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Around the Arts, Dec. 30

Headwaters plans after-school art clubs

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, will sponsor after-school art clubs for children in kindergarten through sixth grade beginning in January.

Art elements and principles, techniques and critique are some of the focus of the clubs, which will be split up by age. Kindergarteners through second graders will meet from 3:15-4:15 p.m. on Tuesday and grades 3-6 will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Both art clubs have spent the fall discussing the seven elements of art and practicing technique in different media such as paint, clay, paper, fiber and basic drawing.

The K-2 Young Artist Club has openings for their spring session. Cost is $250 for the session, which runs from Jan. 8 through May 7. Space is limited to first 15 participants. Art supplies are provided. Beth Andrews is the instructor.

The Headwaters Art Club for grades 3-6 is going on its fourth season this spring. The group, which has grown and shifted over time, has a mix of newcomers and participants who have attended every season, and still has room for more.

The club has evolved since the first season, introducing field trips and teen mentors to the program. Headwaters Art Club has always put a focus on bringing in guest instructors and they will continue to do so come spring. Cost is $275 for the session, which runs Jan. 10 through May 9 (no session on March 7). Early arrival supervised open studio time from 3:30-3:55 is available for an additional fee. Space is limited to first 20 participants. Snack and art supplies provided. Instructor Diamond Knispel leads the group.

More details and online registration can be found by calling 218.444.5606 or on Headwaters website. Those who register before Dec. 25 will receive a discount.

Arts Council hosts listening session

CLEARBROOK—In the new year, Region 2 Arts Council will host listening sessions in each of their five counties to support its biennial planning process. The first session, for Clearwater County, will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7 in the library classroom of the Clear Waters Life Center, 256 Second Ave., Clearbrook.

The public is invited to join Region 2 Arts Council staff and board members for an open discussion about the council's grants, programs and services. Light snacks will be provided.

This meeting is open to the public.

In addition, the Region 2 Arts Council has created a Biennial Planning Survey on its website. Go to and click the "Survey" tab. Surveys close Jan. 8.

For more information email or call 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

Farm By The Lake presents Storytellers

BAGLEY—Farm By The Lake will sponsor a winter Storytellers series beginning Jan. 13. All sessions will be held at 3 p.m. on Sundays at the Bagley Public Library.

The series is free and open to the public. Here is the schedule:

• Jan. 13—Laura Packer

• Jan. 27—Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux

• Feb. 10—Louis Alemayehu

• Feb. 24—Free writing workshop from 3-6 p.m. with Wendell Affield titled "Reawakening Memory through our Senses."

• March 10—Chad Filley

• March 24—Paulette Friday

For more information, go to or call 218-694-2084

This activity sponsored by Clearwater Polk Electric.

Arts learning grants awarded in Region 2

BEMIDJI—The Region 2 Arts Council board of directors recently 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 the council's five-county region.

Clear Waters Life Center in Clearbrook received $6,000 to provide 29 weeks of quality art classes for youth and older adults. From January through August of 2019, 20 weeks of Monday classes will be offered in the afternoon and evening for adult learners and nine weeks of youth after-school classes will be offered on Wednesdays.

Bemidji Community Theater received $4,701 to collaborate with TrekNorth Junior 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 and Camp, "NLOKids," to children from the native American community of Pine Point 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 five upcoming projects for the 2019-2020 season.

The 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.

History Center hosts 1968 traveling exhibit

BEMIDJI—The Beltrami County Historical Society presents "Coming of Age: The 1968 Generation," a traveling exhibit on view through March 2 at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

The exhibit explores the self-expression, upheaval, change and sounds of the 1960s and the Vietnam War.

In "Coming of Age, The 1968 Generation," visitors will glimpse into the lives of Minnesotans who grew up in and around 1968.

The exhibit features six graphic panels, a record album flip interactive, a computer game show activity and a station where you can create-your-own magnetic magazine cover.

This exhibit is on temporary loan from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and will be traveling to venues throughout Minnesota.