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R2AC Awards $71,085 in Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants

R2AC Awards $71,085 in Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants

Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) recently awarded $71,085 through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program to individual artists, arts organizations and non-profits in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, and Lake of the Woods counties. The funds will be used to create opportunities for arts access, arts education, and cultural heritage activities that build bridges between Minnesotans. These funds are made available through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

The grant recipients included:

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk was awarded $6,000 to purchase fiberglass blanks for 2-D artists to paint/embellish for public display.

Pequana Playhouse, Baudette, was awarded $3,580 to contract with Prairie Fire Theatre to provide a team of two directors to facilitate and present the children’s theater production of “Peter Pan” by carrying out the auditions, rehearsals, and direction using primarily all local children or youth.

Carol Charnoski, Bemidji, received $1,000 to purchase materials and provide instruction in the Native American community in the creation of Spirit Walk moccasins and regalia.

Bemidji Community Theater received $6,000 to produce the children’s musical “Disney’s My Son Pinocchio.”

Watermark Art Center, Bemidji was awarded $6,000 to host acclaimed poet and translator Jane Hirshfield, who will provide a craft lecture and evening reading as part of a weekend festival honoring poetry and haiku.

Northern Light Opera Company, Park Rapids was awarded $3,100 to mount a production of the opera “The Apothecary” by Franz Joseph Haydn at the Park Rapids Armory.

The Beltrami County Historical Society, Bemidji, received $4,460 to hire photographer Todd Geiger to create an artistic display consisting of current and historical photographs of Beltrami County scenes.

The Park Rapids Area Community Band was awarded $1,462 to perform a concert and sponsor a master class with Myroslava Hagen as guest clarinet soloist and educator.

Headwaters School for Music & the Arts, Bemidji, received $6,000 to bring two international performing arts groups to Bemidji in collaboration with Arts Midwest World Fest.

Lake of the Woods Art Guild, Baudette, received $6,000 to offset the cost of student tuition for their annual Frank Covino Classical Academic Oil Painting Seminar.

Aaron Tank, Bemidji, received 1,040 to direct and produce three performances of an original musical.

City of Bemidji Park & Recreation Department, was awarded $3,760 to provide a summer theater camp for youth in the Bemidji area.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra was awarded $6,000 to present a concert featuring a commissioned work by composer Tod Machover for flute soloist Carol Wincenc and the symphony.

Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids was awarded $1,970 to host a Minneapolis Institute of Art satellite show in Park Rapids.

Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Bemidji was awarded $6,000 to produce the play “Noises Off.”

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council was awarded $2,713 to sponsor the Youth Music & Art Showcase VI, showcasing the musical and artistic talents of Park Rapids area youth.

Rail River Folk School, Bemidji, received $6,000 to host the 2nd Annual Indigenous Arts Festival, outdoors on North Lake Irving.

Applications for Arts & Cultural Heritage Grants and other arts grants are available from the Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601, Visit our website, or call us at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 for more information.

Holly Alcott

Executive Assistant


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