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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:  http://maryanncleary.com/ ... Read More

Recent News

  • REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS BOARD MEMBERS and GRANT REVIEWERS

    DATE: February 18, 2015 The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is currently accepting applications from individuals wishing to serve on the board or on grant review panels. ECRAC is the primary funding source for artists and arts organizations in east central Minnesota, awarding about $300,000 in grants each year...Read More
  • Rural Arts and Culture Summit

    SAVE THE DATE!!!  June 2-4, 2015, in Morris, MN!!! http://www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com/...Read More
  • Opportunities with the Regional Arts Council!

    ESSENTIAL Arts Newsletter  - January 2015 In this issue:       -Grant Deadlines are 2/2/15       -Grantee Best Practices      -Grant Information Sessions      -ECRAC Has Space Available      -Open Gallery Applications due 1/15/15      -About ECRAC Click here for a pdf of the ECRAC Newsletter  ...Read More
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