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The East Central Regional Arts Council advocates for the arts in East Central Minnesota, funding creative projects and programs, providing technical assistance and developing available resources.

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Featured Artists

Jonathan Friesen

Category: Fiction

Jonathan Friesen is a young adult (YA) author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first YA novel, JERK, CALIFORNIA, was about a teen coming to terms with Tourette’s Syndrome and was released in September of 2008 (Penguin/Puffin) and he received the ALA Schneider Award.  Since then he has published another 6 novels. He loves writing for the younger crowd and regularly contributes to Clubhouse Magazine and Clubhouse Jr. His 2014 ECRAC McKnight Fellowship project is enabling him to edit a new manuscript and to work on finding his next literary agent.  You can learn more about his writing online at:  Jonathan Friesen's website. ... Read More

Mary Ann Cleary

Category: Painting

Mary Ann Cleary is a 2014 ECRAC McKnight Fellowship artist.  She will use her Fellowship to stud the relationship of color and light in a controlled setting using simple still life setups and painting them.  For more information go to her website at: ... Read More

Recent News

  • imPRESSions Art Show Opening Celebration August 7th

    East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC), during Braham Pie Day, will be hosting the opening of their 2015 Gallery Art Show from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7th at the office located at 112 Main Avenue in Braham, MN. ...Read More
  • ECRAC is hiring!

    The Regional Arts Council is seeking a Gallery Coordinator/Curator. Application deadline is July 31, 2015....Read More
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Grant Program Information Session

                                                                 The Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) is holding a free information session in the area about  funding opportunities forartists, arts organizations, schools, community organizations, local units of government, and human/social service organizations! ...Read More
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