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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

  • 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
  • ECRAC Call for Entries and Open Gallery Entry Form

    The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is pleased to invite applications for its August 1 to September 30, 2015 season. ECRAC offers either area artists and craftspeople or arts organizations a public space in which to exhibit their or their member’s work. The collective goal of these exhibits is to reflect a variety of media, styles, cultural viewpoints, and levels of artistic expression. The gallery is open to applicants from East Central Minnesota....Read More
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