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Local Koochiching County artists and organizations were awarded a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council last month.

Benefiting from the funds are Citizens of Backus, which was awarded a $4,230 art project grant to support the production of “The Little Prince” by the Borealis Bards, the community theater troupe of Backus Community Center.

Citizens of Backus was also awarded a $5,000 arts learning grant to support Summer Arts Week, a collection of 10 multi-disciplinary art classes taught by artists and school district teachers from the local community and Minneapolis. The project offers opportunity to area youth aged 5 and older to experience affordable, high quality art-centered learning experiences not otherwise offered in this remote location, a press release said. The week of classes will conclude with an art exhibition to allow students to display their creations and demonstrate their newly acquired artistic skills.

Other funds allocated

Icebox Radio Theater of International Falls was awarded a $1,900 rural and community art project grant to support Icebox Radio Theater’s travel to Minneapolis in April of 2019 to perform “The Fall of the House of Usher & Other Stories” before a live audience at the Bryant Lake Bowl.

Rainy Lake Community Orchestra of International Falls was awarded a $5,000 rural and community art project grant to support a week-long string orchestra workshop, August 11-16 2019 at the Community Hall in Ranier.

The Rainy Lake Orchestra will perform in concert with the workshop attendees. Approximately 40 musicians, including 10 children and 15 mentors and guest artists will attend. The camp has been running over 35 years, the release said.

Nikki Shull of Mizpah was awarded a $1,000 artists access grant to support the creation of a paper quilling series on Minnesota wildlife and habitat.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is a regional nonprofit that has been encouraging local arts development in northeastern Minnesota through arts funding and services for over 35 years.

For the complete list of those awarded in the Arrowhead Region, visit

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