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Region 2 Arts Council awards grants

BEMIDJI — Region 2 Arts Council recently awarded $64,064 through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program to individual artists, art organizations and non-profits in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, and Lake of the Woods counties:

-- Rail River Fold School, Bemidji; $4,768 to host an indigenous artisans festival at Lake Irving Marina.

-- Clear Waters Life Center, Clearbrook; $5,128 to hire artists and mentors to create a mural with the community for all to enjoy.

-- Bemidji Community Theater; $3,984 to implement a two-week children’s theater camp called "BCT Jr."

-- Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council; $4,115 to sponsor Art Leap 2013; $3,610 to sponsor artists’ performances or exhibitors in downtown Park Rapids on the 3rd Tuesday of every month; $1,818 to sponsor the fifth annual Youth Music & Arts Showcase.

-- Mask & Rose Women’s Theater Collective, Bemidji; $6,000 to produce "Evita" for high school and college youth.

-- North Beltrami Heritage Center, Kelliher; $720to assist local history groups to provide the historical drama of George Nelson.

-- Margaret Burger, Bemidji; $3,000 to create and perform live open-air puppetry on a bike trailer in July.

-- Lakewood Care Center, Baudette; $1,456 to offer weekly musical entertainment to Acre Center Residents each month.

-- Show Choirs of Bemidji; $1,725 to assists Vocalmotive Show Choir to work with a professional choreographer.

-- The Depot Preservation Alliance, Baudette; $1,500 to fund the WoodPicks’ May 11 concert.

-- Headwaters School of Music & the Arts, Bemidji; $5,772 to bring two international performing art groups to the Bemidji area to present week-long residencies that will broaden the community’s understanding of different cultures.

-- Bemidji Area Community Arts Center; $2,045 to host the 2013 Spoken Word Series.

-- Lake of the Woods Art Guild, Baudette; $5,950 to offer affordable tuition for a Frank Covino Classical Academic Oil Painting Seminar.

-- Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area; $1,798 to offer painting classes to youth ages 6-18 with local artist Wesley May.

-- Northern Light Opera Company, Park Rapids; $1,390 to mount performances of "Carousel" in July and August at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium.

-- Solway Elementary School, ISD #31; $2,240 to hire Cate Belleveau to direct a second grade play.

-- Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Bemidji; $6,000 to produce the 2013 Professional Summer Live Theater.

-- Clear Waters Life Center, Gonvick; $1,945 to host a one-day arts fair in the community featuring artists that will demonstrate and offer hands-on instruction to willing participants.

The next grant deadline is Aug. 14. Applications are available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601, or for download from http: //

For more information, call (218) 751-5447 or (800) 275-5447.