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R2AC awards local artists with grants

The Region 2 Arts Council awarded $3,000 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Program this fall.

Karla Joy Bellanger of Ponsford, Minn., received $1,000 to assist in purchasing supplies to create traditional beadwork for exhibition in the Native Harvest Catalog.

Norma Jean Bakka of Ogema, Minn., was awarded $1,000 to help develop a professional-looking exhibit for her collection of Anishinaabe American Indian Art in order to display it in educational settings.

James L. Jones Jr. of Cass Lake received $1,000 to assist in building a 15-foot old-style Algonkin birch bark canoe.

Applications for grants are available in the R2AC Office at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.W. in Bemidji.

For details, call the R2AC at 751-5447 or 800-275-5447.