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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

  • 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
  • Provide input to ECRAC!

    On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, the East Central Regional Arts Council's Biennial Plan for FY 2016-2017 will be presented in a public meeting to be held at 7 p.m. at 112 Main Ave South in Braham.  ...Read More

    The East Central Regional Arts Council decided to add a June 1, 2015, grant deadline to the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grant Programs! ...Read More
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