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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

  • All the Art Grant News!

    November 1 Grant Deadlines, Upcoming Grant Info Sessions, Grant Reviewers Needed, Grantee Art Show News, & Recent ECRAC Grants Awarded....Read More
  • People's Choice Award

    The East Central Regional Arts Council is proud to announce that the People's Choice Award for the Grantee Art Show goes to Gail Gates of North Branch, MN for her digital photograph entitled Art Deco Calla Lily!!! Reminder! The Grantee Art Show is up weekdays until Friday, September 29, 2017!!! #ecrac #artslegacy...Read More
  • Grantee Art Show Opens During Braham Pie Day!!!

    An exhibition featuring the work of the FY 2016 East Central Regional Arts Council grantees!...Read More
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