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R2AC to offer Arts and Cultural grants

The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) will offer several new grant opportunities to artists, arts organizations, non-profits, schools and local governments. These grants are a result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage funds as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. The passage of the Clean Water, Lands and Legacy Amendment will greatly enhance arts funding for the next 25 years in the State of Minnesota.

R2AC convened listening sessions and needs assessment surveys throughout the region to help determine constituent needs. Based on this input, R2AC Board planning sessions created new programs for the dissemination of these funds.

The four new Arts and Cultural Heritage grants offer a wide range of opportunities for arts activities in Region 2. Collaborative projects among organizations, schools, artists and or local governments are encouraged and building healthy communities that value the arts.

The grants include:

- Community Arts Support Grants are awarded up to $6,000 to fund the development and sustain new and existing arts organizations. The deadline for this grant is Feb. 10.

- Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants are awarded in increments of $3,000-$6,000. Deadlines for these grants are Feb. 15 and May 6. There are three different types of grants in this category. The Arts and Arts Access grants can be used to support high-quality arts activities and to overcome barriers in accessing arts activities and to instill arts into communities. The Arts Education grant can be used to support lifelong learning in the arts and the Arts and Cultural Heritage grants can be used to support events and activities that represent regional and statewide ethnic and cultural arts traditions.

- Artist Mentor Grants are awarded up to $600, to provide students in grades 8-12 the opportunity to study art with a practicing professional artist and to attend an arts workshop or a class. This grant supports the employment of qualified artists in the region. The deadline for application is April 15.

- The Arts Legacy Designation Grants are awarded up to $10,000 to recognize, city, county and township governments that support the arts to build healthy communities. The application deadline is May 6.

There will also be a professional development program which will provide workshops and training for artists, arts organizations and the public.

Grant guidelines and applications are available at the R2AC Web site in Grants and Deadlines or by contacting the R2AC office at 751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or e-mail

There will also be a free grant writing workshop at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the R2AC office in Bemidji. To register, call the office at 751-5447.