Jerome staff directly if you have any questions after watching.


Individual Artist Grant Recipients Awarded in Region 2

On February 10, 2020, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors awarded $18,001 to individual artists from within our five-county region. These grants provide financial assistance to artists in any arts discipline or in any stage of their career as an artist residing in the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen.

The Individual Artist Grant Program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation to fund 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.

Grant recipients include:

Charles Alberti of Bemidji was awarded $2,000 to create a retrospective chat book representing six decades of his art to distribute to museums, galleries and art publications.

Gillian Bedford of Bemidji was awarded $2,000 to purchase materials and supplies to produce paintings and frame them for exhibition and sale at galleries and art shows.

Tawnee Corning of Bagley was awarded $1,997 to create a series of 12 mixed media works exploring pregnancy and motherhood.

Annette Drewes of Bemidji was awarded $1,000 to develop Wild Rice Voices, a series of six podcasts based on her book Shattering Seeds.

Jason Ewert of Bemidji was awarded $2,000 to attend a three-day course to receive FAA certification to pilot a drone for use in his filmmaking.

Jim Gallagher of Bemidji was awarded $2,000 to attend the 2020 Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago, IL.

Joseph Holt of Bemidji was awarded $2,000 to purchase a microphone for his home studio to better produce and record original music.

Tanya Miller of Park Rapids was awarded $1,502 for editorial coaching to ready her manuscript for publication.

Dr. Eric Olson of Bemidji was awarded $1,502 to bring Dr. John Gilbert, Prof. of Violin at Texas Tech University, to Bemidji for a public performance with Dr. Olson of a Duo Violin Recital and to offer a master class at Dr. Olson’s private violin studio.

Chuck Weygand of Akeley was awarded $2,000 to create and display wooden art works including unique wooden bowls crafted from sustainable trees native to Minnesota.

Arts Access Grant for Small Towns applications are available online

Deadline: April 15, 2020 by 11:45 p.m.
Maximum Award: $6,000
(20% Cash Match required; 25% Match on equipment purchases)

Arts Access Grants for Small Towns are open to non-profits, public and charter schools*, community education programs, arts organizations, institutions of higher learning, government and tribal entities, and groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor located in towns with a population under 2,000.  These grants can support creation, production, and presentation of high-quality arts activities, as well as projects that help overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities, and projects that help instill the arts into the community and public life in our region. Arts activities proposed for funding must be accessible by the public, have a strong community component, and must benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

*Parochial schools are ineligible.

Applications are available online at
218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447 /

Arts Advocacy Day is March 19 – Register today!

 Please join us!
Be an Advocate for the Arts on March 19

Click here to Register for Arts Advocacy Day

Why Attend Arts Advocacy Day?

  1.  Arts Advocacy Day is an opportunity to show the impact that the arts have on all of our lives.
  2.  Previous Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in increased state arts funding.
  3.  It’s a great way to connect with other people involved in the arts.
  4. This is your chance to have your voice heard!

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship deadline extended to March 15

Modern Ojibwe Floral Beaded Hat by Robyn Vanwert, 2018 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellow

Application Deadline Extended to March 15, 2020

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Fellowship provides unfettered funding to one individual Native American artist to fuel his/her art in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass, and Itasca counties in Minnesota.

The goal of the AAI Fellowship Program is to assist the region’s most talented Native American artists in furthering and innovating their work. One $5,000 award will be granted in 2020.
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.

Applications are available online at

For questions or more information contact Region 2 Arts Council staff at:
218-751-5447  /  800-275-5447  /