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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

  • ECRAC December news!!!

    Win $200 by participating in the arts survey! February 1 grant deadlines! Springboard's Work of Art Training at ECRAC! Grant Workshops!  Join the ECRAC team!...Read More
  • Are you an artist with a disability?

    Then you will want to attend this upcoming workshop....Read More
  • Essential Arts News!!!

    East Central Regional Arts Council's November newsletter includes:  Needs Assessment Survey Info; Remembering Rex Lindberg; an IMAGE Art Show Update; Work of Art - Business Skills for Artists and Board Member Bootcamp announcements; Dates of the upcoming Art Grant Info Sessions; invitation to new Board Members; and holiday hours.      ...Read More
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