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Area organizations receive R2AC grants

Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) recently awarded $20,665 through the Arts Project Grants Program, designed for organizations and schools to create or produce an arts project or event.

The Park Rapids area grant recipients include:

  n Jackpine Writers' Bloc, Park Rapids, received $1,415 to publish its 21st volume of "The Talking Stick," a literary journal featuring the poetry and prose of Minnesota writers, and fund a workshop and book release party.

n District 309 Community Education, Park Rapids received $1,385 to offer a Kids Theater Camp which will engage students in writing, developing and producing an original play with music.

n Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids, was awarded $922 to host a grand opening exhibit of the permanent collection of Old Masters, including a narrated slideshow of the full collection and a separate slideshow on the establishment of the art center and the history of its permanent collection.

n Minnesota Folklore Theater, Park Rapids, received $1,500 to produce "Annie" in celebration of 100 years of the Nevis Schools as part of their second annual Youth Theater Camp.

Other recipients are:

n Depot Preservation Alliance, Baudette, was awarded $1,500 to purchase displays for art exhibitions.

n The Bemidji Community Arts Council, Bemidji, received $800 to present, with curator Jason Clark, an exhibit of wood cut prints by artist Eugene Dalzotto.

n Bemidji - First City of Art Studio Cruise 2012, Bemidji, was awarded $1,500 to organize and promote an open studio event of participating artist studios in the Bemidji area that is free to the public.

n Kelliher Community Education (KISD 36), Kelliher, was awarded $410 to produce a summer theater day camp at the Old School Center in Kelliher.

n Pequana Playhouse, Baudette, was awarded $1,500 to contract with the Prairie Fire Theater to prepare and present a children's theater production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

  n Headwaters School of Music & the Arts, Bemidji, was awarded $1,479 to host a week-long drumset camp for area percussion students.

n Depot Preservation Alliance, Baudette, was awarded $1,500 to present a series of 10 arts activity days for kids this summer.

n Loon Opera Company, Bemidji, was awarded $1,500 to perform Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex in Bemidji.

n The Bemidji Community Arts Council received $1,500 to present and host the 10th annual "It's Only Clay" National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibition.  n Headwaters School of Music & the Arts, Bemidji, was awarded $1,500 to provide a concert series at the Lake Bemidji State Park amphitheater every weekend during this summer.

n Lake of the Woods Art Guild, Baudette, was awarded $754 to host a still life oil painting workshop instructed by accomplished artist Ruth Ann Nordlund.

n CSSI/Hope House, Bemidji, was awarded $1,500 to contract with artists-in-residence Cindy Ekren and Judith Selby to create a second book featuring client writing and artwork.

The next deadline for the Arts Project Grant is Sept. 12. Call the Region 2 Arts Council office at 800-275-5447 for more information. Applications for these grants will be available in the R2AC office at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601, or download an application from