Spring Arts Access Grant Applications due January 15, 2019

The Arts Access Grant is open to non-profits, schools, government or tribal offices, or groups with fiscal sponsor. 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. Maximum Grant Award is $6,000 (20% Cash Match required; 25% Match on equipment purchases).

Arts Access Grant application deadline is Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Don’t wait! Apply today!

On  the horizon:

Friday, February 15, 2019: Young Artist Grant application deadline (these grants are for 8th through 12th grade students)

Region 2 Arts Council Arts Access and Young Artist Grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

And for Individual Artists beyond 12th grade…

Friday, February 15, 2019: Individual Artist Grant application deadline (Maximum request is $2,000)

The Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant is made possible through the generous support of the McKnight Foundation.



Arts Learning Grant Recipients Awarded in Region 2

On November 19, 2018, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors granted $22,903 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to arts organizations, groups with a fiscal sponsor, schools and non-profit institutions and organizations. These grants support high-quality arts education that develops knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts for the benefit of Minnesotans of all ages across our five-county region.

The grant recipients included:

Clear Waters Life Center received $6,000 to provide 29 weeks of quality art classes for youth-older adults Jan-Aug 2019, 20 weeks of Monday classes offered in the afternoon and evening for adult learners and 9 weeks of youth after school classes on Wednesdays.

Bemidji Community Theater received $4,701 to collaborate with TrekNorth Jr. and Senior High School and Neilson Place to record the memories of residents at Neilson Place culminating in a collective performance involving music, song, and dance.

Northern Light Opera Company received $4,945 to offer a three-week Theater Workshop/Camp, NLOKids, to children from the Native American Community of Pine Point MN and children from the Park Rapids community.

Bemidji Community Theater received $5,607 to continue a theater internship program allowing interns to work with mentors in theater related areas on 5 upcoming projects for the 2019-2020 season.

Bemidji State University Music Department’s Bemidji Concert Series received $1,650 to bring the Trombones of St. Louis and Violetta Duo to perform in Bemidji.


Region 2 Arts Council Arts Learning Grants are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Biennial Planning for Region 2 Arts Council – Input requested

Region 2 Arts Council is in the process of gathering information and input from the public through focus groups, public listening sessions and an online survey and we are making a call to have you join the conversation.

For all: Biennial Planning survey is now online. Click here to enter the survey.

We are also hosting public listening sessions in each of the five counties. Please join Region 2 Arts Council staff and board members for an open discussion about Region 2 Arts Council’s grants, programs and services. We invite your feedback on how Region 2 Arts Council can best support the arts in your area. Light snacks are provided. Scheduled sessions are listed below. Stay tuned for listening sessions in your area!

Clearwater County
Monday, January 7, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Clearwaters Life Center, in library classroom
256 2nd Avenue
Clearbrook MN

Lake of the Woods County
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Lake of the Woods County Historical Society
8th Ave. SE, 1 block South of Hwy. 11
Baudette MN

Mahnomen County
Thursday, January 10, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Gizhiigin Arts Incubator
701 E Jefferson Ave.
Mahnomen MN

Closing of our Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit is tomorrow!

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit Closes
Our offices will also be open tomorrow, Saturday December 8th, for our Closing Reception, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. There will be snacks and the Watermark Art Center will also be open. Artists can pick up their works of art after 4pm.

Mazinigwaaso She Stitches Fancy in the Miikanan Gallery at Watermark
This group show features both of our Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellows, Robyn Vanwert and Pamela Iceman, as well as the work of Cari Tabor. Robyn Vanwert and Pamela Iceman will be demonstrating their bead working techniques from 10:00 am-2:00 pm tomorrow.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council Meeting and Grant Review rescheduled
The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Council will convene on Wednesday December 12th at 5:30 pm to conduct business and review and award Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants one week later than the originally scheduled December 5th meeting. This meeting is open to the public, in accordance with the guidelines of Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law, and will be held at the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji 56601, in the education studio across the hall from our offices.

Cultural Traditions in the Arts Grant deadline is December 15th!

Grant Deadlines on the Horizon…
Spring Arts Access Grant due 01/15/19 is now open for applications!
Individual Artist Grant opens for application 01/01/19 and is due 02/15/19
Young Artist Grant opens for application 01/01/19 and is due 02/15/19