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Grant recipient representatives include, front, from left, Pat Dove, board member for Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council, and Kelly Gabriel, director of the Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids, back, Paul Dove, artistic director of Northern Light Opera Company, Park Rapids; Karl Mork, program director of the Boys and Girls Club, Bemidji ($3,932); Ernie Rall, president of the Bemidji Community Theater ($4,526); Bob Larson, president of the Bemidji Woodcarvers Club, and Terri Widman, executive director of the ...

Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) recently awarded $52,411 through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program, to arts organizations and non-profits in Beltrami, Hubbard, and Lake of the Woods counties.

The funds will be used to create opportunities for arts access, arts education and building bridges between Minnesotans.

Local grant recipients include:

n Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council, Park Rapids, received $6,000 to assist artists of many disciplines to perform/show in downtown Park Rapids on the third Thursday of every month.

n Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids, received $1,615 to assist in the creation of a new logo, signage and the development and distribution of printed material.

n Red Bridge Film Festival, Park Rapids, was awarded $2,076 to select, program, promote, present and partially subsidize to a public audience a film festival consisting of at least six worthy film programs at the Park Rapids Theatre on Main Street in Park Rapids during April.

n Northern Light Opera Company, Park Rapids, was awarded $6,000 to produce six performances of "The Sound of Music" at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium, July 27-Aug. 4.

n Minnesota Folklore Theater, Akeley, was awarded $3,090 to present children's classic "Narnia" with special student matinees.

n The Bemidji Woodcarvers Club, Bemidji, received $2,705 to provide three all-day workshops on Scandinavian flat-plane style woodcarving in Bemidji and Park Rapids, May 18-23.

The funds were made available through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

The next Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant deadline is Jan. 17. Applications are available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601, or for download from our website, http//

Call 800-275-5447 for more information.