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Give the gift of creativity with Headwaters art clubs!

Art elements and principles, techniques and critique are just some of the focus of Headwaters art clubs. With offerings for K-6th grade the clubs also put a focus on fun and listening to what participants want to focus on. The art clubs, which take place after school, are split up by age with the K-2nd grade meeting on Tuesday and 3rd-6th meeting on Thursday. Both art clubs have spent the fall discussing the 7 elements of art and practicing technique in different media such as paint, clay, paper, fiber, basic drawing and more.

Young Artist Club for k-2nd grade is held 3:15-4:15 Tuesday evenings. The group has openings for their spring session when they plan to continue their exploration and growth with some of the same media. Instructor, Beth Andrews, says that “My favorite thing about art is using science and nature. This spring we are going to explore more of those things.” The group will continue to grow relationships and techniques this spring, introducing guest presenters to share their knowledge with the participants.

Headwaters Art Club for 3rd-6th grade is going on it’s fourth season this spring. The group, which has grown and shifted over time, has a mix of newcomers and participants that have attended every season, and still has room for more! The club has evolved since the first season, introducing field trips and teen mentors to the program. Headwaters Art Club has always put a focus on bringing in guest instructors and they will continue to do so come spring. Instructor, Diamond Knispel leads the group. Speaking to the diversity of experiences offered in this after-school program she says, “Younger students are often just looking for the right spark to ignite their interest in art. As they move towards high school and more art opportunities we hope to offer some quality experiences to do just that. Plus it is never to early to start learning technique. With an understanding of basic skills kids can create the coolest art.”

The goal of Headwaters art clubs is to provide an informal, safe and supportive atmosphere while offering high quality art instruction and mentor-ship.

More details and online registration can be found by calling 218.444.5606 or on Headwaters website. Those who register before Dec. 25th will receive a holiday discount!

Young Artist Club:

$250 Spring Session ($240 if registered before Dec. 25th!) | Jan. 8th – May 7th, 3:15 – 4:15pm
Space is limited to first 15 participants. Art supplies provided.

Headwaters Art Club:
$275 Spring Session ($260 if registered before Dec. 25th) | January 10th – May 9th (no session March 7th)
Early arrival supervised open studio time 3:30 -3:55 available for additional fee. Space is limited to first 20 participants. Snack and art supplies provided.

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Headwaters Holiday Cheer!

It is that time of year when all of us are seeking holiday cheer (and some holiday deals). We have been really cheery this season and we are happy to share!

Our December 1st CD release really sent us off this December with the feeling of gratitude. Gratitude towards our supporters and community that came out to raise funds, and gratitude to artists who donated their time and talent to help us with our largest fundraiser of the year. We feel as though all that joy and gratitude comes forth in the tunes. You can check it out yourself by purchasing your own CD, or ordering a digital download. Keep the tunes on circulation through this holiday season (we certainly are!), and if you are looking for even more great tunes imbued with gratitude and joy we have a limited number of copies of Christmas in Bemidji Vol. II, that you can add to your playlist.

It is a great time of year to enjoy local talent over a cup of hot cocoa and we hope you get the chance! ☕


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We Need You…

We know, it seems a bit early, but around here we are always looking forward and right now we are looking forward to fall. Jessica (our Music Program coordinator) just created a nifty 2018-2019 calendar with an updated schedule, and we are starting preparations for our Fall Kick-Off event as well as considering music lessons and fall programming. Getting ready for fall is a fun task but we know we could use some help.

If you are an artist, musician, or community focused volunteer we are looking at you! Are you interested? Check out the list below and click on the highlighted links to find out more. We can’t wait to have you be  apart of things here at Headwaters!

  1. We are seeking artists to exhibit there work in our recital hall in the coming months. We have a simple application for you to fill out and you will receive a follow up phone call or email to discuss. It is a pretty painless process 😉 If you are an artist with a body of work and you are itching to exhibit check out our application.
  2. Music instructors our one of our most valuable assets. We have some of the most talented musicians in town instructing at Headwaters, but we could always use some more! If you are interested in instructing please check out or Position Description and then give us a call to discuss.
  3. We are always searching for volunteers! We have an awesome crew right now but we could always use some more. If you are interested you can fill out our online application.
  4. You can also become a member! For as little as $50 a year you can receive a membership which helps to sustain our programming and gives you the satisfaction of knowing you helped out your community. Besides that, there are also some pretty neat rewards and benefits including cool discounts on various programming. Become a member today.

We truly appreciate our community and we want to to thank you for being a part of it. Whichever way you may be a part of things here at Headwaters we are grateful you are and we look forward to seeing you around😊!




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Music Enrichment Night With Nathan Hanson on November 16th

Nathan Hanson will present a concert of music for solo soprano saxophone on November 16 at 7:30 pm at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji. The concert will feature music that is part jazz, part classical, and part something-else; composed and improvised by Hanson. Admission is free and open to the public.

Nathan Hanson is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The concert is being presented by Headwaters Music & Arts

Composer and saxophonist Nathan Hanson has performed in venues from concert halls to prisons, churches to train stations, debutante balls to Soviet fallout shelters in places ranging from St. Paul to Slovenia; Paris to Pittsburgh; Milano to Mankato; and Rome (both Italy and Georgia). His compositions and recordings have been featured on radio, television and film in the United States and Europe. He is a graduate of Newberry College, and the University of South Carolina.

Hailed as an “extraordinary performer with a beautiful tone and concept” (Cadence magazine), Mr. Hanson makes his home in St. Paul, MN since 2006 following a residency in New York City from 1998 – 2006. His playing has been called “seductively pithy” (Signal to Noise magazine), “unexpectedly tasteful and dignified” (Improjazz) and “immediately accessible without sacrificing musical smarts” (Destination: OUT) with “tinges of Jan Garbarek and Albert Ayler” (Exclaim!).

Awards include grants and commissions from New Music USA, The American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, City of St. Paul Cultural STAR, The Cedar Cultural Center, MN State Arts Board, The Jerome Foundation, The Southern Theater, and the National Performing Arts Convention.

More information about Hanson and his music is available at
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Youth Community Band

Headwaters Music & Arts invites Bemidji area brass, woodwind and percussion players to take part in a new youth community band. Youth ages 7-18 and their parents or guardians are invited to an organizational meeting and first rehearsal at 6pm Monday, November 6th at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW in Bemidji.

Directed by Craig Haugen, the group will rehearse every other Monday, November-May, to prepare for several performances during the year. The goals for this group are to build ensemble and performance skills and experience the fun and camaraderie of rehearsing and performing as a group. All skill levels welcome, with a pre-requisite of one year of lessons.

Craig Haugen has taught privately through the public school system and Bemidji State University. He is a free-lance musician and performs in local bands, Pelican Railroad and CrossWater. He received his degree in Instrumental Education from Bemidji State University, and has taught guitar, ukulele and all band instruments for over 30 years.

Those interested in taking part but unable to attend the first meeting and rehearsal are asked to contact Headwaters at 218.444.5606 before November 6th.