IMAGE Art Show 2021 coming soon!

watch here for the call for entries!!!


Dial Back at ECRAC


The ECRAC Office is open by appointment only.


With the rising public health concerns and cases in Region 7E of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is committed to the health and wellness of our constituents, panelists, board members, and employees.

We are paying close attention to the national and local news about COVID-19, so that we can stay informed and provide a supportive, responsive, and safe environment for our community.

What is COVID-19?
According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are estimated to cause about a third of all cases of the common cold.  COVID-19 is a strand of the coronavirus causing respiratory illnesses that have not been found in people before. Because COVID-19 is so new, there is much unknown about the virus, and currently no vaccination to prevent or cure it.

The minute-by-minute updates can raise awareness but can also cause anxiety and fear- not just about the virus, but about who may have it and is spreading the disease. It is important to remember that COVID-19 is not racially or culturally specific.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most vulnerable populations are the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

What we know about COVID-19 in Minnesota
As of this morning, 82 people have been tested and there are 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), both cases are travel-related. The first case was confirmed to have, “no community exposure concerns” meaning the person self-quarantined to prevent any spread of the virus. They were reported to be “stable, at home, and doing well.” The second case is still under investigation. Testing is ongoing including people residing in East Central Minnesota.

What is ECRAC doing?

Currently ECRAC is following Governor Walz's orders and we are temporarily closed again until December 18, 2020, at least.  We are hopeful that COVID-19 will be contained soon, so we can get back to our daily lives!

We are also working our regular hours - remotely!  All grant information sessions, grant deadlines, and meetings are online.  We have initiated an easy grant to assist constituents: Artists Resiliency Grant and Resiliency Grant for Arts Organizations 

We are here for questions or to talk. Regular grant deadlines and grant payments continue.


Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other. We at ECRAC will continue to do our best to respond accordingly and proactively.  

August 29, 2019
Open House! Apply for a Grant! Office Appointment Day!
July 10, 2019
Accessibility in the Arts Workshop Available in St. Cloud: 
June 28, 2019
As of July 1, 2019, the ECRAC office moved to Hinckley, MN!  The new office is at 109 Weber Ave S.  We are open during regular office hours, and you can contact us at or by calling (320) 591-7031 x 1. The new location is at…
May 30, 2019
East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) has board of director positions open in Chisago, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine counties and I want to invite you to apply. 
April 29, 2019
The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is proud to honor the award winners of the 32nd annual IMAGE Art Show which opened Saturday, April 27th.
April 27, 2019
What is a curator and what do they do for an art exhibition?
April 10, 2019
The IMAGE Art Show will be held April 27th through May 4th, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 27th  from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A welcoming ceremony and the judges’ presentations are scheduled for 6:00 p.m.  The Show will be…
March 5, 2019
And April 1 Grant Deadlines. Art Grant Deadlines & Workshops  - Grant funds are available  Funding is awarded to individuals and organizations in our region -- Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties in east central…
March 5, 2019
IMAGE 2019 The IMAGE Art Show 2019 will be held at the East Central Regional Arts Council at the office and gallery located in downtown Braham, MN. The Call for Entry form for artists is available online and is due by the deadline date of…
February 27, 2019
February 2019 opportunities from ECRAC:   Work of Art business skills workshops for artists from Springboard; grant information sessions; grant deadlines. Click here for the latest ECRAC news!