The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) provides support, connections and granting opportunities to artists, arts organizations and nonprofits seeking to fund art projects.  The R2AC serves Beltrami, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen and Hubbard counties, counties which brought in a combined $14 million to the region via arts activities in 2016 according to the recent Creative MN data.  In an effort to build community and connecti

We spoke with Lisa Jordan from the Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd, MN last week.  She filled us in on the history of the Alliance, their regularly scheduled events, upcoming workshops, special events and their upcoming move!  

The lacrosse seed was planted in Maxwell Kelsey's mind when he was just six years old.  Life continued to nourish that seed throughout his formative years, inspiring curiosity.   That seed of interest,over time, grew into a full-blown passion, cultivating a love and honor of the game. He played as a youth and coached as an adult. He now makes lacrosse sticks - the great lakes style lacrosse sticks - out of wood and animal hide, in the vein of the old method.

  Minnesota leads the nation in support for artists and the arts.  Sheila Smith is the Executive Director of MN Citizens for the Arts.   She stopped by the KBXE studio to talk about a comprehensive study measuring the economic impact of the arts on Minnesota communities.   She also talked about the impact arts experiences have on our communities that goes beyond economics.   Wondering how your community and region of the state measures up?  Check out the findings of the study at

Nathan Bergstedt is the playwright.  Sam Miltich composed the score.  The Ballad of Newton Badger came from a conversation after a production of Shakespeare in the Park a few years ago.  These two artists from Grand Rapids worked together and on their own to present a