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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

  • Rural Arts and Culture Summit Scholarships!

    Scholarships are available for individuals from the East Central region to participate in the 2017 Rural Arts and Culture Summit, which will be held in Morris, MN on June 6 ­ 8, 2017. ...Read More
  • IMAGE Art Show 2017 Awards

    All of the artwork in the IMAGE Art Show 2017 was amazing!   To see the award winning pieces click here:  IMAGE Art Show 2017 Awards To see the IMAGE Art Show 2017 Booklet click here:  IMAGE Art Show 2017 Book  ...Read More
  • April Arts News from ECRAC

    IMAGE Art Show - Creative MN Presentation at ECRAC - Rural Arts and Culture Summit in June - Work of Art Workshops - & more!...Read More
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