If you attended Region 2 Arts Council’s first ever Arts Expo in April, please take a moment to fill out our survey. We plan on repeating the Expo every two years, so your input will assist us in making it the premiere resource event for our region. Thanks!
New Grant Program Info Sessions
Come learn about the changes to our grants and grant cycle, which begins in August. Our grants offer funding for a variety of art projects and programs for individuals and organizations. We will be discussing our updated organizational grants for nonprofits, schools, government or tribal offices, and community education programs as well as our individual artist grant programs. The majority of Region 2 Arts Council grants serve individuals who reside in, and organizations located in Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties. Our grants for Native American artists serve those residing in surrounding counties as well.
Park Rapids Public Library July 20, 1 – 3 pm*
Bemidji Public Library July 25, 1 – 3 pm*
Clearwaters Life Center in Gonvick August 1, 3:30 – 5:30 pm*
Red Lake Tribal Council Chambers August 2, 10 am – 12 pm (15484 Migizii Drive
Red Lake MN, 56671)
Mahnomen County Historical Museum in Mahnomen Aug 3, 1:00 – 3:00 pm*
Gizhiigin Arts Center in Mahnomen Aug 3, 4:30 – 6:30 pm*
*For each session, the first hour will be dedicated to grants for nonprofit organizations, schools, local and tribal government offices, etc. The second hour is for grants for individual artists.
Applications are available online at r2arts.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. These grants are made possible by the voters of MN, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, and from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. Thanks, as well, to the McKnight Foundation.
We are gearing up for a new fiscal year at Region 2 Arts Council. FY18 will begin on July 1, 2017. It will bring a new set of goals, a new year of grant deadlines, a new year of supporting arts projects and programming, a new office space (in October), and many new opportunities to support artistic expression in our five county region.
Before we launch into the new, we want to take a moment to look at the now. Congratulations to all of our grant recipients, all of our grant applicants, and all who have planted a seed of creativity that has taken root and begun to grow.
Go to Awarded Grants for a list of FY17 grant recipients from our five-county region. Take a look below for the total amount awarded this fiscal year within each of our five counties:
- Beltrami County: $132,454.00
- Hubbard County: $51,053.00
- Clearwater County: $29,747.00
- Lake of the Woods County: $19,999.00
- Mahnomen County: $7,000.00
Our grants, services, showcasing opportunities and operations are made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, with money from the State’s general fund, and with funding from the McKnight Foundation. Thank you as well to our fiscal agent, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the entire Regional Arts Council system in the state of Minnesota.
Sod House Productions Presents Workshops in Bemidji
Region 2 Arts Council Presents Workshops:
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
“From Swamp to Showcase; Black Ash Basketry” Doreen Wells will teach participants how to create baskets using Black Ash trees. All materials provided. At Red Lake Nation Tribal Council, 15484 Migizi Drive Red Lake, MN 56671
Free! Must Register: 751-5447 email@example.com
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
“Intermediate Watercolor with Jane Freeman” Renowned watercolor painter, Jane Freeman, will teach this intermediate workshop. Please bring your own watercolors and brushes.
****UNFORTUNATELY THIS CLASS IS FULL. WE MAY OFFER ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY IN THE FALL; STAY POSTED.*****
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
“Board Boot Camp” Join us for this brief but valuable workshop to learn ways to thrive as a board member. At the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, 201 3rd St NW, Bemidji MN. Free! Must Register: 751-5447 firstname.lastname@example.org
Region 2 Arts Council staff will be attending the Rural Arts and Culture Summit at the University of Minnesota Morris, from June 6-8. The Rural Arts and Culture Summit provides us with the opportunity to network with and learn from other rural artists and arts leaders from around the country. Attendance at the RAC Summit gives us new insight into the unique challenges and opportunities facing the artists and organizations we support through our work at Region 2 Arts Council.
Nine artists and arts innovators from our Region 2 Arts Council communities have received full scholarships from the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota to attend the Rural Arts and Culture Summit.
For more information on the Summit, go to http://www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com/. Of course, we’ll also be happy to tell you all about it when we return! Our normal office hours will resume on Friday, June 9.
Region 2 Arts Council is hosting a “Board Boot Camp,” presented by MAP for Nonprofits, on Monday, June 26 from 9 am – 12 pm at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation in Bemidji. This is a program that we have heard requested frequently, and will be very beneficial to the Board members from your arts organization. Jennifer Kramm from MAP for Nonprofits will be the presenter.
Join Executive Director Laura Seter on May 11, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for a presentation of Region 2 Arts Council’s Biennial Plan for fiscal years 18 -19. We will be meeting in the Corner Studio at Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji.
Attendees will see the ways in which the needs assessment results compiled from the past two years have been embedded in a new set of goals, strategies, and outcomes for the coming two years. Revised grants and grant deadlines will also be shared during this meeting. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Feedback on the Biennial Plan is welcome.
Contact Region 2 Arts Council via email at email@example.com or call (218) 751-5447 for more information.