The Region 2 Arts Council recently awarded $6,907 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program, which is governed by the AAI Council. Monies awarded are for arts activities related to its mission of supporting, maintaining and promoting traditional and contemporary Native American arts in north-central Minnesota.

Grant recipients are as follows:

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• Katie Sandberg from Detroit Lakes received $937 to purchase artist's supplies to create inventory, and to cover framing and other costs associated with displaying her paintings.

• Neegonee Brunner from Ponsford received $1,000 to purchase beads, fabric and a sewing machine to create regalia.

• Albert Brunner from Ponsford received $500 to purchase tools and wood to create sculptures, pipes and traditional wooden flutes.

• Nick Robinson from Cass Lake received $870 to purchase tools and materials to create "Breaking Thru Addiction," a series of works in wood.

• Deanna Croaker from Cass Lake received $1,000 to purchase a sewing machine, material and supplies to design and create three 60-by-60-inch traditional and contemporary style star quilts.

• Todd Jourdain from Red Lake received $1,000 to purchase an airbrush, paints and canvas to create mixed media works on canvas.

• Kristine Nelson from Red Lake received $600 to develop her own style of beadwork and create original designs for medallions, lanyards and hoop earrings, in flat stitch as well as peyote-style chains.

• Flora Jones from Red Lake received $1,000 to purchase materials and supplies to make star quilts and to continue teaching others how to sew and make star quilts.

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grants program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.