Public Meeting Seeks Biennial Plan Feedback on May 6, 2019


Region 2 Arts Council invites all interested members of the public to attend an open meeting for a presentation and discussion of our FY2020-FY2021 R2AC Biennial Plan draft.  Open feedback will be invited and encouraged.

The meeting will run from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6 in the Education Room at the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN. Light snacks will be provided.

For questions regarding this meeting, please contact us at (218) 751-5447 / (800) 275-5447 or email the Executive Director, Laura Seter @

Hope to see you there!



R2AC Board Business Meeting tonight

R2AC Board business meeting is scheduled for tonight at 5:30pm. This is a virtual working meeting. The public is welcome to attend. Please consider joining us to learn about the operational aspects of our programming. Our offices will be open. Call or stop by!

And mark your calendar!
– Public presentation of our Biennial Plan for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 is May 6 at 6:00 p.m. – Watermark Art Center, Education Room. Please join us. We welcome your input!
– R2AC Board business meeting and Small Towns Grant review is Monday, May 13. Starting time is 4:30 p.m. Grant application review begins around 5:30 p.m.

The Creative MN Report is Now Available!

Learn all the ways the Arts is Giving Back across MN. You can download a copy of this free report today.

Here are Six ways the Arts Give Back to Minnesota:

  • 82% believe creative expression is important
  • MN has more than 108,000 artists and creative workers
  • 90% of Minnesotans believe the arts make Minnesota desirable
  • The arts contributes at least $2 billion to Minnesota’s economy
  • 91% believe the arts are important to education
  • 23 million people attend the arts – that is more than 4 arts events per year per Minnesotan!

And be sure to mark May 6th on your calendar!
Please join Region 2 Arts Council staff as they share a public presentation of their Biennial Plan for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.

May 6 at 6:00 pm
505 Bemidji Ave N – Bemidji
Watermark Art Center, Education Room

Mark your calendars for May 6th!

Please join us as we present our next Biennial Plan Cycle for fiscal years 2020 & 2021. We welcome your input!

May 6, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Watermark Art Center – Education Room
505 Bemidji Ave. N (Bemidji)

Learn about our plans for grant and non-grant programs and services, grant deadlines, planned outcomes, strategies for implementation, and evaluation measures.

Region 2 board and staff members have developed each element of the plan over the course of the year with input from surveys, focus groups, and listening sessions in each of Region 2’s five counties. This input included expressed needs offered by artists, arts organizations, and arts-interested members of the public.

A draft of the plan will be available on Region 2’s website at for public viewing by May 2nd.
Contact Region 2 by email or call their office for more information: 218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447 /

Region 2 Arts Council Office Closed!

Region 2 Arts Council office is closed today – Friday April 12, 2019 – due to the unseasonal spring snowstorm that dropped quite a few inches of snow on us. If you are working on an Arts Access Grant for Small Towns Application that is due this Monday, April 15th, and need some help please email Holly Alcott our Grants Manager at She is diligently working from home. If you would like a phone consultation, please email her your phone number and she will call you. Good Luck everyone & stay off the roads if possible! Thanks.

Arts Access Grant for Small Towns applications are due soon!

Maximum Grant Award: $6,000 ( 20-25% Cash Match)
Applications are due: April 15

Open specifically to non-profits, schools, government or tribal offices, or groups with a fiscal sponsor, located in towns with a population under 2,000. These grants can support creation, production, and presentation 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.
For details visit AAG for Small Towns

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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