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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

  • June Essential Arts News

    Learn about the MSAB info session, Judy B's retirement, how to become a board member, and read some philosophical musings!...Read More
  • Artists Count Alert!!!

    Artists contribute to the economy of Minnesota. Artists and Creative Workers have significant economic clout. Let's Prove it....Read More
  • April 2016 Newsletter!

    The April 2016 issue of Essential Arts has important information on the Artists and Creative Worker's Study, features artist Keith Raivo, introduces Board Member Darrell Vincent, announces the 2016 Fellowships and Scholarships, and let's you know how you too can be a Board Member!...Read More
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