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.

Arts Access Grant will be open for applications soon!

The Region 2 Arts Council Office will be closed on the July 4th holiday, but when we return the Arts Access Grant Application will be open online and available for applications! 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. Non-profits, arts organizations, schools, community education programs, institutions of higher learning, local city, town, county government or tribal offices, or groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor can apply for grants up to $6,000 to fund arts projects that will benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties.

Have A Safe & Happy Holiday

Arts Access Grant-Writing Workshops

Join us in each of our represented counties to learn more about the application process of our Arts Access grants for nonprofits, schools, government or tribal offices, community education programs, and groups formed for non-profit purposes. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects and programs. New and experienced grant-writers welcome.

Arts Access Grant is Due August 15

Coldwell Banker

July 16

5:30 – 7:00 pm

101 Main Ave S.,

Park Rapids, MN


Bemidji Public Library

July 19

4:30 – 6:00 pm

509 America Ave, Bemidji, MN


Bagley Public Library

July 24

4:30 – 6:00 pm

79 Spencer Ave SW, Bagley, MN


Gizhiigin Art Center

July 24

4:30 – 6:00 pm

701 Jefferson Ave, Mahnomen, MN


Drop-In Sessions (in Bemidji)

July 26

10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

July 30

10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

@Region 2 Arts Council offices

Inside the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave N, Bemidji MN


Lake of the Woods Historical Society

July 31

4:30 – 6:00 pm

206 8th Ave, Suite 150, Baudette, MN


Arts Access Grant applications, and a full list of grant deadlines, 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 staff@r2arts.org.

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


Region 2 Seeks Program Assistant

UPDATE 06/19/2018: We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Thank you for applying.

Job duties include planning workshops for the Region’s artists and arts organizations, training others in our online grant application system, publicity, and more. Must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience, communication skills, and arts experience. Some in-state travel required. See full job description here.

If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to apply for this job, or need this information in another format, please contact our office.

Hours per week: 15 – 20; Salary range: $15 – $19/hour plus benefits

Submit cover letter and resumé to

Laura Seter, Executive Director
PO Box 693
Bemidji MN 56619



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Arts Project Grants Awarded

Region 2 Arts Council Awards Arts Project Grants


On April 16, 2018 the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors awarded $24,675 through their Arts Project Grant program. 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. Arts organizations may also apply to fund consultation projects in board development, fiscal management, fundraising, public relations, audience development, or assistance in designing arts programming.

Bagley Area Arts Collaborative received $1,549 to host a Plein Air Painting workshop with Dan Mondloch at the Clearwater County History Center. (Clearwater County)

Bemidji Concert Series received $2,311 to host the highly acclaimed jazz and pop band Hornheads at Bemidji State University. (Beltrami County)

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra received $2,500 to produce a concert called Romantic, with previous member and student aficionado Eric Haugen. (Beltrami County)

Bemidji Woodcarvers Club received $2,010 to host the workshop Wildlife Carving with carver Desiree Hajny from October 25 through October 28, 2018. (Beltrami County)

Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center received $1,305 to create a community-made Mosaic Mural with artist Marsha Wolff at the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center. (Hubbard County)

Nemeth Art Center received $2,500 to host an exhibition of Julie Buffalohead’s paintings and drawings, and Nathanael Flink’s paintings and sculptures from May 3 through July 14. (Hubbard County)

Nemeth Art Center received $2,500 to host a sculptural installation exhibition by previous Bush Fellow, Alexa Horochowski. (Hubbard County)

Northern Light Opera Company received $2,500 to host NLOKids Theater Project, which is a workshop and camp for children, from July 2 to July 20, 2018. (Hubbard County)

Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council received $2,500 to host the Great American Story, a storytelling competition, on September 22, 2018. (Hubbard County)

Park Rapids Schools received $2,500 to host A World of Music with Todd Green, a seminar for middle and high school students, and a public performance, on September 25 & 27, 2018. (Hubbard County)

Watermark Art Center received $2,500 to host America’s River Re-Explored, an exhibit by contemporary landscape painter Thomas Paquette, including an artist lecture and educational activities. (Beltrami County)

Accessibility Training for the Arts

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Accessibility Training

Region 2 Arts Council welcomes Craig Dunn of VSA Minnesota to present a two-session workshop on creating access for people with disabilities to arts performances, workshops, exhibits and activity within our organizations. Staff, board members and volunteers of organizations providing arts activity are invited to join us as we learn ways we can improve the accessibility of our offices, buildings, board rooms, and events.

Thursday April 26
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Watermark Arts Center Education Room
505 Bemidji Avenue North

Please join us for one or both sessions:

  • General Accessibility Training: to help an arts organization to be more welcoming to people with disabilities. Time: 10:00 am – 11:45 am

A light lunch will be provided by R2AC.

  • Finding, Developing, and Serving a New Audience: learn how patrons with disabilities participate in the arts; including disability etiquette, and connections with disability agencies and resources. 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Registration by April 23 is required: email alice@r2arts.org to register for one or both sessions.

Mn Artists Training in Bemidji

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Mn Artists will visit Bemidji for a lively workshop and discussion on artists’ participation in digital communities. We will review how to best use Mn Artists’ online professional development tools, recommended for artists who want to improve their online presence and connect to more opportunities, communities, and conversations, both locally and regionally.

This event is free and open to the public. To reserve your spot, register by email: info@mnartists.org

Wednesday April 25
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Watermark Arts Center Education Room
505 Bemidji Avenue North

Snacks provided by Region 2 Arts Council