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  The 4th annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival kicks off tonight with classes offered in quilting, basketry and knitting.  Tomorrow, educational opportunities include Anatomy of Selbu Mitten taught by Pam Madson, Beginner Crochet taught by Peggy Olson, Beginning Ojibwe Beading taught by Gwen Reid, Beginner Rug Hooking taught by Carol Edwards, Binding Techniques, Brazilian Embroidery, Felted Soap Making, Quilling, Felted Bowls, and much more.

The Regional Arts Council System has provided funding and support for arts projects across Minnesota for decades.  For the first time, an arts council is offering a fellowship specific to Native American Artists.

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We spoke with Katie Marshall from the MacRostie Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Molly Olson from the Ely Folk School and Katie Carter from the KBXE studio this morning about what's happening in the arts and culture scene around the area.   February is busy month in northern Minnesota.   Inspiring art exhibits, sweet live music, snow sculptures, ice fishing, cross country skiing and theater are just a few things that might be of interest to you.

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  "I've yet to find an indigenous people who, in their language, there's  a specific word for art, because it's so intrinsic, and so much a part of who we are as a people.  It's there.  It's a continuous part."  - Karen Goulet 

Karen Goulet is the Program Director for the Native American Art Gallery inside the soon to be complete .  She stopped by the KBXE studio to talk about the impact and societal role of art and the impact the new gallery will have on the region.  

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