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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

  • 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 21, 2015.  ...Read More
  • imPRESSions Art Show Open Through the end of September

    East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC), during Braham Pie Day, will be hosting the opening of their 2015 Gallery Art Show from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7th at the office located at 112 Main Avenue in Braham, MN. ...Read More
  • ECRAC is hiring!

    The Regional Arts Council is seeking a Gallery Coordinator/Curator. Application deadline is July 31, 2015....Read More
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