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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

  • Carl D. Long: Pure Imagination, a 55 Year Retrospective

    Carl D. Long is one of the most influential Region 7E artists.  Because of this, and because of his 10 years of dedicated service to the Regional Arts Council, he is being honored with a retrospective of his work entitled Pure Imagination. This retrospective is the most comprehensive presentation of Long’s 55 year art career to date, showcasing his artwork from the early 1960’s to the present.  This show includes paintings, stained glass, prints, fiber art, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and drawings. ...Read More
  • IMAGE 2015

    Check back soon for more IMAGE news and photos! The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is proud to honor the award winners of the 29th  annual IMAGE Art Show which opened October 24th  and was open through November 6th, 2015.  The 2 Judge’s Choice (Best of Show) Awards went to Dee Ann Sibley of Cambridge for “Adeline’s House”and David Spohn of Chisago City for “Ascent”. The People’s Choice Award went to Anita Gislason of Ogilvie for "Garden Gifts".  Photos are available at   IMAGE 2015 Art Show Book...Read More
  • IMAGE Art Show 2015 Call for Entries!

    The 2015 IMAGE Art Show will be held this year at the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) at its office and galleries located in downtown Braham, MN. The Call for Entry form for artists is available online and is due by the deadline date of September 28, 2015.  ...Read More
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