Quick reminder!

REMINDER from the MN State Arts Board:

Please complete the survey regarding COVID-19’s impact on the creative community if you have not yet done so. We will begin analyzing the data provided this week and want to make sure your input is included. If you have already completed the survey— thank you; you don’t need to complete it again. 

Click here to access the survey

Thank you!

Important Survey to help assess COVID-19’s impact – Thank you for your response

SURVEY: COVID-19’s Impact on the Creative Community

A Message from the Minnesota State Arts Board:
The Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota’s regional arts councils know that people and organizations in our state’s arts and creative sector are being tested and challenged as never before. The physical, emotional, and financial toll that COVID-19 is taking is beyond our ability to measure, at this point.
To help us get a handle on what’s happening and guide our immediate and longer-term responses to COVID-19, we need your input. Please take FIVE MINUTES to complete a very brief and simple survey. We will begin reviewing the information on March 25, so please complete the survey by then. However, we know that the situation is evolving every day, so we’ll keep the survey live and will continue to review new responses as we receive them.
Please forward this message to anyone else who might want to provide input.
We will be sharing this information with other arts funders, with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and others who can use it in their own efforts. We are all in this together and I know we all want to do whatever we can to support one another.
Take care,
Sue Gens
Minnesota State Arts Board
Executive Director

Office closed with staff still available


As we close our physical doors we want you to know we are still here to help. Staff will be working from home and we continue to serve grantees and field questions. We can appreciate the disruptions happening in our lives at this moment and know that the creative power of our community members is great medicine. Lots of innovation is happening and we too are thinking of ways to use this moment as an opportunity. For now, know we are with you, ready to support you.

We plan to re-open March 30th, pending no changes. Stay updated via Facebook and our website.

If you need support, you can connect with us via our staff email or by phone: 218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447.

Individual Staff Contacts:

Laura Seter (Executive Director) laura@r2arts.org

Holly Alcott (Grants Manager) holly@r2arts.org

Kathryn Gonzalez (Program Assistant) kathryn@r2arts.org

Resources and Sources:
In the meantime, we are thinking of you and of your health and prosperity. The following links provide resources that may be helpful for artists and arts organizations going forward:
Minnesota State Arts Board Guidance to the Arts Community: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/news/COVID-19.htm
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Corona Virus Resource Center: http://artsmn.org/coronavirus/
Springboard for the Arts Corona Virus resource page for artists, creatives, and organizations: https://springboardforthearts.org/coronavirus/
Minnesota Employment and Economic Development; response for workers and employers: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/

Virtual Arts Advocacy Day! Join us from the comfort of your home.

We are taking our last minutes at the office to participate in the Virtual Arts Advocacy Day.

Please join us to thank legislators for supporting arts funding. Your legislators need to know that their constituents support the arts.


Take advantage of this virtual opportunity to thank them for continued arts funding, and share your stories to show how, when you invest in the arts, the Arts Give Back.



Click here to learn more and to participate



Region 2 Arts Council COVID-19 Response

As Executive Director of Region 2 Arts Council, I am writing to provide information on our organization’s risk management response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At this moment, collective well-being is at the heart of all decision-making. Everyone is called upon to be flexible and responsive to a range of unknowns. In the face of this uncertainty, Region 2 Arts Council is committed to responding to what is before us, while continuing to lay the groundwork for a future in which the arts continue to flourish in our communities.

Office Closing
Beginning Wednesday March 18, the Region 2 Arts Council office will close and our staff will work from home. Our goal is to re-open our office doors on March 30. We will keep you informed of any potential changes.

Routine Grant Activity
While working from home, Region 2 Arts Council staff will attempt to carry out the following routine activity with minimal interruption: grant reviews, contract and outcomes processing and support, outreach to granted organizations, final report reading and approval, and grant writing support.
Changing Granted Activity
Region 2 Arts Council aims to show as much flexibility with our grantees as our funding sources will allow. We know that some granted activity will need to be suspended, rescheduled, or canceled. As we field questions and requests from those planning changes to their granted projects and programs, our commitment is to find solutions that will result in the least amount of hardship for all involved.
Looking Forward
Region 2 Arts Council’s dedication to a thriving arts community was exhibited last night when, in the face of one breaking news story after another, the Region 2 Arts Council board and community panelists convened online to review and award 10 regional arts organizations with $49,000 for two consecutive years in operating support funding through our Community Arts Support grant program.
In early April, our Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Advisory Council will review the AAI grant applications we have received and select our 2020 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellow.
The April 15 deadline for our Arts Access for Small Towns grant is still in effect. Nonprofit entities located in towns under 2,000 in the Minnesota counties of Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen and Clearwater are eligible to apply.
Resources and Sources
In the meantime, we are thinking of you and of your health and prosperity. The following links provide resources that may be helpful for artists and arts organizations going forward:
Minnesota State Arts Board Guidance to the Arts Community: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/news/COVID-19.htm
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Corona Virus Resource Center: http://artsmn.org/coronavirus/
Springboard for the Arts Corona Virus resource page for artists, creatives, and organizations: https://springboardforthearts.org/coronavirus/
Minnesota Employment and Economic Development; response for workers and employers: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/
Email and Facebook messenger will be the primary mode of initiating communication with Region 2 Arts Council staff.
Go to r2arts.org for our individual staff’s contact information, or email us at staff@r2arts.org for more information on how to stay connected.
Laura Seter, Executive Director
Region 2 Arts Council

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 herehttps://youtu.be/7eDmTaVcUBQ

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.