Region 2 Arts Council names Anishinaabe Arts Initiative winners

Region 2 Arts Council recently awarded two $5,000 fellowships through its Anishinaabe Art Initiative program.

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Region 2 Arts Council recently awarded two $5,000 fellowships through its Anishinaabe Art Initiative program.

The fellowship program is made possible by the support of the McKnight Foundation and aims to assist the region's most talented Indigenous artists in their work by awarding financial support to fund creative time and art experiences, a release said.

The award is for Indigenous artists residing in Minnesota's Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass and Itasca counties.

The 2022-2023 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship winners are:

Doyle has produced or performed on over nine recordings and collaborates with artists state-wide. His latest single “Star Gazing” was released on March 7. Doyle is working on a new album for release on Sept. 17, the release said.


Doyle Turner

Doyle Turner is a northern Minnesota singer/songwriter who mixes elements of folk, rock, and Americana into songs that seek connection. Growing up in Naytahwaush, Minn., he is a proud tribal member of the White Earth Nation.

Grace “Waawaate Ikwe” Roberts has been artistic since her early years, helping with drawing pictures for school newsletters and taking on many roles in her theatre classes. She began practicing Ojibwe arts in 2012 at the White Earth Tribal and Community College. In 2015, Roberts received an associate's degree with a focus on Native Studies. In 2017, she enrolled at BSU in the Indigenous Studies program, with a focus on Ojibwe Culture and Language.

Grace “Waawaate Ikwe” Roberts

She is an Anishinaabe multidisciplinary artist and designer mainly known for her beadwork and quillwork. Roberts has taught numerous theater workshops around White Earth and quillwork workshops around Minnesota. She enjoys old-style jingle dress dancing and working on regalia and inspires to design her own clothing line, the release said.

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